(PRESS RELEASE) PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – Jim Silfies, who has had an almost 50-year career in the fine jewelry industry, including 30 with Hamilton Jewelers, is retiring from the company at the end of September.
Jim began his Illustrious career in 1972, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was recruited by his American Legion baseball coach, who was a director of Kay Jewelers. From diamond baseball to selling diamonds, Jim quickly evolved to become the manager of a Kay in Cornwell Heights, PA. He managed the store for a year before accepting a position with JE Caldwell as Merchandise Coordinator. JE Caldwell promoted Silfies in 1976 to the position of Store Manager in Harrisburg, PA. He progressed with the company until 1992, moving from Pennsylvania to the Wilmington, Delaware Dupont hotel in Washington, DC on Connecticut Avenue, where he was director of operations. He ended his career at JE Caldwell overseeing two stores in King of Prussia, PA.
After Jim’s track record of success in the industry, a colleague of his informed him of an opportunity with Hamilton Jewelers. In 1992, he interviewed Martin and Hank Siegel and accepted a role in Princeton, New Jersey as a store manager. He was promoted to regional manager of the two Hamilton Florida stores in Palm Beach County in 1994 and led the region until 2021, helping countless customers and mentoring countless Hamilton team members throughout. of the process.
Hamilton Jewelers COO Andrew Siegel said: “When I first started in the industry my dad and late grandfather both told me that if I wanted to learn something, I wanted to learn something. had to watch Jim Silfies. I spent several days watching and listening to Jim’s interactions with clients and team members and quickly realized that there simply was no one like Jim. The ease with which he makes you the center of his attention means that you will always feel good after interacting with Jim. Watching him work will miss me, but I’m so happy for him as he embarks on his well-deserved next chapter.
Over his 30-year career with Hamilton, Jim has mentored hundreds of employees, represented Hamilton in the industry and the community, built wonderful customer relationships, and got involved in multi-million dollar sales. jewelry and quality watches.
Hamilton President and CEO Hank Siegel said, “It has been an honor to count Jim Silfies with the Hamilton family for 30 years. Jim possesses characteristics that have served him well as a leader from the start… fierce loyalty, a commitment to doing what is best for the company, unconditional support to his team members and a desire to move forward. very far to please the customer. His humor, reliability and extensive knowledge of the industry have been tremendous assets throughout his career. Throughout his tenure at Hamilton, Jim wore many hats – leader, closer, recruiter, coach and all the well. The entire Hamilton team join the Siegel family in wishing Jim and his wonderful wife Michelle much fun in this next phase of their life together ”.