Jim began his illustrious career in 1972, in Lancaster, PA. He was recruited by his American Legion baseball coach, who was a manager at Kay Jewelers. From baseball field to selling diamonds, Jim quickly became a manager at Kay’s in Cornwell Heights, Pennsylvania. He managed the store for a year before accepting a position with JE Caldwell as Merchandise Coordinator. JE Caldwell promoted Silfies in 1976 to Store Manager in Harrisburg, PA. He evolved within the company until 1992, going from Pennsylvaniato the Wilmington, Delaware Dupont Hotel, washington d.c. on Connecticut Avenue, where he was operations manager. He ended his career at JE Caldwell supervising two stores in King of Prussia, PA.
After Jim’s track record of success in the industry, a colleague of his tipped him off to an opportunity with Hamilton Jewelers. In 1992 he interviewed Martin and Hank Siegel and accepted a role in Princeton, New Jersey as store manager. He was promoted to Regional Director of from Hamilton of them Stores in Florida in Palm Beach County in 1994 and led the region through 2021, helping countless clients and mentoring countless hamilton team members along the way.
Chief Operating Officer of Hamilton Jewelers Andrew Siegel said: “When I started in the industry, my father and my late grandfather told me that if I wanted to learn something, I should watch Jim Silfies. I spent many days watching and listening to Jim’s interactions with clients and team members and quickly realized there was simply no one like Jim. The ease with which he puts you in the center of his attention means that you will always feel good after an interaction with Jim. I will miss watching him work, but I’m so happy for him as he embarks on his next well-deserved chapter.”
During his 30-year career with hamiltonJim has mentored hundreds of employees, represented hamilton in the industry and the community, has established wonderful relationships with customers and has been involved in the sale of millions of dollars in fine jewelry and timepieces.
President and CEO of Hamilton Hank Siegel commented, “It was an honor to count Jim Silfies as a member of the hamilton family for 30 years. Jim possesses characteristics that have served him well as a leader from the start…fierce loyalty, a commitment to doing what’s best for the company, unconditional support for his team members, and a desire to give themselves extraordinary means to please the customer. His humour, reliability and vast knowledge of the industry have been tremendous assets throughout his career. Through his tenure with hamilton, Jim wore many hats – leader, closer, recruiter, coach and all around good guy. All hamilton joins the Siegel family in wishing Jim and his wonderful wife, Michelle, much fun in this next phase of their life together.”
SOURCE Hamilton Jewelers