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Exciting Speakers And Excellent Brands On Tap For 16th Annual Centurion Show December 14, 2016 (0 comments)


Merrick, NY—Each year, the entire Centurion team works to out-do the year before. It’s a challenge, but once again the team has raised the bar and will deliver one of the most compelling shows ever. The subjects that will be covered by an all-star lineup of speakers range from topics as diverse as shoes to football to politics to sharks, and with more than 155 coveted brands and 37 service sponsors exhibiting, attendees will have a superlative experience all within one building. (For a complete list of exhibitors, scroll to the end of this article.) 

Insightful and interesting, Centurion’s speakers for 2016 include some megawatt star power (former Indianapolis Colts/Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left is one), plus a special “Generations” track lineup, which will address changing demographics on both sides of the counter—customers and succession planning. In order of appearance, here’s who you’ll see at the 16th annual Centurion Show:

Speakers for the special "Generations" track include:

Kate Peterson, Performance Concepts, LLC: Generations: Both Sides of the Counter: Dealing with Perspectives from Matures to Post-Millennials

Bill Boyajian and Ira Bergman, The Gordon Co. (and Dan Pharr, Pharr Valuations on Monday Only): Generations: Planning for Store Succession

Jeffrey Roseman, CEO of David Harvey Jewelers, Norwalk, CT and Adjunct Professor, Fairfield University Dolan School of Business, Management Department, will moderate a special Generations panel discussion with Brian Alter, Alter’s Gem Jewelry; Ashley Daily Stegall and Ronda Daily, Bremer Jewelry; Bill Nusser and Charlie Nusser, Hands Jewelers; Lauren Kulchinsky Levison, Mayfair Jewelers; Jim Rosenheim and Matthew Rosenheim, Tiny Jewel Box.

Keynote speakers include:

Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh, Zappos.Com CEO. In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined Zappos as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO. He’s helped Zappos grow from almost no sales in 1999 to the multi-billion-dollar company it is today, with a focus on customer service, company culture and community. Tony’s book, “Delivering Happiness”, was published in 2010, and outlines his path from starting a worm farm to life at Zappos. Tony shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success and happiness. Tony currently lives in an Airstream on half a city block right in the middle of downtown Vegas, with his dog Blizzy and two pet alpacas who enjoy hanging out by the campfires every night.

Seth Mattison, Generational Expert. Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As founder and chief movement officer of FutureSight Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brands and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership and the future of work. With a passion for helping to create greater understanding and collaboration in today’s workplace, he offers participants actionable content that can immediately impact business performance. Seth blends storytelling from his own personal experience working with category-leading brands while leveraging cutting-edge research to develop fresh perspectives on the key strategic issues most relevant for today’s leaders.

Seth Mattison

Daymond John, Shark Entrepreneur. An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his operation into the basement. He is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. Shark Branding, Daymond’s marketing firm, offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means, and connects brands with the world’s top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions. Daymond is also an author of the best-selling books Display of Power, The Brand Within and The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage. In 2009, he joined the cast of the ABC entrepreneurial business show Shark Tank, where weekly he demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights.

Daymond John


Peyton Manning, Two-Time Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback and Five-Time NFL MVP. Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning (shown top of page), the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks as the leader in nearly every statistical passing category. In 2013, Manning was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. In his first year with the Broncos in 2012—and after missing the entire 2011 campaign with a neck injury—Manning finished as the Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year and runner-up for the league’s MVP. For his actions off the field, Manning was honored as the recipient of the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2005 and the Bart Starr Award in 2015. Manning serves on the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and The Pat Summit Foundation Advisory Board. He and his wife, Ashley, established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999, providing more than $10 million to disadvantaged youth since that time.

Richard Wise, Industry Gemstone Expert. For 35 years Richard Wise travelled the world in search of the very finest gemstones. From the ruby mines of upper Burma to the Australian outback, from the Brazilian hinterland to the black pearl farms of Tahiti, from Tanzania’s Umba River to the emerald mines of Colombia, the author’s search for rare and beautiful gemstones has taken him to the world’s most important gem producing areas. As a respected journalist, he has interviewed some of the greatest experts and received entrée to many important private collections. A former jewelry retailer, he shared his finds with his customers and the trade. Wise knows gems. He literally wrote the book on connoisseurship in colored gemstones in Secrets of The Gem Trade (a new edition is in publication). He also authored The French Blue, the story of Jean Baptiste Tavernier and The Hope Diamond.

Bill O’Reilly, Veteran Journalist. Centurion’s closing speaker will be Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly. A journalist for more than 40 years, Bill O’Reilly has now risen to the top of his profession. Monday through Friday on the Fox News Channel, The O’Reilly Factor causes the powerful in America to duck for cover as the rigidly enforced “No Spin Zone” deals with the nation’s most important issues in a straightforward and provocative manner. Blending news analysis with investigative reporting, The Factor has gained international prominence as well—it is now seen in more than 100 countries.

Bill O'Reilly

O’Reilly has won three Emmy Awards for Excellence in reporting. He was awarded two National Headliner Awards while working as a national correspondent for ABC News, and was honored by The National Academy of Arts and Sciences for his reporting and analysis on and after September 11th, 2001.

Centurion is a laid-back experience with excellent exhibitors, great camaraderie, awesome food, and a few unexpected surprises along the way! Show dates for 2017 are Sunday, January 29, 2017 through Tuesday evening, January 31, 2017. For more information, visit, call (516) 377-5909 to register, or email



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