Centurion Adds Martin Rapaport, Darrell Warren to List of Presenters

Among a host of forums, Centurion’s 2012 Education Program, which runs during the Centurion Show from January 28 through 31 in Scottsdale, Arizona, will include a session by Martin Rapaport, the chairman of the Rapaport Group entitled ”How to Succeed in a Changing Environment.” The session addresses the widespread social, economic and political changes that are impacting the diamond and jewelry industry.

”I will share my vision for the development of socially responsible markets for ethical diamonds,” said Rapaport. ”We’ll also look at the economic and technological challenges and opportunities facing retailers.”

Centurion’s president, Howard Hauben, said, ”Martin can speak knowledgeably on change in our diamond industry. His talks are always thought provoking and offer plenty of food-for-thought for our attendees in the prestige jewelry marketplace.”

A roundtable discussion, moderated by Darrell Warren, Stuller Inc.’s vice president of merchandising, will offer an opportunity to address nuances of creating a profitable custom shop, such as finding the right equipment and training salespeople. “We’ll tackle all aspects of the successful custom shop,” he said.

Hauben added, ”Our prestige jewelers will appreciate Darrell Warren’s expertise on this subject. This is a robust subject and we’re happy to have him on hand to answer questions from our attendees.”

Aside from its education program, the Centurion Show will also offer a silent auction that will go to benefit the Jewelers for Children (JFC).

Hauben said, ”JFC does great work and we are proud to be a supporter. Centurion participants have helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars through their generosity over the past 10 years.”

David Rocha, the executive director of JFC, said, ”No donation is too small and the donation does not have to be jewelry – it can be anything.” Some of the donations for this auction in 2011 included wine, webpage services, watches and jewelry.

Attendees to the Centurion show will have a chance to win a set of prizes through Centurion’s Account Incentive Program, by turning in copies of each New Account PO at the Centurion Show Office before the conclusion of the show.

The competition offers prizes for the top 13 attending retailers who open the most new accounts. The retailer in first place receives $5,000 cash award, while second-place receives $3,000 and third-place receives $2,000. Five runner-ups after that will receive $1,000, while the next five runner-ups will receive an Apple iPad II.

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