Future Stores Miami 2018

February 06-February 08, 2018

JW Marriott Miami, FL

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Lyn Lewis
Lyn Lewis

Lewis has applied her background in operations, customer care and consulting to luxury lingerie. Over the past 4 years, she has added more brick-and-mortar locations to Journelle’s omnichannel business, which currently includes locations in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, in addition to Journelle.com. Her passion for enhancing store experience and leveraging consumer data drives all strategic initiatives for the Brand.

Michael  Lastoria
Michael Lastoria
Co-founder, CEO, and Creative Director

Michael Lastoria is a serial entrepreneur who is known for building companies on four core principles: design-driven, culture-centric, brand-led, and most importantly, morally sound.

In 2012, he co-founded &pizza, a fast-casual pizza brand that embodies those principles. In five years, he has raised more than $40 million for expansion and growth, opening 23 shops spanning multiple east coast markets. From culinary innovation to retail design, &pizza set out to create a brand with strong point of view. The company’s success is evidenced in the Tribe’s intentional commitment to building a cultural movement.

In addition to &pizza, Lastoria is a co-founder of JWALK, a New York based full service creative agency, leading the company in growth strategy and business development. Having helped grow the company into a small but powerful force in the agency world, he sold the company in 2017 to beauty powerhouse, Shiseido.

Brendan McQuillan
SVP, Venue Operations

Brendan has been leading the In Venue Business for Fanatics since 2013.  This business incorporate all retail business outside of Fanatics ecommerce business platform.  This division delivers top of line integrated retail operations to partners such the NBA Flagship store in NY on 5th ave, NASCAR trackside business, Kentucky Derby, Pittsburgh Pirates, Sacramento Kings, NJ Devils, University of Texas, LSU, University of Washington, SEC/PAC 12 Championships and other major universities and professional teams.  

Brendan has a varied background in the sports licensed retail business working with the Philadelphia Eagles, National Hockey League, Majestic Athletic, and QVC.

Marjolein Westerbeek
Marjolein Westerbeek
President, USA
Rituals Cosmetics

Highly accomplished, pioneering senior level executive with extensive experience in the Omni-channel approach for brands. Working knowledge of business needs in an international field. Recognizes what strategy means for operations and the other way around. Encourages bold ideas for building the business and there is nothing that is perceived as undoable. Worked in several roles in education, apparel and beauty and consistently recognized as a strong inspirational leader who easily elevates other people. Within Rituals a strong track record in leading country’s like the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, UK and US the way to success. Main focus to guide Managing Directors and country teams to the next level in their development alongside with their P&L’s. In a company with huge growth like Rituals its crucial to connect brand values to people and the other way around with the aim to create ambassadors and advocates to further enroll the brand in the best possible way.

Paul Bundonis
Paul Bundonis

Paul is President of IT’SUGAR, joining in 2015 with responsibilities for sales & operations, store development, marketing, and human resources, finance, IT and HR. One of his primary focuses has been to maximize the offering and delivery of the brand’s entertainment value. He has over 30 years of operations experience in the growth stages of several entertainment and consumer goods brands including Build A Bear Workshop, FAO/ Zany Brainy, L Brands, Eddie Bauer and Macy’s.

Steve  Wilder
Steve Wilder
City Furniture

Steve Wilder began his career as a CPA and was fortunate to join his favorite client, Waterbed City, in 1981. Waterbed City provided Steve with the opportunity to learn and grow as the company rebranded to City Furniture in 1994, and became one of South Florida’s most recognizable brands. Steve has been City Furniture’s Chief Financial Officer since 2001 and the Chief Information Officer since 2012. Steve earned a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University. He maintains an active Florida CPA License and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs, Broward County Chapter, and Financial Executives International, Broward County Chapter. Steve was given the “2015 Apogee Award - Broward County CFO of the Year” by South Florida Business Wealth magazine. He has participated in both CFO and CIO Forums sponsored by the South Florida Business Journal.

Travis  Harrison
Travis Harrison
Head of Retail
Shinola Detroit

As the Director of Retail at Shinola, Travis Harrison focuses on building the brand in the retail space by emphasizing Shinola’s core values: job creation, manufacturing and quality made goods. Harrison helps elevate the Shinola brand through selective hiring and inspiring of retail teams for Shinola stores. A Texas native and New York University graduate, Harrison spent eight years with Ralph Lauren before joining Shinola in 2015.

