Future Stores Miami 2018

February 06-February 08, 2018

JW Marriott Miami, FL

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Lyn Lewis
Lyn Lewis
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
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. 

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
Marcie  Webster
Marcie Webster
Head of Global Retail
Specialized Bicycle Components
Heather  Craig
Heather Craig
Head of Retail Experience
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
Vice President Omnichannel / Stores
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, Brand & Digital Innovation
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.

John Summers
John Summers
VP, Direct to Consumer
Adidas Group Canada

John Summers has been leading Omni-Channel retailing in Canada for the last 20 years. Prior to joining the adidas Group in 2014, John was the Senior VP of Operations for Canada’s leading bookseller Indigo Books. In his current role as VP of Direct To Consumer, John leads the ecommerce and branded retail business for adidas and Reebok in Canada. With a focus on people, product and process the Direct To Consumer business in Canada delivers a brand experience for athletes who shop in their channels. They have seen significant revenue growth in the last four years in all channels by bridging the gap between physical and digital retailing.

Ambles Kwok
Ambles Kwok
VP, Technology & Digital Innovation
Indigo Books
Kambiz Hemati
Kambiz Hemati
Executive Creative Director, Retail Design & Creative, Branded Environments
Ross  Anicai
Ross Anicai
AVP, Store Design & Construction
Mark’s + FGL Sports
Michael Koch
Michael Koch
Senior Director, Store Development
Samsung Electronics
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.

Jalal Hamad
Jalal Hamad
Senior Director, Visual & Off-Shelf Merchandising - In-Store Environment
The Home Depot
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. 

Amy Fecko-Testino
Amy Fecko-Testino
IT Director, Retail Operations and Services
Shiseido Americas
Richard Lems
Richard Lems
Director, Format and Design
Rituals Cosmetics
Kirsty  Ginman
Kirsty Ginman
Director, Europe and International Partnerships
The New Look

Highly professional International Senior Executive with over +25 year’s global Retail experience in the Beauty, Fashion and Sports sector.


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
Director, Connected Retail & Omni-Channel Experience
ALDO Group
Lisa  Schmitt
Lisa Schmitt
Director, Category Management and Retail Development
Ace Hardware
Charanya Bala
Senior Manager, Marketing and Digital Merchandising
Adidas Group
Melissa  Schmid
Melissa Schmid
Manager, Visual Merchandising
Jeri Shipman
Jeri Shipman Director, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Mike Tippets
VP, Media Services
Rob Crane
SVP, Global Sales
Altierre Corporation
Mark Steele
Mark Steele
Tulip Retail
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.

Stacy Gaspard
Stacy Gaspard
VP, Visual Merchandising
Sally Beauty
Andrew  Muniak
Andrew Muniak
Director, US Retail Stores & Operations
Nestlé Nespresso
Jochen Schmidt
Jochen Schmidt
VP, Real Estate and Store Development
Kristin Schoenstein
Kristin Schoenstein
Program Director
Future Stores Miami

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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