Insight : Ignite
8th Annual Executive Forum

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA. MAY 30 - JUNE 2, 2018

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About Executive Forum


The RetailNext Annual Executive Forum brings together shopper experience advocates, retail transformation evangelists and data mavericks to deepen conversations around the state of retail and what the future holds. Expect thought-provoking keynotes, ROI-driving case studies, an eye-opening technology innovation showcase and a no-holds-barred look at the future of retail. Please join us in Sonoma from
May 30 - June 2, 2018. We can't wait!

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72+

Hours

Enjoy three full days in Sonoma with top industry leaders.

25+

Speakers

Gain a deeper understanding of how to best leverage data reflecting in-store shopping behavior and more.

100+

Retailers

Network and connect with retailers during the event.

2017 speakers


  • Leslie Ghize

    Executive Vice President, TOBE

    David Olsen

    Chief Executive Officer, Cos Bar

    Angela Larch

    Sr. Manager, Store Operations, DXLG

  • Jennifer Davis

    Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

    David Tann

    VP, and Creative Director, Atlanta Hawks

    Megan Berry

    CEO & Founder, by REVEAL

  • Brent Paulsen

    Managing Director, Head of Retail at UNTUCKit

    Matt Rubel

    Investor/Advisor/Board Member

    Vibhu Norby

    CEO & Founder, b8ta

  • Courtney Robinson

    Partner, AVP

    Bil Ingraham

    VP, Consumer Marketing & Partnerships, PREIT Malls

    Simon Turner

    Co-Founder & President, Myagi

  • Scott Morey

    Executive Director, GPG Advisers

    Joey Zwillinger

    Co-Founder, Allbirds

    Yaromir Steiner

    CEO, Steiner & Associates

  • Ryan Parker

    Head of Responsive Retail, Intel

    Healey Cypher

    CEO & Co-Founder, Oak Labs

    Jessica Mennella

    VP of Merchandising, Lolli & Pops

  • Julie Bernard

    Chief Marketing Officer, Verve

    George Shaw

    Retail Innovation Consultant

    Cathy McKone-Simons

    Global Retail Operations Manager, BOSE

  • Tricia Patrick

    Managing Director, Advent International

    Emily Holt

    Founder, Hero Shop

    Fred Yeries

    Omni-Channel Strategy & Digital Innovation, Macerich

  • Matt Nemer

    Senior Advisor, ComCap LLC

    Tom Morris

    VP of Retail, Goorin Bros.

Leslie Ghize
Executive Vice President, TOBE

TOBE’s North Star, Leslie has transformed the business from a heritage retail consultancy into a secret weapon think tank for clients in fashion, entertainment, licensing, beauty food & beverage and hospitality. Leslie runs the small but mighty team like a special ops unit, approaching each effort with fresh eyes, critical thinking and discerning analysis. After 10 years in product development, merchandising and trend interpretation at specialty retailer Talbots, Leslie joined TOBE’s parent company, The Doneger Group, where she continues to serve as Senior Vice President, involved in corporate strategy. Leslie has an allergy to the over complicated, and as such, TOBE’s mission is simple: provide a steady flow of great ideas to inspire strategies and infuse creativity.


