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On The Road: IJO and JA New York

Welcome to On the Road! This edition features my trips this week to the JA New York and IJO Kansas City shows.


It was great to make it back to the Javits Center and walk the JA Show again. While the show was smaller than usual (like all shows this year), booths were full and retailers were buying product. The show really illustrated that despite the pandemic and the rise of virtual shows, nothing replaces in-person contact!


Next up was my very first IJO experience. What a terrific environment it was to see friends, talk business (and pleasure), and make new connections. This year’s event was held in Kansas City, and we were lucky enough to grab some terrific BBQ and beers along the way! Congrats to IJO’s Mary Moses Kinney on a terrific event.


See you in Vegas!!!


First up was JA New York:


Mark Michelle
JA New York: Mark and Michelle Orman of Last Word Communications


JA New York: Mark, Molly Fallon, and Amanda Gizzi of Jewelers of America


JA New York: Mark with Lisa Blumetti and Steve Berkowitz of Sterling Reputation


JA New York: With John Colletta of the JA Show


Then it was on to Kansas City and the IJO Show!


Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas City


IJO: Kim Gordon of Dream Jewelers, Mark, and Mary Moses Kinney of IJO


IJO: Joni Jensen of Jewelry Innovations and Kim Gordon 


IJO: With Shelia Bayes of Gem + Jewel (Jewelers Mutual) and Jacqueline Rainer and Barbara Ross-Innamorati of Evocateur 



IJO: Shelia Bayes, Ben Smithee of the Smithee Group, and Joe Kirk of Kirk & Company Jewelers


IJO: Kansas City’s iconic Power and Light Building


IJO: Vince Innocenti of Berco, Shelia Bayes, Sandy Morrow of Berco, and Mark


IJO: Mark (center) and Danielle Sanders and Larry Sanders of Sanders Diamond Jewelry


IJO: With Shelia Bayes and A.J. Tosyali of Benchmark


IJO: With Nina Nguyen of Nina Wynn Designs


Shelia Bayes enjoying the Brussel sprouts at Brewery Emperial restaurant in Kansas City


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