Kelly Lewin

Posted by Perry Lewin | Team Members | Wednesday 23 March 2011 5:03 pm

Kelly Lewin is co-owner and vice president of Decatur Jewelry & Pawn.  Kelly joined our team in 2006 and has gained considerable knowledge and industry insight into the pawn & jewelry business.  As co-owner, Kelly is actively involved in management, planning and implementation of the company’s policies & procedures.  She actively communicates with the company’s general manager, Jenny Hettinger.  Together most of Decatur Jewelry & Pawn’s direction is born between these two top-level managers and administrators.

Kelly is a native Decatur-ite.  She has resided in Decatur her whole life except for a short time to complete her undergraduate collegiate degree at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and masters degree at the University Of Illinois.  Kelly’s organizational and administrative skills have enabled Decatur Jewelry & Pawn to expand to a second location in Mt. Zion.  In addition, her foresight has helped the company open new markets and attract a wider audience of customers.

Decatur Jewelry & Pawn:  217-875-6625 or email here.

Perry Lewin

Posted by Perry Lewin | Team Members | Sunday 31 January 2010 9:33 am

Perry Lewin is the owner and co-founder of Decatur Jewelry & Pawn.  Established in 1993, Decatur Jewelry & Pawn has been an industry leader in the collateral loan  business. Perry Lewin, third-generation jeweler has brought his world-renowned jewelry experience and merged his jewelry  knowledge with the pawn industry to offer customers quick cash loans on their family heirlooms, offering the highest amounts loaned in the Central Illinois area.  In addition, Perry’s  vast jewelry knowledge has enabled Decatur Jewelry & Pawn to grow into one of the area’s largest and most respected retail jewelry stores in the area, offering in-stock jewelry, expert jewelry repairs, custom jewelry design, loose diamonds & gemstones, special orders and more

Decatur Jewelry & Pawn:  217-875-6625 or email here.

Jenny Hettinger

Posted by Perry Lewin | Team Members | Friday 29 January 2010 5:35 pm

Jenny started with Decatur Jewelry & Pawn in 2005 and is fast approaching her 9-year mark.  Jenny started as a pawn assistant and retail specialist.  Throughout the years, she has steadily shown that she has a keen eye for detail.  This, coupled with her aggressive, hands-on approach, has elevated Jenny to the rank of Corporation General Manager.  Her duties include all operational management of both locations.  She leads a team of 20 excellent team members.

Jenny has been a part of our corporation’s continued success and growth.  It’s hard to say where you will catch her at either store.  She is constantly on the move, checking in with each department and both stores.  But, when you do catch her, you’ll be sure to notice her true smile and pleasing personality.  Stop in some time and say hi to her.  She loves interacting with our awesome customers, sharing stories going years back.

Jenny is a Decatur local, lives nearby and has two children.

Decatur Jewelry & Pawn:  217-875-6625 or Email here.

Dennis Wittig

Posted by Perry Lewin | Team Members | Friday 29 January 2010 12:14 pm

Dennis started at Decatur Jewelry & Pawn in 2007 and has worn a multitude of hats throughout the store and his career here.  Dennis is an accomplished, professional musician, with over 30 years experience playing in a variety of local bands.  Currently, Dennis operates our on line Ebay Department, performing all the necessary tasks to ensure a successful Ebay presence. Dennis started in our pawn department, learning the day to day operations from the initial “pawn” intake, testing, valuation and customer service.  In addition to Dennis’s Ebay responsibilities, he also maintains an active retail client list, assisting in all areas of our retail operation.

His musical equipment knowledge is so vast, it is hard to pass a product past him that he doesn’t know.  Dennis’s soft spoken, calm demeanor is comforting to both first time and seasoned customers.  Dennis enjoys reading, history, trivia and good friendship with his fellow musicians and team members at Decatur Jewelry & Pawn.

If you have any musical equipment or electronic questions for us, please be sure to see or call Dennis.  He’s a pleasant, ready-t0-help associate who will make your experience very pleasant.  For more information, email Dennis here, or call 217-875-6625 local, or 1-888-877-4367 toll free.

Shelley McGraw

Posted by Perry Lewin | Team Members | Thursday 28 January 2010 3:00 pm

Shelley McGraw has been a valuable Team Member of Decatur Jewelry & Pawn since joining us in April of 2009.  Shelley brings a wealth of management, charity, volunteer and retail experience to our company.  Shelley was recently promoted to Store Manager of our Decatur location.  Shelley’s attention to detail,  dedicated service and willingness to go the extra mile has made her a valuable asset to Decatur Jewelry & Pawn. She has gained considerable experience and knowledge in our jewelry and jewelry repair department.  Since joining our team, Shelley has developed a loyal customer following of her own and is commonly spotted in the jewelry department pleasantly interacting with our customers and her jewelry team members.

Shelley resides in Forsyth, IL. with her husband and two children.  Shelley is an avid traveler, enjoying spending time with her family in Southern Texas when time allows.  To contact Shelley, please call 1-217-875-6625 or drop her an email at decaturjewelry1@comcast.net.

Gerri Harres – Lead Jeweler

Posted by Perry Lewin | Team Members | Wednesday 27 January 2010 8:15 pm

Gerri Harres, an area local, joined Decatur Jewelry & Pawn in 2009.  Gerri came to us with over 13 years of jewelry making skills.  She learned her jewelry trade working her way up at a local, expanding jewelry business.  Upon their closing, Gerri took some much needed time off before seeking out employment at Decatur Jewelry & Pawn.  Gerri was cross-trained in all operations of Decatur Jewelry & Pawn, but our focus was on unleashing Gerri’s awesome jewelry talents.  Soon, she flew to Baton Rouge, LA. for an intensive training session on Laser Jewelry Repair, the latest technology in the jewelry industry, revolutionizing the art of jewelry repair.

Gerri has been instrumental in the growth of Decatur Jewelry & Pawn’s jewelry repair department.  Our jewelry repair department has QUICKLY become one of Decatur’s best jewelry repair destinations. Within 2 years, our jewelry repair has grown so quickly, we were lucky enough to hire another full-time “bench jeweler.”  The term “bench jeweler,” is a phrase used in the industry to describe the “jeweler” who actually does the physical work on your piece of jewelry.  They cut the ring to size it up or down.  They solder a mount on a ring with a torch, melting gold in the process.  A “bench jeweler” sets your diamonds, sizes your rings, repairs your broken chains, removes diamonds & gemstones and re-sets them into more beautiful, wearable items.  Our new jeweler, Chris Marshall, is mentioned in the next Team Member Post.  Be sure to read her BIO. She is everything Gerri is and she loves the motto:  ”I May Not Be Perfect, But At Least I’m Not Fake.!.  Chris has been an awesome addition to Decatur Jewelry & Pawn’s jewelry repair department.

Email Gerri here at decaturjewelry1@comcast.net

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