Even after six generations, it’s still great when you get a little help from your friends, and your community.

“When we opened our store in Richardson, we wanted to open it here,” said Anthony Pampillonia, “It’s our community.”

“We enjoy serving our community, and our local employees and clients are just great,” he said. The business community is supported by the City and its residents. The supportive atmosphere makes Richardson a special place, he said.

The Pampillonia family began designing, manufacturing and selling quality jewelry in their ancestral home in Italy. The family moved from their US base in Washington D.C. to Richardson in 1985. Richardson’s retail store opened in 2005.

Anthony’s involvement primarily on the business side. While he has numerous degrees and certifications for jewelry and gems, “I’m primarily a systems guide. I enjoy working with jewelry craftsmen and designers to make sure everything is running smoothly.”

Anthony’s involvement in the community was kicked off by his involvement in Leadership Richardson (LR). He was in Class XXVII (the best class).

“LR is just an amazing organization,” he said. “If you want to really learn about the city…there are so many things that get done behind the scenes that most citizens don’t know about.”

Non-profit day really inspired him. Now, he serves on the LR advisory board; he was chairman for two years. He also serves on the Cultural Arts Commission.

“The community aspect of the chamber is very important to me,” Anthony said.

Pampillonia Jewelers received the Community Involvement Award at the 2017 EDGE awards. The Community Involvement Award is presented to a business which has consistently contributed financial resources and personal time to Richardson-specific charitable, educational, civic and social organizations and their causes.

Anthony encourages others to get involved in the chamber. “It’s such a great advocate for local businesses. The networking aspect of it. All the programs it does to attract other businesses and allow everyone to work together as a community.”

“It’s one of the best chambers around.”

He and his wife have three children in Richardson Independent School District schools. He coaches his daughter’s soccer team. His son plays hockey in Richardson.