Kansas City, Mo.–based Tivol has named Hunter Tivol McGrath its new CEO.
He is the fourth generation of his family to head the century-old retailer. As a child, McGrath helped clean jewelry cases in the store. He became an accountant, but following the loss of sister Brooke to a rare form of meningitis in 2011, he joined the family business.
McGrath started as a sales associate at Tivol’s Hawthorne Plaza store, then moved to its flagship location in Country Club Plaza. From there, he moved up to diamond buyer and, eventually, vice president.
The new CEO is the great-grandson of Charles Tivol, who opened the first Tivol store in downtown Kansas City in 1910. Charles’ son Harold later took the reins, and became a legend both in Kansas City and in the industry.
For the past 30 years, McGrath’s mom, Cathy Tivol Maslan, has served as company CEO.
“The store is intricately a part of who I am,” McGrath said in a statement. “It really gives me the best of both worlds. Being a former CPA, I love numbers. The store also gives me the opportunity to go beyond the numbers and create and build relationships with our clients.
“Tivol has been working for our community for 113 years. In a way, it is not my business, it is Kansas City’s. I am looking after it for both our family and our community, and I take that seriously.”
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