Alan Depencier

Vice President of Marketing | RBC (Royal Bank of Canada)

Alan Depencier is Vice President of Marketing for RBC’s personal and commercial businesses including personal banking, cards and payment solutions, personal financing products, business financial services, investments as well as insurance. In his role, he is responsible for brand strategy, advertising, direct marketing, social media, sponsorships and agency management. Alan has led several key transformational initiatives including RBC’s new retail and merchandising strategy as well as the multi-channel CRM strategy. He has a diverse background spanning 20 years which includes consumer package goods marketing, leading the growth of a start-up venture and various leadership roles within financial services at RBC on both sides of the border.

Doug Stephens

Retail Prophet

The founder of Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens is one of the world’s foremost retail and consumer futurists. His research and insights have helped major organizations such as Air Miles, Home Depot, Disney and Intel understand exactly how mega-trends in demographics, economics, technology and media are forever altering consumer/brand relationships. And, what they need to do to adapt, evolve and innovate. Drawing on his 20 years of experience, Doug analyzes media trends, financial climates, demographic shifts, emerging technologies and everything in between to provide an unrivaled insight into consumer trends. Doug’s book, The Retail Revival, documents the rise of an incredible new era of consumerism leading to a complete redefinition of what retail is.


Michelle Adams, Ph.D.

Founder | Marketing Brainology

Michelle Adams is Founder of Marketing Brainology, a consulting practice focused on translating consumer and shopper insights to corporate America; especially the latest findings from virtual shopping, behavioral science and neuroscience. She speaks globally on neuromarketing and human decision-making; helping unlock the mystery of human emotion and how it impacts brands and companies. Working with PepsiCo for 10 years, most recently as VP of Customer Strategy and Shopper Insights, she was responsible for the SMART Learning Center, a retail theater focused on state-of-the art consumer and shopper research. While at PepsiCo, Michelle lead shopper insights for key retail accounts; connecting key shopper attitudes with behaviors.

Ejder Altiparmak

Vice President & Board Member | Eren Retail

Ejder has been with Eren Retail since 1994. He is responsible for Lacoste Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Eastern Europe and 20 countries, Gant Turkey, Nautica Turkey, SuperStep multibrand footwear stores Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, Superkids multibrand kids stores Turkey, Occasion Outlet Store Chain Turkey and Russia. He has spent 21 years working within the retail sector and because of his interest with technology and software programming, he incorporates his professional experience into technological projects.

Tara Banks

Senior Director of Digital Design and Experience | Hilton Grand Vacations

Tara Banks is a valued leader in HGV’s IT organization and partners with executive leadership developing experiential vision and strategy for the organization. Tara directs the process, creating unique and innovative guest experiences in timeshare sales environments around the globe. Previously, Tara served the Walt Disney Company in creative roles. She has over 20 years of guest experience and marketing execution with multiple brands committed to quality products and customer service in healthcare, tourism, training and finance. Her extensive background includes executive-level leadership of strategic creative development, brand marketing, building successful teams and executing on an innovative vision.

Brooke Beason

Director of Digital Influence | Two West

As Director of Digital Influence, Brooke Beason currently leads digital content/influencer strategy and experiences for Two West. Throughout her career Brooke has shaped and redirected Fortune 100 and 500 brands, elevating brand impact and increasing conversion for entities like American Century Investments, Assurant, Big Lots, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Dairy Queen, Gatorade, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, LG, Quiznos, SAP and Sprint. A believer in collaboration, Brooke shares her point of view, predictions and trends on digital engagement, influences and strategic content regularly through regional and national speaking events. She also serves on the board of the Two West Foundation.

Travis Beaven

Chief Product Officer | UIEvolution

Travis Beaven has been a leader in the space of connected experiences for over 20 years, working with companies like Microsoft, AT&T, Disney, Carnival Cruise Lines, DIRECTV, Toyota and many more. A technology futurist, Travis focuses on delivering solutions today while building a platform for tomorrow. As Chief Product Officer for UIEvolution, Travis is an award-recognized innovator in the space of mobility, signage, in-car infotainment and IPTV solutions around the world, with a careful eye toward recognizing guest trends and adapting solutions that focus on experience first.

