Centurion Show returns to Tucson

After three straight years of growth, The Centurion Show is returning to Tucson, Ariz., with an expanded exhibitor list, new seminars, and a gala evening. Show dates are Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at a private location in Tucson.

“We’re working hard to ensure the 2005 surpasses the 2004 show and stays true to our mission,” said Centurion’s President Howard Hauben. “Centurion 2005 is perfect for a retailer starting his/her year—a chance to restock after the holidays, plan full-year 2005 with key suppliers, explore new prestige-level suppliers in a low-pressure environment, connect with fellow jewelers, and to partake in top quality education.”

Centurion exhibitors include the top jewelry designers and manufacturers worldwide. The show is deliberately held to a workable number of lines (this year at 115) so that attendees have ample time to browse the show floor.

Centurion’s Gala night begins with comedian George Wallace, known for his everyday humor. Following George is headliner Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts Band. They play Rhythm & Blues seasoned with a lot ‘o soul with a Memphis sound.

Topics for the 2005 educational panel include:
* The Luxury consumer shopping experience panel discussion
* Getting the most out of every dollar you spend panel discussion
* Slow moving inventory panel discussion
* Sales compensation panel discussion
* Diamonds and the Internet panel discussion
* Bridal research presentation and panel discussion
* Fashion trends panel discussion with editors
* PATRIOT Act seminar

The Fairchild Bridal group returns to Centurion in 2005 with a special Fashion presentation Jan. 31, plus a Tuesday morning educational session focusing on “The Customer as Brand Ambassador.” PBS Little Big Band will follow the Fairchild Bridal Group event. PBS is a 40s band led by Centurion attendee and Hawaii retailer Phil Scellato of Phil’s Gold.