Plaza store manager Gary Pener is a lifelong Kansas Citizan. He has been in the jewelry business for 35 years, the last 21 of which have been spent at TIVOL. Gary has four children and has been married for more than 30 years. Along with his devotion to TIVOL and providing amazing customer service, Gary is a fan of the Royals, Chiefs, and all college sports.
Annie has 20 years in the jewelry industry. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a BS in Marketing/Management. She started with the Zale corporation and quickly moved up to management and relocated to a store in Topeka. After getting engaged, she moved back to the Kansas City area and found TIVOL in 2001. She was promoted to the assistant manager in 2005 and enjoys helping all of her customers with their special occasions. When she’s not working, she’s usually traveling with her daughter to volleyball tournaments.
A former entrepreneur of the fashion world, Lisa Lyddon, assistant manager of the Plaza store, brought her design sense to TIVOL more than a decade ago. Lisa grew up in Iowa, but for the last 20 years has called Kansas City home. She has a passion for ballroom dancing, music, and spending time with her family. Lisa cherishes her relationships with her clients and looks forward to being a part of their lives.
Denise Baker has been at TIVOL since 1999. Prior to joining TIVOL, she served as assistant manager for a St. Louis jeweler for three years, and as the fine jewelry manager for another St. Louis jeweler for an additional year. After being recruited by former co-workers, Denise was very excited to join TIVOL because of their reputation as one of the premier jewelry stores in the United States. Denise and her family are happy to call Kansas City home.
Katie brings 12 years of experience in jewelry to the Hawthorne TIVOL team. She understands that every piece of jewelry has a story, and that story brings with it an immeasurable value. What she enjoys most about being at TIVOL is being able to share in our guests’ joy and satisfaction in finding the perfect piece to celebrate a milestone or life event. She also has a passion for giving life to older pieces of jewelry that need an update. When she is not at TIVOL, Katie enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children.
When AJ Paddack came to TIVOL over 20 years ago, she brought her passion of fine art. She was the director of an international fine art company, but she found her home at TIVOL. If she is not in the store, she is either at a kid's event, running, bicycling, training or traveling. AJ says, "I want to make sure that the major moments in our clients lives are celebrated not only with beautiful jewelry but with a wonderful memory to cherish.
Amanda Thompson, a Kansas City native, is proud to be a part of a century-old family owned business. She loves the world of jewelry and the value that pieces hold both monetarily and emotionally. Though she admires new, inventive jewelry designs, she really also appreciates the history of well-made, classic timepieces. During her time at TIVOL, she has enjoyed helping clients with heart-felt gifts and momentous engagement ring searches. When Amanda is not working at TIVOL, she spends time with her family and her stubborn bulldog, Monte.
Carly McFadden is originally from Liberty, Missouri, but moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, when she was a child. In 2013, Carly returned to Kansas City and joined TIVOL Hawthorne Plaza. She graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and is an Alpha Chi Omega alumnus (as well as a Husker fan). Before working at TIVOL, she was an associate at another family-owned jeweler in Nebraska. Carly has a passion for fine jewelry and customer service, and she wants everyone's shopping experience at TIVOL to be their absolute best.
Dominic Quintero has 23 years of jewelry industry experience, and he has been with TIVOL for 15. Among his favorite moments with the company was his trip to Geneva, Switzerland to tour the Patek Philippe factory. He is a devoted husband and father of identical twin daughters. Not only is he a Royals and Chiefs fan, but he also spends time rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding and playing chess.
Gloria McGrath brings a career history rich in customer service to the Hawthorne team. She thoroughly enjoys client interactions and assisting in the procurement of truly memorable pieces for each and every occasion. A native of Kansas City, she has celebrated many life events through TIVOL purchases of her own, leading to an appreciation of TIVOL's incomparable service, integrity and unsurpassed value. When not in-store, she can be caught eating out, reading and delighting in the lives of her friends and family.
