WATERVILLE, Maine (WABI) – A Maine man is gaining national recognition for his work in the jewelry industry.
Although the 20 under 40 in jewelry list recognizes emerging talent, Joe Corey has been around for a long time.
“I started when I was a young boy, at Christmas, going to help my father in the shops. From glass cleaning, to etching, to general maintenance, I will say,” Corey said.
Corey was only 5 years old when he made his unofficial start in the family business, Day’s Jewelers. About a year ago, Corey took over from his father, Jeff, as president of the Maine-based company.
This month, the 35-year-old landed on Jewelers of America’s 20 under 40 in jewelry retailer list.
“I think one of the biggest reasons I’m on this list is because I work for such an amazing company. Day’s Jewelers is highly respected in the industry. And the fact that I’m the president of the company, I think, puts me in a favorable position to be nominated,” Corey said.
Corey says the people make the company what it is. He credits them for Day’s Jewelers’ record growth over the past two years, despite a two-month shutdown at the start of the pandemic.
“Recently in November, we actually sold our company to an ESOP, which is an employee stock ownership plan. It’s really a great way for us to give back to our employees and make them owners,” said Corey.
While Day’s Jewelers is now employee-owned, the Corey family roots run deep. It is even possible that a fourth generation will work there one day.
Joe and his wife, Sarah Beth, have two sons, ages 3 and 5, about the same age as Joe when he started early.
“My eldest son will sometimes go to the shops with my dad there and kind of be his little helping hand, so we expose him at a young age, but you know, we’ll see where life takes him,” said said Corey.
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