February 19 - 22, 2019
JW Marriott, Palm Springs, CA
CEO and Co-Founder
As CEO and Co-Founder of Odysseus Arms in San Francisco and a longtime industry pioneer, Libby has reimagined what a modern agency looks like by creating a company that’s highly collaborative, diverse, socially driven and results obsessed. She also developed the creative and strategic method, ThirdEye™, a one-of-a-kind approach that yields unprecedented results for her clients. Libby’s path as an industry disruptor began in London where she co-founded renowned agency Mother at the age of 27, and lead the company to considerable success including being named Campaign’s “Agency of the Decade.” Throughout her career, Libby crafted advertising strategies for Silicon Valley tech giants like Facebook, Microsoft and YouTube. She’s also influenced cultural issues by directing the reframing of the transgender narrative as the creative visionary behind the launch of Caitlyn Jenner’s on-air image, and also activated Amnesty International supporters to help Obama’s Arms Trade Treaty pass in the United Nations.
Noam Paransky is Senior Vice President of Digital for Gap Inc. He is responsible for the digital engagement and sales channels for Gap Inc.’s portfolio of global brands (Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix, and Weddington Way). His team's charter is to deliver a world class online and digitally enabled in-store shopping experience.
Noam is a career retail professional who has advised and supported dozens of the world’s largest retailers and brands – working with them on everything from e-commerce and omni-channel strategies to digital marketing and customer experience to back office operations improvement. Prior to Gap Inc., Noam was at global consultancy AlixPartners, where he was the retail digital and marketing capability leader. Prior to AlixPartners he was with consultancy Kurt Salmon Associates. Noam earned a BA in Economics from Emory University.
SVP/GM, Gap Global Online
John Stratford is Senior Vice President & General Manager for Gap Global Online based in San Francisco, CA. John is responsible for the strategic growth, operations, and P&L management of the online business. He leads the team that creates an elevated and innovative digital shopping experience across six websites serving customers in more than 90 countries. John learned the retail business from the ground-up, beginning his career as a Gap Store Manager in 1992. He graduated from Gap Inc.’s Retail Management Executive Training Program several years later and began working in the Online channel for Gap in 1999. He has worked on the merchandising and marketing sides of the online business and across the Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy brands. He previously served as General Manager, Europe Online for both Gap and Banana Republic, where he played an instrumental role in designing the market entry strategy that enabled the business to scale rapidly and exceed sales forecasts. John then assumed responsibility for the Gap North America online business, including the launch of Gap Factory online, prior to taking on his current global role.
Executive In Residence / VP / Officer
Mr. Kaness is currently an Executive-in-Residence / VP, Officer at Walmart eCommerce US based in San Francisco. A well-regarded innovator and full-stack operator of digital brands, Matt was most recently CEO of ModCloth, Inc. (2015-2017), where he led a successful turn-around, expansion and sale of the business to Jet.com this past March. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Kaness was the chief strategy officer for Urban Outfitters, Inc. (Nasdaq: $URBN) since 2007.
Chief Retail Officer
Kevin Moffitt was named Senior Vice President, Chief Retail Officer for Office Depot, Inc. in January 2018. In this role, Moffitt is responsible for reimagining Office Depot’s retail business and collaborating across the executive team to solidify the company’s growth strategy leveraging its retail footprint. Additionally, he is responsible for leading BizBox and developing other innovative business strategies.
Moffitt, who joined Office Depot in July 2012, has over 20 years of experience in omnichannel and eCommerce business management. Previously, Moffitt served as Chief Digital Officer, where he was responsible for the Direct Business P&L and created a world-class online experience for Office Depot’s customers. Additionally, he was responsible for building the company’s digital platforms and identifying new ways to accelerate growth online, along with mobile and new digital services. Earlier in his career, Moffitt held leadership roles at Dillard’s Department Stores, Circuit City Stores and Putnam Investments.
Birkenstock USA, LP
Mr. Kahan joined Birkenstock in 2013 and has led the resurgence of the brand in the U.S. market. He is now responsible for all business operations throughout the Americas region. Kahan brings over 25 years of experience in the footwear industry. Prior to joining Birkenstock, he served as President of the footwear division for ENK International – a leader in fashion trade show events. Kahan began his career with over twelve years in sales at Nike. He has held senior leadership roles in Fila, Reebok and Adidas / Rockport. David graduated from the Columbia Business School Senior Executive Program and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
J. C. Penney
Dhritiman (Dhriti) Saha is Senior Vice President, Digital at JCPenney. He is responsible for leading digital technology, omnichannel program management, digital business operations and user experience design. Dhriti is currently leading all omnichannel & digital technology initiatives that includes creating seamless digital customer experience across desktop, mobile, tablet, in-store digital experience, call centers and enterprise fulfillment initiatives including buy online & pickup in-store, ship from and to stores. He also is leading optimization effort of digital business operations using six sigma and agile methodology starting from product and site content management, digital price management, enterprise fulfillment to fraud, and building Company’s next generation omnichannel customer experience and big data platforms for omnichannel analytics.
Prior to joining JCPenney in 2014, Saha held executive leadership roles at Kohl’s, Target and Oracle. As Kohl’s vice president of E-Commerce, he spearheaded the creation and growth of the company’s digital and big data platforms which improved in-store kiosk, market place and “buy online and pick up in store” customer experience. Prior to that, Saha worked at Target as vice president of Multi-Channel Commerce, Innovation and Online Operations where he led the delivery of several large, complex and fast-paced initiatives. He also served on the board of directors for Target India and was instrumental in maturing Target’s global in-house development center in Bangalore, India. Prior to that Saha was a director for Oracle Corporation in Reston, Va. As a leader at Oracle he led various large practices and engagements including a multi-organization program team to deliver the 2002 U.S. Economic Census.
Saha is a graduate in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Regional Engineering College, Jalandhar. He has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Saha is a Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) from California State University.
Ms. Stoneham is Senior Vice President, Marketing Chico’s FAS, Inc. is a cultivator of brands serving the lifestyle needs of fashion-savvy women 30 years and older. The brand portfolio currently consists of three brands: Chico’s, White House Black Market and Soma. The Chico’s FAS brands are all specialty retailers of private label women’s apparel, accessories and related products. Currently, operating 1,518 boutiques and outlets throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online presence for each of our brands.As Senior Vice President Marketing, Ms. Stoneham’s key accountabilities include: brand, consumer and marketing strategy, development of brand identity and essence, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, digital development, leading multi-channel design including store and visual merchandising, advertising, agency management, marketing creation, media planning and investment. Prior to joining Chico’s in 2016, Ms. Stoneham was Senior Vice President, Marketing, Shoppers Drug Mart,licensor of more than 1,300 full-service drug stores across Canada, with $11.1 billion in sales, as well as57medical clinic pharmacies, and six luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale. Ms. Stoneham is a dynamic and innovative senior marketing leader with tremendous experience and success optimizing shareholder value for top tier organizations. She is highly collaborative, equally skilled atcreating, building, and revitalizing brands as developing, inspiring, coaching and managing strong professional teams. Her experience spans a broad range of sectors including telecommunications, packaged goods, retail, high tech, airline, brand-name and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Ms. Stoneham is an award-winning brand thought leader with a relentless drive for innovation and excellence. Ms. Stoneham serves as Director of the Vividata Board (formerly PMB and NadBank), and Director of Women's College Hospital Foundation.
Laura Joukovski (LJ) is SVP of Media at TechStyle, where she leads a global team responsible for end-to-end global customer acquisition from creatives, to media buying to measurement and attribution. She oversees a media budget of $125M+ across TechStyle’s portfolio of brands, including JustFab, ShoeDazzle, Fabletics and Fabkids. Over the past five years she has helped to build and scale the TechStyle brands in a variety of roles, including launching the Fabletics brand, leading the Analytics team to fuel data-driven decisions across brands and geographic regions, and scaling a world-class internal media buying agency servicing all TechStyle’s brands.
Prior to joining TechStyle, LJ was on the founding team of FabKids as COO/CFO. FabKids was acquired by TechStyle (formerly JustFab, Inc.) in January 2013. LJ’s start-up experience also includes scaling Tea Collection, a high-end children’s apparel brand in San Francisco, where she served as COO/CFO from early stages to a profitable, multi-channel venture. She’s worked in larger companies also, both as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and in house with Levi Strauss & Co. LJ loves tackling tough business challenges and has a strong track record of growth hacking by digging in and deeply understanding the numbers and the key drivers for profitable growth. She’s skilled at partnering with stakeholders at all levels to get results.
EVP, Strategic Innovation & Digital Experience
As Executive Vice President of Strategic Innovation & Digital Experience, Brock is responsible for accelerating Petco's growth through innovation and enterprise-wide, consumer-focused digital initiatives. An accomplished executive with significant experience leading digital innovation and startups, Brock leads Petco’s efforts to use digital tools and applications to educate and engage the modern pet parent. Brock joined the company in March 2017 when Petco acquired PetCoach, where he was the CEO and cofounder. PetCoach is an app (iOS and Android) and online pet advice service that connects pet parents with experienced veterinary professionals for personalized care.
Previously, Brock was a Venture Partner of tech accelerator ICONYC Labs and Managing Director of his angel investment fund, Atai Ventures. Brock also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at PetSmart after selling Pet360, a venture-backed leading consumer engagement, digital media and subscription ecommerce company, where he was CEO for five years. Brock was also co-founder and CEO of startup, Fathead and a senior leader at InterActiveCorp, a media entertainment company. Brock earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and tourism from the University of Colorado. He is a former board member of Nature Conservancy’s Adirondacks chapter and is very involved in the startup community as an angel investor and was President of Philly Startup Leaders. Brock’s trusty companionis his four-legged family member – Boulder.
Kristen is one of the earliest employees at Balsam Brands, first joining the team in 2007 as an intern during graduate school. Intrigued by the job diversity, culture, and entrepreneurial spirit of the company, Kristen joined full-time in 2008. Kristen first focused on performance marketing in addition to a plethora of other initiatives. Kristen now oversees all marketing activities, assists with company strategy, and often makes chocolate chip banana bread for colleagues to enjoy (and sometimes her family and friends, too...).
Kristen's career started in the finance world; prior to business school she worked in investment banking and private equity before joining Sears Holdings. Kristen was named an Arjay Miller scholar in Stanford's MBA program, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with a double-major in Economics and Statistics. If given a superpower, Kristen would probably want to have the ability to have unlimited superpowers - she likes having options.
Danny is a seasoned executive with a career focus on digital businesses over the past 20 years, serving currently as the Chief Digital Officer of Jamba Juice. He previously oversaw digital at Pizza Hut, led improvements at Sephora to the beauty company's website and mobile experiences, and helped The Gap rebuild and unify its e-commerce platform for its clothing brands. Danny earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.
Chief Experience Officer
Dominique Essig is the Chief Experience Officer for Bonobos, the men’s e-commerce brand known for better-fitting clothes paired with exceptional customer service.
Essig is responsible for overseeing the product management, UX design, engineering, data science, IT, analytics and insights, and customer service ninjas functions. In her current role she is responsible for Bonobos’ digital product strategy and implementation across the brand’s e-commerce platforms while ensuring the customer experience is positive and consistent at every touch point.
Essig has more than 16 years of online experience both in North American and Global product management, customer experience and operations, and software development. Prior to joining Bonobos, she worked at Gilt Group where she managed web and mobile experiences including Gilt’s Loyalty program, email and mobile communication, and customer engagement and acquisition. Previously, she spent 12 years at Travelocity where she held a number of senior and director-level product management roles that involved but not limited to developing next-generation shopping initiatives, product strategies and definitions, managing product life cycles, and launching new products for international brands.
Essig graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her two sons and husband.
Miki joined KIDBOX LLC -- the first kids’ style box offering premiere brands, significant savings and a mission to clothe one million children -- as Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. She was hired by Haim Dabah, founder and managing partner of HDS Capital and co-founder of KIDBOX.
From 2014 to 2016, Miki was President, Digital Commerce & Chief Marketing Officer, EVP at Chico’s FAS. She oversaw the Digital Commerce business and Marketing strategy for three distinct brands, Chico’s, White House Black Market and Soma Intimates. Prior to this role, Miki was Chief Marketing Officer at Tory Burch from 2009 to 2014 where she was responsible for global Marketing, Public Relations and Digital Commerce. Prior to joining Tory Burch, Miki was Senior Vice President of Marketing at Ralph Lauren where she spent nearly eight years developing and leading multi-channel marketing strategy for the retail businesses. Earlier in her career, she held positions at Limited Too/Tween Brands, Experian North America and McMillan Associates.
Rainer is one of the four co-founders of Chubbies – a brand focused on offering clothing and content built for the weekend. He oversees their Brand Experience team, focused on product strategy and delivering consistent, high quality experiences with the company.
Prior to Chubbies, Rainer spent time at Gap and Levi’s. A graduate of Stanford University, Rainer lives in San Francisco with his wife Lauren and bulldog Frankie.
Founder & CEO
Morgan Hermand-Waiche is the founder and CEO of Adore Me - a disruptive e-commerce startup revolutionizing the lingerie industry by creating fast-fashion, affordable, inclusive intimates. Morgan holds a Masters in Mathematics and Computer Science at Les Mines. Prior to starting Adore Me, Morgan worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, and after three years consulting on projects across Asia and Europe, he moved to the U.S. to pursue his MBA at Harvard Business School, and won a full tuition scholarship. He founded Adore Me while still in school, and his HBS professors were his first investors. Adore Me has grown to become a team of 150 employees across the U.S. and Europe, with revenues exponentially growing from $1M in 2012 to $84M in 2016. Adore Me is ranked three times on Crain’s Fast 50 list, and highlighted as one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S. - ranked three times on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
As EVP of Merchandising, Diana leads Backcountry’s merchandise buying functions. Before joining Backcountry, Diana worked at The Children’s Place as the VP of Ecommerce Merchandising, Planning & Global Marketplaces. Prior to that, she worked for Gymboree, Ann Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale's.
Nick Devlin was promoted to CEO of Naked Wines USA in September 2017; prior to this he was the VP of Sales & Marketing. Nakedwines.com is one of the fastest growing direct to consumer wine businesses in the USA; harnessing the power of it's 115,000 'Angel' customers to crowd-fund a network of talented independent winemakers. In just 5 years nakedwines.com has become one of the USA's top 30 wine producers, funding over 50 winemakers and selling over 8 million bottles of wine a year.
Prior to joining nakedwines.com, Nick was an Associate Partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants in London, working in their Retail and Leisure sectors advising on topics including customer segmentation, growth strategy and customer loyalty.
Peter is a Senior Executive with President, CEO and CMO experience including retail, fashion, hospitality, digital pure play, and consumer goods industries. Peter is a creator of brands and businesses, and can help accelerate even the most successful brands. Peter came to INDOCHINO to help fuel a global suit revolution. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Director at Lavalife Inc. from 2000-2003, and returned as President from 2010-2011 to lead a subsequent M&A transition. He also served as President of Milestones Restaurants from 2006-2009 where he delivered record sales and EBITDA results. Prior to that, Peter held Retail Executive positions at HBC and Eaton's. Peter is an enterprise leader with broad experience in strategy, P&L management, operations excellence, marketing management, revenue creation, talent development, and IT oversight for companies ranging from $3M to $200M.
Chief Merchandising Officer
Chris joined Shinola in the Fall of 2015 as the Chief Merchandising Officer, leading the “go to market” vision for the Shinola stores and digital channel including product adoption and story telling. Prior to Shinola, Chris held several global leadership roles within Nike, Inc. including product management, retail strategy, and merchandising. Most recently Chris led footwear merchandising and product creation for the Converse brand (a subsidiary of Nike, Inc.) in Europe.
Chief Product Officer & SVP
Josh Mahoney is Chief Product Officer of luxury consignment site The RealReal. He brings over seventeen years of retail and e-commerce experience to The RealReal. After spending time in education, Josh made the move to tech space in 1999, helping to launch oldnavy.com. From there he helped found the product management function at the Gap, developing the technology platform for the company - first focused on e-commerce, but later taking on CRM, mobile, retail stores and supply chain for the company’s family of brands globally. Josh is a dynamic leader who gets his energy from bringing together cross-functional teams to take on tough business problems. Josh graduated cum laude from the College of William & Mary with a dual major in Government and Mathematics, and has a Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Texas. He lives in the east bay with his wife and two kids, Lucinda, 10, and Cole, 8.
Pradeep Elankumaran is the CEO and co-founder of Farmstead, the new AI-powered digital micro-grocer reinventing the supermarket model with technology that sources and delivers local food from farm-to-fridge in 60 minutes. Prior to founding Farmstead, he spent many years building and running design and operations-focused consumer technology products. Notably, Pradeep led mobile video monetization and Livetext at Yahoo, managed the driver growth product team at Lyft and also co-founded a YC-backed mobile photo-sharing product. Pradeep received his BS in Physics & Astronomy from the University of Maryland.
Founder & CEO
Ariel Kaye is the Founder and CEO of Parachute, the fast-growing home essentials brand based in Venice Beach. Long intrigued by the interplay of design and wellness, Ariel established Parachute to fulfill consumers’ needs for high quality bedding and a good night’s sleep.
Within two years, Forbes declared that “Parachute Wins Over Millennials Tired Of Chain Store Bedding.” The brand has been called one of the “25 Hot Los Angeles Startups to Watch” by Business Insider, and has been featured in notable publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest and ELLE DECOR.
Prior to launching Parachute, Ariel spent ten years working in brand development and advertising in New York. Her experience yielded invaluable insight to consumer purchase behavior and the public’s growing interest in quality, craftsmanship and social responsibility – now tenets of the Parachute brand.
Ariel earned a Master's Degree in Media Studies from the New School, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Gallatin School at NYU. She is also a certified yoga instructor and aspiring surfer.
Co-Founder & CEO
Jennie Baik is an avid consumer technology and next generation retail strategist and currently serves as the CEO and Co-founder of Orchard Mile, a newly launched digital shopping experience that is the first and only fashion platform that allows women to shop the full assortment of their favorite contemporary and luxury brands’ sites, updated daily, in one place, with the ease of one checkout.
Previous to her role at Orchard Mile, Ms. Baik served as the Head of Strategy for Burberry Americas from September 2012 to July 2014, where she focused on creating powerful brand experiences to position the company for multi-national growth. She also served in various positions in her four years at Omnicom Group; including as Director of Strategy & Business Development from 2010-2012, where she was responsible for the development and execution of a strategy to harness the power of big data to create targeted marketing campaigns. While at Omnicom, Ms. Baik also led teams in architecting integrated marketing strategies, focusing on developing rich brand identities and communicating these stories both online and offline. Ms. Baik also spent time as a management consultant at Booz Allen & Co. as well as in leveraged finance at Goldman Sachs prior to graduating from business school.