Colleen  Lewis
Colleen Lewis
SVP, Retail
Coldwater Creek

With more than 25 years of Retail leadership experience, Colleen Lewis recently joined Coldwater Creek to launch their retail initiative as the Senior Vice President of Retail. Prior to joining Coldwater Creek, Colleen began her career in the cosmetics industry working for industry leaders L’Oreal USA and The Estee Lauder Companies. During her career she has worked in multi channels with a diverse background including wholesale, specialty retail, outlet and luxury stores. Colleen has held executive positions for iconic brands including Victoria’s Secret, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole, Burberry, Luxottica Retail and Alex and Ani. In addition to a successful career, Colleen has recently celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary and is the mother of two amazing children.

Per Cromwell
Per Cromwell
Co-Founder, Head of Creative
Wheelys (Moby-Mart)

Per Cromwell is a Swedish award winning designer/inventor/activist who in the recent years has co-founded several innovation companies, most notably, Wheelys Café. Currently he is the head designer for Moby Mart, a mobile retail solution. 

Jon Nordeen
Former CIO
Hudson’s Bay Company
Paul  Blackburn
Paul Blackburn
VP, Concept Design, Construction & Merchandising
L’Occitane en Provence

Paul joined L’OCCITANE in 2012 and has been working within the Architecture & Design industry for the last 15 years. He is in charge of all aspects of Design, Construction & Merchandising, for a store portfolio of over 250 locations in North America. Most recently, Paul has successfully launched entirely new L’OCCITANE in-store Concepts in North America, specifically aimed at enhancing the customer experience in unique and innovative ways. Prior to joining L’OCCITANE, Paul’s previous employers include Kenneth Park Architects, Rawlins Design, and Bowker Sadler Architecture. He has worked with top retailers such as West Elm, Tourneau, Rolex, True Religion Brand Jeans, and MAC Cosmetics, and in top locations such as Harrods London, Bergdorf Goodman New York, and the Fontainebleau Miami. In 2017 Paul was named one of 10 “Retail Design Influencers,” as part of design:retail magazine’s Portfolio Awards program.

Ron Harries
Ron Harries
VP, Head of Retail Stores
Techstyle Fashion Group

Ron Harries is Vice President, Head of Retail for Fabletics. A TechStyle Fashion Group brand & Co-founded by Kate Hudson, Fabletics offers high-quality fashion forward activewear for women at great prices. As a 30-year veteran of the retail business, Ron began his career at Sears in 1987. He has helped develop & deploy successful Omnichannel strategies at multiple companies, & is driven to help pioneer technology that simply enhances the overall experience for all of Fabletics Members & Guests. While Ron has years of experience leading business units in excess of a billion dollars, he notes that the highlight of his job is spending one-on-one time with Members, Guests & Associates, adding that there is no better way to get honest feedback than to personally ask the person who is giving you the opportunity to serve them. Although his office is in LA, Ron lives in SLC, UT with his wife of 26 years. …Why SLC? Greatest Snow on Earth!

Marcie  Webster
Marcie Webster
Head of Global Retail
Specialized Bicycle Components
Heather  Craig
Heather Craig
Head of Retail Experience

Heather Craig began her career in retail at the age of 15 with a part time job as a stock coordinator at a children’s store located in Tustin, CA. But it wasn’t until Heather was in college at California State University of Long Beach, studying for her degree in Fine Arts; Painting and Drawing; where she started as a salesperson at Nordstrom in Orange County, CA that she became addicted to retail. After moving to Seattle in 2006, Heather took a role at the Tommy Bahama Global Headquarters where she led the strategy and re-development of the women’s business for the retail division. Through her six years; she played a significant role the improvement of the business, the product line, the distribution and the in-store experience. In early 2012, she relocated back to California, where she accepted a role as the Head of Merchandising for The North Face Global Headquarters. In her five years there, she was promoted numerous times across stores and ecommerce holding the positions of Senior Director of Merchandising for Ecommerce and lastly as the Senior Director of Merchandising for Stores and Ecommerce. Early in 2017, Heather accepted the extraordinary opportunity to create and launch the brick and mortar experience for the country’s largest online thrift store; thredUP. In this role, Heather is currently overseeing all aspects and details of the in-store retail experience which will be executed through five physical locations by the end of the year. Heather has been recognized for her contribution to retail and ecommerce through many awards that she was presented with while at Nordstrom through The North Face. She was also recognized in the industry as a nominee for Outside Magazine 40 under 40 in 2015. In addition to her contribution corporately; Heather has also been an active leader of the Junior League of Oakland East-Bay where she last held the position as Executive Vice President. Heather currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area with her two children who fill up every free second she has and she loves it.

