More than Magic: AGS Announces Conclave 2014 Speaker Lineup

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October 16, 2013, Las Vegas. The American Gem Society recently announced that Magic Johnson will be the opening speaker for the 2014 Conclave. Today the Society announced the rest of the keynote and featured speaker lineup. The agenda covers a wide variety of business leaders and innovators.

In addition to Magic, there are three other keynotes:Peter Sheahan, an internationally recognized thought leader and author, will discuss ways to grow sales and revenues by leveraging business trends and new market opportunities. Erik Wahl, artist andauthor of Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius, will give a one-of-a kind demonstration, illustrating how creativity and innovation can inspire the leader in all of us. Sales guru Bryan Dodge will present his most popular and requested educational program, “How to Have Your Best Year Ever.”

Dodge will do double-duty and give a featured speaker presentation Building a Team that works without you.” Other featured notables include Adam Markel, CEO of Peak Potentials, a company that offers business coaching to professionals. Markel will teach “Increasing Sales Through Innovation.” Retailers are increasingly mindful of the latest technology that can help them run their business and increase sales, and digital marketer, James Spellos, will deliver advice with, “Hot Technologies 2014: It’s Mobile, Social & Local.”

Rob Bates, Senior Editor for JCK, will return as Emcee. “Rob’s knowledge of the Society and the industry, combined with his quick wit, makes him an ideal choice as Emcee,” said Ruth Batson, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “We are excited about having him and our entire lineup of speakers. Because it is our 80th anniversary, we wanted this to be extraordinary in every sense of the word. With a little help from the talent we’ve picked, we feel confident it will be a success.”

For more information on Conclave, contact the membership department at 866.805.6500 or email

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 a professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Only one in twenty jewelers in the country has chosen to meet the exacting requirements necessary for membership. 


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