Ms. Baik received her Masters degree from Harvard Business School in 2008 and also holds a BBA/BA in Business Honors and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a frequent notable speaker at the annual Harvard Business School’s annual Dynamic Women in Business and the Retail and Luxury Goods conference, as well as the Luxury Marketing Council’s events in the New York area.
Galyn and Christina are the Co-founders and Co-CEOs of Primary, a new direct to consumer, vertically integrated kids clothing brand (www.primary.com). Primary is quickly becoming the go-to for better basics without all the logos, slogans and sequins -- easy to shop and replenish as your kids grow.
Christina was one of the first employees at Quidsi, where she led marketing for Diapers.com and went on to help launch and manage nine additional ecommerce sites in verticals such as health & beauty, home, and children's clothing. Prior to Quidsi she was a Brand Manager at Kraft Foods. Christina is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania. She has two kids, age 11 and 14.
Galyn and Christina are the Co-founders and Co-CEOs of Primary, a new direct to consumer, vertically integrated kids clothing brand (www.primary.com). Primary is quickly becoming the go-to for better basics without all the logos, slogans and sequins -- easy to shop and replenish as your kids grow.
Galyn previously held various strategy and marketing roles at Diapers.com/Quidsi, Cole Haan, Kraft Foods and Disney. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Princeton. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and 8-year old twin girls.
COO & Co-Founder
Boon + Gable
Nicole Chiu-Wang is Co-Founder, COO, and Head of Style of Boon + Gable, a personal styling service that’s making shopping easier and more enjoyable by bringing a professional stylist to your home with clothes picked just for you, through a combination of fashion industry expertise and machine learning. Since its launch in 2016, Boon + Gable has styled thousands of men and women in their own homes and has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, and 7x7 Magazine.
Nicole currently serves on the advisory board for INFORUM, the innovation lab of the Commonwealth Club of California—the oldest and largest civic forum in the United States. She also owns and operates her own line of women’s activewear called Treadfast.
Prior to Boon + Gable, Nicole was one of the first employees at Rocksbox, a designer jewelry subscription service, and helped scale their national operations. She also worked as a trademark attorney for startups for several years before deciding to dive into startups herself by learning web development and user experience design. Originally from Los Angeles, she moved to San Francisco in 2010 after being “fired” by Donald Trump on NBC’s The Apprentice Season 10.
Nicole graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Irvine, and received her JD from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. In November 2017, Nicole embarked on her biggest adventure yet—being a mom to her son, Donovan.
CEO & Founder
Michael Hughes is an experienced entrepreneur with a track record that extends over 25 years in both e-commerce and offline direct selling. It’s Michael’s commitment to excellence in craftsmanship and to a superior customer experience that has driven PlushBeds to become one of America’s largest online retailers of natural latex mattresses that are as affordable as they are indulgent. In 2011, Michael founded the Natural Latex Company, a 50,000sf manufacturing facility in Moorpark, CA which has become one of America’s largest providers of certified organic latex. Prior to PlushBeds, Michael was a Senior Vice President with a subsidiary of Citigroup.
Nizzi is helping Zazzle's marketplace ecosystem to reach new heights. From hardcore video gamers to crafty DIY enthusiasts and style aficionados, Nizzi has engaged passionate communities in a variety of forms throughout her career. She had held leadership roles at Refinery29, Atari and Etsy as well as executive roles agency-side across diverse sectors including politics, tech and the nonprofit world. A graduate of Emerson College, Nizzi has her BA in Communication Studies and her MA in Integrated Marketing Communications.
Shilpa was drawn to Cuyana for the opportunity to create products richin meaning, quality, and story. Beginning her career in InteractionDesign, Shilpa has over 15 years of experience designing web andmobile interfaces for Fortune 500 companies including Disney, AT&T,and Sun Microsystems. In 2012, she graduated with her MBA from UCBerkeley Haas School of Business. Shilpa is passionate aboutcelebrating the the multifaceted spirit of modern women through creating a culture of empowerment.
CEO & Co-Founder
Entrepreneur Francisco Gimenez has a passion for innovation. Throughout his career, he has leveraged technology in traditional industries to introduce breakthrough concepts to the marketplace. With eSalon, he’s created a game-changing company, which revolutionizes the multi-billion dollar hair color and hair care industries.
At eSalon, Gimenez merged the worlds of technology and beauty to make possible large-scale production of customized, salon hair color. Now all women have access to the same quality color that previously was available only at prestige salons.
Since 2010, the company has experienced phenomenal growth, expanding into international markets and launching new product categories. “Our goal has been to offer clients the chance to finally fall in love with their hair color, without having to pay a great deal,” Gimenez said. “Until now, a woman’s only options were to spend $100 or more in a salon, or face endless aisles of mediocre drugstore color. We’ve turned the color market on its head and are excited about our continued success and confirmation of our vision,” he said.
Prior to eSalon, Gimenez was an integral part of the management team at PriceGrabber.com, one of the leading comparison shopping websites and global e-commerce companies. His vision helped it grow into a multi-million dollar company, which was acquired by Experian for $485mm in 2005. Gimenez holds an M.B.A from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business.
Founder & CEO
by REVEAL began as part of Megan’s thesis at Harvard to create a tech-enabled retail platform that can appear anywhere. The deployable physical REVEAL spaces showcase rotating products and designers while generating real-time data reporting. She has worked in Global Store Development for Starbucks and SCDA Architects in Singapore.
SVP, Marketing & eCommerce (fmr)
Tari Huddleston was recently the SVP Marketing & Ecommerce for rue21 and was responsible for the brand and all related marketing, advertising and promotional activities. In addition, she was the general manager for the ecommerce business. With over 20 years’ experience with many famous and well-loved brands from The Home Depot to Hallmark to M&M’s Chocolate Candies, she has led and developed direct to consumer business from start-up, survival, turnaround and growth. With a strong knowledge of both customer focused businesses and online developments, Tari has been responsible for launching dozens of websites, new catalogs and establishing complete direct to consumer infrastructures from the ground up.
Tony is the creative genius behind Hammitt handbags and accessories. After growing up in Ohio, earnestly manning his father's grocery store, Tony earned his MBA from Bowling Green University. After early success with start-ups in construction and finance, he felt called to the artistic world of fashion, where he dreamed of building a succesful American brand inspired by the European model that prioritizes craftsmanship and lifelong quality.
Raphi Mahgerefteh is the founder and CEO of Allurez, a direct to consumer brand of fine jewelry that was born online. Raphi is an expert in E-commerce, retail, technology, and luxury goods with over 10 years of experience. Raphi has grown Allurez into a multi million dollar brand, and has been featured in Forbes magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, the Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. Besides running Allurez Raphi is also an avid investor having backed various startups.
Kristina Allebach is the Chief Information Officer for REEDS Jewelers, Inc. Kristina is responsible for new and existing technology assets across physical and online channels, information governance and security, regulatory compliance, and technology operations and works with the executive team to ensure that technology investments deliver the expected benefits to the enterprise.
Prior to joining REEDS, Kristina held a variety of roles in both consulting and executive management in the Life Sciences industry where she held IT portfolio management and development operations executive roles.Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her two crazy girls, participating in CrossFit, and reading. Her favorite recent read is ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain.
In September 2017, Jarred Goldberg joined MeUndies as SVP of Marketing. Based in Los Angeles, California, the direct-to-consumer brand is leading the industry in delivering everyday basics to men and women with a relentless emphasis on quality and service. With over 13 years of experience in advertising and leadership at both agencies and globally renowned companies, Jarred is passionate about building a world-class marketing team dedicated to optimizing media and brand message to all customers at MeUndies.
Prior to joining MeUndies, the Missouri native served as Chief Marketing Officer at The Bouqs Company and Vice President of Marketing at REVOLVE Clothing. Jarred received a B.S. in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville and an M.S. in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University.
Carlos Moreno is Chief Technology Officer of The Bouqs Company, an industry leader in the online floral space committed to providing fresh flowers from eco-friendly, sustainable farms across the globe. With over 19 years’ experience in the software technology sector with a focus on hyper-growth start-ups, his specialties include e-commerce, subscription, supply chain, mobile, data management, scalability and machine learning. His experience with brand centric companies like Nasty Gal, Reformation and now The Bouqs Company, has allowed him to explore blending the technology between online and offline.
Dermstore (Target Corp.)
Frederick has 15 years of experience building successful, large scale ecommerce companies. He played key roles in the startup, growth and acquisitions of both Bizrate/Shopzilla and NewCars.com. He built Dermstore from scratch and led it through the acquisition and integration with Intelligent Beauty and then through a second acquisition by Target Corp. He currently helps Dermstore and Target find the middle ground between nimble startup and Fortune 50 corporation.
Mike is CTO at eBags. Mike and his team's main focus is to ensure that eBags remains a top e-commerce destination with a fast, always available, scalable, secure, and frictionless online shopping experience. Mike was the first IT person to join eBags back in 1998 as Vice President of Technology, and he has provided senior leadership in all aspects of technology at eBags in the areas of software engineering, technical operations and infrastructure, and BI and analytics. Prior to joining eBags, Mike gained extensive Internet, e-commerce, software engineering, and management knowledge and experience at leading companies such as PwC, and Kenan Systems/Lucent. In his “spare time” Mike likes to hike around Colorado with his family, just finished a great 12 day trek in Patagonia, and is currently finishing a Masters in Data Science at UC Berkeley.
Founder & CEO
Ivka Adam is the founder and CEO of Iconery, the premier partner for end-to-end jewelry design, manufacturing, and retailing. Innovating on the traditional supply chain, Iconery works with celebrities, brands, and influencers to produce their fine jewelry collections with minimal start-up costs and on-demand production. Their current roster includes Rashida Jones, Michelle Branch, Nastia Liukin, Brianna Lance, Stone Fox Bride, Jen Gotch, and several others, with Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Goop as retail partners.
Chief Engineering Officer
Raghu Sagi is the Chief Engineering Officer at Sephora. In his role, Raghu is responsible for all digital and retail technologies for the Americas, bringing to life the client experiences through technology innovation and enterprise services that define the strategic programs for Sephora.com and stores. Since joining Sephora in 2011, Raghu has held various leadership positions in digital engineering and technology services, including platform evolution on Sephora.com and mobile, point of sale and order management systems.
Prior to joining Sephora, Raghu held various technology leadership roles including Walmart and BestBuy. Raghu holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and resides in Fremont, CA with his wife and two children.
With over 20 years of experience in digital advertising, Mark Deruyter has held senior management roles for a variety of e-commerce companies, including Guitar Center, Columbia Sportswear, Onlineshoes.com, and Microsoft. Throughout his years in the digital space, he has managed successful campaigns utilizing the following channels: programmatic media, omni-channel marketing, email marketing, data feed optimization, CRM, attribution modeling, mobile marketing, and social media marketing. Currently, Mark is focused on helping small- to medium-sized e-commerce businesses achieve success through engaging content, channel innovation, and brand awareness - all in an effort to create a cohesive online consumer journey. In order to compete against Amazon and other large retailers, these smaller companies must have an integrated digital marketing strategy. Most recently, Mark is working with soccerloco.com, a leading soccer equipment supplier, to develop a powerful digital marketing strategy.
Former Chief Merchandising Officer
Levi Strauss & Co.
Since the earliest days of his global brand leadership and merchandising career, Grant Barth has been privileged to build, expand and reinvigorate diverse brands that range from vintage and contemporary apparel categories at Levi’s to newly developed products at Nike, including footwear, outerwear and sportswear.
Grant has served as Chief Merchandising Officer for Levi’s since 2013, heading up five global and regional teams that have consistently delivered top-line and bottom-line growth of between 3% and 5% annually on annual revenue of more than $5 billion:
His 16-year track record at Nike encompassed roles as diverse as Global Apparel Leader for Outerwear; Merchandising and Product Director for Nike Japan International; and Director of Nike’s Asia Pacific Apparel Emerging Business. His leadership skill sets include every stage of strategic and creative direction, encompassing digital communities and influencers, process engineering, global supply chain and fiscal oversight.
Chief Brand Officer
Sally Mueller is the Chief Brand Officer of Clique a media, marketing, and consumer brands company recently named to Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list for 2017. Clique is the parent company of leading content properties Who What Wear (fashion), MyDomaine (lifestyle), Byrdie (beauty), Obsessee (a social-only network for Gen Z girls), The Thirty (wellness), and College Fashionista (a higher-education community for content creators). Among the company's key offerings are Clique Studios (a next-gen marketing agency specializing in content, social distribution, and experiences), the INF Network (representing top social influencers), and Clique Brands (a consumer products division), including the successful Who What Wear apparel collection and recently launched activewear line Joylab, both sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide.
Sally joined Clique in early 2017 and is responsible for building and operating the company’s consumer goods and branded products divisions. She also oversees overall strategy of the brands department, brand development, brand marketing, retail strategy, and retailer relationships for Clique’s brands.
Bogdan Constantin is the co-founder of Menguin - the world’s highest rated online suit and tuxedo rental company and the CMO of Generation Tux and Menguin following Menguin’s acquisition by Generation Tux in August 2017. He scaled Menguin to the dominant position in the multi-billion dollar formalwear rental industry through minimal marketing spend by building a fanatical customer base in the wedding vertical reaching an average NPS of 63 every month since inception to acquisition as well as a minimum 800% CAGR every year since launch in 2014. Bogdan loves the consumer space and in particular bringing innovation to untouched aspects of the consumer economy. Before founding Menguin, Bogdan worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies in finance, strategy and consulting roles. He speaks 5 languages and attended the University of Georgia where he graduated in 2.5 years. He is an avid traveler and has visited 48 countries with plans to visit every one by age 40. He presently lives in Louisville, KY where Generation Tux is headquartered with his wife, daughter and lovable malamute mix.
Mr. Jon Kubo has been the Chief Digital Officer at Tillys, Inc. since August 15, 2016. Mr. Kubo oversees e-commerce, digital marketing, and CRM/Loyalty. Previous to Tillys, He served as Chief Digital Officer at two other retailers, Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. and The Wet Seal Inc. Mr. Kubo has also held positions as Chief Product Officer and Chief Technology at software startup companies and served as Chief Information Officer at two public retailers.
CDO & CMO
Roshanna Sabaratnam joined J Brand in 2015 and currently holds the position of Vice President of E-commerce. She has over 12 years experience in developing integrated digital content and commerce strategies for clients across many verticals, including luxury, fashion, gaming and music. In the past, she has worked at Gilt Groupe, Wasserman Media Group, IGN Entertainment and Yahoo!, specializing in e-commerce, integrated marketing, relationship management and loyalty retention programs.
Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Cody Hawken is a technology consultant and the Chief Technical Officer for 1xRUN.com. As the world's leading publisher of art prints and fine art editions, 1xRUN focuses on curating art from both the established leaders and the rising stars of the contemporary art movement. To date, 1xRUN has published over 1,600 fine art editions, curated and crafted in the heart of Detroit. With a loyal fan base of collectors and an ever-growing reach in the art world, 1xRUN continues to evolve and influence how people buy art in the online marketplace. Prior to his involvement at 1xRUN, Cody spent 7 years building and running a grassroots technology contracting company. With a focus on developing a wide range of web and technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies, Cody spearheaded projects ranging from in-vehicle communication/entertainment systems, to websites, kiosks, and innovative technology mashups for trade-shows and global events, with everything in between.
VP, Global Product, Walmart eCommerce
Jordan is the vice president of Customer Experience for Walmart eCommerce. He brings rich ecommerce experience building differentiated products that delight customers and drive growth. He is responsible for leading a high-performance organization with Design, Analytics and Product Management teams that are focused on delivering an amazing customer experience when shopping Walmart.com at home, on their mobile devices or engaging digitally in the store.
Jordan joined Walmart’s eCommerce team in 2016. He previously spent 12 years at eBay with his last two years as vice president of Seller Experience. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in finance from the University of British Columbia, where he graduated with honors.
VP, Digital Solutions
He started his retail career at Abercrombie & Fitch. After a few years, he moved to May Department stores and was a merchant in Home. He then moved to Target in 2005, and have held numerous merchandising roles. He is currently Divisional Merchandise Manager of Hardlines, Health and Grocery for target.com. In addition, he is responsible for their Guest Solutions team, which includes their total Registry business, Subscription services, and their Marketplace business. Last, he also leads their Guest Fulfillment Experience team, which is responsible for operating and improving their fulfillment experiences.
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VP / GM, Lifestyle
Sarah Veit Wallis has worked in ecommerce for 20 years. She started her career at Boston Consulting Group then spent time at an early Kleiner Perkins startup. After graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business, she launched a niche ecommerce startup. Since then, she has spent time in various digital and cross-channel roles at Gymboree, Bare Escentuals, Indochino, and Lululemon. Currently at Walmart.com, Sarah leads the Lifestyle vertical with responsibility for Apparel, Baby, Grocery, and Pharmacy.
GM, Menswear, Accessories & Prestige Beauty
Preston Bottomy is General Manager of Menswear, Accessories & Prestige Beauty at Jet.com and Walmart.com. He previously held the position of General Manager of Fashion & Beauty at Jet, where he joined pre-launch. Prior to Jet, Preston led competitive and international intelligence and merchandising strategy at Coach and was a merchant in the Home Fragrance division at Bath & Body Works. Before Coach and L Brands, Preston spent 4 years in the Consumer Practice group in BCG’s New York and Sydney offices, where he worked on strategy and consumer insights projects for fashion, beauty and food brands in North America, Europe and Australia. Preston holds an AB, summa cum laude, from Princeton University and a JD/MBA from Stanford University and is admitted to practice law in the state of New York. In his free time, Preston takes drafting and architecture classes at the Parsons School of Design.
VP, Customer Data and Analytics
Chris Chapo is currently Vice President, Customer Data and Analytics within the Customer and Strategy Team at Gap Inc. In this position, he plays the lead role in increasing the company’s ability to best take advantage of quantitative information about customers, ensuring all brands take a data-driven approach in transforming the company to be customer obsessed. Prior to Gap Inc., Chris lead data teams for wide variety of companies, including Apple, Intuit, JCPenney, and Enjoy. Chris has extensive experience building data science organizations, teams and platforms, and applying statistical and analytic rigor to a variety of functions including marketing, customer experience, loyalty and customer service/support.
Head of Technology and Product, Dell.com
As the Head of Product Management for Dell.com, Harsh leads vision, strategy and execution of next generation digital and commerce capabilities for Dell.com across the globe. His team partners with internal and external customers to drive discovery and implementation of strategic programs that span from Learn, Shop and Purchase experiences to Omni-channel Loyalty, Personalization and Targeting platforms. Harsh loves building highly data driven teams that define and deliver on their key KPIs while keeping customer at the center of everything they do.
