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Principal
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Kai Clarke
CEO
American Retail Consultants
 
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Larry Negrich
Director, Business Development
TXT Retail
 
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Warren Thayer
Editorial Director & Co-Founder
Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer
 
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Robert DiPietro
SVP Energy Services and New Ventures
Homeserve
 
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Tony Orlando
Owner
Tony O's Supermarket & Catering
 
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Martin Mehalchin
Partner
Lenati, LLC
 
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Steve Montgomery
President
b2b Solutions, LLC
 
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Kenneth Leung
Director of Enterprise Industry Marketing
Avaya
 
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Gene Detroyer
Professor
Independent
 
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Paula Rosenblum
Managing Partner
RSR Research
 
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Lee Peterson
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WD Partners
 
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President
Integrated Marketing Solutions
 
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Richard J. George, Ph.D.
Professor of Food Marketing
Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University
 
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Camille P. Schuster, Ph.D.
President
Global Collaborations, Inc.
 
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J. Kent Smith
VP, Business Development
Vaco Supply Chain Solutions
 
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Arie Shpanya
Founder & Executive Chairman
Wiser
 
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Ralph Jacobson
Global Retail Industry Analytics Marketing Executive
IBM
 
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Zel Bianco
President, founder and CEO
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Max Goldberg
President
Max Goldberg & Associates
 
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Mel Kleiman
President
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Mark Heckman
Principal
Mark Heckman Consulting
 
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Ben Ball
Senior Vice President
Dechert-Hampe
 
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Shep Hyken
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Shepard Presentations, LLC
 
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Ed Rosenbaum
CEO, The Customer Service Rainmaker
Rainmaker Solutions
 
 
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Ross Ely
President and CEO
ProLogic Retail Services
 
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W. Frank Dell II, CMC
President
Dellmart & Company
 
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Tom Redd
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SAP Global Retail Business Unit
 
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Mohamed Amer
Global Head of Strategic Communications, Consumer Industries
SAP
 
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Ryan Mathews
Founder, ceo
Black Monk Consulting
 
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Dr. Stephen Needel
Managing Partner
Advanced Simulations
 
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Dick Seesel
Principal
Retailing In Focus LLC
 
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Naomi K. Shapiro
Strategic Market Communications
Upstream Commerce
 

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Mohamed Amer
Global Head of Strategic Communications, Consumer Industries, SAP

Keith Anderson
VP, Strategy & Insight, Profitero

Carlos Arámbula
VP Hispanic Marketing, R&R Partners, MarcasUSA LLC

Nikki Baird
Managing Partner, RSR Research

Ben Ball
Senior Vice President, Dechert-Hampe

Gib Bassett
CPG and Retail Industry Principal, Oracle

Zel Bianco
President, founder and CEO, Interactive Edge

David Biernbaum
Senior Marketing and Business Development Consultant, David Biernbaum Associates LLC

Bryan Brennan
Business Development Manager, Conversocial

Peter J. Charness
SVP America, Global CMO, TXT Group

Joy Chen
Chairman & CEO, H2O+ Beauty

Kai Clarke
CEO, American Retail Consultants

Liz Crawford
SVP, Strategy & Insights, Head of ShopLab, Match Drive

Bill Davis
Director, MB&G Consulting

Laura Davis-Taylor
EVP Customer Experience, MaxMedia

Michael Day
CMO, Retail, Teradata

J. Peter Deeb
Managing Partner, Deeb MacDonald & Associates, L.L.C.

W. Frank Dell II, CMC
President, Dellmart & Company

Gene Detroyer
Professor, Independent

Robert DiPietro
SVP Energy Services and New Ventures, Homeserve

Janet Dorenkott
VP & Co-owner, Relational Solutions, Inc.

David Dorf
VP Product Mgmt, Infor

Ross Ely
President and CEO, ProLogic Retail Services

Peter Fader
Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School of the Univ. of Pennsylvania

Doug Fleener
President and Managing Partner, Dynamic Experiences Group

Dan Frechtling
SVP Product and Marketing, CMO, G2 Web Services

Jerry Gelsomino
Principal, FutureBest

Richard J. George, Ph.D.
Professor of Food Marketing, Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University

Jason Goldberg
VP Commerce Strategy, Razorfish

Max Goldberg
President, Max Goldberg & Associates

Kevin Graff
President, Graff Retail

Jeff Hall
President, Second To None

Bill Hanifin
CEO, Hanifin Loyalty LLC

Seeta Hariharan
General Manager and Group Head, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Digital Software & Solutions Group

