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.

Here is the list of coaches for 2019. More coaches to be added soon.

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?


Business Start Up

Nick Ahlberg
Founder & Creative Director
Honey Jewelry Co.

Rod Miyata
Owner/President
Ace of Diamonds

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

Ricky Basta
Owner
Ricardo Basta Designs

Mitchell Binder
Owner
King Baby

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

Rahul Parikh
Vice 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

GIA Representative
To be announced


Manufacturing

Karen Basta
Ricardo Basta Designs

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

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?