VP, ELC Online
Esteé Lauder Companies
Jon Roman is Vice President of Estee Lauder Online. He is responsible for global eCommerce in all channels which includes Esteelauder.com, retailer partner sites and third party sites. As a key member of the global digital team, Jon develops 360 social/digital omni channel marketing programs. An MBA graduate of NYU Stern School of Business, Jon started his career at Disney in the catalog business and began developing eCommerce sites while at Brooks Brothers in the late 90s. In his 10+ years at Estee Lauder, Jon has been a leader in bringing innovative and high touch technology to PC and mobile websites for multiple brands.
Luke Chatelain currently serves as the VP of Innovation at West Elm, helping to create digital strategy and disseminate solutions for business, ecommerce and mobile in an effort to successfully move the brand forward. He joined West Elm in 2016 and has over 10 years of solid and measurable experience in product development, digital marketing, market research, competitive analysis and building online communities for startups and Fortune 500 brands including Nike, Samsung, Vespa, Walmart, Unilever and Facebook.
A former molecular biologist turned analytics-driven digital strategist, Luke’s work focuses on value creation and user retention, quickly iterating in the development process to forge new paths to success as challenges arise. Luke cut his teeth in the digital and mobile space working for product focused, forward-thinking agencies like R/GA, where he helped concept and deliver mobile and social strategy for Nike.com; and Olapic (which was acquired in 2016 by Monotype), where he helped lead the product and engineering teams to create solutions used by clients such as The North Face, Adidas, Anthropologie and Ulta.
VP, Marketing - Full Price Business
Brian Hovis is Vice President, Marketing for Nordstrom’s full price business which includes Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com. In this role, he supports all digital marketing channels and brand media / advertising including social, content amplification and traditional/offline media for the full price business (Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com).
Hovis is a proven marketing leader driving large scale national campaigns integrated across Omni-channel consumer touch points with a track record for delivering on business goals, while pushing for innovation. He leads with consumer insights that translate into strategies and tactics that work across the funnel from awareness and engagement to response and conversion. He previously held the positions of Global Head of Digital Marketing for Citi, Vice President of Marketing for Experian and led digital marketing for Intuit and Sony Electronics. Hovis is active in participating with leading industry conferences to contribute thought leadership has tenure on multiple strategic publisher/mar-tech advisory boards. He holds a marketing degree from the Leeds Business School at University of Colorado as well as an MBA from the Olin Business School at University of San Diego.
SVP of Global Product - Justfab, ShoeDazzle, fabletics and Shared E-Commerce Teams
Techstyle Fashion Group
Jamieson is an experienced entrepreneur and highly skilled global product leader with a wealth of e-commerce experience gained from Warner Music Group, Live Nation Entertainment, Ticketmaster, Musstard and ITV as well as experienced in managing product lifecycles for physical products from Hewlett Packard. He is currently the Global Vice President of Product for TechStyle Fashion Group (formerly JustFab) and leading product strategy with teams of product managers, UX/UI designers, Development and QA.
He has led scrum teams of many high profile projects at Warner Music Group, AOL, goviral, Live Nation, Ticketmaster and ITV. He is an expert practitioner of Agile (Scrum, Kan Ban, XP, Lean) with proven experience in Scrum Master and Product Owner roles creating User Stories, Epics, UI Mock ups and leading Sprint planning, Show Case / Demo Sessions, Backlog Grooming, Story Pointing, Retrospectives, Daily Stand Up and UAT sessions.
SVP, Product and Engineering
Amit Goyal has been with Overstock for more than a decade, starting out his career as a senior software developer in 2006. He worked his way up to software development lead, director and then vice president before assuming his current role as senior vice president.
As a software developer, Goyal worked on building out fulfillment systems before moving on to director where he managed software technology for OLabs, Overstock’s emerging business incubator. After his transition to vice president of development, Goyal was responsible for managing product technology for website and mobile.
In his current positon as senior vice president of software engineering, Goyal oversees a team of more than 300 engineers leading the department in software engineering and architecture. Under his direction, Goyal’s teams have been behind the creation and implementation of technology including augmented reality, virtual reality and machine learning.
VP, Consumer Experience & GM of Samsung 837 and Galaxy Studios
Samsung Electronics America
Zach Overton, Vice President of Consumer Experience & General Manager of Samsung 837 and Galaxy Studios, is a strategic visionary, developing creative marketing initiatives and innovative partnerships that reimagine the consumer experience. He was recently named a leading voice in the Global Public Relations Industry in the Holmes Report Innovator 25 List.
As General Manager, Zach successfully launched Samsung 837, the world’s first consumer technology and cultural hub, and has expanded its approach through robust programming and by carefully curating the space to ensure that it embodies a connected way of life. As Vice President of Consumer Experience, he brings the tenants of 837 – best in class care and innovative, immersive experiences- that emotionally connect with audiences and reinforce the positive impact and limitless possibility that Samsung’s ecosystem of products can have on one’s everyday life.
Prior to joining Samsung, Zach served as the Chief Operating Officer of (RED), inspiring collaborations with other dynamic brands to expand outreach and fundraising, as well as conceiving, executing, and heading up the EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign.
He has also served as a general manager of Gilt, the luxury ecommerce company, as they launched their local experiences and services division, Gilt City, and conceived and built their entertainment division through strategic partnerships with industry leaders including Ticketmaster, Lady Gaga, Warner Brothers, ABC, Cirque du Soleil, and more.
OVP, Customer Loyalty & Contact Strategy
As Operating Vice President of Customer Loyalty and Contact Strategy, Sean Duffy leads Bloomingdale’s retention marketing efforts, which include email, direct mail, and mobile marketing, as well as their loyalty program, Loyallist. Sean has spent his entire career at Bloomingdale’s working in various positions within the marketing department, starting as a summer intern when he was an undergraduate at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is passionate about retail and providing customers with a relevant, engaging, and enjoyable shopping experience.
Head of Innovation Lab
Scott Emmons is focused on innovation for the Neiman Marcus Group (NMG). He founded and built the innovation lab (iLab) in 2012. Scott has elevated technology innovation to be a core value at Neiman Marcus Group through his efforts. Scott is responsible for leading NMG 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 Memomi Memory Mirror, 4K touch table look books, store associate IOT communicators, intelligent mobile phone charging stations, digital directories, and new fitting room technology.
Head of Digital Commerce
Brita is currently the Director of Ecommerce at Godiva, coming previously from Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon.com, and IBM Consulting. She has over 10 years of experience in the technology space, with an MBA from University of North Carolina and concentration in Luxury Goods and Corporate Strategy from ESSEC. At Godiva she manages the online landscape including paid media/search marketing, Godiva’s direct to consumer online business, and several of their wholesale online accounts.
VP, Customer Experience
Marketing professional with experience in growing organic online presence, improving site usability and maximizing site conversion.
Kai Li is responsible for international business at REVOLVE, where he focuses on strategic planning; customer acquisition and retention; traffic generation; and strengthening operational capabilities to drive growth in global markets. Prior to Revolve, Kai spent 5 years in international roles at Amazon; he led business development at Amazon Global, the cross-border logistics arm of Amazon.com and ran international business at Shopbop. Before joining Amazon, Kai spent ten years in China spearheading market entry and expansion strategies for established and startup companies in Asia.
VP, eCommerce & Digital Marketing
John Monteleone has been leading digital organizations for the past 15 years. Most recently, launching the Ecommerce performance apparel start-up Qorkit.com. John joined QOR as the fifth employee and built the marketing tech stack from the ground up on-boarding vendors himself and leading digital strategy and operations for the organization. Prior to QOR, John led Digital Marketing and Ecommerce for Athleta leading them through a period of rapid growth and transition into an omi-channel organization.
VP, Global eCommerce Marketing
As Vice President Global Online Marketing, Michael Green provides strategic direction, guidance and alignment across all markets to ensure Hasbro brands come to life online while connecting with consumers via social, mobile and digital platforms. He is focused on driving global Ecommerce business plans while training and educating global teams and partners on how to succeed online.
In his previous role as Hasbro’s Vice President, Customer Strategic Marketing, a position he held for 10 years, Michael was focused on Ecommerce marketing and building strategic partnerships. He created the US Online Customer marketing team and a digital asset team.
Mr. Green’s career with Hasbro began in 2002, when he joined the company as Vice President, Global Walmart. In that role, he was responsible for strategic alignment and driving joint business plans across all Walmart divisions outside the United States. Prior to joining Hasbro, Mr. Green spent 13 years at LEGO. Mr. Green holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Tennessee.
Chris Seahorn is the VP of Marketing at eBags, a leading online seller of bags and travel accessories acquired by Samsonite LLC in 2017. He has over 20 years of marketing, design and ecommerce experience. During his tenure, Chris has been a part of developing a number of acquisition and retention programs including: UX design, paid and organic search, international expansions, loyalty initiatives, email, mobile, social and direct mail. Chris has also held management roles for ShopAtHome, RightStart LLC, and MapQuest.
Krista Deshayes is the Director of Marketing for The Saatva Company. She joined the company in 2014 and has helped successfully expand The Saatva Company’s family of brands that include Saatva Mattress, Loom & Leaf, and Zenhaven.
She and her team employ complex digital marketing strategies for continued growth. They leverage technology and think creatively; in the end the customers win as their efficiencies translate to a truly great product at an exceptional price.
Justin Potts is Vice President of Digital for Office Depot, where he is responsible leading Office Depots’ digital transformation. He and his team have one simple goal - help small businesses succeed by leveraging new business models, new products and services and transformative digital technology. Office Depot’s BizBox concept is one of several initiatives being led by Justin and his team.
Justin is a start-up junkie. He has helped launch and take to market several venture-backed digital, ecommerce and technology companies – managing everything from digital and technology strategy, ecommerce and digital marketing. Some of the companies Justin has help launch and grow include ON Technology, which he helped grow to a successful IPO and later acquisition by Symantec, Send.Com and the Home Decorating Company.
VP, eCommerce & Digital Marketing
Perry Ellis International
Jose Nino is a multichannel, Google certified, senior level e-commerce and digital marketing executive with over 15 years of experience in the startup, development and management of results oriented e-commerce marketing, technology and operations. A Brand Innovators "40 under 40", he has presented at numerous domestic and international industry conferences.
He is currently Vice President of E-Commerce, Marketing for Perry Ellis International and is responsible for several facets of the organization's domestic and international e-commerce strategy, including P&L responsibility, for its direct to consumer e-commerce brands (Perry Ellis, Original Penguin, Cubavera, Callaway Golf Apparel). His strategic oversight and leadership also extends to wholesale e-commerce marketing strategies, as well as the company's digital, omni-channel strategy, over a dozen brands.
VP of Innovation
Corbin de Rubertis is VP of Innovation at Meredith Digital. In this role, Corbin is focused on ensuring Meredith Corporation’s portfolio of iconic brands, such as Allrecipes, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart, Shape and Parents, keep pace with fast evolving consumer planning and shopping behaviors by adapting to new platforms and environments such as smart appliances, digital voice assistants, connected cars, e-commerce , chatbots and AI-powered recommendations. Corbin is a pioneer in Digital Shopper Marketing, having built the world's largest Digital Shopper Marketing Platform as a founder and CEO of Grocery Server (acquired by Meredith Corporation). Corbin has deep brand and retail strategy roots, having worked as line management and consulting on dozens of brand/retail strategy and operations projects in both the US and Europe. Corbin's career started literally in the dirt, working as a geotechnical engineer on infrastructure projects worldwide.
VP, Global eCommerce
Ryan Hilterbran is the co-owner and VP of Global E-Commerce at Cabeau, Inc., an international manufacturer and distributor of travel products located in Los Angeles, CA. With 15 years of experience as an operations and marketing executive, he has seized multiple entrepreneurial opportunities and understands the fundamentals of building and running a business. At Cabeau, Ryan was instrumental in achieving 1500% growth during the company's first 3 years and has helped expand the brand's reach to over 100 countries. With small-town Oklahoma roots and global aspirations, he believes anything is possible if you are committed to giving it everything.
Kent has spent over 15-years in eCommerce, having built successful Direct-to-Consumer organizations in the manufacturing and retail space, and has advised several retailers in the Internet Retailer Top-50 on their eCommerce strategy. Currently, Kent is Vice President of eCommerce for Shoe Carnival, a leading retailer of family footwear and was previously founder & principal with eCatalyst Partners, a private consulting firm providing eCommerce advisory services. Prior to starting eCatalyst Partners, Kent was Director of eCommerce for Optaros and an eCommerce Strategist with Oracle Commerce. In these roles, Kent worked with some of the world’s leading retailers on multiple facets of the eCommerce business, including development of personalization strategies, driving operational best practices, and site conversion optimization.
As the Vice President of eCommerce at Lime Crime, THE makeup brand for Unicorns, Chrissie spearheads initiatives to optimize the shopping funnel, drive results, and ensure a magical on-site experience. Lime Crime’s fanatical, millennial customer base uniquely positions the brand in the marketplace – and provides new, intriguing challenges every day. Chrissie’s experience in the field bridges the gap between merchandising and web development and enables her to innovate creative, meaningful customer journeys in the digital space. Before joining Lime Crime in 2016, her nine years in ecommerce includes a diverse range of organizations including Nixon, Lucky Brand, Hot Topic, and BCBG Max Azria.
Evan Moore is the VP of Digital Product at goop - Gwyneth Paltrow’s innovative contextual commerce lifestyle brand. As the head of the digital product team he oversees the development of goop’s digital platform and consumer experiences. Over the past year he has helped goop more than double its conversion rate, drive large improvements in retention and lifetime value, drastically ramp its paid marketing efforts, and grow engagement and traffic to meet steep display advertising inventory demands. Prior to joining goop, Evan was the Director of Product for Ticketmaster’s Commerce Platform - a set of services and API’s which handle more than $2 billion in transactions in the US alone. Evan has also spent time with other hyper-growth retail brands like Beautycounter and launched multiple consumer facing properties with e-commerce veteran Shopzilla (now Connexity). Evan loves tackling large strategic challenges with deep analysis, pragmatic solutions, and innovative ideas.
Village Hat Shop
Zachary Belinsky hat been VP of VillageHatShop.com for over 3 years. Zachary has found success through focusing on classic core competencies. That is, providing the right product at the right price and providing an superior customer service. He believes tech partners should augment and not replace these basic merchant principals.
VP, Product Management
Anya leads the product's design, development, optimization and analytics as well as recruited and trained the creative, content, UX and product teams. She's passionate about establishing and scaling lean and agile teams to achieve outstanding business results. Anya is customer focused and passionate about delivering best-in-class customer experiences across digital screens as well engaging brands. Anya holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management.
Noelle is the VP of Marketing at Lulus (www.lulus.com), a fast-growing online women’s fashion retailer, where she oversees marketing, creative and PR. She has over 15 years of experience in advertising, online and offline content development and production, strategy, PR, and digital marketing and outreach. Prior to Lulus, Noelle held roles at MAC Cosmetics, Havas Media, Rockstar Games, and Miramax Films in New York, Paris, and Barcelona.
Splendid & Ella Moss
Jenna specializes in the strategic development of fully integrated marketing campaigns with a core focus on 360 storytelling and omnichannel implementation. She has applied her background to help numerous brands create authentic experiences, engage with consumers on a deeper level, and maximize brand exposure and awareness. She has led key marketing initiatives for brands including bareMinerals, bebe, Burger King, TABASCO, Tween Brands and more over her long career. Currently she is creating meaningful campaigns as the CMO for 7 For All Mankind, Splendid, and Ella Moss, three contemporary apparel brands located in Los Angeles.
Principal Manager, Content Technology
Walmart Global eCommerce
Imran Ansani leads the Product Content Acquisition – Innovation Team at Walmart Global E-Commerce and has more than 15 years’ experience in e-commerce product management, Omni-Channel Retail technology, Innovation, Digital Transformation and 3D immersive technologies across industry leading companies, including Wal-Mart, FedEx and HP. Imran holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management, Arizona, and Economics and Engineering Degrees from BITS, Pilani, India. Imran is an avid golfer and sports enthusiast, having completed the Chicago International Triathlon in 2010, 2011 and 2014.
Head of Partnerships & Marketing Communications
Karen leads Partnerships & Marketing Communications at thredUP, where she was one of the first hires in 2009. Her team develops integrated campaigns that break through noise and inspire consumers to think secondhand first. Prior to thredUP, Karen was the VP of Marketing at Hinge, a leading dating app that she helped grow from thousands to millions of users internationally. Before that, she worked on media strategy with several consumer technology startups at PAN Communications.
Head of Marketing Book by Cadillac
Tara Brannigan currently leads marketing for BOOK by Cadillac, a first-of-its-kind luxury vehicle subscription service. This innovative service is one of the ways Cadillac is reinventing its iconic status by adapting to changing customer behavior.
With over fifteen years of experience across a variety of industries, she has developed brands and re-imagined products at Johnson & Johnson, American Express, and Linens ‘n Things. Tara has cultivated an expertise in identifying the wants and needs of customers and translating those into marketing strategy that drives innovation. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from Barnard College. Based in New York, she resides in Brooklyn, and enjoys sailing in Long Island.
Head of Marketing for Amazon Appstore
Ankur Prasad is the head of marketing for the Amazon Appstore. He has over ten years of experience in mobile space. Prior to his current role, he led developer marketing where he helped double the number of apps and games distributed by the Appstore. Before Amazon, he led the creation and launch of Microsoft’s first incubator program and fund for student entrepreneurs. He has a Masters in Management Sciences from Stanford University with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship.
Global Business Development Head
Harlan Bratcher is Global Business Development Head for fashion at JD.com, China’s largest retailer, where he is responsible for introducing Western brands to China and JD’s platform. A retail veteran and entrepreneur, he was previously CEO of Reed Krakoff and was President and CEO of A|X Armani Exchange for 14 years, from 2001 to 2014, managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of A|X. Prior to that, Harlan was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Calvin Klein, and held executive and management positions at companies including Sony Corporation and QVC, where he successfully launched Q2, the upscale lifestyle home shopping network.
Head of Product
Nabarupa's mission is simple - to be a student of the world's most amazing profession - product management. She realizes that being an amazing product manager is not about product delivery at all...it is about delivering the right product. Nabarupa has helped Samsclub.com evolve rapidly and make magic happen. Operating like a little start-up within one of the world's largest retail companies, her team is part of @walmartlabs and, with amazing technology strides, are on track to become the #1 online wholesale club retailer.
Head of Mobile
James Meeks is a digital commerce executive with a passion for transforming and simplifying the shopping experience for customers across the digital channels. He is currently the Head of Mobile at eBay and focused on delivering a best in class mobile experience for the world’s online marketplace.
An experienced product leader and mobile enthusiast, James has been the visionary responsible for delivering some of the best mobile experiences across e-commerce, resulting in top rated apps across the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Previous to his role at eBay, James served as the Head of Mobile at JCPenney where he was focused on the Omnichannel customer, and creating a seamless connection between the digital and physical worlds using mobile.
Head Of Customer Facing Product
Kara is a digital product leader seasoned in delighting mobile customers. She managed a major iPad program within a year of their release and has been mobile focused ever since. She is currently improving the mobile shopping flow at ModCloth, where they strive to make every customer feel like the best version of themselves.
