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 were fortunate to have conduct the 2017 sessions.
The owner of James Binnion Metals Arts in Bellingham, Washington, Jim Binnion is a celebrated jewelry designer who specializes in the ancient Japanese art of mokume gane. He is also a regular presenter at the internationally renowned Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology, where he has won several awards for his original research into the bonding of metals. He most recently served as technical editor of the award-winning book Jewelry Metals: A Guide to Working with Common Alloys (MJSA Press, 2015).
Larry Bock is the sales director of Hoover & Strong, a leading independent refiner, diamond supplier, casting contractor, and manufacturer of precious-metal mill products and findings. The company manufactures more than 30,000 eco-friendly jewelry products from Harmony precious metals, which have been certified as recycled content by SCS Global Services.
Peter Calvert is executive director of Ethical Metalsmiths, an organization committed to helping jewelers and consumers become informed activists for responsible mining, sustainable economic development, and verified, ethical sourcing of jewelry materials. A narrative printmaker who has done intaglio and woodcut prints for numerous exhibitions, he also has a background in non-profit arts administration and fund development, and for several years directed the artist-run 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.
Cecilia L. Gardner has since 1998 served as president, CEO, and General Counsel of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to compliance with laws pertaining to the jewelry industry. She is also a former general counsel to the World Diamond Council, an international association whose purpose is to end the trade in conflict diamonds, and is on the steward team of the Jewelry Industry Summit: The Open Forum on Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry.
Renowned for well-crafted jewelry influenced by architectural and industrial design, Elizabeth Garvin creates award-winning designs from her New York City–based studio, which she runs like a small atelier of artisans. Through studies of dance, music, painting, sculpture, film, photography, her approach to metalsmithing draws from a wide range of thought and imagery, process and vision. In 2012 she launched Elizabeth Garvin Fine, a collection incorporating blackened silver, 18k gold, .950 palladium, and rustic diamonds.
Lake Giles is the director of operations and sales at Thinkspace Jeweler, a digital marketing and software development company that specializes in building technology for the jewelry industry; he handles the account management of nearly 200 independent retailers that collectively carry more than 700 designer brands. Before arriving at Thinkspace, he worked for many years in digital advertising with world-class clients, including Harvard University, Northwestern University, and Boston University.
Mark Hanna is the chief marketing officer for the Richline Group Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and a board member of the Responsible Jewellery Council. In 2015 was one of four winners of the prestigious CMO Social Responsibility Award. The Richline Responsible Oath reflects the company’s shared values and commitment among its independent business units—LeachGarner, Rio Grande, Inverness Corp., and Richline Brands—to ethics, compliance, and sustainability.
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.
The third-generation owner of Cincinnati-based Krombholz Jewelers/Just Like You Designs, Lee Krombholz specializes in creating custom designs. He has appeared frequently in both MJSA Journal and MJSA Custom Jeweler, and his expertise covers the entirety of the custom process—from working with customers to enhancing designs through specific bench techniques. He is currently a vice chair of the MJSA board of directors.
A studio jeweler and enamelist, Amy Roper Lyons combines enameling processes like cloisonné, plique a jour, and basse-taille with a broad palette of goldsmithing techniques—forming, carving, chasing, fabricating—to create award-winning work that has been exhibited nationally at museums, galleries, and craft shows. Her work draws inspiration from a number of sources, including her travels and the natural world, and her current series was sparked by photographs of space taken by the Hubble Telescope.
Joel McFadden is a third-generation jeweler, born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, who learned to be a bench jeweler under the tutelage of his grandfather. He has operated his own trade shop, a large-scale retail jewelry store, and more recently, a custom-design jewelry boutique, Joel McFadden Designs in Red Bank, New Jersey. An award-winning designer, he is a frequent contributor to MJSA Journal and MJSA Custom Jeweler, and in 2016 he won the MJSA Online Design Challenge.
An internationally recognized gems and jewelry forensic expert, appraiser, publisher, consultant, and Chapter 11 and liquidating trustee, Donald A. Palmieri is president and founder of Gem Certification & Assurance Lab Inc. in New York City, the only diamond and gemstone ISO 17025 Accredited Forensic Laboratory in the world. He is also the chairman of Gemprint Corp., the world leader in diamond identification technology systems. Since 1982, he has continuously published Palmieri’s Market Monitor, a monthly compendium report of the diamond, gemstone, and fine jewelry wholesale and auction markets with worldwide subscriber distribution.
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.
A jewelry designer/goldsmith since 1968, Toby Pomeroy is recognized as an activist for social and environmental responsibility within the jewelry industry. He is the president of TOBY POMEROY, a jewelry design and manufacturing firm located in Corvallis, Oregon, that is dedicated to producing beautiful, practical, and sustainable fine jewelry that supports and promotes the health, beauty, and diversity of the planet and its people. Since 2010 Toby has served on the board of directors of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM).
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.
Dr. Wuyi Wang is director of Research and Development for GIA. He obtained his bachelor degree in geology from Peking University, and then a doctorate from University of Tsukuba. His main research interests include diamond geology, mantle geochemistry, gem diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. His most recent research has been on diamond formation, diamond treatments and synthetics, diamond grading technology, and related instrument development.
A third-generation metalsmith, Wayne Werner has traveled the world to learn with metal workers from Italy and Egypt to Java and Bali. He specializes in one-of-a-kind, limited-production pieces in his Maryland studio, and his honors include the World Gold Council’s Gold Distinction award and a Mokume Gane Distinction award in the MJSA Vision Awards competition.
Stanley Zale, Stuller’s Vice President Diamond Gemstones, has spent his entire life in the jewelry business. After seemingly spending every school vacation in the Zale Corp. New York office he began learning the diamond business as a teenager, and his diamond-cutting training included sawing, cleaving and blocking. His experience includes several years working in and then leading, Zale’s rough diamond buying, cutting, and production operation; opening his own diamond manufacturing company in New York; and spending nearly a decade working for legendary diamantaire Louis Glick before moving on to his present position at Stuller.