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David Olsen
Chief Executive Officer, Cos Bar
David Olsen joined Cos Bar as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in February 2016. He has been in the digital retail space as a strategist and operator for over 16 years. David brings this digital expertise and growth focus to Cos Bar, the leading omnichannel luxury beauty destination, to ensure the execution of their mission to deliver the world’s best luxury beauty buying experience. Prior to joining Cos Bar, David was the global vice president of Beauty and Grooming at The Net-A-Porter Group, where he developed and executed the Beauty and Grooming business strategy from 2012 to 2016.  In 2000, David started his own e-commerce cosmeceutical business which was later sold to DermStore.com, leading to the creation of the largest pure play beauty destination in the US, which was ultimately sold to Target.  David graduated from UC Berkeley and has a JD/MBA from the University of Miami.
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Angela Larch
Sr. Manager, Store Operations, DXLG
Angela started her career in retail stores while still in college. She went on to graduate with an MBA and also pursue additional graduate work in Organizational Behavior but her roots are in the field. This experience helps her play a pivotal role as she oversees Store Operations at Destination XL. Her experience in both the field and the corporate office helps her make informed decisions daily that impact the entire organization. The most fulfilling aspect of Angela’s role at DXL is bridging the gap between the field teams and the corporate office in order to create win-win solutions that move the organization forward.
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Jennifer Davis
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Jennifer is a managing director in the Consumer Retail Group in Investment Banking Services (IBS), where she serves as head of retail investment banking and focuses on client coverage of companies across a variety of retail subsectors. Prior to assuming her current role in 2009, she was a vice president in the Industrials Group, where she focused on advising a variety of diversified industrial clients. In 2007, Jennifer spent a year in the Mergers Leadership Group, where she advised the firm's corporate clients across all industry groups. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2003 as an associate and was named managing director in 2011 and partner in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Jennifer earned a BS in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University in 1999 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2003.
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David Tann
VP, and Creative Director, Atlanta Hawks
David Tann serves as Vice President and Creative Director for the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. In this role, the Atlanta native is responsible for establishing a cohesive brand voice across all media, including digital, print, environmental, and outdoor.  Since joining the organization in the spring of 2015, he has been an integral part of the NBA team’s bold visual re-brand which included the introduction of cutting edge, mix-and-match player uniforms and the wildly successful revamp of the Hawks Shop retail outlets, contributing to an uptick in revenue of more than 150%. Most recently, David’s team has been awarded the NBA’s Triple Threat Award for Most Improved Retailer and selected as a finalist for Magento’s Commerce Marketer of the Year. David, along with his creative and design team deliver a vibrant brand aesthetic that represents and resonates with the team’s core audiences and mantra “True to Atlanta”. That style is reflected in the team’s merchandise, environments and advertising. A graduate of both Wake Forest University and The Portfolio Center, David’s ability to predict trends and translate them into effective campaigns and products, led him to successful stints at Bath & Body Works, Abercrombie & Fitch and Carter’s|Oshkosh B’Gosh prior to joining the Hawks. When not sharing his knowledge with young creatives as an adjunct professor at the Portfolio Center, David lives in Atlanta with his wife and two young sons.
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Megan Berry
CEO & Founder, by REVEAL
Megan Berry is the Founder and CEO of by REVEAL, mobile retail-as-service boutique, that is turnkey and technologically- sophisticated to deploy brand-right experiences anywhere.
Trained as an architect, but frustrated by the lack of unique outlets for designers to showcase their products to consumers in-person, Megan Berry designed and fabricated her first portable small-format boutique as part of her thesis, honed at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Today, by REVEAL deploys these boutiques in specific destinations to introduce select audiences to curated products from artists, designers, and brands. The company saves costs for brands by allowing them to acquire real-time consumer insights, build brand exposure and drives sales. Consumers love by REVEAL's captive design and discovery approach to new products and brands. In its first year, by REVEAL appeared in New York Fashion Week, was a Fashion Group International Rising Star Finalist, and has represented esteemed design visionaries, including Rachel Zoe and Bradley Theodore.

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Brent Paulsen
Managing Director, Head of Retail at UNTUCKit
Brent has 30 years of Retail Operations Experience in Luxury, Department and Big Box Store Environments. He graduated with a degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame. He enjoys great food and spending time with his family.
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Matt Rubel
Investor/Advisor/Board Member
Matthew E. Rubel has been Chairman, President and CEO of many successful international brands and businesses. The businesses have included, Collective Brands, Varsity Brands, Cole Haan, The specialty Division of Revlon, J. Crew and Tommy Hilfiger.  He is an Ernst and Your Entrepreneur of the Year winner for the Midwest and has won many awards for excellence in Marketing and Industry Leadership. In addition Rubel has assisted some of the top private Equity firms in the world, TPG Capital and TPG Growth as well as Roark Capital as a Senior Advisor. He is currently on the Board of the Hudson Bay Company, the holding company for Hudson Bay, Kaufauff, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt and Lord and Taylor where he chairs the Compensation Committee.  He Chairs the Governance Committee for HSNi Board. In addition is on the board of Advisors for Retail Next, Celect and First Insight. Rubel is a Presidential Appointee to USTR and has Chaired the FDRA.  Over the years he has served on notable Civic Boards including the American Ballet Theatre, the University of Miami, The Portland Museum of Art and The Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

