Senior Management

Laurence Grunstein, CEO

 

Laurence Grunstein, CEO

Mr. Grunstein is a senior level executive in the jewelry industry, with more than 40 years experience and an extensive background in marketing and finance. He has worked in both the luxury and middle market segments of the industry, successfully managing major watch brands. Most recently, he served as President, Managing Director & CEO of Citizen Watch Company in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He was previously the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the company that distributed and/or produced such brands as Piaget, Corum and Movado.

Richard Tilles, President

 

Richard Tilles, President

Mr. Tilles started his career buying and selling antique jewelry and diamonds in New York City’s diamond district 25 years ago. He soon realized there was an important niche to be filled. The public had no brand name company to whom they could sell their unwanted or inherited jewelry assets. It was the potential reach of the Internet that sparked the idea, but it was the appeal of a personal private transaction that would make it a success. After much growth, Mr. Tilles left CIRCA in 2007 to pursue other businesses. During this time, he strengthened his expertise, developed new customers and increased his understanding and knowledge of the industry. In 2015, Tilles was asked to rejoin CIRCA as President, managing CIRCA’s global headquarters and domestic and international satellite offices.

Jeffrey Singer, Senior Vice President

NEW YORK CITY, GREENWICH & LONG ISLAND

Jeffrey Singer, Senior Vice President

NEW YORK CITY, GREENWICH & LONG ISLAND

Jeffrey Singer’s encyclopedic knowledge of jewelry and watches is legendary, but it is his unbridled enthusiasm for the subject matter that’s so infectious. Singer comes from a long line of jewelers, and his childhood was spent looking at and studying precious pieces. “I loved being in my family’s office, listening to my father and his siblings as they evaluated beautiful jewelry,” he allows. “I remember how impressed I was with every piece of jewelry I saw. I’m sure some of the things I saw were spectacular and some not, but at seven years old I thought they were all treasures.”

Singer trained arduously and rose through the ranks of his family’s estate jewelry house, New York-based M and L Singer, which remained a leader in the industry for more than 50 years. It was through his vast experience that Singer saw a void that existed when it came to the private sale of personal jewelry. To that end he and his team opened SellJewelry in 2000. The goal was this: Give clients a way to sell their unwanted jewelry by providing unparalleled service, total discretion and a luxurious environment. In 2005 SellJewelry was rebranded as CIRCA, where Singer remains a Co-Founder and Vice President. Singer treats every client with care. “Selling jewelry is not an everyday event for people, and I understand that,” he says.  “We may buy every day, but we never lose sight of what someone goes through emotionally when they decide to let go.  We are here to inform and to educate. At a certain point it’s not about the jewelry on the desk but about the person sitting opposite us.”

Singer is a founding member of the New York Jewelers Group, a 15-year-old organization made up of New York-based industry executives. Most recently Singer was elected into the 24 Karat Club of New York, an elite invite-only club serving the jewelry industry and limited to only 200 members. “Being a co-founder of CIRCA and involved since the very beginning, I have many wonderful stories,” Singer says. “It’s impossible to pick a favorite, because at the end of every client meeting, after I have delivered a check I always ask what they plan to do with their newfound money. Sometimes it’s to finance school tuition for a child or grandchild, or to embark in a home renovation, or any number of things. It’s just wonderful to see that they’re happy that they could take a non-performing asset and convert it into something with meaning. My favorite use of funds? A vacation!”