Miami Beach, FL (October 18, 2015) - The evening of October 16, 2015, at JIS Miami October was a special moment in history for the thirty six year old jewelry trade show. For the first time, the retail and exhibitor community came together to celebrate the inaugural JIS Retailer of the Year Award. The distinction was created to spotlight retailers from around the globe who have exceeded the standards of excellence in promotion, relationship with their customers and suppliers, and sale of quality merchandise.
The three finalists included Ballerina Jewelers – with locations in St. Thomas and St. Maarten, Colombian Emeralds International – located throughout the Western Hemisphere, and Maharaja's Fine Jewelry – in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Colombian Emeralds International was announced as the inaugural winner in the chic Galleria Lounge located in of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Jordan Tuchband, Industry Vice President, presented the award to Peter Allan, CEO of Colombian Emeralds International. Stated by Peter Allan, "Colombian Emeralds International is honored and elated to be selected as the first JIS Retailer of the Year Award Winner. The JIS Show is just great. It is the perfect time of year, just before the Christmas buying season, and I am excited to see the show growing. We've been hearing about the new changes coming to JIS for months and seeing them in person is even better. I look forward to Colombian Emeralds International being a part of the new future of JIS."
Colombian Emeralds International, a member of the Dufry Group, has nearly 50 retail locations throughout the Western Hemisphere, from the Eastern Caribbean to Mexico, as well as on board select cruise lines. After more than 40 years in business, the company continues to grow and flourish in the jewelry industry.
JIS exhibitors were asked to nominate retailers for the JIS Retailer of the Year Award based on four criteria - their commitment to fair business practices, relationship with the JIS exhibitors, uniqueness of their store within the jewelry market and their quality of merchandise. Once the nomination process concluded, a panel of industry professionals selected three finalists who were announced on opening day of the JIS Miami October Show. The winner was selected through on-site ballot voting by both the retail and exhibiting community.
About JIS Miami:
The Jewelers International Showcase (JIS) Miami was founded in 1979 to supply the jewelry trade markets of Latin America, the Caribbean, Florida and the southeastern United States with product in advance of the busiest buying times of the year. JIS Miami takes place three times a year – January, April and October – in the beautiful Art Deco district of Miami Beach, Florida. The October show is the second-largest jewelry trade event in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 1,250 booths from around the world offering high-quality merchandise at all price points. All JIS shows are produced by Reed Exhibitions, the world's leading event organizer with more than 500 events in 43 countries. For additional information on JIS, visit jisshow.com.
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