Carlsbad Career Coaching




 

Having a face-to-face conversation with an industry veteran is an opportunity to get career 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.

Appraising

Richard Drucker
Owner/President
Gemworld International, Inc.

Gina D’Onofrio
Director of Fine Jewelry
Heritage Auctions

Questions to ask:

  • What do appraisers do?

  • How do I become an appraiser?

  • What is a career path for an appraiser?

  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Auction/Estate Sales

Danny Sanchez
Manager
Danny J. Sanchez


Business Start Up

Nick Ahlberg
Founder & Creative Director
Honey Jewelry Co.

Rod Miyata
Owner/President
Ace of Diamonds

Sarah Yood
Senior Counsel
Jewelers Vigilance Committee

Sheahan Stephen
President
Sheahan Stephen Sapphires

 

Questions to ask:

  • How do I start my own business?

  • What do I need to start a business, business plan, insurance, and inventory?

  • 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
DCA

Regina Ciarleglio
Director of Membership
Jewelers of America

Robin Lutin
Regional Manager
JCK

Meghan Simmons
Director of Operations
Omi Gems, Inc.


Questions to ask:

  • What kinds of opportunities are available in the gem and jewelry industry?

  • How do I get started?

  • Advancement possibilities?

  • What kind of education and training do I need?

 


Colored Stones

Dave Bindra
Vice President
B&B Fine Gems

Douglas Hucker
CEO
AGTA

Niveet Nagpal
Vice President
Omi Gems, Inc.

Questions to ask:

  • What are career opportunities in the colored stone sector?

  • What are good sources for colored stones?

  • How do you market colored stones?

  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Design

Mitchell Binder
Owner
King Baby

Ricky Basta
Owner
Ricardo Basta Designs

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 Boyadian
CEO
Gems Are Forevery & ZeeXchange

Kalpesh Jhaveri
President
K.R. Gems & Diamonds

Questions to ask:

  • What kinds of opportunities are available in the gem and jewelry industry?

  • How do I get started?

  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Laboratory

Derek Sharpe
Manager, Grading Laboratory
GIA


Manufacturing

Karen Basta
Ricardo Basta Designs

Mariana Gomez
Design Assistant and Production Manager
Martin Katz, LTD

Questions to ask:

  • What are the job opportunities in manufacturing?

  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of working in a large/small manufacturer?

  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Marketing and PR

Jen Cullen Williams
Consultant
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 for Business

Cindy Chandler
Consultant
Diamond Council of America

Tanya Parikh
Owner
Janvier

Questions to ask:

  • What organizations should I join?

  • What kind of education and training do I need?


Retail

Ashwin Bhindi
Manager
Bhindi Jewelers

Cathy Calhoun
Owner
Calhoun Jewelers

Questions to ask:

  • What is the retail climate like?

  • What is the difference between working in a chain store/independent jeweler?

  • What working hours should I expect to work?

  • Can you share tips for working with consumers?

  • What kind of education and training do I need?

 

Social Media

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?