David  Kepron
David Kepron
Vice President, Global Design Strategies, Distinctive Premium Brands
Marriott International

David Kepron is the Vice President of Design within the Global Design Strategies department at Marriott International. His focus is on the creation of compelling customer experiences within a unique group of Marriott brands called the “Distinctive Premium Brands” including: Renaissance, Westin, Le Meridien, Autograph Collection, Tribute Portfolio and Design Hotels. Kepron brings 20 years of retail design expertise to the making of meaningful customer connections at hotel properties around the globe. His multidisciplinary approach to design focuses on understanding consumer behavior and the creation of relevant brand experiences at the intersection of architecture, sociology, neuroscience and emerging digital technologies. For Kepron, the primary function of all customer experience design is to weave the customer’s innate physical and emotional responses to the environment with the brand story making remarkable moments that foster lasting connections. As a frequently requested speaker to retailers, hoteliers and design professionals nationally and internationally, David shares his expertise on subjects ranging from consumer behaviors and trends, brain science and buying behavior, store design and visual merchandising as well as creativity and innovation. He has held teaching positions at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), the Department of Architecture & Interior Design of Drexel University in Philadelphia, the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (L.I.M.) in New York, the International Academy of Merchandising and Design in Montreal and he served as the Director of the Visual Merchandising Department at LaSalle International Fashion School (L.I.F.S.) in Singapore. David currently brings his creativity and insight on brand experiences to an international audience as a member of VMSD magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board and the Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) Dream Team. David also serves as an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors of The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (P.A.V.E.). David earned his Bachelors of Science in Architecture and Bachelors of Architecture degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec Canada. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Retail Design Institute (RDI) and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED®BD+C). In the fall of 2014 STMedia Group International published Kepron’s first book titled: “Retail (r)Evolution: Why Creating Right-Brain Stores Will Shape the Future of Shopping in a Digitally Driven World.” David Also writes a popular blog called “Brain Food” which is published monthly on vmsd.com.

Shari Rossow
Shari Rossow
Retail Operations Vice President
Best Buy Co

Experienced leader with over 25 years retail and corporate experience. Specifically within Operations and Retail Systems and Infrastructure with responsibility for financial planning and strategic development from the vantage point of the end user. Have implemented many small and large initiatives at Fortune 50 company. Proven coach and developer of team members with a strengths based approach and use of the Enneagram methodology. My goal is and always will be to speak on behalf of the end user through my own personal experience growing up in retail. Hard work and hands on experience is what you get with me. I have been managing teams for over 20 years. Executor at heart!

Dave Brewer
Dave Brewer
Former, VP, Store Operations
Belk Inc

Dave Brewer, VP Omnichannel/Store for Belk. As part of the Belk team, Dave has been with Belk for 28 years. In his current role, Dave is a key member of the Omnichannel leadership team, bringing a stores perspective to complement the digital and technology leaders already engaged in the effort. He has been a part of cross functional Omnichannel initiatives that have the greatest impact on the stores, including new store technology, new POS systems, fulfillment initiatives including ship from store, and driving associate and customer adoption of Belk’s stores Save the Sale programs. Prior to his current role, Dave has had a multitude of roles in stores and corporate including store manager, division merchandise coordinator, and regional vice president of the Atlanta Region stores. Dave and his team are excited to bring Omnichannel capabilities to their stores and help merge the physical store with the digital store. Dave was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a graduate of Indiana University.

Eugene  Andreassi
Eugene Andreassi
VP, Retail Services
Benjamin Moore & Co.

Eugene Andreassi is Vice President of Retail Services of Benjamin Moore & Co., a unit of Berkshire Hathaway and North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. Andreassi is responsible for overseeing the Company’s range of retail store-oriented programs, and oversees its Store of the Future initiative. A life-long veteran of the paint industry, Andreassi brings over 30 years of experience to his position. For the past 26 years, Andreassi has worked at Benjamin Moore & Co. in roles ranging from territory sales, sales planning and administration, retailer relations, retail merchandising, employee training, and product introductions. A graduate of Purchase College in New York, Andreassi serves on the Board of Directors for the Queens County Farm Museum in New York City.

Wade Allen
Wade Allen
VP, Digital Guest Experience
Chili's (Brinker International)

Wade Allen is Vice President of Digital Innovation and Customer Engagement for Chili’s® Grill & Bar. In this role, he spearheads the digital and mobile strategy and innovation for the brand, including Ziosk® tabletop devices which now rest in the hands of guests at nearly every Chili’s restaurant across the country.  He also oversees Chili’s loyalty program, customer relationship management, promotions and digital couponing and guest analytics.

Prior to joining Brinker in Feb. 2014, Wade served as President of CouponFactory, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rockfish Interactive. In this position, he was responsible for the company’s overall strategy and retail digital shopper marketing initiatives as well as new business growth and product ideation. He also held positions as Vice President of Retail for Rockfish Interactive and as Account Director/Solution Lead at the integrated marketing agency, RAPP, where he worked on a number of Brinker brands.

