Meet Our Staff!

Ralph Cohen
President

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Mr. Cohen is a recognized expert, progressive business leader, and innovator in the jewelry industry.  He brings nearly 30 years of experience in executive management, sales, marketing, purchasing, operations, and technology.

In 1985, Mr. Cohen became the president of A.M. Cohen Company, a national wholesaler and manufacturer of fine jewelry.  As president, he managed all operations and business functions.  He also stimulated technology development to achieve breakthrough improvements in the jewelry industry.

Mr. Cohen developed a revolutionary software tool for jewelry inventory management and founded a software company to produce and promote the new product.  Inventory Management for Advanced Graphics Environment (Image, Inc.) launched, "Virtual Inventory
®", a database designed to contain and communicate inventory graphically.  The new technology allowed individual pieces of jewelry to be digitally photographed and uniquely identified.  

The software is currently licensed to jewelry chain stores in the United States and jewelry manufacturers throughout the world.  As a renowned thought-leader in the jewelry industry, Mr. Cohen will continue to oversee the management of "Virtual Inventory" and the further promotion of technology within the industry.

Mr. Cohen holds a degree from the Gemological Institute of America. He attended the State University of New York for a BS in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing.

He also holds a producer license from the Division of Insurance in several states.

David Kleifield
Vice President- Marketing

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Mr. Kleifield brings more than twenty years of  sales and marketing experience as well as extensive knowledge of fine jewelry merchandising to Touchstone Insurance.  Most recently, he was the Chief Operating Officer of A.M. Cohen Company, a wholesaler and manufacturer of fine jewelry since 1918.  

He was, and continues to be a partner in Image Inc., an established technology company specializing in software for the jewelry industry, where he manages sales and marketing. The software is currently licensed to jewelry chain stores in the United States and jewelry manufacturers throughout the world.

Mr. Kleifield also brings many years of sales and marketing experience in the retail sector.  He held various management positions with MRC Corporation, a leading retailer of floor coverings sold through department stores nationwide.  During his leadership with the company, sales grew from $5.6MM to $20MM+ annually.

Mr. Kleifield received a B.S. degree in Marketing/Advertising and Management/Administration from Indiana University. He has completed coursework toward his M.B.A. degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management along with continuing education from the Gemological Institute of America. He also holds a producer license from the Division of Insurance in several states.


Carl (Skip) Stremmel III
Vice President- Sales and Compliance

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Mr. Stremmel brings vision and leadership, having recognized the tremendous business opportunity for personal jewelry insurance. He effectively managed the unique concept through legal and regulatory environments, and assembled a dynamic leadership team with competent alliance partners.

Mr. Stremmel also brings extensive knowledge of equity and credit markets.  Most recently, he was a Registered Representative for Rabjohns Financial Group/New England Financial where he received New England Financials 2003 Leaders All Star Team award, qualified as an MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) member and previously was with Farmers Insurance Group.  He was a Specialist/Market Maker on The Chicago Stock Exchange, and with Knight Trading, Sydan & Company and Direct Access Brokerage Services.

Mr. Stremmel also served as a Commercial Loan Officer for Central Illinois Bank Corporation. He holds his Series 7, 63, 55, Property and Casualty, Group, Long Term Care, Life, Accident and Health licenses in several states and is a member of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.  Mr. Stremmel received a B.S. degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh
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