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SNAG Membership Meeting & Election Results

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A big thank you to everyone who attended SNAG’s virtual Membership Meeting on August 29, 2020! If you missed it you can watch the recording here. The chat text is also available here.

SNAG would also like to thank everyone who voted in the 2020 SNAG election. The results are as follows: President: Kat Cole; Board of Directors: Ben Dory, Stacy Rodgers, Demitra Thomloudis; Nominations & Elections Committee: Liz Clark; Constitution & By-Laws changes and waivers: approved. Learn more


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SNAG Publications Intern

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SNAG is accepting applications for a paid Publications Intern position to assist the Editor of Metalsmith and Metalsmith Tech. Deadline: September 15th.
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SNAG Celebrates: Hilary Halstead Scott

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SNAG celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is honoring its membership by highlighting different people on the SNAG website.

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Please introduce yourself.
I am the President of Halstead and the founder of the Halstead Grant. I have an MBA in Marketing and Masters of International Management. I am the second generation of Halsteads to lead our company. I’m proud to continue the work that my parents began to support jewelry artists and build an organization on our own terms. I’ve experienced first-hand the transformative power of small businesses for clients, suppliers, employees, owners, and all of their families. I firmly believe that entrepreneurship is one of the most effective paths to positive change in communities. I am passionate about both jewelry and small businesses. I’m so lucky to have this dream job.

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How did Halstead begin and how has it progressed or changed over the years?
My father loved anthropology and archaeology. In the 70s, he bought a hank of antique trade beads on a whim. When he showed them to friends at work, they all asked to buy some. Both my parents then began making and selling jewelry at local festivals as a hobby. Over time, the business evolved to sell components instead of finished jewelry. It steadily moved into metals, findings, and chain in addition to beads. The annual printed catalog morphed into a website and full set of resources for the thousands of small jewelry studios we supply around the world.

Our team has grown from that young couple to about 30 employees. We are committed to professional development and personal growth for our entire staff. Many on our leadership team have grown with us from entry-level positions. Everyone who works at Halstead takes free metalsmithing classes in our in-house studio. We set high standards for performance and we achieve results. We offer medical coverage, profit sharing, continuing education, generous paid-time off, and an awesome work environment. Working for a family-owned business is different and we couldn’t be happier about that.

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SNAG Membership Meeting

For the first time in our history, the annual Membership Meeting, usually held at the conference, will be held virtually. Mark you calendar for Saturday, August 29th at 6:00 pm Eastern.

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2020 SNAG Student Slide Show

This annual digital slide show features the creativity, skill and hard work of students studying metalsmithing and jewelry in institutions across North America. Normally shown at SNAG’s annual conference, the slide show was presented online only in 2020.