Future Stores Miami 2019

February 05 - 07, 2019

JW Marriott Miami, FL

Contact Us: 1.888.482.6012

2019 Speakers


John Antonini
SVP, Regional Director of Stores
Saks Fifth Avenue

John Antonini is the Regional Vice President & Director of Stores for Saks Fifth Avenue based in New York City.  In his current role, John has the responsibility of leading both the brand’s historic New York City Flagship and the overall Metro New York market.  An executive with Saks since 1999, John has held a variety of leadership roles leading stores and regions in both the US and Canada.

John holds a Master in Business Administration from Walsh College of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing & Finance from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. 

John’s appreciation for the finer things extends well beyond the wearable art that Saks Fifth Avenue sells to a passion for luxury travel and fine California wines.  He resides in New York with his wife and three sons.

Tom Nolan
CMO
Kendra Scott

Tom Nolan is the Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer at Kendra Scott, LLC based in Austin, Texas. Nolan oversees strategic revenue growth for the billion-dollar business as well as all aspects of marketing and creative and has successfully integrated the brand’s core pillars of family, fashion, and philanthropy into every consumer touchpoint within the business. Nolan brings more than two decades of experience in brand building, management and results-driven strategic planning to the more than 2,000 Kendra Scott employees he led since joining the brand.

Prior to his current role, Nolan founded Prospect Brands, LLC in 2012 and served as President & Chief Executive Officer. Prospect Brands is the parent company of Duck Head, Gyde and Crittenden, global outerwear and apparel brands long established and trusted in the industry. From 2008 to 2012, Nolan was a Senior Vice President at Ralph Lauren, where he ran the golf and tennis divisions in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean, overseeing sales, marketing, public relations, manufacturing, merchandising, distribution, and overall business growth. Before Ralph Lauren, Nolan was a Vice President & Publisher at Conde Nast where he was responsible for P&L for Golf World Magazine, the nation’s oldest golf publication. 

Nolan’s commitment to innovation and excellence extends beyond the world of business as a current member of the Board of Trustees for the Piedmont Triad Foundation, the Board of Directors for Mizzen + Main, and the Board of Trustees at The Southern Golf Association. Nolan is a former Member of the Board of Directors at Kendra Scott as well as the Non-Executive Chairman of Summit Golf Brands.

Mr. Nolan received his MBA from The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business, and holds a BA in business, finance and communications from Fordham University.

 

Sadie Kurzban
Founder & CEO
305 Fitness

Sadie Kurzban is the 28-year old founder and CEO of 305 Fitness. Named "the next fitness cult leader," by the New York Observer, Kurzban, a graduate of Brown University, has been featured in numerous media outlets like Good Morning America, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, the TODAY show, Vogue, Refinery 29, and Fast Company for her unique ability to turn painful workouts into outrageous fun. 

Just months out of college, Kurzban launched 305 Fitness, a dance cardio workout with a live DJ. She won Brown University's prestigious Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition and took her $25,000 prize to launch 305 Fitness in New York City. In six years, Kurzban has grown a tremendous following. Over 100,000 clients have experienced the brand, which boasts a family of 100 instructors and 50 DJs. 305 Fitness currently has 6 locations in New York, Washington D.C., and Boston, with weekly pop-up experiences in Los Angeles. 

Tim Young
Co-Founder & CEO
Eatsa

Tim Young is co-founder and CEO of eatsa, where he and his team are reimagining the restaurant of the future - one that combines a magical customer experience with faster, more efficient operations. A veteran technology leader with a deep background in product and business design, Tim was named to Nation’s Restaurant News “Power List 2016” as one of the most powerful people in foodservice.

Andrew Neelon
Head of Real Estate Strategy at Bonobos & Digital Consumer Brands for Walmart U.S. eCommerce
Bonobos

Andrew Neelon is the Head of Real Estate Strategy at Bonobos, the men’s e-commerce brand known for better-fitting clothes paired with exceptional customer service. In addition, Neelon is now the Head of Real Estate & Strategy of Digital Consumer Brands at Walmart U.S.

eCommerce. He is responsible for developing and implementing the real estate strategy for Walmart-owned brands including Bonobos, ModCloth, and Eloquii.

Prior to his role as Head of Real Estate Strategy, Neelon served as Chief of Staff at Bonobos, where he worked in tandem with Bonobos’ executive team overseeing a wide range of top line projects and initiatives across different areas within the organization. Before Bonobos, Neelon worked on the capital planning team at Hudson’s Bay Company. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 2013.

