The best part of Darwin Copeman’s day is sitting down for a coaching session with a member of his executive team. As president of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. (JM), he’s partly tasked with growing talent in the organization, as well as adding to it. It’s something he takes very seriously and thoroughly enjoys, he’s happy to say.
Apel Camgozlu is okay being a ‘wedding crasher.’ Not in the sense he surreptitiously mingles among invited guests like Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn did in the Hollywood flick of the same name. Instead, Apel has been known to hand-deliver wedding bands to his clients, even driving to Niagara Falls when a supplier failed to get a pair of rings to Toronto in time for the big day.
Three colourless synthetic diamonds sit on Sam Barbuzzi’s desk, though none are part of a parcel submitted for grading. Instead, the Gemesis-produced 40-pointers were sourced by one of Barbuzzi’s suppliers. Why? He wanted a closer look.
You could say it was serendipity that brought Carlos Soto and Pino Vallecorsa together. Both were working in the jewellery industry—Soto as a wax carver and designer, Vallecorsa also designing, while selling milling machines on the side.
What do you do when you have an idea to start a new jewellery business? If you’re Zaven Ghanimian and his brother, Henry, looking to your father for guidance is a no-brainer, particularly when dad happens to be Simon Ghanimian, the man behind Simon G.