8th Annual Executive Forum


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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 1, 2018. We can't wait!




Enjoy three full days in Sonoma with top industry leaders.



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



Network and connect with retailers during the event.

Last Year's Schedule (2017)

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
Breakfast on Fairway Deck
Sponsored by: Qualcomm Ventures
Venue: Fairway Deck

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Scott Morey, Executive Director, GPG Advisers

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

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.

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.

Healey Cypher, CEO & Founder, Oak Labs

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?

Matt Rubel, Investor/Advisor/Board Member

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

Lunch on Fairway Deck
Sponsored by: Panasonic
Venue: Fairway Deck

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.

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?

Simon Turner, President & Co-Founder, Myagi

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.

Bil Ingraham, VP Consumer Marketing & Partnership, PREIT

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

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.

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.

Ryan Parker, Intel

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

RetailNext Leadership Team Introductions
Venue: Ballrom

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.

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
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

Lunch on Fairway Deck
Sponsored by: DLA
Venue: Fairway Deck

Seated and "to-go" options available.