Stephen Kuhl
CEO & Co-Founder
Burrow

Stephen is the co-founder and CEO of Burrow. Stephen developed a passion for building companies when he co-founded an international education consulting business out of college. He gained experience growing well-known brands as a strategy consultant at Accenture. More recently, he invested in several high-growth businesses while at Commonfund Capital. Stephen has a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys angel investing and outdoor sporting activities.

Rachel Cohen
Co-Founder
Snowe Home
Agatha Kulaga
Founder & Co-President
Ovenly

Agatha Kulaga is Founder and COO of Ovenly, one of New York City's leading bakeries. With five retail locations and 150+ wholesale clients, Ovenly has been creating delectable baked goods at that perfect intersection of salty and sweet since 2010. Prior to Ovenly, Agatha's career centered on mental health and addictions research and education and community programming. As an entrepreneur, Agatha has brought this passion for social impact into business, building a dynamic company committed to radically responsible business practices that include employing political refugees and returning citizens, reducing landfill-bound waste, and providing skills training and wealth-building opportunities for employees. Agatha has been recognized as one of New York’s most “badass” leaders in food by Thrillist and her work and business have been repeatedly recognized in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and Food52. Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Recipes from New York’s Most Creative Bakery, which she co-authored, was named best book of the season by Bon Appetit and as one of top 100 books of 2014 by National Public Radio. Agatha also mentors and consults with young entrepreneurs, is an Advisory Board Member for Women in Hospitality United and is currently working on her second cookbook. 

Christina Fitzpatrick
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Graupel Inc.

Christina Fitzpatrick is one of the Founders and the Chief Creative Officer of Graupel Inc, on a mission to disrupt the fashion industry by eradicating size shame and inspiring individuality. Graupel utilizes 3D technology to create custom-fitting garments on-demand for every unique consumer. Before Co-Founding Graupel, Christina held a 6 year tenure at Perry Ellis International headquarters in Miami. She served as a creative lead across multiple design teams, devoting herself to implementing innovation and growth strategies within PEI's vast portfolio of fashion brands. Prior to joining Perry Ellis, Christina dedicated several years to multiple high-end womenswear fashion companies, gaining an extensive background of the processes across all areas of the industry. Christina received her Bachelor's degree in Apparel Design & Technology from Florida State University in 2012. She is a part of the Women's Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of FGI (Fashion Group International).  

Jieh Greeney
General Manager, Head of Retail Activation, Global Flagship
Tiffany & Co.

Jieh is currently leading the activation of in-store initiatives, innovation, and the evolution of the retail and employee experience for Tiffany & Company’s global flagship in New York City.  This multi-year transformation encompasses the all aspects of the customer experience and includes a dramatic physical store renovation, the first of this scope and scale since 1940.  Jieh also led Marketing & Strategy globally for the Love & Engagement business after joining Tiffany as a founding member of the corporate strategy & business development team.

Prior to Tiffany, Jieh was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she focused on the luxury, retail, and consumer goods industries. Jieh also worked with Lululemon Athletica during their early stage growth, identifying and prioritizing markets and categories for expansion and defining a path from $300M to $1B in sales.

Jieh started as an entrepreneur in college, launching her first company, Gotham Events, to create memorable celebrations at both an intimate and extravagant scale in New York City. She also helped develop “The Apprentice”, a reality television program where contestants competed in entrepreneurial ventures in an effort to win an “apprenticeship” with Donald Trump.

Jieh received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA in Art History & Studio Art, magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Jessica Goldman Srebnick
CEO
Goldman Properties

Jessica Goldman Srebnick, is CEO of Goldman Properties, an award-winning creative real estate firm. Goldman Properties is known for transforming depressed urban areas into iconic neighborhoods such as SoHo in New York City, and Wynwood, site of the acclaimed Wynwood Walls, winner of the 2016 “Global Award of Excellence” - Urban Land Institute. 

In July 2015, Goldman Srebnick founded Goldman Global Arts (GGA), a Miami and New York based creative collective with co-founder, artist Peter Tunney. For its inaugural project, in 2015, the Miami Dolphins NFL franchise commissioned GGA to infuse a global art aesthetic into the newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium. GGA continues to produce thought provoking large scale, creative projects for a variety of organizations, most recently for the American Airlines Arena.