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Vibhu Norby
CEO & Founder, b8ta

Vibhu Norby is the founder and CEO of b8ta, a software-powered retailer based in San Francisco. Prior to b8ta, Vibhu was a lead software engineer at Nest, which was acquired by Google.


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Courtney Robinson
Partner, AVP

Courtney is a Partner and member of AVP's founding team. Prior to joining AVP, Courtney was a founding Principal of American Express Ventures, where she completed investments in companies such as RetailNext, Bill.com, and Learnvest (acquired by Northwestern Mutual). Prior to co-founding American Express Ventures, Courtney ran business development and partnerships at Plum District, a local market oriented e-commerce business. Courtney began her career at GCA Savvian Advisors, where she was an Associate in the Firm’s Internet group. Courtney is a member of the Board of Directors of Curology, and is also involved in the Firm's investments in Rent the Runway, Farfetch, Vestiaire and Monoqi. Courtney received her BA in Economics from Columbia University.


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Bil Ingraham
VP, Consumer Marketing & Partnerships, PREIT Malls
A creative led, revenue driven, and data informed marketing & business development leader, Bil has been spearheading a culture transformation at PREIT since 2012, driving bottom line revenue and retailer sales performance through transparency, collaboration, and digital evolution.  Previously, he led the National Partnership Marketing/Brand Ventures division for Westfield’s United States business where he helped establish the division and grew alternative revenues more than 300% over 7 years.  A five time sprint tri-athlete, Bil is also a stage actor, having appeared in more than 30 productions in Chicago where he currently serves as Board Member and Artistic Associate at Porchlight Music Theatre.
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Simon Turner
Co-Founder & President, Myagi

Simon is the Co-Founder & President of Myagi. Myagi is a Smart Workplace Learning Platform that gives sales associates the knowledge they need to deliver delightful customer experiences, at the right time. Think of it as a personalized pre-game training huddle, that uses machine learning and AI to create, and curate the most important training content for your team.

Simon is a San Francisco transplant, originally from Melbourne, Australia and has spent 15 years in retail - working all the way from the store room and the sales floor, to founding a successful distribution and retail store group.
He has a core belief that supporting the people in retail stores to succeed in their job will define the future of retail as we know it, and provide retailers with one of the only true defensible value propositions to the customer.
If Simon's not working he's at his local fly fishing shop in San Francisco (great customer service!) or on a river somewhere casting a fly rod (and usually getting his line stuck in the trees).

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Scott Morey
Executive Director, GPG Advisers
Scott has close to 30 years of experience working in the real estate industry. Over that time frame Scott has worked globally with numerous real estate owners, operators, developers, advisors and users of real estate with the objective of maximizing the value of their holdings. This includes providing strategic advice relative to market positioning, improving the underlying operations of the company, and using technology in ways that creates real long term sustainable value. Scott has developed a strong reputation for his knowledge, creativity, integrity and ability to execute.
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Joey Zwillinger
Co-Founder, Allbirds
Joey has long been passionate about making things from renewable resources, which led him to start Allbirds and begin tackling the footwear industry. Prior to co-founding Allbirds, he spent six years managing the microalgae-based renewable chemical business at Solazyme, developing and selling high performance chemicals into various industries such as CPG, personal care, and industrials. Previously, Joey spent time advising and investing various businesses in the technology, consumer, and cleantech sectors at Industry Ventures, Deloitte Consulting and Goldman Sachs. He earned an MBA from Wharton with honors, and a BS in engineering from UC Berkeley.