Evan Berg

VP, Corporate Development and Strategy | Telenav

Evan Berg leads Telenav’s investigation and execution of strategic initiatives, investments and acquisitions. He spends much of his time at the intersection of Thinknear, Telenav’s location based advertising business, and Telenav’s connected car business. Prior to joining Telenav, he held senior business development and corporate development positions at several public and private, venture-backed companies, including Avid, Visible Measures, Brightcove, Macromedia and Allaire. Evan began his career as a corporate attorney at Edwards Wildman Palmer in Boston.

Jaime Bettencourt

SVP of Premier Sales & Account Management | Mood Media

Jaime has spent the last 15+ years in various leadership roles in marketing, branding, sales and account development. Throughout her career she has worked with global organizations to enhance their in-store experience through targeted brand initiatives and marketing strategies supported by customer insights and analytics. She has been a valued partner for clients such as AT&T Mobility, Coca Cola, Target, CVS, TJX, Luxottica, Chase and Darden. Jaime’s key accomplishments include leading the team that designed the audio identity for the AT&T Experience Stores and working with Coca Cola’s retail design team on their digital signage strategy, integrating top music artists into their visual displays.

Tod Caflisch

Director of Information Technology | Detroit Red Wings

Tod Caflisch, Director of Information Technology for the Detroit Red Wings joined Olympia Entertainment in 2013 to manage IT responsibilities for the Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena, Fox Theater, HockeyTown Café and HockeyTown Authentics. He is currently working on voice/data plant and IT operations planning for the new Red Wings arena and entertainment district. Tod recently completed successful IT support operations of the Winter Festival (Great Lakes Invitational collegiate hockey tournament, OHL, AHL and Detroit Red Wings/Toronto Maple Leafs alumni hockey games) at Comerica Park and NHL Winter Classic (Red Wings vs Maple Leafs) at Michigan Stadium.

Irv Cassio

Senior Systems Architect | Luxottica Retail

Irv Cassio, Senior Systems Architect for Luxottica’s Omni-Channel & Digital Initiatives, has had roles from IT to marketing in the areas of retail innovation, digital store experiences and software development. Irv has implemented unique digital experiences at flagship stores including Times Square and Fifth Avenue, which implemented tablet programs that enable omni-channel capabilities and created digital strategies. Irv best describes himself as a digital explorer passionate about retail and fashion. A jack of all trades, his experience covers the areas of omni-channel, digital signage, social media, visual merchandising, marketing e-commerce, customer experience and store design. He is currently writing a book titled, Digitally Human.

Steve Chen

Managing Director | Float Hybrid Entertainment

Steve Chen is Managing Director of Float Hybrid Entertainment, a unique interactive experience agency in San Francisco. Steve has been at the forefront of technology and design for the last 25 years. He is driven by the desire to create engaging and immersive experiences for high profile brands. With Float, Steve has had the privilege of working with Microsoft, Whirlpool, Pepsi, General Electric, McDonald’s and Unilever. A hands-on creative director, builder and coder, with a background in architecture and game development – Steve believes the only way to see the future is to make it with your own hands.

Laura Davis-Taylor

EVP, Customer Experience | MaxMedia

Laura has been focused on creating meaningful brand experiences that bridge home, life and store for over 20 years. Her experience includes brand planning, digital engagement, store design and, more recently, next generation retail experience design. She has worked with brands such as AT&T, Toyota, Best Buy, Coke, L’Oréal/Lancôme, Lowe’s, Office Depot, Foot Locker, 7-Eleven, EJ Gallo and Unilever. Laura is a contributor on the subject of digital experience design for The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Time Magazine, the MMA and MediaPost. She is the author of the book, Lighting up the Aisle: Practices and Principles for In-store Digital Media.

