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Chris Del Gatto

Chris Del Gatto is a pioneer for luxury market growth, specifically in the secondary marketplace, and has over 20 years of experience in the diamond and fine jewelry field. As Founder of DELGATTO, he is widely regarded as one of the most important innovators in the modern jewelry industry – beginning his career at age 17 as a licensed gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, a diamond cutter in Manhattan’s Diamond District by 18, and a partner in a diamond-cutting facility by 20.

 

In 2001 while serving as of MRH Estate & Fine Jewelry, Chris discovered a void in the marketplace for a global supply chain of second hand (recycled) jewelry or diamonds. Chris launched Circa in 2001, and under his leadership, it became the first luxury brand on the BUY SIDE of the jewelry industry. The company offered its clients an elegant service through which they could sell their old or unwanted diamonds and jewelry. The driving force behind the company’s rapid growth, he served as Chairman & CEO from 2001 until 2012. In 2011 he sold majority to private equity. Chris left the company in November of 2012 to create a portfolio of luxury brands, as well as taking what he’d previously built to new levels. After merging with I Do Now I Don’t in 2015, Chris launched his latest company, the eponymous DELGATTO, where he currently serves as Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO.  partner

R. Andres Lucas

R. Andres Lucas began his career at ETG, a hedge fund, as a quantitative trader in 1996. In 2001, Mr. Lucas founded CLC Global Partners, a hedge fund with peak assets of over $150M to take advantage of disparities in the discounts and premiums in the Closed-End Fund Market. Mr. Lucas served as a Portfolio Manager, Head of Operations and oversaw all Marketing efforts.

 

In 2006, Mr Lucas started the Lanesborough Alternative Strategies Fund that systematically looked for opportunities in expiring listed options markets, where he served as Chief Portfolio Manager and handled all relationships with the Prime Broker Dealer Community. 

Joshua Opperman

 I Do Now I Don’t Co-Founder of I Do Now I Don’t, Josh Opperman launched the revolutionary consumer-to-consumer Marketplace for recycled diamonds, jewelry, and watches together with his sister, Mara, in 2007. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for technology, Josh’s idea for arose when he tried to sell his ex-fiancées engagement ring and was offered 30% of what he initially paid for the piece. With over 10 years of experience in the fields of research, marketing, sales and distribution, Opperman saw in his situation, an opportunity to create a platform where sellers receive more money than ever thought possible, while at the same time the buyers are able to purchase diamonds and jewelry at below retail prices; for the first time ever, a unique model that adds value to both sides of the equation.

In 2015, Josh teamed up with Circa Founder, Chris Del Gatto to merge I Do Now I Don’t with Chris’s latest endeavor DELGATTO. Josh serves as CTO of DELGATTO using his talent for technological innovation to ensure the company continues to lead their industry. Josh will also serve as President of the I Do Now I Don’t Marketplace.

Mara Opperman

As Co-Founder of I Do Now I Don’t, Mara Opperman’s innate marketing and public relations savvy have helped make the innovative online company a household name. Having appeared on national news outlets such as Good Morning America, NY1, Cosmo Radio on Sirius XM and Fox Business, to name a few.

 

Mara became Vice President when I Do Now I Don’t merged with DELGATTO in 2015. In addition to her role as VP at DELGATTO, Mara Opperman acts as a personal shopping liaison and Retail Advisor for the I Do Now I Don’t Marketplace; consulting with engaged-to-be couples, or anyone looking to purchase something fabulous at prices that are well below retail. In this role, Mara additionally provides guidance on everything from purchasing the right ring, to proposing properly. She frequently opines on style, value, as well as eco-friendly luxury. Mara is also a guest blogger and relationship etiquette expert for the Huffington Post where she writes about topics such as engagement rings, secondhand jewelry, break-ups, dating, divorce and more.

Pierre De Bosscher

2012: Member of the SDiX International Advisory Board, Singapore

2014: Responsible for divestment-process of ADB after the decision of the shareholder (KBC Belgium) to wind down all activities of ADB (end 2014) and integrate it as a business unit within KBC; managing negotiation processes between vendor, potential investors as banks, equity providers and big industrial groups, central banks, governments and industry representatives.

2015: Managing Director of De Bosscher Consulting bvba, Strategic & Financial Consultancy for the Diamond Industry, Managing Director. Consultancy work focuses on rendering strategic and financial consultancy for diamond companies, industry bodies and local and international governments

2017: Founder & CEO of ID-Diamonds bvba, a Belgium based diamond investment advisor. It’s objective is to promote diamonds as new asset class within the “Alternative Investment” and “Real Asset” space by eliminating risks and creating transparency for private and institutional investors.

 

 

pierre@delgattodff.com

 

 

 

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