We began 20 sentences that each person finished in their own words. Here’s what brothers and co-presidents of Hamra Jewelers, Paul and Jeff Hamra (pictured left to right), had to say about business, brotherhood and everything in between.
Name: Paul and Jeff
Age: 50 and 47
Title: Presidents of Hamra Jewelers
Married/Single: Married and Married
Kids: Three and Two
Live: Phoenix and Paradise Valley
I was born…
Paul: in Los Angeles, California
Jeff: an optimist
My favorite thing about Arizona…
Paul: is the perfect weather we have nine months of the year.
Jeff: is the people I meet on a daily basis that walk into our store.
I’m listening to…
Paul: the jazz station on Pandora
Jeff: everything around me and learning more every day.
Paul: is my inspiration in life.
Jeff: always shows care and love.
If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…
Paul: Abraham Lincoln.
Jeff: Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex.
One thing I cannot live without…
Paul: is time with my kids enjoying cookies, kites and yo-yos.
Jeff: are the inspirations that surrounds my life.
When I was younger, I wanted to be…
Paul: a magician.
Jeff: busy and was constantly working on ways to build skills that would hopefully help me with whatever I chose to do someday.
I’m inspired by…
Paul: my mother’s enthusiastic and positive outlook on life.
Jeff: faith, family and my parents.
The one person who motivates me is…
Paul: the love of my life – my wife.
If could change anything in the world, it would be…
Paul: for everyone to live by the slogan: “Let’s all get along together”
Jeff: for people not to let the little things bother them.
The perfect day would be…
Paul: spent at the Arizona Science Museum with my children.
Jeff: sailing with my wife and kids.
My first job was…
Paul: selling greeting cards door to door as a kid when we lived in Marin County, California.
Jeff: working with my dad untangling chains for hours and hours.
My favorite escape…
Paul: is spending time in San Francisco with my wife.
Jeff: is the top of Camelback Mountain looking at the beauty of the Valley.
Paul: has been an amazing adventure.
Jeff: is a continued work in progress.
I’m currently working on…
Paul: repairing a Vespa scooter and learning to fly an RC helicopter.
Jeff: the growth and expansion of Hamra Jewelers.
Paul: have hope and faith in yourself and others.
Jeff: respect others…always.
Paul: say never, say Yes!
Jeff: say no to a person in need.
Paul: “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing” -Abraham Lincoln
Jeff: “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” -Jonathan Winters
Paul: is flying in a rocket.
Jeff: to watch Paul fly in a rocket.
My Pet Peeve(s)…
Paul: is negative attitudes.
Jeff: is manners.
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