Ambles Kwok
Ambles Kwok
VP, Technology & Digital Innovation
Indigo Books
Daniel  Wheeler
Daniel Wheeler
VP, Strategic Initiatives
Dunkin Brands

A 30 year veteran of restaurant, CPG and retail marketing, Dan has a true passion for disruptive innovation that transforms companies and consumer experiences. He currently channels this passion in his role as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Dunkin’ Brands, where he and his team are responsible for developing and testing new guest experience and product platforms for two of the world’s most beloved and successful QSR brands – Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Dan previously served as the Director of Brand Marketing for Dunkin’ Donuts as well as VP of Baskin-Robbins U.S. Brand and Field Marketing where, as a member of the BR senior leadership team, he was a key architect of the brand turnaround plan that the business still enjoys today. Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Dan worked in a variety of client-side, agency and consulting roles, where he was responsible for delivering multi-channel marketing solutions for a diverse portfolio of restaurant, retail, packaged goods and hospitality brands. Dan is a graduate of Boston College and lives with his wife, his dog Rosco and a mostly-empty nest of 4 children in Marshfield, Massachusetts.

Valara Gee
Valara Gee
VP Stores and Store Operations
Jennifer Stone Williams
Jennifer Stone Williams
VP, Retail Services
Perry Ellis International

Jennifer is an energetic and savvy retail professional providing years of proven leadership and success at Perry Ellis International. She has expanded and led the Retail Services Division for Perry Ellis International for 19 years. Her retail coordinator team services department stores in both the US and Canada. She also heads up store planning and visual presentation in department stores for multiple brands at PEI.

Ross  Anicai
Ross Anicai
AVP, Store Design & Construction
Mark’s + FGL Sports
Michael Koch
Michael Koch
Senior Director, Store Development
Samsung Electronics

Since 2013, Michael Koch has served as the Senior Director of Development for Samsung Electronics America based in Richardson, Texas.

Previously, Michael spent 23 years working for Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Guess, Nextel, and The Ritz-Carlton while living in Washington, D.C.; London, England; and Lugano, Switzerland. Michael studied at the University of Maryland, where he received a bachelor’s degree in architectural and design engineering.

Having designed and constructed hundreds of the most well-known retail locations throughout four continents, Michael’s primary responsibility is to grow the Samsung brand in North America through intentional, iconic design. His team is tasked with the design, development, and maintenance of more than 50,000 locations in the U.S. alone, and is responsible for creating the 55,000-square-foot Samsung 837 flagship store in New York City. Receiving worldwide recognition and awards for this location from Forbes and Design:Retail as a top experiential location, Samsung plans to utilize subsequent findings in future designs worldwide. Some of his most noteworthy achievements include Apple’s signature locations in Berlin, Barcelona, and Turin, as well as Guess flagship retail locations in Milan. In addition, he was responsible for emblematic resorts for The Ritz-Carlton in Florida, San Francisco, and the Cayman Islands.

Michael’s career began in the U.S. Marine Corps by serving with distinction as a platoon sergeant in a line infantry reconnaissance unit from 1983 to 1993. Honorably discharged in 1993, Michael’s last tour after the Gulf War was at the University of Memphis, where he taught the ROTC corps of cadets. Throughout his military career, Michael earned awards for leadership and service over nearly 10 years of active duty that included four combat tours.

Michael, an industry professional known widely for his tireless pursuit of perfection, has a deep passion and high level of experience in design and construction implemented in more than 40 countries. He has received awards for not only creating a brand’s prominent worldwide image, but also expanding his team’s abilities through professional instruction and training.

Michael created The Road Ahead Foundation in 2008, with sponsorship from former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush and others, as a means of helping orphaned children suffering from this worldwide pandemic. His focus now is to harness his talents and extensive business relationships to better the children of America by making a difference in young peoples’ lives and career paths worldwide.

Kari Harkins
Kari Harkins
Senior Director, Store Operations

Kari is the Sr. Director of Store Operations and Communication at DSW, as part of the Customer Operations Team.  Kari has been with DSW for 2 years.  In her current role, Kari and her team are responsible for all daily Store operations and communication as well as the execution of projects making the DSW Mission, Vision and Strategy come to life for the customer.  Prior to DSW, Kari was with Limited Brands for 25 years in a multitude of Home Office and Field roles, most recently as the Zone Vice President for the North.  Kari is passionate about the external and internal Customer experience and how that comes alive at DSW.  She and her team are looking for opportunities every day to make that a reality at DSW!