Roberta Bonoff
President & CEO
Creative Kidstuff
Emmanuele Vinciguerra
President, Americas
Vilebrequin

Emmanuele Vinciguerra is the President Americas for Vilebrequin.  In her current role, she manages retail, wholesale and ecommerce for North and Latin- America and the Caribbean and she is responsible for implementing the Omni channel channel strategy globally. Prior to Vilebrequin, she served as the CEO of Artspace, the online marketplace for contemporary art. Previously Emmanuele had a 10-year career with LVMH in Paris as a general merchandise manager in luxury fashion and design. She started her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company. She holds a Degree from ESSEC Business School and a MBA from Harvard University

Paul Zaengle
EVP, Direct to Consumer
Stance
Gene Lunger
EVP, Licensee Operations, Business Development & Retail Education
Ashley Homestore

Gene Lunger is the Executive Vice President of Retail Operations (Ashley HomeStores) for the global manufacturer, Ashley Furniture Industries. Ashley is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture, and the #1 home furnishings retailer in North America. Gene’s responsibilities encompass Licensed Store Operations, Business Development, Licensee Marketing and Retail Education. As a 30+ year home furnishings retailer, Gene’s approach to leadership has been influenced heavily by a lifetime of adventure in the outdoors, stretching and growing his personal comfort zone climbing mountains across the United States. The lessons learned at altitude give him a unique perspective on life, business growth, survival and success in a wildly evolving retail environment. Gene resides in Ft Lauderdale Florida with his wife Canicia.

Brian Seewald
SVP, Customer Experience & Operations
DSW

Brian Seewald is the SVP of Customer Experience & Operations at DSW.  Brian has been with DSW for 7 years, beginning his DSW career with a focus on eCommerce and omni-channel operations.  He then had the opportunity to take on the newly created Transformation function, focusing on the execution, adoption and change management necessary to maximize large, transformational projects.  Brian then moved back to his roots in leading the DSW Digital Team.  In his current role, Brian and his team are responsible for driving a seamless customer experience for all DSW customers.  Prior to DSW, Brian held various roles in merchandising, planning, and eCommerce.  Brian is passionate about the evolution of the retail customer experience, and how retailers must change in order to meet the changing expectations of their customers. He and his team are in a unique position in moving that experience forward for DSW.

Michael Forrest
SVP, General Manager of Retail
Samsung Electronics America
Kate Richard
SVP, Branding and Creative
Alex and Ani

Kate Richard is the SVP of Brand and Creative at ALEX AND ANI. Within this role, Kate oversees strategy through creative innovation and business development, bringing synergy and alignment within the company.  With a driving passion for building the brand’s unique story, product landscape, and growth, she works closely with CEO, Founder, and Chief Creative Officer, Carolyn Rafaelian, to establish an even stronger connection between the teams who help define ALEX AND ANI and in turn, keep fans connected to the brand’s evolution.

Michelle Kilmer
Head of KOHLER Stores and Showrooms, Americas
Kohler
Patrick McIntyre
Head of Global Retail
Mars Retail Group, a division of Mars Inc.

Patrick McIntyre is the Global Head of Retail for Mars Inc. headquartered in Mount Arlington, N.J.  He leads the global retail guest experience strategy and operations of the M&M’s World Stores located in New York; Las Vegas; Orlando, Fla; London; and Shanghai. His responsibilities include managing the expansion strategy alongside full accountable for global operations, including P&L, sales, guest experience, earnings, staffing, payroll, and training. He was sponsored the reopening of the Shanghai M&M’S World store which has won many awards for design and “retailtainment” alongside outstanding gallop associate engagement results.

Patrick earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, with a concentration in International Relations, from Johnson and Wales University located in Providence, R.I. He has further studied at Harvard Business School through the executive education program. He currently resides in Minnesota where he enjoys spending time with his son and in his free time running, sailing, and traveling the globe.

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!

Cherie Brandt
VP, Store Planning, IT, Strategic Planning & Analytics
Macy's

Cherie Brandt is a designer, store planner and retail strategist at Macys, Inc. In her current role as Vice President Store Planning, IT, Strategic Planning and Analytics, she uses her thirty years of experience in retail design to turn high level concepts into full brand experiences. She is passionate about the future of department stores and is excited to be a part of this transformative time in retail.  

