Why Matt Gilmore Decided to Join the Family Business

Matt surprised (and delighted) his parents by joining their four-decade-old family businessMatt Gilmore has vivid childhood memories of watching his dad, Pat, get spruced up for work in the family store, Dunbar Jewelers. “I always liked seeing my dad put on a suit every morning,” he recalls. “It made it seem like going to work was very important.” Still, Matt never thought about joining his parents’ Yakima, Wash.–based business, let alone taking it over one day. “When I was 15, I?started doing things like mailings and cleaning and painting at the store,” he says. “But I was never pressured to join the business in any way.” After graduating college—then doing a stint in the trucking industry—the idea of working with his family became more attractive. “He really surprised us by calling us up and saying he wanted to be a goldsmith,” remembers Pat, a third-ge

This content is exclusive to JCK Pro subscribers. Subscribe now to access this and much more with discount code GOPRO21 for $199 for an entire year of access (reg. $249).


Already a JCK Pro? Log in

A JCK Pro subscription is your all-access pass to people and resources on the
cutting edge of the retail jewelry industry, from the industry authority you
know and trust

Learn about the Perks of JCK Pro

Log Out

Are you sure you want to log out?

CancelLog out