Last updateThu, 17 May 2018 7am

Speaker line up for Alabama/Georgia Convention


The boards of Alabama and Georgia Jewelers Association are delighted to announce the educational line up for their two state convention, April 26-28.

For the fifth consecutive year, the states will co-host their annual convention.  The groups return to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, the site of the first joint convention five years ago. The Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens is a luxury property managed by Marriott.

The weekend’s line-up includes education on both Saturday and Sunday. Featured speakers include Brian Barfield who will present “Modern Day Selling: Unlocking your Hidden Potential and Reconnecting with your Customer.” Barfield, a salesperson in a successful retail jewelry store, will offer fresh insight that is designed to help stores achieve greater success.  “Modern Day Selling” is a detailed road map that is built on the proven success of a yearly million dollar plus salesman who has found success by conducting business with the core principles of trust, honesty and integrity.

The combined associations will also host an FBI Special Agent of the Major Theft Task Force who will be discussing trends of U.S. jewelry crimes, salesperson’s security on the road and security at the store level. Attendees (both retailers and vendors and their reps) will not want to miss the opportunity to meet one of the nation’s experts in a field that affects our industry daily and learn tips that could save your business and yourself from major loss.

Rounding out the weekend’s education will be well known gem and jewelry expert Arthur Skuratowicz, a 30+ year jewelry and gem expert. After teaching both Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing at GIA for many years, Skuratowicz is now the owner and director of education of Colorado’s Jewelry Training Center. A featured speaker at JCK, JA, Atlanta Jewelry Show and other industry events, he is also a senior member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.

“Arthur will tailor a program for our attendees that will be full of expert knowledge he is excited to share. Having trained many jewelers and gemologists over the past three plus decades, this third generation jeweler will bring a level of expertise to our convention our jewelers could not otherwise experience in such a setting,” said Judy Lince, executive director of Georgia Jewelers Association. 

Both states invite all retail jewelers both in and out of state to plan to attend. Last years event had attendees zip-lining, bike riding and golfing on Saturday afternoon as well as strolling the gardens and marveling at the butterflies. A banquet Saturday evening and the annual Presidents’ luncheon Sunday round out a busy weekend. The hospitality suite offers an opportunity for fellowship and idea swapping in a relaxed atmosphere.

Also during the convention both Alabama and Georgia Jewelers Associations host their annual jewelry design competition. The design competition and awards will take place on Sunday, April 28th. All association members and their employees are invited to submit original designs in a variety of categories.

Both state associations are actively seeking sponsors for the annual event. Companies, service providers and individuals are all welcome to sponsor the event with a variety of sponsorship opportunities available from each state.

To inquire about the design competition, sponsorship or find out more about the convention, contact each state’s executive director. Alabama director Kathy Beall is available at 770-751-8622 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Judy Lince of Georgia is available at 770-424-7567 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..