Paul Blackburn
VP, Concept Design
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.

Kelly Radford
VP, Real Estate & Construction
Warby Parker

Kelly leads retail growth and development for Warby Parker — a lifestyle brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. 
At Warby Parker, Kelly is responsible for all things “brick and mortar.” Her areas of responsibility include Real Estate, Store Design, Construction, Facilities Maintenance and Asset Protection. 
A retail industry veteran, Kelly has over 25 years of retail industry leadership experience. Prior to joining Warby Parker, she served in development, real estate and construction executive leadership roles for various companies throughout her career, to include New York & Company, Spencer Gifts/Spirit Halloween, Burlington Stores and A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts.

Mark Qualls
VP, Store Operations
GameStop

Mark L. Qualls is the VP – Store Operations of GameStop.  GameStop is a global family of specialty retailers that makes your favorite technologies affordable and simple.  In his current role, Mark oversees all day-day operations of GameStop’s 4000 domestic locations; including essential responsibilities of labor planning and allocations, driving associate productivity through innovative task simplification processes, curating content for the store/field-based communication portal - GSO (GameStop Online), elevating guest engagement/NPS, increasing employee engagement through strategic recognition/incentive programs, and budget/expense management of 400 multi-unit leaders.  Mark is a 14-year veteran at Gamestop, during that tenure holding various positions from Regional Director to Director of HR to his current role in Store Operations. 

Mark resides in the DFW area with his wife, three children and Wrigley, the faithful dog.  Outside of work, Mark is a lacrosse coach for youth girls and works hard to share his passion for world travel and unique experiences with his family.  

Andrea Wasserman
VP, Retail Experience
Verizon

Andrea Wasserman is the VP of Retail Experience at Verizon, where she’s focused on reimagining how customers discover and buy technology products and services.  Her team works across operations, design, technology, and marketing to evolve and define everything from merchandising to new store concepts to product launches to customer-centric physical/digital experiences.

Most recently, Andrea served as a consultant to retail tech startups seeking to establish partnerships within the retail industry.  At the same time, she was a Senior External Advisor at McKinsey & Company focused on retail and consumer goods.  Through her website: captaincustomer.com, Andrea continues to write broadly about customer experience.

During Andrea’s time as SVP and Head of Direct-to-Consumer at Nine West, her team rolled out associate-facing technology in stores, increased the number of product categories sold online, and launched Nine West’s first mobile app.  Andrea also served as SVP/GM of eCommerce for Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor, directly and indirectly leading teams and processes across merchandising, marketing, operations, and product/technology. 

Andrea earned her BS from Cornell University and MBA from Columbia Business School. She and her family reside in downtown Manhattan, where she’s active with UJA Federation of NY’s fashion and technology divisions and mentors start-ups through the New York Fashion Tech Lab and XRC Labs, among others.

Kambiz Hemati
VP, Global Store Design
Foot Locker

Kambiz has created new retail concepts, flagships, design prototypes and managed roll-out strategies for Verizon, Nike, Starbucks, BCBG, Hervé Leger, Max Azria, Fila Sport, Isaac Mizrahi, Xcel Brands and a series of independent retailers. In addition, he served as creative retail consultant to Gap’s Old Navy, as well as creative director of experiential marketing projects for Google, Sunrun and Sleepy Giant. In his role as head of Design at Verizon, he oversaw all aspects of branded environments, including architecture, digital communications and in-store messaging.

He currently oversees the design of Foot Locker Inc’s branded spaces -Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs- and all aspects of the retail experience, including the development of new retail omni channel concepts.

The Nike Portland LEED Platinum store was selected by Design:Retail as Best Designed & Best Green store of 2012. Kambiz and his team redefined the Starbucks experience with localized LEED new concepts. Winner of a 2013, 2012, two 2011 & four 2010 ARE Awards, a 2011 VMSD and 2011 AIA Awards. His projects have been featured in design magazines -VSMD, Interiors & Sources, Design:Retail- and USAToday, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Seattle Magazine, the Harvard Business Review, Forbes and the Huffington Post. 

Kambiz managed BCBG's Global Concept Design team, in addition to prototyping all fixture fabrication in Asia. Designed over 50 FILA Sport stores worldwide -published in multiple retail design books & magazines- and was granted a global “Merchandise Display System” design patent. 

