Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FREE Ornament with PANDORA Purchase!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

A tribute to Colonel John Kizirian- Honoring all who served our country.

JOHN KIZIRIAN MELBOURNE Colonel John Kizirian, U.S. Army (ret.) passed away at Holmes Regional Med ical Center in Melbourne, FL on Saturday, February 26, following a brief ill ness. He was born on April 4, 1928 in Whitinsville, Massachu setts, to parents who had emi grated from Kharpert, Armenia. In May of 1945, at the age of seventeen and an Eagle Scout, his military career began. He joined the Navy and was sent to San Diego to be trained for action in the Pacific. However, the war ended just before he was shipped out. After an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1949, he soon resumed his military career and joined the Army. In his 25 years with the Army, he rose to the rank of full colonel. At the time of his first retirement in 1975, Colonel Kizirian was the most highly decorated officer in the history of Army Intelligence, with 66 decorations and awards. He served with distinction in Korea and Vietnam, with three battle campaigns in Korea, and six in Vietnam. While a lieuten ant colonel in Vietnam, he often personally led troops in special combat missions. These mis sions were very dangerous, resulting in two purple hearts and a Distinguished Service Cross. Many colleagues argued that he should have been awarded the Medal of Honor instead of the Distinguished Service Cross, but his outspo ken nature probably created too many foes in high places. He worked closely with Gen eral William Westmoreland in Vietnam. He was Senior Intelli gence Advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam III Corps, concurrently as Com mander, III Corps Military Intelli gence Detachment and Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese III Corps Reconnaissance Element until the summer of 1968. After graduating from the U.S. Army War College in 1970, he returned to Vietnam and served as the Assistant Chief of Staff Intelligence, G2, First Air Cavalry Division. Probably his greatest military achievement was his prediction of the Tet Offensive, while with Army Intelligence in Bien Hoa (20 miles north of Saigon), based on the 400 or so intelli gence reports that came to his desk every day. He raised the alarm, but at first no one took the warning seriously. It took a briefing with General Abrams to get any action. This warning very likely saved thousands of American and South Vietna mese lives. Like his work in uncovering the Tet Offensive, most of his accomplishments and successes took place behind the scenes. One of his dearest friends, the late General James Hamlet, once said, Colonel Kizirian is one of Americas greatest heroes, but nobody knows it. In 1980, he was recalled to active duty and served in the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, as the Senior U.S. Defense Represen tative and the U.S. Defense Attach to the Republic of Indo nesia until 1984, when he retired for the second time. He was offered a high level position in the office of the Secretary of Defense by Alexander Haig, but opted to decline due to his first wife Ediths terminal illness. Among his 39 decorations are the Distinguished Service Cross, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit (4 awards), Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star with V for Valor (6 awards), and Purple Heart (3 awards). Colonel Kizirians distin guished career has earned him a place in Honolulus Hall of Heroes. In addition, his record and accomplishments are sub jects of study in military educa tion course in army intelligence. He earned a Masters of Sci ence degree in Sociology from Florida State University, and a bachelors degree from Univer sity of Nebraska at Omaha. His military education included Spe cial Forces Officers Course, Area Intelligence Officers Course, and Foreign Service Institute, Department of State. John Kizirian will be remem bered with great respect and love. His family and friends recall his dry wit and talent for story telling. He was a caring man and always a gentleman. Wherever he went in the world, from Southeast Asia to Texas, he made life-long friends. He enjoyed traveling, boating and flying. Survivors include his wife, Carol; son, John Serop (Betty) Kizirian of Deerbrook, WI; daughter, Joanne (Hampton) Lewis of San Antonio, TX; step- daughter, Angela; sisters, Ani (Paul) Bazigian of San Francisco, CA and Margaret Kevorkian of Rolling Meadows, IL; thirteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Serop and Maritza Kizirian. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11, 2006, at 11 a.m. at St. Pauls Anglican Church. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on March 24, 2006, at 9 a.m. Anyone planning expressions of sympathy is asked to con- sider St. Pauls Anglican Church, 7200 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940.

