eTail East 2016 (past event)

August 14 - 17, 2016




Vishal Agarwal
Vishal is the Chief Marketing Officer for Choxi (formerly known as Nomorerack), and also one of the founding team members of Choxi. After completing his MBA in Marketing, he worked with Citibank for 4 years before joining Choxi's team to start the company. As a part of the team that has seen an accelerated growth trajectory since being founded (Ranked as the 2nd fastest growing e-retailer in the “Web only “category in 2014 by Internet Retailer), Vishal has overseen all of Choxi’s digital and TV marketing initiatives with a hyper focus on direct response. The unique business model has presented its challenges, which has prompted the team to develop its proprietary tracking and optimization methods.

Vishal has also recently founded a startup called which is a mobile app lets customers pay and split their check while dining in restaurants, thus saving them the hassle of waiting for the servers.
Nick Taranto
Plated, Inc.
Nick Taranto is a Cofounder of Founded in June of 2012 Plated is on a mission to help busy people cook more and live better. We fervently believe that cooking is essential to a healthy & happy life. However, most busy people don't have the time, knowledge, or energy to cook on a regular basis. Plated delivers everything you need to cook a chef-designed dinner at home in 30 minutes or less. We deliver dummy-proof recipes and all of the premium ingredients directly to your door so that you can make cooking a convenient & sustainable part of your life. Plated has raised over $50 million in venture capital and has shipped millions of meals across the United States.
Jerry Hum
Touch of Modern
Jerry Hum is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Touch of Modern, the curated, online shopping destination for men to discover unexpected products, fashion brands and accessories to elevate their lifestyle.  Jerry and his three co-founders started the company in 2012 as a place to showcase one-of-a-kind, in-season products from well-known brands and up-and-coming designers that men can’t easily find in mainstream retailers or at better prices. Today, the site is one of the most popular men’s lifestyle destinations, with more than seven million registered customers. 
Ethan Smith
Chief Growth Officer
Ethan Smith is the Chief Growth Officer at Yummly, where he leads brand and growth marketing. In a few short years, Yummly has grown to over 15 million monthly unique visitors and has become the #1 global recipe apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. He is an adviser to several companies including Thumbtack, Wanelo, and Mucker Capital on growth, marketing, and SEO. Ethan also regularly speaks and writes about growth and marketing and has been featured in publications such as VentureBeat, INC, and Market Watch. Prior to Yummly, he managed marketing and product at (acquired by Nextag).

Twitter handle: @ethanucsb or @yummly
Philip Rooke
Philip joined Spreadshirt in 2009. He was first in charge of the Sales and Marketing Departments, as well as the Product Team before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2011. His contribution during his time with Spreadshirt has lead to an increase in turnover of over 300%, ultimately leading to the company’s sustainable growth.

Phil’s long-standing experience in steering start-up companies on the path of success has helped medium-sized and major e-commerce sectors such as e-commerce sales, marketing and IT grow. Benefiting from his prior experience, Spreadshirt has turned into the world’s biggest platform for creating, shopping and selling merchandise products.

Natalie Ben-Zur
Tempt Brands
Natalie Ben-Zur is the CEO and Co-founder of Tempt Brands. The Montreal-based company has become one of the fastest growing online retailers for branded apparel and accessories since its inception in July of 2015. In less than one year of operations, the company has achieved well over 3 million in sales and hundreds of brand partners.

Prior to co-founding Tempt Brands, Natalie held executive positions as VP of Merchandising and Operations at Beyond The Rack and VP Sales at MD Biosciences. Having worked in both the pharmaceutical and e-commerce industries, and her love for fashion and all things branded, Natalie has mastered the perfect balance between growing a loyal customer base and launching a successful e-tail platform. She has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Concordia University.