After graduating from Architecture school, he studied film production design with industry legend Lawrence Paull (Blade Runner, Back to the Future, etc) and won Best Production Design at the 2006 Milan Film Festival. He production designed “Good Time Max” directed by James Franco and screened at film festivals worldwide. His latest film design concept of the motion picture “Teleios” -for which he created all spaceship concepts and aesthetics- premiered at the 2016 London Sci-Fi Film Festival.

Kambiz has spoken at Global Shop, Retail Facilities Summit, Retail Design Forum, ELLE's Trend School, Retail Spaces 2014 & 2016, and was jury member of the Architizer A+ Awards and the Retail Design Institute’s 43rd International Store Design Competition. Kambiz speaks four languages and is passionate about design, filmmaking, travel and good coffee.

 

Shweta Bhatia
VP, Technology
Kohl's
Jochen Schmidt
VP, Retail Real Estate & Store Development
Swarovski

Jochen Schmidt is the Vice President Retail Real Estate & Store Development Department at Swarovski AG, a family owned crystal business run by the 5th generation of the Swarovski family.

The Retail Real Estate and Store Development Department is in charge of creating exciting retail spaces and looks after the leasing agreements, design and engineering of the architecture concepts, purchasing and production of the furniture and displays as well as the construction on-site and the subsequent maintenance. Mr. Schmidt has been with the company for over 10 years in various positions and was appointed in 2016 to the position of Vice President of the Department. Prior to that, he has gained extensive experience in Retail design, construction, business development and sales.

Mr Schmidt holds a MBA degree from the academy of economy and administration in Nurnberg, Germany as well the degree of Retail Real Estate economist at the International Real Estate Business School, Hamburg.

Dean Handspiker
VP Design – Product & Store Development
Indochino

Dean Handspiker is responsible for the overall vision, look and feel of INDOCHINO’s showrooms and assortment.

In the last the years he has designed and opened 34 INDOCHINO showrooms across the United States and Canada with another twenty planned for 2019. Dean has created environments that add value to the Made-to-Measure experience, environments that are both inspirational and accessible. 

Prior to joining INDOCHINO Dean has held senior Marketing, Visual Merchandising and Design roles internationally with Club Monaco in North America, Esprit in Germany, Bata Shoes in Switzerland and Gloria Jeans in Russia. With each brand he has led or contributed to new concepts and rapid expansions.

Robert Sorce
VP, Retail
Diane Von Furstenberg
Stephanie Cocumelli
VP, Direct to Consumer, Retail
TOMS Shoes

Stephanie’s career has afforded her the opportunity to bring several iconic American brands to the direct to consumer landscape, some of those are; Barnes&Noble, Nikegoddess, LandsEnd, ASICS and now TOMS.  She has grown businesses from inception to 300 store chains, responsible for and driving efforts in real estate negotiations, store design and construction, product merchandising, business operations and people development.  Stephanie’s expertise has afforded her a view of business decision making that can support growth and sustainability.  Strong local support to communities and how to use business to do good is what connected her with TOMS and what she is most proud of; being able to grow the original ONE FOR ONE business, by using business to improve lives.  

Almira Cuizon
VP, Retail Operations
Roots

With over 2 decades of retail experience, Almira has seen and contributed to the evolution of retail operations first hand. She is currently the Vice President of Retail Operations for Roots, wherein she played a key role as one of the executive officers in the company’s recent IPO in fall 2016.  

Prior to her time at Roots, she was with Holt Renfrew as the Vice President of Sales Strategy and Business Development, and at GUESS + Mariciano as the National Director of Stores for Canada. In 2016 she was a contributor for the book YOUR TURN which recognized Almira as being amongst 150 most successful women in Canada.  

Outside of her work in Retail Operations, Almira has facilitated internationally and presented at the Visa Innovation Exchange Conference in Tel Aviv, in addition to multiple conferences in Beijing, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Miami, and across Canada.

Phil Amandola
VP, Merchandising and Buying - Consumer Direct
Kenneth Cole Productions
Sarah Townes
VP, Marketing
Mall of America

Sarah Townes is the Vice President of Marketing at Mall of America with almost 20-years of marketing and advertising leadership experience working on a range of consumer retail brands including Aveda, Caribou Coffee, Gander Mountain, Marshall Field’s/Target Corporation, Sears Holdings Corporation, Tresemmé Hair Care, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Leo Burnett and many more.

