2019 Keynote Speakers

The jackpot of 2019 speakers is coming. Take a look at who’ll be on the big stage and check back often as we will continue to up the ante.

Doug Stephens
Retail & Consumer Futurist

Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World

Join author and internationally renowned consumer futurist Doug Stephens for an amazing tour of the future, where every aspect of the retail experience as we know it will be radically transformed.

Since the release of Doug Stephens’ first best-selling book The Retail Revival, change in the global retail sector has accelerated beyond even the boldest forecasts. As predicted, online giants like Amazon and Alibaba.com are growing at a dizzying pace. Hundreds of well-known brick and mortar retailers have closed their doors, and brands and retailers across categories are struggling to understand the shifting needs and expectations of a new consumer. Stephens will show you that this is only the beginning. From online to bricks and mortar, the very concept of what stores are, how consumers shop them, and even the core economic model for revenue will be profoundly reinvented. Changes are sure to affect not only retailers large and small but any business with a stake in the global retail industry. Drawing on research from his new book, Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World, Stephens will share actionable strategies that will separate the winners and losers in the market and show you what smart brands and retailers are doing today to secure their place in the hearts and minds of tomorrow’s consumer.

Doug Stephens is one of the world’s foremost retail industry futurists. His intellectual work and thinking have influenced many of the world’s best-known retailers, agencies and brands including Walmart, Google, Home Depot, Disney, BMW, Citibank, and Intel.  Doug is also listed as one of retail’s top global influencers by Vend.com.

Prior to founding Retail Prophet, Doug spent over 20 years in the retail industry, holding senior international roles including the leadership of one of New York City’s most historic retail chains.

Doug is the author of two groundbreaking books – The Retail Revival: Re-Imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism (2013) and Reengineering Retail:  The Future of Selling in a PostDigital World (2017) Doug is also the nationally syndicated retail columnist for CBC Radio and sits on the advisory boards of the Dx3 Digital Conference and the David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retail & Services at St. Mary’s University.

His unique perspectives on retailing, business and consumer behavior have been featured in many of the world’s leading publications and media outlets including The New York Times, The BBC, Bloomberg Business News, TechCrunch, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company.

Doug speaks regularly to major brands and organizations across North and South America, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and Australia.

Mike Rayburn
The What If Experience

Succeed Anyway — Develop Your Transformation Mindset

Succeed Anyway 

Develop Your Transformation Mindset

TIME BREAKS EVERYTHING… therefore as people and as organizations we must regularly and intentionally transform. Reinvent. The spirit and mindset behind transformation is simple determination: Succeed Anyway. Transformation follows this path:

  1. Vision– curiosity, ideas, don’t follow your heart, lead it
  2. Action– launch, embrace your first nature, succeedanyway
  3. Mastery– fall in love with practicing, steady on wins the race.

Key Takeaways:

  • Don’t manage change, create change.
  • They say follow your heart? They lied. Your heart will absolutely lead you astray. Don’t follow your heart, lead it.
  • Being “in the game” is not about being good at everything; it’s about being great at the most important things.

Mike Rayburn’s personal, business and career mission is simple: Transform communities. Whether that community is a business audience, an association, enrollees in his “What If…?” keynote experience, impoverished people world wide, or the lost in his hometown of Las Vegas, Mike’s daily efforts and life work are dedicated to transforming communities.

Mike does this most often with his “What If…?” keynote presentations and breakouts, where he uses world-class guitar and hilarious comedy to teach the three simple, powerful tools which took him from playing empty bars, to headlining Carnegie Hall (eight times!). They work for anyone. And everyone. Always.

When organizations need innovation and peak performance, where do they go? Usually it’s to business leaders, authors, or famous sports figures. Rarely do they go to artists! Yet for artists, creativity, innovation and peak performance are their life blood! Being a mega-successful artist, as well as a savvy entrepreneur and business owner, Mike Rayburn is uniquely qualified to teach artistic principles in a business context, to give businesses and organizations the edge they so desperately need to innovate and perform at peak “virtuoso” levels… and thus transform their success and significance.

The measure of any speaker is the results they produce. Mike is consistently cited as “the hit of the conference,” and “what we needed and didn’t even know it.” More importantly, businesses regularly attribute significant, sometimes exponential increases in sales, impact and morale to the application of Mike’s keynote tools and breakout session content.

