Carlsbad Career Fair and
Come spend the day 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.
The information below is from our last event. Please check back two to three months prior to next event for updated details regarding the upcoming Career Fair.
Day at a Glance - OCTOBER 13, 2017
8:30 – 8:40 a.m.
"Job Success in Today's Market"
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
GIA Classroom Demonstrations
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sign up early (from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 – 1:15 a.m.) appointments are limited!
Career Fair Concludes
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.
Susan M. Jacques
President & CEO, GIA
Business Development Associate, Rahaminov Diamonds
Founder and CEO, Martin Katz, Ltd.
Publisher, JCK magazine & JCKonline.com
V.P. of Sales, Ben Bridge Jeweler
The gem and jewelry industry is filled with creative careers, and industry professionals give glimpses into some of the more interesting ones. You’ll also learn how the power of creativity enlivens any endeavor – from jewelry design to reinventing yourself, from starting a business to making a dream career, and more.
Editor-in-Chief, JCK Magazine & JCKonline.com
Managing Director, Luxury Brand Group
Jewelry Blogger, Gem Gossip
Designer and Owner, Mark Schneider Design
Owner and CEO, Beverly Loan Company and New York Loan Company
Speakers and Schedule subject to change.
Jen Cullen Williams works on projects in the areas of PR, marketing, brand development, digital marketing, special events, trade relations and media planning for the agency’s various jewelry and luxury clients. She has been a guest presenter at California State University Long Beach and the American Gem Society. Since 2008, Jen has served on the executive board of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), and many other trade associations.
Williams won the WJA Awards for Excellence 2016 in the category of marketing and communications. In October 2016, she will receive the Rising Star Award by the Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California.
Graduate Gemologist Melanie Goldfiner is a business development associate at Rahaminov Diamonds, a diamond house internationally known for its timeless jewelry and extensive inventory. Her primary responsibilities include developing sales strategies and new marketing avenues. A third-generation jewelry professional, Goldfiner has been surrounded by the industry her entire life. She is especially interested in rare diamonds and one-of-a-kind jewels, a specialty of Rahaminov Diamonds.
Victoria Gomelsky is editor-in-chief of JCK, a 147-year-old jewelry trade publication based in New York City. Prior to joining JCK, she was the editor of Couture International Jeweler and a senior editor at National Jeweler. Her freelance work has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, WSJ Magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, and Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally, an anthology published by Seal Press.
Gomelsky graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a BA in political science. She earned her MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University in 2002. Gomelsky specializes in jewelry and watch writing, but her greatest love has always been travel—55 countries and counting.
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. Jacques began her career at USGSI, a grading and certification laboratory, and in 1982 joined Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts in Omaha, Nebraska.
She was appointed president and CEO in 1994 by Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., which had acquired Borsheim’s in 1989. Jacques is active in several trade organizations, and has served on the boards of GIA, Creighton University, Jewelers of America, Jewelers Vigilance Committee and Jewelers for Children. She joined the GIA Board of Governors in 1996 and was chair from 2008 until 2014.
Martin Katz’s jewelry designs have earned worldwide acclaim. Inspired by his love of vintage and Art Deco jewelry, Katz has handcrafted one-of-a-kind and limited-in-production pieces that have adorned A-List celebrities. His work has garnered international attention in publications such as Vogue, W, InStyle, Town & Country, People and television shows including Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Oprah and ABC Prime Time. Martin Katz jewelry is sold exclusively at his Beverly Hills boutique and at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
Katz’s luxury collaborations include jeweled sunglasses with Ray-Ban; the $5m black Diamond Bra with Victoria’s Secret; and the 5000sq/ft. penthouse suite named The Jewel Suite by Martin Katz in the New York Palace Hotel.
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 25-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.
Graduate Gemologist Danielle Miele has been a jewelry collector since she was four years old, but her career in the jewelry business officially started in 2008 when she first began her successful blog, Gem Gossip. The jewelry blog focuses on jewelry trends, antique and period jewelry, celebrity jewelry and exclusive designer interviews. Called a "sought-after jewelry blogger" by JCK, Miele now travels the world covering jewelry stories, visiting stores and collecting rings. Her work has been featured in InStyle, Instore, and People Style Watch.
Niveet Nagpal can trace his family’s history in the gem and jewelry industry back five generations. His own love started at an early age: Attending his first gem show at six years old, Niveet discovered a passion for the loose gemstone business from his parents, Omi and Preeti, who established Los Angeles-based Omi Gems in 1985.
After earning a business degree from USC and a G.G. from GIA in 1997, Niveet joined his father at Omi Gems. As Vice President, Niveet continues his family’s appreciation for the beauty of gemstones and reputation for sourcing the world’s most valuable jewels. Nagpal is deeply committed to the education and integrity of the industry, is a member of several trade organizations, and serves on the board of the American Gem Trade Association, and as president of the 24K Club of Southern California.
Award-winning designer Mark Schneider specializes in contemporary designs known for their simplicity and clean, fluid lines. His philosophy of jewelry is to create wearable art. Throughout the design process, Schneider is intimately involved – from conception to the final touches that make his pieces unique and distinguishable. Schneider is one of the few living designers to have a piece of jewelry on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institution Gem and Mineral Hall.
He is also one of the most recognized American designers of our time, having won over 80 awards for his innovative jewelry designs. After all these accolades, he still feels fortunate to be able to create jewelry with the rare gemstones.
Mark Smelzer is publisher of JCK magazine and JCKonline.com. Smelzer joined JCK in June 2004, bringing 15 years of publishing experience to the position, including roles as publisher of the trend-setting Buzz magazine, advertising director for the online sales and consulting firm L90, and associate publisher of the world’s leading entertainment industry trade, Variety.
He received his undergraduate degree in political science from UCLA, and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA
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. In 2013, Jordan founded New York Loan Company, a sister location located in the International Gem Tower on 47th Street in Manhattan. In 2015, Jordan purchased Jewelry-N-Loan, a street-level pawnshop in Costa Mesa, CA.
Tabach-Bank, a graduate of the University of Michigan and Loyola Law School, is 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, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, E! Entertainment Television, Good Morning America, Today Show, CNN, and other outlets.
Graduate Gemologist and Certified Gemologist Appraiser Mary Todd-McGinnis has been with Ben Bridge Jeweler since she was a freshman at the University of Washington. She has held numerous roles since then, and is currently the vice president of sales and training, overseeing company stores in the Southwest. Being with one company for so long is somewhat unusual, and Todd-McGinnis credits Herb and Bob Bridge in particular with encouraging her to run her part of the business as if it were her own and give back through community service.
Todd-McGinnis has served on the board of directors for The American Gem Society and Women's Jewelry Association, and is currently on the board of the National Charity League-San Fernando Valley and the JCK Advisory Board.