Carlsbad Career Fair and
Open House



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

Registration
8:00 a.m.

Welcome
8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

"Job Success in Today's Market"
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Recruiting
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

"Creative Careers"
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

GIA Classroom Demonstrations
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Career Coaching
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
1:30 p.m.


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


 

Creative Careers

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.

Moderator:

Victoria Gomelsky
Editor-in-Chief
JCK Magazine & JCKonline.com

Panelists:

Arun Bohra
Designer & CEO
Arunashi

Maryanna Nagle
Valuation Manager
The RealReal

Lindsay Jane
Jeweler Designer/Owner
Lindsay Jane Designs

Katey Brunini
Owner/Designer
K. Brunini Jewels

Anil Maloo
President
Baggins Inc.

Shelly Sergent
Curator
Somewhere in the Rainbow Collection


 

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.
   
Arun Bohra
Designer & CEO
Arunashi
 
A native of Jaipur, India, Arun Bohra is the eighth-generation jewelry professional in his family, which has been creating exquisite, elaborately detailed pieces for Indian royalty since 1841. Arun draws on the rich heritage of his family and culture for his signature line Arunashi. Unexpected mediums, highly articulated metal work, and an infusion of color gloriously expressed in rare gems are the signature elements of Arunashi. The collection fuses the finest technical achievements with opulence and sophistication. All the pieces are one-of-a-kind, and are distributed through a handful of select retailers.

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.
   
Katey Brunini
Owner/Designer
K. Brunini Jewels
 
Katey Brunini launched her jewelry design company, K Brunini Jewels, in 1997. Brunini is known for her signature collections influenced by nature’s beauty. This award-winning San Diego-based designer travels the world seeking inspiration for her exceptional pieces, which feature gold and sterling silver paired with diamonds, pearls, gems and unique organic elements such as wood, bone, antler, and nuts. Her creative jewelry designs are sought by celebrities, collectors and world leaders.

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.
   
Victoria Gomelsky
Editor-in-Chief
JCK Magazine and JCKonline.com
 
Victoria Gomelsky is editor in chief of JCK, a 148-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 New York Times, The New York Times, WSJ Magazine, Robb Report, The Hollywood Reporter, and Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally, an anthology published by Seal Press.

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 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.
   
Lindsay Jane
Jewelry Designer/Owner
Lindsay Jane Designs
 
Lindsay Jane is a GIA Graduate Gemologist, a jewelry designer, and owner of the online jewelry store Lindsay Jane Designs, which specializes in one-of-a-kind, high-end jewelry design and manufacturing. Since graduating from GIA three years ago, Lindsay has earned four Spectrum Awards and one Honorable Mention.

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.
   
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.
   
Anil Maloo
President
Baggins Inc.
 
Anil Maloo, owner and founder of Los Angeles-based Baggins, Inc. is the eldest grandson of Shikharchand Chodhry, founder of Orient Pearl and La Perle D' Orient. Anil started his career at a diamond company in Bombay. He then spent three years working for a pearl company in Japan. Vietnam was his next stop, where set up a pearl farm. After two years there, Anil decided to further his knowledge by attending GIA in Carlsbad.

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 Nagle
Valuation Manager
The RealReal

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 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.
   
Shelly Sergent
Curator
Somewhere In The Rainbow Collection
 
Shelly Sergent has been in the jewelry industry for more than 30 years, starting when she was 16-years-old as a holiday season gift wrap girl for Zales Jewelers. She learned the business of the jewelry industry, climbing the ranks from “giftwrap gal” to positions in sales, service, philanthropy and management. Shelly worked hard to establish herself as an industry ‘go to girl’ for fine, rare colored gems and design. She has had the privilege of working with top design houses and is grateful for the mentoring, time and shared passion she’s learned from brokers, designers and collectors from around the world.

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.
   
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.

GIA Career Fair

For more information call
800 421 7250 ext 4100
or email careerfair@gia.edu

Register

Carlsbad Career Fair October 13, 2017

GIA Jewelry Career Fair brings together industry employers and professionally trained talent.

You Might Also Like

Find a Retailer
learn more
Shop the Campus Store
Learn More
Quality Assurance Benchmarks
Learn More
Summer 2017 Gems & Gemology
G&G Summer 2017 Edition
Learn more