J. Tyler Teague has been in the Jewelry Manufacturing Industry for over 35 years. Tyler started as a bench jeweler in 1977 to help pay his way through college. After graduation, he progressed through the industry opening his first jewelry store when he was 23. He designed and built his first jewelry factory in Illinois at the age of 28. Since that time he has restructured, designed, and improved the manufacturing processes of many jewelry manufacturing factories in many countries. Tyler holds patents for well known jewelry making tools and materials. He has designed many top selling yellow gold, white gold, platinum, palladium, and sterling alloys that are in use today. Tyler's specialties include technical issues related to product and process engineering for jewelry, models, molds, mass finishing, and is considered one of the top precious metals casting consultants. Jeff Hoover's family has been in the precious metals industry for over 100 years. He has worked in the jewelry industry functioning in and on all aspects from training people to improving manufacturing systems. His family put him "through the mill" because all family members were required to learn most of the jobs in their factory by working in those jobs. He knows his way around the jewelry industry top to bottom. His specialties are work flow and facility design optimization, jewelry process engineering, as well as CAD and CAM, rapid prototyping, and lost wax casting including defect recognition and resolution.