Kate, former marketing coordinator at TIVOL, brought her passion for jewelry and style to the sales floor. Kate grew up in KC and after attending Saint Louis University, she found herself at home working at TIVOL. Kate wants all of her clients to feel confident while wearing their jewelry and she always styles pieces that can be worn day to night. If she is not in the store, she likes to spend time with family and friends and enjoys everything that this city has to offer!
Originally from Oklahoma, Kathryn came into TIVOL at 2011 and brought with her great passion and extensive knowledge of watches and fine jewelry. Over the years at TIVOL Kathryn has developed an even greater enthusiasm for fine timepieces, and has a long history of helping her clients find the perfect edition to their collection. When Kathryn is not at TIVOL, she spends time with friends enjoying a great Kansas City restaurant or whipping up her own recipes at home with her adorable dogs, Doozie and Hops.
Matthew has lived in Kansas City for over 17 years after moving from Oklahoma to study art at Penn Valley Community College. He has over 18 years in the customer service and hospitality industry. In 2008 Matthew opened his own specialty retail store in Leawood highlighting holiday design and decor. He cherishes the connections he makes with his clients and is passionate about the artistry and symbolism jewelry holds for them. Matthew is proud to call TIVOL home, where he can represent the exceptional brands and services delivered for over a century. When not at Tivol, Matthew enjoys travel, hiking, photography, and spending time with his family.
Myles is a native Kansas Citian who comes from an art historical background. He is passionate about educating his clients on the significance of each particular piece. Whether they are antique designs or modern statement pieces, he is sure to have a fine art reference point to convey the craftsmanship, innovation, or pure brilliance of the objects. When he is not at TIVOL, Myles is actively engaged in the community alongside his wife, Lisa.
Neb has been with TIVOL since 2009, when he was just an intern from Cristo Rey KC. After high school, Neb went off to college and eventually returned to Kansas City in 2018. He worked diligently in a position in the back office while finishing college and is now in sales at our Hawthorne location. Neb is quite fascinated by the time pieces we have, especially Rolex and Jaeger-LeCoultre; the Reverso from Jaeger-LeCoultre being his favorite. The process that goes into the making of jewelry pieces is something that intrigues Neb. He is excited to join a team that he has known for over 10 years and learn under their mentorship.
Sarah has been at TIVOL for nearly three years now. She spent two years as an intern in the Marketing Department while she was studying Strategic Communications at the University of Kansas. After graduation, she decided to take her talents to the sales floor. Her passion comes from her mom's love of jewelry which she has admired since she was a young girl. When Sarah is not at work, she loves to travel with her family and go to happy hour with friends.
Lindsay Ross, G.G., G.J., graduated from the Gemological Institute of America in 2004 and has been in the jewelry industry ever since. She worked for five years at Tiffany & Co. in both San Diego, CA, as a customer service representative, as well as in Kansas City, as an operations professional and assistant store manager. She also served as a gemologist and sales associate for four years at another midwest jeweler. At TIVOL, Lindsay works as our appraiser and diamond buyer. She utilizes her years of knowledge and passion for jewelry in each aspect and is a valuable part of our team.
Kansas City native Ward Manes has more than 30 years of experience in luxury goods. He began his career at Hall's in Kansas City as a department manager. Interestingly, Ward has worked at TIVOL on three separate occasions during his career. Throughout those iterations, he has served as a salesperson, assistant store manager of the Country Club Plaza store, the Plaza store manager and as a designer jewelry merchandiser. Between stints at TIVOL, Ward worked as the jewelry manager for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and as senior vice president of Michael Beaudry, Inc. Finally, he came ‘home’ to TIVOL and has spent the last 8 years on the sales floor. Ward has recently taken on a new adventure at TIVOL as our Merchandising Manager and Jewelry Buyer. Ward is looking forward to playing out the rest of his career in Kansas City with the TIVOL family.
Tami Noon Mahaney has been with TIVOL for more than seven years. Prior to joining the company, she owned her own custom window treatment and decorating firm for more than 10 years. In addition to jewelry, Tami has a love for sports with college football being her favorite (she is a graduate of Pittsburg State University). In regard to life at TIVOL, Tami loves helping customers through the engagement process and seeing them marry, celebrate anniversaries and grow their families.