Head of Product & Growth
Eric Wu is the Head of Product at BloomNation, a venture backed startup creating the world’s largest online marketplace that connects you to the best local flower shops and independent floral designers from over 3,000 cities.
As an SEO, Product Manager, and Marketing Technologist, he has made a career of connecting millions with large brands while at Edmunds, AT&T, SpinMedia, Demand Media, REALTOR, and EarthLink. Since 2000, Eric has worked at scale across a variety of industries for some of the internet’s most popular websites including Pinterest.com, Cars.com, YP.com, Realtor.com, Edmunds.com, LIVESTRONG.com, and SPIN.com.
In addition to assisting large brands, Eric is also an advisor and start-up mentor for UCLA's accelerator program and Mucker Capital accelerator classes. He coaches entrepreneurs on how to best leverage analytics, technology, and growth strategies to jump start their companies.
He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Cognitive Science & Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from UC San Diego.
VP, Digital & eCommerce
Gary Penn is the current VP of Digital & Global eCommerce for the Nixon, Inc. He leads the direct to consumer business, digital marketing and global enterprise strategy. Gary started as a graphic designer turned IT geek turned “Web Guy”. He has been running strategy, operations and enterprise commerce for the past 19 years at brands such as Quiksilver, DC Shoes, Roxy, Shimano, True Religion and Columbia Sportswear. Gary is a seasoned speaker and Toastmaster earning a coveted podium spot at the Founder's District international speech competition. Gary loves gadgets, honey bees, sausage making, gardening and cold brew coffee in no particular order. He also loves digital technology and would love to network with you to talk about any of the above.
Mara Isip is an Art Director for Warby Parker in New York City. She is responsible for overseeing and executing brand creative, including photography, digital, print, and retail projects. She has been with the eyewear brand for five years and previously worked in the design industry for West Elm, Etienne Aigner, Rebecca Minkoff, Converse and Martha Stewart Living.
Head of Search & Experimentation
Alex Otrezov heads up several teams at Uber Technologies which are responsible for user acquisition and brand and marketing experimentation across all products including Uber, Uber Eats and Uber Freight. His SEM, SEO, YouTube (Content) teams covers the US/CA region, and the Marketing Experimentation and ASO teams operate globally across more than 80 countries. Alex came to US as an exchange student from Moldova. He started his career in college, founding a start-up which led him into the world of digital marketing and automation. He started with Yodle at its early stages and later got in on the ground floor at BrightWhistle. During those years, he improved Yodle's bidding automation and developed BrightWhistle's Facebook bidding algorithm. After three successful start-up acquisitions, he joined Expedia, Inc as Senior Director of Search Operations, where he handled their SEM, SEO, and Metasearch.
Head of Ecommerce Digital Solutions ITS Americas
Lisa Malleus currently leads ecommerce transformation and digital solutions for NA and LATAM markets for Mondelez International, snack food giant with world-renowned iconic brands including Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Triscuit, Nabisco, Toblerone, etc. Her focus is on empowering strategy activation and defining digital/tech solutions for top line growth across pureplay and omni retailers
With over 12-years in ecommerce across a variety of industries including CPG, IoT / Connected Home, industrial, luxury retail / tabletop, Lisa has cultivated a multi-discipline approach to holistic ecommerce strategy. She has developed and launched DTC and B2B ecommerce and eBusinesses at Philips Lighting / Philips Hue, World & Main, Colart, Waterford Crystal and Wedgwood China. Lisa has BA in Business with a minor in marketing and computer science and is currently pursuing a MBA from Syracuse University.
Based in NYC Metro, she resides with her fiancé at the ‘real’ Jersey Shore with an idyllic beach life, of course having weathered her share of hurricanes. In addition to being an ecommerce maven, Lisa is a green thumb extraordinaire, culinary wiz, cat whisperer, hydrangea lover, and hair-color chameleon.
Head of Retail
As the Director of Retail at Shinola, Travis Harrison focuses on building the brand in the retail space by emphasizing Shinola’s core values: job creation, manufacturing and quality made goods. Harrison helps elevate the Shinola brand through selective hiring and inspiring of retail teams for Shinola stores. A Texas native and New York University graduate, Harrison spent eight years with Ralph Lauren before joining Shinola in 2015.
Sr. Director, Product
Josh Himwich is the Sr. Director of Product at Walmart, and has spent the last decade in digital. His eCommerce career started in 2007 as employee #4 at Quidsi, where his teams built Diapers.com, Soap.com, Wag.com and a host of other vertical specialist sites. In 2010, Amazon bought Quidsi for $550MM. Josh is now at Walmart where his teams lead the product strategy and execution of both the Web and App experiences.
Sr. Director, Content Management
Peter Clegg is the Senior Director, Digital Experiences Content Management at Dell and leads Dell.com online operations & publishing across B2C, B2B, partner and support experiences in 180 countries and 28 languages. He currently is responsible for search engine optimization (SEO), site search, product launch, video, A/B test development, experience deployment, tools, publishing and online quality. In this role Peter plays a lead role in leveraging content & technology to deliver business growth and deploy great customer experiences.
Sr. Director, CRM & Email Marketing
Kim Mitchell is Sr. Director of CEM and Email Marketing at GUESS?, Inc. Her role has included email marketing, direct mail and management of GUESS?’s loyalty program. Customer database infrastructure projects have been a focus of the past year, including a CRM software migration, AI software replacement, and syncing of GUESS?’s retail and ecommerce customer records.
Kim has worked 18 years in direct-to-consumer marketing, previously for Beachbody as Director of Customer Database and Email Marketing, for Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation as Head of Acquisition and Retention, and for Experian Interactive Media as Sr. Email Marketing Manager. Kim is a proud Canadian but enjoys living in warmer and more tax-friendly California.
Sr. Director, Technology Strategy & Architecture
Srini Rajamanickam is currently leading the technology strategy & architecture for Tapestry / Coach Inc – a multi brand / global upscale fashion retailer.
He is currently leading the Technology Strategy, Architecture and Innovation for OmniChannel and Customer experience, enabling digital transformation across Stores (POS), Customer Engagement, Digital transformation, eCommerce, Mobile, Social and Customer Service capabilities globally across multiple fashion brands. His key accomplishments in the past include leading the architecture for Omni channel commerce capabilities @ Target Corporation for eCommerce, Omnichannel Order Management, POS modernization, Call Center & Mobile leveraging best of breed packages as well as custom solutions using open source / cloud technologies.
Sr. Director, Operations & Supply Chain Logistics
Nathan Lugo-Montanez is a supply chain process improvement expert with over 12 years of experience having worked with both startups and global companies from BaubleBar to Zara. His experience includes management consulting, supply chain design and process improvement, and project management for Fortune 500 companies. He has also lectured on Supply Chain Management and Retail Operations at business schools to include Marist College and Columbia University and has presented at TEDx and NRF conferences.
He is currently the Sr. Director of Operations and Logistics for BaubleBar. This role collaborates with the EVP of Merchandising to develop and implement strategies that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of distribution operations to include enhancing wholesale and retail service levels and productivity as well as the overall P&L. In this role, he partners with other retail leaders in Wholesale, Marketing, and Customer Experience to develop and implement strategies that drive sales, margin, inventory optimization and service to BaubleBar and their customers.
Nathan currently lives in New York City and is an avid triathlete having competed in the 2016 World Ironman in Hawaii. He is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, and Michigan State University’s Advanced Master Certificate in Integrated Supply Chain Management program.
Sr. Director, Technology
Charles Feng joined Nordstrom in 2017 and is the Sr. Director of Digital Experiences and Services, supporting Data Sciences and Machine Learning, Test Target and Optimization, and Business Intelligence and Analytics. In this role, Charles supports multiple product groups for Nordstrom.com and Nordstrom mobile apps including, Search, Navigation, Personalization, Recommendation, Product Details and Reviews, and Dynamic Looks. Charles and his team leverage Machine Learning technology and cloud infrastructure to help Nordstrom customers discover relevant products, and to connect customers with personal stylists.
John Yesko is a veteran user experience and creative professional with roots in interaction design, information architecture, and visual design. He is currently Senior Director of Experience Design at Walgreens in Chicago, responsible for the digital experience on Walgreens websites, consumer mobile apps, and in-store interfaces. In addition, he leads a growing Service Design practice, aimed at optimizing the customer and employee experience in our 8000+ stores. He previously held UX leadership positions in a number of consulting practices, including Roundarch/Isobar, Fry, and Closerlook.
US Auto Parts
elijah kirsch isn’t good at bios (he also don’t like his name capitalized, it’s weird, he knows). He has worked at Cars.com managing the SEM team and currently works US Auto Parts running the marketing team (though he likes numbers more than cars). Recently he has been focused on UI/UX/design for mobile and creating consumer engagement on site (as part of a larger SEO strategy).
Author and Strategist
Email Optimization Shop
Jeanne Jennings is a recognized expert in the email marketing world and a sought-after speaker and author on industry topics. Jeanne has over 20 years of experience in the email and online marketing and product development world; she began her career with CompuServe’s Business Services Group in the late 1980s.
She is Founder and Chief Strategist for Email Optimization Shop, a consultancy with a direct response approach to digital marketing strategy, tactics and creative direction. Jeanne is on the board of directors of the Email Experience Council, the DMA’s email marketing special interest group. From 2001 to 2016 she wrote a regular column on Email Marketing for ClickZ.com. She is also a regular contributor to the Red Pill Email Blog, her own Email Optimization Shop Blog and the Only Influencers Blog.
Director Product Management - Browser Experience
Camila Franco has more than 10 years of experience in Technology and Product Management. In the past year, she has been the Head of Product for StubHub Ecommerce Experience and led the team in StubHub that launched key features which helped StubHub change its growth trajectory, including Ticket Recommendation and Price Display Optimization. She was recently profiled in CIO.com for her behind-the-scenes work for the Super Bowl, and has been featured as a speaker at various conference events, including the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
Sr. Director, eCommerce Operations
Gap Inc. / Old Navy
Catherine is a creative director who has worked on iconic lifestyle, fashion and beauty brands including Bumble and Bumble, Bloomingdales, Sephora, Kenneth Cole and L’Oreal. Today she leads the digital creative team at David's Bridal to focus on user centric design and storytelling that connect authenticity to reach.
Director, Product Management
Jatin leads strategic customer-centric initiatives at Walmart Labs, including Free 2-day shipping, Pickup Discount, Easy Reorder and Next-day delivery. Previously, at Walmart, Jatin led various products from the ground-up that included redesigning Walmart.com, building a new checkout experience and launching responsive mobile website. Jatin has 12 years of experience in product, technology and mobile space, and holds an MBA from Duke University.
Digital Marketing Director
As the Director of Digital Marketing & CRM at Gildan, Bryan oversees all direct response marketing efforts including email, search, affiliate and display programs as well as CRM, loyalty and catalog strategy.
Bryan employs a big-picture thought process thanks to a vast range of omnichannel fashion retail experience over the last 17+ years, including key roles in marketing, e-commerce, art direction & design, media production, business development and merchandising.
VP, Search Media
Karthik is a global marketing and omni-channel retail expert who has been connecting products/services with customers through technology for more than 14 years. He has drawn on his diverse experience in Strategy, Business Operations, Big data analytics and Technology, in helping brands such as Macys, British Telecom and Oracle unlock their growth potential. Currently, as the Head of Macy's Paid Search, he is responsible for the brand’s international and domestic search (both online and in-store). His innovative and unparalleled ability to harness the power of insights and customer intent, has transformed the expansive program into a key contributor to the brand's topline and growth iniatives.
Director, CLM & Analytics
The North Face
Ian Dewar calls himself an accidental marketer. Arriving in the outdoor industry on two wheels his evolution from a bicycle tour guide to Director of Customer Lifecycle and Analytics for The North Face was an exercise in perseverance. The route to The North Face started with creating unique experiences and a lifetime of building strong relationship marketing skills. Projects Ian has called “work” over the years include creating VIP programs at the Tour de France, blogging from the Hawaii Ironman and leading treks to Everest Base Camp.
Building on his outdoor and customer experience Ian developed and managed the VIPeak Rewards program for The North Face. Combining consumer loyalty with activity based rewards and offering outdoor adventures as benefits, VIPeak Rewards was built to better understand The North Face customer and to reward those customers for doing what they love.
In 2016 Ian was recognized by CIO.com and Drexel University as one of the 50 leading analytics leaders in the United States through their Analytics 50 program.
Ian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Queen’s University and a Masters of Development Economics from Dalhousie University.
Director, US eCommerce
Kyle Stone is the Director of US eCommerce for Benefit Cosmetics, the San Francisco-based makeup brand that believes “laughter is the best cosmetic”. Benefit is one of the fastest growing prestige beauty brands in the business with over 4,000 counters in 47 countries. Benefit is part of the world’s leading luxury products group, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.
Director, Online Marketing & eCommerce
Rob Elzner is an accomplished eCommerce and marketing operations senior professional with a strong blend of B2B & B2C eCom-merce sales, extensive marketing & technology services experi-ence and is used to leading large professional organizations and business development. He has been part of Dell for the past 15 years holding positions as a highly effective project and program manager with history of leading complex yet successful launches and integrations on time and under budget. For the past 7 years he has been responsible for web sales on Dell.com, customer pathing and funnel strategies, site merchandizing and web site conversion optimization, and highly involved in digital marketing efforts. Rob has passion for technology and analytics as it relates to customer shopping and purchase behaviors
Director, Integrated Retail
I am a senior-level mobile, product management and strategy executive with a track record of developing products that drive business results through customer insights, advertising programs and interactive products.
Product Owner, Global Personalized Programs
For more than 20 years, Michael has led digital, sales and marketing teams that create truly unique and personalized omni-channel conversations. At Amway, he leads their Global Campaign Management & Personalization teams, with a focus on delivering personalized 1:1 interactions by developing winning strategies for new customer acquisition, milestone-based business coaching, achievement, retention & renewal. “Our goal is to improve the lifetime value of our Amway business owners by delivering rewarding, highly personalized & targeted digital experiences that stimulate achievement, amplify passions and drive selling & sales through data driven, in-the-moment personalization.”
Amway, the world’s largest direct selling company, is powered by brands that do wonders, opportunities that empower, relationships that endure and global citizenship that’s purposeful. Before joining Amway, Michael founded Chakam Consulting which provides digital transformation business solution consulting services.
The Sisson family is comprised of Debbie, Michael’s college sweetheart, their 3 sons, 1 daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren.
Director, Brand Experience
Josh leads omni-channel brand marketing strategy for Blue Nile, a leading online luxury retailer, including branded content, media relations, earned social media, and influencer marketing. Prior to Blue Nile, Josh worked at Edelman, where he built a team, and established and grew the digital marketing practice in the Seattle office. Before that, Josh worked at Fleishman-Hillard, where he developed marketing communications plans for Gatorade that leveraged national events and high-profile spokespeople, to deliver brand messages through a confluence of digital, traditional, and social media channels. Josh holds a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri - Columbia
Director & GM
Silver Star Brands
Ian is the Director and General Manager of Walter Drake, where he leads the online marketing, catalog marketing and merchandising strategies. Before moving into the newly created GM role, Ian was the Director of eCommerce across the Silver Star Brand’s portfolio, including Miles Kimball, Walter Drake, Easy Comforts, As We Change, Exposures, Native Remedies, Pet Alive and marketplaces (Amazon, Wal Mart, etc). Prior to Silver Star Brands, Ian held ecommerce and general management roles at other IR Top 500 retailers including US Mattress, PartySuppliesDelivered, The Pond Guy and Century Novelty.
Director of Product & Customer Experience
Tara Nordquist is Director of Product and Customer Experience for Hayneedle, a leading online home furnishings and décor retailer. Tara began her career as a web developer building unique digital experiences for national brands that included Ikea, Porsche, American Standard and the Olympics on NBC before transitioning into managing project portfolios and building high functioning delivery teams. She joined Hayneedle in 2011 and currently leads a team of Product, UX and Project Management professionals responsible for building a first-class experience for Hayneedle customers, as well as differentiating the company from its competition across all aspects of e-commerce. She works closely with marketing, merchandising, technology and operations teams to create, implement and optimize solutions that are equally valuable to customers, the Hayneedle brand and the company’s growth.
Dermstore (Target Corp.)
Bumsoo Kim is the Director of Marketing at Dermstore (a Target Corp. Subsidiary), with over 12 years of experience in the digital marketing field. Prior to joining Dermstore, he worked in strategic business development and marketing at a coupon/shopping publisher start up and spent several years before that managing advertiser affiliate programs at CJ by Conversant. He has his bachelor’s degree in business economic from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. His professional passion is to continue to evolve strategies for customer acquisition and grow companies through digital marketing.
The Home Depot
Ryan is a tech entrepreneur, investor, designer, author, and speaker from the sunny beaches of Southern California. He’s the guy you want to call when you need someone to think big, be customer-centric, and back it up with the know-how and will to work smart and fast. He has worked with some of the largest (and smallest) brands in Tech, E-Commerce, Music, Gaming, and Virtual Reality across the United States and the UK. Ryan is currently focused on the Interconnected Retail strategy at The Home Depot, blending the physical and digital channels into seamless customer experiences.
Director, Acquisition & Retention Marketing
Jessa Reus is the Director of Acquisition and Retention Marketing driving growth and profitability through customer engagement. She is responsible for growing membership through acquisition, personalization, and delivering on the ShopStyle value proposition. Her team leverages email, push, app, and social to create an immersive, multi-touch customer experience.
Senior Director, Marketing & eCommerce
Renee has spent the past 3 years at Marine Layer growing the online business by a multiple of 10x. She focuses on both acquiring new customers and retaining a highly engaged existing customer base through strategic marketing spend. She's also passionate about taking a multi-channel approach to driving brand growth. Prior to Marine Layer, Renee spent 4 years at Athleta, where she advised marketing spend to increase long-term customer value. Before that, she spent another 4 years in Real Estate Finance & Strategy at Gap Inc/Banana Republic. She lives in San Francisco with her family, likes being outside, and loves burritos with Greek yogurt.
Senior Logistics Manager
Ren Sharpe is a Senior Manager of Logistics at Casper Sleep, the fast-growing online mattress retailer known for pioneering the direct-to-consumer bed-in-a-box category. Ren is responsible for transportation strategy and execution, primarily within freight and last-mile delivery in North America.
A career operations and logistics professional, prior to joining Casper, Ren held roles at Feast, a food-tech startup in Toronto, and at UPS in a variety of industrial engineering, operations and project management positions.
Director, Paid Marketing
Vincent leads the performance marketing team at ShopStyle, helping drive traffic through SEM, display and paid social to one of the largest apparel and fashion search engines in the nation. Vincent has over 10 years of agency and brand experience in the retail space and oversees a multi-million dollar marketing budget across all of ShopStyle's paid marketing channels.
