The Jewelers of Louisiana 2023 Convention will be held August 5-6th, 2023 at the Marriott Lakeway Hotel on Causeway Boulevard in Metairie, LA overlooking Lake Pontchartrain! We welcome everyone to join us for abundant opportunities in networking and knowledge in an enjoyable, safe, and educational environment.
The weekend begins with a Hospitality Suite on Saturday from 2:00-4:00 pm at the hotel, followed by a Social/Dinner at Southern Yacht Club. Presentations of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Jewelers of Louisiana Award will take place after dinner.Nomination forms are attached and should be submitted as soon as possible. We are expecting a large attendance and have planned for a well-rounded program on Sunday, August 6th. We are excited to have the following speakers share their experience and expertise to all attendees:
Ford Saeks, CEO – Prime Concepts Group Inc.“Business Growth Acceleration: Amplify Your Findability,Captivating Your Uniqueness, and Radiant Profits”“Sparkling Sales Success: Unleash Your Retail Jeweler Superpowers”
Harold Dupuy, FGA, GG – Stuller, Inc. – Vice President, Strategic Analysis“Jewelry Industry Insights – Perception and Reality”
Molly Fallon, Director of Marketing & Communications – Jewelers of America“Expanded JA Benefits – How to Make JA Work for You”
Sergeant Wesley Doyle – Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
Panel Discussion – Molly Fallon, Harold Dupuy, Bobby Ramsey
We encourage jewelers to participate in the Annual Design Competition. Overall winner receives GRAND PRIZE and advances to the National JA Case Awards in New York. Please support Jewelers of Louisiana by paying your 2023 membership dues. A membership form is below for your convenience.
We have a LIMITED number of seats and hotel rooms. I highly recommend you register early. For hotel reservations, call 504-836-5253 and mention JEWELERS OF LOUISIANA for the discounted rate of $129/night through July 28th. Valet/overnight parking is $15.
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FORD SAEKS, CEO – PRIME CONCEPTS GROUP, INC.
Ford Saeks, a Business Growth Accelerator with over 20 years of experience, has redefined the formula for success, generating over a billion dollars in sales worldwide for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500s. As the President and CEO of Prime Concepts Group, Inc., Ford specializes in helping businesses attract loyal and repeat customers, expand brand awareness, and ignite innovation. A tenacious and innovative powerhouse, Ford has founded over ten companies, authored five books, been awarded three U.S. patents, and received numerous industry awards. His expertise extends to AI prompt engineering, where he is renowned for training AI to craft compelling content that drives engagement and results. Ford recently showcased thisexpertise at the prestigious “Unleash AI for Business Summit,” discussing how ChatGPT is revolutionizing operations, marketing & sales, and the customer experience. Learn More about Ford Saeks at www.ProfitRichResults.com and watch his TV Show at Fordify.tv
Business Growth Acceleration: Amplify Your Findability, Captivating Your Uniqueness, and Radiant
ProfitsStep into the spotlight with strategic and tactical insights for local retail jewelers success. In a market where customers are inundated with choices, discover how to make your store shimmer like a rare gem through enhanced findability, captivating elegance, and sparkling profits. Discover how to maximize your digital presence, craft an enchanting uniqueness that draws high-value clients, and wield cutting-edge technologies for streamlined operations. This treasure map, polished for efficacy on modest budgets, is your golden ticket to transform your jewelry business into a dazzling emblem of elegance and prosperity.
Sparkling Sales Success: Unleash Your Retail Jeweler Superpowers:Dive into a world of glittering opportunity with “Sparkling Sales Success: Unleash Your Retail Jeweler Superpowers” at the JewelersAssociation of Louisiana! This tailored program empowers local retail jewelers, from mom-and-pop shops to multiple-store owners, to effortlessly captivate affluent clients, carve a luminous niche, and convert window shoppers into avid buyers. With expert insights into shortening the sales cycle and forging customer loyalty as precious as the gems you sell, this interactive session will help you increase your sales performance. Unearth your Retail Sales Superhero and craft a treasure chest of opportunities that have customers magnetized to your exquisite collections. Don’t let your sparkle be clouded by competition; supercharge your path to dazzling success!
HAROLD DUPUY, FGA, GG - VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS - STULLERHarold Dupuy, Vice President of Strategic Analysis for Stuller, Inc., has had a multi-faceted career in the jewelry industry. In over four decades, he has held many roles, ranging from merchandising executive leadership in a large public corporation to the ownership and operation of an independent retail jewelry store. A Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain (FGA), a Graduate Gemologist (GIA), and a Master Gemologist Appraiser (ASA Retired). Harold also owned and operated a private appraisal practice and gemological laboratory before joining Stuller in 2002. At Stuller, he draws on this diverse background to analyze, anticipate, and act on shifting trends in the domestic and international jewelry market.
“Jewelry Industry Insights - Perception and Reality”
In 2021 the jewelry industry achieved fourteen years of "normal growth" in one calendar year! An encore followed with sustained elevated sales levels in 2022. What happens when the post-pandemic recovery ends and consumers return to "normal" behavior? Today, the market is facing challenging economic headwinds. With this rapidly changing landscape, jewelers must adjust. The presentation will cover numerous factors influencing the jewelry industry's performance, including selected economic indicators, sales of total U.S. retail, the jewelry industry, and jewelry stores. Also covered are customization trends and the natural and lab-grown diamond market. Walk away with a perspective of your company’s performance in context of the overall market and an insight into what lies ahead for our industry.
MOLLY FALLON – DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS - JEWELERS OF AMERICA
“Expanded JA Benefits – How to Make JA Work For You”
• Bench certification• Salary Study• Careers Guide
• New Website• 20 under 40• FedEx Partnership
WESLEY DOYLE – SERGEANT – JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
MARRIOTT METAIRIE AT LAKEWAY HOTEL
Address: 3838 N. Causeway Boulevard, Metairie LA
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You may submit yourself or others in the industry for nomination with this form. The Jewelers of Louisiana Board will confidentially vote on nominations. Nominations should be emailed to Caroline. Winners will be notified prior to convention. The winners are required to attend the awards ceremony.
Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has been involved in the jewelry industry for over 20 years. The individual should possess qualities of professionalism, community involvement, exemplary customer service and excellence in the jewelry industry. This individual must have positively affected the Louisiana jewelry industry and represent the trade at the highest level, as a true standout among peers. This is the highest award granted by Jewelers of Louisiana.
Jewelers of Louisiana AwardThe Jewelers of Louisiana Award is given to a member of Jewelers of LA who dedicates themselves to furthering the values and objectives of the organization. He or she should possess qualities of excellence in their store, demonstrate a passion for jewelry, show leadership, perseverance, and determination.
We encourage jewelers to participate in Jewelers of Louisiana’s Annual Design Competition. Overall winner will advance to the National JA Case Awards in New York.
To enter this design competition, submit this form to Caroline:
All dues must be paid prior to the convention to be included in the convention program.
Click here to become a member of Jewelers of Louisiana.
If you have any questions, call or email Caroline Bleakley, Jewelers of LA Executive Director at 504-559-2331.
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