Vice President, Concept Design, Construction & Merchandising | 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. In 2016 Paul lead the successful launch of the new L’OCCITANE FLATIRON Experiential Community Boutique in NYC, specifically aimed at enhancing the customer experience in unique and innovative ways. Outfitted with digital gifting stations and a smart beauty fitting room, the multisensory Flagship boutique works collectively to create both an immersive and individualized shopping experience. 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.
Head of the 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.
Director, Strategy & Insights | The Home Depot
Albert’s brings 20+ years of experience specializing in Retail strategy, systems, and omnichannel enablement. Albert is responsible for our interactive customer experiences for Home Depot’s in-store customers. He works closely with core merchandising, dotcom, mobile, and IT leadership to ensure The Home Depot has a consistent and seamless customer experience across all channels. Prior to Home Depot, Albert’s previous employers include McKinsey & Company, IBM Global Services, and Deloitte Consulting. Albert’s retail clients include Walmart, Target, Macys, CVS, Disney Stores, NIKE, Tesco, RONA, and Ahold. Albert has an MBA and BA earned from the University of California.
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.
VP of QSR + Strategy | ZIVELO
Kris has an extensive career experience in the Financial Services and Restaurant Industry. Kris’ primary focus is to partner with ZIVLEO’s Quick Service Restaurant customers so they can realize the value self-order kiosks and Digital Menu Boards will add to their restaurants. His focus on the partnership is to ensure the Restaurant receives the highest possible ROI on the investment continues to draw more interest in both the kiosk and Digital Menu Board space. Prior to joining ZIVELO, Kris was the Director of IT Supplier Management for McDonald’s Corporation. Kris has also held positions at Discover Financial Services and Arthur Andersen. He holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BA in Psychology from Northern Illinois University.
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.
National Sales Manager, Food Service Solutions | Panasonic
Mark Brooks is the National Sales Manager 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. Mark has over 25 years of experience in providing cutting edge food service technology solutions to the hospitality industry. Mark joined Panasonic in 2015 after previously working for MICROS Systems for 18 years. Holding several positions with MICROS Systems, Mark has worked with many prominent brands deploying solutions and helping achieve a high return on investment.
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.
Global Head of Marketing Communications | SoftBank Robotics
Kass Dawson is the Global Head of Marketing Communications at SoftBank Robotics, engaging in the development and execution of effective strategic and tactical plans for external and internal communications. He works in conjunction with SoftBank partners to ensure that communications strategies, messages and executions are aligned with brand and business priorities. Before SoftBank Robotics, Dawson worked at Facebook as the Global Head of Vertical Marketing for the automotive industry, where he drove the company’s strategic vision to maximize automotive business around the world. Before Facebook, Dawson has held a variety of roles within manufacturing and technology leaders like Mercedes-Benz and Jumpstart Automotive Group.
Vice President of Global Brand Development | Imagesound
Tamara Deike is the Vice President of Global Brand Development at Imagesound/Musicstyling, and a new Los Angeles transplant. She works with retail, fashion and hospitality brands (Sprint, PUMA, Mandarin Oriental, Misguided, Caffe Nero, McDonald’s, etc.) worldwide to help them create better customer experiences through the creative power of music, sound, technology and messaging. With a career that spans 3 countries and a background working in the music and tech start-up industries (managing labels, writing for Vice and event production), she’s also DJ’d for 10+ years at clubs worldwide, Michelin starred restaurants, and fashion events for brands like Coach, Diesel, Converse and more. A nomadic soul, traveler and ultimately, a consumer. She’s passionate about the spaces around us and the way that we experience them. She discusses her take on the impact of music in retail and hospitality environments. Read more about her thoughts on the retail landscape at: www.hearhereblog.com.
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).
Senior Retail Marketing Manager | Under Armour
Christiana DiMattesa 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 20 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 2014 and previously held marketing roles with Ann Inc. and Foot Locker.