Jon Sainsbury
President International & Head of Marketing
Blue Nile Inc
Jon Sainsbury serves as Blue Nile’s president of international, responsible for the growth and development of the company’s operations in more than 45 countries. Sainsbury joined Blue Nile in September 2002 and was appointed to his current position in April 2014. Prior to his current role, Sainsbury was Blue Nile’s vice president and head of strategy. In that capacity, he was responsible for driving the company’s long-range strategic planning initiatives in addition to the day-to-day oversight of Blue Nile’s online marketing and user experience organizations. From 2008 through 2013, Sainsbury served as Blue Nile’s vice president of marketing, where he was responsible for efficiently marketing the company through online channels such as paid and natural search, email, affiliates, social, and display.

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Michael Yamartino
Head of Commerce
Michael has spent the past 4 years building products at Pinterest, currently leading the company's commerce initiative. As Pinterest's first Product Manager, he's worked on many other core features like Messages, Place Pins, Rich Pins, and the Pin It Button. Prior to Pinterest he was Director of Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions at Microsoft where he advised the company's executives on product and business strategy for Xbox, cloud computing, mobile, and other businesses facing intense disruption. He loves building teams of passionate people and getting ideas from zero to 1.
Rose Hamilton
Chief Digital Officer
Vitamin Shoppe
Rose Hamilton serves as Chief Digital Officer at the Vitamin Shoppe. In this role, she is responsible for leading the digital experience, loyalty and the e-commerce business, as well as integrating digital touch points into the overall customer experience. Rose has extensive experience in multi-channel strategy, digital marketing, e-commerce and a track record of leveraging online content and community to deepen brand engagement.
Rose joined the Vitamin Shoppe from Pet360, Inc., a subsidiary of PetSmart, where her most recent role was Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager. Prior to her time at Pet360, Inc., Rose served as Vice President of E-commerce for Ann Taylor and LOFT. Earlier in her career she led marketing, merchandising and loyalty programs.

Brian Tilzer
Chief Digital Officer
CVS Health
Brian Tilzer is Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for CVS Health. In this role, he is responsible for developing and leading the teams driving digital innovation, omni-channel customer experience and digital business growth across all of CVS Health.   CVS Health is a Fortune 10 company which operates over 8000 CVS Pharmacy retail pharmacies, 1000 Minute Clinic healthcare clinics and the Caremark Pharmacy Benefits Management business.   At CVS, Tilzer is focused on developing a breakthrough healthcare and retail experience leveraging digital technologies and customer engagement that unlocks the benefits of the CVS Health integrated pharmacy model — making  it easier for people to stay healthy and save time and money when, where and how they want. 
Charlie Cole
Chief Digital Officer
Formerly head of e-commerce at Lucky Brand, CEO of The Line and head of e-commerce for Schiff Nutrition – the largest acquisition of a VMS company in the history of Wall Street – Charlie brings a mix of entrepreneurial and institutional knowledge with success in both fields. With a focus on analytical and creation of structures to empower creativity driven by energy and objectivity, expect similar focuses in any presentation.

@charliecole and @tumitravel
Thoryn Stephens
Chief Digital Officer
American Apparel
Thoryn is a prominent business and web analytics professional with expertise in complex data problem solving, data architecture, consumer insights, testing/personalization/recommendations and systems development. With fifteen years of management experience, he is responsible for growth and strategic development within companies such as American Apparel, Fox Networks (Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks and Fox Sports) and Amgen. His documented skill in analyzing user behavior data produces actionable results across a wide variety of platforms and applications.

Thoryn has a background in molecular and cell biology, with multiple scientific publications. His work has led efforts in cardiovascular and infectious disease drug development programs.