Throughout Sarah's career she has spearheaded brand and re-brand strategies, AOR relationship management, creative development, production, omni-channel media strategy, digital/social media, strategic partnerships and public relations to exceed business trajectories.

As a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Advertising, Sarah has received numerous key industry accolades and local achievements and was most recently a SGB 40 Under 40 honoree. 


William Butler
VP, Retail Services
Carnival Cruise Line

William Butler is the Vice President of Retail Services for Carnival Cruise Line. As the largest cruise line operator in the world, Carnival Cruise Line features 26 vessels positioned in 16 US home ports, Australia, and Europe; serving over five million guests per year, with three additional vessels on order including Carnival Panorama set for delivery in 2019, sailing out of Barcelona.

William is responsible for executing the global fleetwide strategy for retail, grossing over $300 million annual retail sales. With direct ownership of six retail concessionaire partners and proprietary onboard retail stores, he develops and drives the strategic vision that delivers an experience in-line with the broader vacation experience onboard Carnival Cruise Line vessels. The multi-partner model involves levels of complexities unique to the cruise line industry and travel-retail sector with the intent to deliver industry first retail experiences.

Previous to Carnival Cruise Line, William worked for FAO Schwarz in New York City. Serving as the Store Director for the world famous flagship on Fifth Avenue, William delivered an unparalleled shopping experience to over four million guests per year.

Preceding FAO Schwarz, William began his career with Hecht’s Department stores, a division of May Company that eventually merged with Macy’s Inc. Starting in their store management training program in the Northern Virginia area, William accelerated through numerous divisions before he became Vice President Store Manager of the Fredericksburg, Virginia store followed by the Commack, New York store.

Graduating from Virginia Tech with degrees in Business Management and Real Estate, William served on several organizational boards and actively participated in the Blacksburg, Virginia community.

Outside of the office, William is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast. He serves as a community leader with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami and participates with the Candlelighters Organization of New York City.

Jennifer Stone Williams
Vice President, 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.

Kari Harkins
Senior Director, Store Operations
DSW

Kari is the Sr. Director of Store Operations and Communication at DSW, as part of the Customer Experience Team.  Kari has been with DSW for 5 years.  In her current role, Kari leads a team responsible for Store operations and communication as well as future initiatives in stores that make the DSW Mission, Vision and Strategy come to life for the customer.  Prior to DSW, Kari was with LBrands for 25 years in a multitude of Home Office and Field roles, most recently as a Zone Vice President for Bath&Body Works.  Kari is passionate about both the external and internal Customer experience and making that come alive at DSW.  She and her team are looking for opportunities every day to make that a reality at DSW!

Pete Trentacoste
Environment Design Director
Casper

As Environment Design Director, Pete is responsible for the design and development of the customer experience at Casper retail stores and third party retailers like Target. He’s focused on bringing the Casper brand to life through activations that create joyful customer experiences and make bedtime cool again. Prior to Casper, Pete founded a small design firm called All Day Breakfast, where he worked on both residential and commercial interior projects for clients such as Sies Marjan and Alexis Bittar. Pete has also worked in Visual Merchandising for Jack Spade and Diesel.

Jeremy Crume
Director of Retail - Americas
Suitsupply
Caroline Brown
Director of Visual Merchandising
MM.LaFleur

Caroline Brown leads the vision behind all of MM.LaFleur's physical spaces. Since joining in 2015, she founded the Experiential Design department and helped MM grow from one tiny showroom in Soho to 9 branded spaces across the nation. She has a passion for doing things differently and wants to ultimately reinvent the brick and mortar visual experience. 

Beth Dahlke
Director of Digital & Innovation
Mall of America
Irv Cassio
Digital Experience Director
Luxxotica
Marek Szeszycki
UX Design Lead, Stores
Gap
Becky Snider
GM, Mizuno Experience Center
Mizuno

Becky Snider is a results-driven, high performing leader with extensive management experience in the retail and corporate arena.  As General Manager for the new Mizuno Experience Center in the Battery at Sun Trust Park, Becky played a key role in the design, construction, and opening of the new center.  As a Mizuno executive stated, Becky “made the seemingly impossible, possible,” steering the initiative from concept to reality in only four months.  Her close partnership with Mizuno leadership, executives from the Atlanta Braves, The Battery, Cobb County, and firms specializing in architecture and retail design and construction led to a highly successful opening.