Allison Sommer
Allison Sommer
Director, Category Marketing
The RealReal

As Head of Category Marketing for The RealReal, Allison Sommer leads business development and growth of the luxury consignment site’s retail verticals. In this role, she is driving The RealReal’s expansion from online to offline, heading marketing of the brick and mortar business: fine jewelry & watch Valuation Offices. Allison brings with her a wide array of technology and business experience. She began her career working for U.S. Congress, but was lured away by the promise of quick innovation and big results at Google. She worked in a variety of roles across Sales, Product, and Marketing, mastering online advertising along the way. Experience at Chinese internet giant Baidu and New York beauty startup Birchbox cemented her understanding of the global technology landscape and interest in technology driven retail. Allison joined The RealReal to help change the way people shop and think about sustainable consumption. Allison holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jennifer  Heitmeyer
Jennifer Heitmeyer
Executive Director, Retail
Bare Escentuals (Shiseido)
Lauren  Zirilli
Lauren Zirilli
Senior Director, Omni-Channel Strategy

Lauren joined Vistaprint in 2011 to lead the transformation of the brand and communication strategy.  She was responsible for the  development of the global brand strategy and the activation of the company’s rebrand in 2013.  Lauren is currently leading Vistaprint’s expansion into physical retail.  Lauren’s team opened the global e-commerce company’s first retail store in June of 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining Vistaprint she spent her professional career in a variety of marketing and branding roles in the financial and retail industries as well as tech start-ups.

Jennifer O’Beirne
Jennifer O’Beirne
Senior Director, Customer Experience & Merchandising
Chad  Stiernagle
Chad Stiernagle
Senior Director, Automated Retail
Best Buy
Tony Kaplan
Tony Kaplan
Director, Customer Experience

Tony has spent over 15 years in marketing and building immersive physical experiences for premium brands. He led the initial KEEN Garage concept in Portland and while at adidas led the Boston Runbase project, a collaborative experience showcasing the best of adidas Running and the iconic history of the Boston Marathon. Upon joining YETI in 2015, he drove the design and buildout of YETI’s Flagship store in Austin. Opened less than a year ago, it has quickly become a top attraction for locals and tourists.

Eslam Khalil
Eslam Khalil
Director, Store Design
Sweet Green
Danielle DiMaiolo Rendini
Danielle DiMaiolo Rendini
Director, Store Operations
Barneys New York

Danielle DiMaiolo Rendini is currently the Director of Store Operations at Barneys New York where she focuses on the innovation of operations and the delivery of customer experience expectations in the organization’s 24 full-price and off-price stores. Prior to joining Barneys New York, Danielle held various roles at Bloomingdale’s, H&M, and Kurt Salmon. At Kurt Salmon, Danielle worked with a variety of specialty, department store and off-price retailers. Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Boston University and is based in New York, NY.

Albert Vita
Albert Vita
Director, In-store Strategy, Insight and Innovation
The Home Depot

Albert Vita leads the store merchandising strategy, innovation, and insights team at The Home Depot focusing on the In-Store experience for the 2,000 store locations in the United States.  Albert is a retail strategy and technology leader with 25+ years consulting and industry experience with Fortune 500 retailers specializing in large-scale transformation initiatives. Rethinking the balance between people, process, and technology, Albert’s focus is on creating a seamless consumer experience through all Home Depot's touchpoints (store, mobile, web, kiosks, catalog, call center, and social media) that allows customers to buy how, when, and where they want.  Albert was also the Program Manager for Home Depot's "Store of the Future" / Pilot Store Initiative. 

Richard Lems
Richard Lems
Director, Format and Design
Rituals Cosmetics
Already young Richard knew that retail is his thing. Started as youngest area manager for a big retail chain in the Netherlands he grows from area manager to director of Format & Design. 12 years ago he started with the start up “Rituals” and since then experienced and is one of the key responsible person for ,the amazing growth of Rituals. Responsible for the Format & Design strategy of the company and the general look and feel of all point of sales. His team managed the growth of point of sales locations from 7 stand alone store until 650 and from 700 wholesale locations to 2500 wholesale locations in the last 10 years and numerous of other projects like shopping windows, pop up stores and exhibition stands. Translating the brand philosophy in a retail experience and let the rituals fans get the best “slow down” experience they can have. At Rituals we don’t sell beauty, we’re here to make you feel special!
Kirsty  Ginman
Kirsty Ginman
Director, Europe and International Partnerships
The New Look

Kirsty joined New Look in 2015 as their Head of Retail Operations helping successfully launch their new retail operating model focused on delivering a ‘Customer First ‘mentality across the organisation. Kirsty was then appointed to the privileged position of the Exec Assistant to the CEO working alongside him on special projects for a period of time before being appointed to her current International position working closely with New Looks third party ecommerce market place partners such as ASOS, ZALANDO and AMAZON. Prior to joining New Look, Kirsty has held senior Director Positions for a selection of high profile brands, Value to Luxury, Small (£60m) to Large (£1.5BN) , private to public across a variety of sectors. Kirsty has experience working with Private Equity firms to help acquire and grow retail businesses.

