The Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) has named Stephen Barnes its new president. The announcement was made by IJO’s owner and chairman, Jeff Roberts, at the group’s conference in Cleveland.
Barnes has been CEO of Barnes Jewelers in Goldsboro, N.C., for the last four years as well as a business adviser for Edge Retail Academy, according to his profile on LinkedIn.
In his new role, Barnes plans to revamp IJO’s educational programs, expand opportunities for its Next Generation group, improve its technology resources, increase marketing and advertising resources, grow its program for succession and store transition, and provide family-friendly shows.
“For several years I have met with, interviewed, and talked with several candidates for this position I wanted to fill, but no one possessed the qualities I was seeking—until recently,” Roberts said in a statement. “I was looking for some new blood to help drive IJO farther. Stephen is a bright, smart, and passionate individual with experience in running a successful and profitable retail jewelry store. His added expertise in succession and transition planning only adds to his long list of qualifications.”
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