Director, Marketing Technology
Jessie Dawson is part of Dell’s Global Digital Marketing team with a mandate to drive Dell’s marketing transformation in an always-on, content-led, data-driven world. Jessie leads the Content Eco-System team and is responsible for digital platforms, content lifecycle and user success. Prior to her current position, Jessie has held multiple Global Digital Marketing positions with brands such as Reebok. Jessie is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Merchandising, Digital.
Jessica Potts is the Director of Merchandising, Digital for Windsor. Jessica joined Windsor in 2017 where she brings years of eCommerce experience in management, buying, merchandising, planning, & ensuring customer experience is top priority. Prior to joining Windsor, Jessica worked at PVH, Speedo, Dolls Kill, and SwimOutlet.com.
Director, Digital Experience
Haley joined Crocs, Inc in 2011 as the Global Manager of User Experience to direct the domestic and international eCommerce user experience strategies for the Crocs global desktop, mobile and tablet online properties.
In addition to driving Crocs’ global UX initiatives, Haley is also responsible for innovating the optimization and personalization strategy for the business. She has ingrained these principals into the site design, her selection of vendor-partners, and her approach to the structure and processes of the projects she oversees.
In 2012 she was tasked with leading the global Redesign of the crocs.com. This included defining the user-requirements that would re-imagine every element of the customer's interaction with the website that was then localized in 18 different countries.
Prior to Crocs, Haley spent the previous 8 years leading UX teams at advertising agencies in the Denver area. Her past achievements include award-winning websites for clients such as Audi of America, Brine, Oakley, Paramount Pictures, Screen Actors Guild, and Universal Pictures.
Director, Talent Acquisition
Stacy Ban is Director of Talent Acquisition for Athleta, a Gap Inc brand based in San Francisco. She is responsible for leading and shaping brand talent acquisition strategies. She leads a team of recruiters responsible for full lifecycle recruitment for all creative, digital, product + brand experience teams. Her team is dedicated to attracting and acquiring great talent to unleash creativity and drive innovation.
Stacy is a member of the Human Resources Leadership Team at Athleta and the Gap Inc Talent Acquisition Leadership Team. As a brand and enterprise leader, she leads through vision and values. Prior to her role at Athleta, Stacy recruited for all functions across Gap Global Online; including marketing, creative services, web production and buying. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Director, eCommerce Marketing & Merchandising
As the head of eCommerce at Bliss, she’s responsible for all digital channels, end-to-end B2C customer experience as well as .com retailer properties for the brand. Jenna has led Bliss’ innovative new site redesign and a full fledged system overhaul during her year at the heritage beauty brand. As a beauty industry veteran of 12+ years, she’s worked for Dermstore (a subsidiary of Target) as the head of site merchandising and marketing programs, NYX Cosmetics along with multiple up-and-coming clinical and prestige brands during her career. As a graduate of FIDM, she combines creative strategy and data-first thinking to enhance all aspects of ecommerce for consumers.
Director, Sales & Operations Planning
Ryan Fagan is the Director of Sales & Operations Planning at Lowe’s Home Improvement based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ryan is responsible for FP&A, Store Environment and Omni Customer Experience, along with all US promotions, in-store off shelf merchandising and commercializing emerging retail opportunities. Ryan’s passion for driving customer growth through improved CX routed in data driven strategies resulted in his development and implementation of Lowe’s Military loyalty program.
Kristin Mauck is passionate about building and leading technology teams to deliver game-changing projects for business. She works as a Director for Nordstrom, in the Technology Merchandising organization where her team is currently working on large scale cross-capability business improvements to support merchandising technology modernization for the Nordstrom Rack business. Prior to Merchandising, Kristin was a Director in Loyalty Technology, where her team helped deliver several significant improvements including: PayPal as a payment method for Nordstrom digital customers, and an expanded Nordstrom Customer Loyalty Rewards model.
Director, Digital Marketing
As Director of Digital Marketing for Cabela's, Andrea Grant drives cross-channel strategy via social, mobile and email. Since joining the World's Foremost Outfitter in 2013, Andrea has opened the Denver-based corporate extension office, implemented a solid social content strategy, streamlined mobile experiences and refined the email program while interjecting a healthy dose of user experience and increased conversion. Prior to Cabela's, Andrea managed the global CRM and loyalty program at Crocs Inc. Her passion as a customer advocate and background in digital strategy, enhances the customer experience and has garnered national recognition.
Director, Digital Marketing
Bryan Benavides is a seasoned executive with 16 years of digital marketing experience. Starting in 2002 in customer acquisition and email marketing, Bryan has since helped start and grow organizations in data management, online media buying, and international eCommerce. Currently Bryan heads all digital marketing strategy for Abt Electronics, Inc., the largest single store retailer in the nation.
Director of SEO
Ratish Naroor serves as the Director of SEO for Overstock.com where he brings more than 12 years of experience in the e-commerce industry. In this role, he has been investing in latest Mobile technologies such as AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) and PWA’s (Progressive Web Apps) for higher mobile web performance and better mobile conversion rates. Prior to joining Overstock.com, Ratish crafted SEO strategy and implemented planning at TripAdvisor, Grubhub, and Seamless.com. He is most known by his colleagues for his leadership and ability to identify growth opportunities in core areas such as site infrastructure, keyword selection, and on-page factors optimization. Ratish has a degree in Computer Science from the Cochin University of Science and Technology and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Laurie Caldwell is a pioneer in the digital marketing space, specializing in retention marketing. Laurie comes from a direct marketing background, where she became fascinated with micro-segmentation and optimization, and not long after became interested in retention programs that drive customer loyalty. She is currently Director of Marketing at eBags leading all retention initiatives with her main focus on email marketing and loyalty.
Former Sr. Technical Program Lead- Alexa, Amazon, and Lead Developer, Geekgirl Marketing
Amazon & Geekgirl Marketing
Noelle LaCharite is an evangelist. She is passionate about Mindful Leadership, work-life harmony and helping people achieve their ideal outcomes. She also specializes in helping brands develop skills for Amazon Alexa. She has spent many years as a trainer and evangelist for IBM, RedHat, EMC, and Amazon Alexa. She has taught thousands of people the value and importance of voice technology and mindful leadership and has delivered keynotes, workshops and conferences around the world.
Chris Hansen is Director of User Experience & Web Development with TGI Fridays. He oversees their digital experience, which includes site and app development, build-out, and testing & optimization. His mission is to deliver an innovative end-to-end frictionless guest user experience. Prior to TGI Fridays, Chris spent 18 years in the telecommunication and retail industries leading UX positions, focused on digital design, performance analytics, strategy & implementation, to drive consumer engagement and conversion. Chris is pursuing his Master of Professional Studies in New Media & Internet Marketing. As an additional outlet for his passion on design thinking, Chris founded www.jeepmodreview.com, an online marketplace for product reviews & news about Jeep Wranglers.
Sr. Manager, Media Strategy & Mobile
The Home Depot
Erin Everhart is a brand marketer, digital strategist and content developer. She's currently the Senior Manager, Media & Mobile for The Home Depot where she oversees cross-channel media strategy. Previously, she ran the digital marketing department at a web development agency supporting mid-sized business and Fortune 500 companies. She speaks regularly on digital strategy, content development and channel marketing at conferences nationwide. Follow her on Twitter @erinever.
John Donnelly has focused on driving organic search performance for over a decade. It started with mere curiosity on how to drive more traffic to his personal websites, and grew to a career. John drives the SEO strategy for Cabela's, which generates $100M in organic sales each year. He believes SEO can be a foundation for all marketing efforts, if utilized fully. John is an approachable SEO that can still geek out. You can most likely find him on a golf course or at a brewery.
Sr. Manager, Owned Brands
Meg Keller leads the product creation team for Backcountry’s suite of owned brands. Prior to Backcountry, Meg worked at The Orvis Company in Men’s and Fly Fishing product development, creating their successful sub-brand Trout Bum, and as a Strategic Business Analyst.
SEO Strategist - Viator.com
Technical Search Engine Optimization Expert and growth hacker on issues related to SEO. I am one of Google’s Top Contributors on the Google Search Forum and have been recognized by Google as a Top Contributor for providing outstanding support to Google Searchers world-wide. Head of all global Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts for Viator.com. Leading an international team of super talented team of 10 engineers and SEO's. Growing the SEO traffic through various channels. I have been in the SEO world for 10 years mostly working on large enterprise sites generating billions of dollars of revenue.
Lindsay Kaplan is the Marketing Manager for Rocksbox, a subscription-based, try before you buy, jewelry service. Lindsay joined the team in June of 2017 and is responsible for all things CRM. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Lindsay cut her teeth in retail working for some of Austin's largest companies, RetailMeNot, Kendra Scott Jewelry and Whole Foods Market where she honed her skills in merchandising, affiliate marketing, CRM, and mobile applications.
GM, International Business, North America
Vicky Zhuang is general manager of international business, North America, for JD.com, China’s largest retailer. She joined JD in 2007 as part of the company’s first class of management trainees. From 2008 to 2009, she led the company’s enterprise sales department in eastern China. After that, she was appointed General Manager of purchasing for small household appliances, and now has ten years of experience in purchasing and business development. Ms. Zhuang has an MBA from University of California, Irvine.
Site Search Manager
Martin Baumgartel studied mathematics at the Friedrich Schiller University. He has been involved in projects concerning mass-data retrieval problems during work at the German National Library Institute. After conducting research projects at Deutsche Telekom research labs, he was responsible for enterprise search projects for Deutsche Telekom and its customers. After relocating to the U.S., Martin helped Akamai Technologies launch their mobile product line and introduced it to a variety of clients.
Subsequently, he joined the online division of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts to manage the search experience on various web properties, including disneycruise.com, disneyworld.com, disneyland.com - among others.
He is a frequent speaker at industry events about search, knowledge management and mobile issues. In 2013 he joined Verizon Wireless to oversee site search with a focus on e-commerce and e-support.
Sr. Business Intelligence Analyst
Sr. Email Marketing Manager
Carrie began her email marketing career in 2009. Currently, she manages the email strategy, deployment and design for Avery Product’s 17 million subscribers. She previously worked for a boutique email marketing agency as a campaign manager/deployment specialist for such brands as American Express. Keihls, Movado and Brooks Brothers and David's Bridal. Carrie is a certified Salesforce Marketing Cloud consultant and has a BS in computer science and a MBA in Marketing.
Manager, Email and Mobile Marketing
Bethany Wallace studied Psychology, at The Ohio State University, where she discovered her passion for Digital Marketing. As an Email and Mobile Marketing Manager, at Shoe Carnival, she enjoys the creativity that SMS, MMS, push notifications, and email bring, along with dabbling in programmatic, display and social media. She previously worked at Rocky Brands, Inc. where she ran their Email Marketing Program, and created and ran their Loyalty Program. Bethany loves to travel with her family, enjoys running, the great outdoors and is a coffee addict.
Sr. Manager, IT
GapTech Service Level Management
Belisa Mandarano is a 10yr employee of Gap, Inc. where she has led Web Production teams on OldNavy.com, BananaRepublic.com and is currently a Senior Manager of IT overseeing Service Level Management supporting IT Operations. Her current role focuses on business analytics to improve processes, working cross-functionally between business and technical teams to ensure alignment on platform deliverables for eCommerce, Logistics and Stores.
Belisa’s time away from work includes travelling with her family, photography and serving as the VP of Technology on the board of Francis Scott Key Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association.
Sr. Project Manager
Genna Zimmer grew up in her family’s business, REEDS Jewelers, which has expanded from one brick-and-mortar location to nearly 70 stores with a strong eCommerce presence (REEDS.com). While Genna spent some time gaining experience outside of her family’s business, she joined REEDS full-time three years ago to help orchestrate their largest enterprise changes in the eCommerce and IT space. She has spent most of her time managing a major eCommerce re-platform, while also being heavily involved in REEDS’ digital marketing efforts. In addition to leading change on the eCommerce side, she also brings a fresh perspective on how to attract the millennial customer and employee to a 72 year old company.
VP Media Innovation
Nicolas Chereque is the VP of Media Innovation at Petco. Nico oversees the social media, digital content, consumer PR and strategic partnership departments. He leverages each of these channels to create digital experiences for vendors and brands.
Prior to Petco, he graduated from Tulane University in 2001 and worked at Terra.com, until 2008, where he oversaw AdOps and Client Services, really learning the ins and outs of an Internet publisher. In 2008 he founded petMD.com, sold to PetFoodDirect in 2010 then to Petsmart in 2014.
Sr. Manager, eBusiness Product Management
Advance Auto Parts
Product owner of the Professional Online marketplace (B2B) within Advance Auto Parts / Carquest Auto Parts. Over 10 years of success driving numerous omni-channel projects and diversification of the Advance/Carquest online portfolio into multi-channeled ecommerce solutions for customers. Directed IT application development previously within CARQUEST; and currently serve as the business B2B product owner with roadmap and financial responsibilities. eCommerce solutions include internally built B2B responsive design solutions, mobile apps, direct strategic account integrations, hosted and punch-out catalog solutions, and web services/API offerings for partner integrations.
Manager, Email Marketing
Allyson Ayers is the Email Marketing Manager for Custom Ink, the leading online provider of custom apparel and accessories for groups and communities. They offer an easy-to-use online Design Lab, start-to-finish help from great customer care teams, and an offering that includes custom t-shirts & more. Allyson and her team use email to keep Custom Ink “top of mind and tip of tongue” with every audience through communication that connects people to the brand.
Allyson focuses on building strong interactions through email, while growing the contactable list beyond the transaction. She leads referral efforts, owns NPS surveying, and most recently, worked with her team to optimize, rebrand, and responsively code hundreds of emails. Allyson has spoken about (almost) everything email – from testing to deliverability to content to mobile design.
Manager, Programmatic Creative
Shaune works as a Marketing Technology Consultant Dell’s Advertising Technology team.In his current role as Programmatic Creative & Ad Fraud Manager he specializes in programmatic campaign design, best practices, and evangelism leading of all Dell’s programmatic creative activity across the globe. Shaune also has experience with marketing automation and lead nurture programs, and before moving into marketing technology worked in other Sales and Marketing roles for 10+ years.
eCommerce Product Manager
Crate & Barrel
Rima is responsible for the online checkout, gift registry, andcustomer service experiences for Crate and Barrel and its sister brands: CB2and Land of Nod. She is passionate about Agile development and providing the best omnichannel customer experience.
Director, Mobile Applications
Nikhat Afza is a proven leader who has successfully helped organizations leverage Technology to solve business problems by increasing retention, engagement and conversions for mobile consumers in the retail space. She is currently running the team responsible for evangelizing and driving next-generation mobile technology strategies across Macys and Bloomingdales, enabling store convergence tactics. She continues to show her commitment towards the technology community as a coach, mentor and speaker. She currently leads a heavily awarded team that drives Macy’s #1 rated app amongst 100+ retailers. Nikhat has a B’Tech from University of Mumbai, and a M.S. in C.S. from University of Illinois, Chicago.
Caroline Culbertson is the E-Commerce Manager at Betabrand, San Francisco’s crowdsourced and crowdfunded e-commerce apparel company, where she oversees customer acquisition and retention strategy and marketing. Previously, Caroline was a media supervisor at Mediahub Mullen Lowe in Boston where she oversaw media strategy for brands like L.L.Bean and JetBlue with a focus on digital, mobile, and video. Her creative approach to media subsequently earned her a number of nominations and awards including an OMMA Award for Content Integration and a Shorty Award for Best in Travel. When she’s not selling all of the pants, she can be found eating, dancing like a manic at concerts, and snowboarding with her husband in and around the Bay Area.
Director, Online Marketing
Taryn Rayment is the Director of Online Marketing for TUMI. She manages all digital marketing initiatives for North America as well as running CRM. Prior to joining TUMI, she worked in the agency space and built out multiple retail clients’ digital efforts. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Marketing.
Digital Marketing Manager
Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
Kevin Irish is the Digital Marketing Manager for Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. He is responsible for managing the brand presence across all in-house platforms and external digital agencies. Additionally, Kevin manages the direct-to-consumer sales on BobsRedMill.com, the only eCommerce destination for all of Bob’s Red Mill 400+ products. For the past 16 years Kevin has worked in the digital space, including 7 years as founder & CEO of an online consignment company. He graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing and Multimedia, and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. from the University of Portland.
Director of Customer Retention
Jennifer Fan is the Director of Customer Retension at Revolve Clothing, one of the fastest growing retail brands. Jennifer has been with Revolve through explosive growth, leading the way to implement strategic initiatives across channels.
Co-Founder & COO
Bow & Drape
Shelly Madick is the Co-Founder and COO of Bow & Drape, a women's e-commerce brand that leverages technology to allow shoppers to customize their clothing online and in major department stores across North America. Over the past five years, Shelly has driven the business to success, scaling Bow & Drape from an operation existing in her New York apartment to one that delivers goods to over 300 stores including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, and Saks and partnering with everyone from Uber to The New York Post.
In her role, Shelly oversees multiple aspects of the business including in-store & online operations, supply chain and product lifecycle management, CX, and P&L management. Prior to Bow & Drape, Shelly was in Business Development at Morningside and a Corps Member at Teach for America. She started Bow & Drape with her roommate at Harvard, where she earned her BA in 2008.
eCommerce Category Marketing Lead, US
Katrina Plummer leads eCommerce Category Marketing at Mondelēz, the global snacking powerhouse on track to achieve online sales of $1 billion by 2020. Katrina’s role includes optimizing the assortment, content, search marketing and merchandising to achieve the eCommerce sales and market share targets. Katrina is also responsible for integrating eCommerce in the day-to-day business processes of Mondelēz.
Katrina has a background in brand marketing. She has been with Mondelēz for 5 years, managing a variety of brands including Green & Black’s Chocolate, Honey Maid Graham Crackers, Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids. Prior to business school, Katrina worked at the Estēe Lauder Companies in Global Communications.
Eric Bisceglia is the VP of Go to Market at Voysis. Previously, Eric served as VP of Product and Marketing at Attend, an event technology startup that was acquired by Event Farm. Prior to that, he held leadership roles at LogMeIn in product and marketing, most recently serving as VP of eCommerce where he was responsible for the company’s web strategy and online sales. Prior to LogMeIn, Eric worked at EMC Corporation in Product Marketing and was selected for the company’s exclusive Leadership Development Program.
Eric is a graduate of Boston University. He is a proud father (of two boys and a labrador retriever), a classically trained singer, an aspiring woodworker, and is mediocre at a lot of other stuff.
Fashion Tech Consortium
Michael B. Reidbord is a technology and retail executive experienced in building companies in the U.S., Asia, Latin America, and Europe and involved in numerous start-up successes within the technology and consumer products sectors.
