Advisory Board announced for new JCK 2006 NYC Invitational Event

The JCK NYC Invitational, slated for March 5-7, 2006, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, is scheduled to cater to the needs of high-volume retailers and the designers and manufacturers who sell to them.

JCK now announces the establishment of an advisory board for the Show, composed of some of the industry’s leading volume retailers, who will assist Show management in making decisions that benefit Show attendees. The JCK NYC Invitational advisory board includes: Peter Engle, president of Fred Meyer Jewelers; Marvin Beasley, chairman/CEO of Helzberg Diamonds; Dale Perelman, president of Kings Jewelry; Ed Tufexis, DMM, fine jewelry, Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Ed Hrabak, senior vice president/GMM of Sterling Jewelers; and Mary Forte, president/CEO of Zale Corp.

To date, more than 400 companies have applied to participate in the inaugural 2006 event. Among the companies and organizations committed are The Plumb Club, M. Fabrikant, Universal Pacific, Universal Fine Jewelry, Aaura, HNJ, Kassoy, Benjamen & Co., House of Baguettes, Weindling, Roberto Martinez, Simon Golub & Sons, Fischler Diamonds, Lumiere, EFD, Eugene Biro, GIA, Prestige Jewelry, Kurt Wayne / Kristina Fine Jewelry, MK Diamonds, and many more.

According to Mary Forté, President and CEO, Zale Corporation, “JCK has a history of producing first-rate events that deliver value for my company and its employees. The new JCK NY Invitational is well timed and provides a great opportunity and convenience for Zale to get business done. I have confidence that JCK will produce a valuable and professional event that will benefit all jewelry retailers who attend.”

Ed Tufexis, divisional merchandise manager of Sears, Roebuck, & Co. adds, “We are very pleased. It is long overdue to have show for majors. This will be perfect timing for us to have product for fourth quarter, and it matches up with our advertising schedule.”

“We are honored that JCK’s extremely strong relationships within the fine jewelry community have once again resulted in a new event directly created to meet our clients’ specific needs. Our legacy in the jewelry community is something that we do not take lightly. We strongly believe that The JCK NYC Invitational will compliment our already highly successful roster of Shows and further solidify JCK’s position within the industry” said Dave Bonaparte, vice president of The JCK Shows.

For more information on exhibiting at The JCK NY Invitational, please contact your JCK sales representative directly or contact John Tierney at (203) 840-5470 or e-mail:

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