Jon Petz
Bore No More Author

Achieving Significance…  In Simple Moments

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Jon Petz is the founder of Bore No More, an idea lab for increasing personal and employee engagement. As the author of several books, including the top-selling title, “Boring Meetings Suck”, you can be assured that his programs are uniquely different, which audiences love because they’re interactive, energetic and entertaining.

For over fifteen years, Jon has been delivering fascinating, fast-paced and funny presentations around the world that produce results. Drawing on his diverse experience as a corporate executive, business magician and professional Speaker, his pertinent content is delivered masterfully with the engagement and relevance that is uniquely and unequivocally Jon Petz.

The USA Today, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ABC News, Success Magazine and many other media outlets have covered the success of Jon Petz as an author, thought leader and engagement expert. American Business Journals named him a top 40 business professionals under the age of 40.  He’s appeared on NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN and has been the opening for groups from the American Idol Tour to Rascal Flatts.

Jose Gomes
President, North America
dunnhumby

Customer First: Four Principles for Thriving in the Retail Revolution

Growing competition from traditional players and new market entrants. Machine learning and artificial intelligence. The Connected Consumer. Retail has never been more challenging. But, forget the so-called “retail apocalypse.” The end is not here. We’re in the midst of a retail revolution where the winners and the losers are yet to be determined. Jose Gomes, President of North America for dunnhumby, will discuss insights from dunnhumby’s latest Retailer Preference Index and the four principles that top retailers are following to win today and thrive tomorrow.

Jose currently heads up dunnhumby’s business in North America, with responsibility for leading growth and expansion journey in the region. With over 10 years in the industry, Jose brings a wealth of retail, consultancy and brand experience, and a deep understanding of the complex retail market.

Prior to this, he was Managing Director of Latin America and Africa, where he oversaw an explosion of growth and expansion of dunnhumby’s presence to Mexico and Argentina. Before that, Jose lead the start-up of digital media services in Latin America for dunnhumby by building and taking to market products developed in partnership with the likes of Facebook and Google. During that time, he was responsible for personalising the customer experience for thousands of shoppers of major Latin American and African Retailers and FMCGs, such as Raia DrogasilGrupo ExitoGrupo Pão de AçucarShopriteDia and AB Inbev. Before joining dunnhumby, Jose worked in investment banking with BPI.

Sara Reeves
Sr. Category Development Mgr.
General Mills

The Evolution of Category Management

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Sara has driven growth and thought leadership in the CPG industry for the last 23 years.  She currently leads the Snacks Category Management team at General Mills, where she creates and executes category strategies with top retailers across all channels.  Additionally, Sara leads the Global Bars Council for Sales where she shares her Snacking and Bars expertise with General Mills’ European, Australian, Canadian, and Latin American teams and retailers.

In 2017, Sara was the recipient of The Walter B. LeSuer award, General Mills’ Sales most prestigious award, honoring her years of outstanding results as well as her exceptional leadership impact within both General Mills and the industry.

Sara is passionate about developing and supporting others and has led a Work/Life Balance focused Mentor Circle for the last 5 years.  She is active in both the General Mills’ Women’s Leadership Network and the Sales Diversity Council.  Sara also is a member of the Network of Executive Women.

Prior to General Mills, Sara worked at Kimberly-Clark and Information Resources, Inc.  She has a degree in English Literature from Indiana University.  Sara lives in Chanhassen, MN with her husband, Ross, and their three children, Bella, Truman, and Violet.

Kurt Unkelbach
Vice President, Merchandise Strategy & Analytics
Family Dollar Stores, Inc

What I Wish I Knew When I Was a Manufacturer

Ever wonder what a Retailer is looking for? Gain perspective and new learnings from someone who crossed over to the other side of the desk.

  • 3 Years with Nielsen working onsite with retailers, including HEB, then shifted to the supplier side, working for 13 Years with S.C. Johnson across category management and shopper insights directly supporting Walmart, Dollar, DIY
  • Sr. Director at S.C. Johnson 2014-2017 leading the category management department
  • Moved to the dark side in 2017 to become Vice President of Merchandise Strategy & Analytics at Family Dollar, leading the Category Advisor Program, 3rd party technology vendors, and the FD Remodel Strategy
  • Currently focused on increasing assortment relevance with resets, optimizing adjacencies, and store of the future
  • Kurt, his wife Katy, and four children are planning their 8th relocation in 17 years up to Chesapeake, Virginia this summer to help bring together the Family Dollar and Dollar Tree banners.

