IWJG January 2011 Las Vegas Show Report

Holy Mackerel…If you were not in Las Vegas for the International Watch and Jewelry Guild first show of 2011.. I’m not sure what to tell you… Maybe you should ask Texas member Bob Wingate who could not stop laughing and sending pictures of the piles of cash he took in to members (including Joe DeMesy), who were not in attendance.

IWJG Members Mike Fonz of California and Steve Fishman from New York both reported great shows for the kick off of 2011. California member Gabe Arik reports that he sold out of his large inventory of premium merchandise, within the first two hours of the show’s opening, on Monday. This is very good because Gabe and his wife had a baby girl on Wednesday evening and Gabe needed to get home!! Congratulations to Gabe and his entire family, including the new addition.

New member Ray Arnold exhibited at his first show on January 3rd and 4th and says that his Jewelry Sales were better than he ever expected. Last but not least members Byron Eder and Joe Akar were walking around all show long with great big smiles and stories of great action on the IWJG floor in Las Vegas.

What was selling? Joe Nelson, IWJG Executive Director, reports Stones with a GIA cert. were flying out of members cases. Signed Jewelry pieces were strong. Like new Rolex, Patek, Cartier and Chanel watches were moving like magic. Across the board, merchandise moved well BUT premium inventory was really in high gear.

These shows are gaining momentum as the global economy heats up. Do not miss a show! So much happens at each event and the IWJG organization is working hard to attract new members and guests with real cash to spend on the floor. Make sure you are there to take advantage of the sales volume, but also to not miss one important new customer. Ask Chicago member Fred Hakimian about what one or two new customers (from Atlanta) can do for your business. If you have not made your Miami reservations…DO NOT WAIT ONE MORE DAY!!!

January 31st and February 1st , we return to the Miami Hilton Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. If you were not there, for the IWJG Show last year, ask your fellow members who were in attendance and they will tell you, Do Not Miss This Show!! 2010 in Miami was Hot…Hot…Hot… 2011 will be even better! We are already (just leaving Las Vegas) at 95% of last year’s Miami registrations. We will sell out!! Our Asian and European members and guests are signing up like never before. Members are asking for more tables than they usually take and are planning on bringing more merchandise than normal to service the anticipated International and Domestic Buyers heading to Miami Beach. Why Miami in January?? Sunny Days, Warm Weather, South Beach, Great Food, the IWJG Members and more action “than you can shake a stick at” in the International Watch and Jewelry Show.

Do not be disappointed; call the IWJG office at 1-800-554-4992 Toll Free or 1-713-783-8150, make your reservations, and let’s make Miami 2011, YOUR best IWJG Show EVER!!

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Serving the Best Membership in the World!!!
Olga Cortez Bullock, Joe Nelson and the IWJG Staff


About the International Watch and Jewelry Guild (IWJG)
Since 1985, the IWJG has been conducting 12 to 14 annual cash and carry trade show events throughout the US. The members only shows are supported by over 8,200 of the world's foremost professional watch and jewelry dealers from 75 countries. The IWJG members and shows stake claim to hundreds of millions of dollars in watch and jewelry inventory. For general questions or information on becoming a member visit our website at www.iwjg.com or call us toll free at 800-554-4992. You can also visit us on Facebook at http://www.iwjg.net/facebook for more information or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/iwjg.