Co-founder | Robo Retail
David DiMeo is a smart creative, who recently left a Fortune 500 company to start a new business that is focused on a future where machine meets the customer. David has spent the last two decades working within the automotive industry on Connected Cars and the Internet of Things (IoT). In his last position as Director of the Innovation Lab at FordDirect, David was responsible for futuring on how the connected car and other emerging technologies would impact the way that people shopped for and used their vehicles while helping the OEM and dealers improve their business by applying these capabilities in a useful and novel way. This work cultivated opportunities around the personified vehicle, virtual sales agents, social media, mixed reality and retail robots. In this work, David realized that today people struggle to understand how to use technology to resolve their needs, but very soon, technology will be able to master natural language and other aspects of artificial intelligence to the point where they can understand us and adapt to our needs. This retail AI will eventually know all about us and be smart enough to identify products and services that we need before we even begin searching for them. This “Predictive Personalization” will revolutionize retail as we know it and its impact will be profound. In his new role at Robo Retail, David is focused on helping companies win at retail by applying these advanced methods in a way that provides experiences their customers love and generate economic value for the business.
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.
Marketing Strategist and Brand Culture Ambassador | Taziki’s Mediterranean Café
Anna Duffy is the Marketing Strategist and Brand Culture Ambassador for Taziki’s Mediterranean Café. In her time at Taziki’s, Anna has lead multiple initiatives, including restructuring brand culture, designing the training structure for field marketers and the implementation of Birdeye (social media/reputation management platform). Anna oversees Taziki’s social media presence and consults new franchise partners on marketing best practices. Anna studied Marketing at Samford Universit.
Sr. Director, Digital Products | HMSHost
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.
Dir. of Business Development, GameStop TV | GameStop
Jordan Fraser is the Director of Business Development for GameStop TV, a digital signage network in GameStop’s US retail locations. Jordan is responsible for and managing operations of the GameStop TV network and developing brand partnerships for GameStop. Prior to joining GameStop, Jordan held advertising and marketing roles at Clear Channel, Kinetic, and Outfront Media.
VP, Retail Experience | 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.
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, Business Development | Cradlepoint
Ken has 25 years of experience in marketing, sales, R&D and manufacturing. At Cradlepoint, Ken is responsible for driving strategic industry partnerships to accelerate the company’s market growth and leadership. As part of the leadership team since 2009, Ken has helped drive Cradlepoint’s growth and development through roles in strategic planning, product management, solution strategy and thought leadership. Ken frequently represents the company at industry conferences and events, and served on the original Advisory Board for the IoT/M2M Evolution Magazine. Ken holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering, both from Stanford University.
Founder / Chief Creative Officer | NEXT/NOW
Alan Hughes is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of NEXT/NOW. He is focused on making physical retail and brand experiences more compelling through the use of digital technology and design thinking. Projects of note include software architecture of the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, digital media creative direction for The Dubai Mall, and numerous digital experiential installations for Intel, Mazda, Under Armour, LG, Accenture, BP, McDonald’s, the NBA, and more.
VP of IT | Pizza Hut International
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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. In the fall of 2014 STMedia Group International published Kepron’s first book titled: “Retail (r)Evolution: Why Creating Right-Brain Stores Will Shape the Future of Shopping in a Digitally Driven World.”
VP of Strategy | MaxMedia
Ed King, VP of Strategy at MaxMedia, a retail innovation agency. A student of human behavior and natural storyteller, Ed King has engaged customers for companies like AT&T, The Home Depot, La Quinta, Porsche, Reebok, and Shell by taking a scientific approach to understanding why people act, behave, shop, purchase and remain loyal to certain brands. Ed knows that it takes both data and creativity to craft memorable, meaningful experiences that customers crave. The tools he uses range from the fantastical to the practical, but one thing is for sure…he is the biggest advocate that a consumer could ask for.
Digital Director | Cicis Pizza
Douglas Kwong is Digital Director at Cicis Pizza, where he has refreshed and launched various online customer platforms as part of the company’s revitalization initiative. In the past year in the role, he helped to build a new responsive website with an expanded digital footprint, a new email program which doubled engagement in click-through rates, and launched a branded mobile loyalty app. Prior to joining Cicis, Douglas devised and executed online initiatives to grow exposure and e-commerce revenue at global hospitality organizations Hilton Worldwide and Choice Hotels International. He is also President and Co-Founder of the Diabetic Shoes HuB, an online retailer of orthopedic footwear and accessories.
CEO | Sushiyaa Franchising
Kevin Lee has over a decade of experience conceptualizing mere ideas into business models and launching new brands and expanding concepts. He is a lifestyle brand and small business development leader and currently leading Sushiyaa Franchising to re-identify the value of the concept. As part of this initiative, the company implemented a third-party customer loyalty program and signed up more than 10,000 members within a five-month period. He also helped build the delivery platform with nearly no investment by leveraging ‘passing tipping point’ technologies. After seven months of its launch, it has reached over 3.5% of the total sales
Global Lead of Digital Signage and Kiosk | Google
Chris Lydle is Global Lead of Digital Signage and Kiosk for Google, with responsibility for bringing Chrome and Android devices to the digital signage and kiosk market. Chris has over twenty years experience working with digital media, most recently at YouTube. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
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 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.