Mr. Reidbord founded technical apparel producer Brilliant Asia Corporation and was also President & CEO of Blue Dasher Technologies, an award winning location-based services provider. Michael has held senior positions in the U.S. and Europe with companies including Palm Beach and Bayer, and oversaw global manufacturing and operations for Lion/GSCM in Germany: a leading supplier of technical products to police, fire, and emergency response personnel.
Before founding the Fashion Tech Consortium, Mr. Reidbord was Chief Operating Officer of Kloog, Inc., an IoT and Smart Cloud and Wearables enabling platform based in Silicon Valley that was acquired by Facebook. Michael is a professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology and received his BA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Tim leads consumer technology investments at Mayfield focusing on next-gen Commerce & Marketplaces, Communities, Health & Wellness and Digital Media, and has been named to the Forbes Midas List and the AlwaysOn Power Players of top investors, as well as receiving the Special Achievement award from the Gamification Summit for his work in leveraging game design thinking. Tim has led early stage investments in Iridigm, Playdom, ngmoco, Basis, AdChina, and Moat, creating more than $2.6B in total exit value. His current portfolio includes Grove Collaborative, Massdrop, Ript Labs, Classpass, HealthTap, TRIPP, Next Entertainment, Pillow, Lantern and 3Drobotics. Tim holds an MBA with honors from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and MSEE/BSEE from the University of Michigan. Tim is an accomplished musician who performer in three bands, and is passionate about leveraging technology with wisdom to boost consciousness and fitness across body, mind and spirit.
Kobie is a partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest and longest-running venture firm in Southern California. He joined the firm in 2016 and leads investments including TheWaveVR, Cordial, Token, The Mighty and Nexkey. Kobie has deep experience in SaaS businesses, marketing technologies, and emerging technologies including VR and AR (he was an early personal investor in Oculus.) Kobie joined Upfront from Accel, where he was involved in investments including Campaign Monitor, UserTesting, AdRoll, EmergentVR and Invoca. Prior to Accel, Kobie was the Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion ecommerce players based in Los Angeles. Earlier in his career, Kobie helped found OpenView Venture Partners and was an investor at Insight Venture Partners where he sourced notable early investments in Exact Target (acquired by Salesforce for $2.5B) and Instructure (NYSE: INST.) Kobie received an AB in Economics from Harvard University.
Co-Founder & CEO
Anna Palmer is cofounder of Wondermile. Prior to Wondermile Anna was co-founder and CEO of Fashion Project, where she scaled the company to millions in revenue, led national brand partnerships and raised multiple rounds of venture funding. With the sale of Fashion Project in 2016, Anna took over as SVP of marketing for the acquirer and later was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, Anna is a co-founder and Investing Partner of XFactor Ventures, a seed fund investing in the next wave of billion dollar female founders, where she focuses on retail innovation, consumer goods and marketplace businesses. She holds a J.D from Harvard Law School, graduating in 2011.
RBC Capital Markets
Mark S. Mahaney is a Managing Director covering the Internet sector at RBC Capital Markets. Mark has been ranked #1 in the Institutional Investor Poll for the Internet Sector (2008-2012). He has also been ranked #1 in the Greenwich Institutional Investor Poll for the Internet sector, as well as the #1 Earnings Estimator and the #1 Stock Picker in the Internet Retail segment by the Financial Times and StarMine. Mark has been covering Internet stocks since 1998. Prior to RBC, he worked on both the sell-side and the buy-side, including with American Technology Research, Morgan Stanley, and Citibank. Mark holds an MBA from Wharton Business School (1996), an MA from Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (1990), and a BA from Amherst College (1987). Prior to Wall Street, Mark worked in management consulting with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Senate, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In another life, Mark was the bassist for Monkey Funk. In this life, Mark is also an Assistant Basketball Coach.
Hans Tung joined GGV Capital in 2013 as a managing partner to focus on consumer mobile internet and cross-border ecommerce in China and the U.S. Hans led GGV’s investment and serves on the boards of Wish, a fast growing cross border mobile commerce marketplace; Xiaohongshu, a leading active social community and recommendation app for cross-border shopping in China; Poshmark, a simple and fun way to buy and sell fashion; GrubMarket, a marketplace for local farm goods; and OfferUp, a place for consumers to buy and sell goods locally. He has invested in mobile social communication companies such as musical.ly, a highly popular video social network for creating, sharing and discovering short videos; Slack, which brings all your communication together in one place; Bustle, an online community providing a fresh spin on information and all subjects; Wheelwell, a market network for automotive parts and services,Peloton, a fitness technology platform and community, and Curse, a social communication platform for gamers acquired by Twitch. Hans is a personal investor in leading Indian e-commerce companies Flipkart and Snapdeal. He's also actively involved with GGV portfolio companies Airbnb, Flipboard, DraftKings, and Yodo1. Hans has been ranked as a top VC on the Forbes Midas list since 2013 and was recognized by The Founder and CBN News magazines in the past as a Top 10 most entrepreneur-friendly VC in China.
Elizabeth Segran is Staff Writer at Fast Company, where she covers the fashion industry. Her work has appeared in a range of publications including The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Nation and The New Republic. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Indian literature. She is a global nomad who grew up in Brussels, Paris, Singapore, Jakarta and London before moving to New York to attend Columbia University.
Laura Heller is the Editor of Retail Dive and has been reporting on mass-market retail trends and initiatives since 1995 as a reporter for B2B magazines, business outlets and websites including Forbes and The Week. She has appeared on national TV and radio programs discussing retail trends including CNBC, ABC News Now and National Public Radio. Her blog–“The Point of Purchase”-appears on Forbes.com.
TheStreet is an independent digital financial media company providing business news, investing ideas, and analysis to personal and institutional investors worldwide. Cathaleen Chen is a consumer reporter for TheStreet, where she covers retail stocks, consumer trends, and corporate governance.
Alyssa Julya Smith has been an anchor at Cheddar for nearly two years, joining right after the company launched. During her time at Cheddar, she has interviewed over 3,000 people in Business, Finance, Technology and Entertainment. Prior to Cheddar, Alyssa spent fifteen years in the fashion and entertainment industry. She has thrived as a professional model and actress, traveling the world, landing covers of magazines, as well as appearing in major movies, TV shows and commercials. Alyssa has hosted numerous shows for Esquire Network and owned her own luxury swimwear label that was featured in Vogue, W Magazine and became a celebrity favorite. In addition to her natural affinity for health and wellness, Alyssa has worked extensively with research and development teams in the natural product space, collaborated with health care providers and is in constant contact with experts and influencers within the category. Alyssa holds a degree from Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Editor & Shopping Director
Tiffany Yannetta is the shopping director at Racked, where she oversees everything from trend-driven market stories to personal essays about the experience of shopping. She's a graduate of Hunter College and is based in New York City.
As CEO, Michael Osborne provides grounded leadership and unwavering focus on building SmarterHQ’s innovation, growth and success. Prior to SmarterHQ, Osborne served as Chief Revenue Officer for Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) where he helped lead the company to their Initial Public Offering in 2012. Prior to his time at Baazarvoice, Osborne spent nearly 5 years at Coremetrics, (Acquired: IBM) where he built and managed the client services team.
Prior to joining Reflektion, Kurt was CMO for Marketwired/Sysomos where he relaunched their brands, as well as, led the successful turnaround of the lead generation and content strategy efforts for both brands. Previously Kurt was the CMO for Monetate, where he helped double revenues for the cloud-based browser technology company. Kurt has also held senior executive positions at leading consumer marketing firms that include Priceline, Time Warner/Synapse Connect, and Walker Digital Companies, where he leveraged his expertise in corporate strategy, product development, customer acquisition and retention, and creative development to increase lead generation, revenue, and market share.
VP, Head of Analytics and Insights
Jaysen has served as the lead analytical resource for Criteo in the Americas for over four years. His present position as VP, Head of Analytics and Insights allows him to bridge the gap between the vast storehouse of data logged by Criteo and the need to deliver robust insights to both Criteo clients and internal customers. Jaysen has two decades of experience in commercial analytics, with a key focus on the performance marketing and the understanding of user-level behavior over time. Jaysen has worked at a number of advertising agencies, brands, and tech players and holds engineering degrees from Duke and Stanford.
Vice President of Sales, Americas
Jim started with Emarsys at the inception of the North America business in June of 2015. In that time the company has grown exponentially as marketers have become familiar with the differentiated offerings Emarsys provides; technology that is built not bought, scaling personalized engagement beyond a human’s capacity through inter-weaving AI into marketing execution, and combining the power of creative digital execution with data analysis and insights.
As Vice President of Sales for the Americas, he drives the growth and direction of Emarsys’ direct sales, SDR, BDR, CSM and Operations/Enablement functions. With nearly 20 years of sales leadership, operations and business development, and 12 years of digital marketing experience, his team focuses on solving business challenges and client success ahead of Emarsys growth.
Prior to his current role, Jim spent nearly a decade at ExactTarget (a salesforce.com company) holding leadership positions in new business sales, corporate development, and existing business sales. In his last position, he served as Area Vice President of the vertical sales organization serving the Retail, CPG, Financial Services, Health and Life Sciences and Non-Profit segments across North America.”
Founder & CEO
Udayan Bose founded NetElixir with a vision to provide online marketers worldwide with a paid search campaign optimization solution capable of delivering magical performance. Udayan recognized the potential of paid search as an essential advertising channel in 2002. Having experienced first hand the complexity involved in running a profitable paid search campaign, he was driven to develop a system that delivers predictable and efficient campaign performance, allowing marketers to fully leverage the power of paid search as a high value sales generator.
Prior to starting NetElixir, Udayan was Director of Business Development for iGlobalMedia/PartyGaming, the world's largest online gaming company. In this role he was responsible for building a new business unit, PartyBingo, that became a major revenue generator for the company.
Udayan is a regular speaker at leading industry conferences like Internet Retailer Conference (US), Internet Retailing Conference (UK), eTail and Search Engine Strategies Conferences (US and Germany). He is a guest lecturer at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management; Zicklin School of Business, Baruch, NY and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Udayan holds a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an M.B.A. from Mumbai University, India.
Denis hails from South Africa, where he received his Masters degree in Marketing from the University of Johannesburg. He has been running online marketing campaigns for various clients all over the world since 2004. He moved to Raleigh, NC, in early 2006 and joined ROI Revolution shortly thereafter. In his time at ROI, Denis has overseen tens of millions of dollars in PPC ad spend, specifically for retailers, and he understands where and how to look in order to improve results accordingly.
Rahmon Coupe, Chief Executive Officer, YourAmigo Rahmon is currently CEO of YourAmigo, a search marketing services company which he co-founded in 1999. The Company has just launched YourAnswer™, the ultimate mobile shopping experience which provides site users with the ability to find products and other information using voice and the power of the YourAnswer Real Intelligence Engine™, resulting in improved user engagement and higher mobile conversion rates. YourAmigo also offers performance-based organic search solutions to medium to large eCommerce websites, using a proprietary technology service that analyzes searcher behavior data to create unique content that drives new traffic and sales on non-brand terms. YourAmigo’s services have operated on websites in 32 different countries and in many different spoken languages, with over 160 million web pages under management.
Chief Solutions Officer
David is Chief Solutions Officer at eShopWorld, where he focuses on delivering high value, scalable, repeatable technology solutions for the company’s client portfolio of international brands. David is focused on delivering high quality customer experiences to forge that relationship between customer and brand.
David’s career spans more than 20 years across a variety of roles in high growth, technology-led environments. He joined eShopWorld from Wonga, where as CTO he led an international technology team and spearheaded the company's transformation over a three year period. David also founded Distinct, a product and services company focused on building an Analytics as a Service platform, which was acquired by FTI Consulting in 2013.
Sr. Product Marketing Manager
As Sr. Product Marketing Manager in the Web Experience group at Akamai Anthony leads the go-to-market strategy for Akamai’s Digital Performance Management, Images and Cloudlets products. For more than 9 years at Akamai he has been dedicated to helping businesses remove barriers and unlock their potential to better engage users through web and mobile applications. As a customer advocate, industry expert and student of the art & science of positioning and messaging, Anthony is passionate about forging connections between customer challenges and cutting-edge technologies to solve real-world problems in web experience.
Liad is a serial entrepreneur with rich experience as a startup founder and as a Fortune 500 executive. He founded information security vendor Onigma (acquired by McAfee) and social search company Delver (acquired by Sears Holdings). Following Delver’s acquisition, Liad served as a VP of New Services at Sears Holdings and on the board of its Home Electronics and Outlets business units. Liad served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Bessemer Venture Partners and taught at the Entrepreneurship MBA program in Tel-Aviv University and at the Zell Program of IDC Herzliya. He holds a BA Cum Laude from Tel-Aviv University in Computer Sciences and Film Studies.
Senior Commerce Marketing Analyst
Oracle + Bronto
Greg Zakowicz has more than 12 years of experience in email, mobile and social media marketing. His subject matter expertise stems from his experience providing retailers, including numerous Internet Retailer Top 1000 clients, with in-depth analysis of their marketing programs, recommendations for improvement, and implementation guidance and execution. Zakowicz is a frequent speaker at ecommerce events such as IRCE, Fashion Digital New York, and eTail West. He has been published by top retail publications including Multichannel Merchant and Total Retail. Greg is also the host of Bronto’s award-winning Commerce Marketer Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @WhatsGregDoing.
Chief Revenue Officer
Chuck Davis is an experienced and passionate digital marketing executive with over 25 years in email, eCommerce and technology companies across the digital marketing ecosystem. He’s currently the Chief Revenue Officer at Webbula (The Data Quality Experts). Prior to Webbula, Chuck ran sales for BriteVerify (an Email Verification provider) and was President of BlueHornet (an Email Service Provider), so he’s a senior industry contact and an all around Email Geek.
Everyday Chuck and his team deliver innovative, industry leadership around the Truth in Email Intelligence & Consumer Data Insights. Chuck, an accomplished Toastmaster and former Marketing Professor, is in a great position to moderate an Expert Roundtable on Email Marketing, Retention & CRM Best Practices. He has in-depth, hands-on experience helping traditional retail and online only sellers with email sender reputation, email intelligence, email deliverability, inbox placement and other hurdles associated with email campaign revenue performance.
Learn more about Chuck and his fast paced email & data quality experience with Webbula, BlueHornet, Microsoft, and a few stints as a marketing professor @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/chuckdavis100. You can also get to know Chuck by checking out his Webbula Employee Spotlight @ https://webbula.com/employee-spotlight-chuck-davis/
VP, Digital & Marketing AI
Mark Sucrese is focused on delivering marketing solutions that drive innovation and brings 20+ years of: thought leadership, people management, solution design, consulting, and marketing innovation to Epsilon. As Vice President of Digital & Marketing A.I, he leads global delivery services for advanced machine learning and personalization, as well as an innovation lab for multi-channel platform integration, leveraging real time/ predictive analytics and marketing data.He has extensive knowledge around: marketing technologies, analytics, database marketing, lead management, decision intelligence, resource planning and client services. Prior to joining Epsilon, Marc led Marketing Technology, Strategy and Research for Dell.
SVP Ecommerce & Omni-Channel Strategy
Brian has 20+ years of experience, including more than a decade as a C-level Ecommerce executive. As the SVP of Strategy at Guidance, he advises industry leaders on driving rapid growth through Ecommerce. Previously, Brian served as Interim VP of Ecommerce at PacSun, a 600+ store apparel retailer. Brian also was VP Ecommerce for Harbor Freight, a 700-store retailer of tools, and held executive roles at OvernightPrints.com, Costume Supercenter, and Broadspan Commerce.
Al brings extensive experience in product management, marketing, and technology to Annex Cloud. Prior to founding Annex Cloud, he founded Immply Group, a web development agency. Before that, he led eCommerce at Teleflora where he was responsible for Product Management and Marketing for the teleflora.com, eFlorist and findaflorist.com properties. He also held senior technology roles at SaaS startups including Foodlink Online and Agribuys which offered a lot of learnings that he has been able to utilize in growing Annex Cloud. Under Al's leadership, the Annex Cloud team has grown from 2 to over 150 with people across several offices and 3 continents. Al is a frequent speaker at several trade shows including eTail and shop.org. When he’s not working, he loves spending time with his two girls and his family or just catching up on sleep.
Chief Customer Officer
As Chief Customer Officer, Amanda has full responsibility for sales, consulting, client-services and for the continued expansion of large-scale personalization deployments throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Amanda brings more than 18 years of expertise running highly successful organizations that help customers adopt new technologies to optimize their business outcomes.
Chief Product Officer
Chief Product Officer, Christopher Hansen is responsible for the overall vision and strategic direction of product development of the offerings within IgnitionOne. Previously, Christopher was President of the company’s display business, Netmining, and held a variety of roles across Innovation Interactive. In particular, he led the Performance Marketing Group that spearheaded innovations in performance-based display for clients like J. Crew, La Quinta, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Previously, Christopher formed the Advertising Operations group at Net2Phone, one of the first providers of VoIP technology. Prior to Net2Phone, he worked at 24/7 Media as Director of Traffic for 24/7’s Direct Marketing Team and also managed the 24/7 Advertising Network, helping grow the network’s revenue yield and advertising inventory.
CEO & Co-Founder
Meyar Sheik co-founded Certona in 2004 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Under his guidance, the company has grown into the top omnichannel personalization provider for today’s largest brands and retailers around the world. For the past ten years, Meyar has been focusing on applying Certona’s innovative consumer profiling, behavioral targeting and real-time personalization to generate higher conversions and more revenues on popular e-commerce sites. Meyar is a frequent industry speaker on cross-channel personalization trends and solutions.
Prior to Certona and from early 2000, Meyar was CMO and COO of WebSideStory, Inc., a leading web analytics provider (now part of Adobe). Meyar has a BS in Electrical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.
VP of Marketing
Stefan Nandzik is the head of marketing at Signifyd. His “what if” approach to business problem-solving constantly challenges conventional wisdom and means that he is never afraid to upend the status quo to lead change.
Head of Global Content Marketing
Chris Moody joins Cheetah Digital after building and leading award winning content and social teams at companies like GE, Oracle Marketing Cloud, and Red Hat. At Cheetah Digital, Chris is leading a content team to help B2C marketers be even more successful with their cross-channel marketing efforts.
Chris frequently speaks at leading marketing events and guest lectures at universities on effective marketing with limited budgets. Chris rarely blogs at chris-moody.com and has missed sending his weekly email newsletter for over 52 weeks in a row. He also has "that's what she said on his wedding band" and lettered in women's basketball at NC State (both are true).
Global Retail Insights Network (GRIN)
Carl Miller is the Founder and Managing Director of the Global Retail Insights Network(GRIN), the principal not-for-profit global community for e-commerce professionals. Carl founded the GRIN to help cross border retailers lead and innovate through knowledge and collaboration. He previously led the retail practice at GlobalCollect (anIngenico company), where he worked with top retailers, helping them develop global e-commerce strategies. Carl is studying innovation at the Haas School of Business executive education program,and has been designated as a 'Top of the List E-Commerce Professional' by the San Francisco Business Times for his innovation around B2C services.
