Roman Jewelers is pleased to share that we are the recipient of the New Jersey Family Business of the Year Award for 2022 by the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University. This was the 30th annual award year for the program, which is considered the most prestigious acknowledgement of the power of family business in the State of New Jersey.It was held on October 19, 2022 at the Upper Montclair Country Club. Roman Jewelers won in the revenue under 10-million-dollar category.
Roman and Sophie Shor opened the Business in 1989 and the family has been Jewelers for four generations. The business is now primarily run by their daughter, Lucy Zimmerman with her parents very closely involved.
“We are so honored to receive this award,” said Ms. Zimmerman. “It would never have been possible without the vision and determination of my parents, Roman and Sophie, along with our customers, employees, and the community that has always supported us.”
For the Shor/Zimmerman family, the story began with Roman Shor’s Great Grandfather who passed down the gift of jewelry design that set Roman and his young family on a journey that took them to the United States from the former Soviet Union in 1980. From there, a small business loan, hard work, and a great amount of talent introduced the family to a community that embraced them and their wonderful jewelry. “We always treated our customers like family…back then and today. It is the core of who we are as a company and jewelry itself is so often a celebration of family, too. It comes from the heart,” said Sophie Shor.
The Shor/Zimmerman family has had quite a year of excitement surrounding their business. In addition to this award, they were recently featured on Bloomberg TV’s THE AMERICAN DREAM, a show that tells the inspirational stories of the men and women who founded and built incredible companies from humble beginnings. Roman Jewelers also received recognition for a creating a Jewelry Auction that raised more than $24,000—100 percent of the proceeds—for the Children of Ukraine. Ms Zimmerman says, “Family Businesses are the heart of this Country, not just for what they’ve built and provided as products and services, but for how they give back to and help others.”
The store owners also said how thankful they were to share the stage with the eleven amazing honorees and Rothman Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University.