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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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.