About the GRIN: The GRIN is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership organization. The GRIN is driven by one goal: to help global retailers and brands become leaders through collaboration and knowledge. Our member-based organization provides the data and insight needed to help brands benchmark their global performance, and take actionable steps to becoming a leading global player.
Senior Email Strategist
Casey has a healthy fixation with helping marketers realize the potential of their email programs by addressing human needs, building better relationships, and ultimately driving improved results for the business. Her obsession with evolving the email space helped land her a spot on ExpertSender’s list of “25 Email Geeks to Help You Get Your Geek On.” Over the last nine years, Casey has worked with a wide array of clients to improve their email ROI. Though she loves big ideas and brings a creative vision to email marketing strategy, Casey’s strong background in implementation keeps recommendations grounded, actionable, and oriented around the businesses’ needs and limitations. When she’s not working on client projects, Casey writes a byline for Target Marketing Magazine, tries to inject some entertainment value into webinars and speaking events, and gets into the weeds with user experience and consumer psychology.
Pehr Luedtke is the SVP of Marketing and International for Valassis Digital. Pehr joined Valassis from Spotzot, a location-based mobile advertising network, where he served as CEO. Spotzot was acquired by Valassis in 2015. Prior to Spotzot, Pehr was part of the executive team at Bazaarvoice, CEO at PowerReviews (acquired by Bazaarvoice), and held senior positions at eBay and Levi Strauss. Pehr has an MBA from Stanford and an undergrad degree from Princeton. He lives in the Bay Area with his family, and loves to slow cook meats on his Big Green Egg.
As CMO, Sara is responsible for overall leadership of Bazaarvoice’s global marketing programs, including demand generation, product marketing, brand strategy, and communications. Sara has more than 30 years of marketing, strategy, and leadership experience with industry-leading organizations. Before joining Bazaarvoice, Sara served as CEO of InReach, a role preceded by her tenure as Chief Marketing Officer for Convio. Prior to that she was Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at rPath, Inc. and earlier served as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Strategic Account Alliance Development for Advanced Micro Devices. Sara began her career with Hewlett-Packard before joining Quantum Corporation, where she held a number of roles including Vice President, Marketing for the Network Attached Storage Division. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and earned an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Mr. Gossage is responsible for the overall vision, strategy, operations and development of GroupBy Inc, a leading eCommerce provider. Roland is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience as a Sales, Marketing, Services, Operations and Development in the Enterprise Software industry. Prior to GroupBy, Roland was a Vice President at Endeca holding many different leadership positions while there. This followed successful tenures at Cognos, Hummingbird Communications and Pure Data where he helped established these companies in the relative markets. Prior to beginning his career in software, Mr. Gossage was a member is the Canadian Armed Force serving in the Armored Core for 6 years.
VP, Industry Strategy & Insights
As VP of Industry Strategy and Insights for Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Rob Garf is no stranger to the industry and the challenges retailers face. As the former retail strategy leader for IBM Global Business Services and vice president of Retail Strategies Service at AMR Research, Rob's been on all sides of the business. He currently guides Commerce Cloud's retail and product strategy.
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer
Peter McLachlan is the co-founder and chief product officer at Mobify, a mobile customer engagement platform that helps retailers boost revenue, keep up with changing customer expectations, and protect their competitive edge. Working with technology leaders like Apple, Facebook, and Google, he sets Mobify’s product strategy. He has grown the company from a 3 person startup to a 150 person organization with offices in Canada, the US, and the UK. The Mobify™ Platform is used by Fortune 500 brands and global retailers like Carnival, Eddie Bauer, Crocs, L’Oreal, Lancome, and Crabtree & Evelyn to increase revenue across all channels. Mobify is recognized by Forrester as a leader in mobile customer engagement.
Senior Director of Product
As RetailMeNot’s Senior Director of Product Management, Laura leads efforts to deliver the most intuitive, friction-free user experience possible to help customers save with every visit. In this role, Laura translates her 15 years of experience building consumer Internet products to maximize the RetailMeNot consumer experience.
Prior to RetailMeNot, Laura built Whole Foods’ inaugural digital coupon offering and, as a Senior Product Manager at Allrecipes, she implemented social sign-on for a 10+ million-member base, accelerating personalization efforts and increasing customer engagement. Laura discovered her affinity for a customer-centric product approach at HomeAway, where she built and grew Community for the vacation rental company, championing the customer voice, and using it to enrich the customer experience.
Founder, Chairman, Chief Product Officer
David is an entrepreneur and innovator whose career has been dedicated to helping marketers succeed in the digital world. In 1996 he co-founded InfoSec Labs, which helped large enterprises move safely into ecommerce and online marketing in the early days of the commercial Internet. Following the success of InfoSec Labs, he co-founded ePrivacy Group, developing technology that allowed marketers to use email to build strong customer relationships, and TurnTide, a technology that protected the value of the email channel by attacking spam in a new and effective way. David founded Monetate with David Bookspan in 2008 to help online marketers fulfill the long-held promise of using Big Data to get the right experience in front of the right customer at the right time. David serves on the Board of Directors of Shop.org. He also served on the Board of Directors of Invite Media from 2007 until its acquisition by Google in 2010.
Sr. Director, Customer Success
Talia, with a passion for all things connection, is Senior Director of Customer Success at Extole, the leading platform for advocate marketing helping brands leverage their MVP customers to rally for their business and acquire new customers. At Extole and earlier as the very first Account Manager at Olapic where she helped to pioneer user generated content marketing, Talia partners with premier CPG and fashion brands (among them Unilever, Estee Lauder, LVMH, VF Corp, Anthropologie, Rebecca Minkoff). At a personal level, she loves to meet new people and understand what matters to them. She applies this deeper understanding of people to her mission to humanize and scale the relationship between customers and brands.
An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, Matt Roche is the CEO of Extole, the leading advocate marketing platform. Matt was the founder and CEO of Offermatica, industry's highest-volume landing page optimization and testing platform and one of the first SaaS marketing platforms. It is now known as Adobe Target and serves billions of optimized experiences every week. Matt was also instrumental in the development of Dapper, a leader in Dynamic Creative Optimization solution, which was subsequently acquired by Yahoo!. Early in his career, he co-founded Fort Point Partners, an e-commerce systems integrator. Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree from Yale University.
Sr. Director, Retail & Restaurants Solutions
Oracle Data Cloud
Aashish leads Client Strategy and Solutions for Oracle Data Cloud’s Retail & Restaurants vertical. He and his team helps the retail and restaurant industry clients develop and execute long-term strategic roadmaps on how to use Data as a Service and the Oracle DMP to conquer business objectives. His team will not rest easy until every retailer and restauranteur best understands their customers, measure each interaction with prospective and existing customers and rid the world of wasted media spend! Prior to joining Oracle Data Cloud, Aashish was at Sony Corporation of America where he led multichannel, integrated marketing strategy and execution for cross-Sony programs where he developed customer insights based on behaviors within and outside the Sony ecosystem to deliver innovative customer-centric activation that unlocked the full value of paid, owned and earned assets. He earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State and obtained a master’s degree from Temple University.
VP, Industries Retail & CPG
Doug Norton-Bilsby is responsible for setting the direction of all ForgeRock’s client facing activity in the Retail and Consumer Products arena globally. He is charged with defining the strategy for the operation and ensuring its consistent execution through Sales, Pre-Sales, Marketing and Product. He also leads and sets the direction for all Partner and Alliance activity for the market across the region. Doug joined ForgeRock in January 2017.
Doug comes to ForgeRock after spending the past five years helping early stage Mobile Commerce technology businesses build international operations. Prior to this Doug has led the European and International businesses of market leading Enterprise Technology Companies including Experian, Oracle and IBM.
Doug holds a number of Professional Business and Management qualifications including a Masters.
Allon is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record in the media, content marketing and commerce industries. Prior to TVPage, Allon was Co-founder & CEO of Opticomm, a Broadcast Video Systems Company (sold to Emcore, NASDAQ: EMKR). Customers at Opticomm included NBC, Sony, Viacom and ESPN. Prior to Opticomm, Allon was VP at Hotbar, an Internet Media Start-up that reached over 20M users in <2 years and was successfully sold thereafter. Before Hotbar, Allon was a VC Attorney at Goldfarb, Seligman & Co., focusing on the Israeli high-tech sector. Allon has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporations from the NYU School of Law and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the Sussex University School of Law in Brighton, England. Allon holds multiple registered US patents spanning video networking, commerce, and syndication.
Dema Zlotin is the CEO of leading cloud-based local SEO technology platform Rio SEO. Prior to Rio SEO, Dema founded one of the nation's largest search marketing agencies, Covario, which sold to the Dentsu Aegis Network in 2014. Earlier in his career he founded Silicon Space, a web development firm that grew to over 120 employees before being acquired by Dataskill, Inc. He earned his BS in computer science from UCSD and was a researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.
Wesley MacLaggan has been working with Marin Software since 2008. He is currently Head of Marketing at Marin Software. Previously he lead the Product team where he was responsible for driving Marin’s roadmap and working closely with engineering to deliver innovative advertising solutions to the market. He has over a decade’s experience developing and delivering analytical enterprise SaaS applications, including four years with Applied Predictive Technologies working on their platform to help retailers maximize the return on their promotional spending. Mr. MacLaggan began his career providing strategic guidance to companies in a range of industries with Mercer Management Consulting. He holds an Economics degree from Dartmouth College.
Co-Founder & CEO
Tomer Tagrin is the co-founder and CEO of Yotpo, the leading customer content marketing platform for commerce brands. Thousands of businesses -- from established companies like Staples and TYR to fast-growing, digitally native brands like UNTUCKit, MVMT Watches and Chubbies -- use Yotpo to collect and leverage every type of user-generated content to increase trust, social proof and sales.
Tagrin was a chip designer for Intel before co-founding Yotpo, and a software engineering major at Tel Aviv University before that. An eCommerce junkie, he passionately believes that great brands are built on happy customers.
Head of Deliverability and Compliance
David serves as Act-On Software's Head of Deliverability, Digital Compliance and Industry Relations. He has been focused for 20+ years on the issues associated with the digital channel including, email marketing, deliverability, social media, mobile, integrated marketing, marketing automation and digital privacy compliance. David is a seasoned speaker, and email deliverability and privacy consultant with national and international engagements that include: Online Trust Alliance (OTA and Board Member), Email Services and Provider Coalition (ESPC and Board Member), International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), InBox East and West, Inbox/Outbox – London, American Marketing Association, Messaging and Anti Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) – US and EU, TRUSTe, Privacy and American Business and the Email Insider Summit.
Sr. Director, Strategy
With over ten years of experience in digital marketing, including stints at agencies such as Acronym Media and 360i, Hussein Ebied leads the Strategy & Insights team at PACIFIC. Hussein and his team are responsible for conducting research and developing strategic insights for our clients, including Eddie Bauer, Expedia, Cubesmart, and Jacuzzi. Prior to years of building content strategies, analyzing data, and driving search optimization, Hussein was a member of the U.S armed forces, and also interned in the CNN newsroom. When he’s not leading the charge on search discovery for our clients, he’s spending time with his wife and two young sons, trying to find San Diego’s best pizza joint, or catching up on “Game of Thrones.”
Manager, Solutions Analytics
Zack Goldman is Sidecar's Manager of Solutions Analytics. In his current role he oversees a team of Analysts tasked with evaluation of PLA implementation and the application of Sidecar's technology for current customers and prospects. Zack also works closely with some of Sidecar's largest customers, driving PLA strategy and testing. Prior to joining Sidecar, Zack worked in an investment research and strategy role at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in New York. He holds a BS in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.
Richard leads Twiggle's customer success team. He brings over 17 years of executive experience running global service operations for companies such as LivePerson and VatBox. Richard studied aeronautics at Mander College Bedford, UK and mechanical production engineering at Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.
Senior Director, Retail and Brand Solutions
As a Senior Director on RetailMeNot’s Retail and Brand Solutions team, Michelle Kreitz leads efforts to deepen relationships with retailers, brands and advertisers across North America. Michelle joined RetailMeNot in 2014 and her responsibilities include managing a team of Account Directors to drive sales for merchant partners. Prior to RetailMeNot, Michelle served in several industries driving both B2B and B2C partnerships. Most recently, as Director of Marketing Partnerships for Barnes & Noble.com, Michelle was tasked with developing partnerships and promotions related to the NOOK eReader, as well as retail and online promotions, digital marketing, new services launches and app marketing. Michelle has also worked in the magazine publishing industry, where she developed and marketed multi-channel subscription partnership programs across dozens of brands by leveraging content, brand attributes, digital assets, ad pages and subscriptions. Michelle holds a BS from Georgetown University.
Senior Vice President of Products
If an online shopper visits an e-commerce site, and that site sells a product that would meet the shopper’s needs, Unbxd exists to make sure they find it. As the Senior Vice President of Products for Unbxd, Ravi is responsible for the team managing and marketing Unbxd’s cloud-based, AI-powered product discovery solutions. Ravi has over 25 years of experience working for technology companies to help them build their products, tell their stories, and delight their customers. Prior to Unbx, Ravi spent 16 years at Akamai Technologies in leadership roles in Product Management, Product Marketing, Industry Marketing, Sales Training and Productivity, and Sales. In addition to Akamai, he also worked with Shiva Corporation, Avid Technology, Avid Sports and Vsoft Ltd. Ravi is a graduate of Connecticut College and holds a bachelor’s degree in theater.
Co-Founder & CEO
Ryan Urban is the Co-Founder and CEO at BounceX – the leader in cloud-based behavioral marketing and the fastest growing software company in America. Under his leadership, Bounce Exchange has been ranked number one overall for both employee retention and career development by ComputerWorld, named one of the best places to work in NYC by Crain’s New York, and honored as one of Fortune’s best places to work. A veteran of the ecommerce space, Ryan was formerly Director of Acquisition at Bonobos and prior to that, Head of Ecommerce at Brickhouse Security. He has served on the advisory boards of both BabyAge.com and Bonobos. Ryan holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and spends most of his free time working on the behavior of his dog – Telemundo.
SVP, Global Customer Success
Ryan Deutsch is SVP of Global Customer Success at Persado, responsible for advancing adoption and growth among enterprise customers on an international scale. He joined the company from Sears Holding Corporation, a long-time Persado customer, where he led one of the largest and most sophisticated digital direct response programs in North America. A 17-year veteran of the digital marketing space, he most recently served as DVP, Digital Addressable Marketing at Sears, focused on the use of data to personalize digital experiences. Prior, Ryan was VP of Emerging Media at StrongView (formerly StrongMail) and VP of Marketing Automation Solutions for PGi.
VP, Corporate Development
CJ Affiliate by Conversant
Hayley Silver is a Vice President of Corporate Development at CJ Affiliate. Working with some of CJ’s largest retail clients in the Western region, Hayley is the executive team member that seeks to turn vendor relationships into invaluable partnerships. She advocates within CJ on behalf of her clients, as well as ensures that clients are getting the most from CJ’s tools, insights and innovations. Prior to CJ, Hayley spent the majority of her career in online marketing and retail, most recently as VP of Bizrate Insights. She graduated with an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a BA from Tufts University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their two children, and their adopted wonderLab, Gracie.
Sai Koppala is the Chief Marketing Officer at SheerID, a digital verification SaaS company that enables major organizations such as Lowe's, Footlocker, and Staples to offer omni-channel loyalty programs with little friction and reduced fraud. SheerID’s platform integrates seamlessly into any existing loyalty program or exclusive experience across channels, instantly verifying consumer credentials to ensure exclusive offers remain exclusive.
Koppala is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years of experience leading Marketing and Product teams at global software companies including SAP, Google Cloud, & Sun Microsystems. His knowledge of facilitating customer growth through product innovation and customer loyalty best practices have made him an integral part of the SheerID team, working with Fortune 500 and 1000 retailers across the globe.
VP, Creative & Photography
DSG, an RRD Company
Through strategy, elbow grease, and refusing the status quo, Mary specializes in turning difficult work situations into victories, e.g., growing revenue, building strong teams, and setting a path forward. In 2009, Mary joined RR Donnelley (RRD) and presently functions as VP for Creative and Photography Operations for DSG, an RRD Company, managing creative operations for major brands like Target, Morgan Stanley, Sony Music, and The Home Depot. Over the past 25 years, Mary has thrived as a participant-supporter in many key client initiatives, helping elevate brands, drive compelling creative, streamline workflow, and deliver solutions that increase marketshare, build brand loyalty, and spread awareness. Mary’s motto? Be present, be a participant, and be willing to explore ideas. Because exploration turns risk into discovery, and discovery ignites passion, which inspires the best performance.
Director of Client Experience
Abby Dineen, Director of Client Experience. Abby Dineen is the Director of Client Experience at Cordial, the next-gen email platform built on real-time data. Abby is the trusted advisor of Cordial’s 150+ innovative brands, helping them more fully utilize Cordial and drive success for the organization. She has over 8 years of experience in the industry, helping thousands of brands succeed with their technology, managing and growing teams, and having fun all along the way. She has been responsible for some of the largest retail, healthcare, travel, and other Fortune 1000 brands.
CEO & Founder
CEO & Co-Founder
Matin Movassate is CEO and co-founder of Heap, a company that automates customer analytics for some of the largest online businesses in the world. Within four years, Heap already boasts over 6,000 customers, including as Lending Club, Zendesk, Twilio, and Liberty Mutual. He studied computer science at Stanford and previously worked at Facebook.
Omri Iluz, CEO and Co-founder of PerimeterX, has over 15 years of experience in product development, web security, sales and M&A. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in executive and technical leadership in startups and larger companies, including Akamai Technologies, where Omri was Senior Director of Business Development, Security BU, growing the company’s Security Division. He expanded Akamai’s alliances ecosystem, partnered with sales channels, and managed security service providers and technology/product partners. Omri came to Akamai in 2012 when it acquired Cotendo, where as Director of Strategic Partnerships, he defined and executed Cotendo’s partnership vision. Prior to Cotendo, Omri was Director of Technology at Oberon Media, and led technology initiatives for the R&D organization, including architecture development and web operations. Omri graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tel Aviv University with a B.S. degree in Computer Science.
Executive Creative Director
Suzanne is Vice President/Executive Creative Director at Zeta where she is responsible for: leading the creative department and creating world-class creative solutions for Fortune 500 clients. She has over 20 years advertising experience in New York (Arnold, Deutsch, Grey, JWT, Moxie, mcgarrybowen, Ogilvy, R/GA) and three years in London (Bates UK, Euro RSCG, Imagination, Ogilvy & Mather). In addition to winning over 100 awards, Suzanne's work has been featured in: AdAge, Adweek, Brandweek, CNN, Forbes, and more. She judges awards shows (Addy's, American Business Awards, Caples), reviews portfolios (FIT, NYCFotoWorks, Palm Springs Photo Festival), participates on panels (AdWeek, Email Insider Summit, Zenith Mobile Day), and teaches at FIT.
