President, Henne Jewelers
John Henne is currently President and owner of Henne Jewelers in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. John has managed the family business since 1998, overseeing all aspects of the operation including diamond procurement, accounting, sales and marketing. Prior to functioning in that capacity John was the sales manager. In 2012 John acquired full ownership of the company that was established in 1887 by his great grandfather, Rudolf Joseph Henne.
John and his two sisters Anne Henne Rockwell and Meg Henne Gibson worked through an amicable purchase of the business that they had managed together since their father Jack Henne generously transitioned ownership to the fourth generation. This is a rare accomplishment in multi-generational businesses. They are very proud of the fact that the family still gets along so well and travels on family vacations together.
The mission of Henne Jewelers is to strengthen and enhance relationships, and John most enjoys the part he and Henne Jewelers can play in couples’ lives as they prepare for marriage and grow in love throughout their married lives. Along those lines he established the “To Have and To Hold” program that is designed to give couples financial incentives to properly prepare for marriage through pre-marriage counseling. Every couple who comes to Henne Jewelers to look for an engagement ring is given a copy of the book “Things I Wish I’d Known Before we Got Married” by Gary Chapman.
Under John’s leadership Henne Jewelers has grown and received numerous local business and retail jewelry awards. John is most proud of being awarded the Pittsburgh Business Ethics award, by the University of Pittsburgh’s David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership and being named to the Best Places to Work by the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Prior to joining Henne Jewelers, John was a CPA with KPMG in the audit and tax departments. He received a Bachelors degree in accounting from Grove City College in 1989. John is a past president of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Christian Outreach, which transforms college students to transform the world, Imani Christian Academy, which serves at-risk inner city youth in Pittsburgh, and the Grove City College Alumni Council. Currently John serves on the Fox Chapel Young Life committee and is the chairman of the board of Jewelers of America, the national retail jewelers trade organization.
In his spare time John enjoys golfing, water skiing and traveling, but most importantly spending time with his wife Dara and their 4 young sons, Jack, Luke, Mark and Clark.
Check out this article about how John Henne’s faith impacts the way he runs his jewlery store.