At MJSA Expo, you’ll find some of the brightest, most knowledgeable people around. They are up to date on the latest technologies and cutting edge information about the industry that will help you take your business to the next level. Below are the presenters we are fortunate to have conduct the 2018 sessions.
Nanz Aalund is an educator, an award-winning jewelry artist, and the author of A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships: How to Create Effective Programs (MJSA Press, 2017). She has taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington (under Mary Lee Hu) and at the Art Institute of Seattle; served as a designer and consultant for Nordstrom, Rudolf Erdel, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co.; and was associate editor for Art Jewelry magazine.
Scott Bradford’s jewelry experience began with some beginner classes at Rio Grande, later attending the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology in Paris, TX, where he received training in jewelry fabrication, repair, casting, stone-setting, watchmaking, gemology, and CAD/CAM. He is the winner of numerous awards in addition to being a Certified Bench Jeweler. Scott has worked in most every aspect of jewelry making and has extensively researched and tested the casting of 3D-printed resins throughout the industry, and share his knowledge with anyone that needs it. Scott is now part of the Rio Grande Tech Team and continues training with a large number of industry experts.
Harold Dupuy, Vice President of Strategic Analysis for Stuller, Inc., has had a multi-faceted career in the jewelry industry. In four decades as a jewelry professional, he has held many roles, ranging from executive leadership in a large public corporation to the operation of a successful independent store. A Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain, a Graduate Gemologist (GIA), and a Master Gemologist Appraiser (ASA). Harold also owned and operated a private appraisal practice his own gemological laboratory before joining Stuller. At Stuller, he draws on this diverse background to analyze, anticipate, and act on shifting currents in the international jewelry market.
Andrea Hill owns Hill Management Group LLC (which includes the brands StrategyWerx, MentorWerx, and SupportWerx), providing strategic consulting, professional development, branding, and marketing services to small and mid-sized businesses. She has more than 25 years’ professional experience as the CEO and president of start-up through mid-sized companies, including several years as CEO of Rio Grande, one of the world’s largest providers of jewelry-making supplies. Her latest books are The How-to-Hire Handbook for Small Business Owners and Big Business Brand, Small Business Budget.
Andrea Koenig is an international award-winning jeweler. Her design studio, founded in in 1993, focuses on one-of-a-kind, custom and limited production work. She also founded MotorHead Jewelry in 1998 to cater to the automotive demand for high-end emblems and emblem restoration. As a GIA Graduate Gemologist, Andrea has studied with masters renowned in the jewelry trade. She is past president of the Kentucky Jeweler’s Association, and currently serves as treasurer of the Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association. Andrea has presented three times at the Santa Fe Symposium®, receiving their Jewelry Technology Leader Award in 2015 and their Business Innovation Award in 2016.
Joel McFadden is a third-generation jeweler taught by his grandfather and other old-time jewelers in Charleston, South Carolina. He now owns The Art of Jewelry By Joel McFadden, a custom –design studio in Red Bank, New Jersey, and is one of the most experienced diamond setters in the United States. A frequent lecturer and a contributor to various industry publications, he was named the first Mentor Jeweler by the MJSA Council of Custom Jewelers in 2017.
Matthew Perosi is an entrepreneur, internet authority, certified business coach, journalist, and educator. He publishes the jwag.biz blog, a source of current business and internet topics that help jewelry retailers and designers improve their businesses and profitability. The information presented through that blog is based on statistical research or firsthand experience within the jewelry industry. Frequent topics include what’s needed to build a quality e-commerce site and how to create great-looking online and offline ads.
Dan Pharr is the President of Pharr Valuation, Inc. He is a CPA and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), a certification awarded by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analyst (NACVA). Dan has 11 years experience in Public accounting, 28 years of jewelry industry experience as EVP and CFO of Hoover & Strong, a precious metals manufacturing and refining company, and over 8 years in his business valuation practice. He is also active in industry associations. His practice focuses on business valuation of family owned businesses and closely held companies within the jewelry industry. (Dan@PharrValuation.com, PharrValuation.com.)
Currently an independent consultant specializing in designer jewelry, Marlene Richey is a former gallery owner and partner in an award-winning design firm. She is also the author of Profiting by Design: A Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Business Success (MJSA Press), and her practical insights have appeared in the pages of MJSA Journal multiple times. She has served on the boards of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group, and the Women’s Jewelry Association, among others, and she was named "Designer Advocate of 2009" by the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group.