Chris Devlin

Director of Sales | Omnivex Corporation

Chris Devlin is Director of Sales at Omnivex Corporation. He is focused on delivering value to organizations through the use of technology, specifically software. Chris joined Omnivex in 2013 to help customers unlock the power of data and present it across their organizations in ways that will enhance their business and drive key corporate objectives in dynamic and impactful ways.
Chris brings over 25 years of industry experience working at every level of the marketplace. He began his career at Compuserve and has held numerous country management positions at Egghead, Cheyenne Software, Falconstor Software and Computer Associates (CA).

Christiana DiMattesa

Senior Retail Marketing Manager | Under Armour

Christiana oversees Under Armour’s North America direct-to-consumer retail marketing team inclusive of marketing strategy, operations, in-store experience, and event activations. Christiana has spent 18 years working within the retail space and has a passion to utilize technology to change the interactive landscape of the retail environment. She has been with Under Armour since August 2015 and previously held marketing roles with Ann and Foot Locker.

Brandon Elliott

Digital Strategy & Technology Advisor | Infusion

Brandon is a first generation “digital native” who grew up with the latest technology device, game system or computer in his hands. This childhood hobby is what triggered Brandon’s life-long passion for technology and his relentless drive to create, improve, innovate and transform the way we live, work and play. Brandon specializes in information technology and is a former business owner with 24+ years of hands-on experience including engineering, development and management. He is customer centric and results driven with experience working with IT, executive management and key business personnel to bring business strategy and technology innovation together.

Scott Emmons

Head of Innovation Lab | Neiman Marcus

Scott Emmons is focused on innovation for the Neiman Marcus Group (NMG). He built the NMG innovation lab (iLab) and is responsible for leading the organization in evaluating, designing, testing and piloting cutting-edge technologies and applications for luxury retail. Scott is also working on BYOD initiatives, Wi-Fi/LAN/WAN infrastructure, mobility and digital signage initiatives. Innovation projects include the amazing Memomi Memory Mirror, beautiful 4K touch table look books, beacon enabled holiday passes, intelligent mobile phone charging stations and gorgeous digital directories for Bergdorf Goodman.

Michelle Evans

Digital Consumer Manager | Euromonitor International

In her current role as head of digital consumer research, Michelle follows the technological advances that are forever altering the way that consumers research, shop and pay for products and services. Her expertise spans topics like mobile pay, mobile apps, e-commerce, m-commerce, mobile marketing, digital marketing and social media marketing. From her research, she produces opinion pieces, in-depth reports, multimedia content and general analysis to help clients make informed, long-term strategic business decisions as it relates to this emerging connected consumer. Michelle is a recognized expert in this fast-changing industry and was named to Innotribe’s Power Women in FinTech Index in 2015.

Michele Fuhs

Head of Premium Retail Experience | BMW Group

Michele Fuhs, Head of Premium Retail Experience for BMW Group has a profound knowledge and experience in premium brand experience in retail and its definition, design and worldwide implementation. Prior to assuming his current role in 2012, he served as Head of MINI Italy for BMW Italia, Regional Area Manager China for BMW Group China and Sponsor & Relationship Manager for BMW Motorsport. Michele uses his deep knowledge of brand communication and management and his experience with international project management to implement highly complex projects such as the “Future Retail/Premium Retail Experience” and setting up national sales companies for BMW.

Sarah Furnari

Vice President of Retail Experience | Masco Architectural Coatings (BEHR)

As Vice President of Retail Experience for Masco Architectural Coatings, Sarah Furnari leads strategy and operations for the BEHR and KILZ brands in-store. In 2015, her team launched a new Color Solutions Center to help consumers more easily find their perfect color. Their next goal is to inspire confidence and fun in the color selection process through an enhanced in-store experience. Sarah has been with Masco since 2005, and prior to that, held roles as a Formulator, Process Engineer, Raw Materials Buyer and Product Manager for The Sherwin-Williams Company.

Amber Gadsby

Director of Digital Retail Experience | Domino’s Pizza

Amber Gadsby, Director of Digital Retail Experience for Domino’s Pizza, helps find new and emerging ways for customers to interact with Domino’s. Amber has been with Domino’s Pizza since 2007, serving in roles such as New Product Marketing Manager, Manager of Retail Marketing and Digital Marketing Director before assuming her current role in 2015. She and her team are noted for bringing ordering by emoji to life for Domino’s.

