SVP | Westfield Brand Ventures
Morten Gotterup is SVP of Westfield Global Brand Ventures Group. Utilizing media assets, sponsorships and activations, Westfield Brand Ventures connects brands and millions of Westfield shoppers with highly effective, relevant and interactive experiences. Morten helped launched Fulton Center (NYC) in 2014 and World Trade Center in 2016. Both of these ground-breaking developments have forever changed the media and sponsorship landscape. Prior to Westfield, Morten worked for or ran several companies in the out-of-home advertising space including Kinetic, LiteLogic and Titan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director, Digital Signage and Professional Video | IHS Markit
Sanju has directed IHS’ worldwide research into the technologies and markets for digital signage and professional displays since 2001, becoming one of the industry’s leading authorities in the field of digital signage. Sanju leads a team providing international support of a client base across multiple syndicated products and services, and for ongoing strategic consultancy projects across the entire digital signage landscape. Sanju’s work is concentrated in the areas of technology assessment, strategic analysis, competitive analysis and demand forecasting in the digital signage market. Prior to joining IHS, Sanju served as senior sales analyst for Sega of America, where she developed sales forecasts and conducted analyses of pricing, inventory, and market share for the company’s hardware and software gaming product lines.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.