Ghalia Bhatty
Chief eCommerce and Digital Officer, Scholastic Reading Club
Ghalia has been defining ecommerce strategy, developing digital roadmaps, and managing digital operations in the retail space for over eighteen years. As Chief eCommerce Officer for Scholastic Reading Club, she oversees the company’s digital strategy, comprised of roadmap definition and unification of consumer-facing experiences. Prior to joining Scholastic, she led the Toys “R” Us strategic planning team as Director of Strategy and Operations. Before that, as Director of Online Business, she grew the retailer’s online sales in North America by leveraging partnerships with and GSI commerce and by creating digital unification. She began her career at Cable and Wireless, a British Conglomerate, and is an alumnus of Columbia Business School.
Mark Walker
Mark Walker is the CEO at JackThreads, responsible for overseeing the continued evolution and expansion of the brand. Prior to joining JackThreads, Walker was the GM and EVP at Rue La La where he was responsible for defining their Men’s business and more than doubling the breadth of brands offered. Prior to that, Walker was the CMO of Global Merchandising and VP of Men’s Merchandising at Dockers, where he led the team through globalization, and the DMM of Men’s at The Gap, where he spent the first 15 years of his career and led the global 1969 denim launch.
Brad Sockloff
SVP eCommerce
Brad Sockloff is currently the SVP of eCommerce for Nutrisystem, responsible for online marketing, digital technology and eCommerce operations.  Prior to this role Brad has held marketing and eCommerce leadership roles at large, well-known brands such as Kaplan, Reader’s Digest, Time Life and Lillian Vernon as well as smaller/start-up organizations such as PetCareRx, Onebox, iWon, Excite and International Masters Publishers. Additionally, Brad has served in Consulting capacities for over a dozen businesses ranging from early start-ups to large multi-national organizations.


Emily Culp
Emily joined the Keds team in 2015 as chief marketing officer of the iconic footwear brand. She is responsible for driving the strategic development and execution of Keds’ global marketing initiatives including retail development, omni-channel marketing, digital, PR and content. Emily was recently recognized on The Adweek 50 list and as a “CMO Rising Star” at the 2015 CMO Awards for her marketing leadership.

Prior to joining Keds, Emily led the e-commerce and omni-channel marketing teams at Rebecca Minkoff, with a focus on consumer marketing.  She was a leader in the creation of the brand’s innovative NYC flagship “store of the future” and architect of the company’s digital strategies and new online experience. Additionally, Emily’s career history includes over ten years of experience leading global brand teams at worldwide agencies (Ogilvy, Digitas and Arnold) as well as marketing leadership roles with the Estee Lauder Co. and Unilever. 


Matt Corey
PGA TOUR Superstore
Matt has spent the last 20 years in both the marketing and digital/e-commerce worlds, which today blend completely together.  He started his career building Internet business strategies for BellSouth and The Home Depot back in the late 1990s and early 2000s before spending 10 years in Austin, Texas as the Chief Marketing Officer of Golfsmith and social media start-up Mass Relevance.  And now as the Chief Marketing Officer of PGA TOUR Superstore, Corey leads all marketing and e-commerce operations including how the customer journey will continue to evolve at an even greater pace than ever before.   He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Michael Lackman
Michael Lackman serves as CEO at PetFlow, a leading retail brand of specialty pet food and supplies that is changing the way pet parents care for their loved ones through its mission of Good Foods and Good Deeds. A recognized retail expert, Lackman joined the company in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer and assumed responsibility for its landmark e-commerce business in 2014 when PetFlow’s founders divested its media property, now called Within a year, under his leadership, PetFlow achieved record profitability and is set on a trajectory for positive long-term growth.
Andy Wiedlin
Executive in Residence
Andreessen Horowitz
Andy Wiedlin is one of the most prominent and successful marketing and advertising leaders in the digital space. Specializing in social marketing and advertising, Andy has pioneered breakthrough strategies for several of the hottest companies on the Internet, including BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post.

Lulu Ge
Head of Change Management
Hudson's Bay Company

Lulu Ge is a proven leader in helping organizations build individual and organizational capabilities to drive large-scale change acrossdiverse stakeholder groups. She is currently the Head of Change Management at Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), which offers an unparalleled range of retail categories and shopping experiences through operating Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksOFF 5TH, Gilt Groupe, Lord & Taylor, Galeria Kaufhof, Hudson’s Bay and HomeOutfitters.

