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AGS Announces Speakers for Conclave 2019

It will be held in Seattle, WA, April 8-10 at the Sheraton Grand Seattle.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAS VEGAS – The American Gem Society (AGS) announces the keynote and featured speakers for its annual Conclave, which will be held in Seattle, WA, April 8-10 at the Sheraton Grand Seattle.

“Seattle is a unique and innovative city with such an amazing energy,” said Alexis Padis, CGA, chair of the International Conclave Committee. “Our speakers are much like our host city in that way. This year’s Conclave has a wide variety of talent and leading experts, ready to infuse our members with invaluable information they can use in both their professional and personal lives.”

This year’s lineup includes:

Monday:
The Opening Session lunch kicks off with Dan Thurmon, who is a speaker, author and performer. He is president of Motivation Works Inc. and author of Success in Action. His presentation juxtaposes ideas with actions to inspire change. Thurmon delivers experiences that go beyond motivation to teach concepts and skills while engaging and entertaining the audience.

The featured speaker for Monday is Steve Gutzler. His exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and sales solutions with humor, clarity and insight is why he is in high demand. Steve believes every presentation should transform a life and inspire leadership.

Tuesday:
Wake up ready to laugh and be entertained with the keynote breakfast speakers Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of Whose Line is it Anyway? Consider this the industry’s largest icebreaker! Colin and Brad are masters of improv and are going to perform with a live variation of their hit show, relying heavily on audience participation.

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Best-selling author Kelly McDonald is Tuesday’s featured speaker. Kelly is a marketing and advertising expert whose company was twice named one of the “Top Ad Agencies in the U.S.” by Advertising Age. Her presentation style is a mix of high content and high humor, and employs audience interaction to increase engagement and learning.

Wednesday:
The closing session keynote and featured speaker for the day is Galen Emanuele. Galen works with teams to create a profound shift in how teams and people communicate and perform in business. His unique, interactive keynotes and programs teach organizations how to apply the improv concept of “Yes, and” to drive an exceptional team culture of high-level performance and engagement.

Joel Zeff returns as the emcee and is well-known to the AGS members as a past keynote and featured speaker at Conclave. Zeff is an acclaimed motivator, public speaker, humorist, and actor.

Each featured speaker will teach both a morning and afternoon session. In addition, there will be over 90 breakout sessions. Conclave will also feature 13 networking events where the AGS community can mingle and meet other like-minded professionals who share their mission of consumer protection, ongoing education, and high standards of business ethics.

The American Gem Society would like to thank Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group, who is, once again, the Presenting Sponsor for Conclave. Without their support, the American Gem Society would not be able to provide the educational programming that it offers.

The AGS will be making more announcements in the near future regarding additional speakers, registration information, breakout sessions, and more.

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For more information about the American Gem Society and Conclave, visit americangemsociety.org.

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Reed Jewelry Group Appoints Portfolio Sales Director for JCK and Luxury

He will be responsible for strategy, leadership and development.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NORWALK, CT – Reed Jewelry Group announces the latest addition to its JCK and Luxury events team with the appointment of Jim Fox to the role of portfolio sales director focused on industry and customer relations.

Fox will be responsible for strategy, leadership and development within the JCK and Luxury sales team, as well as key account customer relationships of the jewelry industry’s leading events. The addition of this role will further JCK’s mission of becoming closer to its customers, extending the opportunity for the team to listen to customers and act on their feedback.

Fox has over 20 years of sales and business development experience in the luxury goods sector. Having served as sales director in the consumer products division of Swarovski for over nine years, he is also closely aligned with retail challenges and opportunities. He directed Swarovski’s licensed boutique business, creating 50 new stores and generating over $50 million in new business at casinos, airports and traditional retail outlets. Previously, his sales experience within the fine writing instrument division of The Gillette Co. gave him an insightful tour of luxury retail in partnership with brands such as Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and guild independent jewelers.

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“JCK is excited to have such a seasoned luxury sales veteran join the management team,” says Sarin Bachmann, event vice president, JCK and Luxury. “Jim’s values and history of approaching sales as a consulting strategy aligns with our passionate commitment to customer satisfaction. We are confident that 2019 and beyond will bring a measurable difference for our customers.”

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Jewelers of America Announces 2019 GEM Awards Winners

Stewart Wicht received the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Jewelers of America, the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, held the 17th annual GEM Awards on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. Stewart Wicht received the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement and Tiffany & Co. received the GEM Award for Marketing & Communications. The winners in the categories of Jewelry Design, Media Excellence and Retail Excellence were revealed live to an audience of nearly 600 press and jewelry industry elite.

