Supplier News: Week of Aug. 3

Rembrandt Charms Sales Team Grows by Two

Rembrandt Charms recently welcomed regional account manager Helen Mikkola and account manager Alexandra Charboneau to its sales team.

Vice president of the company Eric Lux explained that the two new additions are to ensure that Rembrandt continues to provide the service its customers are used to.

“A one-on-one personal approach is very important to us in order to truly get to know our customers and anticipate their needs,” said Lux. “This [addition] is…to ensure we are providing our retail jewelers and the consumer with quality product and service that is unsurpassed in the industry.”

Mikkola previously worked for Pandora as a visual merchandiser trainer and was responsible for growing its sales and introducing new merchandise.

Charboneau has been a part of Rembrandt since 2014 as, until recently, a member of the customer service department. Before Rembrandt, she worked for Jamari International Ltd. as a children’s wear designer.

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Edge Retail Academy Manager Receives WJA Award

The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) presented Edge Retail Academy sales and training manager Becka Johnson Kibby with the 2015 Award for Excellence in Special Services at the WJA’s Awards for Excellence gala on July 27.

The award recognized Kibby’s career achievements and her role in advancing women’s careers in the jewelry industry.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Becka received this award,” said David Brown, cofounder and president of Edge Retail Academy. “Becka is an incredibly talented and dedicated professional who is a role model for anyone in the jewelry industry.”

Kibby is a graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, where she taught courses and was a member of the Program Advisory Committee, and she is the WJA’s vice president of Chapter Affairs.

Kibby joined the Edge Retail Academy in 2013, and she trains and consults with jewelers using her more than 20 years of experience in sales, product knowledge, and retail management.

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Pranda Group Reaffirms Dedication to Craftsmanship

Thai jewelry manufacturer Pranda Group expressed its commitment to partner relationships and high-quality products, explaining that its jewelry “is meticulously fashioned by our master craftsmen according to the exact specifications and timelines of our customers.”

“We have been working for decades with leading jewelry brand designers worldwide, giving us extensive knowledge on the various industry trends and consumer behaviors,” said executive director Chanat Sorakraikitikul. “Pranda is committed to driving further sustainable growth and enabling our partners to achieve even greater success through this knowledge.”

Pranda Group currently distributes to retailers worldwide and has offices in the United States, Europe, and India.

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