Industry icon of Bulova and Allison-Kaufman has passed away

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Herb Lewis, a respected industry leader and top executive at Bulova and Allison-Kaufman, passed away just days after his 100th birthday on June 9.

Lewis was exposed to the jewellery business at a young age, as his own father owned and operated a jewellery store. After growing up in the industry, he joined the Bulova Watch Co. as a salesman in 1948 and stayed with the company for 34 years, eventually becoming its vice-president.

At 65, Lewis retired from Bulova to spend another 15 years of his life as national sales manager and director of marketing for Allison-Kaufman Co., where he became the face of its industry ad campaign.

He was also active in industry groups, serving as president of the 24 Karat Club of Southern California. Additionally, Lewis was one of the founders of both the Atlanta Jewelry Show and the Pacific Jewelry Show.

Lewis is survived by his wife of 73 years, Anne; his son, Mark; his grandson, Brian; his great grandsons, Trevor and Trexton and his great granddaughter, Tahari. CJ

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