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Fernando Jorge won the GEM Award for Jewelry Design. The other nominees in the Jewelry Design category were Valérie Messika and Silvia Furmanovich. The award was presented by 2018 GEM Award for Jewelry Design winner Irene Neuwirth.
The GEM Award for Media Excellence was given to Will Kahn of Town & Country. 2018 GEM Award winner Marion Fasel of The Aventurine, presented the award. The other Media Excellence nominees were Brecken Branstrator of National Jeweler and Michael Thompson of International Watch.

Threads took home the award for GEM Award for Retail Excellence. The other nominees for Retail Innovation were Broken English and Cellini. The award was presented 2017 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement winner Jim Rosenheim of Tiny Jewel Box.

Rapper A$AP Ferg presented the GEM Award for Marketing & Communications, saying, “Holly Golightly and this boy from Harlem have more in common than you might think. When I was growing up, I’d sometimes walk past Tiffany on my way to Art and Design High School on Second Avenue. I’d stand at the Tiffany window and say to myself, Someday.” Andrea Davey accepted the award for Tiffany & Co., saying in part, “Tiffany’s story is more than 180 years old but forever young. It is exquisite beauty in everyday luxury. It is witty, natural, effortless elegance. It is New York and all her youthful energy. In 2018, we loved finding new ways—and new voices—for telling that story while staying true to the company’s heritage. We are delighted that, with this prestigious award, you seem to have loved it too.”

Wicht was honored with the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement for his efforts to enhance the jewelry and watch industry’s image and set a standard of excellence that inspired industry colleagues throughout the course of his career. His career at Rolex spanned more than four decades. In 2011 he was appointed president and CEO of Rolex Watch U.S.A. Inc. Wicht retired in December 2018 but remains on the board of directors of Rolex Watch U.S.A. After receiving a standing ovation from the crowd, he thanked his Rolex team and explained his philosophy on work by saying, “I always say, ‘You can go faster alone but you can go further together.’”

GEM Awards Chair Olivier Stip of Chanel was the host of the evening. Sponsors of GEM Awards included: Cornerstone Sponsors – Chanel and Synchrony Financial; Premier Sponsors – Rolex and Signet Jewelers; Patron Sponsors – David Yurman, DeBeers Group, Hearts On Fire, Tourneau and Wempe; Benefactor Sponsors – Cellini Jewelers, COUTURE, JCK Events, Luxury Jewelers Resource Group, Movado Group, Inc., Tiffany & Co., Timeless Distributions and Unique Settings New York.

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Thailand Announces Readiness to Host Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair 2019

Under the concept of“Thailand’s Magic Hands”…

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(PRESS RELEASE) The 63rdBangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair announces its position as a leading fair in the world gems and jewelry industry with the upcoming show to be held from February 20 to 24, 2019, at Impact Muang Thong Thani.

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Ms. BanjongjittAngsusingh, director-general of Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce (Thailand) announces the country’s readiness to organize the 63rdBangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair February 2019 under the concept of “Thailand’s Magic Hands : The Spirit of Jewelry Making” on February 20 to 24, 2019 at ImpactMuang Thong Thani. For decades, Thai artisans have demonstrated their craftsmanship skills, from the prosperity of arts and culture since ancient times combined with unique Thai identity, Thailand’s craftsmanship has been passed on through the generations. Today, the skills of Thai artisans are a source of creative jewelry masterpieces. This international gems and jewelry fair is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors with over 2,200 booths from countries such as Japan, China, Hong Kong, Israel, India, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, Singapore, Indonesia and CLMV countries.At the fair, business matching activities will be held and a variety of gems and jewelry products will be on display from gemstones, diamonds, find jewelry, silver, gold, pearls, to machinery and equipment relating to the industry.

Moreover, visitors can explore the jewelry collections from leading Thai and international brands as well as 140 brands from new exhibitors in “The New Faces” zone from The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), Thai Goldsmiths Association, and new jewelry brands from across the country. In the “Innovation and Design Zone (IDZ)”, discover jewelry products that are innovative and creatively designed while “The Niche Showcase” and“The Jewelers” zone will showcase beautiful and unique jewelry from designers.

For more information, please visit www.bkkgems.com or email bkkgems@ditp.go.th.

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