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Yaromir Steiner
CEO, Steiner & Associates
Mr. Steiner formed Steiner + Associates in 1993 with a vision and passion for creating sustainable, pedestrian–friendly and highly performing mixed-use destinations. This vision was inspired and realized while Mr. Steiner was developing CocoWalk in Coconut Grove, Florida in 1990. It has evolved and matured with the delivery of more than 7.4 million square feet of mixed-use projects across the United States including the iconic 1.7 million square foot Easton Town Center in Columbus Ohio. Now, Steiner + Associates has finished its largest and most ambitious project to date, the $350 million Liberty Center. Born in Istanbul, Turkey and a veteran of the French 11 th Airborne Division, he holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering and a post graduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Toulouse in France. He speaks four languages and resides in New Albany, Ohio.
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Ryan Parker
Head of Responsive Retail, Intel
Ryan Parker serves as a General Manager, Responsive Retail within Intel’s Internet of Things Group.  Ryan works with the IoT and Cloud ecosystems to bring IoT-based insights that provide rich customer experiences, solve inventory distortion challenges, and optimize complex workforce challenges.    In this role, he is responsible for leadership across strategy, development, enabling, and sales for Responsive Retail.  Ryan regularly guides his clients and customers to create innovative solutions in an effort to realize flexibility and economies of scale necessary for their businesses. Ryan is a proven leader and creative problem solver with nearly 20 years of global leadership experience in business, sales, marketing, and engineering roles. Throughout his technology-based career, Ryan has been a change agent who has rapidly assessed opportunities, simplified them into executable strategies, built strong collaborative teams aligned to the vision, and led the teams to deliver consistently strong results.
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Healey Cypher
CEO & Co-Founder, Oak Labs

Healey Cypher (yes, that’s his real name) is co-founder and CEO of Oak Labs. He is a passionate product guy who loves to push the boundaries of retail, and GSD. Prior to founding Oak, Healey led the Retail Innovation team at eBay, Inc.

Healey is recognized as a leader in the retail space, recently named one of WWD’s 10 of Tomorrow and Goldman Sach’s Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2016. Healey is an alumnus of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is from Nebraska, but spent a majority of his early life in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


