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Our Staff

Our Experts are Ready to Assist You!

Leo Hamel CEO

Leo Hamel CEO

When you do business with Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, you are dealing with some of the best experts that the industry has to offer! From our knowledgeable and friendly salespeople to our Master Jewelers, we have a depth of experience that ensures that the service you receive here is the best that it can be.

Our Sales Team

Our salespeople have an in-depth knowledge of jewelry and watches and are expert personal shoppers, whether you’re looking for the best gift for a loved one, the perfect engagement ring, or something special to reward yourself for a job well done. You’ll feel like family!

Lisa Hamel

Lisa Hamel

Vice President

Lisa, Leo’s sister, has been a part of Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers for over 30 years. She was one of the founding members when our company was just starting out, and has done everything from running errands to buying pearls from Japan. Lisa has been a top salesperson for decades, and is a fountain of knowledge about everything to do with new and vintage fine jewelry and Swiss watches. Her personal shopping skills are second to none, and she is always on the lookout for special goodies that her customers might be interested in seeing. When she’s not here, Lisa enjoys visiting state parks and playing with her grandson Noah.

Teri Ramirez

Teri Ramirez

Director of Sales

Teri has been on staff with Leo Hamel’s for 22 years and has been in the Jewelry industry for 42 years, and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Diego State University. Teri was #1 in the world for Hearts On Fire Global Retail Sales three years in a Row and a Hearts On Fire Sales Champion for the last 6 consecutive years. She has completed the diamond course from the Diamond Council of America, and is currently a member of the Delta Theta Chi Philanthropic Sorority. Teri and her husband Steve are avid wine enthusiasts, enjoying trips to wine counties and adding to their collection. They also enjoy supporting their daughter Ari in her Musical Theater career.

Bianca Bullock

Bianca Bullock

Sales Representative

Bianca has worked for Leo Hamel’s on and off since high school; she has been a sales professional for the last 8 years.  She has been fortunate enough to work in many different departments within the company which has allowed her a well-rounded and extensive knowledge of both watches and jewelry. She loves creating personal relationships with her customers and helping them find the perfect piece of jewelry for any occasion.  When not at the store, she loves spending time with her husband Derek, and chasing after her twin boys Ryder and Jager.

Logan Eaquinta

Logan Eaquinta

Sales Representative

Logan is a San Diego native and studied business management at San Diego State University.  She has been a salesperson with Leo Hamel’s for 7 years.  Her passion is fine jewelry and watches, and she especially loves seeing the unique antique pieces that come in every day.  Grateful for the amazing group of customers and friends she has made along the way, Logan makes sure to help her customers find just the right gift for those important celebrations in life. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband AJ, playing bingo, and attending charity events.

Lannie Loveday

Lannie Loveday

Sales Floor Coordinator

Lannie, Sales Floor Coordinator, born and raised in California, will be the first person you see when you walk in our lovely showroom at the Old Town location. She will greet you with a warm smile, ready to connect you with the appropriate professional for the service you need. She speaks fluent Spanish and has been working for Leo Hamel for over 9 years. She has an astonishing memory for faces that makes you feel like you are right at home. Lannie recently married her long-time love Eric, and is a blissful newlywed.

Riley Jones

Riley Jones

Sales Assistant

Riley Jones has been assisting his mother-in-law, Lisa Hamel, for over 5 years to take great care of their customers. He is passionate about everything that has to do with Swiss watches. Riley’s goal at Leo Hamel’s is to always have his customers leave with smiles on their faces. He enjoys hiking with his wife, Taylor, exploring untraveled trails with his son, Noah, and playing with his energetic Boxer puppy, Mila. He also runs his family’s Halloween store for the month of October each year.

Nicole Diaz

Nicole Diaz

Salesfloor Assitant

Nicole Diaz has worked in the jewelry field for 10 years; and has been with Leo Hamel Jewelers for 3 years.  She has extensive knowledge of jewelry repair and every customer she meets becomes a new friend.  Nicole is very sociable and will always be there when you need her. She aims to ensure that you will have the very best possible shopping experience here, no matter what it takes. She recently was joyfully married to husband Mark, and in her spare time, she loves to create culinary masterpieces in the kitchen.

Liza Elizaga

Liza Elizaga

Salesfloor Assistant

Analiza has been with Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers for 3 years, and has 10 years of experience in the jewelry industry. She is an Accredited Jewelry Professional currently enrolled in the GIA Graduate Diamond and Graduate Pearl Programs. She was recently awarded a scholarship to finish her education as Graduate Gemologist. Her friendly and helpful demeanor makes her a favorite with customers, as her many glowing Yelp reviews will attest to. Analiza is a San Diego native who has been married to her high school sweetheart James for almost 24 years. They have 3 children, now all in college, and a Maltese dog named Coconut. She loves vintage jewelry, the beach, and spending time with her family.

Our Jewelry Buyers

We handpick our jewelry buyers to be friendly and helpful, and they are highly trained to quickly and accurately identify the worth of your jewelry, watches, diamonds, scrap gold, and other valuables, and work with you to get the most possible.

