The 2014 MJSA ConFab
At MJSA ConFab, you’ll find some of the brightest (and friendliest) people around, all willing to share their expertise and knowledge. Below are the presenters who you’ll see at this year’s sessions.
Eugene Brill is vice president of operations for the Jewelry.com division of The Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. With more than 20 years of experience and expertise in business development, he specializes in internet marketing communications (search engine optimization, search engine marketing, pay-per-click, social media), content marketing, online strategies and PR, internet technologies, market research, and e-commerce. “Embrace experiments, take risks, fail fast, and evolve even faster,” he says.
Cindy Edelstein, the “Jewelry Biz Guru,” is the founder of the Jeweler’s Resource Bureau and a passionate advocate for fine jewelry design. Her expert advice, custom publications, and targeted marketing tools have helped countless designer entrepreneurs run their businesses more effectively. She has been widely lauded for her efforts; her honors include the Benne Award from the American Jewelry Design Council and the Best Designer Advocate award from the Contemporary Design Group.
Suzan Flamm is senior counsel at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, a non-profit association that promotes legal compliance in the jewelry industry. She prepares submissions for government agencies with regulatory authority over the trade, such as the FTC and the SEC, to present relevant facts and industry views. Flamm is also involved in education for jewelers, participating in seminars and preparing compliance materials on current legal issues.
Ben Janowski, owner of Janos Consultants, comes from a New York diamond family that reaches back nearly 100 years to Portugal and Belgium. He has been in the diamond and jewelry industry for his entire career, first in top management positions for major American companies and then, for the last 22 years, as a consultant specializing in strategic planning for the American market. He has written many articles for a number of trade publications, including a monthly opinion column for JCK Magazine for five years. Currently, he writes a blog at janosconsultants.blogspot.com.
Matthew A. Perosi is the principal of JewelerWebsites.com, which he founded as Psi Prime back in 1994, when he was still attending the New Jersey Institute of Technology. As its current name suggests, the company has become a go-to resource for jewelers interested in getting the most out of their online presence. A self-admitted computer geek, Matt holds a B.S. in computer engineering, certifications in programming as well as networking and system administration, and a degree in theatre—the last of which, he says, keeps him grounded and entertaining to his students and customers.