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Jessica Mennella
VP of Merchandising, Lolli & Pops
Jessica Mennella is the VP of Product for Lolli & Pops, a multi-channel sweets retailer whose mission is to create delight by sharing sweetness all over the world.  Jessica runs a team of buyers who sample, source, create and procure a multi-thousand SKU assortment of candy from countries around the world.  Simply put, Jessica eats candy for a living. Jessica’s career began on on Wall Street where she was a banker, and a derivatives sales trader before she switched career to retail.  In addition to Lolli & Pops, Jessica has worked at Dean & DeLuca, Oakville Grocery, for a number of small wine and food startups, and was part of the team that distributed the juicing movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jessica left her bright-lights-big-city-life (and the mania of Wall Street) for the beauty of the Napa Valley where she lives with her winemaker husband.  Jessica is a resident of Yountville, CA.
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Julie Bernard
Chief Marketing Officer, Verve
As chief marketing officer, Julie Bernard leads Verve’s brand strategy, marketing, analytics and creative services. Julie was previously senior vice president of omnichannel customer strategy, data science, loyalty, and marketing technology at Macy’s, where she was recognized as a customer-centric leader implementing data-driven approaches for strategic growth, including award-winning personalized communications at scale, first-of-a-kind loyalty programs, and modern media attribution techniques. Julie previously held executive leadership positions at Saks Fifth Avenue and XRoads Solutions Group, a boutique retail consultancy.
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George Shaw
Retail Innovation Consultant
George Shaw began his career creating interactive experiences for entertainment clients during the dotcom boom, founding prominent Los Angeles interactive firm One Ten Design. After nearly a decade in interactive design George pivoted, receiving a Master of Science from the MIT Media Lab before becoming an early member of Silicon Valley startup RetailNext where he started and grew a world class R&D team. At RetailNext he used in-store data to help retailers optimize and manage stores; leading development efforts in software, hardware, and data science. After RetailNext, George joined ed-tech startup AltSchool to lead their R&D team in building systems to better understand the K-8 classroom environment. He then went to sports analytics startup Second Spectrum to lead their data science team, using advanced machine learning and AI to understand professional sports at scale. George then joined the Consumer IoT team at Target, where he now leads research related to connected devices and the data they produce.
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Cathy McKone-Simons
Global Retail Operations Manager, BOSE
Cathy McKone-Simons is a trained accountant with 40 years of back-office retail experience in financial analysis, merchandise planning and operations.  She currently leads a newly formed global retail operations role for Bose Corporation, a 200 store consumer electronics retailer/manufacturer headquartered in the Boston area.  Current projects include the rollout of Omni-channel capabilities supported by mobile POS, upgrading technology/process for store employees to drive engagement and developing in-store digital capabilities in support of new customer experience development work.
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Tricia Patrick
Managing Director, Advent International
Tricia Patrick joined Advent International in 2016 as a Managing Director focusing on buyouts and growth equity investments in the retail, consumer and leisure sector. Prior to Advent, Tricia spent 15 years investing with both Bain Capital Private Equity and Goldman, Sachs & Co. She has closed transactions across the retail, healthcare, business services, real estate and media sectors, as well as internationally. Today, she serves as an independent board member of Burlington Stores (NYSE: BURL). Tricia earned an AB in Biochemical Sciences, cum laude, from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.
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Emily Holt
Founder, Hero Shop
Emily Holt is the founder of Hero Shop, a fashion and lifestyle concept store in San Francisco. It offers a carefully-edited and accessible mix of ready-to-wear, jewelry, shoes, bags, home and gift items from established brands and local California designers. Prior to opening the store, Emily spent more than a decade working as an editor at Vogue, W, and WWD in New York City, and her writing has appeared also in The Wall Street Journal and WSJ., Elle, Bon Appetit, Cherry Bombe and C magazine, among other titles. She received her masters degree in journalism from New York University and currently lives across the street from the beach in San Francisco.
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Fred Yeries
Omni-Channel Strategy & Digital Innovation, Macerich
Fred Yeries joined Macerich two years ago.  His 30 year career includes senior marketing positions at Fortune 50 companies including CBS, AT&T Broadband and The Walt Disney Company and at boutique retailers including, RedEnvelope.com and FAO Schwarz.  Fred and his team at Macerich focus on merging content and technology to drive shopper traffic, conversion and loyalty, directly enhancing each retailer’s Omni-channel productivity.
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Matt Nemer
Senior Advisor, ComCap LLC
Matt Nemer is a Senior Advisor at ComCap LLC. He has been a leading Wall Street research analyst for nearly 20 years. Matt was the first sell-side retail analyst to cover Amazon (2007) and recognize the shift this would cause for bricks and mortar retailers. During his career, he has worked on a wide variety of retail and ecommerce transactions, including IPOs and follow ons for Alibaba, Wayfair, Dollar General, Five Below and dozens of other consumer growth companies. Matt graduated from Vanderbilt University with BA degree in Economics and attended the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts.
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Tom Morris
VP of Retail, Goorin Bros.
Tom is the VP of Retail overseeing Retail, Ecommerce, IT and Inventory/Production for Goorin Bros.  In his 8 years at Goorin Bros., a 122-year-old family owned hat retailer, he has grown their shops from 4 to 36 and Ecommerce 5X.  Goorin Bros was a wholesale company until 11 years ago and is now the largest hat retailer in the US.  He is driving their transition to a Customer Centric retailer.
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2017 Schedule


Wednesday, May 31, 2017
8:30am - 4:30pm
RetailNext Open
Golfers meet in the lobby for departure.
Venue: Silverado Resort, North Course

Shotgun start: 9:30am

Located in the heart of the Wine Country, the two championship golf courses are only available to members or resort guests. Redesigned by PGA Hall of Famer Johnny Miller, both courses feature dozens of water crossings, elevation changes and routing through historic oak trees.

