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Fireside Chat: Alexis Padis

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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: John Carter

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John Carter began his career at Jack Lewis Jewelers at only 16-years-old. Fast-forward to today, and he is the proud owner of the store. After earning his degree in Marketing from Illinois State University, Carter went on the road as a regional sales director for Maurice Lacroix watches. He later returned to Jack Lewis and purchased the store in 2011. Upon his purchase of the store, Carter and his team dramatically shifted its marketing strategies, which have become almost completely digital. Today, Carter’s goal for the store is to continue to innovate through marketing, social media and new ways to…


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Fireside Chat: Sarah Russell

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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: Denise Richards

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Denise Richards is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser, is a member of the management team at Underwood Jewelers and is the current Young Titleholder President of the American Gem Society (AGS). At Underwood’s, Richards is responsible for operation management, inventory control and social media. Her Facebook posts have exemplified successful implementation of a social media plan to reach a younger diamond buying demographic. We are excited to have Richards joining us at JCK Tucson 2019 to speak as a Fireside Chat panelist for Can Inspiration Influence Your Business? taking place February 7 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. See our conversation with Richards herself…


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Fireside Chat: Katherine Bodoh

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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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