Becky is greatly respected for her integrity, collaborative approach, and tireless work ethic to “get things done.”  Today, she continues to oversee full operations of the center and under her leadership the center is experiencing remarkable increases in sales.

Becky’s business acumen spans her career beginning as founder/owner of her own successful sporting goods’ stores.   Her “boots-on-the-ground” experience allows her to lead transformational efforts when a company needs to translate good ideas into successful growth and revenue-producing operations.  A proven executive leader, Becky’s expertise extends into operations, merchandising, customer service, hiring, sales, and promotions.  Her detailed approach, along with her engaging relationship-building style allows her to make things happen in a way that few leaders can replicate.  

Sean Ludick
GM of WW Channel & Devices Marketing
Microsoft

Sean Ludick is the general manager of worldwide retail channel & device marketing at Microsoft. He has over 25 years of senior management experience, with a global purview spanning over 4 different continents – Africa, Asia, Europe & Americas. Sean and his team work to partner top-to-top with key retail partners by building world class shopping experiences, accelerating digital transformation, and innovating channel marketing disciplines worldwide. 

Ryan Grogman
Senior Vice President and Practice Lead
BRP

Ryan is a respected advisor in the retail technology industry. His diverse background includes several senior positions both aa retail executive as well aa consultant. Ryan has worked with a variety of retailers across home entertainment, luxury goods, apparel, specialty hardware, book publishing, tires & batteries, consumer goods, and wholesale goods. He specializes in developing technology strategies thaalign with corporate and customer objectives, along with technology selection and implementation projects for in-store, mobile, order management, payment security, and e-commerce solutions.

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.

Sam Vise
Partner
RMS

Leveraging 25 years of working with executives from many of the world’s best known retail brands, agencies, and technology companies, Sam’s expertise in connecting insights, corporate analysis and consumer behaviour is unparalleled. He is thrilled to be able to share his experience and insights at Future Stores 2018.

Sam is both a Board member and President of Unefi, the parent company for RMS - an enterprise retail management software and marketing automation platform that is leading the shift to technology as a critical element of unifying commerce. As President of RMS, Sam’s focus is on overseeing the leadership team, global sales and support teams.

Prior to launching RMS, Sam was focused on retail marketing as a Partner at CV Studio, where he was responsible for developing and driving strategy for global retail executions, marketing services, and data. Viewed as an innovative force in driving retail of the future, Sam has been – and continues to be – an active adviser and board member at various adtech and martech companies.

Mike Tippetts
Vice President, Enterprise Marketing & Org Dev
Hughes
James Greene
Retail Industry Executive, OKI Americas
OKI Data

James Greene has been working with and consulting to Retail clients for over 25 years with proven success in driving revenue growth through innovative print solutions. James has extensive experience in process improvement, document management, SaaS and cloud systems. Successfully utilizing strategic business planning and executive relationships James has successfully developed custom retail solutions designed to help clients utilize print to grow their business with Fortune 500 as well as mid-sized retailers.

Jordan Ekers
Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer
Nudge Rewards
Champ Bennett
Founder
Hypno
Garrett Fuselier
Creative Director - Experiential Design
Hypno
Eduardo Rivara
Co-Founder & CEO
Facenote

Internet entrepreneur with deep expertise in artificial intelligence (Artificial Intelligence Engineer Nanodegree) and Innovation Management (Executive Innovation Management Certification). Eduardo has a strong background in agile development, IT management and Internet, and worked for the past 20 years as a developer, manager, director & CTO for several companies in the E-commerce & Fin Tech industries. Two years ago he founded Facenote and focused on his lifelong passion, artificial intelligence and how it can help people in everyday's life.


Chavie Lieber
Sr. Reporter
The Goods

Chavie Lieber is a senior reporter at Vox.com, where she covers business, consumerism, and tech. She spent four-and-half years writing about fashion and retail for Racked, receiving awards for her business feature reporting. Chavie is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and former religion reporter; she has been published in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Haaretz.

Ellen Granoff
Program Director - Future Stores Miami 2019
Worldwide Business Research

Ellen Granoff is a Program Director at Worldwide Business Research where she directs both eTail Europe and Future Stores Miami. After graduating Cum Laude from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Ellen moved to New York City to pursue a career in events. When she isn't at her desk in WBR's Bryant Park offices, you can find Ellen running outside on the East River running path or at one of New York's many fine pizza establishments.


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