Speakers

2016 Speakers & Sessions

KEYNOTE DINNER - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND, 2016 - 5:30PM - PORTLAND ART MUSEUM

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING: FROM CONFLICT AND CONTROVERSY TO INNOVATION AND COOPERATION - BENNETT FREEMAN


BENNETT FREEMAN

Bennett Freeman Associates LLC
Bennett Freeman

Bennett Freeman has worked at the intersection of multinational companies, responsible investors, NGOs, governments and international institutions to promote corporate responsibility, sustainability and human rights around the world. An innovative leader in the fields of business and human rights, natural resource governance and responsible investment, he has played key roles in developing and leading several now well-established multi-stakeholder initiatives and global standards.

Mr. Freeman currently consults for major multinational corporations and foundations on international labor and human rights policy, strategy and stakeholder engagement through his own firm, Bennett Freeman Associates LLC, and as a Senior Advisor on behalf of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). He is also a frequent conference speaker and lecturer at universities and policy think tanks in the U.S. and internationally, as well as a media commentator and writer.

In addition, he is Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Witness; Chair of the Advisory Board of the Responsible Sourcing Network; Board Secretary of the Global Network Initiative and Chair of the Board of EG Justice. He also serves on the Governing Board of the Natural Resources Governance Institute; the Advisory Board of the Center for Democracy and Technology; and the Steering Committee of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark initiative. He formerly served on the boards of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Oxfam America and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

From 2006-15, Mr. Freeman was Senior Vice President-Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments, where he led that mutual fund group’s environmental, social and governance analysis and its shareholder advocacy and public policy initiatives on extractive revenue transparency and conflict minerals; Sudan divestment and responsible investment in Burma; Internet censorship and surveillance; climate change and water sustainability.

As U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999-2001, he led the State Department’s bilateral human rights diplomacy and the development of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, the global human rights standard for the oil and mining industries. Previously he served as Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Stuart Eizenstat from 1997-1999 and as Chief Speechwriter for Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from 1993-97. Before joining the State Department he was Manager-Corporate Affairs for GE from 1985-1993.

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS - MONDAY, OCTOBER 3RD, 2016 - THE SENTINEL HOTEL

LEAN MANUFACTURING FOR JEWELERS - ANDREA HILL, HILL MANAGEMENT GROUP, LLC

Lean Manufacturing for Jewelers
Are you interested in decreasing your costs? How about raising quality? If these ideas are appealing to you, then you should learn more about Lean Manufacturing. Andrea Hill has been working on Lean Manufacturing concepts specifically tailored to jewelry production for nearly 20 years, and she will share some of the most beneficial applications with you during this session. She’ll start with an overview of Lean, then tell you which components are most important to jewelry production groups, and why. Nobody else in the jewelry industry has focused on Lean Manufacturing concepts for jewelers – from small shops to large production facilities – like Andrea Hill. Take a shortcut through Lean’s massive discipline and start applying its benefits right away.

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ANDREA HILL

CEO/Owner
Hill Management Group, LLC
www.hill-management.com

Andrea has over 30 years professional experience as the CEO and president of start-up through mid-sized companies, and she has demonstrated serial success in leading companies through rapid and profitable growth. Her experience spans multiple industries as the CEO of Rio Grande Jewelry Supply, the president of international clothing manufacturer and direct marketer Fulcrum Direct/After the Stork, president of marketing services firm Anthill Marketing, and a founding senior executive of Playboy’s direct marketing catalog operations in music and video. She owns Hill Management Group, LLC, with the brands StrategyWerx, SupportWerx, and MentorWerx, and she is a highly regarded author of books, magazine articles, and business education curricula.

A WORLD BEHIND THE DESIGN - TOBY POMEROY, TOBY POMEROY

A World Behind the Design
The power of context is enormous and can make a remarkable difference in our self-expression, our businesses and in our lives. Coordinated with a Toby Pomeroy design retrospective, we will inquire into questions such as:

  • – What’s behind the sketch?
  • – What’s behind the execution?
  • – What’s behind how we present the finished piece of jewelry?
  • – What benefits arise from attending to the context underlying our work?


