Carlsbad Career Coaching




 

Thank you for your interest. Due to GIA’s sixth International Gemmological Symposium, 7-9 October 2018 in Carlsbad, GIA will not be holding a GIA Jewellery Careers Fair and Open House at the Carlsbad campus in 2018. Find out more about the Symposium at symposium.gia.edu.

GIA Jewellery Careers Fair and Open House will return to Carlsbad in October 2019.

Having a face-to-face conversation with an industry veteran is an opportunity to get careers advice that empowers. We’ll pair you with a coach who most closely matches your area of interest. You’ll have 15 minutes to ask questions, get advice and insights.

Below you can view the coaches for the 2017 careers fair.

Appraising

Gina D’Onofrio
Director of Fine Jewellery 
Heritage Auctions

Richard Drucker
President
Gemworld International, Inc.

Questions to ask:
  • What do appraisers do?
  • How do I become an appraiser?
  • What is the career path for an appraiser?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Business Start Up

Howard Hauben 
President
H2 Events

Rod Miyata
Owner
Ace of Diamonds
 
Sheahan Stephen
Owner
Sheahan Stephen Sapphires

Questions to ask:
  • How do I start my own business?
  • What do I need to start a business: a business plan, insurance and stock?
  • What are the challenges of starting a business?
  • How do I market my business?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?
 

Business Start Up for Designers

Laura Brown
Owner
Elbee Strategic

Questions to ask:
  • How do I start my own business?
  • What do I need to start a business: a business plan, insurance and stock?
  • What are the challenges of starting a business?
  • How do I market my business?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Career Information

Terry Chandler
President/CEO
Diamond Council of America

Robin Lutin
JCK Regional Sales Manager
JCK

Matthew Tratner
Director of Membership & Sales
Jewelers of America (JA)
Publisher of National Jeweler

Questions to ask:
  • What kinds of opportunities are available in the gem and jewellery industry?
  • How do I get started?
  • What possibilities are there for advancement?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Coloured Stones

David Bindra
Vice President
B & B Fine Gems

Doug Hucker
CEO
AGTA

Niveet Nagpal
Vice President
Omi Gems, Inc.

Questions to ask:
  • What career opportunities are there in the coloured stone sector?
  • What are good sources for coloured stones?
  • How do you market coloured stones?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Design

Karen Basta
Jewellery Designer
Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry

Katey Brunini
Owner/Designer
K. Brunini Jewels

Alishan Halebian
Owner/Designer
ALISHAN

Allison Neumann
Owner/Designer
Allison Neumann Studio

Questions to ask:
  • How do I sell and market my designs?
  • Should I work for myself or for a design house?
  • What is product placement, and what is its value?
  • How do I find out what’s hot in design?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Diamonds

Z Boyadjian
CEO
Gems Are Forever & ZeeXchange

Kalpesh Jhaveri
CEO
K.R. Gems & Diamonds Int’l. and Eighternity

Questions to ask:
  • What kinds of opportunities are available in the gem and jewellery industry?
  • How do I get started?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Laboratories

Rob Spencer
Manager, Grading Laboratory
GIA

Questions to ask:
  • What could my career path look like?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of working for a large/small laboratory?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Manufacturing

Ricardo Basta
President
E. Eichberg, Inc.

Lydia Tutanjian
ALISHAN

Questions to ask:
  • What job opportunities are there in manufacturing?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of working for a large/small manufacturer?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Marketing and PR

Jen Cullen Williams
Senior Account Executive & Publicist
Luxury Brand Group

Questions to ask:
  • How do I get started in the marketing/PR business?
  • How does product placement work?
  • How do I look for a marketing/PR person?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Networking

Tanya Parikh
Vice President
K.R. Gems & Diamonds Int'l

Questions to ask:
  • What organisations should I join?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Retail

Ashwin Bhindi
Manager
Bhindi Jewelers

Mary Todd-McGinnis
V.P. of Sales and Training
Ben Bridge Jeweler

Questions to ask:
  • What is the retail climate like?
  • What is the difference between working in a chain store/independent jeweller?
  • What hours should I expect to work?
  • Do you have any tips for working with consumers?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?
 

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS

Cindy Chandler
Consultant
Diamond Council of America

Questions to ask:
  • How do I build my brand on social media?
  • What are best practices for social media marketing?
  • How important is social media?