For the fourth consecutive year, the states of Alabama and Georgia will co-host their annual Convention. The 2012 Conventions will take place March 16 - 18 at The Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
The groups return to Callaway, the site of the first joint Convention three years ago, at a new hotel, a luxury property managed by Marriott. The Lodge is nestled inside the beautiful 13,000 acre preserve, home to thousands of blooming azaleas, the Day Butterfly Center featuring over 1,000 butterflies in a tropical setting, two meticulously maintained golf courses - ranked among the top courses in the world, biking trails, and so much more. The gardens are dedicated to the stewardship of natural resources and offer unlimited activities in a private setting that is proclaimed to be “the closest thing to heaven.”
The weekend’s education line-up includes G. Kent Mangelson, sponsored by the American Society for Asset Protection (ASAP). Mangelson is a top advisor to professional athletes, celebrities, physicians, and CEOs of major corporations as well as small business owners.
Program objectives include information on structuring assets for lawsuit protection and prevention; minimizing taxes; creating successful estate and business succession plans; and learning the tools for putting your financial house in order. As noted in the ASAP seminar overview, “It takes a lifetime to accumulate your assets. Take two hours to learn to protect them.”
Also on the education program, Linda Talley will present a fun and informative workshop titled “The Secrets of Effective Communication.” Attendees will learn to better understand a customer’s “silent” buying signals. Linda’s experience as a leader and highly touted body language expert translates into dynamic, humorous and profound opportunities for learning a new, exciting and unconventional way to read body language, and ultimately connect with your customers which will result in more sales, and more loyalty. Just as importantly, learn how you and your employees/staff send non-verbal signals to customers and fellow staff members.
As a business speaker with heavy content on non-verbal communications, she inspires attendees with her insight and experience. She will explain the nuances of body language in order to become more influential in the workplace, and remove self-inflicted barriers to success.
Talley will instruct you professionally, touch you personally, and inspire you to reach for the highest within yourself and your business. She will be a returning speaker for the Alabama Jewelers who hosted her several years ago, and she is among the JCK Las Vegas speaker line-up this May, following rave reviews from her 2011 presentation.
“You don’t want to miss these two exciting programs, and you definitely do not want to miss the return for the second year of Quick Connect and our ever popular Owner’s Round Table Discussions,” said Kathy Beall, executive director, AJA.
Jared Nadler of Levy’s Fine Jewelry and incoming President of AJA states: “We are excited to offer an outstanding educational program for our 2012 Convention, along with another opportunity for the jewelers of Alabama and Georgia to come together. By hosting this event with fellow retailers from our neighboring state(s), we learn and share challenges and ideas which help to make us better business professionals. I would like to invite every retailer and supplier, member and non-member from any state to join us at Callaway Gardens for a weekend of learning, inspiration and fun.”
Georgia Jewelers president John Reed, owner of JWR Jewelers in Athens, GA, hopes that jewelers from Georgia and Alabama as well as surrounding states will make Callaway Gardens their spring break destination. “Our two states have had great chemistry coming together for our annual Convention. We have been able to network with jewelers outside our geographical territory and visit destinations (like Sandestin in Florida in 2010) that as a single state we probably would not have held a convention at.”
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, March 18. All association members and their employees are invited to submit original designs in a variety of categories.
Both Alabama and Georgia 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. In addition, the state of Alabama is offering an opportunity to advertise in their 2012 AJA Yearbook.