Mr. Haymann (a serially successful entrepreneur) has over 50 years experience founding and taking companies to the top level of success in their industry.
In 1964, at the age of 18, started his first business in South Africa, Euro-Africa Diamonds, Inc., which specialized in handmade custom designed fine jewelry. In 1968, The Diamond News name Mr. Haymann the Diamond Personality of the Month, the youngest person to ever receive this honor. Mr. Haymann started his second company, Sho-Craft, in 1970, which designed jewelry stores and also made all the displays and trays for the jewelry. The same year, he purchased M&M Originals, a competitor in the bridal jewelry business.
In 1977, Mr. Haymann decided to investigate expansion to the U.S. market, so he emigrated and founded Transversal Diamond to distribute polished diamonds to wholesale manufacturers and retail outlets. Two years later, he sold his South African companies, Euro-Africa Diamonds and Sho-Craft. In 1980, Mr. Haymann founded Verilyte Gold, Inc., manufacturer of 14K gold photo-etched jewelry, and in 1982, AMI Jewelry, Inc., manufacturer of 14K gold fine jewelry.
In 1986, Mr. Haymann sold Verilyte Gold, Transversal Diamond, and AMI Jewelry to Town & Country Group, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ and signed a five-year employment agreement. In 1989, he became President and CEO of Town & Country Fine Jewelry Group composed of Transversal Diamonds (loose diamonds), Verilyte Gold (photo-etched jewelry), AMI Jewelry (fine gold jewelry), Feature Rings (bridal), Foremost (semi-precious stones), and Town & Country (precious stones). In 1993, he resigned from Town & Country and signed a five-year non-compete agreement with full salary. In 1998, Mr. Haymann became a partner in Leo Schachter Diamonds, LLC, one of the world’s largest diamond cutters and distributors. He resigned in 1999 and sold his shares back to the original partners.
In 1991, Mr. Haymann founded Sun Ports International, a manufacturer of shade structures. Sun Ports merged with Shade Structures in 2004; a West Coast producer of shade structures, and FabriTec, producer of large waterproof fabric structures such as those used for stadiums or airports. In 2003 the company formed Vehicle Protection Structures for automobile dealerships and parking facilities, and Shade Concepts to produce structures for the wholesale market. In 2006, a holding company for all the fabric structure companies, USA Shade & Fabric Structures, Inc., was created. In 2014, USA Shade & Fabric Structures was sold to PlayPower owned by Apollo.
At the same time that he was expanding the shade structure businesses in different markets, Mr. Haymann founded D4D Technologies, LLC in 2002 to develop 3-D Laser technology for dentistry and served as the company’s Chairman and CEO. In 2006, he sold a significant interest in D4D Technologies to Henry Schein; 3M ESPE, and Ivoclar Vivadent. When D4D Technologies’ product became commercialized, Mr. Haymann resigned as CEO in 2009. In 2010, Mr. Haymann resigned as Chairman and in 2013; he sold his remaining shares to his partners.
In 2014, Mr. Haymann acquired FabriTec Structures, LLC. In 2016 Mr. Haymann sold 50% of FabriTec Structures to the Pfeifer Group of Companies. They have been in business for more than 430 years, employ over 1,400 people and have more than 20 offices throughout the world.