Under her leadership, the team develops and implements change strategies forkey initiatives and capital projects that increase organizational agility,adoption, ROI and engagement. The team’s current portfolio includes drivingdigital and omnichannel strategies, post-merger integration, store operationsenhancements, clienteling and sales initiatives, HR transformation and buildinga shared culture across the enterprise.

Steven Leeds
SVP Marketing
Steven Leeds is Senior Vice President of Marketing for Systemax.  He currently oversees the growth of their Rebate and Payment Gateway Processing subsidiary, Afligo Marketing Solutions.  Steven joined Systemax in 2012, as Brand Manager and then Director of Marketing for their retail electronics subsidiaries; TigerDirect, CompUSA, and Circuit City. Prior to joining Systemax, Steven created and produced viral branding campaigns for private clients. With over 100 million views, his work has been featured on The O’Reilly Factor, Anderson Cooper, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Funny or Die.

Kathy Thomas
Chief Strategy Officer
Half Price Books
Kathy Doyle Thomas, chief strategy officer and chief marketing officer, joined Half Price Books in July 1989. Her responsibilities include developing national marketing efforts for the wholesale and retail divisions of the company, as well as overseeing all real estate purchases, store expansion criteria and site selection. She also heads the company's three website divisions. She is president of Half Price Books Community Services, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports various community programs. She currently serves on the Global Retail Marketing Association board and is a member of the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Integrated Mobile Initiative Task Force.  She is also a former board chair of the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association (RAMA). NRF presented Thomas with the Silver Plaque award at Retail’s BIG Show in 2014.
Frederick Lecoq
SVP Marketing and eCommerce
FGL Sports
As SVP Marketing, Frederick leads the brand journey and digital innovation from coast-to-coast for corporate and franchisee banners at Canada's number one sporting goods retailer - FGL Sports. With over 15 years of strategic marketing experience, Frederick specializes in E-commerce, digital media and brand management. He has re-launched and elevated FGL Sports brands including Sport Chek, Atmosphere and Sport Experts bringing them to the forefront of digital change with the launch of Canada's first digital flyer program, the rollout of several ecommerce sites, and the implementation of a content marketing strategy. As a digital disruptor, Frederick has held titles with several world-class organizations including: Vice President for Global Brand Marketing & Digital Strategy at LG Electronics Global, Marketing Director for Microsoft Europe, and Marketing Director at Nokia.
Lauren Miller
Vice President of Marketing
Le Tote
Lauren joined Le Tote as the Vice President of Marketing in March 2015. Prior to joining Le Tote Lauren worked at thredUP, leading marketing and accelerating the company's growth after a key pivot. During her tenure the company grew revenue by 15x and successfully raised $41.5M in venture capital. Lauren started her career at Google where she was named a Google Luminary for her work launching Google’s India operations and establishing the Industry Marketing team. After completing her MBA at the University of Michigan, she joined AOL's turnaround effort and led marketing for the company's flagship product. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Laude from the University of California, Berkeley. Lauren lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.
Mark Bietz
Mark Bietz is CMO for which is the parent company for where he oversees marketing and product.  He has been in digital marketing for the past 12 years where he ran a boutique agency and led search at Rasmussen College. Throughout his tenure at, the company has quadrupled in size and become the biggest pure-play online Halloween retailer in the world.

Bridget O'Brien
Vice President, Marketing Communications
Bridget O’Brien is Vice President of Marketing where she is responsible for the strategic, creative, and operational aspects of Vistaprint’s brand strategy and activation of go-to-market campaigns.  She oversees an internal Agency of 120 professionals responsible for the company’s brand management, advertising campaigns, social media, content marketing and public relations.

Prior to joining Vistaprint in 2010, Bridget was a Senior Vice President of Marketing at Fidelity Investments. While there she led the company’s private equity marketing and was responsible for orchestrating strategic marketing initiatives for that area of the business.

With over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, Bridget has held a variety of global management positions with Canaccord Genuity, PTC, Waters Corporation and Lehman Millet. She has also served on the advisory boards of two social media startups.

