OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

John Higgins, President and Chief Operating Officer, Board Member

Mr. Higgins has more than 25 years of sales and operating experience across a variety of industries including retail, e-commerce, consumer products, and financial services. Most notably, Mr. Higgins served as Chief Operating Officer of Home Shopping Network International, Executive Vice President of Customer Services for Victoria’s Secret Catalogue, Chief Executive Officer of Spencer Trask & Co., a venture capital firm, and he was the Chief Executive Officer of Priceline Merchandise.

Courtney Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President

Ms. Simmelkjaer has over 10 years of jewelry design experience in both high fashion jewelry and costume jewelry. She has worked for an array of designers including Lulu Frost and Gerard Yosca after completing an Interior Architecture degree from Rhode island School of Design. Most recently, Ms. Simmelkjaer was the Design Director of Hey Doll , where she designed unique, bold and creative collections for a wide array of clients including HSN, Maurice’s, Limited, Express, and Dress Barn.

Carolyn Aversano, Senior Vice President Sales

Ms. Aversano has over 20 years of merchandising and brand marketing experience in the fashion accessories and beauty industries, having held management and executive positions in the areas of retail buying, product development, and business development for companies such as Bloomingdale’s, Kenneth Cole, the Estee Lauder Companies, Sephora, and Klinger Advanced Aesthetics.