New York Career Fair





New York is the country’s diamond capital and an international gem and jewelry centre. The GIA Jewelry Careers Fair at the Javits Center is your chance to succeed in this luxury industry. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from more than 40 gem and jewelry companies such as Tiffany & Co., Lorraine Schwartz, Hearts On Fire, Real Real, James Allen, JTV, Almod Diamonds and David Yurman. Listen to industry VIPs share their insights on the trade, participate in a career coaching session and much more. It’s free to jobseekers, full of opportunities, and can put you on the path to a brighter professional future.

Day at a Glance - March 8, 2019

Registration
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Front foyer

Welcome
10:00 am – 10:10 am
Room 1E18-1E19

"Job Success in Today's Market"
10:10 am – 11:30 pm
Room 1E18-1E19

Recruiting
11:30 – 2:00 pm
Rooms 1E20 and 1E21

Career Coaching
11:45 – 2:00 pm
(appointment taking 9:30  – 10:00 and 12:00 – 1:45 in 1E07)

Careers Fair Concludes
2:00 pm


Welcome

Kathryn Kimmel
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, GIA

Additional speaker to be announced

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 that employers want when they’re looking to recruit.
 

Moderator

Susan M. Jacques
President and Chief Executive Officer, GIA 

Panelists

Lisa Bridge
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ben Bridge Jeweler

Caryl Capeci
President, Hearts On Fire

Timothy B. Matthews
President and Chief Executive Officer, Jewelry Television

Lisa Nikfarjam
President, Lisa Nik Inc.

Daniel Wisner
Assistant Technical Designer, Alexis Bittar


Career Fair Speakers



 

Caryl Capeci
President, Hearts On Fire


President, Hearts On Fire Caryl joined Hearts On Fire in 2007 to lead all global marketing efforts, first as vice president, marketing and in 2013 as Chief Marketing Officer. In these roles Caryl, oversaw all consumer and retail channel marketing for the brand, product development, merchandising, training and e-commerce.

Following the acquisition of Hearts On Fire by Hong Kong based Chow Tai Fook, Caryl was named president of Hearts On Fire. As the company’s first female president, she is passionately expanding her vision for this exciting jewelry brand that is for and about women.

A dedicated member of the jewelry community for three decades, Caryl serves on the boards of Jewelers For Children, The Diamond Empowerment Fund, and the Gem Awards Committee for the Jewelers of America. She is also a distinguished member of the 24 Karat Club.



 

Lisa Bridge
President & Chief Executive Officer, Ben Bridge Jeweler


Lisa Bridge is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ben Bridge Jeweler. As the fifth generation in the company, Lisa honors the heritage of Ben Bridge while driving it towards future growth. She previously was Vice President of Education, overseeing the education and professional development of the company’s 1,200 associates.

In 2015, Ben Bridge launched the Lisa Bridge Collection, a fashionable jewelry collection designed by Lisa. The collection combines contemporary styling and heirloom quality to inspire a new generation to embrace fine jewelry as part of their lifestyle.

Lisa graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis and obtained her Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. She then added to her professional credentials with a Certified Gemologist title from the American Gem Society where she now sits on their Executive Board and previously chaired the Education Committee, and revitalized the organization’s group the Young Titleholders.



 

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 28-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 Careers Fair, she is responsible for its creation and development as the industry’s pre-eminent 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 organisations.
 



 

Timothy B. Matthews
President & Chief Executive Officer, Jewelry Television


Timothy B. Matthews is president and CEO of Jewelry Television (JTV), and a member of the company's board of directors. He oversees and leads all aspects of the company's powerful omni-digital retail platform that uniquely specializes in fine jewelry and gemstones. Under his leadership, JTV has become the leader in the sourcing and selling of colored gemstones and jewelry.

Timothy is a recognized expert in the field of gemology. He is a life member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) and has earned Gem-A's highest degrees, the Gemmology (FGA) and Diamond (DGA) diplomas. He is also a GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG).

Prior to joining JTV, Timothy was a partner for 21 years with the law firm Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions. He also served on numerous corporate and charitable boards. Timothy received his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Harvard College in 1978 and his Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1981.



 

Lisa Nikfarjam
President, Lisa Nik Inc.


Lisa’s passion for working with jewelry originally started in Malibu, California after graduating from Pepperdine University in 1994. She worked for three years with a Malibu based jewelry firm, and this fueled her desire to study diamonds and gemstones at the Gemological Institute of America and become a Graduate Gemologist. Her passion for jewelry and international travel motivated her to move to New York in 1998 to join Roberto Coin Inc. in the development of the brand from its New York headquarters eventually serving as Executive Vice President. In 2009, after an eleven and a half year tenure, she founded and launched her eponymous brand Lisa Nik in order to pursue an entrepreneurial dream to create her own jewelry collection. This collection has been established and characterized by its implementation of bold colorful gemstones, and diamonds set in 18K gold.

Lisa graduated with a BA in Economics from Pepperdine University, and an Executive MBA in Management from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. The Lisa Nik collection is currently available at more than eighty retail locations worldwide and exhibited at the Centurion and Couture trade shows.



 

Daniel Wisner
Assistant Technical Designer, Alexis Bittar


Daniel is a 2017 graduate of the Jewelry Design & Technology (JDT) diploma program at GIA in Carlsbad, where he received a full scholarship for his studies. He presently works as an assistant technical designer at Alexis Bittar, a manufacturer of stylish fashion jewelry. He also runs the Brooklyn-based jewelry design firm, Matthias & Wisner, with his brother, Justin.

Daniel has a diverse artistic background including sculpture and performance art, though jewelry has been his focus since an apprenticeship with a silversmith at just 11 years old. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Enamel and Jewelry Arts at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. While there, he worked as a studio monitor in the school’s metal and jewelry arts program and began a small business creating commissioned jewelry pieces. After graduating from Kutztown University, he was awarded a residency and yearlong staff artist position at the Vermont Studio Center (VSC) in Johnson, Vermont where he experimented with sculpture, performance art, and his longtime favorite – jewelry design.