Enterprise Account Executive
Lindsey Greenwald is an Enterprise Account Manager at Iterable, an omni-channel marketing platform. She has been part of the team since April 2016 and currently manages Iterable’s highest volume customers. Before Iterable, Lindsey started her start-up career with 5 years at Yelp and 2 years at AdRoll working on strategy for eCommerce clients. When she’s not helping her customers with their email strategy, Lindsey likes sneaking off to wine country any chance she can get.
Head of Product Marketing
Art leads Marketing, Product Innovation, and User Design at Zylotech as their Vice President of Product Marketing. With over 20 years of experience Art has extensive experience building and marketing technology solutions for some of the largest companies in the world. Prior to Zylotech, Art was the Vice President of Products at Epsilon and other leading technology providers.
Director of Business Development
Yoav Susz leads Optimove’s New York-based business development team, where he is playing a major role in Optimove’s successful expansion into the US market. Yoav specializes in helping retail brands build emotionally-intelligent retention marketing strategies that focus on leveraging each brand’s core identity. In his position, Yoav focuses on building relationships with partners across the Americas. Prior to joining Optimove, Yoav served as a corporate litigator for Israel’s leading law firm, where he represented some of the world’s leading technology companies. Yoav holds an LLB from The Interdisciplinary Center and an MBA from the Stern Business School at NYU.
Head of Digital
Avocados From Mexico
Ivonne Kinser has spent the last 15 years specializing in the interactive space. Back in 2002 she led the first digital efforts of American Airlines in the Latin American region, including the development of the airline’s multiple websites across the region. She also spent several years on the agency side with some of the best-known advertising groups such as Lintas, McCann Erickson Worldwide, and the Richards Group. On the corporate side, she has held senior director roles at several companies including the technology startup Joinem, and the all-American apparel manufacturer Haggar Clothing.
In 2014 Ivonne joined Avocados From Mexico as the head of digital strategy. At AFM she oversees all things digital, keeping the company on the cutting edge of the Web across the organization’s four business segments: general market, multicultural, retail, and food service.
Within the three years that she has been leading the company’s digital efforts, Avocados from Mexico’s digital work has been recognized by different organizations and media. The multiple accolades include top #2 second-screen Super Bowl champion February 2015; #2 Top Digital Super Bowl campaign, Merkle Digital Bowl 2016; #2 Top Digital Super Bowl campaign, Merkle Digital Bowl 2017, Most Engaging Cinco de Mayo Brands on Facebook recognition; Silver Communicator Award for AvocadosFromMexico.com copy writing; a Gold Stevie in the Websites Food and beverage category – Steve Awards.
Innovation, disruptive creativity and a non-traditional approach to digital marketing are the hallmarks of Ivonne’s work.
Chief Business Officer
Jason Oates is a Founding Executive and Chief Business Officer of LiveIntent. He's focused on customer success, evangelizing the LiveIntent story and pioneering people-based marketing initiatives. Over the last 20 years he’s focused on the evolution of digital by innovating in e-mail marketing, performance branding and acquisition and customer journey marketing. Prior to LiveIntent, Jason held leadership positions at Datran Media, Integrated Media Solutions, Avenue A, DMB&B, and JMCP. In his spare time, Jason does homework with his son Rhys and sings in the band RIFFF (Resistance Is Futile Find Fun).
Head of Product
Justin Hughes is the Head of Product for Layer, where he leads all development and design activities for the Customer Conversation Platform. Prior to joining Layer, Justin was the VP of Product at Trunk Club, a Nordstrom company. At Trunk Club, Justin was responsible for every facet of the Trunk Club experience—both customer-facing and internal. His previous roles include Principal Product Manager at Groupon and VP of Product Development at Centro. Justin has a Masters in Product Development from Northwestern and is a native Chicagoan.
Managing Director, eCommerce & Online Publishing
Eric Abrams is the Managing Director for eCommerce Content and Online Publishing Solutions for IZEA, Inc., the premier online marketplace connecting brands with content creators and influencers to help tell their story. From expert infographics and white papers to HD videos and SEO content at incredible scale, IZEA is the industry leader in content production and syndication for the world's largest brands. Eric has deep roots in the digital marketing space beginning in 1999, working with Fortune 500 brands and spanning solutions including web & mobile development, social media strategy, loyalty, interactive media, and content. He loves to bring new ideas to the table for clients and partners looking to tackle big challenges, not only helping brands achieve their goals but people as well. Prior to joining IZEA year, Eric has worked in Sales Management and Strategic Partnership roles for early-stage start-ups and Inc. 500 companies across various industries and platforms.
New Business Manager
Agathe Westad manages New Business and Business Development for Optimove’s North American partners. She plays an important role in Optimove’s successful expansion into the US market. Agathe specializes in helping retail and e-commerce brands to build emotionally intelligent relationship marketing strategies, by leveraging each brand’s core identity. Prior to joining the martech world, Agathe worked as an art dealer and loves combining creativity with tech savviness to help marketers thrive.
Senior Director, Consumer Marketing
Senior Area Manager
U.S. Small Business Administration
Natalie Orta is a Senior Area Manager in the Coachella Valley representing the Santa Ana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Natalie has worked with the SBA for over twenty years and is actively involved in outreach efforts targeting the small business population in the Valley. She prides herself in her ability to connect with community resources and establish long lasting meaningful relationships.
She has organized and participated in business seminars sponsored by numerous civic and private organizations. She presents on a number of topics of interest to small businesses including, but not limited to, SBA Programs and Services, Access to Capital, How to Start a Small Business, Government Contracting and Cybersecurity.
Director of Customer Engagement & Strategic Partnerships
Polly Gleneck, Director of Customer Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, comes from a tenured background of working closely with suppliers, distributors, product content champions and everything in between. Polly’s expertise includes, but is not limited to, customer pain and engagement, advocacy, lead generation, and organizing both internal and external teams to support the product content journey. In addition to being a leader in customer delivery, Polly has a depth of experience from navigating strategic partnerships with Amazon and Google. Most recently, Polly built (from the ground up) Edgenet Academy – a monthly user summit designed to drive customer engagement with the goal of delighting our clients and driving revenue. Edgenet Academy has been the top lead-generating program at Edgenet to date, providing continuous ROI to over a thousand attendees. She also established a Customer Advisory Board made of Edgenet veteran evangelists. Over the past three years, Polly has found her passion in helping suppliers, distributors, and retailers find the value in robust product content management and personalization.
Chris is an experienced digital marketing executive with a focus helping email marketers build world-class email programs. He has been in the email marketing space since 2004, and is a recognized expert in both email subscriber acquisition tactics and the vendor selection process. Today Chris currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of CertainSource, reporting to the CEO. CertainSource is the industry leader in email subscriber acquisition, providing email marketers with new-to-file subscribers that perform as well or better than their house files. Prior to CertainSource he founded Marketing Democracy, an email consultancy focused on advising Fortune 500 companies through the email services provider (ESP) RFP process. He also ran the global email services team at Acxiom for 7 years prior to founding Marketing Democracy. Lastly, he sits on the on the Board of Directors for eDataSource, a marketing services company that collects, analyzes, organizes and archives millions of marketing messages, providing competitive intelligence and analytics to the email marketing community.
Avi is an experienced sales leader that has built and led several teams in various technology companies. Before joining Namogoo, Avi led the Cloudlock (acquired by Cisco) enterprise sales team and helped F100 company leadership secure their cloud environments. Avi has also led North American sales teams for harmon.ie, Top Image Systems and the West team in ClickSoftware (with triple-digit growth in 3 years).
Director of Business Development, Data & Commerce Solutions
Jeff Lambert is the Director of Business Development for Visa's Data & Commerce Solutions team. He is responsible for growing the Visa Commerce Network, a platform that connects merchants to millions of Visa cardholders through targeted card linked offers that leverage Visa's purchase level data. Jeff is an entrepreneur who has founded and successfully sold multiple technology startups and worked with some of the largest names in the restaurant industry. A Southern California native, he holds a BA in Sociology and Business Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and currently lives in San Francisco.
CEO and Co-Founder
Daniel is the CEO and co-founder of Bamboo, a mobile-first paid social advertising agency in San Francisco. He founded Bamboo after struggling to find a transparent and efficient digital ad agency while working in-house at companies Zaarly and Threadflip. Since its founding in 2014, companies like Dropbox, HotelTonight, Coursera, and Turo have partnered with Bamboo to help scale and manage their acquisition programs.
Senior Director of Business Development
Eric Liiv is the Senior Director of Conversion Strategy at BounceX, the leader in cloud-based behavioral marketing. BounceX’s Behavioral Marketing Cloud™ identifies previously anonymous high-intent
visitors across sessions and devices to enable a more holistic view of the customer and to drive greater performance across digital channels. At BounceX, Eric uncovers systematic failure and develops high-impact strategies for digital properties across a variety of industries, including: retail,publishing, financial services and travel. Prior to BounceX, Eric held positions in business development and account strategy for Fiksu and CH Robinson. Eric graduated with a dual-degree in Business and Economics from University of Albany, SUNY.
StyleScript offers fashion retailers 1:1 personalization to the highest level. StyleScript provides their customers with highly focused personal style and outfit recommendations that match their individual and specific needs, desires and taste levels.
Jonna brings her 15+ years of marketing and eFashion experience together. I’m meeting human needs through Fashion Style AI technology by offering every online user a personal style adviser and personal style profile. This is possible through our patent-pending technology of the Universal Lifestyle Language. My personal drive is making virtual personal fashion style advise a reality and give back personal style insights to customers.
As SVP of Marketing at Merkle, Dalton is responsible for overseeing Merkle’s lead-generation program to drive growth. In this role, she’s significantly increased the number of qualified sales leads and created award-winning campaigns, such as the Digital Bowl. Before this, Dalton was the CMO of RKG, a search and digital agency acquired by Merkle in 2014. Over the course of her career, she has served as CMO & Head of Social at Havas PR & Havas Health, and spent 12 years in Asia in business development and marketing roles. A mandarin speaker, Dalton has worked with clients such as Lenovo, Unilever, J&J, Pernod Ricard, Anna Sui and Coca-Cola.
Founder & CEO
Ryan Smith is Founder & CEO of FTSY (‘footsy’), an A.I. service for matching people to shoes that fit. His company delivers outstanding customer experiences with footwear brands by solving the sizing/fitting issues that comes with this type of consumer good. As a lifelong athlete with narrow, high arch feet, Ryan is on a mission to match people to products that feel great no matter one’s body shape. Ryan started out in Physics, working in Hawaii in Volcanology, then Germany with MRI/3D scanning for brain tumors, before moving into enterprise software and business intelligence programs. Recruited into The University of British Columbia’s $1.5 billion fundraising campaign, Ryan led strategic partnerships, investments, and philanthropy for Science. It was during the UBC MBA program that Ryan and classmates started FTSY.
CTO and CSO
Greg Shepard is a seasoned entrepreneur who has built several successful companies across many business verticals, all of which have been acquired. Most recently, Greg started AffiliateTraction, the first global performance marketing agency, which was ultimately acquired by eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions in 2016, at which time Greg was named Chief Strategy Officer.
The combined company was rebranded as Pepperjam during a transaction which earned several awards including "Tech Deal of the Year Over $250 Million," "Private Equity Deal of the Year over $500 Million to $1 Billion," "Cross Border Deal of the Year Over $500 Million to $1 Billion" and "M&A Deal of the Year Over $500 to $1 Billion." The $925-million-dollar deal encompassed the purchase and sale of more than 14 companies - two of them founded by Greg. Currently serving as Pepperjam's Chief Technology Officer, Greg commands and sharpens both the company's strategic vision and operational methodologies as well as its technology-infused ecommerce offerings.
Greg is a regular contributor to industry publications including Forbes, AdWeek, MarTech Advisor, TechCrunch, AMEX, and Internet Retailer.
US Business Lead
Bob is US Business Lead for Shopic, a Tel Aviv based start up now recognized as a leader in the mobile self checkout sector. Having worked with top tier applications and critical systems for two decades, Bob has applied this experience at Shopic in the areas of client acquisition and project management to further grow the North American market for their cutting-edge, mobile self checkout solution. As a veteran of enterprise sales of critical systems to Fortune 500 through Global 2000 organizations, Bob has most recently focused on representing innovative start-ups, such as Shopic, while becoming a trusted advisor to those clients throughout the client lifecycle. He is a veteran of the enterprise front and back office software industry where he has worked with the top tier applications, tackling some of the most complex implementation projects of their kind.
CEO and Co-Founder
Y Media Labs
In 2009, Ashish Toshniwal saw an opportunity to create a future-forward company that creates mobile-first products and experiences to help brands win in a digital world. Today, nearly eight years later, YML (www.ymedialabs.com) has transformed to become a digital-first, holistic customer experience and technology company.
Under his leadership, YML has grown to nearly 300 strong, with 5 locations around the world, and over 30 Fortune 500 clients, including Apple, The Home Depot, Facebook and Disney. YML’s work has been responsible for some of the most inspiring digital transformations of this generation: His vision has led to YML be recognized as “One of the top 50 most admired private companies” by Forbes. He has been featured on CNBC, ABC News, and Forbes, multiple times on how technology will shape the future.
Tony Medrano is the CEO and Co-founder of RapportBoost.AI an artificial intelligence company that uses proprietary machine learning to optimize live chat conversations for brands that sell online. Its AI platform, Maci™, delivers a sustained lift to chat revenue, conversion rates, average order size, and customer satisfaction while helping managers with training, quality assurance and team efficiency.
Tony started his career as a technology entrepreneur out of his Stanford University dorm as co-founder and President of DoDots, the first desktop-to-mobile app platform. He built the company to 100+ employees, raised $25M in venture capital and managed all company operations, personnel and deals.
He was most recently CEO of Boopsie, a mobile Platform-as-a-Service company that he grew for 4 years and successfully sold to a strategic partner in 2015. Tony has also served as Vice President of Sales / Business Development at Reply! and SmartDrive Systems.
Tony has dedicated his career in technology to leading sales teams and understands the need for automation tools that help sales reps increase efficiency, close more business and increase margins.
Tony received his MBA and JD from Stanford, M.A. from Columbia and B.A. from Harvard and served as a US Naval Officer.
Charles Studt leads the marketing team at QuanticMind. A veteran of the software-as-a-service and hosted services spaces, he was previously VP, Marketing at global productivity solution RedBooth, before which he served as VP, Product Management and Marketing at cloud communications leader IntelePeer. His prior work also includes extensive product marketing and product management experience, along with strategic technology consulting at global firms KPMG and CGI. Charles received his degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Co-founder and CEO
Oisin Hanrahan is the CEO and co-founder of Handy, the leading on-demand home services platform. Oisin’s idea is changing the way people receive and provide home services. Prior to founding Handy, Oisin founded MiCandidate, a service that provided real time political content to media companies in 25 European countries. He also founded Clearwater Group, a real estate development business in Budapest, Hungary. In 2009, Oisin co-founded The Undergraduate Awards, a foundation that supports and celebrates outstanding undergraduate students globally. From day one, Oisin aimed for Handy to revolutionize the way people receive, provide and think about home services, an $400 billion market. Since it launched, nearly 3 million bookings have been made, and the Handy platform has served over 600,000 customers and activated over 80,000 independent professionals. This exceptional growth was made possible by a laser focus on the most innovative technology and service, resulting in Handy successfully expanding to 28 cities across 15 states and three countries.
Founder, President, and CEO
Patrick Palacios is founder and CEO of LoyalCoin, the next-generation customer loyalty solution on the blockchain. Honed and informed by his years of creating and leading digital customer loyalty startup Appsolutely, Patrick sees the blockchain as the the logical next step in revolutionizing the way people get and use their loyalty rewards. LoyalCoin, Patrick's vision of a universal customer loyalty, uses the power of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to incentivize customers into becoming more engaged consumers and give merchants more flexible tools to attract bigger market shares.
Head of Brands and Retail
Mirko Scolari is the Head of Brands and Retail, EMEA at CLX Europe, an eClerx Company that provides digital and creative services to leading retailers, global luxury brands and publications. With over 25 years’ experience in the digital and creative industries, Mirko has led some of the largest digital transformation engagements for major retailers in Europe. He has deep expertise in high-quality content creation, marketing and content strategy, creative production management and delivery process blueprinting for luxury and retail brands. Mirko was instrumental in co-designing the company’s digital asset management platform (FLUiiD4) and the creation of the UK team.
CEO & Co-Founder
Eran is an investor, advisor, and serial entrepreneur with three exits as a founder. With more than a decade of experience in retail and ecommerce, Eran has been publicly recognized for his achievements, winning Techstars and AlleyNYC PitchNites; the United Nations World Summit Award for Innovation; and Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Startups, among others. Eran is passionate about startups that solve a significant problem, especially in crowdsourcing and retail marketplaces. After spending so much time in the retail world, he was astounded to learn that there is no clear view of the shopper to drive an authentic understanding of who they are when they log into a site or walk into a store. He was further concerned with the fact that this critical missing component forced retailers to scrounge for unreliable, third-party data in an attempt to deliver the best online shopping experience to their customers — all while shoppers lack both control and visibility into who has access to their shopping data and how it’s being used.
As Shopin’s CEO and CoFounder, Eran is turning retailers’ websites into a distributed Amazon via a universal shopper profile, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrency, delivering the most personalized online shopping experience possible.
Founder & CEO
Head of Marketing
Anu Verma is Head of Marketing at Care/of, a wellness startup that launched in 2016. Care/of has reimagined the experience of shopping for vitamins, giving customers the ability to get personalized recommendations based on their diet and lifestyle and delivering them in convenient, personalized daily packs. Prior to Care/of, Anu was an early marketing hire at Jet.com, where she joined pre-launch. She has also spent time in management consulting at BCG and in merchandising at Tiffany and Co. Anu holds a degree in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Wharton Business School.
A creative project manager and detail-oriented professional, Megan specializes in eCommerce and omni-channel market research to build robust conferences. From program writing to onsite execution, she enjoys collaborating with speakers for their insightful presentations and meeting as many attendees as possible. Often asked how she keeps up her infectious energy up onsite, Megan credits yoga, jamming to Beyoncé, and entertaining her toddler son (with her husband Snapchatting it all).
Lori Hawthorne has eleven years corporate event production experience and works as a Divisional Director, spearheading the eTail and eCommerce portfolio of conferences. She creates targeted networking and educational conferences that foster innovation, address unique business challenges and advance careers. Her core focus is the successful production and execution of some of Worldwide Business Research’s highest grossing portfolio of events that service Fortune 1000 companies, specifically in the retail, finance, B2B and ecommerce space. Her responsibilities include event strategy development and execution, launch event creation, forecasting and budget management, content creation, sponsorship and marketing campaign development. When she’s not supporting her team of producers, you can probably find her in her kitchen, baking for her family.