SOUTHPORT, CT: Rich Foley of Schroth & Lorenson Jewelers in Summit is pictured here at the headquarters of the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) in Southport, Connecticut where he was one of five IJO members invited to be part of a review board to select new jewelry lines for inclusion in the organization Buying Group.
"Rich was selected as a representative for the entire membership to sit on this
committee because of his knowledge and expertise in diamond, colored stone, gold and
pearl jewelry as well as his strong marketing know-how", said IJO Director of Member
Services, Penny Palmer. “We don’t buy product -- our members do - so this process
and these decisions are always left up to our retail members. Rich’s contribution was
“This has been both an honor and a privilege to have been chosen for this significant
task, which is essential to the overall success of the membership”, Foley stated.
“Because of the strength of this first-class organization, hundreds of vendors try to get
on board each year. It was quite an interesting process working with four other retail
members to determine who ’gets in’ and who doesn’t. It was also quite an awesome
responsibility. It was a pleasure to serve in a role that helps make IJO even stronger.”
The board spent two full days examining the lines of twenty companies and approved
just a limited number whose craftsmanship and quality met their high standards.
"I am confident the membership will be excited about Rich’s choices and we’re grateful for his qualified input;, added IJO President & CEO Jeff Roberts. “These new lines will further strengthen our Buying Group as well as offer new opportunities for the retail
Schroth & Lorenson Jewelers is the exclusive Master IJO Jeweler member in the
New Jersey Summit area and is located at 446 Springfield Avenue.