Carlsbad Career Fair and
Open House





Come spend the afternoon at GIA's Career Fair, and be prepared to leave inspired and empowered. You'll have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from more than 30 gem and jewelry companies like Leo Hamel, Ben Bridge, Mark Schneider, Sterling Jewelers, and Zales. Listen to industry VIPs share their insights on the trade and participate in a career coaching session. Learn about GIA course offerings, explore the campus, view museum exhibits, visit the world's largest gemological library, and much more. The few hours you invest can translate into a future full of opportunities. Free for all job seekers and guests.

GIA's Career Fair in Carlsbad (October 5) will be held the just before the 2018 GIA International Gemological Symposium, October 7 – 9. This year's career fair will start in the afternoon for the convenience of participants attending both events. Career Fair attendees are encouraged to register to attend Symposium which will explore the latest gemological findings and other themes central to the gem and jewelry industry.

Day at a Glance - OCTOBER 5, 2018

Registration will begin at 11:45 a.m.

The afternoon will start with a Welcome and “Job Success in Today's Market” panel discussion.

Recruiting and Career Coaching will follow the panel discussion.

Classroom Demonstrations will be held through the afternoon.

Career Fair Concludes at 4:00 p.m.


The list of panelists for 2018 career fair will be available closer to the event date - below you can view the panelist lineup for 2017 career fair.

Welcome

Kathryn Kimmel
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, GIA

Karen Signorino
President
The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California


Job Success in Today’s Market

Hear what leading industry executives have to say about what it takes to succeed in today’s market. Learn how industry trends are creating job opportunities. Gain insight and guidance about the skills and expertise employers want when they’re looking to hire.

Moderator

Susan M. Jacques
President & CEO, GIA

Panelists

Jennifer Susan Pusenkoff
Designer/President/CEO
Jennifer Pusenkoff Design, Inc

Jordan Tabach-Bank
CEO & Owner
The Loan Companies

Ashwin Bhindi
Manager
Bhindi Jewelers

Douglas K. Hucker
Chief Executive Officer
AGTA


2017 Career Fair Speakers

 
Ashwin Bhindi
Manager
Bhindi Jewelers
 
Ashwin Bhindi of Bhindi Jewelers is a third-generation jeweler. In the early 20th century his family migrated to Fiji, then to Canada and finally settling in the Los Angeles area. He grew up in Orange County, CA, attended the University of California, Irvine and received a degree in international studies and a minor in social psychology. After graduating, Ashwin’s passion took China, where he taught English as a second language.

Upon his return, Ashwin earned a Graduate Gemologist diploma from GIA in Carlsbad. He then joined the family business, and currently oversees the marketing for all four stores. Ashwin also manages the diamond and watch departments in the flagship location in Artesia, CA. In addition to his in-store obligations, Ashwin runs all Bhindi events and handles VIP client services.
 
Douglas K. Hucker
Chief Executive Officer
AGTA

Douglas Hucker combines dynamic public speaking ability honed through many years of addressing jewelers conventions, seminars and training sessions with an in-depth knowledge of estate, antique jewelry, colored gemstones and diamonds. He provides new strategies to help retail jewelers expand their businesses through comprehensive training, efficient in house training methods and improving promotional and marketing techniques.

A leading figure in the international industry, and particularly in the colored stone sector, Mr. Hucker has served on the board of directors of a number of trade organizations, including: the American Gem Society, the Jewelers Education Foundation, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the GIA Executive Council, the Jewelry Industry Leadership Forum, the CIBJO (World Jewelry Confederation) President’s Council, and the JCK Advisory Board. He is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and an AGS Certified Gemologist.
   
Susan M. Jacques
President & CEO, GIA
 
Susan M. Jacques became GIA’s president and CEO in January 2014. She received her GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma in 1980 and is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Early in her career, Jacques joined Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts in Omaha, Nebraska. Jacques was appointed president and CEO in 1994 by Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., which had acquired Borsheim’s in 1989. She is active in several trade organizations, is a board member of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, and has served on the boards of Creighton University, Jewelers of America, and Jewelers for Children. She joined the GIA Board of Governors in 1996 and was chair from 2008 until 2014.
   
Kathryn Kimmel
Senior Vice President & CMO, GIA
 
A third generation member of the jewelry industry, Kathryn Kimmel has acquired a broad range of experience from retail management, to marketing and branding for a jewelry manufacturer.

During her more than 27-year tenure at GIA, she has played a key role in shaping the Institute’s activities, philosophy, and development, in addition to establishing its marketing policies and objectives. As co-founder of GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair, she is responsible for its creation and development as the industry’s preeminent annual recruitment event. She currently oversees all domestic and international marketing, public relations, communications, and outreach efforts for GIA.

A firm believer in service to the community and the industry, Kimmel has also contributed much of her free time and energy to many industry organizations.
   
Jennifer Susan Pusenkoff
Designer/President/CEO
Jennifer Pusenkoff Design, Inc
 
Jennifer Susan Pusenkoff is an award-winning designer and the founder, president and CEO of a design holding company that operates businesses in her home country of Germany and in the U.S. She creates bespoke fine jewelry, hand-made fashion accessories, offers design and business consulting services and is about to launch her first fine jewelry collection.

Jennifer received a master’s degree at the University of Maastricht and studied fashion management at the University Bocconi in Milan. She also earned a Fashion Design Diploma at Istituto Marangoni in Milan and Image Consultancy and Costume History certificates in Paris. Jennifer is a Graduate Gemologist, Pearl Grader, Accredited Jewelry Professional and a HRD trained Diamond Grader. To develop her artistic vision, Jennifer earned a GIA Applied Jewelry Arts diploma and jewelry manufacturing certificates in gold smithing, stone setting techniques, wax carving, casting, enameling, 3D-modeling and jewelry design. She was appointed president of the GIA Alumni Association Germany in 2015 and is a member of the WJA, ICA and DGemG.
   
Karen Signorino
President
The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California
 
Karen Signorino is the vice president of JM Insurance Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. She has represented Jewelers Mutual as an agent since 1978, and has served on its Agent’s Advisory Council numerous times over the years. Karen was inducted into Jewelers Mutual Inaugural Agent Hall of Fame in 2014 and received its Legacy Award in May 2015. Over the years, Karen has had the opportunity to work with retail jewelers, manufacturers, designers and wholesalers. She attends major trade shows and industry events, and is a member of the Women’s Jewelry Association and the Diamond Club West Coast. Karen has served on the board of directors of The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California and the California Jewelers Association. She is currently the president of The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California and received its “Excellence in Service” award in 2014.
   
Jordan Tabach-Bank
CEO & Owner
The Loan Companies
 
Jordan Tabach-Bank is the third-generation owner and CEO of Beverly Loan Company, an upscale pawn shop specializing in discreet collateral loans against fine jewelry, watches, artwork, and memorabilia. This “Pawn Shop to the Stars” caters to socialites, businesspeople and celebrities who require collateral loans against their prized possessions. In 2013, Jordan founded New York Loan Company, an East Coast “sister” operation, in the International Gem Tower on 47th Street in the heart of New York City’s Diamond District. In 2017, Jordan purchased the oldest pawnshop in the United States, Chicago Loan Company, a Midwest “sister” location, on Chicago’s Jeweler Row. Jordan is also a partner in Jewelry-N-Loan, an existing street level pawnshop in Costa Mesa, CA.

Jordan is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Loyola Law School, a member of the State Bar of California, and sits on the board of directors of the National Pawnbrokers Association. Jordan has represented the pawn trade in the media, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, E! Entertainment Television, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN and a number of other outlets.