2019 Arkansas Convention: September 14-15
@ the Capital Hotel


Keynote Speaker: Brandon Wayne,
"EGL Overgrading" & other traps”

Having operated multiple healthcare and retail startups, Braden Wayne is an attorney who grasps the nuances of business. This deep, operational experience forms the bedrock of Wayne’s practice today. “Sometimes knowing a  client’s business – more than simply knowing the law – is the difference between a good and a great result,” Wayne says. “You’d be surprised how many litigators can’t read a balance sheet.”   

Keynote Speaker: Brandon Wayne

Keynote Speaker: Brandon Wayne

Braden's holistic approach leads clients to call on him for more than just litigation, often requesting guidance through equity, financing, and real estate transactions.     

Prior to joining SettlePou, Braden served as General Counsel for one of the largest diamond and jewelry retailers and wholesalers in the United States. Today, Braden serves as outside general counsel for numerous jewelry retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers.  

Partner with Steckler, Gresham, Cochran in Dallas - Co-Chair Corporate & Business Counsel
20 Years of experience in the jewelry industry - General Counsel for various industry participation

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 2019 line up of classes for our members and their staff!

Jeffrey Skaret with Forever mark will kick off our day of speakers. Jeffrey will educate us on the new realities of the diamond market and tells us how we can leverage our own market position and brand equity to differentiate from the sea of options.

Larry Johnson is a well respected authority in case displays. GIA course curriculum uses his book as their content for class. He will not only teach on Sunday but he is also offering to do private consultations with anyone that wants to bring images of their cases. You will need to schedule a 45 minute consult with him directly. Contact Mr Johnson at lbjis@msn.com for your private consultation.

Chuck Koehler will visit us again with more tips from the bench. This class is of course for bench jewelers new and old as well as your sales staff. Listening and understanding how repairs are done will help your sales staff have a greater appreciation for the steps and skills required to do the job!

Kendall Byrd with Modthink in Fayetteville will be teaching Social Media 101. A "How To" class that will entail:

Why Facebook and Instagram have flourished with small business - The Do's and Don't of Posts -Interacting with your client base - Blogs

Basics of advertisements on social - Content Cadence and Tools - Brand identity -Website and Google My Business

Robert Loving from the prestigious Time Delay will discuss the after-market Rolex business, including how to spot a counterfeit watch, how to determine age and original parts, how to buy and sell profitably, and how Time Delay can help you will all these issues. He prefers an interactive session, so bring your questions and problems!


AJA 2018 Carat Award Entries

Check out all the amazing talent and style our states jewelers have! Each unique piece was submitted into the annual design competition at our convention. CARAT COMPETITION NOTES: Only three stores entered this year. Plan NOW to send a custom piece to the 2019 competition! There's no excuse for not entering.



Mission Statement of the
Arkansas Jewelers Association

The mission of the Arkansas Jewelers Association is to unite and educate the jewelry professionals in the State of Arkansas with a standard of excellence.  Together, we will build consumer confidence and share in the unlimited opportunities for growth and prosperity.