Buyers Intelligence Group (BIG) is pleased to announce a new addition to the BIG team, Ann Arnold as Chief Strategy Officer. Ann will focus on integrating BIG’s three powerful industry products, enabling the company to provide a comprehensive, scalable, industry solution that delivers dramatically improved performance to jewelry retailers and manufacturers.
Arnold is a 27-year veteran of the fine jewelry industry. She was formerly CEO of Lieberfarb, a US-based manufacturer of wedding, engagement and anniversary rings, produced in platinum, palladium and gold.
“BIG has the most amazing suite of tools and client services I have seen in the jewelry industry. I am excited about the opportunity of working with the entire BIG team to continue to develop tools that help bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers and strengthen that partnership. I will use all of my expertise and experience to help create solutions that will enable all businesses in the industry to improve as well as adapt to the changing business environment.”
BIG provides a community for manufacturers and retailers, currently known as BIG Buying Group, as well as offers the Balance to BuyTM inventory management system and Plexus PerformanceTM Groups. These are peer groups where members learn and discuss best practices while benchmarking inventory and financial data, in addition to analyzing marketing and merchandising efforts during each group’s two annual meetings.
Arnold, a CPA, will also be a facilitator for BIG’s Plexus Performance Groups and will be filling the newly open seats in our recently formed group. “I have been in this industry for a long time, and the opportunity I see here to offer impactful solutions to business owners that strengthen their business and improve our industry is absolutely thrilling.”
“I have known Ann for nearly 20 years and I don’t know many other individuals who have the depth of experience, credentials and work ethic that Ann embodies. I knew she would be a perfect fit for our culture of helping our clients and finding solutions for our industry. BIG has been experiencing significant growth over the past few years and the energy that Ann is known for is exactly what our company needs.” Says Abe Sherman, founder and CEO.
Arnold is the former president of the National Board of Directors of Women’s Jewelry Association and currently the association’s Scholarship Board President. She is a Vice Chair of Manufacturers Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA), sits on the executive board of Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT), is the Treasurer of the 24 Karat Club of New York and a board member of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. Arnold is also the CFO of H. Arnold Wood Turning, Inc., a premier supplier of wood products that was founded in 1919.