AGS Conclave: A San Francisco Treat

Attendance was up 10 percent at the 2011 American Gem Society Conclave, held April 27–30 at the Westin Hotel in San Francisco, and attendees called it the most optimistic Conclave in years.“Everyone was very upbeat,” says executive director Ruth Batson, who added that sponsorships hit a record this year. “I see it as a positive sign for the rest of the year.” She adds that while business remains “challenging” for a lot of AGS members, there was a distinct sense among attendees that conditions have turned the corner. “Obviously, it’s a slow turnaround,” she says. “But people understand there is a new normal, and they have adjusted and adapted.”She also noticed a markedly better mood among suppliers who attended the gathering. “And that’s a tough crowd, because they have had a difficult couple of years,” she says. “But they were engaged and they were happy.

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