Debbie Hauss
Editor-in-Chief, Retail TouchPoints

Mark Heckman
Principal, Mark Heckman Consulting

Karen S. Herman
Founder & CEO, Gustie Creative LLC

Jonathan Hinz
Director Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Trustpilot

Cathy Hotka
Principal, Cathy Hotka & Associates

Anne Howe
Principal, Anne Howe Associates

Bernice Hurst
Owner, Fine Food Network

Shep Hyken
Chief Amazement Officer, Shepard Presentations, LLC

Ralph Jacobson
Global Retail Industry Analytics Marketing Executive, IBM

John Karolefski
Editor in Chief, CPGmatters.com

Mihir Kittur
Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Ugam

Mel Kleiman
President, Humetrics

Marge Laney
President, Alert Technologies, Inc.

Kenneth Leung
Director of Enterprise Industry Marketing, Avaya

Ken Lonyai
Digital Innovation Strategist, co-founder, ScreenPlay InterActive

Jonathan Marek
Senior Vice President, Applied Predictive Technologies

Ron Margulis
Managing Director, RAM Communications

Ryan Mathews
Founder, ceo, Black Monk Consulting

Diana McHenry
Retail & CPG, LLamasoft, Inc.

John McIndoe
Senior Vice President, Marketing, IRI

Graeme McVie
VP & GM, Business Development, Precima

Martin Mehalchin
Partner, Lenati, LLC

Steve Montgomery
President, b2b Solutions, LLC

Dr. Stephen Needel
Managing Partner, Advanced Simulations

Larry Negrich
Director, Business Development, TXT Retail

Brian Numainville
Principal, The Retail Feedback Group

Tony Orlando
Owner, Tony O's Supermarket & Catering

Chuck Palmer
Vice President of Strategy, JohnRyan

Bryan Pearson
President and CEO, LoyaltyOne

Ian Percy
President, The Ian Percy Corporation

Chris Petersen, PhD
President, Integrated Marketing Solutions

Lee Peterson
EVP Brand, Strategy & Design, WD Partners

Bob Phibbs
President/CEO, The Retail Doctor

Mark Price
Managing Partner, LiftPoint Consulting, Inc.

Dan Raftery
President, Raftery Resource Network Inc.

Christopher P. Ramey
President, Affluent Insights

Shilpa Rao
Practice Head - Merchandising, Tata Consultancy Services

Gajendra Ratnavel
CEO, L Squared Digital Signage

Tom Redd
Global Vice President, Strategic Communications, SAP Global Retail Business Unit

Alexander Rink
CEO, 360pi

Frank Riso
Principal, Frank Riso Associates, LLC

Ed Rosenbaum
CEO, The Customer Service Rainmaker, Rainmaker Solutions

Paula Rosenblum
Managing Partner, RSR Research

Phil Rubin
CEO, rDialogue

Joel Rubinson
President, Rubinson Partners, Inc.

Roger Saunders
Global Managing Director, Prosper Business Development

Matt Schmitt
President, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Reflect

Camille P. Schuster, Ph.D.
President, Global Collaborations, Inc.

Dick Seesel
Principal, Retailing In Focus LLC

Naomi K. Shapiro
Strategic Market Communications, Upstream Commerce

Arie Shpanya
Founder & Executive Chairman, Wiser

J. Kent Smith
VP, Business Development, Vaco Supply Chain Solutions

Herb Sorensen, Ph.D.
Scientific Advisor Kantar Retail; Adjunct Ehrenberg-Bass, Shopper Scientist LLC

Carol Spieckerman
President, Spieckerman Retail

Kelly Tackett
Retail Analyst, Independent

Matt Talbot
CEO & Co-Founder, GoSpotCheck

James Tenser
Principal, VSN Strategies

Warren Thayer
Editorial Director & Co-Founder, Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer

Lance Thornswood
Sr Director, Omnichannel, JCPenney

Joan Treistman
President, The Treistman Group LLC

Patricia Vekich Waldron
Global Marketing Director, Retail, Consumer Products, IBM Corp

Adrian Weidmann
Principal, StoreStream Metrics, LLC

Dave Wendland
Vice President, Hamacher Resource Group

Roy White
Editor-at-large, RetailWire

Charles Whiteman
SVP, Client Services, MotionPoint

Verlin Youd
Managing Principal, Verizon

David Zahn
Owner, ZAHN Consulting, LLC

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