JP Bittencourt
Senior Director, Shopper Marketing
PepsiCo

Delivering on the Promise of Personalization

Since the advent of Big Data the ability to communicate with shoppers on a 1:1 basis has been the aspirational goal.  However, the challenge for retailers and brands has been how best to leverage these capabilities to address mutually beneficial objectives. PepsiCo and 84.51 have been on a 3-year journey to unlock this granular growth.  Over the past few months, both teams have partnered on two particular activations that have led to transformational breakthroughs in this space.

CO-PRESENTERS: Jeremy Schmid, JP Bittencourt, Mike Gervasio (Pepsi) & Michael Schuh, Bari Watkins (84.51°)

Mike Gervasio
SVP of Category Leadership
PepsiCo

Delivering on the Promise of Personalization

Since the advent of Big Data the ability to communicate with shoppers on a 1:1 basis has been the aspirational goal.  However, the challenge for retailers and brands has been how best to leverage these capabilities to address mutually beneficial objectives. PepsiCo and 84.51 have been on a 3-year journey to unlock this granular growth.  Over the past few months, both teams have partnered on two particular activations that have led to transformational breakthroughs in this space.

CO-PRESENTERS: Jeremy Schmid, JP Bittencourt, Mike Gervasio (Pepsi) & Michael Schuh, Bari Watkins (84.51°)

Jeremy Schmid
Senior Director, Category Leadership
PepsiCo

Delivering on the Promise of Personalization

Since the advent of Big Data the ability to communicate with shoppers on a 1:1 basis has been the aspirational goal.  However, the challenge for retailers and brands has been how best to leverage these capabilities to address mutually beneficial objectives. PepsiCo and 84.51 have been on a 3-year journey to unlock this granular growth.  Over the past few months, both teams have partnered on two particular activations that have led to transformational breakthroughs in this space.

CO-PRESENTERS: Jeremy Schmid, JP Bittencourt, Mike Gervasio (Pepsi) & Michael Schuh, Bari Watkins (84.51°)

Michael Schuh
Director, Kroger Precision Marketing
84.51°

Delivering on the Promise of Personalization

Since the advent of Big Data the ability to communicate with shoppers on a 1:1 basis has been the aspirational goal.  However, the challenge for retailers and brands has been how best to leverage these capabilities to address mutually beneficial objectives. PepsiCo and 84.51 have been on a 3-year journey to unlock this granular growth.  Over the past few months, both teams have partnered on two particular activations that have led to transformational breakthroughs in this space.

CO-PRESENTERS: Jeremy Schmid, JP Bittencourt, Mike Gervasio (Pepsi) & Michael Schuh, Bari Watkins (84.51°)

Bari Watkins
Director, Merchandising Consulting
84.51°

Delivering on the Promise of Personalization

Since the advent of Big Data the ability to communicate with shoppers on a 1:1 basis has been the aspirational goal.  However, the challenge for retailers and brands has been how best to leverage these capabilities to address mutually beneficial objectives. PepsiCo and 84.51 have been on a 3-year journey to unlock this granular growth.  Over the past few months, both teams have partnered on two particular activations that have led to transformational breakthroughs in this space.

CO-PRESENTERS: Jeremy Schmid, JP Bittencourt, Mike Gervasio (Pepsi) & Michael Schuh, Bari Watkins (84.51°)

2019 Super Session Speakers

Justin Belgiano
Vice President – E-Commerce Commercial Practice
Nielsen

Exploring the Future of e-Comm Data: Pros, Cons & Opportunities

E-commerce panel data usage has increased dramatically over the past 18 months and will continue to drive new and powerful insights. Nielsen’s Justin Belgiano will join panelists from Numerator, 1010data and T-squared to discuss the future of panel data. Hear the panel’s thoughts on where the FMCG industry is today with understanding the e-commerce landscape and where it will be 5-10 years from now.

