Peter Smith Named President of Vibhor Gems

Former Hearts on Fire executive Peter Smith moves to Vibhor Gems.
Industry veteran Peter Smith has been named President of Vibhor Gems. The former Hearts On Fire executive will join the New York based jewelry manufacturer in time for market week in Las Vegas. Vibhor was founded in 2000 and has emerged as an industry leader in machine-made bands and fine jewelry.

Vibhor Gems is a manufacturer of precision-made diamond-bands and fine jewelry based in New York City. Founded in 2000 by Manish and Neelu Dhadda, the company specializes in high-quality private label diamond jewelry. All Vibhor products are manufactured in the US and distributed through a network of independent specialty retailers.

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Persona Will Launch Peanuts Collaboration at JCK Las Vegas

(Press Release) The Persona brand will present its exclusive new collection, “Peanuts by Persona,” at JCK Las Vegas.

The collection is comprised of 18 sterling silver beads and charms featuring the iconic Peanuts characters.

Available in stores late August, the launch will be followed by a holiday collection to be released online and in-stores in November.

Also featured, is a sterling silver Persona bracelet with the Peanuts by Persona logo on its signature barrel lock and the collection comes with Peanuts-branded packaging to commemorate these unique keepsakes.

“The iconic Peanuts brand aligns perfectly with the family values we represent here at Persona. We are excited to offer consumers the opportunity to treasure pieces from this collection and take a trip down memory lane”, says Neil Travis, President of First Jewelry Limited, the exclusive distributor of Persona.

All beads and charms in the “Peanuts by Persona” collection are hand-crafted of sterling silver, and feature Austrian crystal, hand-painted enamel and Italian glass.

This collection will be available at www.personaworld.com and at select Persona retailers across North America.

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Jewelers Mutual Adds to Agent Hall of Fame

(Press Release) Roy Johnson of CAI Insurance Agency, Inc., Renee Merhige of MJM Global Insurance Brokerage Group, Inc., and Len Zwas of The Insurance Marketplace have been inducted into Jewelers Mutual's Agent Hall of Fame. The individuals were recognized at the company's National Sales Conference last week in Neenah, WI.

"Jewelers Mutual agents are the leading jewelers block insurance experts, and this year's Hall of Fame inductees are some of our most experienced agents," said Scott Murphy, president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual. "Roy, Renee and Len are all valued partners, proving to be experienced, knowledgeable, passionate and loyal. They should be proud of their success with Jewelers Mutual."

Members of the Agent Hall of Fame are recognized for their commitment to excellence in serving the jewelry industry and Jewelers Mutual's policyholders. They are regarded by the company as trusted advisors, demonstrating outstanding expertise in the areas of underwriting and loss prevention.

Many have also served as mentors to fellow agents.

Last year, Bob Carroll, Rick Franchi, Kent McClenahan, Karen Signorino and Rhea Van Hook were the first inductees to Jewelers Mutual Agent Hall of Fame.

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Karen Signorino Honored with Legacy Award

(Press Release) For more than 30 years, Karen Signorino of JM Insurance Services has represented Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company as a licensed agent with extensive experience in jewelers block coverage, and she has been recognized for her outstanding achievements as the 2015 recipient of the company's Legacy Award.

The Legacy Award was presented before an audience of her agent peers by Patrick Drummond, chief sales officer, at Jewelers Mutual's National Sales Conference last week.

"When I was introduced to Karen Signorino, I was struck by her passion for the jewelry industry and her history of success with Jewelers Mutual," said Scott Murphy, president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual. "Karen is an absolute expert on all aspects of jewelry insurance, and she stands out among our team as one of the most committed, most loyal, and most talented agents."

Following the awards ceremony, Signorino said, "I am both humbled and honored by this Legacy Award. I have been truly blessed over the years with the opportunity Jewelers Mutual gives me to serve the jewelry industry. When I started in the jewelry insurance field over 30 years ago, I had no way of knowing that I would meet so many wonderful people and build such long lasting relationships with my clients and colleagues."

Signorino began her career representing jewelers working for a small independent agency, McNary and McNary. In 1984, George McNary sold his agency to Marsh & McLennan, Inc., and she continued her career serving the jewelry industry, while employed by Marsh.

In 2000, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company purchased Karen's book of business which helped launch Jewelers Mutual's subsidiary, JM Insurance Services, LLC. With Signorino's sales leadership, the agency has expanded beyond California to serve jewelers in seven additional states including Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Washington, Alaska, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

As her career progressed, she achieved many professional designations including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager.

Karen Signorino is a devoted member of numerous industry organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California and has been a prior board member of the California Jewelers Association. In 2014, she was recognized by 24 Karat with the Excellence in Service Award. She is also a member of the Women's Jewelry Association, Northern California Chapter. In addition, she supports numerous charities and community service organizations.

Signorino has been married to her husband, John, for 44 years. They have two grown children, Nicole and Daniel, and two granddaughters, Lilyann and Annalee.

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