After 30+ years on the road covering North Carolina, South Carolina and part of Virginia, sales representative Carolyn Woltz Lennon has announced her retirement. Carolyn began her career in 1983 with CMI Jewelry Wholesale in Raleigh, NC. She went on to represent Minneapolis, MN-based Jewelmont then New York City-based Gabriel & Co. She finished her illustrious career on a high note with Seattle-based Simon Golub.
“I feel blessed to have spent my last 5 years with Simon Golub,” said Carolyn. “They are such a wonderful company and I have made friends for life. These were my happiest years in the industry!”
Carolyn was a pioneer as one of the first females reps in the jewelry industry. “My customers welcomed me with open arms,” she said. “Some of my most treasured friendships are with my customers, my friends. They have supported me both professionally and personally and I love them dearly!”
Carolyn is a long time member of the North Carolina Jewelers Association and currently is still serving on the board. She is a member of the 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States, also currently serving on the board of directors.
A mainstay at the Atlanta Jewelry Show for decades, Carolyn will also stay busy working with the Southern Jewelers Travelers Association (SJTA, producers of the Atlanta Show) working with the semi-annual event to reconnect with NC and SC retailers who have not attended the show in quite some time. “There isn’t a more dynamic person to work with retailers from the Carolina’s than Carolyn,” says Carol Young, Executive Director, SJTA. “The combination of her knowledge of the territory, the deep ties and personal connections to her customers, mixed together with her 35 year membership at the Atlanta Jewelry Show makes her the ideal person to reach out and inform attendees what they have been missing at the Atlanta Jewelry Show.
“In addition to reeducating retailers to the vast programming the show offers, Carolyn has also been reminding them that the Atlanta Show is the perfect event for independents,” added Young.
“The Atlanta Show is where I began my career. It was the most important show for me throughout my career, and is the show I want to share and encourage retailers from the Carolinas to support,” explains Carolyn. “I am happy to say that I am now a part of the best show in the industry.” Be sure to look for Carolyn at the August 8-10 Atlanta Jewelry Show.
In her spare time Carolyn looks forward to spending more time with her family, working in her many gardens and volunteering at Saving Grace NC, a nonprofit dog rescue shelter. “Who knows what else the future holds?” she says.