CO-PANELS: Prabhath Nanisetty, Andy Mantis, Gilles Haumont, Justin Belgiano

Linda Coleman
Associate Director Category Management
Mondelēz

The Importance of Shopper Insights and Why it is Critical in Today’s Organizations

In this session we will have a panel discussion on why Shopper Insights is a critical function in growing your business, how to think about the structure of the teams, and the implications for the retailer and manufacturer.

CO-PANELS: Diana Sheehan, Ed Sheedy, Linda Coleman

Gilles Haumont
Chief Commercial Officer
Tsquared Insights

Exploring the Future of e-Comm Data: Pros, Cons & Opportunities

E-commerce panel data usage has increased dramatically over the past 18 months and will continue to drive new and powerful insights. Nielsen’s Justin Belgiano will join panelists from Numerator, 1010data and T-squared to discuss the future of panel data. Hear the panel’s thoughts on where the FMCG industry is today with understanding the e-commerce landscape and where it will be 5-10 years from now.

CO-PANELS: Prabhath Nanisetty, Andy Mantis, Gilles Haumont, Justin Belgiano

Brian Hoffstedder
Director – Shopper & Retail Insights, Renew Life
The Clorox Company

Humanizing Data: Tapping Into the “Human” Elements Behind Data

In this overwhelming environment of information, join Brian to explore the importance of humanizing data to identify valuable intel.

Key take-aways from this session:

  1. Importance of Humanizing Data
  2. Guiding principals of Bringing the Human element in to your analytics
  3. Opportunities for leveraging the Human element to drive brand growth

Dana Klion
Senior Category Manager
jet.com

Bringing e-Commerce Category Leadership to Life

Join us as this panel of industry experts share their insights on the pilots they have launched, along with insights for the next steps of the e-Commerce Learning Journey.

CO-PRESENTERS: Dana Klion, JET.com; Peter Leech, The Partnering Group; Cristina Marinucci, Johnson & Johnson
FACILITATOR: Tom McDonald, CMA+SIMA

Peter Leech
Partner
TPG

Bringing e-Commerce Category Leadership to Life

Join us as this panel of industry experts share their insights on the pilots they have launched, along with insights for the next steps of the e-Commerce Learning Journey.

CO-PRESENTERS: Dana Klion, JET.com; Peter Leech, The Partnering Group; Cristina Marinucci, Johnson & Johnson
FACILITATOR: Tom McDonald, CMA+SIMA

Andy Mantis
SVP, Data Insights
1010data

Exploring the Future of e-Comm Data: Pros, Cons & Opportunities

E-commerce panel data usage has increased dramatically over the past 18 months and will continue to drive new and powerful insights. Nielsen’s Justin Belgiano will join panelists from Numerator, 1010data and T-squared to discuss the future of panel data. Hear the panel’s thoughts on where the FMCG industry is today with understanding the e-commerce landscape and where it will be 5-10 years from now.

CO-PANELS: Prabhath Nanisetty, Andy Mantis, Gilles Haumont, Justin Belgiano

Cristina Marinucci
eCommerce Insights & Analytics – NA Lead
Johnson & Johnson

Bringing e-Commerce Category Leadership to Life

Join us as this panel of industry experts share their insights on the pilots they have launched, along with insights for the next steps of the e-Commerce Learning Journey.

CO-PRESENTERS: Dana Klion, JET.com; Peter Leech, The Partnering Group; Cristina Marinucci, Johnson & Johnson
FACILITATOR: Tom McDonald, CMA+SIMA

Tom McDonald
Best Practice Team Lead
CMA + SIMA

Bringing e-Commerce Category Leadership to Life

Join us as this panel of industry experts share their insights on the pilots they have launched, along with insights for the next steps of the e-Commerce Learning Journey.

CO-PRESENTERS: Dana Klion, JET.com; Peter Leech, The Partnering Group; Cristina Marinucci, Johnson & Johnson
FACILITATOR: Tom McDonald, CMA+SIMA

Prabhath Nanisetty
VP Product
Numerator

Exploring the Future of e-Comm Data: Pros, Cons & Opportunities

E-commerce panel data usage has increased dramatically over the past 18 months and will continue to drive new and powerful insights. Nielsen’s Justin Belgiano will join panelists from Numerator, 1010data and T-squared to discuss the future of panel data. Hear the panel’s thoughts on where the FMCG industry is today with understanding the e-commerce landscape and where it will be 5-10 years from now.