Henry Chaplin

Henry Chaplin

Estate & Vintage Jewelry Manager

Henry Chaplin is a Graduate Gemologist, Accredited Jewelry Professional and member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, with over ten years’ experience in the jewelry industry. He has worked at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers since 2009 as a buyer and manager, helping to grow the company into one of the most known and respected buyers in Southern California. Customers and colleagues seek his specialist expertise with diamonds, which he gained while working as a diamond grader at the GIA Gem Trade Laboratory world headquarters from 2007 to 2009. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Berry College in 2004. Henry enjoys gardening, camping, and long walks on black sand beaches under the aurora borealis.

JP Spragg

JP Spragg

Estate Buyer

JP Spragg is a senior Estate Buyer at Leo Hamel Jewelry Buyers, with over nine years experience in the position. He has gained extensive knowledge of jewelry while evaluating innumerable estates over the years, and enjoys employing his knowledge to benefit his customers. He has a special passion for watches and vintage period jewelry. JP is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Science in business. He enjoys the sandy beaches of San Diego, exploring new restaurants around town, travelling, and live music.

Kelsey LaMunyan

Kelsey LaMunyan

Estate Buyer

Kelsey is a Graduate Jeweler Gemologist, certified jewelry designer and Accredited Jewelry Professional with 15 years of experience in the jewelry industry. Starting out in 2001 as an apprentice with a master jeweler in Bozeman Montana, she moved to San Diego in 2003 to go to school at the Gemological Institute of America. She has been with Leo Hamel’s since 2008, starting as watch repair manager which gives her specialized knowledge about watches. She has been a jewelry buyer with the company since 2010 and enjoys helping customers to realize the most gain from the sale of their valuables. Kelsey enjoys her newfound hobby of quilting and loves spending her weekends on the beach reading a great book.

Owen Kochur

Owen Kochur

Estate Buyer

Owen Kochur has worked for Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers since 2013 as an estate jewelry buyer and coin expert. He has over 10 years of experience in the jewelry industry. He is Numismatist on and off the clock and enjoys seeing coins of all sorts. His experience and enthusiasm to purchase all types of diamonds, fine watches, coins, silver and other jewelry shows as nearly all of his customers do repeat business with him. Customers say that they love his enthusiasm for what he does, and the ease of working with him. Owen enjoys supporting local craft breweries and restaurants, shopping antique stores, and cheering on the home team at games.

Kayla Harrington

Kayla Harrington

Estate Buyer

Kayla is a GIA trained Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Jeweler and Accredited Jewelry Professional, and has been involved in the jewelry industry for over 19 years.  She got her start by making and selling beaded jewelry while in college studying Fine Arts in Southampton, NY.  She has been employed in many different facets of the jewelry industry, including managing and teaching classes at a bead shop, working at a fine jewelry manufacturing facility, and working in both retail and wholesale aspects of the trade.  Kayla started her career at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers in 2010; after a hiatus, she returned to resume her position as an Estate Buyer in 2015.  In her spare time, Kayla is an active volunteer for a local Bulldog Rescue group, she enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with her family and pets, as well as continuing to design and create her own jewelry.

Don Darling

Don Darling

Estate Buyer

Don is a graduate gemologist, accredited jewelry professional and experienced pearl grader. He was trained at The Gemological Institute of America, where he worked for eleven years as a diamond grader. During that time, he trained new graders in their India and South Africa labs. He saw ads for Leo Hamel and became interested in the company. Believing himself too highly specialized, he took other work for a year with the purpose of gaining additional experience and becoming well-rounded enough to join Leo's estate buyer team. Don also studies martial arts and gourmet cooking.

Jewelry & Watch Repair

The professionals in our jewelry and watch repair department will ensure that your repairs and restorations are done as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Jennifer Cilch

Jennifer Cilch

Repair Manager

Jennifer grew up learning about antiques, collectibles, mining, and prospecting from her father. While a teenager, she was in the Junior Division at The San Diego Mineral and Gem Society where she took cabochon lapidary and silver fabrication classes. She also later completed The San Diego Mineral and Gem Society’s gemology course. She began buying and selling antique jewelry at the age of 15, and spent over 15 years working in the antiques and collectibles field. Jennifer has been with LHFJ for 12 years, and manager of the repair department for 10 years. She has worked closely with many talented jewelers over the years to develop an extensive understanding of fabrication, repair, and custom design of jewelry. Jennifer spends her personal time doing ancestry research, gardening, and enjoying life in America’s Finest City.

Carlito Peralta

Carlito Peralta

Watch Repair Manager

Carlito has been with Leo Hamel Jewelers for 10 years and developed into a Swiss and German watch repair expert.  His art and architect college background has given him a meticulous eye for detail and accuracy.   If you have any questions about caring for your luxury timepiece, Carlito would love to help you.  In his free time, he loves exploring new restaurants and writing about it in his food blog, and practicing calligraphy.

Nicolas Ochoa

Nicolas Ochoa

Jewelry Repair Assistant

Nicolas has been at Leo’s for 2 years and in the jewelry industry for 20+ years. He is the 4th generation in his family to be in the jewelry business, and worked at the family jewelry shop for 11 years, taught by his father and grandfather. Before coming to Leo’s, he was the general manager at two watch and jewelry repair shops, and even owned his own watch shop for a year. Nicolas will ensure that your watch or jewelry repair is handled with the utmost care. Outside of work, Nicolas enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, watching movies, and camping.