What was the biggest challenge of joining the family business?
As you walk into a family business, the perception is that it’s easy, you’re just handed the job or position, unlike working for a corporation. So I think it’s putting in the time and being able to garner the respect of the customers and suppliers. You have to put in your own sweat equity, and there is more at stake with that as well.
What is the best advice you received at the beginning of your career?
Ask a lot of questions, be observant and curious, and learn, learn, learn! This is also true for your entire career — always be learning, curious and open to new ideas. The journey is a continuous process of improvement and being receptive to new knowledge and experiences.
What achievement makes you proudest?
Currently, we are celebrating our 50th year in business, and I’m proud to help celebrate this. It’s an acknowledgment and testament to what [my parents] Ralph and Arlette, the founders of the company, have built from the ground up. It is wonderful to be a part of this second generation of the family business and to be able to carry on the legacy and the wonderful partnerships we have created with our independent retail jewelers and industry professionals over these five decades.
Radiant-cut diamond from Vantyghem Diamonds. (Vantyghem Diamonds)
What is the biggest lesson life or work has taught you?
One of the biggest lessons that life and work have taught me is the importance of balance. The lesson learned is that life is about more than just work and career achievements. It’s about finding equilibrium between work and personal life, pursuing one’s passions, fostering meaningful connections, and leaving a positive impact on the world.
Which diamond cut do you like most?
That’s a tough one. It can depend on the end design piece. Right now, I am really enjoying the look of radiant cuts, still a wonderfully brilliant diamond: [a] longer look with some nice edges and corners.
Where do you like to go on vacation?
Any vacation time or time off with my family is great. We love to travel and go on road trips together. We have recently liked to explore the many beautiful provinces in Canada, and the natural landscapes are extraordinary!
This article is from the July-August 2023 issue of Rapaport Magazine. View other articles here.
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Main image: Kevin Vantyghem. (Vantyghem Diamonds)