Chief Experience & Innovation Officer | Carnival Cruise Lines
John Padgett joined Carnival Corporation in 2014 as the chief experience & innovation officer spanning the company’s 10 global cruise line brands with a holistic focus on creating exceptional guest experiences. Leading a multi-disciplinary and cross-functional experience and innovation team, John is responsible for guest experience innovation, development, creation and operations integration across creative, digital, technical and operational functions. Prior to Carnival Corporation, John had an 18-year career with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts where he and his team led the company’s shift to guest experiences grounded in personalization, customization, simplicity and connectivity as the vice president of game changer experience development.
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SVP, Premier Sales & Account Management | Mood Media
Jaime is an accomplished leader recognized for designing world-class customer experiences for lifestyle brands. For the last 18 years, she has been in various marketing, branding and development roles working with global organizations to enhance their in-store experiences by leveraging media and technology solutions. She has been a valued partner for clients including AT&T Mobility, Coca-Cola, Target, Sephora, TJX, Luxottica, and Kendra Scott. Jaime has been featured in Forbes, Women’s Wear Daily, Chief Marketer, SMB Retail Technology News, Chain Store Age, Retail Dive, Retail Customer Experience, Mobile Strategies 360, HOW Magazine, Future Stores, ICX, Wearable Technology UX, and Retail Loco.
Global Experience Director | Michael Kors
Speaker bio coming soon!
Founder/CEO | Flat Out of Heels/PopCom
Dawn Dickson is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development. She launched four successful cash flow positive companies since 2002, her most recent ventures Flat Out of Heels (rollable flats for women to get relief from painful heels) and Solutions Vending International (SVI) after identifying a need develop a software solution to make vending machines more intelligent. Dawn has received numerous awards and accolades for her business savvy and pitching skills, including being awarded first place in the PowerMoves NOLA Big Break pitch competition and second place in the 2016 SBA InnovateHer Challenge.
Founder and CEO | Intriosity
Jeff Donaldson is a 35-year veteran of the IT industry. Jeff won innovator awards in 2016 and 2015 and holds US and European patents. In 2017, Jeff founded Intriosity a company specializing in Design Research for robotic and cognitive automation. Prior to Intriosity, Jeff served as GameStop’s CIO for 16 years and was an integral member of GameStop’s founding leadership team. Jeff serves on the Advisory Board of the RevTech retail technology accelerator in Dallas, Texas where he is also Executive In Residence and is a member of the SMU Design Council.
Senior VP of Events | Networld Media Group
David Drain leads the events team for Networld Media Group and has more than 20 years of experience in association management, event planning, writing and speaking. He has served as executive director of the Digital Signage Association (a group he co-founded), the Self-Service & Kiosk Association and the merged organization, Digital Screenmedia Association. Previously he was EVP for the Foodservice Consultants Society International.
Director, Technology Portfolios | Sodexo
Paul Epperley is an accomplished hospitality and retail professional, with decades of experience in international, regional and local environments. Specializing in consumer technology, Paul defines the technology and platforms to transform the consumer journey into an interactive and agile experience. Career highlights include streamlining operations and creating shopper experiences at Brinker International, Cracker Barrel, and Hooters. With Sodexo for the past 10 years, Paul’s current focus is bringing consumer technology solutions to the foodservice industry.
VP, Brand Experience | Sleep Number
Angela has led the vision and strategy to elevate the Sleep Number brand and transform the mattress shopping experience. Today, the Sleep Number store creates a consumer-centric, breakthrough interactive shopping environment that transforms a purely rational shopping experience to one that maximizes both rational and emotional appeals, differentiated from all other competitors. Seamlessly integrated digital experiences allow the store to become a 3-D selling tool to simplify and support a relationship-based selling process. Sleep Number is considered “best in class” retail leadership, resulting in over twice the productivity of the industry average. She has transformed the Sleep Number retail portfolio over the past 5 years.
VP of Architecture | CallisonRTKL
Ignaz Gorischek is an award-winning designer who brings a unique blend of retail experience to CallisonRTKL’s Dallas team. His background in striking visual merchandising, store planning and design, graphics, art curation and collection, as well as an innovative application of technologies, has made him one of the industry’s most recognized figures.
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 DigitalSignageToday.com, 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.
VP, Global Design Strategies | Marriott International
David Kepron is the Vice President of Design within the Global Design Strategies department at Marriott International. His focus is on the creation of compelling customer experiences within a unique group of Marriott flags called the “Distinctive Premium Brands” including: Renaissance, Westin, Le Meridien, Autograph Collection, Tribute Portfolio and Design Hotels. His multidisciplinary approach to design focuses on understanding consumer behavior and the creation of relevant brand experiences at the intersection of architecture, sociology, neuroscience and emerging digital technologies. David’s first is book titled: “Retail (r)Evolution: Why Creating Right-Brain Stores Will Shape the Future of Shopping in a Digitally Driven World.”
Manager, Digital Media Services | Six Flags
Matt Marotta is currently the Manager of Digital Media Services at Six Flags, where he oversees the operation and evolution of Six Flags Media Networks, one of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated digital signage networks, with plans for international expansion later this year. Six Flags Media Networks consists of the Nielsen-rated Six Flags TV Network, Digital Billboards and Digital Menu Boards, and runs a combination of entertainment programming and advertising.
President & CEO | Right Media Solutions
Jeff Martin is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of success innovating retail audience solutions in the information technology and services industry. Prior to founding Right Media Solutions, Jeff held senior management positions at CBS Corporation and with CBS Outdoor managing GameStop TV and other digital networks. Jeff currently sits on the ICX Advisory Board and has recently been appointed to the Digital Signage Federation Global Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) Council Leadership Team.