Scott Zakrajsek
VP, Site Optimization
Scott Zakrajsek is the VP, Site Operations and Optimization at ShoeBuy, where he is responsible for conversion optimization, site operations, SEO, and Data Entry.  Prior to joining ShoeBuy Scott lead and consulted analytics and optimization teams for several leading brands, including CVS, Converse, Victoria’s Secret, Staples, and adidas.  His specialties include process improvement, web analytics, user experience, data visualization, and conversion optimization.  Scott received his CWA certification in 2010 from the Digital Analytics Association, and is a published author and speaker. He holds a B.S. in financial management from (the) Ohio State University.

Twitter @shoebuy

Michelle Zara Evans
Vice President, Merchandising
Chloe + Isabel
Michelle Zara Evans is a creative and innovative professional with a diverse background in luxury goods, retail, E-commerce and entrepreneurship. A graduate of the The Yale School of Management, her experience spans multiple areas of the value chain including business development, merchandising, operations, and inventory life cycle management.  At Tiffany & Co., Michelle managed and grew the Paloma Picasso line, making essential assortment changes to bring new collections to market.  In her Business Development role at, she originated custom digital sales and marketing partnerships with blue chip brands.  Michelle now leads Merchandising at Chloe + Isabel, a lifestyle brand and pioneer of social retail, dedicated to empowering the next generation of women entrepreneurs.
Geoffrey Sanders
VP Digital Marketing, CRM and Loyalty
Gilt Groupe
Geoffrey Sanders is Vice President of Digital Marketing, CRM & Loyalty for Gilt. He leads the team responsible for driving demand via new customer acquisition, sales engagement, and lifecycle marketing across paid media and owned channels such as email and push notifications. Geoff joined Gilt in April 2015.

Prior to joining Gilt, Geoff spent almost 10 years in Citi’s U.S. Consumer businesses, where he held a number of marketing roles across traditional and digital channels – most recently, managing online credit card account acquisitions on Citi’s web sites, via email, and through direct response display media.  His experience in digital and traditional marketing channels spanned the customer lifecycle, from acquisition to early engagement to existing customer marketing to customer retention.


Kecia Hielscher
VP/EMM, Home
Kecia Hielscher is a seasoned retail executive, with more than 24 years of retail experience in omni-channel platforms and 15 years specifically in digital.  Hielscher is the VP/EMM, Home for | HauteLook, a leading online site offering the top brands in women’s & men’s fashion & accessories, beauty, kids, and home.  She is credited for creating the successful home business as it stands today, spanning multiple categories. She oversees the buying team responsible for acquiring and maintaining strong relationships with HauteLook’s hundreds of brand partners. In 2015, Hielscher launched Home on on time, under budget and with an exceptional assortment vs. the competition.
Sean Bunner
VP New Business Development
Sean Bunner serves as the Vice President of New Business Development for HSNi where he is responsible for developing opportunities across marketing, merchandising, and digital that leverage HSN’s unique platform for storytelling and building brands.  Sean is developing HSN’s leadership in Multicultural and Entertainment where content drives commerce through partnerships like HGTV, Disney, Univision, Margaritaville, Universal, Paramount and Fox.  

Prior to this role, Sean was OVP of Advanced Services where he helped launch many of HSN’s innovations in interactive TV, digital video, social and mobile commerce. Sean currently serves on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group Executive Committee.

Sandeep Varma
Enterprise Vice President of CRM, Loyalty, and Analytics
1-800 Flowers
Sandeep Varma is the Enterprise Vice President of CRM, Loyalty, and Analytics at 1800Flowers.Com. His responsibilities include developing multichannel customer marketing strategies to increase customer retention and cross-brand purchases and growing the Celebrations Rewards and Passport loyalty programs. He has been a retail industry marketing veteran for 15 years and holds an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Leslie Leifer
VP eCommerce and Product Development
Leslie is the Vice President of Enterprise eCommerce Product Management and Development at, Inc.  In her current role, Leslie is responsible for ensuring the eCommerce platform and functionality support the Enterprise including brands such as:, Harry & David, Cheryl's Cookies, The Popcorn Factory and Fannie May.  Her experience over the past ten years at, Inc, include, product management, project management, SEO, web analytics, UX/UI, platform integrations and migrations, and many third party integrations within the platform. 