Alex Glaser

Director of Development | Harbor Research

Alex Glaser is Director of Development for Harbor Research and an expert in smart systems thinking and design. He is responsible for leading the firm’s marketing, operations and business development strategy. Alex also helps lead Harbor’s Smart Systems Lab program – a real world laboratory where organizations can design, prototype and test new models for delivering smart systems and services value. He has deep experience developing qualitative and quantitative research studies related to the Internet of Things and smart systems. Alex brings a passion that drives his work— that IoT can help solve big world issues like water, energy and food.

Christopher Hall

Managing Director | ICX Association

Christopher Hall is Managing Director of ICX Association. Prior to this position he was managing editor of content for B2B publisher Networld Media Group, and the editor of, the leading news portal for the digital signage industry, covering digital out of-home advertising, digital billboards, experiential digital branding and digital signage hardware, software and displays. An award-winning former newspaper reporter and magazine writer, Christopher is a five-year veteran of the digital signage and kiosk industries who has consulted for and spoken on the digital signage industry sector-wide.

Tim Huckaby

Executive Chairman | InterKnowlogy

Tim Huckaby is an industry luminary focused on emerging user experiences, user interaction design and the natural user interface (NUI). Tim has been awarded many times for the highest rated keynotes and presentations for Microsoft and many other industry and technology conferences like CES and events world-wide. He is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Having worked for or with Microsoft for over 25 years, Tim has been on stage with, and done numerous keynote demos for many Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

Jimmie Hutchison

Field Sales Director – TOLA Region | Cradlepoint

Jimmie Hutchison has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has spent the past 13 years specifically focused on wireless networking and IoT solutions. During this time Jimmie has worked at the carrier, distributor and manufacturer levels including helping build one of the first channels focused on wireless data and along the way implementing wireless networking solutions across every vertical through each technology evolution. Jimmie currently directs field sales for Cradlepoint in their TOLA region and is based out of Dallas.

Dorothy Jones

CMO & VP, Marketing and Communications | Interstate Batteries

Dorothy Jones is Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Interstate Batteries. With almost 20 years of branding experience at major companies such as Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Frito-Lay, Dorothy leads the marketing strategy and internal creative team behind the billion-dollar battery brand. She also oversees the communication to their distributor network, franchisees and team members. Before Interstate, she led teams across brand marketing, sales, innovation and governance for Frito-Lay’s portfolio of brands as well as national marketing campaigns for Susan G. Komen. In 2013, Dorothy earned the Non-Profit Mentor of the Year award from Women of Visionary Influence.

Michael Jones

IT Consultant, Retail

Michael Jones has served as Chief Information Officer in various retail companies over the last 15 years. He has extensive experience in retail, ecommerce and B2B. Michael most recently served as CIO for Tuesday Morning, Inc., a closeout retailer of home goods with 800 stores. Prior to this he served as CIO at Tiger Direct, Michaels Stores and Hollywood Video. He served in several different leadership positions at Kmart as well. Michael brings a variety of skills including strategy, innovation, ideation and a large network of peers. He has led large-scale systems implementations that generated millions in additional profits and/or savings.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix

President | Shikatani Lacroix

Jean-Pierre Lacroix is President of multidisciplinary branding and design firm Shikatani Lacroix. A visionary design thinker, author and speaker, JP maintains an unwavering focus on the latest and emerging trends. Driven to produce measurable results through strategic insights, he is committed to helping brands own the consumers’ “at-purchase moment.” He is an expert at providing clients with results-driven solutions for their product and service needs, as demonstrated in his work for companies such as Cineplex Entertainment, TD Bank Group, PepsiCo Canada, Regions Bank, Cable & Wireless Communications, Toronto Blue Jays and ConAgra Foods.