Jodi Zeppelin
Jodi Zeppelin
General Manager
SF MOMA Stores
Timothy Anaya
Timothy Anaya
Director of Customer
Ministry of Supply

Timothy Anaya is the Head of Customer Experience at Ministry of Supply, a menswear/womenswear brand which designs, creates and sells technically advanced professional clothing.  Infusing technology into fabric development and through advanced manufacturing processes, Ministry of Supply is inventing a new category of clothing: performance professional.  The company has been featured in the NY Times, Fast Company, Elle Magazine and on the TODAY Show. Timothy works to analyze the expansion of the company and ensure customers, both in-store and online, have a seamless experience. He works alongside an agile retail staff on the expansion into physical retail, and has launched stores in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, D.C., Bethesda, Atlanta and NYC. Timothy is also the head photographer for Ministry of Supply, and is passionate about people dressing smarter so they can do more.

Lindsay Angelo
Lindsay Angelo
Growth Strategist

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Lindsay joins us from the world of Strategy and Innovation, spending the last three years helping to grow lululemon’s Strategy team. Lindsay discovered her passion for business and retail early on, starting up her own apparel venture at young age. Since then, her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to the angel investment arena, growing early-stage companies alongside ambitious founders with big ideas. 

A lifelong love for sport transported Lindsay bi-coastal, to play NCAA Division 1 volleyball for George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and later, to take on a role with the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee. A dual citizen of the US and Canada, what ultimately drew Lindsay back to Vancouver was an appetite to pursue an MBA in Management of Technology. On the weekend, she can be found breaking out moves on the b-ball court, the studio, and with her 3-year old nephew to the tune of Pharrell.

Katie Whyde
Katie Whyde
Director, Visual Merchandising
Timothy  Embretson
Timothy Embretson
Director, Retail User Experience
Best Buy

Timothy Embretson grew up on a small Iowa farm where he learned to appreciate solving problems with simple ideas. Armed with a degree in graphic design and a passion to advocate for users above all else, he has helped businesses of all sizes solve complex problems. He is currently challenging traditional retail at Best Buy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kamyar Arjomand
Kamyar Arjomand
Director, Connected Retail & Omni-Channel Experience
ALDO Group
Lisa  Schmitt
Lisa Schmitt
Director, Category Management and Retail Development
Ace Hardware
Melissa  Schmid
Melissa Schmid
Manager, Visual Merchandising
Jeri Shipman
Jeri Shipman
Director, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Jeri Shipman currently serves as Director, Strategic Partnerships at ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Jeri is one of the leaders for New Business Development.

Jeri began working for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in 2007 and has focused the last decade of her career building strategic business partnerships through consumer/cause campaigns. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies to create mutually-beneficial cause partnerships that authentically connects with their stakeholders and meets their business objectives. Prior to joining St. Jude, Jeri worked in marketing and sales within the for-profit space including agency, grocery, fashion and financial industries.

Mike Tippets
Mike Tippets
VP, Media Services

Mike Tippets is vice president of the Hughes Global Media Group, a product and solution division of Hughes. Mr. Tippets assumed this position in January of 2010 and in this capacity he is responsible for the development of managed services, software applications and other solutions based on Hughes digital media products and technologies.

Previously, Mr. Tippets served as president of Helius, which was acquired by Hughes in 2008 and became fully integrated into the Hughes family in January 2010. As a leading provider of business-class IP video solutions, the former Helius provided solutions for training and learning, digital signage, and corporate communications to business customers around the world.

Mr. Tippets is a 25-year veteran of the high-tech industry and brings a dynamic and passionate vision of what IP solutions can provide for businesses in the 21st century.

Rob Crane
Rob Crane
SVP, Global Sales
Altierre Corporation
Anders Ekman
Anders Ekman
V12 Data

Jeffrey is a business focused technology strategist with a passion for generating company results through process change and technology innovation. His experience includes both managing e-Commerce and SaaS businesses and consulting with clients on their growth strategies, business and operating models, customer and market strategies. Jeffrey also has extensive experience in helping IT and Engineering organizations make the transition to agile development and DevOps methodologies. Jeffrey’s combination of consulting and operating experiences in North America, the EU and China enables him to bring a unique perspective to business challenges when partnering with his clients.