Founder & CEO | CaliBurger
In 2004, John was the second employee at Arrowhead, where he was responsible for developing flexible electronic devices. In 2011, after the sale of Arrowhead’s flexible electronics subsidiary, John founded Cali Group, which comprises CaliBurger, a global restaurant chain, and ownership stakes in various technology companies using new technologies to transform the restaurant and retail industries. As Chairman of Cali Group, John serves on the boards of the following Cali Group companies: Super League Gaming, FunWall, PopPacks, and Miso Robotics. John graduated from Stanford Law School and is an author of The Handbook of Nanotechnology Business, Policy, and Intellectual Property Law.
Senior Manager, Marketing Research | Rent-A-Center
Speaker bio coming soon!
CEO & Co-Founder | Vibenomics
Vibenomics CEO and co-founder Brent Oakley began his career in medical device sales. An entrepreneur at heart, Brent left the field in 2014 to launch Prime Car Wash—a high-end, full-service car wash chain. As the business flourished and expanded, Oakley sought a way to create and manage the vibe within his stores while simultaneously sharing important information and upsell opportunities with customers. Recognizing the need for a software solution to location-based marketing and customer engagement, Oakley left his role as Prime Car Wash CEO in 2016 to launch Vibenomics, a music and messaging service.
CEO | Long John Silver’s
James O’Reilly joined Long John Silver’s in March 2015 after three years at Sonic Drive-In as SVP / Chief Brand Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. James brings to the role more than 20 years of food service executive leadership, including a variety of domestic and international leadership positions for many prominent brands including Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Yum! Brands, and Procter and Gamble Inc. James earned an MBA from York University and B.S. in Biochemistry from McMaster University. James is married to Marie and they have two sons attending college full time.
Founder & CEO | Integrated Marketing Solutions
Chris H. Petersen, CEO of Integrated Marketing Solutions, is a strategic consultant who specializes in omnichannel retail, leadership, and measurement. He has built a legacy of working with manufacturers and retailers to improve their market and financial performance. He specializes in working with members of the C-Suite to develop competitive strategies that achieve measurable results. Dr. Petersen is the founder of IMS Retail University, a series of strategic workshops focusing on the critical elements of competing profitably in the increasingly complex omni-retail marketplace.
Worldwide Digital Signage Segment Manager | Intel
Christie Rice is the segment director responsible for Intel’s digital signage and interactive kiosk business worldwide in the Internet of Things Group at Intel. In her role she works to ensure that Intel technology meets the ever changing digital signage needs. She also works closely with the ecosystem to promote solutions that provide the immersive and interactive experience that our customers demand. Before assuming her current role, Christie’s 20 years at Intel included various technical, product, business development, and marketing management positions across a broad range of products and segments including memory, PCs, storage, networking, and IOT.
Director of Sales | Bluegrass Cellular
Speaker bio coming soon!
VP of IT Operations | Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Briton Smetzer is the Vice President of IT Operations for Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. His responsibilities include the management, strategy, and execution of IT infrastructure in alignment with organizational goals. Briton is both a big-picture thinker and a hands-on implementer with a background in network security, restaurant technology hardware & software, POS management, disaster recovery, support, database administration, and a seasoned developer in 5 scripting languages. Additionally, his background in restaurant management (and washing dishes) give him a unique and advantageous perspective on restaurant technology. Briton’s forward thinking and experience in entrepreneurship, management and technology gives him a unique and collection of skills and competencies.
GM, Mizuno Brand Experience Center | Mizuno USA
Becky helped define and ultimately led the construction, opening, and full operations for the first ever Mizuno Experience Center in The Battery at SunTrust Park. 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 retail design, construction and architect firms led to a highly successful opening as well as thriving continuing operations. Becky’s business acumen spans her career beginning as founder/owner of her own successful sporting goods’ stores.
CEO | Reflect
Lee Summers serves as Chief Executive Officer of Reflect and is responsible for leading the company into the forefront of the in-store digital media movement. Lee has more than 15 years of customer facing technology and advertising agency experience. His management expertise and creativity make him well-suited to lead Reflect. Prior to joining Reflect, Lee was Manager of Marketing/Technology for the Berkshire Hathaway companies of Nebraska Furniture Mart and Grandscape of Texas where he oversaw all immersive customer engagement and was responsible for the overall direction, resource allocation and operations of Customer Facing digital technology groups throughout all NFM markets.
VP of Business Development & 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.
VP, Global Store Development | Under Armour
Tom Walsh is the Vice President of Global Store Development for Under Armour. Prior to joining Under Armour in 2008, Tom began his career in design and construction with NBBJ and then in new concept development with Abercrombie and Fitch. In his 8 years with UA, Tom has built a Global Store Development team that leads store design, construction and facilities management for North America and International Markets. Since its founding in 1996, UA has emerged as a leader in the performance apparel and footwear industry thrusting the GSD team to the forefront of delivering authentic and award winning experiences around the globe.
SVP, Sales & Business Development | Stratacache
As Senior Vice President of Business Development, Russell Young works across the STRATACACHE family of companies to develop new digital experiences for consumer engagement—showing retailers how STRATACACHE’s marketing technology, sensors and artificial intelligence directly improve the in-store experience from the customer, retailer and brand’s points of view. In his role, Russell establishes critical strategic partnerships and originates new business opportunities for the complementary digital solutions and technology found across the STRATACACHE family. Russell has spent 15+ years deeply involved with the digital signage industry, representing Fortune 100 technology companies and speaking at industry events on global trends and technologies.
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