60 Seconds With Ray DuBose
by Clay Neely
What makes your business unique?
I was born into the jewelry business. As a fourth generation jeweler it was my destiny so it was to no one’s surprise. My training in the jewelry arts allow me to see clients’ diamonds and gems as a finished design which helps tremendously when folks come into my store looking to redesign, for example “grandma’s wornout jewelry.”
Over 50 years of jewelry experience enables me to know the ins and outs of jewelry repair, design and appraisals. Community involvement helps me fill a personal desire to make Newnan and Coweta a great place to live, work and play. My wife, Linda, who has worked by my side for 40 years and I are blessed with two children and six active grandchildren all living in the Newnan area. We are so happy they can experience the Newnan life in our schools, churches and community. It’s really a wonderful place to watch our family grow and develop. Ultimately, I would say what makes my business unique is me. You won’t find another jewelry business like mine because there is only one Ray DuBose.
What’s the best business lesson you’ve learned?
Life is ever changing so never stop learning. You must continue to learn new ways to accomplish tasks while keeping grounded with traditional values. We should take every opportunity to continue learning in not only our business lives but in our personal lives as well.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you do?
There is any number of things. My momma told me I could do whatever I wanted to do if I set my mind to it. A travel tour director would be on the top of my list. I love to travel, plan trips and then execute the plan. It could be a trip to buy diamonds in Antwerp, Belgium or one of our annual family road trips across the USA. Life is always an adventure. There is so much to see, learn and enjoy in our world.