This week, Jewelers Mutual Group announced the retirement of long-time executive, David Sexton.
A regular columnist for Jewellery Business, Sexton began his association with Jewelers Mutual in 1980 as an underwriting assistant. From there, he enhanced his career through roles in commercial lines customer service, CL underwriting, and specialty account management.
In 2004, he was appointed vice-president of loss prevention and consulting and was responsible for the development, recommendation, and implementation of Jewelers Mutual’s loss prevention policy. Further, he is credited with building key relationships between Jewelers Mutual with the jewellery, alarm, and law enforcement communities, to effectively promote comprehensive loss prevention strategies to reduce jewellery exposures to loss.
“You’re known by the company you keep,” Sexton says. “It’s all about the people. Working with people to help them solve their risk management challenges has really been the most rewarding aspect of my insurance career.”
A member of the 24 Karat Club of New York, Sexton currently serves on the board of directors for the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, a non-profit association devoted to reducing crimes against the jewellery industry, as well as the Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA).
In 2016, he received the Industry Service Award from the Jewelers’ Security Alliance and, in 2018, was recognized by the American Gem Society (AGS) with its John J. Kennedy Law Enforcement Award.
While Sexton will officially retire from Jewelers Mutual on Dec. 31, he plans to remain involved with the company for the foreseeable future through engagement with Jewelers Mutual associates, jewellery associations at industry events, and collaborations with agents/brokers.
“I will always treasure the relationships I have made during my association with Jewelers Mutual,” Sexton says. “My retirement is not an end, but rather a beginning. The leadership of Jewelers Mutual has a clear path for continuing our vital loss prevention mission to provide innovative risk management solutions for the industry we serve, not just insurance.”
To read Sexton’s archive of JB columns on topics related to jewellery retail safety and security, click here.