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TOBY POMEROY
PRESIDENT
www.tobypomeroy.com

Creating jewelry since 1968, Toby Pomeroy is recognized as a designer, goldsmith and an activist for a shift in social and environmental responsibility within the jewelry industry. He is President of TOBY POMEROY, a jewelry design and manufacturing firm located in Corvallis, Oregon that exists to create distinctive jewelry of uncompromising quality with a story that inspires the jewelry industry to become increasingly sustainable and empowering all people in the process. Since 2010 Toby has served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM).

MOKUME GANE HISTORY AND HOW-TO: A SURVEY OF TECHNIQUE - CHRIS PLOOF, CHRIS PLOOF DESIGNS

Mokume Gane History and How-To: A Survey of Technique
This presentation will showcase the history and the technique of mokume gane from its beginnings in feudal Japan to its use as a jewelry material by modern smiths around the world. Mokume gane is a demanding technique that even those well versed in jewelry metals struggle with. This presentation will illustrate the techniques used daily by two of the most prolific makers of quality mokume gane in the world. The scientific method will be stressed rather than scientific testing. This is a practical “how-to” presentation, and is the first time the full process in daily use will be presented with a goal of showing a person with general skills in jewelry making how to make mokume gane like the experts.


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CHRIS PLOOF

CHRIS PLOOF DESIGNS
www.chrisploof.com

Hailing from a small town in Massachusetts, award winning master jeweler Chris Ploof was once a skinny boy lurking around the local living history museum, watching awestruck as the craftspeople manipulated what had previously seemed unyielding: glass, tin, iron.

After traveling the world trying hands on careers that spoke to his historical influences and technical skills, Chris found himself back on his boyhood path, attempting to make a forge improvised by a 55-gallon drum, some fire bricks and a hair dryer. Eventually his knowledge seeking lead him to jewelry making classes. At last, he was home.

Chris has studied with many well-known artists, and apprenticed under a master goldsmith. He has an insatiable curiosity and drive that lead him down long roads even after the challenges at hand have been met. The Santa Fe Symposium has chosen Chris twice to receive the Industry Leader Award. He has a series of instructional videos through Interweave, his work is on the cover of Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry (Lark, 2012) and in countless other publications, and he travels frequently as a consultant to the jewelry industry. His studio is located in Massachusetts, where he works with a carefully chosen, fun team of like-minded talent.

Artist Statement:
“I love exploring new techniques and materials, especially pushing the envelope of current and traditional techniques. Challenges always seem to lead down long roads even after they have been resolved and spawn future ideas and designs. ‘Impossible’ is only a temporary condition.”

SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR SELLING CUSTOM JEWELRY - A PANEL DISCUSSION


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JIM TUTTLE

FOUNDER – CEO
GREEN LAKE JEWELRY WORKS
www.greenlakejewelry.com

Jim Tuttle is the founder & President of Green Lake Jewelry Works. He’s been a Bench Jeweler, Designer and CAD modeler and is an early adopter & proponent of CAD/CAM, Online Custom Design & customer experience based retailing. Jim has spoken or presented at many industry events, including The Instore show, MJSA Expo, JCK Vegas, Seattle Metals Guild & Gemvision Symposiums. He is also on the MJSA Custom Jewelry Advisory Council.

Green Lake Jewelry Works is two of the largest custom jewelry shops open to the public, with over 65 jewelry Artists in two Seattle area locations. The Seattle shop was chosen as “Coolest Big Jewelry Store” by INSTORE magazine in 2012. The Bellevue location, with lessons from Green Lake’s 20 years as a leader in the custom jewelry business, was built both to be a great working shop for their Jewelry Artists and as an inviting and interesting place for client. Green Lake is a member of AGTA & MJSA & is often referred to as a model for the Custom Jewelry Business of the future.


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JENNIFER DAWES

JENNIFER DAWES DESIGN
www.dawes-design.com

Jennifer Dawes launched her collection Jennifer Dawes Design in 2000 and has since evolved to become one of the main proponents of sustainably responsible jewelry while also creating pieces that are magical to wear. Each piece combines her love of ancient civilizations with what is happening right now in culture and design. All her work is hand-made, fabricated and finished at her studio in rural Sonoma County, California.


