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 24 years and has worked in the jewelry industry for 44 years, holding 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, who enjoy taking 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 9 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 9 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.

Elliot Grunwald

Elliot Grunwald

Sales Assistant

Elliot is a Graduate Gemologist originally from Los Angeles who decided to make America’s Finest City, San Diego, his permanent home after graduating from GIA in Carlsbad. Colored stones, antique jewelry, and fine Swiss watches are his top 3 favorites when it comes to the jewelry industry, and his GIA education has given him an even greater appreciation for them. When he’s not working with all-things-jewelry, Elliot enjoys watching hockey, catching some rays at the beach, and playing fetch with his husky named Mia.

Sarah Varon

Sarah Varon

Front Desk Receptionist

Sarah is a San Diego native and is our Front Desk Receptionist. She will be the first welcoming face to greet you as you enter our jewelry store. Sarah is the newest member of our team, but she has more than 8 years of experience in customer service and sales. She will help you with a warm smile and is here to route you to the correct department. In her free time, Sarah enjoys surfing, reading books and hiking.

Ashley Hays

Ashley Hays

Sales Assistant

Ashley has worked for Leo Hamel Jewelers on and off for over 10 years! She can assist customers with just about anything and is a great addition to the team! She has a real passion for life and lives every moment to the fullest. In her free time, she loves being active and outdoors with her children Alannah, William, and Arliss and two adorable dogs.

Taylor Jones

Taylor Jones

Sales Assistant

Taylor has been part of the Leo Hamel team since birth! She assists her mom Lisa Hamel with sales and always has a huge smile on her face! She is willing to help in any way she can and especially loves to make customers feel at home! In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband Riley, son Noah, and energetic dog Mila.

Our Boutique & Consignment Shop

Our designer boutique and consignment shop offers the best deals on all of your favorite designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and more. Stop by to shop quality products for less than retail price or bring in your designer items to consign and sell.

Lonnie Ramirez

Lonnie Ramirez

Boutique Manager

Lonnie has been a part of the Leo Hamel team for many years, working as a part-time Assistant for different departments. Now, he’s made the jump to full-time Boutique Manager and he loves every minute of it! His in-depth knowledge of designer fashion and extensive background in visual merchandising/ management has helped customers find the designer clothes, shoes and accessories of their dreams. Working alongside his sister Bianca and his aunt Teri, Lonnie is the embodiment of what Leo Hamel represents…family! He is thrilled to be a life-long member of the Leo Hamel family. When he’s not hustling at work, Lonnie enjoys working out and spending quality time with his family and friends.

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.

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.

Liza Elizaga

Analiza Elizaga

Estate Buyer

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.

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.

Blake Greenstein

Blake Greenstein

Estate Buyer

Blake Greenstein is one of the newest members of our Estate Buyers team, but don’t let that fool you! Blake has worked in the jewelry industry his whole life and has been involved in many different facets of the business. From jewelry repair to sales and now jewelry buying, he can do it all. Blake attended Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and then went on to receive his diamond grading certificate from GIA. He has a fond appreciation for the beauty and craftsmanship of fine jewelry and timepieces and sees every item as a true work of art. When he’s not focused on all things jewelry and watch related, Blake enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and watching college football.

Charlyn Olver

Charlyn Olver

Estate Buyer

Charlyn is a Graduate Gemologist and Accredited Jewelry Professional who graduated from the Gemological Institute of America. She has worked in the jewelry industry for almost 5 years now. Her experience ranges from sales, appraising, and everything in between. She is also currently continuing her college education part-time to obtain her Bachelor’s in Business Administration. In her free time, Charlyn enjoys exploring and traveling with her husband Klynt, who is a Geologist. Together, they enjoy looking at gems and rocks!

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.

Lap Thai

Lap Thai

Master Jeweler

Lap has worked as a master jeweler at Leo Hamel’s for 18 years, and boasts extensive knowledge of nearly every type of jewelry. He studied the art of jewelry making from seasoned masters in Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, before taking his talents stateside. Throughout his travels, Lap has learned to speak five different languages, including Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Cantonese. His specialties include skillful stone setting, custom design creation, and the careful repair of centuries old antique pieces. Whether repairing a valuable vintage piece, or creating something entirely unique from scratch, Lap is known for pulling off the seemingly impossible. When he’s not busy crafting breathtaking pieces of jewelry, Lap enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, relaxing at the beach or shopping the local outlets.

Betsy Kinsey

Betsy Kinsey

Bench Jeweler

Betsy is a GIA Graduate Jeweler, and has been a part of the Leo Hamel team since 2009. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2004 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Metalworking and 3D design. After graduation, Betsy worked for Signet Jewelers in Illinois before making the move to San Diego in 2007 to attend GIA. She has over 15 years of experience working in a combination of fine jewelry and metalsmithing disciplines. She is a former member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and the San Diego chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), and held a seat on the board for 4 years. Betsy is also a veteran of the United States Navy. Originally from the Chicago area, she has happily made San Diego her home for more than 10 years. She spends most of her time at the gym, with her friends and with her dog, Peggy-pants.