Russell Kwiat is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Kwiat and Fred Leighton in New York City. He is a fourth-generation diamantaire and has spent his career dedicated to the family business. Russell grew up in the industry and always had a passion for diamonds. Therefore, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, he joined Kwiat, overseeing operations, developing new business ventures, and sourcing important diamonds.
In addition to holding a leadership role in his family’s business, Russell is active in many industry organizations. He serves as Secretary on the Executive Board of the DMIA and is an active member of its Gemological Committee. He also sits on the board of the Centurion Jewelry show and is a member of the advisory committee for the Las Vegas Couture show.
While active in business and industry affairs, Russell also was involved in charitable organizations. He was a member of the board for Jewelers for Children and a founding member of Gen-Next Jewelers, a community of jewelry professionals dedicated to fostering new talent, relationships, and ideas.
He was also an active Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer. This organization helps protect children’s rights and needs throughout the foster care system. CASA is a key grant recipient of Jewelers for Children. Russell also founded the Junior Board and Committee of CASA’s New York City chapter.