Stefan Midford
Stefan Midford
President & CEO
Natural Insight

As President and CEO of Natural Insight, Stefan Midford has over 30 years of experience in information technology, operations and workforce management. His extensive business background includes leadership roles at major credit, retail and marketing businesses in the U.S. and Canada, with assignments at Discover Financial Services, Sears Roebuck & Co., Sears Canada Inc. and prior to founding Natural Insight, as COO at Intersections Inc. Mr. Midford’s management experience gives him insight into the strategic challenges facing organizations with distributed workforces, as well as the specialized logistical issues that go with them. He is a member of the Institute for Global Work at Boston University, and a Board Member of the World Alliance for Retail Excellence and Standards. In addition Mr. Midford is an active proponent of the need for continued advancement of Science and Technology in schools, and works as a mentor for a Northern Virginia high school robotics team. He is an avid photographer and a member of Mindshare, an invitation only group of Washington DC area CEO’s leading high growth technology companies.

Ned Gammell
Ned Gammell
VP, North America

Ned is the VP of North America for Concrete Platform.

Ned has worked with some of the worlds largest and most innovative brands for over 10 years, helping them to leverage best in breed ‘collaborative’ technology to connect their employees and partners around the world. Previously part of the original start up team at UK tech company, Huddle Inc, Ned joined Concrete Platform in 2011 to help scale their operations both in Europe and the US. Since moving to New York to open Concrete’s US office in 2014, Ned is responsible for all US operations, which is now the dominant and fastest growing market for Concrete. He is proud to work with a number of America’s most exciting retail brands such as L’Oréal, Kate Spade & Co., Tory Burch, Calvin Klein, Tiffany & Co., and many more.

Outside of work, Ned is passionate about surfing, motorbikes, theatre and music.

Matt MacInnis
Matt MacInnis
Founder and CEO

Matt MacInnis is Inkling’s founder and Chief Executive Officer. He founded Inkling in 2009 on a mission to make the world smarter with mobile technologies, and has built it into the market leader in workforce enablement. Today, Inkling is the leading field operations management system for retail, restaurants, and other industries.

Before Inkling, Matt spent eight years at Apple, where he ran the company’s education market development organization, based in Beijing. Matt subsequently returned to Apple’s California headquarters to coordinate Apple’s growth in education globally.
A native of northeastern Canada, Matt earned a degree in Electrical Engineering with a Citation in Mandarin Chinese from Harvard University. Both Matt and Inkling are based in San Francisco.

Jochen Schmidt
Jochen Schmidt
VP, Real Estate and Store Development
Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor
Square Root

Chris Taylor is founder and CEO of Square Root, where he leads the company’s long-term growth strategy. Passionate about empowering companies to optimize operations and make smarter decisions, Chris founded the company in 2006 with the goal of making business data accessible, understandable and actionable. Under his leadership, Square Root developed its store relationship management (SRM) platform, CoEFFICIENT, which helps the world’s leading automotive and retail enterprises align their organizations, increase transparency, encourage collaboration and improve store performance. A testament to Chris’ commitment to culture, Square Root was recognized as the 2015 2nd best small workplace in America by Fortune magazine. Chris has more than 20 years of experience serving in operational and strategic roles for leading technology and automotive companies including Trilogy, CarOrder, TrueCar and Brighthouse. He earned his degree in Mathematics/Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology, graduating Phi Betta Kappa from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Tom Dolan
Tom Dolan
SVP, Enterprise Sales

Tom leads MaxPoint’s efforts to deliver strategic growth for the company’s largest client partners. He is responsible for the development and deployment of data intelligence products for application across shopper experience initiatives, long-term customer engagement, and media strategy.  Before joining MaxPoint, he held senior management roles at an industry-leading behavioral targeting company and within some of the biggest ad agencies in the US.  Tom earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame.

Corinne  Ruff
Corinne Ruff
Retail Dive

Corinne Ruff is an editor for Retail Dive, a D.C.-based digital trade publication, where she primarily covers retail innovation, mobile commerce, public policy and big-box retailers. She also hosts the Retail Dive podcast Conversational Commerce. Her previous work has been published in U.S. News & World Report, The Chronicle of Higher Education and HuffPost.

Jeff Cashman
Jeff Cashman
Manhattan Associates

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Manhattan Associates Jeff Cashman serves as Manhattan Associates' senior vice president of business development. Mr. Cashman joined Manhattan Associates in January 2005 from MAPICS, a publicly traded company that specializes in enterprise resource planning software solutions for manufacturing companies, where he served as vice president and general manager of international operations. While at MAPICS, he also served as their vice president of professional services and chief marketing officer. Prior to MAPICS, Mr. Cashman held senior executive positions at Viewlocity, a supply-chain event management software solutions provider and as senior vice president of marketing and business development at McHugh Software (now Red Prairie). Mr. Cashman started his career with Accenture, where he spent more than a decade in their distribution/logistics software organization and supply chain strategy practices. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

Matt  Judge
Matt Judge
Chief Communications Officer and Executive Principal
Eight Inc.

