An industry leader in jewelry sales strategies and promotions, Jewelry Advisors Group provides guidance to jewelry store owners seeking to increase revenue, sell off unwanted jewelry inventory, or liquidate an entire store.
About Jewelry Advisors Group
Jewelry Advisors Group recognizes that each jewelry store has its own identity and market conditions. Our team uses a personalized approach to help store owners and chains formulate strategies designed to maximize revenue in times of transition, creating effective plans for jewelry promotions and clearance sales, store closings, going out of business events, jeweler retirement sales, and relocation sales events.
When the goal is to improve jewelry sales to avoid a store closing, Jewelry Advisors Group draws on a breadth of experience in a wide range of jewelry operations and works alongside the owners to revitalize the business. As long-time, successful jewelry consultants with strong relationships in the industry, Jewelry Advisors Group possesses significant jewelry inventory and has a network of suppliers offering an impressive list of designers to ensure that the right inventory is available for any type of store.
An expert management team
Jewelry Advisors Group is led by a strong team of senior managers who possess extensive experience working with jewelry inventory, sales, financial and business management. The senior management team is supported by a seasoned team of jewelry store owners and operators who carry their expertise and business savvy into the field, working hard on behalf of our clients every day.
Bob Epstein - Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Epstein was the longtime CEO at Silverman Consultants (est. 1945), before becoming a partner-owner in Jewelry Advisors Group. Mr. Epstein has over 30 years of experience in finance, operations, strategic planning and corporate accounting. He also has extensive experience in the areas of inventory evaluation, restructuring, bankruptcy, crisis management, budgeting and financial planning. Over the years, Epstein has led projects for numerous major jewelry liquidations, including Whitehall Jewelers, Friedman’s Jewelers, Ross Simons, and Samuel’s Fine Jewelers. Additionally, he has led projects for over 1,000 independent jewelers, including promotional events, downsizings and liquidations.
John Jones - Chief Operating Officer
Prior to becoming a partner-owner in Jewelry Advisors Group, Mr. Jones served as COO of Silverman Consultants for years. Mr. Jones has been responsible for purchasing and selling over 100 million dollars in jewelry assets. An expert in evaluating and appraising inventory, he has been hired by numerous financial institutions to assess the value of client jewelry inventories. He has extensive experience in both the retail and wholesale jewelry businesses, where he has formed relationships that have led to numerous opportunities to acquire inventory at exceptional values. Mr. Jones started his career at Zales as a buyer for one of the largest jewelry organizations in the industry.
James Schaye - CEO/Partner at Eaton Hudson
James Schaye is a lifelong apparel merchant and retailer His experience goes from an extensive retail background to operating various Apparel Companies. After beginning his career with Raymond’s Department Store, his family’s business, James worked for Federated Department Stores In several capacities. Moving away from Retail, James operated in various roles with Apparel Firms. He was involved with Product development and eventually owned and operated two woman’s sportswear companies.
James has also been involved with Brand Development and Brand Management. Working on various Brands such as Starter.
James is an expert in origination, negotiation, and implementation of retail asset redeployment strategies. Moving on to retail asset recover, James founded Hudson Capital Partners, LLC. James spent 15 years with Gordon Brothers and Schottensteln Corp., specializing in strategic store closings, asset recovery of inventory, fixtures, underlying real estate and leases. He is a graduate of New York University and pursued his MBA at Babson College. Over the years, James has participated In a variety of high profile transactions for numerous high profile retailers including the following companies: JC Penney, Circuit City, Toys R Us, Pic’ n Pay Home Centers, Tractor Supply, Federated Department Stores, Service Merchandise, Target (Mervyn’s and Marshall Fields), Saks Fifth Avenue, Channel Home Centers, Kmart, Bradlees, and Caldors, just to name a few.
Fulton Stokes - Chief Operating Officer/Partner at Eaton Hudson
Fulton Stokes has over 35 years experience in the retail industry. Prior to co-founding Hudson Capital, Mr. Stokes was a Managing Director of Gordon Brothers Retail Partners. In this capacity, Mr. Stokes directed some of the largest retail inventory liquidations conducted in the United States history. Mr. Stokes has extensive experience as a retailer and retail consultant, specializing in turnaround operations. In 1985 he joined Bill’s Dollar Stores, Inc. as Vice President of Store Operations and was quickly promoted to Chief Executive Officer where he oversaw the chain’s growth to 550 stores and $250 million in annual revenue. Fulton began his retail management career with J.C. Penny and W. F. Beall Corporation where he worked in merchandising and store operation positions. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama.
Darcy Knapp - Digital Marketing Director
20+ Years in online marketing and web management (yes, first 2 years on dial up). Business consulting and strategic planning for small/medium business from start up through restart/rebranding. Web Mechanic and Paid Search Analyst, SEO Specialist and copywriter. Guest lecturer at SUNY Albany, St Rose, CTNH & CTU Masters degree programs for online marketing.
Andrew Martens, CPA
Andrew has over 6 years of financial services and accounting experience. Prior to joining Hudson Capital, Andrew worked at a boutique accounting and consulting firm in Boston where he served high-net worth individuals and their businesses. He provided audit, tax, planning, compliance, and consulting services to a wide variety of clients ranging from 401k plans, manufacturers, distributors, investment companies, private foundations, and real estate investment properties. Andrew was a dual major at Saint Michael’s College, obtaining degrees in both Business and Accounting. He also holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from Northeastern University.