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Awards for Excellence


 

JULY 25, 2016

The Hammerstein Ballroom

at the Manhattan Center
New York, New York
Cocktails 6:30pm
Dinner & Program 8:00pm


 

2016 HALL OF FAME HONOREES

SISSY JONES 

Lifetime Achievement Award


Sissy Jones began her remarkable journey over forty-five years ago. In 1970, she rented an old log cabin in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and opened an antique and jewelry store called Sissy’s Log Cabin. Like all good things, Sissy’s Log Cabin gained notoriety and monumental success, becoming one of the most well-known and well-respected jewelry stores in all of Arkansas. Today, Sissy’s Log Cabin has three generations of the Jones family and over twenty family members involved in the company.
Throughout the last six years, Sissy’s has experienced rapid growth, adding stores in Little Rock, Jonesboro, and Memphis. The original Pine Bluff store still has a gift shop that features antique silver, bridal registry, decorative accessories and unique gift items. The business employs over one hundred people, including eight graduate gemologists, a professional sales staff as well as a staff of master jewelers and designers, one of whom is from Brazil. 
Sissy has been very active in her community, and serves on many statewide and national boards, commissions, and organizations. She has also served as a foster care parent.
 

PETER ENGEL

The Ben Kaiser Award


Peter Engel is president of Fred Meyer Jewelers, based in Portland, Oregon.  He is responsible for overseeing 328 stores in 31 states.
Peter joined Fred Meyer Jewelers in 1981 as a sales associate. In 1986, he became a manager then transitioned into a regional supervisor in 1993. During the acquisition of Littman Jewelers in 1998, Peter was promoted to vice president of Operations on the East Coast. In 2001, he became group vice president of store operations. Peter was named to his current role in 2005.  He is heavily involved in the jewelry industry by serving on the board of directors for Jewelers for Children (JFC), Diamond Council of America (DCA) and the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF).  He is also actively involved with Jewelers of America (JA).  Peter attended Utah Valley College and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

BEN BRIDGE

Corporate Award


For more than 100 years, Ben Bridge has provided the very best jewelry, paying special attention to personal, caring service.  Established as a small watch shop in downtown Seattle in 1912, Ben Bridge Jeweler is run by the fourth and fifth generation of the Bridge family who maintain their reputation of high standards of integrity, quality, value, selection and service. Today the business is owned by Berkshire Hathaway.  Ben Bridge operates over 80 stores in the Western United States and Canada.

Photos from the 2015 Awards for Excellence Gala