The 2016 Midwest Jewelers Conference & Show (MJC) is the “new” Jewelers Educational Conference, a regional jewelry conference and show that has been held biannually in suburban Kansas City, Missouri for 16 years. The name change, along with a move to Kansas City’s downtown Power & Light Entertainment District, was made to accentuate a restructured agenda that eliminates “slow time” for vendor-sponsors, and consolidates educational and social time for jewelers and their families. The entertainment district location also offers multiple dining and entertainment venues that are ideal for entertaining family or customers.
After scheduling the previous show in July, the MJC is moving back to its traditional spring weekend, which seems more advantageous for both vendors and jewelers. This year the MJC will be held April 1 – 3. Friday, April 1st is earmarked for meetings of the state associations sponsoring the show and a time to enjoy family or customers in one or more of the 50 plus restaurants, night clubs, bars and/or unique shops in the entertainment district. Educational programing and vendor displays open Saturday morning, continue throughout the day, and conclude at midday on Sunday.
The opening keynote speaker is Bill Jones, President of the famed Sissy’s Log Cabin Fine Jewelry, with stores in Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Jonesboro and Memphis. Bill will share the story of how his mother, Sissy Jones, began a jewelry store in a rented log cabin and how throughout a half century of growth always made Sissy’s a family store.
Other featured speakers include Terry Chandler, president of the Diamond Council of America, who will moderate a Town Hall Meeting on “Diamond Grading Reports: The Jeweler’s Ticking Time Bomb;” David Brown and Becka Johnson Kibby, of The Edge Retail Academy, will present a series of three seminars on “Succession and The Life Cycle of Your Store;” Doug Hucker, president of the American Gem Trade Association, will offer a seminar on “Falling In Love With Color;” and Shannon Oleen, a professional speaker and athlete (and a former cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs), will present a seminar on “Working With Different Generations” and a closing keynote on “Overcoming Roadblocks and Turning Your Goals Into Reality!”
For additional information or to register please visit the website for the Midwest Jewelers Conference & Show, www.midwestjewelers.org, or call 800-487-7822.