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Matt StullerFounder and Chairman
Matt Stuller was born in Lafayette, LA in 1951. He attended Our Lady of Fatima High School, where in his junior year he began an afterschool job doing part-time work for a local jeweler. Within a year, he had worked his way into jewelry repair and sales, and, in his senior year, he began his own business in a corner office of his father’s orthodontic suite.
At the age of 19, he developed his first wholesale line and began traveling the state of Louisiana developing business connections. Frustrated with the industry’s slow delivery and service, he developed a business philosophy and program of supplying quality merchandise and service with next day delivery.
Today, Matthew is founder and chairman of Stuller, Inc., one of the largest jewelry manufacturing and distribution facilities in the United States, and an industry leader in the domestic and international wholesale jewelry sectors.
Jay JacksonPresident and CEO
In 1996, Jay joined Stuller as vice president of sales and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2009. He retained that responsibility when he was named President & CEO in 2011. Prior to his time with Stuller, Jay spent 30 years with Sears, where he worked in the product services division and also as a national sales manager.
Jay is a member of the Department of Commerce District Export Council in New Orleans. He chairs the strategic planning committee for the mechanical engineering department at UL Lafayette and is a local chairman for the Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee.
Jeff HighChief Merchandising Officer
As Chief Merchandising Officer at Stuller, Jeff directs merchandising policies and programs and coordinates merchandising activities in ways to maintain and promote Stuller’s just-in-time business model. He most recently served as the chief innovation officer for the company.
In 1990, then dissatisfied with the traditional methods of jewelry sketching, Jeff started Integrating digital camera, computer hardware, and graphics software into a system to help him communicate jewelry design ideas to his customers. Since then, the company he founded, Gemvision, has been a pioneer of the CAD/CAM industry. Jeff is currently on the AGS's Board of Directors.
Mike DeHartChief Investment Officer
Michael currently serves as chief investment officer for the family office and tax strategist for all Stuller enterprises. He is president of The Stuller Family Foundation; a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on children, education and humanitarian needs in South Louisiana.
Mike holds the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst designations. He received his MBA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he is also an adjunct professor. Prior to joining Stuller, Mike was a founding partner of a large local CPA firm, where he specialized in management advisory services, mergers and acquisitions and tax planning.
Currently, Mike serves as chair of the Board of Governors for the Ascension Episcopal School, as chair of the investment committee and as a member of the executive committee for the Community Foundation of Acadiana. And finally, he participates as part of the investment committee of the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana.
Danny ClarkPresident and COO
Recently named President and COO, Danny’s mission is to bring out the best in people, to form the right teams and to do the most important work for Stuller’s customers.
Immediately prior to this role, Danny served as chief merchandising and marketing officer, as well as, chief supply chain officer in 2009.
As a former executive with an electronics retailer, he provides 25 years of management experience with demonstrated success in operations, merchandising, change management, services, strategic planning and execution.
Linus J Cortez III, CPAExecutive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer
Linus Cortez has been with Stuller Companies since 1996 and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Stuller, Linus was a Senior Manager with KPMG where he provided auditing, accounting and business advisory services to a variety of industries including energy, food and beverage and manufacturing. Linus was located in the New Orleans office of KPMG and served a two year rotation in KPMG’s executive offices in Montevale, New Jersey.
Linus graduated from Louisiana State University in 1983 with a B.S. in Accounting and obtained his Certified Public Accountant license in 1985. Linus is a member of the AICPA, the Louisiana Society of CPAs, the Board of Trustees of the Schools of the Sacred Heart of Grand Coteau, the finance committee of St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, the Board of Director’s of Lourdes Foundation, Inc. and serves on the steering committee of the Acadiana CFO Roundtable. Linus is a past member of the school board of Carencro Catholic School, the school board of Teurlings Catholic High School and the Board of Directors of American Gem Society Laboratories, LLC.
Carol SkarlatChief Technical Officer
Joining Stuller in the capacity of Chief Technology Officer in 2010, Carol leads the IT department in strategic and operational planning, prioritizing initiatives and coordinating the deployment and management of IT systems. Prior to Stuller, she worked for Motorola for 15 years and has held several senior level positions, including CIO for the Global Telecom Business Unit. In addition, she is a graduate gemologist and a member of the Women’s Jewelry Association.
Coby BlanchardChief Supply Chain Officer
As Stuller’s Chief Supply Chain Officer, Coby manages Stuller’s supply pipeline for raw materials and components used in Stuller’s lean manufacturing and just-in-time delivery methods. He most recently served as executive director of production operations. During his 17-year tenure, he has served in several departments including diamond and gemstones, information technology and supply chain process improvement. Coby is a diamond graduate from the Gemological Institute of America.