A personal blog from Anna Zuckerman
Hello AZL fans!
Earlier this week, we accepted the invitation to participate in the 2021 CBG Tampa Retreat and Show. I attended with Robin Snyderman, our Sales Manager. It was our first interaction with the Continental Buying Group in person, and we could not have been more impressed!
The overall theme of “Reconnect, Reunite, and Recharge” was enthusiastically represented in all the activities (from motivational speeches to presentations), but almost especially at the group breakfasts, complete with exercising coaches who got us up and moving...which we definitely needed after such a long summer.
It was especially exhilarating to meet and get to know the CBG owners and power couple, Joe Murphy and Andie Weinman, throughout the course of the 3-day event. As a new member of CBG, it is difficult to express what an honor it was to have been accepted by them and the other members. It is not common for a new designer to be so enthusiastically received into an established group, especially one so elite (with members representing the top 10% of the jewelry trade). Being welcomed by such seasoned vendors was a feather in the cap of what has already been an amazing year.
You know Andie has an amazing attention to detail when you have both kosher and vegetarian options from which to choose. Meals featured white-glove service, the hors d’oeuvres were healthy and delicious, and the swag bags included sunglasses and fuzzy slippers...who could ask for anything more?
It was all held at the new JW Marriott Tampa Water Street, an inspired choice with the most luxurious accommodations, including a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, private balconies with water or skyline views, and immediate access to Tampa Riverwalk restaurants and shops. Genuinely spectacular.
And the attendees could NOT say enough great things about CBG. Every vendor I spoke with boasted about the support and advantages that come with membership. They have co-existed for more than 30 years together. They support each other, they buy from one another, and take pride in working together for everyone’s benefit. Some jewelers have dozens of locations, and they attribute everything to being in this group.
Needless to say, we can hardly wait for the next get together, and look forward to taking advantage of the constant promise to help whenever and however they can. If community is key to success, being a part of this community makes us feel like we’ve made it! I mean, we haven’t...yet. We actually have a ways to go. But what a great step in the right direction!