Diamond brand Hearts On Fire announced the winners of its annual retailer awards last week at the close of its three-day industry training event, Hearts On Fire University (HOFU), in Las Vegas.
Each retailer recipient “illustrates high performance in their category” and has demonstrated a commitment to “elements that support Hearts On Fire’s innovative brand goals,” according to a statement from the company.
Here’s who took the honors:
Rookie of the Year Winner: GMG Jewellers in Saskatchewan, Canada
Bridal Retailer of the Year: Mountz Jewelers in Camp Hill, Pa.
Growth Champion Retailer of the Year: Necker’s Jewelers in Davenport, Iowa
Brand Advocate Retailer of the Year: Bernie Robbins Jewelers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Hall of Fame Inductees: Vardy’s Jewelers in Cupertino, Calif.; Noble Jewelers in Aruba; Thomas Markle Jewelers in Houston; Habib Jewels in Malaysia
2017 Global Retailer of the Year Winner: Koser Jewelers in Mount Joy, Pa.
Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Stone in conversation with Michael Phelps at HOFU
“One of our most important celebrations every year is recognizing our Retailers of the Year,” said Caryl Capeci, Hearts On Fire president, in the same statement. “These retailers go above and beyond to demonstrate their passion for the brand, and are truly the best of the best at instilling that passion in their teams, and helping to strengthen and build the Hearts On Fire brand around the world.”
The HOFU event, which this year was held Oct. 8–11 at the Wynn Las Vegas and featured a keynote speech by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, offers a range of educational sessions for the brand’s retail partners. “It’s an intense three days, filled with powerful and positive energy,” says Capeci.
(Top: Hearts On Fire ring; all photos courtesy of Hearts On Fire)