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.
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.
CEO & Owner
The Loan Companies
Douglas K. Hucker
Chief Executive Officer
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.
JCK Magazine & JCKonline.com
Lindsay Jane Designs
K. Brunini Jewels
Somewhere in the Rainbow Collection
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.
Arun began his professional career as a gemstone dealer, where he enjoyed the challenge of finding rare, beautiful stones. In 2004, Arun and his Wife, Ashita, combined their names, talents and experience to create Arunashi.
K. Brunini Jewels
Before starting her company, Brunini gained industry and design experience as an apprentice with master jewelers and then spent four years as the custom designer for J. Jessops and Sons. Throughout her career, she has received dozens of industry awards. Brunini is inspired by the bridge created between prehistoric and modern man via design.
JCK Magazine and JCKonline.com
Victoria graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, and earned her MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She specializes in jewelry and watch writing, but her greatest love has always been travel—55 countries and counting. Victoria divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles.
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.
Lindsay Jane Designs
Lindsay began her career working in a high-end jewelry store, mentoring under some of the best in the business, which she believes is a key to her success. When she isn’t working on her designs, she is soaking up the outdoors, studying nature and architecture, hiking, pursuing her newfound interest in tennis, attempting to learn French, and traveling with her fiancé, Greg, who she met at the GIA.
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.
Since 2002, Anil has carved a niche in the jewelry industry as a provider of top-quality akoya, South Sea and Tahitian cultured pearl products. He has been at the forefront of innovative jewelry design, winning prestigious industry awards throughout the years. As one of the largest pearl companies in the United States, Baggins’ philosophy is to serve and educate customers, develop long-term, successful relationships and to supply the finest product in the world.
Maryanna is the senior manager of The RealReal’s West Coast valuations team. She has worked in the retail, wholesale, estate and manufacturing sectors of the jewelry industry since 1999. Her experience includes brokerage, production and design, management and business analytics. Maryanna started in the industry with an apprenticeship at the age of 14. Since then, she has worked in multiple areas of the jewelry trade. Maryanna is dedicated to maintaining integrity in the luxury market through education, transparency and basing interactions on a foundation of science.
Jennifer Pusenkoff Design, Inc
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.
Somewhere In The Rainbow Collection
Shelly is currently the lead curator for “Somewhere In The Rainbow” – a world-class gem and jewelry collection. “Somewhere In The Rainbow’s” mission is to bring hands-on education and appreciation of fine colored gems and artisan-crafted jewelry to museums, retail stores and educational institutions. She has presented and exhibited at The Smithsonian Natural History Museum, The Albuquerque Natural History Museum, The Tellus Museum in Georgia, multiple gemological events for gemologists and appraisers, and the 100-Year Celebration of Gem-A in London. Shelly is an education specialist for JTV, writes a monthly blog for JTV online customers, and is a member of AGTA, AGS, WJA, Gem-A of Great Britain and JSA.
The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California
The Loan Companies
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.