In 1959, a watchmaker from the pan handle of Nebraska procured a legacy while helping a friend out when he purchased Arnolds Jewelry in downtown Rapid City. Little did he know that over the next 50 years, the story of the Stamper family would dramatically change. The first 17 years’ growth was steady and provided well for Ed and Amy Stamper. His focus and hard work were traits instilled deep into the company.
In 1976, tired of working for the state of Nebraska, Rod Stamper tried to open his own motorcycle shop in Omaha, Nebraska. After a candid discussion with his father, Rod and wife Terri moved to Rapid City to take over the family business. Little did he know that in a few years he would have to endure a record gold spike that birthed a new strategy of highly valued, light weight, and handmade jewelry. This strategy paid off and flipped the growth switch on. In 1984, Rod created the original Black Hills Gold/Harley-Davidson® design. That year Rod was visited by a member of Harley-Davidson and told he needed to cease and desist his activities. In typical fashion Rod dictated a letter to his assistant, both parties signed and the negotiation began. This meeting and quick thinking is the sole reason why the relationship with Harley-Davidson began. For the next 25 years Rod’s passion was the driving inspiration behind the company and its direction.
BEHIND EVERY GOOD MAN IS AT LEAST ONE PHENOMENAL WOMAN. WE HAVE FOUR!
The men in the family live the business life. The women they share life with make it possible. Amy moved to Rapid City with Ed in 1956 when they purchased Heinie’s Jewelry. As anyone who has ever been married can tell you, Amy ran the show. From the books to keeping Ed in line, Amy’s influence was deeply imbedded into the company. Today at 84, Amy still volunteers her time as a part time daycare provider and still holds the title of, “Super Chicken,” sales person.
Wife to Rod, she became Human Resource manager in 1992. As our company grows she ensures that our policies and procedures are in line with the standards set by OSHA, and the EPA. Additionally, she is Momma, listening to each and every person. All the while she continues to keep pushing her own children to achieve even more.
Rod and Terri’s youngest daughter, is an executive assistant. With a witty sense of humor and a knack for pointing out the not so obvious, Jamie fulfills a support position for many people.
Jason Stamper’s wife is the sales arm of the family. For over 14 years Tracy has been subjected to the torment that only a daughter in law knows. With her natural gift of instant rapport and ability to think quickly, Tracy spear-heads many of sales processes and procedures.
Jason Stamper (The Author)
I in no way want to take credit or put any undo glory upon myself. In my life I have been blessed with many different gifts. At the top of this list, are those mentioned above. Grandpa and Dad passed on a tradition that is difficult to explain without having lived it. Grandma continually inspires me to live longer, free, and uncomplicated. Without Mom’s constant guidance and nurturing I do not feel that I would have the respect for the women in my life, or the tendency toward hard work. Tracy has given more than I could ever repay. From simply pulling me out of a funk, to teaching me how to be a better friend, she is always by my side to encourage and put up with me. Finally, Jamie makes me stretch. Jamie brings different insight and a fresh look into things. She has proven more than once that she is right on. My life has been greatly influenced by the people here as well as countless others who know who they are.
As for my details, I hold a degree in psychology, from Black Hills State University. I started working seasonally with the family at the age of 14, and working full time in 1999. At Dad’s request I was hands on in every aspect of the organization. In 2003, I assumed the position of Marketing and Sales director. In 2008, I became COO and oversee the daily operations.
THE NEXT GENERATION
Miles, Avery, Charli, Blake, Carter, and Lorelai, six of the greatest children a father and uncle can ask for. Someday the torch will be passed and the family legacy will continue.