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Kristie Nicolosi is the President and CEO of The Kingswood Company, the industry’s leading supplier of private-label jewelry care products. After acquiring the business in 2005, Nicolosi channeled a life-long love of jewelry into re-energizing the company’s offerings. With business savvy, a creative eye and a dedication to offering customers the most customizable product line, Nicolosi has added new jewelry cleaning formulas and a wide array of new packaging options. Expanded design capabilities allow customers to create a line of products in keeping with their brand, while improving sell-through and brand recognition. Nicolosi has also expanded the company’s distribution channels from almost exclusively retail jewelers to manufacturers, direct sales, pawn stores and international distribution.
In addition to offering the most effective and beautiful jewelry care products in the market, Nicolosi travels extensively both nationally and internationally to keep up with the latest trends in the jewelry industry and to share her expertise in jewelry care, cleaning and education. A frequent contributor to publications such as In Store, Martha Stewart Weddings, the American Gem Society’s Spectra, the American Gem Trade Association’s Prism and more, Nicolosi also shares her knowledge and insights in her own blog #cleanjewelry and through Facebook and Twitter.
Throughout her career, Nicolosi has been active in organizations and efforts to support and mentor women. She is a member of the International Board of Directors of the Women’s Jewelry Association; a long-time board member and supporter of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio; and is an active supporter of The Women’s Book, the Junior League of Columbus, the United Way and the Columbus College of Art & Design. She is also a three-time nominee of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s prestigious Awards for Excellence.
As CEO, Nicolosi has committed The Kingswood Company to sustainability and reduction of its environmental footprint. A redesign of the company’s jars reduced plastic use by 25,000 pounds per year. A focus on using a domestic supply chain is a win for both the local economy and the environment. And a partnership with a local moving company has resulted in roughly 2,500 pounds of cardboard boxes being reused rather than recycled annually.
Prior to acquiring The Kingswood Company, Nicolosi had a successful career in the financial services industry, serving clients at both Ernst & Young and Fifth Third Bank. She is a 1994 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds an active CPA license in Ohio. A lifelong devotee of beautiful jewelry, Nicolosi finds personal joy and satisfaction working in the industry. Nicolosi lives in the historic German Village area of Columbus, Ohio with her daughter, Eva.