10:30am - 3:30pm
Depart for Winery
Guests meet on front porch of Mansion for departure.
Venue: Silverado Resort

Wine Tasting and Lunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm

If golf is not your thing, or if you are hoping to explore another side of Napa, please join us for a tour, casual lunch and wine tasting at Artesa Estate Vineyards & Winery.

6:30pm - 9:30pm
Welcome Reception
Venue: Silverado Resort, Grove

Dinner served throughout.
Live music entertainment by local Napa Artist - Amber Snider.
The Grove is a short walk from the Mansion. Courtesy shuttles will be outside the front porch as well.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
7:30am
Breakfast on Fairway Deck
Sponsored by: Qualcomm Ventures
Venue: Fairway Deck

8:30am - 4:45pm
General Session
Venue: Ballroom

8:30am
Opening Remarks
Alexei Agratchev, CEO & Co-Founder, RetailNext
Venue: Ballroom

8:50am
Customer Deep Dive: Allbirds, b8ta & Lolli & Pops
Alexei Agratchev, CEO & Co-Founder, RetailNext
Venue: Ballroom

Retailers:
Jessica Mennella, VP of Merchandising, Lolli & Pops
Vibhu Norby, CEO & Co-Founder, b8ta
Joey Zwilinger, Co-Founder, Allbirds

9:10am
Keynote #1 - Early Birding
Leslie J. Ghize, Executive Vice President, TOBE
Venue: Ballroom

Early Birding: Consider this the newest discipline of retail. With business moving ever faster and the consumer even more swiftly, we all need to pick up the pace and get more comfortable being uncomfortable.

9:40am
The Role of the Landlord
Venue: Ballroom

The Role of the Landlord: In today’s changing retail landscape, how are these property owners moving the needle - for tenants and shoppers.

Moderator:
Scott Morey, Executive Director, GPG Advisers

Panelists:
Yaromir Steiner, CEO, Steiner & Associates
Fred Yeries, Omni-Channel Strategy & Digital Innovation, Macerich

10:00am
Break - Ecosystem Partner Showcase
Sponsored by: inkling
Venue: Royal Oak

This extended networking break provides ample time to learn more about new capabilities from RetailNext, as well as its growing ecosystem of partners who provide an array of innovative technology solutions - all with the aim of creating magical friction-free experiences for shoppers.

10:30am
The Future Was 5 Minutes Ago
Venue: Ballroom

Fireside chat: The Role of Analytics
Finding the right technologies to create relevant shopper journeys and deliver strong store performance can be a daunting task. This fireside chat will speak to the catalysts aligning functions with technologies to drive results.


Cathy McKone-Simons, Global Retail Operations Manager, Bose
Shelley E. Kohan, VP of Retail Consulting, RetailNext


Reinventing Retail Paradigms - Why and How You Open Stores in the Digital Age.

Moderator:
Healey Cypher, CEO & Founder, Oak Labs

Panelists:
Emily Holt, Founder, Hero Shop
Tom Morris, VP of Retail, Goorin Bros.
Brent Paulsen, Managing Director and Head of Retail Division, UNTUCKit


Standouts, Startups, and Stalwarts: How is Wall Street evolving how they think about retail?

Moderator:
Matt Rubel, Investor/Advisor/Board Member

Panelists:
Jennifer Davis, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Tricia Patrick, Managing Director, Advent International
Courtney Robinson, Partner, AVP

11:45am
Lunch on Fairway Deck
Sponsored by: Panasonic
Venue: Fairway Deck

12:45pm
Keynote #2 - Mobile Prodigies
Julie Bernard, Chief Marketing Officer, Verve Mobile
Venue: Silverado Ballroom

Discuss the multi-generational demographic, Mobile Prodigies (Millennials and Gen Z consumers, aged 14-29) as they employ their mobile devices as muse, stylist, and retail-inspiration hub. Mobile Prodigies expect brands and marketers to find continuously new ways to introduce them to products, ideas, and experiences.

1:15pm
It's Real Life: Driving ROI
Venue: Ballroom

Practical Examples for Operational ROI

Presenter: Jacobo Rey, Retail Expert, EMEA, RetailNext

How are the best of breed retailers empowering their associates to know more than their shoppers?