Ilana Rabinowitz
VP Marketing and Product Development
Lion Brand Yarn
Ilana Rabinowitz is VP Marketing of Lion Brand Yarn Company.  She oversees brand and content strategy with a focus on digital communications.  She started using social media for the company in 2007 and leads a team that has grown Lion Brand's highly engaged community of over half a million members on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram and a blog with over 2 million visits each year. 

Scott Gude
VP eCommerce – Site Experience
Scott Gude is currently Vice President of Ecommerce at Fanatics, Inc. He is responsible for improving the customer experience across a portfolio of ecommerce sites that includes all major professional sports leagues and over 150 collegiate and professional team properties. Scott leads teams that focus on developing insights and improving business results based on experimentation, business analysis, website usability, personalization, and web analytics. Prior to Fanatics, he led several data-driven initiatives at Dell and Advanced Micro Devices in the areas of A/B testing, web analytics, product management, and strategic pricing.
Josh Himwich
VP and GM
XO Group
Josh Himwich was Employee #4 at Quidsi, the parent company of,, and He led the team that built out their family of sites, which were bought by Amazon in 2010 for $550MM. He's now the VP and GM for The Bump, the leading site for millennial moms, and is transforming the business into a content-to-commerce model that is currently driving over $100MM in topline revenue to retailers.

Eileen Shulock
VP eCommerce
Kirna Zabete
Eileen Shulock is the VP Ecommerce for Kirna Zabête, a luxury boutique located in Soho NYC. Her 20 years of fashion ecommerce experience encompasses both agency and client side, including multiple roles as an ecommerce strategist and seven years as Creative Director at She is also an ecommerce instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a member of the mentor team for FIT's Design Entrepreneurs NYC program in partnership with NYC Economic Development Corp.
Max Harris
VP e-Commerce
Gardener's Supply Co.
Max Harris is the Vice President of e-Commerce at Vermont-based Gardener’s Supply Company, the nation’s leading gardening direct marketing company. Max has been with the company for 17 years and is responsible for e-commerce strategy, branding, user experience, analytics, testing, social marketing and SEO, among other things. Max leads a talented team of e-commerce professionals and is proud to work for Gardener’s Supply, which is a certified B-Corp and embodies the spirit of a triple-bottom-line company that strongly values people, planets and profits…not necessarily in that order! He lives in the heart of the Green Mountains with his wife and two teenage children.
Scott Drayer
Vice President, Marketing
Paul Fredrick
Scott Drayer is the Vice President - Marketing at Paul Fredrick, a private label men’s apparel direct marketer located in Fleetwood, Pa.  Scott is responsible for the strategic development of Paul Fredrick’s brand growth initiatives via ecommerce, direct mail and direct response advertising. He has been with the company for 13 years, upon his graduation from Penn State University with a B.S. in Marketing.
Kent Zimmerman
Vp eCommerce
Shoe Carnival
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.

Twitter: @kent_zimmerman
Paul Lazorisak
Vice President, CRM and Customer Analytics
Paul Lazorisak is the Vice President of Customer Marketing and Analytics at Talbots, a leading retailer and direct marketer of women’s classic apparel, shoes and accessories.  He is responsible for delivering transformational change to his organization via redefining how customer data is accessed, organized, analyzed, and acted upon. His current responsibilities include the oversight of Customer Data Management, Marketing Analytics, Direct Marketing, CRM/Loyalty and Market Research teams.  Previous successful experiences include leading the Customer Marketing organization Harry and David and customer planning at L.L. Bean.
Julie Daly
VP Digital Commerce
Ashley Stewart
Dedicated to women who love their curves, Ashley Stewart started in local neighborhoods across the country. As an iconic plus-size women's fashion brand, we've always stood for fashion forward, on-trend clothing at an affordable price. Now with 89 stores across the country, one of the most socially engaged online communities, and a leading eCommerce business, Ashley Stewart is your neighborhood brand gone global!

