2nd Annual JCK Invitational Slated for Feb. 4-6, 2007


October 20, 2006

2nd Annual JCK Invitational Slated for Feb. 4-6, 2007

The JCK Invitational winter jewelry show will be held at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, February 4-6, 2007, giving independent retailers a chance to restock after the holidays.

A new addition to the show will be the co-location of the 4th annual Rapaport International Diamond Conference that will be held Monday, February 5, 2007 at the Hilton Hotel. The conference will focus on the most important issues confronting the diamond industry including "Blood Diamonds," "The Impact of the Internet on Profits," and "Branding: Defining the Opportunity." Registration for the conference is $495, and all profits will be donated to the Jewelers For Children charity. Conference attendees also will be given access to The JCK Invitational exhibit floor as well as keynote educational sessions.

The JCK Invitational will feature three educational presentations. Jack Mitchell, presenting "Hug Your Customers," will discuss his business philosophy based on "hugs", personal touches that impress and satisfy customers, the core of any business, and why it is effective.

Other speakers include Shane Decker, a national diamond and jewelry sales trainer and consultant who will address the ongoing Internet issue in his session "The State of the Jewelry Industry vs. The Internet." Decker's talk will include statistics and tips on how retail stores can overcome the competition from Internet jewelry sales.

John Kennedy, president of the Jewelers Security Alliance, will bring together a panel of security professionals to discuss security and crime in the industry. The discussion will cover the latest security devices, tips on how to secure the premises, and advice from independent and major retail chains on the use of security services and devices. Speakers include David J. Sexton, vice president for Loss Prevention, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company; Supervising Detective Sergeant Scott F. Guginsky, Commanding Officer, Organized Theft Task Force, New York City Police Department; and the security directors of a major jewelry chain and an independent retailer.

The JCK Invitational will be held Sunday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Monday, February 5, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For registration and exhibit information, visit jckgroup.com or call 800-257-3626.



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