Alabama Jewelers Association Saltwater Getaway 2017 - Page 3

President’s Message Dear Alabama Jewelers and Associates, I know it is hard to believe but the year is nearly half over and it is time to think about our annual Saltwater convention that everybody so looks forward to as our last time to relax together before the Christmas season. But first a review of where we have been in the first half of the year. For those who do not know, Nancy Dawkins of Nancy and Co. in Northport, assumed the role of Executive Director in February prior to the Alabama/ Georgia convention. She has done a fantastic job of continuing to make the organization the best it can be and she has my personal gratitude for a job well done. With the help of the board we were able to celebrate our 70th anniversary with a outstanding number of sponsorships and advertisements in the yearbook and a great convention. The annual convention was co-hosted with Georgia at the Robert Trent Jones Resort Opelika. We had a great turnout and after a rainstorm on Friday, we had a beautiful weekend to relax and spend time together Glenn Manning growing professionally. Manning Jewelry Guest speakers included Michael Briant, who gave a very insightful Foley and sobering talk on the importance of security in our business. Michael McTeigue spoke on multiple aspects of the estate jewelry business including an new revenue stream that many of us may have been missing. The round table discussion was sponsored and facilitated by Susan Posnock from JA and addressed topics such as completion and governmental impacts that brought a larger scope to our discussion. We also tried a new program that has a good deal of promise. Jeweler Interactions featured four sessions where jewelers facilitated educational sessions with other jewelers in an informal setting centering on the topics of Social Media, CAD/CAM, The Edge, and Special Promotions. The dinner on Saturday was fabulous and through the course of the evening we conducted a silent auction and a live auction resulting in $5,782 dollars raised for the Jewelers for Children charity. The weekend concluded with the Presidents luncheon and design competition where there was a winner in every category. My thanks to all that participated in the competition and I encourage all to try to make an entry next year. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this convention a success. It is not an easy task and I could not be prouder of the job well done! As his term comes to an end, I would like to thank John Falotico for his service on the Associates Board. John has done more than his share for the organization will continue to be an active advocate for the Alabama Jewelers. I welcome our two newest board members Joseph Denaburg from Levy’s in Birmingham and Kim Odom from Doug Doggett Jewelers in Cullman. Given their background, I know that they will be an asset to the board. And now back to Saltwater. The convention will be held at the Perdido Beach Resort October 20-22. Back by popular demand is our “Saturday Evening Social”. We will have a cookout at the water’s edge in Orange Beach in addition to our regular activities. Stay tuned for details. I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to spending a fun weekend in the sun and sand with all of our members very soon. President Sincerely, Glenn Manning Manning Jewelry 3