Julie joined the Ashley Stewart team in September 2014; enjoying the explosive growth of this fabulous Brand. 

Chris Vitale
VP Digital Operations and eCommerce
Pep Boys
Chris Vitale brings 15 years of eCommerce and retail experience to Pep Boys. He previously held the role of Director of I.T., eCommerce at Pep Boys before moving into the Vice President of Digital Operations and eCommerce role. He has overseen the execution of projects in support of all online and eComm initiatives for and the company intranet.  In recent years Pep has successfully implemented Pick-up in Store, Ship to Home, Mobile, a redesign of the online appointment flow, integrated with Marketplaces, refined the system architecture and infrastructure while driving significant double-digit, year over year growth.  In his current role, his teams are responsible for the overall strategy, operations, performance and revenue of digital operations for
Courtney Graybill
VP Digital Strategy & Analytics
David’s Bridal
Courtney Graybill is Vice President, Digital Strategy & Analytics at David’s Bridal.  David’s Bridal is the largest and most successful retailer of wedding, bridal and other special occasion dresses, shoes and accessories with over 300 stores in the US, Canada, and the UK. Courtney is responsible for driving digital commerce through innovation, data-driven decision making, and omni-channel initiatives.  Prior to David’s Bridal, Courtney worked as a strategy/management consultant at Booz & Co where her experience included channel strategy, DTC marketing/go-to-market strategy and implementation, and supply chain and operational transformations.
William Taylor
Director Strategic Initiatives
Hudson's Bay Company
Will Taylor is the Director of Strategic Initiatives focusing on the Off Price Division at the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). His time at HBC has focused heavily on growing the Off Price businesses within – Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Find@ Lord & Taylor and Gilt. In 2014, he led the post-merger integration of Lord & Taylor Outlet’s and Saks OFF 5TH business units across the merchant organization, finance, marketing, IT, human resources and store operations. In 2015, he helped launch a new off price banner in the HBC portfolio – Find@ Lord & Taylor – to address the growing off price industry trend. In 2016, he is focused on leading the post-merger integration efforts of the Gilt Groupe into the HBC portfolio of retail banners across every aspect of the business.

Peter Stringer
VP of Digital Media
Boston Celtics
In his capacity as Vice President, Digital Media for the Boston Celtics, Peter Stringer (@peterstringer) is responsible for crafting the team’s digital marketing, social media, video and content strategy. He joined the team as Internet Operations Manager in November 2005.

Stringer launched and cultivated the Celtics’ digital and social media channels, building an audience of over 8.5 million ”Likes” on Facebook (currently the fourth-largest audience among North American professional sports teams) and over 1.7 million followers on Twitter.  He oversees content development and strategy for, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, as well as the Celtics’ mobile application.

Christine Monaghan
Director / VP eCommerce
Christine Monaghan spearheads the new eCommerce startup for established urban fashion retailer Villa. With over 80 stores, Villa is already key destination throughout the Northeast and Midwest for anyone who loves sneakers and urban fashion and with a growing web presence, will become an internet hotspot.
Alex Genov
Head of UX Research And Web Analytics
Alex is an experienced customer research professional who applies his Social Psychology background and his passion for research, design, and innovation to the software industry. His professional goal is to help teams create remarkable products and services which make people's lives easier and more enjoyable.

Currently Alex is leading UX Research and Web Analytics for the Zappos Family of Companies.  In previous positions, he was responsible for research and usability of the products and services for companies like TurboTax (Intuit), State Farm Insurance, and the Active Network.   He has over 15 years of relevant experience – 5 years of academic research and over 10 years of customer research in the software industry.  Alex received his PhD in Experimental Social Psychology from Clark University.

