Last updateTue, 19 Jun 2018 9pm

AGS announces 2013 Conclave speaker roster


(LAS VEGAS) - The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix is an historic location that has greeted celebrities, politicians, and in 2013, the iconic site will add the American Gem Society (AGS) to its list of luminaries. The Society will hold its annual Conclave at the Biltmore on April 24-27. AGS has announced its roster of national speakers presenting at the annual event.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, will kick off Conclave with the opening keynote. Huckabee is the author of nine books, the host of a number one rated weekend hit on FOX news, and has “The Mike Huckabee Show” heard on more than 175 radio stations. His motivational presentation will focus on leadership.

Another Conclave keynote speaker is Jim Stengel, the former global marketing officer at Proctor & Gamble, who now leads his own company. The mission of the Jim Stengel Company is to inspire business leaders to drive business growth by rethinking their ideals. After Jim’s presentation, Conclave attendees will be invited to a personal workshop with him, entitled, “Growing Your Brand Ideal.”

The final keynote is Sally Hogshead, the best-selling author of “Fascinate!” She plans to take the Conclave attendees through a fast and furious journey through business, behavior, culture and trends.

The Society has three featured speakers for the 2013 Conclave as well. Dave Mitchell, the founder of the Leadership Difference, will present the “The Power of Understanding People.” Dave’s energetic session is designed to help participants become more insightful communicators, leaders, sales professionals and customer service providers.

Author, speaker and consultant Jason Young has been called a “rare breed” when it comes to developing leaders, teams and customer service initiatives. A former senior-level manager at Southwest Airlines, Jason will bring lessons he learned during his stint at that innovative company into his session, which focuses on creating a successful workplace culture.

Louie Gravance, will teach participants techniques for “Winning BIGGER with BETTER Customer Service.” Gravance, who started his career by spending two decades appearing in theater, TV and movies, turned his focus to training business leaders and employees. He trained staff at Disney World, and later visitors for the Disney Institute Professional Development programs. His clients have included Bank of America, Mutual of Omaha and BMW, just to name a few.

In addition to the speakers, there will be another well-known face on the stage: JCK Senior Editor Rob Bates will be the 2013 emcee. Bates is an award winning writer, who has written about the diamond and jewelry industries for nearly 20 years, for the Rapaport Diamond Report, National Jeweler, and, for the last 14 years, as senior editor of JCK. He has been quoted as an industry authority in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and on National Public Radio. This past summer, the Society awarded Rob with their prestigious Triple Zero award at the annual Circle of Distinction Dinner. Those who know Rob well also know the industry’s best kept secret: he is an aspiring comedian.

For more information on Conclave, contact AGS at 866-805-6500, www.AmericanGemSociety.com or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..