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JA’s National Convention From the Hill to the Storefront

Jewelers of America Supports Retailers at: JA’s First National Convention, with the Spotlight on Washington D.C. Standing alongside independent retailers, the Jewelers of America National Convention gathers industry pros to discuss government moves affecting stores.

JA is breaking new ground with its first National Convention. A trade association dedicated to serving the fine jewelry marketplace, JA is at the forefront of conversations related to responsible business standards.

Advocating for independent jewelers, JA’s upcoming program will delve deeply into what is happening in Washington D.C. By bringing leading experts into the room, Jewelers of America is creating a transparent conversation, preparing retailers for happenings on the Hill that could affect their businesses.

From July 28-29th, jewelry professionals from around the country will gather at the International Barclay Hotel to focus on steering retail businesses towards growth, while maintaining the ethical standards of membership. The Jewelers of America National Convention focuses not only on timeliness, but also on forecasting and preparing for a multitude of potential retail futures. Accordingly, Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, will keynote Sunday’s lunch with “Election Outlook 2020.” In the presentation, Cook will highlight how the next presidential election is shaping up, and what a win from either side could mean for the retail marketplace.

Cook says, “Politics and policy effects businesses. I’ll preview the 2020 presidential race from an objective, non-partisan perspective and will discuss what factors may be most important in a general election.” “Policy & Retail: Why What Happens in D.C. Matters”is a breakout session presenting a high-level overview of taxes and tariffs. With so many rapid changes and trade agreements, it is essential for retailers to consider all possible outcomes, including what questions they may need to be asking their vendors. Jason Straczewski, Vice President of Government Relations and Political Affairs at the National Retail Federation (NRF), has partnered with the National Convention to educate store owners about governmental affairs, helping them develop small and large business strategies to support their growth. Hosting an informational overview of NRF’s policies, Straczewsk will cover what could affect the marketplace in the near future.Anticipating change, the session will prep retailers with information to help construct new business strategies forweatheringany storm. Advocating for independent jewelers, David Bonaparte, President and CEO of Jewelers of America, says, “JA fights for the needs of all of our members –large and small. The National Convention’s goal is to bring independent jewelers from across the country together so they can be well-informed about every aspect of their business, ensuring the legacy of family businesses continues to thrive.

About Jewelers of America
Jewelers of America (JA) is the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace. Jewelers of America's primary purpose is to improve consumer confidence in the jewelry industry through its leadership in public, government and industry affairs; by advocating professionalism, including high ethical, social and environmental standards; and by facilitating members' access to education. For more information, please visit

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