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TRAVIS ISAACSON
VP, SALES & MARKETING
LASHBROOK
www.lashbrook.com

Travis Isaacson is on a mission to change the way America thinks about, feels about and buys men’s wedding rings.

Travis is new to the jewelry industry, but not new to changing an industry. Before joining Lashbrook in 2015, he innovated sales and marketing methods that disrupted a niche within the loyalty marketing industry. Now, he’s traveling the country for Lashbrook, visiting successful jewelry stores to uncover best practices and hidden secrets of success for selling to men…and their brides.

Travis earned an MBA and a Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University. He’s a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. When he’s not working he enjoys artisan chocolate, skiing the pristine powder in Utah’s mountains, and mountain biking…but not all at once.

BENCH DEMOS: INNOVATIONS IN FINISHING & WORKING SMARTER, NOT HARDER - PHIL SCOTT, RIO GRANDE

BENCH DEMO: Innovations in Finishing
Innovations in manufacturing processes, such as CAD and 3D printers, have added a whole new dynamic to how pieces need to be finished. More intricate designs with tighter tolerances are creating new, unforeseen polishing challenges. Phil will demonstrate several new ways to finish pieces to the quality level your new designs demand.

BENCH DEMO: Working Smarter, Not Harder 
When you’re working in a fast-paced environment at the bench, every minute matters. Using the right tool for the job can help streamline your workflow, making it easier to meet customer demands and manage costs—not to mention reducing stress and making your work at the bench a more enjoyable experience. Phil will explore tips, techniques and new tools that will help improve your workflow and get the job done more easily.


PHIL SCOTT

TECHNICAL SUPPORT TEAM
RIO GRANDE
www.riogrande.com

At the bright young age of 13, Phil Scott’s father brought him to Rio Grande, where he purchased some silver wire and sheet to make his father a bolo tie–the first piece of jewelry Phil ever made and the piece he’s most proud of. Now, more than 40 years later, Phil casts, laser-welds, sets stones, enamels and specializes in custom, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. He remembers seeing a jewelry commercial as a young boy and thinking someday he’d like to make what he saw on the television. Now he can.

Phillip is a graduate gemologist and a member of Rio Grande’s Technical Support team. Known as the ‘Laser Dude,’ Phil has spent many years perfecting traditional bench skills to design custom work, while looking forward at innovative ways, such as laser welding technology, to create and repair jewelry. His broad spectrum of knowledge and experience makes him a patient and wonderful instructor.

What does Phil love about teaching? “I started out at the age of 13. There were many wonderful craftsmen who each took me under their wing and helped me along the way. It would be a shame for me to not share in turn the love and passion for jewelry-making that has been shared so generously with me over the years.”

A NEW METHOD FOR PREPARING 3D ACRYLIC PHOTOPOLYMER PATTERNS FOR INVESTMENT CASTING - JIM BINNION, JAMES BINNION METAL ARTS

A New Method For Preparing 3D Acrylic Photopolymer Patterns For Investment Casting
The difficulty of obtaining a quality casting from a 3D printed resin pattern is well known, and the recent proliferation of 3D printers in the jewelry industry has caused a quantum jump in the number of failed castings coming from the output of these machines.  This paper presents the process steps to fully harden and then prepare 3D-printed acrylic photopolymers for investing and casting. This process greatly reduces issues of investment degradation during burnout, resulting in much better surface finish in the castings produced.


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JIM BINNION

JAMES BINNION METAL ARTS
www.mokume-gane.com

Jim Binnion founded his company, James Binnion Metal Arts, in 1991 and developed his own technique for making mokume gane using an electric kiln. He produces a line of mokume gane wedding rings and other jewelry in his business. A teacher of metalsmithing and goldsmithing techniques, Jim has conducted many workshops on mokume gane.

