Meet Our Team
Craig's career began at a young age while working in his parent's jewelry store. Eventually he began attending gem and jewelry shows in North America and Europe. His passion for gemology inspired him to attend the Gemological Institute of America, in Santa Monica, CA. It was there that he began his teaching career as an Instructor of Gemology.
Years later, he crossed paths with famed treasure hunter, Mel Fisher, who had discovered the Spanish shipwreck, Nuestra Señora de Atocha. Mel's team had recovered a 90 carat Colombian emerald and Craig was hooked. A conversation with Mel lead him to join his team of treasure hunters in Key West. He went on to become the Exhibition Director and developed the "Treasures of the Atocha" exhibit which traveled to 85 cities throughout North America.
The final stop of the exhibit was at Lyle Husar Designs in 1998. While there, Craig decided it was time to return to the family business. He has lead the company through three major expansions and is now the proud owner. This Renaissance man is most grateful for his relationship with his family; wife Danielle, children; Becca, Aidan and Nadia, and four-legged companion Oliver. He can be reached at 262-789-8585.
Christine started with Lyle Husar Designs in 1990 and currently serves as the Vice President and Operations Manager. She is part of the second generation of the Husar family. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin - Waukesha where she majored in business and minored in art. She has received numerous awards for her skills in jewelry design. Her gemological knowledge was gained through course work at the Gemological Institute of America. Christine is married with two sons, Alex & Max, step-daughter Chrissy and two grandsons, Mason and Brycen. She loves crafting, gardening, pastel drawing, boating and hiking. Her preferred vacation spot is Florida. She's passionate about her family business and works hard to insure that it thrives and succeeds. Her favorite gemstones are druzy, tourmaline and sapphire and her newest favorite designer is Meira T. When Christine is not busy designing jewelry, she's hanging out with her kids, playing with her dog Beemer, taking long walks and relaxing by a bonfire with friends. She can be reached at 262-789-8585.
Lyle C. Husar & Alice M. Husar
Member Wisconsin Horological Society
Becca Husar, CSA
Trusted Jewelry Advisor | Husar Design Studio Manager | 3D CAD Jewelry Designer
Becca Husar has been with Lyle Husar Designs since 2011 and recently became the Husar Design Studio Manager. She proudly represents the third generation of the Husar family. Raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, she is a Graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a double major in Bachelor of Fine Arts and Communications. Becca's certified through the American Gem Society and is currently enrolled gemological studies at the Gemological Institute of America. She is a busy mother who loves landscaping, gardening, mixed media painting, reading, cooking, hiking and exploring new places. Her favorite gemstones are diamonds, emeralds and Paraiba tourmaline. Her favorite designers are Tacori, Hearts On Fire, Brother Wolf, Freida Rothman, Swarovski and of course... Husar Signature Custom Designs. She can be reached directly at 262-789-8585.
Jennifer Tromp, CSA
Trusted Jewelry Advisor | Diamond Inventory Manager | 3D CAD Jewelry Designer
Jennifer has worked at Lyle Husar Designs since 2004 and has been in the jewelry industry since 2000. She was raised in Milwaukee with a 4 year stint (high school) in Grafton, WI. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and also studied at MATC. She is certified by the American Gem Society and has completed many advanced gemological courses at both the Gemological Institute of America and Jewelers of America. Jennifer is married and has a four legged fur baby named Josey. Some of her favorite places to travel include Ireland and North Carolina where she has friends and family. Her hobbies include jewelry, decorating, reading and listening to/seeing live music. Something that few people know about her is that she is a very good cook and loves coming up with her own recipes. She loves feeding people. Her favorite designers include Hearts On Fire, Fana and Shinola and her all-time favorite gemstone is emerald. Jennifer can be reached at 262-789-8585.
Lindsey McCormick, AJP, CSA
Trusted Jewelry Advisor | GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional | 3D CAD Jewelry Designer
Lindsey has worked at Lyle Husar Designs since 2007. She was born and raised in Manitowoc, WI and earned a Bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She is certified as an Accredited Jewelry Professional by the Gemological Institute of America and a Certified Sales Associate by the American Gem Society. She's married to a gourmet chef so it's no surprise that she's a bit of a foodie. Her favorite hobbies include shopping and traveling, with New York and any place tropical among her favorite destinations. She has two pets, a dog and cat. Something that most people don't know about her is that she grew up hunting and fishing with her father. Lindsey's favorite gemstone is diamond and her favorite designers are Hearts On Fire, Tacori and Simon G. When she's not at work, she love's being home, spending time with her husband and family. She can be reached at 262-789-8585.
