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NCJA/SCJA conduct Fan-tastic Conference!

North and South Carolina jewelers were hypnotized by the entertainment and seminars at their annual Conference at the Marriott Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Best Dressed awards for the Be A Fan-themed Saturday Evening Gala went to Kim Woods (Barry’s Jewelry) and Ken Kelly (Diamonds ‘n Dunes).
The North Carolina Jewelers Association and the South Carolina Jewelers Association were together again for their 6th year of fun in the sun. Saturday evening’s entertainment proved to be comical and hypnotizing with renowned hypnotist Gary Conrad.  Mike Buley breathed energy and inspiration into advertising ideas for retailers with his witticisms and wisdom.  Jewelers connected with idea sharing through roundtable discussions on hot-selling jewelry lines and social media.  Saturday evening’s events raised over $3,000 for chronically and terminally ill children of Victory Junction.

The winning team in the Bulova Golf Tournament included Scott Dupont - Pease and Curren, Rex McClure - Sohn & McClure, Mark Toupin - M&M Closeouts/Jolie Designs, Arnold Gibbs - Arnold’s Jewelry and Mack Thomas - Infingers Jewelry. Winners received Bulova clocks to commemorate their victory.

Southern hospitality was on full display at the 2012 NCJA/SCJA Convention. (clockwise) Bill Thraves, Jane Spencer, Ruth Ann Lynn and Phyllis Thraves.
The Grand Prize of the weekend was awarded to the Saturday Evening Gala Best Dressed Male/Female in keeping with the Conference theme - Be A Fan.  No one could compare to Kim Woods of Barry’s Jewelry of North Charleston.  Kim skated over the competition in full hockey gear of her beloved Stingrays.  Ken Kelly of Diamonds ‘n Dunes of Kitty Hawk won Best Dressed Male.  Their intense rivalry continues...

The NCJA and SCJA would like to thank their many sponsors which included: Platinum level - Bulova, Federated Insurance and JCK Events; 14K  Gold level - ARESCO, Pease & Curren, Jewelers Mutual/Jewelers of America Education Partnership Fund, Royal Pacific Gems, Simon Golub and Carolyn Woltz Lennon, Southeastern Jewelers Organization, SJTA and Star Gems; Silver level - Cargo Hold, Denny Wong and Chuck Curran, Dave Koenders, Elegant Gems, Gunther Mele, Jewelers of America, Jewelers Mutual, Namano, Reactor, Samuel Spil and Southeastern Findings; Other - Camelot.

Hypnotist Gary Conrad was a big hit at the 2012 NCJA/SCJA Convention.
Save the Date for next year as the NCJA/SCJA Convention returns to Grande Dunes’ 4-diamond Resort and their fabulous golf courses and wide open beaches, April 19-21, 2013 (tentative).  Get ready for some homespun humor, sweet tea and southern charm for hometown jewelers!   For more information, e-mail NCJA & SCJA executive director Suzi Bevacqua at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You may also call the office at 919-789-7979.