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Jewelers Keep it in the Family

When the day comes that Fairfielder Jeffrey Roseman hands over control of David Harvey Jewelers to his son, Benjamin, he'll be content with the knowledge that he accomplished everything he wanted to with the family business.

“Like every good CEO, you have to plan your succession and allow the next generation to make their plans,” Roseman says inside the Norwalk location. Under his watch, the store has doubled in size. And in 2008, he opened a second location in Darien.

Strengthening the infrastructure and beginning the expansion process were his primary goals, Roseman said. With that accomplished, he is pleased. And when he retires in a few years, he'll be happy to see where Ben takes the business next.

One tradition with David Harvey Jewelers is the passing of the baton from father to son. Jewel-crafting and selling began with Roseman's grandfather, Fred, who opened a store in Bridgeport. When Roseman's father, Harvey, left the military in 1945, he was recruited to the family business.

“My father, after getting his honorable discharge from the Army, was compelled, requested, drafted to work in the family business,” Roseman says, joking that his father was drafted twice.

Eventually, Harvey founded David Harvey Jewelers after purchasing the business from David Pinkas in the 1960s. Harvey offered each of his three sons a position, but only if they truly wanted to work in the family business. Jeff was the only one who took him up on his offer. His graduate gemologist credentials hang on the wall.

After he hands over the store, Roseman said he may return to politics. He dabbled in Fairfield politics for 13 years on various boards and commissions, including the Representative Town Meeting. The political arena was something he enjoyed, but in the last few years he hasn't had time to dedicate to it.

He'll also likely keep at his second job as well. Roseman has grown a course on family-run businesses at Fairfield University into a full concentration. Teaching gives him a chance to share his knowledge and connect with the next generation on new ideas and concepts.

While Jeff and Ben maintain the leadership roles in the family business, they aren't hte only Rosemans on board. Renee Roseman has been in the shop since it opened. She works with Ben and Jeff every day.

As to the future of David Harvey Jewelers, Roseman likes knowing a Roseman will be at the helm. “And who knows,” Roseman says, “maybe one day Ben's son Zachary will take over.”

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