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2008 Facets of the Future Conclave

Conference provided relevant and actionable tools and information during tough economic time


The American Gem Society™'s International Conclave was held in Seattle from April 9-12, 2008 at the Sheraton Seattle. Nearly 700 American Gem Society members and guests attended this year's conference, recognized as one of the industry's premier educational and networking events.
Conclave 2008 featured four days of approximately 50 educational sessions led by industry experts, breakfast and lunch presentations with high profile keynote speakers, numerous networking and social events, and fabulous entertainment. Conclave also included such events as the prestigious Robert M. Shipley Award Luncheon, American Gem Society Titleholders Luncheon, and the festive President's Gala.
Martin Lindstrom, sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company; Scott Ginsberg, sponsored by Sarin Technologies; Malcolm Gladwell, sponsored by Hearts On Fire®; and Ross Shafer served as keynote speakers at this year's Conclave - each exemplifying the highest level of experience and know-how in branding, approachability, corporate culture and psychology, and remaining relevant.
Highlights from 2008 International Conclave include:

Custom Sales Training: Measured Results - Ruth Batson, Executive Director and CEO of the American Gem Society, unveiled the Society's comprehensive sales training program, developed in concert with Richardson, the global leader in sales training programs, during the Opening Session Breakfast on April 10, 2008

A strong Ben Bridge Jeweler contingent - 64 Ben Bridge Jeweler associates attended 2008 Conclave

American Gem Society Titleholders and Designations - 75 of the 294 new titleholders and members earning Society designations were recognized during the Society's annual Titleholder Luncheon on April 10, 2008

Vogue-produced Fashion Show and Supplier Showcase Reception - 40 Vogue models walked the runway wearing the latest in fashion apparel and fine jewelry, as supplied by American Gem Society Supplier members

Al Woodill - former Executive Director of the American Gem Society and past Shipley Award winner, attended his sixty-third consecutive Conclave

New President of the American Gem Society International Board of Directors - Mark Moeller, CEO of R.F. Moeller Jeweler, assumed the role of President of the International Board of Directors during the Society's Membership Breakfast on April 12, 2008 and said, "The people out there that know me, know that I'm a builder. I like to build businesses and I like to build things that have lasting value. So here's my plan for the next two years. I plan on building nothing. That's right nothing. My job for the next two years is to help you (American Gem Society members) recognize the opportunities that exist in your own backyard."

Jewelers for Children - Jewelers for Children, in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granted the one thousandth wish at 2008 Conclave - a trip to Paris. Through the charitable donations and contributions of Society members, over $75,000 was raised at Conclave

Conclave 2009 will be held in Chicago, April 1 - 4, 2009. For information on attending, please email conclave09@ags.org.
The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is the international professional organization for all Registered Jewelers (RJ), Certified Gemologists (CG), Certified Gemologist Appraisers (CGA) and Independent Certified Gemologist Appraisers. Members are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their American Gem Society titles. Less than five percent of jewelers in the country have met the exacting requirements necessary for membership. For more information regarding the American Gem Society, please call 866.805.6500, or visit their website at www.AmericanGemSociety.org.