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Mar. 5, 2006

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Talking to the Pilibosian Family of Birmingham Jewelry in Sterling Heights, Mich.
How a 24-year-old CEO is leading the charge at Michigan’s Birmingham Jewelry

It's All Relative
By Emili Vesilind, Senior Editor
This story appears in the March 2015 issue of JCK magazine

Photographs by Tom McKenzie
Reba, Gregory, and Marina Pilibosian of Birmingham Jewelry

While in college, Marina Pilibosian, CEO of Birmingham Jewelry, thought she was following her passion by majoring in health services administration. But a couple of years into her studies, she realized her real bliss resided at home—at her parents’ independent fine jewelry store in Sterling Heights, Mich. “I always liked science, but I ended up hating [it],” recalls the 24-year-old, who hung out in a playpen at the store when she was a baby. “I didn’t want to come to the store, and years later say, ‘I wish I had been a doctor.’ I had to be sure.” By the time she was 7 or 8, she could pick out earrings or a bracelet to match pieces customers came in wearing, reports her mother, Reba, who oversees Birmingham’s operations. Marina’s father, Gregory, founded the shop in 1975 after ­apprenticing with a master ­jeweler in France, then working as a ­jewelry designer for Chanel in the early 1970s. Gregory and Reba, who are both Armenian by descent (though Gregory was raised in Syria), always hoped Marina would join—and take over—the business. Their hopes are already taking root: “Working with my family is absolutely rewarding,” Marina says. “And it’s nice to see my dad so happy that I want to keep it going.”

Starting Point
Reba: Marina brings all kinds of new ideas to the table and understands what the new generation wants and what they value. At trade shows, she picks things I would never pick. She always said, “Daddy, I’m going to design jewelry and I want you to make it.” When she graduated college in a different field, she decided to come here because she loves what her dad does. 
Marina: I realized in college that I really had it in me to join the business my whole life. I officially came on board in 2013. The business is my father’s lifelong dream and passion. And I like to consider myself a fashionista, so it fits me, too. I love keeping up with new trends and picking out new styles for the store and our customers.

Role Playing
Reba: Everybody does his or her own thing—we all handle our own part of the business. Gregory takes care of the designing and the workshop. I do the paperwork, accounting, and customer service. Marina does the social media. My husband and I have worked together 27 years. Sometimes we argue at work, but as soon as we lock the front door, we’re husband and wife. We leave the business at the business. 
Marina: Social media is a lot of work. You have to do it every day; you have to be interactive with clients. If someone bought something, I ask to take a picture and post it. My dad does heirloom redesigning, and people get so excited about being able to actually wear pieces that are special to them. I try to share those types of posts and if we’re lucky, others share it with their friends.

Mutual Admiration
Gregory: Marina is a very smart girl and she loves the business. When she asks me if she can do something, I always say “okay.” I let her do what she wants because I know she’s going to do a good job. Reba is the boss now, to be honest with you. She runs the whole showroom. She’s a very good business lady, very strong. A business that doesn’t have a strong woman cannot be trusted. Am I right?
Reba: [Laughing] You know what they say—every successful man has a great woman behind him. We make a great team, and I love working with him. Gregory is a very talented designer with a European flair. He still does wax molds, and he is wonderful at bringing heirloom jewelry into [the present]. If someone has a ring they no longer wear as a ring, he can make it into a beautiful ­pendant. He doesn’t ever use salesman speech. Even if a client likes something, he has no hesitation in saying, “This doesn’t suit you.”

The Upside
Marina Pilibosian (c.) with parents Reba and Gregory
Gregory: It’s really fun working with my family because we can depend on each other. In business, it’s important to be able to depend on people. I have very nice clients and they enjoy that we’re a family business, too. We have worked with three generations of ­customers from the same family at this point, which is very special.
Marina: Working with my family is cool because I don’t have to worry about how I express my opinions. I can throw my ideas out there without worrying, “What’s my boss going to think about that?” There’s a freedom there.

Room to Grow
Marina: We do get too comfortable sometimes. Whenever we don’t treat each other like family at work, things are smooth and good. When we start getting too comfortable and [familial], that’s when things get challenging.
Reba: We tend to treat employees like they’re family too. So if they make a mistake, we don’t have a [process in place] to tell them what comes next. I talk to them like they’re a brother—I say, “Don’t do that anymore.” Sometimes I think that’s a weakness in the business.

Wise Words
Gregory: When your kids come into the business, train them to give the absolute best customer service. It’s the most important thing. 
Marina: If you’re about to start working with your parents, know that from the first day you walk in, that’s not your mom and dad. Don’t make that mistake. They are coworkers and bosses. Once you start treating them like parents, the whole system falls apart.

Next Steps
Reba: Marina will do great running the store one day. She could do it right now in a heartbeat. She has a lot of knowledge already. 

Marina: My plan is to take over the store, but right now we’re all helping each other in so many ways. They’re helping me grow in the business and learn. I’m helping them modernize and slowly let go. I want them to know that it’s okay. I’m here. I’m going to be okay.