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.
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.
Chief Strategy Officer | Softbank Robotics
Steve Carlin is the Chief Strategy Officer with Softbank Robotics America, overseeing all development, sales and marketing in North and South American for this emerging humanoid robotics company. Prior to joining Softbank Robotics, Carlin worked at Facebook as the Global Head of Strategy for Gaming, where he drove the global strategic vision for the company’s gaming business. Before Facebook, Carlin was the Senior Director of Marketing and Insights for Ubisoft, the third largest video game publisher in the world, and held multiple roles in sales, marketing and strategy for Energizer and Procter & Gamble.
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.
Sr. Director, Innovation Lab | FordDirect
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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 University where she met her husband. The couple currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.
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
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
SVP, Innovation & Distribution | Little Caesars
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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.
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.
COO, Sportservice | Delaware North
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CEO | Bouncepad
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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
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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.