The William “Wag” Wagner
Business Excellence Award
William “Wag” Wagner1966 - 2018
Edge Retail Academy endeavors to support independent jewelry stores to achieve business success.
With that in mind, we’ve started an annual award to acknowledge the store which best achieves business excellence over the past 12 months.
We’ve named the award after our well-respected Edge Retail Academy Business Advisor William (Wag) Wagner who exemplified this excellence.
Edge Retail Academy President David Brown commented “We honor Wag’s enormous integrity, sense of fair play and friendship.” Wag worked for Edge Retail Academy for 8+ years, after 30 years in the jewelry industry.
To acknowledge business excellence from independent retailers.
To honor the memory of our long-serving Edge Retail Academy Business Advisor, William (Wag) Wagner whose service, loyalty and advice went well beyond the expectations of our clients, his work colleagues and our company.
Don Broyles Calvin Broyles Jewelers
“ Wag was a unique individual. He had an incredible work ethic, excelled at whatever he put his mind to and had an incredible ability to connect with people. Wag could crunch numbers, sell and make your business better by helping you focus on what was important. Congratulations to all the recipients of the William (Wag) Wagner award, that live up to his standard. ”
Stacy Wagner “ Wag loved seeing his clients succeed in improving their businesses. He pushed them to achieve their goals, always providing encouragement with a reassuring hand. His clients always knew he would be there to support them … He was passionate about their success! " Thank you, to The Edge Retail Academy for paying tribute to Wag by establishing this annual Business Excellence Award in his honor and helping keep his legacy alive! ”
2018-2019 winner announced
Sophie Shor & Lucy ZimmermanRoman Jewelers
Sophie Shor and Lucy Zimmerman of Roman Jewelers have been awarded the first annual William (Wag) Wagner Award.
Roman Jewelers of Bridgewater Township, New Jersey is a family-owned retailer of more than 30 years with a passion for designing custom jewelry across 4 generations.
Edge Retail Academy Business Advisor, Sherry Smith, has worked with Roman Jewelers for 2 years. Sherry commented “Sophie and Lucy were very open-minded to implement industry best practices. They focused extensively on improving the margins of their sales team through a new compensation plan.”
Roman Jewelers found their gross profit increased 16% in one year with the new plan.
Sophie Shor was excited to learn about winning the award. “My daughter Lucy and I never would have believed we were capable of accomplishing our margin goals without the guidance of Sherry and the Edge Retail Academy. They have made a measurable impact to our business.”
Sophie and Lucy were presented with the award and a $1000 prize.
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