RESPONSIBLY SOURCED ARTISANAL GOLD: A TOUR OF TWO PERUVIAN MINING COMMUNITIES - STEWART GRICE, HOOVER & STRONG, INC.

Responsibly Sourced Artisanal Gold: A Tour of Two Peruvian Mining Communities.
Our industry is becoming more responsible when sourcing the metals we need to make jewelry. “Recycled” and “responsibly sourced” have been around for a number of years, and recently, metals from artisanal smaller scale mining communities are becoming available to the jewelry industry. The Fairtrade and Fairmined organizations are the main source for these “certified” metals, but they carry a premium. Jewelers and manufacturers often ask why the premium and what is it used for? This presentation will explain the underlying principles and goals of responsibly sourced artisanal metals and will highlight two mining communities in Peru that operate under the Fairtrade and Fairmined systems. Examples of how the premiums are spent to improve the working environments of miners and mine employees will be discussed, as well as the social and community improvements that have come about since being accredited. The presentation will also explain how you, if you should chose to do so, can become involved and what it takes to become a Fairtrade or Fairmined licensee.

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STEWART GRICE

VICE-PRESIDENT OF MILL PRODUCTS
HOOVER & STRONG, INC.
www.hooverandstrong.com

Education: HD in Physics, BSc in Materials Science, MPhil in Metallurgy
Professional: Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Stewart has over 26 years of experience in the jewelry industry with emphasis on alloy, product and process development, technical support and process troubleshooting.

YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN'T BE PAYING FOR SEO - LAKE GILES, THINKSPACE JEWELER

You Probably Shouldn’t be Paying for SEO
How do you expand your market and draw in the newest generation of consumers to your stores? First and foremost, you need to be visible online: easy to find via Google and other search engines. Despite that necessity, investing directly in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) services is often a waste of time and money for independent retailers that rely on getting maximum value out of their marketing spends.

Instead of hiring an external firm to perform SEO for your business, we will explore some effective methods of improving your visibility online through your own basic SEO work, and well as discuss effective alternatives that you can invest in for your business.


Lake_Giles

LAKE GILES
Director of Operations and Sales
Thinkspace Jeweler
www.thinkspacehq.com

Lake Giles is the Director of Operations and Sales at Thinkspace Jeweler- a digital marketing and software development company that specializes in building technology for the jewelry industry. With an MBA in marketing and extensive experience in the world of marketing and sales, Lake is involved in everything that happens behind the scenes at Thinkspace. His jewelry industry experience includes the account management of nearly 200 independent retailers that collectively carry more than 700 designer brands. He is an fan of biking, hiking, eating great food, and spending as much time as he can outdoors in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son.

WHAT EVERY JEWELER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PRECIOUS METALS METALLURGY - TERESA FRYE, TECHFORM

What Every Jeweler Should Know About Precious Metals Metallurgy
Failures in precious metal castings can cost jewelers unnecessary time, expense, and reputation. You cannot understate the importance of having metals behave in a consistent and predictable manner at the bench and during regular wear. A bad casting, an overly soft alloy, or a piece that has simply been cold-worked too long can result in scrap and rework, causing potential downstream problems for both your clients and profitability.

In this session, we will look at the far-reaching effects of metallurgical quality on the performance of a jewelry item. We will discuss porosity, microstructure, mechanical strength, and the effects of alloying elements, as well as best practices for high-quality metallurgical outcomes.

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TERESA FRYE

TECHFORM
www.techformcasting.com

Teresa Frye is the founder of the Portland Jewelry Symposium and owner and President of TechForm Advanced Casting Technology in Portland, Oregon.  She has over 25 years experience working in the casting industry, having started her career in international sales at Precision Castparts Corp, the world’s leading producer of aerospace castings. In 1994 she co-founded TechForm Advanced Casting Technology, a company specializing in shell casting of platinum and other high temperature metals.

With a deep passion for precious metals research coupled with inspiration gained through the broader based Santa Fe Symposium, Ms. Frye hosted the first Portland Jewelry Symposium in 2008. PJS was designed to meet the specific educational needs of manufacturing jewelry retailers and designers, a category that until that time had no singular event of its own.