Jake Duneier ’10 was named the 2014 Whitman Young Alumnus of the Year. A dual EEE and Management major at Whitman, Duneier is now director of business development at Clyde Duneier, Inc., a NYC-based fourth-generation family business internationally recognized as a leader in the fine jewelry wholesale business.
Duneier works to develop new product lines in the diamond and color stone jewelry business. He has spearheaded partnerships with celebrities such as Randy Jackson, Badgley Mischka, Marc Ecko and several Home Shopping Network on-air personalities, among others.
During his time at Whitman, Duneier ran a very successful liquidation jewelry business in the Couri Hatchery. Since graduating, he has been a generous supporter of Whitman’s newly launched family business career track in the EEE Department by funding case competitions, helping to expand the curriculum and sharing his experiences and perspective with students.
“Jake was instrumental in getting our family business work off the ground,” said Alex McKelvie, associate professor and chair of the EEE Department. “His insight led us to develop a unique two-course sequence and his support allowed our family business students to gain important experiences that will influence them throughout their careers.”