Title: Owner and Master Gemologist Appraiser
Company: Suncoast Gems, 4016 Cortez Road, Bradenton
What was the best business advice you ever received?
Don't ever give up. Things don't always go your way, you have to carry on in the face of adversity.
If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
I'd like any sales position, certainly the ones that involve a lot of national and international travel. I like the sales aspect of this position every business transaction should be a win-win situation.
What's the biggest risk you have taken in your career?
I had a successful business and had a few partners. I decided to go on my own and move to Manatee County on a shoestring budget. That was 30 years ago. It worked very well, but I was nervous at first.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you start?
To one of the largest trading sites for precious stones, Bangkok. That's already planned. I have never been to that part of the world.