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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 Innovation Officer
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. As chief innovation officer at Stuller and president of Gemvison, Jeff is the coordinator of activities between the two companies for joint projects such as the release of CounterSketch Studio. 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 ClarkChief Merchandising Officer
Recently named to the role of Chief Merchandising Officer, Danny directs merchandising policies and programs and coordinates merchandising activities in ways to maintain and promote a just-in-time business model. 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 CortezChief Financial Officer
Having been with Stuller for 12 years, Linus serves as executive vice president, chief financial officer and acting chief information officer. Prior to joining the company, Linus was a senior manager with KPMG where he provided auditing, accounting and business advice services to a variety of industries including energy, food and beverage, and manufacturing.
Linus graduated from Louisiana State University in 1983 with a BS in Accounting and obtained his Certified Professional Accountant license in 1986. He is a member of the AICPA and the Louisiana Society of CPAs. Linus serves on the steering committee of the Acadiana CFO Roundtable, the school board of Carencro Catholic 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.