Steve Behling- Retail Sales Manager
I began my “love affair” with crystallized mineral specimens in 1972. While working on my B.S. Degree from the University of Houston, I was required to “sight identify” minerals from cabinet drawers full of crystallized mineral specimens. I thought to myself that these crystals were incredibly cool and I was immediately “hooked”. By the end of the year, I was purchasing mineral specimens from local dealers for my personal collection, field collecting my own specimens in Arkansas, and had begun a small business selling mineral specimens at Gem and Mineral Shows.
After graduation, I began a 24 year career with Amoco Corporation. Working in and eventually managing a geological sample testing laboratory for Amoco in Houston. My passion for fine minerals continued, as I used my vacation time from Amoco to travel to major gem and mineral shows in order to purchase “rocks” for my personal collection and for my small mineral business. In 1999, I had the GREAT fortune of joining the team at the Collector’s Edge Minerals. Not many folks get to “live the dream” of working on a daily basis in an occupation which is perfectly aligned with their hobby interests! In my SALES role at the Collector’s Edge, I have been able to travel the globe getting to know all of the incredible people who share my passion for collecting fine mineral specimens. I have had the opportunity to view many of the world’s finest public and private mineral collections. On a daily basis, I get work with the ever changing and incredible mineral specimen inventory of the Collector’s Edge. And oh, by the way, I have the pleasure of working with an outstanding group of hard working professionals here at CEMI. Please feel free to give me a call if you want to talk “Rocks”.