Category: Education

Fireside Chat: Alexis Padis


Alexis Padis is the Marketing & Operations Manager at the Padis Designer Galleria for Padis Jewelry. Padis is also the youngest Board member of the American Gem Society (AGS). As an AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser and a GIA Graduate Gemologist, she is proudly responsible for purchasing and evaluation the jewelry sold at Padis Jewelry. Padis will be joining fellow industry leaders for JCK Tucson 2019 Fireside Chat: Can Inspiration Influence Your Business? to share her journey in finding and sustaining inspiration in her business through originality, creativity and innovation. Get a sneak peek inside Padis’s background in the industry, what’s…

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Fireside Chat: Sarah Russell


Sarah Russell is a manager at NEI Group, the Secretary of the American Gem Society Young Titleholders and the Vice President of Membership for the Women’s Jewelry Association NY Metro Chapter.  At NEI, Russell is responsible for company-wide technology strategies including overseeing web development. She also manages the hiring of personnel and company training. As a senior manager, Russell is involved in other key strategic decisions including merchandising and financial planning.  With an impressive background and industry experience under her belt, we’re very excited to have her joining us as a panelist for JCK Tucson 2019’s Fireside Chat, Can Inspiration Influence Your Business?  Before the show, we…

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Fireside Chat: Katherine Bodoh


The American Gem Society (AGS) was founded in 1934 by a small group of leading jewelers. Their goal was to create an organization that could help protect the jewelry-buying public from fraud and false advertising. Today, their vision has become a reality. Approximately 3,400 jewelers, retailers, suppliers, individual titleholders and affiliates have joined the American Gem Society and have dedicated themselves to consumer protection, ethical business practices and development and maintenance of superior gemological skills and knowledge. This week, we caught up with Katherine Bodoh, CEO of AGS and AGS Laboratories. Bodoh has always loved jewelry, and she began her…

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JCK Talks Social Media Boot Camp


New for 2019, JCK Talks introduces a half-day intensive Social Media Boot Camp for jewelry retailers and other business owners. Taking place Sunday, June 2 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Sands Expo, this is the first offering of its kind for the JCK community, aiming to provide an inspiring and impactful program with key takeaways attendees can immediately put to use upon returning to their stores—all conveniently taking place under one roof during JCK Las Vegas. Powered in partnership with The Smithee Group (TSG)—industry consultants focused on helping your businesses succeed in today’s digital age—the JCK Talks…

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4 Invaluable Mobile Marketing & Social Media Tips from Ben Smithee


Ben Smithee is the founder and CEO of The Smithee Group (TSG), a business consultancy that specializes in strategy and social media. TSG leverages Smithee’s background in Consumer Sciences (Insights, Research, and Intelligence) and Digital Strategy to help brands evolve and create lasting and valuable relationships for maximum ROI. TSG’s team is made up of individuals with diverse experience and exploratory mindsets to help other businesses achieve goals through detailed analysis, brand architecture, content creation, and daily management. TSG provides small and large businesses with marketing strategies, marketing campaigns, and detailed social media plans. Smithee joined us at JCK Las…

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