RJO, Inc.

RJO Experiences

A truly unique benefit of becoming an RJO Member is the opportunity to attend any or all of the RJO Experiences. These weekends are customized to address the specific needs of the jewelry industry. Our experiences are each targeted to a specific member of your team. Whether you want to develop your team's management skills, provide your next generation jewelers with a glimpse into the profession, or are planning to leave the industry within ten years, we have something for you. Each experience has its own specifically tailored curriculum, speakers, and goal identification. additionally they provide a positive environment to develop key skills, network, address fears and problems, and answer questions. RJO Members will leave each experience with a refreshed outlook, advanced skills and knowledge, and the savvy to tackle new challenges.

RJO Succession Experience
May 20 - 22, 2017

PLANS ARE BEING FINALIZED for RJO’s annual Succession Experience, set for next May 20-22, in Chicago, IL. The three-day Experience is for owners planning to leave the industry within ten years, as well as their potential successor. First offered in October 2014, the Experience curriculum has been created and updated to provide hands-on learning that will produce a viable succession plan to put into practice. It includes:

  • Exit strategies
  • Writing your plan
  • Assessing your current situation 
  • Identifying your personal goals 
  • Identifying the needs and goals of other stakeholders
  • Management succession
  • Defining your current income and the dependence on the business for future income 
  • Valuation: How much is my company worth and exploring options for selling/transfer of assets 

RJO is excited to have Kate Peterson of Performance Concepts, Inc., facilitate the weekend, which will feature updated curriculum and course content. The overall message will stay the same, though: preparing you and your business for succession.

“I am very much looking forward to being a part of the RJO Succession Experience again,” says Peterson. “I have not seen another program in our industry that offers such a comprehensive and practical curriculum in such a comfortable, sensitive, and engaging environment.”

What Attendees Are Saying:

"It was good to create a plan, a timetable and take the time to make sure Teresa (my successor) and I are on the same page. We both walked away feeling really positive about our plan." Bob Disinger of Disinger Jewelers, Jasper, IN

"I would tell others to sign up no matter where they may be in their process," says Dustin Basch of Don Basch Jewelers, Macedonia and Medina, OH. "Whether at the beginning of the process or looking to shore things up and complete it, you never know what small bit of information you might get from the speakers' or others' experiences to help your transition move that much smoother."

RJO Next Gen Experience
2018 Date TBA

The Next Gen Experience was developed to create an impactful curriculum of hands on learning and interactive dialogue to aid the next generation of retail jewelers in preparing for the future of our industry and their business.

Curriculum: Three major areas of concentration:

Personal Development Skills

  • Strategic Thinking & Change Management
  • RJO & State of the Industry
  • Making Choices: Choosing what to do and what not to do
  • Managing & Communication
  • Dealing with Conflict

Business Development and Design for the Future

  • Setting Core Values
  • Your Business “WHY”
  • Establishing Your Business Operating Vision
  • Developing Your Diamond Industry
  • Millennial Impact & Cultural Change
  • Leading By Example

Next Steps

  • Next Generation
  • How to Stay Motivated
  • Being Part of a Team
  • Roundtable Discussions 

What Attendees Are Saying:

"This Next Generation Experience was incredible! I got the opportunity to network with so many new people, as well as visit with my old RJO friends. The experience allowed me to no longer feel alone, and realize there are many of us facing the same challenges and posing the same questions." -Kate Dickens, Herteen & Stocker Jewelers, Iowa City, IA

To learn more about any of the RJO Experiences contact Hannah Green at: hannah@rjomembers.com or call (800) 247-1774.


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© 2017 RJO, Inc. All Rights Reserved. PO Box 1045 | Newton, IA 50208 | T.1.800.247.1774 | F.641.792.9251