Chief Revenue Officer | Curbside
Sean is currently the Chief Revenue Officer of Curbside. Founded by Apple experts in location services, Curbside has built a technology platform that enables stores, restaurants and other businesses to serve today’s mobile consumers better. Curbside’s customers include CVS, Sephora, Nordstrom, Westfield Malls, Boston Market and Pizza Hut. For over 25 years, Sean’s career has been focussed on digital transformation in the consumer products and retail sector. Sean has worked with major retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Costco and eBay and major brands, such as Proctor & Gamble, Disney and Sony to create new customer experiences in-store and online. Sean has expertise in digital media, ecommerce, online marketplaces, AI and logistics.
SVP, Innovation & Distribution | Little Caesars
Rick Moreno serves as Senior Vice President of Innovation and Distribution at Little Caesars, one of the world’s most recognized pizza brands. Rick joined Little Caesars more than 30 years ago as an hourly crew member. Since then, he has gained a unique blend of cross-functional experience and today he serves on the senior executive leadership team. Rick has also served as the head of multiple divisions over the course of his career, including Research & Development, Real Estate, Construction, Architecture & Design, Information Technology, Retail Technology, Human Resources, Training and Strategic Planning. Today, he leads Blue Line Distribution Operations, Enterprise Technology, Architecture & Design, Equipment and Engineering Divisions. Rick has a unique passion for innovation and cutting-edge technology.
VP – Subway Digital | Subway
Ken Moy is Vice President of Digital at Subway restaurants were he leads the company’s omni-channel, innovation and partnership priorities. Prior to his current role, Mr. Moy was Co-Head of Subway Digital where he led the formation of the Subway Digital business unit and the execution of the restaurant’s web, mobile app, loyalty, and payment efforts around the world. Prior to Subway, Mr. Moy served as Senior Vice President at MasterCard where he led the firm’s advanced technology and partnership efforts to drive digital commerce. Mr. Moy also held a range of senior management roles in finance, product development, and innovation with Citibank and JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Moy holds a BA in Sociology & Psychology, and a MS in Business Management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Chairman | JGA
As the Chairman of JGA, Ken Nisch has focused his efforts developing branded environments and consumer strategies for clients including Sundance, Hershey’s, Sleep Number, Disney, H&M, The North Face, Whole Foods Market and Big Bazaar. JGA creates inspired environments across a variety of venues including entertainment, hospitality, and traditional retail. Ken became Chairman in 1995. His responsibilities include project strategy and serving as client liaison. Ken’s knowledge and entrepreneurial insights into the consumer are integrated into conceptual development and strategic image positioning for retail operators, manufacturers and brand marketers. Ken was inducted into the Retail Design Institute Legion of Honor recognizing his outstanding career achievements.
Vice-President of 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.
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.
Director, Digital Consultancy and Marketing | AOPEN
Aaron Pompey brings experience in both the corporate and public sectors to his role as Director of Digital Consultancy and Marketing at AOPEN America. With commercial-grade products and expert industry knowledge, AOPEN works with partners to deliver digital signage solutions that address the customer and operational pain points common to its enterprise customers.
CMO | b8ta
Phillip Raub is currently the Co-Founder, CMO & Head of Retail at b8ta, In his role he oversees b8ta’s marketing and consumer experience. Prior to b8ta, Phillip held executive roles in marketing at Nest (Head of Global Channel Marketing), Nintendo (Director of Retail Marketing) and Gap Inc.
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.
Sr. Manager, Customer Experience Design | Kohl’s
Dennis Schleicher is Senior Manager Customer Experience Design at Kohl’s where his team focuses on the experiences for buy online pickup in store, the Yes2You Loyalty program, and the private label Kohl’s credit card. His customer centered approach centers on understanding and designing inside of retail ecologies for families using his background in business and industrial anthropology. He has worked with Sears/Kmart both customer and associate facing experience, Ford.com and the My Ford Loyalty program, Chrysler, General Motors, Comcast, Dominos, and various non-profits.
