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JA Is Searching for the Next Retail ’20 Under 40’

Events & AwardsJan 30, 2023

JA Is Searching for the Next Retail ’20 Under 40’

Nominations are open now through March 24.

New York—Jewelers of America wants to recognize up-and-coming retail talent.

The organization is looking for its second class of “20 Under 40” retail professionals.

Launched last year, the 20 Under 40 list highlights jewelers who show leadership, talent, and a commitment to the fine jewelry and watches industry.

The list is open not just to store owners but also salespeople, managers, bench jewelers, marketers, accountants, or anyone who works in jewelry retail full-time for a store that is a JA member.

“The inaugural class of ‘20 Under 40 in Jewelry Retail’ was filled with immensely talented individuals,” said JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue to recognize up-and-coming talent within our JA member stores and shine a light on their skills and determination to pave a bright future for the jewelry industry.”

Applicants may self-nominate or nominate someone else.

To be considered, nominees should be under age 40 as of Jan. 18, 2023; be a full-time employee in a jewelry retail store or fine jewelry and watches department of a store that is an active Jewelers of America member and sells through brick-and-mortar or e-commerce; and have at least three years of experience in the jewelry and watches industry.

Those who make the list will receive a certification, JA press outreach, features on JA social media and the company’s website, and a free JA certification course.

Nominations can be submitted on the JA website.

The 20 Under 40 list is sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Group and Synchrony. 

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