Michael M. Poole, 55, has been named vice president and general merchandise manager at Little Switzerland Inc. The company’s merchandising activities previously had been directed by John Toler, Little Switzerland’s former president, who resigned Aug. 31.

Poole has more than 30 years of retail jewelry experience. Most recently, he was president of jewels at A.H. Riise & Co., a St. Thomas upscale jewelry retailer.

Little Switzerland operates 26 stores on 10 Caribbean islands and three stores on Alaska cruise ships.


Dr. Anthony M. Schiano has been named executive vice president of Scull & Co., a management and financial consulting group based in North Bergen, N.J. His duties include maintaining all systems and serving as a liaison with clients.

Schiano, who retired from his oral and maxillofacial surgery practice on June 30, is a graduate of Georgetown University Dental School. He served in Okinawa in the U.S. Army Dental Corps as a captain responsible for a 40-bed oral and maxillofacial surgery unit.

He has served as chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Palisades General Hospital in North Bergen, N.J., and at Riverside General Hospital in Secaucus, N.J. He has also been president of the medical staff and chairman of the board of governors of Palisades General Hospital. He was president of the Hudson County Dental Society in 1982-83.


Miami-based Michele Watches has added three sales representatives to its sales team. Joe Mosca will cover the Midwest territory. A 28-year veteran of the industry, he has worked with Piaget and Eterna Watch. Kathleen Vetlesen will cover the West Coast. She has 25 years’ experience, most recently as an account executive with Seiko Corporation of America. Michael Muskat will cover South Florida. He was previously sales director for Fendi watches in Florida and the Caribbean.

Vicky C. Teherani has been named chief operating officer of PAJ Inc., a privately held global jewelry company based in Dallas. In her new position, she manages the operations of the company and aids the president in personnel and policy-related matters. She comes to PAJ from A.H. Belo Corp., a Dallas media company. She has an MBA in finance from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Arthur F. Lauer, 71, of Springfield, Ill., died Sept. 13. He was the past president and owner of Stout & Lauer Jewelers, retiring in 1992. Previously, he was district sales manager for Longines Wittnauer Watch Co. He was a past president of the Illinois Retail Jewelers Association.

Eleanor Kalan, 77, died Sept. 10. She worked in jewelry stores in Atlanta for nearly 40 years, learning the business from her husband, Abe Young, who ran jewelry stores in Georgia and South Carolina. After his death, she became a saleswoman and buyer at the former Citizens Jewelry Co., where she worked for more than 30 years. She later joined Maier & Berkele Jewelers, where she worked into her 70s. She became a Certified Gemologist in 1978.


June A. Herman, owner and vice president of Jabel Inc., Irvington, N.J., died Oct. 14 after a short illness.

Herman began doing public-relations work for Jabel in 1952. She was the editor of “Facets of Jabel,” the company’s newsletter, inaugurated in 1965. She also was known for hosting tours of Jabel’s factories and for addressing customers and community groups.

An active member of the industry, she served on the Jewelry Industry Council and the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. She was a member of the board of directors of the Jewelers Security Alliance from 1981 until her death and was chairman of the board of JSA in 1990 and 1991. She became an American Gem Society registered supplier in 1965 and was an active AGS member. She was also a member of the Twenty-four Karat Club of the City of New York, the Jewelers’ Twenty-four Karat Club of Southern California, and the Brotherhood of Traveling Jewelers. She was a founding member of the Women’s Jewelry Association and chaired its Scholarship Committee.


Donald L. Horwitz, 71, president of H. Horwitz Co., Chicago’s oldest family-owned jewelry store, died Sept. 23 after a one-year battle with cancer. He was the son of Hyman Horwitz, the founder of H. Horwitz Co., established in 1899. He began in the jewelry business at age 13 and worked in the store until his death. He was a Certified Gemologist.

Horwitz, who received an electrical engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and learned to fly a plane before he was old enough to drive, became known for his expertise in the design and mechanics of jewelry.

Under his leadership, H. Horwitz Co. became the first tenant in Water Tower Place on Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue in 1975. His wife, Phyllis Horwitz, and son, Craig Horwitz, remain active in the business.