LUXURY by JCK features top speakers, new perks, headline entertainment for ’05

Penny Proddow and Marion Fasel, jewelry historians and contributing editors of InStyle magazine, will present a design trends presentation as the opening keynote speakers at the 2005 LUXURY by JCK event, to be held May 30 through June 2 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

Proddow and Fasel, also the authors of “With this Ring: The Ultimate Guide To Wedding Jewelry,” will present a run-down of the most popular jewelry trends and offer a mini-tutorial in how jewelers can spot trends of the future. They will also share interesting anecdotal background information on the engagement rings of many celebrity icons. Attendees will also have the opportunity to obtain an autographed copy of the authors’ book.

Wednesday’s breakfast presentation, featuring Mark Victor Hansen, the New York Times #1 Best Selling Author of “Chicken Soup For The Soul”, touches on the psyche of the people in an organization and how to feed and nurture it so that it works for the business. Hansen, an author renowned for creating big picture thinking, mission-focused goals, purpose and contagious passion in top executives around the globe, he inspires all audiences to expand their vision.

Attendees at the final breakfast presentation on Thursday will learn how to effectively “Hug Their Customers” by the trailblazing author who wrote the book: Jack Mitchell, CEO of Mitchells/Richards(two highly successful independent high-end department stores). In his groundbreaking session, Mitchell will instruct on the techniques for taking the customer service element from good to great and achieving the highest margins in the jewelry industry.

The evening affairs will begin on the evening of Monday May 30th with a lavish Product Preview and Welcome Reception featuring dinner and dancing hosted by The JCK Publishing Group: JCK, Luxury International and Trendz magazines. Maximizing the flow and networking potential of this highly anticipated evening, the reception will start with the networking Preview cocktail and expand into the dinner and dancing portion of the evening to kick off LUXURY with a bang.

On Tuesday evening, there will be a cocktail reception, dinner and private comedic performance featuring Wayne Brady, co-star of the hysterical, nationally-syndicated “Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and host of the Emmy-Award Winning “Wayne Brady Show.” The event will be held at the five-star Bellagio Hotel.

Wednesday evening’s Poolside Gala: Cocktails, dinner and featured entertainment will give attendees “Good Vibrations.” Set at the serene Venetian Hotel poolside, the evening will be headlined by the legendary Beach Boys featuring Brian Wilson, singing unforgettable hits like “California Girls,” “I Get Around,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Surfin’ USA” and much more.

The nightly Late Night LUXURY Lounge which follows each of the event’s evening functions, gathers the night owls together in a relaxed setting to get a little closer to their old colleagues and new business partners.

The by-invitation-only LUXURY by JCK 2005 boasts membership from top jewelry designers and manufacturers who represent the finest and most innovative jewelry brands. Membership also affords hosted retailers the ability to enjoy and benefit from a list of perks which include:

* Complimentary luxury car service to and from the Las Vegas airport and The Venetian Hotel for all invited hosted retailers.

* Dedicated VIP taxi line at The Venetian Hotel for all LUXURY badge holders, which was specifically implemented to offer an alternative to lengthy cab lines.

* Cool, under-one-roof convenience for both the LUXURY show and the JCK Show ~ Las Vegas

LUXURY has also addressed attendees’ with the development of retailer incentives such as the Platinum Package Rewards program. By giving qualifying retailers an upgraded accommodations and perks package towards their accommodations for the following year, LUXURY is building a strong following of influential retail partners. Following in the same vein of “retailer focused programs” is the Retail Raffle Program which gives attending retailers the chance to win one of three $5000 cash prizes put towards their LUXURY purchases.

The JCK Shows, Las Vegas and Phoenix, LUXURY by JCK and LUXURY Swiss Watch by JCK and Diamonds by JCK are designed to serve the worldwide jewelry industry by offering the most comprehensive and complete buying and selling opportunities on a business-to-business basis.