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Bio by Colin Nash, 4th Generation
Husband to Margi for 47 years and father of six sons.
With all the achievements and accomplishments of my father's life, he has given his six boys some enormous shoes to fill.
Dad grew up in London on Wellington Street, attended school at Catholic Central (walked five miles to and from school in the pouring rain and into the wind… both ways somehow).
Dad always enjoyed his athletics, excelling in football in high school as a 1 back and receiver and then moving on to the University of Western Ontario where he played with some of the greats such as Whit Tucker, Peter Martin and Barry Michelson along with many others.
Drafted by Ottawa as a Kicker, his knees unfortunately had a different idea.
Dad taught high school for two years in Toronto, went to Ohio State to do his doctorate, then taught 10 more years at the University of Windsor, University of Waterloo and Western University.
My father met my Mother – whose parents conveniently lived just down the street – at the University of Waterloo teaching none other than sex ed. After a week of courting, Margi’s mother graciously guided him into marriage. They were engaged, married and had six boys before they knew it. The first born a mere 15 months after they were married.
In 1976 Dad hung up the teaching hat and joined the family business working for my Grandfather, John B. Nash. With an incredible 35 year career and still going, Dad continues his passion (in no particular order) for Jewellery, the golf world, his family, the university and of course his community.
I couldn’t be a prouder son.
Position at Nash: Owner
Credentials: Certified Gemologist Appraiser
A Little Bit About Me: After graduating from the University of Western Ontario, I decided to take up the family business. Over the past decade I’ve had the opportunity to travel, live and mine in amazing places like the Yukon Territories, Australia, California, Arizona, Bancroft and more.
I graduated from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and continued to study and receive my Certified Gemologist degree from the American Gem Society (AGS). In 2010 I decided it was time to complete my studies and passed my Certified Gemologist Appraisers exam, the pinnacle of the Gemology world.
Married to Melissa Nash and Father of William Nash and Laurel Nash.
In June of 2016 we built from the ground up at the corner of Oxford & Wonderland and opened our new store putting everything under one roof.
On November 18, 2018 we will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary.
Position at Nash: Manager
Credentials: Certified Gemologist
A Little Bit About Me: After working in banking for nine years I decided to change careers and follow my heart, which led me to a small jewellery store in Victoria, B.C., where I started down the path to becoming a gemologist. In 2011 I moved back to London and joined the Nash family business at the Masonville location. In the spring of 2016 I completed my Certified Gemologist diploma, we closed the downtown store, and the Masonville store, and merged into one happy family at our beautiful location on Wonderland Road.
Position at Nash: Floor Manager
Credential: Certified Gemologist
Robyn first joined Nash's in 2000 when we opened the Masonville location. She graduated with an Honours Economics degree from Western's Huron University College in 1999. Having worked for a jeweller through university, she acquired a passion for commemorating life's special moments with jewellery. She pursued this passion by attaining a Certificate in Jewellery Repair and Design from George Brown College in 2000. Once joining the Nash Team, she quickly achieved her Graduate Gemologist title from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), her Certified Gemologist title from the American Gem Society (AGS), and was notably the top sales person for the first 5 years of the store. Robyn is now married and has 3 wonderful children. She returned to Nash's after a few years off for the family, and is now the Floor Manager. Robyn is thrilled to still be celebrating life's special moments with Londoners after two decades with the Nash team.
Joining Nash Jewellers in May 2000, Ron brought with him 35 years in Information Technology. After opening the North location and managing it for five years he moved to the downtown location to administer the whole company.
Ron would best be described as the “Operations Guy". In short - he keeps the stores operating. He is always looking to improve the business through automation and business solutions.
Currently working part-time, he is now looking after all the company’s I.T. requirements.
Position at Nash: Diamond Graduate
Now with 14 years of Jewellery Experience, Kailyn is a fun, warm and happy indidual on the Nash Team.
Having taken Graphic Design at Fanshawe College, she has always had an eye for design. She enjoys taking a creative twist to our Facebook Page, Twitter feed and instagram account, to keep clients updated with Nash’s products and services.
Previously specializing as a buyer, merchandiser, manager, and sales professional. Also enjoying working at Jewellery Trade Shows, for a company based out of Vancouver. She has her graduate diamonds degree from the Gemological Institute of America. She’s looking forward to gaining more experience, as well as using her design background to excel in the jewellery business.
Position at Nash: Sales Professional
Carolyn is one of our newest team mates and has had the pleasure of serving customers at Nash Jewellers since April 2018, and we've had the pleasure of working with her! Her customer service from decades in the service industry is welcomed addition.
Position at Nash: Master Goldsmith
Rosalie McGowan joined the Nash team in 2006 after graduating from the Goldsmithing program at Georgian College and apprenticing with a highly experienced goldsmith for three years. She has brought knowledge and experience to the repair bench and has embraced new laser technology, which in turn, has further enhanced her goldsmithing skills.
Rosalie continues to tackle customer repairs with enthusiasm and skill.
Credentials: Graduate Gemologist
Debra is a Fanshawe College Graduate with over 30 years experience in the jewellery industry. Since joining Nash Jewellers 18 years ago, she has obtained her Graduate Gemologist degree, through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). In her current position at Nash Jewellers, she offers a unique, knowledgeable and professional approach to sales, custom design, and her position as merchandiser. Deb is a veteran at Nash's and shows it on a daily basis. If you need a smile and an open ear, Debbie is your go to!
A graduate from the Goldsmithing program at Georgian College in Barrie Ontario, Kate has 18 years in the jewellery business, 8 of which have been with Nash Jewellers. She can be called upon to assist you in all your jewellery needs.
Designing is one of her passions and she is thrilled to be able to put her skills to use here. She has an extensive knowledge base and takes every opportunity to increase it that she can. Kate is now one of very few Certified Gemologist Appraisers in Canada and is working hard to take on this position. Currently she is helping with Administration, Estate buying and appraising pieces of potential interest for Nash's to buy and sell.
Position at Nash: Watch Ambassador
Credentials: Diamond Graduate
After graduating from Fanshawe Collage, Richard worked in the Optical and Eyewear business for five years. Wanting a change he applied for a position at Nash Jewellers and has been here for Eight Years.
As well as continuing his education and newly found enthusiasm for Gemology, he has discovered a passion for watches and fine timepieces. A recent trip to Baselworld really opened Richards eyes to the world of watches and will further his passion in continuing to build the current brands at Nash's along with searching out potential of new brands to service our region.
Credential: Graduate Gemologist
Jenna is a Graduate Gemologist with the Gemological Institute of America and a Goldsmithing Graduate from Georgian College, with over 10 years of experience in the Jewellery industry. She has been with Nash’s since September 2015, and has a passion for helping customers with special custom pieces.
Postion at Nash: Sales professional
Tingting is another new member to the Nash team. She started in June and is working on completing her Graduate Diamonds degree. Tingting speaks multiple languages including Mandarin which helps bridge the language barrier with our growing demographic at Nash's. Tingting is very social and connected and loves to be in the mix of things. A fantastic addition to an already talented team!
Val is another one of our cherished part time employees. She has been with us since September of 2014 and will be with us for years to come. Her sense of humour and personality raises the level of energy in our store the second she shows up. It may be the Brittish accent that does it, but Val sure has a way of making people smile.
Position at Nash's: Sales Professional
Emily joined Nash Jewellers in March of 2017. Her first year has been a great one learning the ins and outs of the industry very quickly. Emily is independant, and a great team mate. Emily has a great love for dogs. Emily is working on completing her Diamond Program through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
We have jewellery professionals ready to help.