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Brad

BRAD MARKS

Owner, President, CEO

Brad Marks is the owner & President of I W Marks Jewelers, taking over after his father in 2008 and carrying on his family’s legacy. His parents, Irv and Diane Marks, founded I W Marks Jewelers in 1978. The store became an iconic Houston staple, earning recognition in the community for high-quality products and the Marks’ local charity involvement. Along with his many years of experience in the jewelry industry, Brad is a graduate of Texas A&M and earned his certification from The Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He and his wife, Joanna Marks, believe in carrying on the family tradition of treating customers like family at I W Marks Jewelers and giving back to their Houston community through many local charities they are involved in. In his free time, Brad enjoys spending time with his family and four children, Kennedy, Garrison, Bradley Jr., and Hannah

Raymond

RAYMOND GOLDEN

General Manager

Ray joined the I W Marks team in 2021 as General Manager after spending years working for a large corporate jeweler. Ray has over 22 years of experience in the jewelry industry, working in various roles as a sales consultant, general manager, district manager, and Vice President. Ray enjoys being part of the family and community-focused team at I W Marks Jewelers. He loves to meet new clients and help them celebrate and commemorate life’s happiest and most meaningful moments. In his free time, Ray enjoys playing sports with his son and spending time with his wife and corgi-mix puppy, Peaches.

David

DAVID HOLTORF

Sales Manager

David is Sales Manager at I W Marks and has been a long-time employee for over 25 years. He has many years of experience in the jewelry industry, including fine jewelry and watch sales and repairs. David enjoys the opportunity to work with great people and provides his clients with the best in customer service. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and grilling outdoors.

Hayden

HAYDEN HOLLEY

Gemologist

Hayden is our in-house Gemologist at I W Marks and has been with our team for over 4 years. He attended the Gemological Institute of America in San Diego, receiving a Graduate Gemologist Diploma and Graduate Jewelers Diploma. After graduation, Hayden worked for a jewelry and watch wholesaler in San Diego before coming to Houston. One of his favorite parts about working at I W Marks is the unique items he gets to work with and learning about their stories from clients. Hayden enjoys working with the team and family-like atmosphere at I W Marks. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, fishing, and creating new jewelry pieces in his workshop at home.

Elle

ELLE MURRAY

Inventory Director

Elle joined the I W Marks team in the spring of 2022 as Inventory Director. She has experience in the jewelry industry with designer and vendor merchandising; as well as with accountability and quality control on merchandise for special orders and in-house products. Elle’s favorite part about her job is the people she works with and the clients that come in to find something special for themselves and others. She enjoys seeing the different custom jewelry pieces that clients come in to create. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her kids and partner.

Judith

JUDITH BROWN

Sales Associate

Judith has been with I W Marks for over 10 years as a Sales Associate. She has many years of experience in the industry, including custom design, repurposing gemstones, and customer service. Judith’s favorite part about her job is seeing her client’s excitement when seeing their dream custom design come to life and having returning clients come to her and shop for jewelry for every occasion. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing and enjoying life with her family.

Carolyn

CAROLYN STERLING

Sales Associate

Carolyn has been with I W Marks for over 13 years as a Sale Associate and has over 30 years of experience in the jewelry industry. She enjoys communicating with her clients about their needs and helping them pick out the perfect piece of jewelry or accessories. Carolyn is patient and attentive with her clients and enjoys providing excellent customer service. In her free time, she enjoys decorating and shopping for home goods and spending time with her family.

Susan

SUSAN SMYERS

Sales Associate

Susan joined the I W Marks team in the spring of 2022 as a Sales Associate. She has over 40 years of experience in the jewelry industry with a focus on bridal. Susan’s favorite part about her job is helping her clients and getting to know them and their needs. She loves to be a part of her clients’ special moments and celebrations. In her free time, Susan enjoys spending time with her grandsons, playing shuffleboard, and enjoying fun times.

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