Michelle Thompson, AJP
Trusted Jewelry Advisor | Online Inventory Manager | GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional | Associate 3D CAD Jewelry Designer
Michelle started with Lyle Husar Designs in 2016. She has worked in the jewelry industry since 2006. She grew up in Menomonee Falls, WI and is a Graduate of Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She is an Accredited Jewelry Professional (GIA) and Diamond and Gemstone Certified (DCA). She loves going "up north" with her husband Casey, two daughters (8yrs & 5yrs) and dog Jack. Michelle's hobbies include drawing, sketching, reading, horseback riding and baking. One of her secrets that very few people know about her is that she is a huge sci-fi/fantasy geek. She was drawn to Lyle Husar Designs because of the family atmosphere. Her favorite gemstone is tanzanite because of the rich violet hue and her favorite designers are Tacori and Diama. When she's not at work, you'll find Michelle with her family. She loves having extended family over for dinner on weekends and taking the girls to the zoo or museums. She can be reached at 262-789-8585.
Peter Hannes IV, AJP
Trusted Jewelry Advisor | GIA Diamonds Graduate | GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional | 3D CAD Jewelry Designer
Peter recently joined the Husar team after having spent 9 years in the industry. Born and raised in Racine, WI, Peter is currently living in Milwaukee while completing his MBA at UW-Milwaukee. He has his Accredited Jewelry Professional Certificate, as well as a Graduate Diamonds Degree from GIA. Outside of work, Peter is an avid Brewers and Packers fan. His favorite place to get away is New York City, but during the summer you can find him at any of the outdoor festivals downtown Milwaukee. His favorite gemstones are tsavorite, demantoid, and opal. His favorite designers are A. Jaffe, Hearts on Fire, and Shinola. He can be reached at 262-789-8585.
Trusted Jewelry Advisor Apprentice
Derek is our newest team member at Lyle Husar Designs, starting in March of 2017. He currently attends Oconomowoc High School where he is a member of the track team and enjoys watching school sporting events. Derek has an avid interest in gemology which is what brought him to Lyle Husar Designs. His favorite gemstones are emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. His favorite jewelry designers are William Henry, and Shinola. Derek lives in Oconomowoc with his parents, Mark and Tracy, his sister Paige and his beloved German shorthair pointer, Lexi. Derek can be reached 262-789-8585.
Kathryn Klug, G.G.
Jewelry Appraiser & Graduate Gemologist
What is a GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG)?
The prestigious GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma teaches jewelers the science and technical knowledge needed to deal with the entire spectrum of diamonds and colored stones. The distinguished GIA GG designation at the end of an individual's name is instantly recognized around the world as the mark of a senior professional in the jewelry industry.
What is an Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP)?
The GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional diploma is designed specifically for sales associates and provides them essential product knowledge they need to provide customers with accurate diamond information.
Our titles and designations were developed to help you know the qualifications of someone who works in the jewelry industry. Our members must adhere to the American Gem Society’s code of ethics and are required to re-certify their title or designation each year.
What is a Registered Jeweler, RJ
This title lets you know that the jeweler you are working with truly understands jewelry, diamonds, and gemstones. To earn this title, the associate has completed required coursework and classroom study, along with written and practical exams in diamond grading.
What is a Certified Gemologist, CG
A Certified Gemologist has taken advanced studies in diamonds and colored gemstones. A CG also demonstrates mastery of diamond, gemstone, and precious metal testing procedures.
What is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser, CGA
This title is the most highly regarded among peers in the jewelry industry. Why? Because it certifies that the sales person can identify diamonds, gemstones, and jewelry and determine their value. This title requires advanced training and experience in determining the value of diamonds and gemstones.
What is a Certified Sales Associate, CSA
A salesperson with this designation behind his or her name has passed the Graduate Sales Associate course and The AGS Professional module. This assures you that the salesperson is knowledgeable about the diamonds and gemstones they are selling.
What is a Certfied Jewelry Arts Professional, CJAP
This designation is for those members who have completed studies in the art of jewelry repair and/or manufacturing.