By Jacquie De Almeida
As you walk through the corridors of Stuller, Inc.’s vast headquarters in Lafayette, La., you’re apt to cross paths with any number of its 1200 employees, who without fail, greet you with a warm smile and a hello. Their bosses—company founder and chair, Matt Stuller, and Danny Clark, its president and chief operating officer—are equally friendly in their greeting at what is the first Bridge Conference of the year and one that includes a contingent of 24 Canadian retailers. They’ve made the trip from the Great White North to take in the company’s education program, which is designed to help them adjust to changes in the retail environment. This is the second time in as many years Stuller has organized a Bridge event around its Canadian customers. It also gave Jewellery Business an opportunity to tag along for the ride and get Stuller’s and Clark’s views on the industry, the retail landscape, and what jewellers need to succeed.