VNU CEO Summit Sponsors GCAL and AGL to Host Exclusive "Leadership Chat" with Keynoter Tom Peters
NEW YORK – VNU Expositions announced today that Collectors Universe companies Gem Certification &
Assurance Lab (GCAL) and American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) will host an exclusive Executive
Session with Tom Peters and approximately 15 CEOs following his Opening Keynote address at the VNU
Fine Jewelry CEO Summit on February 21 in Atlanta.
GCAL and AGL are the Official Diamond and Colored Gemstone Laboratories respectively for the
Conference and the sponsor for Peters' Opening Keynote. "Creating an intimate forum for the heads
of the largest U.S. retail jewelers and this dynamic world-renowned icon of business management is
'thought leadership' at its best," said Don Palmieri, President of GCAL. "As sponsors, we are
delighted to be able to bring Tom Peters to the table with our major retail jewelers."
Among those participating in the Executive Session, which Peters calls "a leadership chat," will be
CEOs and top executives from Borsheim’s, Christian Bernard, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Hamilton Jewelers,
Helzberg Diamonds, Hyde Park Jewelers, Kings Jewelers, Reeds Jewelers, Sears, Roebuck & Co., and the
Zale Corporation. Inter-generational issues between top and mid-management and the challenges of
the Internet will be among the topics discussed, said Whitney Sielaff, Editorial Director of National
Jeweler, who heads up the Conference content planning.
"The Peters’ Executive Session further fulfills the promise of the conference to bring visionaries,
academicians and experts from outside the industry to focus on future retail challenges," said Peter
Engel, president of Fred Meyer & Littman Jewelers and a member of the CEO Summit Advisory Council.
"It will be like going to Harvard B School and having coffee with the professor and my peers in the
industry. I’m really looking forward to it!"
About the VNU Fine Jewelry CEO Summit
The VNU Fine Jewelry CEO Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only forum for senior level major jewelry
retail executives. Conference sessions are geared to create a business school atmosphere that fosters
thought-leadership and encourages forward-thinking ideas to help solve current and future business
challenges. Rio Tinto Diamonds is the Principal Sponsor for the 2007 event. Collectors Universe Inc.
companies Gem Certification & Assurance Lab and American Gemological Laboratories are the Official
Diamond and Colored Gemstone Laboratories of the CEO Summit. For more information about the 2007 VNU
Fine Jewelry CEO Summit, please call Phil Ripperger for sponsorships at (203) 831-8503, and Pattie
Light for attendance at (561) 624-4155, or visit the website at
About Gem Certification and Assurance Lab
Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL) and American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) are subsidiaries
of Collectors Universe, Inc., a NASDAQ Global Markets traded company (NASDAQ:CLCT). GCAL provides
diamond certification with bundled services including guaranteed grading, direct light performance
analysis and Gemprint security fingerprint as well as Source Veritas Passports, GemFacts Digital
Certificates and Ideal Cut certificates.
AGL provides colored gemstone certification including identification, color and clarity grading, and
country of origin, along with enhancement disclosures that meet or exceed the guidelines established
by the Federal Trade Commission. AGL provides colored gemstone certification, including guaranteed
identification and grading, with service levels from $25 and up for the Fast Track Program to the
Prestige Program for more prominent colored gemstones with services from $150 to $2,500. AGL and
GCAL are the Official Gemstone and Diamond Laboratories of the International Colored Gemstone
Association for North America.