SNAG celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is honoring its membership by highlighting different people on the SNAG website.
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.
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.
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.
A message from Tim McCreight: “I joined SNAG in 1975 and attended my first conference in 1979. For all these years, SNAG has been a vital part of my professional life. I want to give back through a unique offer on my most popular book, Complete Metalsmith, Professional Edition. For a limited time, you can buy this $40 book for $30, with $10 of each sale going directly to SNAG. Help yourself and our favorite organization at the same time!” Learn more