Vice-President of the Association of Fine Jewellers joins DBI Advisory Council

Jeff Gear will bring sectoral insights to the Organisation

Ireland’s dedicated digital and eCommerce representative body, Digital Business Ireland (DBI) has today announced the appointment of Vice-President of the Association of Fine Jewellers, Jeff Gear,  to its Advisory Council.

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) is the voice of the Irish digital commerce sector and provides a range of services to its membership to include training and events, networking opportunities, general advisory, insights, advocacy and public policy influence all which facilitates digital businesses grow, thrive and achieve their ambitions.

Jeff Gear is steeped in jewellery retailing with the family business established by his father, Thomas Gear in 1969. Since then the Gear name has been synonymous with high quality jewellery in Dublin where they currently operate from their state-of-the-art premises on Parnell Street. Since they were established, a strong legacy of customer service and quality has been the cornerstone of their business. Jeff prides himself on providing his customers with a modern, fresh and glamourous shopping experience and this is evident both in store and in his store’s online presence, where he uses Ireland’s latest way to pay – flexifi to give his customers the opportunity to buy now and pay later.

Lorraine Higgins, Founder and CEO of Digital Business Ireland said “We are delighted to welcome the Vice-President of the Association of Fine Jewellers, Jeff Gear, to the Digital Business Ireland Advisory Council. We have no doubt that we will benefit from his sectoral expertise, insights and contributions. Jeff will join a vastly experienced committee counting some of Ireland’s top ecommerce, communications and business minds whose mission is to enable and empower Irish SMEs embrace the endless opportunities digital business offers. This has never been more important in a rapidly changing business eco-system”.  

Vice-President of the Association of Fine Jewellers, Jeff Gear said “I am delighted to join the Advisory Council of Digital Business Ireland. Through my own experience as a business owner and as Vice-President of the Association of Fine Jewellers, I fully appreciate how invaluable an organisation like Digital Business Ireland is for SMEs during these times as they look to pivot to online in order to embrace further opportunities outside of their traditional geographical area. Enhancing our digital offering is crucial for the future and I look forward to working with DBI to shape initiatives that will benefit my sector.”

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About Digital Business Ireland

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) is the voice of the Irish digital commerce sector. Set up in 2019, DBI has access to over 3,200 businesses and counts Health Stores Ireland, the Association of Fine Jewellers, County Kildare Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Inspire Network and IPAV among its membership. It continues to grow its membership footprint across a wide range of online and digital businesses to include technology, retail, hospitality, professional services, travel, transport, education, leisure, agri-business and property.

DBI provides a range of services to its membership to include training and events, networking opportunities, general advisory, insights, advocacy and public policy influence all which facilitates digital businesses grow, thrive and achieve their ambitions.

About the Association of Fine Jewellers

The Association of Fine jewellers was established in 1966, and represents 150 of the best small to medium sized retail jewellers on the island of Ireland, many of whom are 2nd and 3rd generation families steeped in the local communities for decades. The Association aims to encourage their members to be specialist jewellers with the highest education, ethical and professional standards.

About Digital Business Ireland’s Advisory Council

Digital Business Ireland’s Advisory Council guides and strategically plans for the future of digital and eCommerce representation across all sectors of the Irish economy.

The Council includes senior business leaders and policy experts in eCommerce, communications, finance and public affairs. Each member has something tangible to contribute to the eCommerce landscape in Ireland.

Membership of the body includes:

  • Sarah Carroll – International eCommerce Consultant, Author, formerly of the UK Trade Development Office
  • PJ Byrne – CEO of Flexi-Fi Europe Ltd
  • Victor Timon – Data, Privacy, Tech Lawyer, Lewis Silkin
  • Peter Walsh – CEO OpenOut Ltd
  • Rose O’ Donovan – Financial Services expert
  • Aine Collins – Director eFM Ireland and former TD
  • David Campbell – Head of eCommerce at Flexi-Fi Europe Ltd
  • Alasdair McDonnell – Former MP & leader of the SDLP
  • Luke Moriarty – MD of the Moriarty Group
  • Eamon Moore – Founder & CEO of Hikari Data Solutions
  • Martina Fitzgerald – Communications expert
  • Adam Hankin – MD Wagestream
  • Tracy O’Brien – MD The People Password
  • Cathie Farrell – Associate Director, Financial Services at Grant Thornton
  • Jeff Gear – Vice-President, Association of Fine Jewellers, MD Gear Jewellery