Steve London

Sr. Manager of Business Development | General Motors Company

Steve leads enterprise and channel development for OnStar AtYourService, an online commerce platform that connects drivers with retailers and merchants on their drive. AtYourService provides OnStar subscribers with information, convenience and valuable offers tied to their route and specific destinations. It’s a multi-channel platform delivered through OnStar Advisors, GM vehicle brand mobile apps, and in the new app framework embedded in the dashboard of connected vehicles. Steve has an extensive background in bringing innovative technologies to market, including managing strategic partnerships and channels for Fortune 500, and entrepreneurial companies.

Raj Maini

Worldwide Director of Marketing, Visual Retail | Intel Corporation

Raj Maini is responsible for worldwide marketing of visual retailing for Intel Corporation in the Internet of Things Group (IoTG). In this role, Raj leads marketing of Intel’s digital signage, intelligent vending and dispensing, interactive kiosk, interactive white board, intelligent shelves, Intel RCM and Intel AIM software services product and market segments. His organization is responsible for driving adoption of Intel’s visual retailing and digital signage platforms, as well as new initiatives to fuel the growth of the industry. Raj has had a multi-faceted career in engineering, marketing, business management and planning with director level responsibility at Intel. He currently represents Intel on the ICX Association advisory board.

Meysam Moradpour

Director, Digital Ventures | Pizza Hut

Meysam spent the past ten years in various digital roles around the world spanning from product management, digital marketing, business development, eCommerce and startup ventures. He has a global citizen mindset after working in Germany, Austria, Saudi Arabia, China, Ireland and the US over the past decade. His five year stint at Google helped him to develop a digital toolkit to help Fortune 500 companies as well as high-growth startups to succeed in digital. He moved to Pizza Hut in order to use his skills and enable the category leader to also become the digital leader in the space.

Daniel Odham

SVP, Production | Pearl Media

As SVP, Production at Pearl Media, Daniel is the experiential specialist and is the go to for clients looking to integrate unique technologies to enhance brand engagement. Joining Pearl Media in 2013, Daniel spearheaded award winning campaigns for clients like Lifetime, Texas Tourism and more. He is an imaginative, solution-oriented experiential, mobile, gaming and social media specialist with over eight years of experience in account management, digital media production, social strategy, content management and campaign execution. He believes that creativity, passion, discipline and a little luck can create artistic, engaging, interactive and ultimately profitable marketing solutions.

Max Oglesbee

Head of Client Strategy, Design and Technology | Intersection

As Head of Client Strategy, Design and Technology at Intersection, Max Oglesbee leads relationships with the company’s clients and partners, translating the unique needs of organizations into the best strategy to deliver transformative results. Max helps brands evolve their businesses through the strategic application of technology and design, including clients such as Walmart, Verizon and Kate Spade. Previously, Max was a Partner at Control Group where he was involved in the company’s merger to form Intersection, led by a consortium including Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company. Max currently resides in New York.

Scott Parker

Assistant Vice President of Retail Operations | Ochsner Health System

Scott Parker has 19 years of both leadership and entrepreneurship experience and currently holds a unique role focused on driving significant retail business growth for a health system. As Assistant Vice President of Retail Operations for Ochsner Health System (OHS), Scott leads a portfolio of businesses across four verticals including healthcare, fitness, medical device distribution and retail. Scott and his team most recently launched an innovative beacon project in the system’s premiere fitness facility to engage and enhance the member’s gym experience through mobile technology. Scott plans to expand his mobile technology expertise to motivate change and create a more seamless experience in the patient care setting.

Pat Patterson

CTO | VOTUM Technology Group

Initiating his career as an officer graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Pat Patterson has over 20 years of professional and technology leadership experience. Specializing in information and technology systems, he has extensive experience in personnel and technology transformation, business reengineering and strategic growth across a number of industries. In his current role with VOTUM Technology Group, Pat is helping to guide the introduction of disruptive technologies to capture, manage and analyze data from mobile and location centric solutions allowing organizations to realize true growth in their value chain to their customers.