CO-PANELS: Prabhath Nanisetty, Andy Mantis, Gilles Haumont, Justin Belgiano

Evan Orsak
Manager – Pricing Analytics

Whole Foods Market

Building a Characteristic-Driven Pricing Structure: What Are Your Customers Really Willing to Pay For?

Organic. Gluten Free. Non-GMO. As the competition for health-focused items rises, which product characteristics are important to shoppers and which ones they’re willing to pay for? Join Nielsen’s Bob Owens, VP of Retail Analytics, and Whole Foods Market, as they share how they built a consumer-centric pricing structure based on product characteristics.

CO-PRESENTERS: Evan Orsak (Whole Foods) & Bob Owens (Nielsen)

Bob Owens
VP, Retail Analytics

Nielsen Retail

Building a Characteristic-Driven Pricing Structure: What Are Your Customers Really Willing to Pay For?

Organic. Gluten Free. Non-GMO. As the competition for health-focused items rises, which product characteristics are important to shoppers and which ones they’re willing to pay for? Join Nielsen’s Bob Owens, VP of Retail Analytics, and Whole Foods Market, as they share how they built a consumer-centric pricing structure based on product characteristics.

CO-PRESENTERS: Evan Orsak (Whole Foods) & Bob Owens (Nielsen)

Ed Sheedy
Category Management Leader
Weis Markets

The Importance of Shopper Insights and Why it is Critical in Today’s Organizations

In this session we will have a panel discussion on why Shopper Insights is a critical function in growing your business, how to think about the structure of the teams, and the implications for the retailer and manufacturer.

CO-PANELS: Diana Sheehan, Ed Sheedy, Linda Coleman

Nick Sabala
VP — Sales & Marketing Integration
Advantage Solutions

How Shopper Insights Are Accelerating the Growth Engine for Albertsons

Leveraging both shopper insights and purchase data from millions of households and billions of transactions, Albertsons stays focused on meeting the changing needs of its customers.  Understanding loyalty, price sensitivity, operational pain-points, item interactions, and more allows this retailer to grow sales by strengthening relationships with its customers and vendor partners.

CO-PRESENTERS: Mark Hawthorne, Lori Stillman & Nick Sabala

Mark Hawthorne
Group VP — Merchandising Analytics & Marketing Finance
Albertsons Companies

How Shopper Insights Are Accelerating the Growth Engine for Albertsons

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CO-PRESENTERS: Mark Hawthorne, Lori Stillman & Nick Sabala

Diana Sheehan
VP — Retail & Shopper Insights
Kantar Consulting

The Importance of Shopper Insights and Why it is Critical in Today’s Organizations

In this session we will have a panel discussion on why Shopper Insights is a critical function in growing your business, how to think about the structure of the teams, and the implications for the retailer and manufacturer.

CO-PANELS: Diana Sheehan, Ed Sheedy, Linda Coleman

Lori Stillman
SVP, Business Intelligence
Advantage Solutions

How Shopper Insights Are Accelerating the Growth Engine for Albertsons

Leveraging both shopper insights and purchase data from millions of households and billions of transactions, Albertsons stays focused on meeting the changing needs of its customers.  Understanding loyalty, price sensitivity, operational pain-points, item interactions, and more allows this retailer to grow sales by strengthening relationships with its customers and vendor partners.

CO-PRESENTERS: Mark Hawthorne, Lori Stillman & Nick Sabala

Leslie Warshaw
President
Shopper Insights Management Association

The Importance of Shopper Insights and Why it is Critical in Today’s Organizations

In this session we will have a panel discussion on why Shopper Insights is a critical function in growing your business, how to think about the structure of the teams, and the implications for the retailer and manufacturer.

CO-PANELS: Diana Sheehan, Ed Sheedy, Linda Coleman

Previously, Leslie lead the CPG practice at Rakuten Intelligence (Slice data), a source for data and analytics around the online shopper. Before that, she was Global Senior Vice President of Product Development at Kantar, responsible for product development, marketing, and sales of custom panels and custom online market research communities. She also worked at Nielsen where she was Vice President of Product Development and Sales. At Nielsen, Warshaw played an instrumental role in the development of groundbreaking products that linked purchase behavior with media targeting as a way to measure the sales ROI of media spend.