Jed Davis has been a member of Kiwanis for quite a while, 26 years in fact! He has been coming every week and supporting the local community through the organization. Since the purpose of this feature is to get to know Jed, let’s go back and consider some of the history that makes up the man we know as Jed Davis.
It all started at Nicolson and Ryan. Jed went into the jewelry industry because of his family. His wife’s grandfather bought Nicolson and Ryan from Matthew Nicolson in the late 1930’s. The store was passed down over the generations until 1988, when Jed and a partner decided to buy the majority stake in the store. Through thick and thin, Jed ran the store for the next twenty years! Every year, under Jed and Bud’s (the partner) leadership, Nicolson and Ryan saw growth.
Eventually, things changed and priorities shifted. At the same time of the business growing, Jed’s family was also growing. He had two lovely daughters who were getting older. When Jed hit the 20-year mark of ownership, and his daughters came to an age where they would either get into jewelry, or do something else, they decided to do something else. Jed decided to shift priorities to support the family and help his daughters enter the next phase of their life, the working world.
Entering working and college age, Jed’s two daughters showed interest in healthcare and entered the industry, under different occupations. His daughter Anna, lives in Park City, Utah and works with the, “National Ability Center” dealing with physical and mentally challenged clients. Jed’s other daughter, Megan, has started her own private practice in social work in Burlington, where she and her husband live with Jed’s three grandchildren.
Moving into retirement and being a grandfather, Jed has more time to do the things he loves. He truly enjoys the outdoors, and spends some time; Camping, fishing, and hiking. Not to make it easy, Jed also liked doing those things with other cultures. Over Jed’s life he spent two years in the Peace Corps in Botswana, hiked Kilimanjaro, Everest (Mostly), and Mt Rainier (Katahdin wasn’t good enough), and spent three months on a road trip around the United States.
Overall Jed spent his time doing what he loves, from Jewelry to Kilimanjaro. His life is an interesting story, and still going strong. Kiwanis has been a large part of it, and helped him form the relationships and give some stability to propel him to help the community, have adventures, and raise a great family.