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Chuck Sneddon started his jewelry career in 1977 with Holman Jewelers a “hometown” jeweler in North Central Ohio. Chuck became a store manager for the Westhall Company – at the time a 27 store retail chain. Westhall grew during Chuck’s tenure to become an international retail giant with over 2,000 stores worldwide. Chuck resigned his position as Vice President of Northeast operations in 1991 after falling in love with SE Connecticut, Susette, and to pursue the lifestyle only available as the owner of a “Home Town Jewelry Store.”
Chuck is the artistic and mechanical heart of Simply Majestic and spends countless hours at his work bench custom creating extraordinary jewelry masterpieces and restoring jewelry treasures.
Most recently Chuck served as emcee and sponsor for an evening with John Herrington – Steely Dan’s guitarist – at Olde Mistick Village Arts Cinemas. This exemplifies his love for rock and roll and support of those few people with a true heartfelt passion for their respective trade.
Chuck supports the Mystic Aquarium and Sea Research Foundation in no small part because of their passion for the education of our children about the wonders of the oceans and in particular children whether due to social-economic or personal developmental issues are of exceptional need.
Chuck has served as the Chair of Stonington’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Chaired the Olde Mystic Village Merchants Association, Chaired Stonington’s Rt 1 Corridor Study; He also served on, Stonington’s Capital Improvement Committee, Stonington’s award winning, Plan of Conservation and Development Committee, Stonington Republican Town Committee.
Chuck resides in Stonington, Connecticut with his wife and Majestic partner Susette, and their family of pets.
Susette Tibus, a native Connecticut resident, began her business career in the late 1970s. She and her husband, Chuck Sneddon, own and operate Simply Majestic at 59 Williams Avenue in Mystic. They have been in business together for 20 years.
Susette worked for the national jewelry chain, Kay DeRoy Jewelers from 1979 to 1990, paving the way for women to achieve entry-level management positions in the jewelry industry. A graduate of the Diamond Council of America (DCA), Susette won several National Top Sales Awards for the company and was instrumental in designing training programs for future managers.
Susette was born to immigrant parents Cres and Tina Tibus. Cres, a WWII veteran and submariner, owned and operated Esquire Barber Shop in Uncasville. Tina was a kindergarten school teacher and homemaker.
Raised in Mystic, Susette takes an active interest in her community. She is past president of Olde Mistick Village Merchants’ Association, past president of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, past Chair of the St. Edmund’s Medal of Honor Award for Ender’s Island; and past chair of the National Athena Award – an award dedicated to supporting, developing, and honoring female leaders.
Susette has volunteered her time and energy to many local events in the area, including the Taste of Mystic, Chocolate Affair, Chowder Festival, Winter Festival. One of her most memorable events was the Doolittle Raiders Reunion – honoring the Raiders who attacked Japan on April 18, 1942.
Currently, Susette co-chairs the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, co-hosts the public access TV Program, “Mystic Matters,” is a member of the advisory board of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce and serves as a trustee to the Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration and co-chairs their Premier Ocean Commotion Gala. Additionally, she is on the board for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and the New England Filipino American Association; she also proudly serves as the chair of the Stonington Police Commission and is a Fitch Alumni Foundation member.
Recently, Susette and Chuck sponsored a rock concert featuring John Herrington, guitarist for Steely Dan, in support of the Olde Mistick Village Arts Cinemas. Additionally, Susette will be emceeing the upcoming Dancing With the Stars event in support of the Groton Education Foundation.
Susette devotes her time and enthusiasm to all of these organizations as an excellent way to make a difference in the community she loves. Susette resides with her husband, Chuck, in Stonington.
Jen Strunk has worked in the jewelry industry for over 7 years. She first joined the Simply Majestic team as a recent college graduate in 2006 and met her husband when he came into the store needing a watch battery. She left the area for a few years while Joshua completed his graduate degree at UConn, but their hearts are in southeastern Connecticut and they soon returned home. Jen has volunteered with the Taste of Mystic, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, the North Stonington Agricultural Fair, and the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization. She enjoys going to the gym, stand up paddle boarding, boating, and hiking. In November 2015, Jen and Josh welcomed a daughter, Evelyn.
Jen lives in North Stonington, where she was born and raised and is thrilled to be back "home" with Simply Majestic. Jewelry is her passion and she looks forward to assisting current and future Majestic clients with all of their needs.
Carla joined Majestic a little over a year ago. She has made her main goal to become a jewelry expert to offer the best knowledge and customer service. She recently obtained her certificate on Jewelry Essentials through the Gemological Institute of America, the leading source of knowledge, standards, and educations in gems and jewelry. Simply Majestic is a strong supporter as she continues to prepare herself for the future in the industry.
She was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, where her entire family still resides. In 2004 Carla traveled to the United States to improve her English skills and explore the professional opportunities in New England. She fell in love with Rhode Island and became a resident in 2010. She currently lives in Westerly and welcomed a son named Benjamin in August 2016.
Before coming to SimplyMajestic, she worked in childcare for many years and she spent some time in Mexico working as a Business English Interpreter and English tutor.
She is a proud member of the Latin-American community and loves to make every Spanish speaking person who walks into Simply Majestic feel welcomed. NO DUDE EN CONTACTARLA!