Matt Judge is designer who thrives at the intersection between business and design, inspired equally by creative polymaths such as Dieter Rams, Le Corbusier, the Eames’ and Vignelli’s, and business/thought leaders like Simon Sinek, Howard Schultz, Angela Ahrendts and Hans Rosling. 

Throughout Matt’s 14-year design experience, his career has given him the opportunity to work across continents, categories and disciplines, delivering award winning work and experiencing both the client and agency side of the table in the process. He has worked with a number of respected brands and communications agencies, large and small, including Apple, Westfield, Sony, Burberry, Hewlett Packard and Rankin. At Apple, Matt worked in both the retail and product team, delivering Apple’s creative strategy and launching projects such as iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air. 

Matt is also the founder of Design Assembly, an online design forum gathering an audience of over 80,000 unique visitors each month to critically discuss design and its impact in the world. Sales from its published compendium, ‘DA3’, have raised over £14k for cancer charities worldwide. In 2013, The Creative Circle recognized the publication, which Matt wrote, edited and designed with a prestigious 'Gold’ award for creative excellence. 

In 2010, Matt joined Eight Inc. and was part of the leadership team to shape an inter-disciplinary company approach to create the emerging field of Experience Design. In addition, Matt led teams of strategic designers and business creatives to deliver holistic, human-centric experiences, spanning the digital and physical realms. As sole Regional Principal of Eight Inc.’s EMEA operations, Matt led the growth of the London studio from 4 people in 2013 to a sustainable 30 individuals in 2016. His current clients include Jaguar Land Rover, Barclays (Wealth and Retail), Akbank, His Royal Highness Sheik Hamden and include leading an award winning fin-tech innovation program for Citi Private Bank. 

His interests include brand, marketing and communication design, sociology and anthropology, Innovation and service design, culture creation and organizational design, change management, social activism, and genomics and healthcare innovation. 

To help inspire and define the design community, Matt has been invited to events globally as a keynote speaker, which includes Harvard Business Review, Index Conference, Citi Mobile Challenge, Imperial College, Crystal Apple Creative Festival, and MasterCard StartPath. Matt is now the Chief Communications Officer and Executive Principal and based in the Eight Inc. San Francisco office.

Mike  Zorn
Mike Zorn
VP, Workplace Strategy

Mike Zorn is the VP of Workplace Strategy for Workjam. In his role, he works with client companies to develop strategies, using the Workjam Digital Workplace, to empower and engage their hourly workforce. With a focus on the emerging workforce it is essential that companies use a platform like Workjam to meet the demands and expectations of the multifaceted associates. Prior to joining Workjam Mike spent 30 plus years with Macy’s Inc. the last 15 as the Senior Vice President of Associate and Labor Relations. His responsibilities included culture and employee engagement development, internal branding and communications, employee and labor relations strategy for the Macy’s enterprise.

Scott Adel
Scott Adel
VP of Retail Innovation

Scott Adel is currently Vice President of Retail Innovation at Tulip. He previously served as Head of Omnichannel Retail for the Canadian lifestyle brand, Frank And Oak. With an extensive 20 year retail track record at some of North America's largest brands, he continues to drive innovation in the companies he serves by integrating technology and business processes in unique ways to drive engagement and business growth.

Rachel  Mann
Rachel Mann
Director of Offline Retail

Rachel launched MM.LaFleur’s Offline experience and pop-up model. Since the company, whose mission is to take the work out of dressing for work, was founded in 2013, she has opened 6 brick-and-mortar locations (more on the way!) and oversees 30-40 pop-ups per year. With a focus on strategy, operations, experience and FP&A, Rachel is passionate about integrated customer experience, personalization, and employee experience all while keeping the bottom line in check.

Austin Armstrong
Head of Global Marketing
Dave Bunce
VP Sales
Kristin Schoenstein
Kristin Schoenstein
Event Director
Future Stores 2018

Kristin Schoenstein has been a Program Director with Worldwide Business Research since 2010 and has been producing events since 2004. She currently specializes in the retail and eCommerce sector where she heads up the Future Stores portfolio and eTail East. She also successfully launched and grew WBR’s customer experience portfolio. In her role, she is responsible for market research, content creation and speaker faculty management for each event. Prior to WBR, she produced events in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector and got her start organizing educational programming for physicians. In her free time, Kristin heads out to the East end of Long Island where she enjoys boating, fishing and days at the beach with her husband and two daughters.

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