Industry / Retail

Jim Silfies, Longtime Hamilton Store Director, Retires


Jim Silfies (pictured), Hamilton Jewelers’ store director, has retired after 50 years in the jewelry industry—including three decades working for the Princeton, N.J.–based company.

Silfies was recruited into jewelry sales by his American Legion baseball coach, a Kay Jewelers manager. He quickly advanced to become a Kay manager in Cornwell Heights, Pa. He managed the store for one year before accepting a position as merchandising coordinator with J. E. Caldwell. Silfies was promoted to director of its Harrisburg, Pa., store in 1976, eventually advancing to oversee two stores in King of Prussia, Pa.

He joined Hamilton Jewelers in Princeton, N.J., as store director in 1992. He was promoted to regional director of Hamilton’s two Florida Stores in Palm Beach County in 1994 and stayed in that role until his retirement.

Along the way, Silfies helped countless clients and mentored many Hamilton team members, a statement said.

“When I started in the industry,” said Hamilton chief operating officer Andrew Siegel in the statement, “both my father and my late grandfather told me that if I wanted to learn something, I should watch Jim Silfies. I spent many days watching, and listening to, Jim’s interactions with clients and team members and quickly realized that there’s simply no one quite like Jim. The ease with which he makes you the center of his attention means that you’ll always feel good after an interaction with Jim.”

Said president and CEO Hank Siegel: “Jim possesses characteristics which have served him well as a leader from the start—fierce loyalty, commitment to doing what is best for the business, unconditional support for his team members, and a desire to go to extraordinary lengths to please the client.… The entire Hamilton team joins the Siegel family in wishing Jim and his wonderful wife, Michelle, much enjoyment in this next phase of their lives together.”

(Photo courtesy of Hamilton Jewelers)

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By: Rob Bates

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