Our Staff

At Mills Jewelers, you'll find our staff is knowledgeable, helpful and completely oriented to achieving the perfect piece of jewelry to express your unique style. It's clearly evident that we love what we do. Drop us a line or give us a call. You'll appreciate a new comfort level in consulting with our experts as partners in jewelry design. Click on us for help.

George Fritz - Owner

George Fritz
  • 45th year at Mills Jewelers
  • Graduate Gemologist, Gemological Institute of America
  • Named Best Jeweler 2016 - Lockport Union Sun & Journal Readers Poll
  • Niagara USA Chamber 2004 Business Person of the Year
  • Lockport High School Distinguished Alumni - inducted 2010
  • Was the paperboy to Mills Jewelers when hired in 1972 to sweep the floor, wash the glass, and run errands. Became the sole owner in 1989. 
  • Chairman of the Community drive to complete the mural, Guardian of the Waters on Main St.
  • Supporter of the Historic Palace Theatre
  • Takes direction from a 7 year old and her two twin sisters


Deborah Ames - Jewelry, Gem, Repair, and Design Expert A.G.S. Jewelry Sales Professional

Deborah Ames
  • 17 years with Mills Jewelers
  • Over 30 years as a fashion and design consultant
  • Our staff Colorist / a designer who uses color in a skillful way
  • GemVision jewelry designer graduate
  • Buffalo State College - Communications and Public Relations
  • Debbie was hired after assisting the owner with custom framing decisions and then hearing him advertise a position on the radio. She describes it as a moment of fate.
  • Debbie believes in life long relationships with customers
  • Attendee of numerous training seminars and tea parties



Brian Stevens - Jewelry, Gem, Repair, and Design Expert, GIA Diamond and Pearl Graduate

Brian Stevens
  • 25 years with Mills Jewelers
  • Diamond Grading Graduate, Gemological Institute of America
  • Countersketch CAD Custom Jewelry Designer
  • Pearl & Pearl Stringing Graduate, Gemological Institute of America
  • Was hired at age 18 after buying a class ring for his sister. The owner called his mother to tell her how impressed he was with her son and asked if Brian would like a job. 
  • Brian believes that character is everything
  • Always one sentence away from a bowling, basketball, baseball, golf, hunting or fishing story


Kim Gionis - Jewelry, Gem, Repair, and Design Expert, GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional

Kim Gionis
  • 4th Year with Mills Jewelers
  • Accredited Jewelry Professional, Gemological Institute of America
  • Countersketch CAD custom jewelry designer
  • knows every Alex and Ani bangle by heart
  • Before Mills Jewelers, Kim had her own jewelry design business, Gionis Designs. Her work was represented in several area jewelry stores and boutiques.  
  • Kim was hired after responding to our online ad within minutes after posting and then making a followup call and email the next day.
  • Can explain the 4c's while demonstrating 42 Yoga poses


Heather Fritz-Bauer - Jewelry, Gem, Repair, and Design Expert. GIA Diamond Graduate

Heather Fritz-Bauer
  • Fine Jewelry Experience from Birth (but officially 17 years)
  • Sterling Silver Jewelry Designer, HFB Designs
  • Diamond Graduate, Gemological Institute of America
  • In 2008 Heather was chosen from thousands of applicants for a Gemological Education Scholarship through the New York State Jewelers Association.  
  • Gemstone and jewelry buyer at international trade shows 
  • Believes in listening before talking 
  • Heiress to the Mills Jewelers empire


Nick Tomaino - Organizational Technician & Sales, GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional

Nick Tomaino
  • 8th Year with Mills Jewelers
  • Accredited Jewelry Sales Professional Gemological Institute of America
  • Countersketch CAD Custom Jewelry Designer. In fact he designed and sold one of the first CAD rings in the country using beta software that he taught himself.
  • Nick was hired during his junior year in High School after his English teacher recommended him as the best possible candidate for a position.
  • Can play guitar with one hand and change your watch battery with the other