The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced that Brad Padgett, an independent jeweler and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the new president of the statewide association. His two-year term of office as the organization’s president began May 16.
Padgett graduated with a B.S.B.A. in Business Administration from East Carolina University. After working in his family’s business and various capacities for a regional jewelry chain, Padgett opened his own store – Bradley’s Jewelers – in July 2005.
A member of the association since his store’s founding, Padgett has served on numerous NCJA committees and has served as the board’s first vice president. Most recently he was named First Citizens Bank and Trust 2015 Small Business Man of the Year for Onslow County.
His election took place at the NCJA annual meeting and conference. As a part of his duties this year Padgett will preside over all meetings of the group’s Board of Directors and represent the organization at numerous events and trade shows.
The North Carolina Jewelers Association is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advocacy and development of retail jewelers in the state, working for state regulatory fairness and national industry issues, while promoting the highest of ethical standards.