Roberta Perry

VP, Business Development | Fresh Juice Global

Roberta Perry has been a key personality in the development and growth of the leisure entertainment industry for more than 20 years. In addition to being Vice-President of Business Development for Fresh Juice Global and Edwards Technologies, Roberta has held vice presidential positions at 20th Century Fox, iWerks Entertainment and The WOW Factor. At The WOW Factor she worked with major brands including The Coca-Cola Company and Pontiac for WOW projects and events in Times Square. At Fresh Juice Global and Edwards Technologies her diverse clients include Universal Studios, Disney Stores, Intercontinental Hotel Miami (Strategic Hotels), SEGA “Orbi,” Quiksilver and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Jeff Pinc

Director, Food Service Solutions | Panasonic

Jeff Pinc is Director of Food Service Solutions for Panasonic System Communications Company, a division of Panasonic Corporation. PSCNA delivers content creation, collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for customers in food service, retail, government, healthcare and education. Jeff has over 15 years of experience in providing cutting edge food service technology solutions with a variety of technology companies. He joined Panasonic in 2014 after previously working for MICROS Systems. As vice president of sales and strategies at MICROS Systems, he led many major projects resulting in large scale technology deployments, helping many global restaurant brands achieve a high return on investment.

Denis Pombriant

Author, Founder & Managing Principal | Beagle Research

Denis Pombriant, Founder and Managing principal of Beagle Research Group is a well-known front office analyst and thought leader. His work appears in most major CRM publications both in print and online, in both North America and Europe. Denis’ new book, You Can’t Buy Customer Loyalty, But You Can Earn It, examines the role of rewards in modern loyalty programs.

Nick Prigioniero

President | Cineplex Digital Media

Nick Prigioniero is President of Cineplex Digital Media (“CDM”), a division of Cineplex Entertainment. He is responsible for defining and executing the strategic direction of CDM, and leading the company’s focus on delivering its objectives to capitalize on the rapid growth of the digital-out-of-home industry, through the development of new products to new and existing customers, and through expansion into international markets.

Kent Savage

Founder &  CEO | Apex Supply Chain Technologies

Kent is a serial entrepreneur, inventor and investor. Widely recognized as an international expert in the field of supply chain and factory automation technologies and advanced point-of-use technologies, he has spent more than 30 years providing innovative leadership and managing the growth of organizations devoted to the development, marketing and financing of dispensing, control and information technologies. Having been awarded numerous domestic and international patents, he oversees the company’s strategic direction.

Narina Sippy

Chief Marketing Officer | Stellar Loyalty

As the Chief Marketing Officer at Stellar Loyalty, Narina Sippy is responsible for marketing and alliances. She works with Stellar Loyalty clients and partners on strategy and program design. Narina has 20+ years of experience in enterprise software CRM, ERP, GRC and analytics, specializing in go-to-market strategy and programs designed to help companies capitalize on fast growth and new market opportunities. She has served as CMO, SVP and GM at both global and start-up software companies including SAP, Siebel Systems, Causata and Trufa. Narina’s proven track record includes leading SAP America’s launch in North America.

Paula Suarez

Head of IT and Development | Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Paula Suarez is Head of Information Technology and Development for Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. She leads the company-wide implementation of technology projects and oversees in-house software development efforts. Her focus is on streamlining business processes using advanced technology options. Prior to joining Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in 2011, Paula served as a division business systems analyst for RealPage, a software development company for major property management companies. Her experience also includes over a decade working within the area of business systems analysis, software development and technical training. Past career achievements include the development and launching of the first military housing technical training program for Lincoln Military Housing.

Lee Summers

Manager of Marketing/Technology | Nebraska Furniture Mart and Grandscape

As Manager of Marketing/Technology, Lee Summers oversees all immersive customer engagement for the Berkshire Hathaway companies of Nebraska Furniture Mart and Grandscape of Texas. Lee, who joined NFM in October 2013, is responsible for the overall direction, resource allocation and operations of customer facing digital technology groups throughout all NFM markets. He brings an extensive marketing background working with top advertising agencies in the Dallas market for the past 15 years. Lee’s vision for Grandscape of Texas, a 500 acre mix use development is to build a truly immersive experience that addresses the full shopper journey.

