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AGS Announces Remaining Keynote and Featured Speakers for the 2017 Conclave

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Kai Kight and Scott McKain
Kai Kight and Scott McKain

The American Gem Society (AGS) is pleased to announce the remainder of their keynote and featured lineup for Conclave 2017 in Hollywood, California.

During the breakfast keynote on April 6, Scott McKain will address the members. McKain is an internationally known authority who helps organizations create distinction in every phase of business and teaches how to deliver an "Ultimate Customer Experience®." He is the author of three #1 business bestsellers; all teaching how to expand profits, increase sales and engage customers.

The closing keynote on April 8 is the innovative composer and violinist, Kai Kight, who is known worldwide for using music as a metaphor to compose paths of imagination and fulfillment. In his emotionally powerful presentations, Kight performs mesmerizing original music and shares stories from his transformation as an artist. Kight translates these insights into takeaways that audiences can easily infuse into their lives and work environments.

Bob Phibbs
Bob Phibbs
Todd Hartley
Todd Hartley
Ford Saeks
Ford Saeks

The featured speaker list is equally impressive. On April 5 and April 6, the “Retail Doctor,” Bob Phibbs will present three sessions. Phibbs is the author of three books and the retail sales expert of choice for legendary brands including Hearts On Fire, LEGO, Omega, and Vera Bradley. With over 30 years' experience, beginning in the trenches of luxury retail and extending to senior management positions, he has been a corporate officer, franchisor, and entrepreneur.

Todd Hartley is the featured speaker on April 6. Mr. Hartley is a respected expert in the frenetic Internet marketing industry. He frequently speaks at marketing and technology conferences on topics such as: "Where Google is Headed," "How to Go Viral," and "Why Content Marketing is King." Hartley created WireBuzz, a company that produces videos and aligns with organizations that dominate the Internet, such as Google, WireBuzz creates videos and marketing strategies that achieve desired objectives.

On April 7, the featured speaker is Ford Saeks. Saeks has redefined the formula for business success. His efforts have helped companies generate a total of over a billion dollars in sales worldwide. His innovative "Market Domination Formula" modernizes the customer engagement model by applying reverse psychology: placing the influence in the buyer’s hands rather than the seller. This hands-on presentation exposes underutilized methods that will attract qualified prospects, secure untapped markets, create a buying culture, and quickly add profits to your bottom line.

"We want our members to thrive in their business, and Conclave is their educational resource to do just that," said Ruth Batson, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. "Our lineup of keynote and featured speakers covers a range of topics crucial to any successful jewelry industry professional: leadership, management, sales, marketing and business solutions. The sessions are designed to inform and inspire with actionable items members can put to use immediately in their store."

The AGS will make more announcements in the near future regarding sponsors, special events, breakout sessions, and more. To learn more about the speakers, please visit





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The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

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