COO, Sportservice | Delaware North
As COO of Delaware North Sportservice, Richard Schneider oversees the food service and retail operations at stadiums, ballparks, arenas and other venues across the United States. Richard develops and implements strategic plans for growth and profitability, develops the location and corporate management teams and works to enhance client relationships. Previously, Richard served as COO of Delaware North’s travel business and as vice president of hospitality services for Delaware North’s gaming business. Prior to joining Delaware North, Richard’s career included such positions as vice president of food and beverage at Midwest Gaming and Entertainment; vice president of hospitality/general manager at Caesars Entertainment; and vice president of food, beverage and entertainment at MGM Grand Detroit.
CEO | Bouncepad
Tobi Schneidler is the founder of Bouncepad, and the inventor of the tablet kiosk. His commercial design work for clients like Barclays Bank and Vodafone focused on emerging digital interactions in stores, to then lead to the launch of Bouncepad as a product business. He studied architecture, to then research technology’s impact on commercial spaces. His work was presented at SFMoMA and the Science Museum in London. He also taught at the Royal College of Art in London and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Bouncepads are now used around the world, to make venues more relevant and connected in the digital age.
Manager, Retail Systems | Carhartt
Eric Schongalla and his team support, enhance and evolve the systems used to deliver a unique customer experience across Carhartt’s owned nationwide retail stores. Working within the Direct-to-Consumer team, he focuses on the goal of a consistent, seamless exchange for Carhartt customers who interact with the stores technology. Eric joined Carhartt in 2014 to project manage the re-design and re-launch of the company’s eCommerce website, implement online chat, online data exchange and the in-store kiosk program.
Vice President 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 that fit right in with Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – an explosively growing and entrepreneurial company.
SVP Sales & Experiences | OpenEye Global
With 20+ years of retail and digital strategy experience, Roger brings a unique blend of consistent strategic direction, purposeful networking and relationship building, as well as a focus on better serving clients through modern-day internal processes to help solve complex brand experience initiatives brought on by digital transformation. Being extremely nimble and hands on, Roger orchestrates and connects brands and clients to various emerging technologies and translates the usage into an impactful business case, thus continuously creating a positive dialogue and commitment to delivering all stakeholders a positive Return on Investment. Currently holding a board position with Retail Design Institute (RDI) and serves as an active member of SEGD, Roger continues to achieve high levels of success developing and maintaining strongly-influential relationships across several major divisions of retail, advertising and CPG firms on an international level.
VP of IT and Development |Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants
Paula Suarez is Vice President of Information Technology and Development for Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurant, Inc. Suarez leads the companywide 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 in 2011, Suarez served as Division Business Systems Analyst for RealPage, a software development company for major property management companies. Suarez’s 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.
Chief Executive Officer |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. Summers 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, Summers 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.
SVP, Head of Emerging Payments & Commerce Partnerships | Bank of America
Ashish Tajpuria is the Emerging Payments Executive at Bank of America, responsible for managing third-party partnerships across the entire payments and commerce ecosystem for the consumer bank. Ashish’s current areas of focus include: digital wallets, card networks, loyalty, artificial intelligence (A.I.) & Internet of Things (IoT). Ashish is also responsible for managing various strategic emerging payment projects. Prior to joining Bank of America, Ashish was a member of the Chase Pay product team where his responsibilities included product strategy, roadmap development, third-party partnerships and merchant acceptance. He has a proven track record as a product manager creating new digital products across a wide range of industries from financial services, retail / eCommerce to travel and high-tech.
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.
Business Development Manager | Capital One
Andrew Winninger is a Business Development Manager supporting the Capital One Cafes and their community engagement efforts in South Florida, Richmond and Philadelphia. Prior to this role he led the marketing team at the largest Whole Foods in Florida, directed a global street team and non-profit at an independent record label and developed an intergenerational community program for the United Way. He studied marketing at the University of Central Florida and returned to Ft. Lauderdale after graduating, where he currently resides. Avid golfer, certified SCUBA diver, published author and resident DJ at the monthly art walk.
CEO | Elo
Craig Witsoe has been the Chief Executive Officer of Elo since 2012. Prior to Elo, Craig led efforts in various aspects of retail technology for over 20 years, with global experience in digital displays and retail commercial lighting. Building on Elo’s 40 years of touchscreen innovation and over 20 million global installations, he has led Elo’s latest generation of innovation focused on bridging the physical store and on-line shopping experience. Working with some of the largest retailers around the world, Craig is in a unique position to see the best in-store digital interactive experiences, approaches to in-store on-line shopping and, more importantly, what retail will look like in the coming years.