Moderator:
Simon Turner, President & Co-Founder, Myagi

Panelists:
Angela Larch, Sr. Manager of Store Operations, DXLG
Richard Morrow, Chief Retail Officer, Mike’s Bikes
David Olsen, CEO, Cos Bar


Experiential Retail: 3 Retailers Discuss How They Are Driving Shopper Engagement Through Retail That Inspires.

Moderator:
Bil Ingraham, VP Consumer Marketing & Partnership, PREIT

Panelists:
Megan Berry, CEO & Co-Founder, byREVEAL
David Tann, VP Creative Director, Atlanta Hawks
Brent Wells, Sr. Product Manager, Consumer Digital Tech, Nike

2:30pm
Break - Ecosystem Partner Showcase
Sponsored by: TEI Communications
Venue: Royal Oak

This extended networking break provides ample time to learn more about new capabilities from RetailNext, as well as its growing ecosystem of partners who provide an array of innovative technology solutions - all with the aim of creating magical friction-free experiences for shoppers.

3:00pm
The Holy Grail(s)
Venue: Ballroom

Best Practices for Retail Labs

Presenter: Lauren Bitar, Director of Retail Consulting, RetailNext

Pushing The Needle In An Amazon World: In an increasingly technologically enabled retail environment, how should retailers be addressing the physical store advances being made by Amazon.

Moderator:
Ryan Parker, Intel

Panelists:
Matt Nemer, Senior Advisor, ComCap LLC
Vibhu Norby, CEO & Founder, b8ta
George Shaw, Retail Innovation Consultant

3:45pm
RetailNext Leadership Team Introductions
Venue: Ballrom

3:55pm
Closing Keynote
Arun Nair, CTO & Co-Founder, RetailNext - What's Next?
Venue: Ballroom

The future of In-Store technology and innovations, what retailers need to know.

5:45pm
Inspiring Delightful Retail
- The 7th Annual Gala Dinner
Venue: Meadowood Napa Valley

Guests meet in lobby for departure.
Attire: Business Casual

Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00am
Retailer 1:1 Breakfast on Fairway Deck
Sponsored by: Open Mesh
Venue: Fairway Deck

Connect with former colleagues or new connections made at the RetailNext Executive Forum. This time is set aside for a casual exchange of ideas, networking or just reading the paper on your own!

9:30am - 11:30am
Rethinking Retail Roundtables
[All Roundtables Will Be Hosted On The Lower Level]
Venue: Trefethen, Martini, Sabastiani

*Each session will be 30 minutes.*

Rethinking the Associate Driving efficiency with data and applications
Trefethen Conference Room

Moderated by:
Chris Clews, Director of Marketing, SATO Global Solutions
Jacobo Rey, Retail Expert EMEA, RetailNext


Rethinking Inventory Driving Stock Efficiency with RFID, inventory allocation, and shopper path analytics.
Martini Conference Room

Moderated by:
John Andrews, CEO, Celect
Lauren Bitar, Director of Retail Consulting


Rethinking Retail With The Connected Consumer
Sabastiani Conference Room

Moderated by:
Ryan Parker, Head of Responsive Retail, Intel
Shelley E. Kohan, VP of Retail Consulting, RetailNext

9:30am - 11:30am
Technology Applications
Spend time with RetailNext training and technical experts to answer specific questions, better understand use cases, or learn more about what is on the innovation roadmap.
Venue: Silverado Ballroom

*Each Session will be 20 minutes.*

User Training led by Stephanie Nagy, Retail Expert, Mid Market

Technology Ecosystem & Partner Discussions led by Andre Anderson, Global Channel and Alliances

RetailNext Innovation Roadmap led by Arun Nair, CTO & Co-Founder & Jason Luther, Head of Products

Infrastructure / Installation / Support led by Dave Tognotti, COO & Jeremy Haltom, Head of Technical Operations

11:30am
Lunch on Fairway Deck
Sponsored by: DLA
Venue: Fairway Deck

Seated and "to-go" options available.

12:30pm
Departure
Venue: