Edward N. DeCristofaro
Innovation, Honesty, Integrity, and a “Get it Done” attitude define Ed and his company. Since 1993, he has grown LDC using his vast experience, knowledge, and connections to the industry.
Lawrence DeCristofaro Sr., a tool maker and jewelry manufacturing executive, founded LDC Inc. in 1985. Ed took over the company at the age of 17, when his father took a consulting job in 1987. It was the beginning of his lifelong career in jewelry manufacturing and he can boast having built many of LDC’s machines and tools developing proprietary technology.
Edward became an owner of LDC in 1990 and full owner and president in 2003. He is well known and one of the most well respected individuals in the industry. Ed is a Past President of the Providence Jewelers Club, serves on the Board of The Jewelers Board of Trade, serves on the Board of The Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, is a member of the exclusive Twenty Four Karat Club of the City of New York. He is also a partner in E&G Tool and Die Manufacturing.
Director of Sales
The world of fashion was not just a dream but a motivation for Alexys Garrepy. In her early years, the image was set on conquering the buying and selling of apparel. Ironically, in her own back yard sat the capital of the Jewelry Industry and in no time accessories became her passion.
Upon graduation from the University of Rhode Island, with a degree in Textiles, Merchandise and Design, she set out into the world of costume jewelry. She spent her early years with two Providence based companies , before finding herself in New York City as the Director of Sales for a costume jewelry company . These tenures provided Alexys with a world of knowledge within the business from the smallest seaside surf shops to largest department stores. In addition, she has travelled throughout North America and Asia to see the vast market she aims to supply.
At every stop, Alexys has been part of a team that has exponentially grown each company’s sales business. When she came to LDC in 2011, she had an opportunity to guide the company into the costume market. Over the past five years, the company has grown its sales department, increased its customer base and amplified its overall volume. She has helped to develop a reputation for ensuring quality and on-time delivery while at LDC. In this time, the company has also seen its highest profit margins in sales and she continually sets goals for her team to exceed those margins every year. With thirteen years in the industry, she has the experience, but most importantly the grit to not only personally persevere, but motivate and lead the team around her. She couldn’t ask for a better cast of designers, product developers and merchandisers than those at LDC. “…my strongest trait is driving trend and having a true understanding of what the market holds today, but more importantly, what will be prominent in the future.”
Alexys is a board member for the Women’s Jeweler’s Association and resides in Warwick, RI with her husband and two children.
Raymond J. Esposito
To say that jewelry manufacturing is in Ray’s DNA would be an understatement. Ray’s grandfather started Esposito Jewelry in 1917. Following in the footsteps of his father and uncles, Ray joined the family business in 1978. Learning jewelry manufacturing from the ground up, he has a special appreciation for the details that go into making each piece of jewelry unique. Ray enthusiastically joined the LDC team in 2014 bringing with him a long history of manufacturing and industry knowledge. A graduate of Georgetown University, Ray remains active serving on the Alumni Admissions Committee. Ray and his wife live in Providence and have two children.
With over 28 yrs in the jewerly and accessories industry Jennifer brings a fun and passionate vibe to any team she joins. She has worked extensively within her creative area but also has great skill in sales, merchandising, and product development. She has worked with many RI companies and has experienced and grown with the dramatic changes the industry has seen over the years.
Joining LDC over 5 years ago she brought with her her knowledge of design and trend working in tandem with her knowledge of the manufacturing processes which are such a huge component within the LDC dynamic. Her director position allows her the opportunity to teach and nurture the talented designers working with her every day to achieve the same goals LDC sets out for it’s future. She feels she’s found her forever home within the LDC family and will do all it takes to keep business flourishing. Jennifer resides in her childhood city of Cranston with her golden retriever Vince, who has become a welcome visitor to the LDC offices.