Mark Tan

Sr. Product Manager | Amazon

Mark Tan is currently a Sr. Product Manager at Amazon focusing on user experience for consumer sellers and used products. His work spans across different categories, which includes video games, electronics, books, music and movies. He is also managing a non-profit organization, Luminated Career Consulting and acts as an advisor for University of Washington, Foster School of Business BIG Consulting Program. Previously, he worked as Product Manager for Quixey, a mobile app search and discovery startup based in California, establishing groundwork for deep-linking during its early stages and integrating this technology to partners such as Alibaba.

Brad Van Otterloo

Chief Revenue Officer | Koupon Media

Brad Van Otterloo is Chief Revenue Officer at Koupon Media. He brings almost two decades of proven leadership, working with clients across multiple verticals including consumer packaged goods, retail, education and automotive. Previously, Brad was EVP of Revolution Education which grew to be the largest provider of online tutoring in the US. He earned his MBA from the University of Southern California and Bachelor’s degree from Miami University.

Richard Ventura

Vice President of Business Development and Solutions | NEC Display Solutions of America

Richard Ventura is Vice President of Business Development and Solutions for NEC Display Solutions of America, focusing on developing new business and strategies for key vertical markets. He is responsible for the growth and market penetration of NEC’s award winning portfolio of products, as well as for development of new go-to-market strategies and products for the solutions market. Richard has spent 15 years within the NEC sales organization focusing on display solutions, display technologies and projectors. During that time, he has helped numerous client relationships flourish and spearheaded campaigns which have elevated NEC’s brand and products throughout the marketplace.

Kiel Werking

VP Partner Development | Reflect Systems

Kiel Werking is VP, Partner Development for Reflect Systems, a full-service provider of digital brand media solutions in Dallas. Reflect powers the largest and most advanced out of home digital media networks that help clients like GameStop, Macy’s, Best Buy and Verizon Wireless meet their goals. Kiel works closely with Reflect’s channel partners to form strategic alliances and deliver world class experiences to Reflect’s clients. He received a BA in Marketing from Texas Tech University and an MBA in Strategy & Entrepreneurship from SMU.

Luke Wilwerding

Director of Retail Solutions | Elo

Luke Wilwerding is Director of Retail Solutions at Elo, a global leader in touchscreen solutions. As director, Luke leads interactive in-store initiatives for North America’s largest merchandisers. Elo is at the forefront of this exciting time as retailers create new shopping experiences that push engagement, creativity, information and in-store eCommerce using interactive digital touchpoints. Working with some of the biggest retailers around the world, Luke is in a unique position to see the best interactive customer engagement deployments and to understand what’s coming next in retail.

Michael Wior

CEO | Omnivore Technologies

Mike is a highly accomplished IT professional with 11 years of proven experience in advanced network management and administration, disaster recovery, storage design/engineering and server/storage ecosystems. He is an exceptional leader and project manager, skilled at applying broad-based business acumen to the resolution of complex technical issues while driving profitable growth and meeting or exceeding objectives. Mike is a knowledgeable engineer with an unparalleled work ethic and a keen understanding of company vision and customer needs.

Tom Wolf

VP Business Development | BT Global Services

Tom Wolf is VP of Business Development for BT Global Services. His team is responsible for providing global retail customers leading edge solutions from BT and its partners for consumer engagement, revenue acceleration and unique supply chain capabilities to address emerging consumer concerns such as proof of origin. Leveraging its global professional services, BT provides seamless implementation and support around the world. Tom joined BT from HP (EDS) where he held a variety of positions in executive sales and network services. Prior to HP (EDS) Tom held various sales executive positions with IBM and DSC Communications.

Siobhan Wright

Corporate Director for Culinary Operations | SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Siobhan Wright has served as the Corporate Director for Culinary Operations at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment since August 2015. She started her career in 1993 in stadium vending operations at SeaWorld Orlando. While at the park she held various positions each with increasing responsibility. For the last four years, Siobhan has been with the divisional team as Culinary Manager of Business Analytics. In this role she led several key initiatives for culinary. Most notably, she partnered with the interactive marketing team to be first in channel to deploy mobile culinary pre-ordering.


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