Twitter handle: @AgenovZappos
Gregory Druck
Head of Research
Gregory Druck is a data scientist interested in machine learning, natural language processing, information extraction, information retrieval, web search, data mining, recommender systems, and related topics. He is the Head of Research at Yummly, where he leads the research and development of machine learning and natural language processing systems for food and recipe data. This includes inferring structured representations of recipes from text, recipe search and recommendations, and data analysis to understand the food world.  Prior to Yummly he was a Postdoctoral Scientist in the natural language processing and information retrieval group at Yahoo! Research. He earned a Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he worked on semi-supervised and active machine learning for text data with Andrew McCallum.
Amanda Greenberg
Sr. Director, eCommerce
Ferrara Candy Company
Amanda Greenberg is the Sr. Director of eCommerce for Ferrara Candy Company, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative candy manufacturers, with powerhouse brands such as Black Forest Organic, Trolli, Now & Later, Lemonheads and Red Hots.  

Prior to joining Ferrara, Amanda was the Head of eCommerce for KIND.  Amanda has a diversified background, having worked for Philips, Croscill, Experian Cheetahmail and the Orlando Magic, holding roles of increasing responsibility in e-Commerce, sales, marketing, business strategy and supply chain.   

Within eCommerce, Amanda has deep experience in both the direct to consumer and in working strategically with eCommerce retail customers.

Amanda earned her BA from George Washington University and her MBA from the University of Central Florida.  

Andrew Flanagan
Executive Director Ux, Design & Analytic
Andrew Flanagan is the Executive Director of UX, Design & Analytics. A marketing and eComm Executive with over 30 years at Lenovo & IBM, Andrew has 15 years experience in Global leadership positions, with expertise in Digital, Social Media, Web Design & Analytics.
Amy Boaz
Sr. Manager Global Digital Marketing, Global eCommerce
Amy has witnessed the evolution of digital advertising in her eighteen year career in digital marketing. Currently, she manages global eCommerce marketing programs at Lenovo.   Having led the attribution model project for the U.S. consumer marketing team, she has championed the “next generation” way of measuring advertising across multiple internal and external Lenovo marketing teams. 

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, listening to podcasts and cheering for the West Virginia Mountaineers!

Jessica Thompson
Senior Manager Digital Acquisition
Plow & Hearth
As Senior Manager of Digital Acquisition at Plow & Hearth, LLC., Jessica oversees all online acquisition efforts for the Madison retail brands to include Plow & Hearth, HearthSong, Magic Cabin, Wind & Weather, ProblemSolvers and

Jessica has over 13 years’ digital acquisition experience in helping corporations such as Plow & Hearth, WillowTree Apps, Merkle, Genworth Financial & Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield use digital acquisition efforts to drive online visibility and quality leads.

As the Senior Lead of Digital Acquisition for Plow & Hearth, Jessica is responsible for each retail brand's paid search, shopping datafeeds, remarketing and SEO efforts, as well as affiliate programs, marketplace expansion and CSE management.

Claire Lin
Director, Marketing & Merchandising
Claire Lin is the Director of Marketing and Merchandising for Newegg Marketplace- the leading e-commerce marketplace platform for consumer electronics, home automation, and everything tech. In her current position she champions the acquisition, retention and engagement of both Newegg customers and merchants through innovative multi-channel marketing campaigns, partnerships, and tactful online merchandising. Her team drives the strategy and execution of merchant campaigns and content, building customer engagement across all digital channels with marked success.

With over a decade of experience in sales, marketing, and operations across B2B and B2C organizations, Claire has a proven track record for developing revenue-driving strategies, while leading the growth of strong and dynamic teams. Prior to joining Newegg, Claire has held roles in Fortune 500 companies like Ebay Enterprise and Activision Blizzard.

Ashley Serotta
Senior Director, Digital Marketing & eCommerce
Living proof, Inc.
Ashley Serotta is Living Proof’s Senior Director of Digital Marketing and eCommerce, leading sales, development, email, paid digital media, affiliates, paid search and analytics. For 20 years, her focus has been on the intersection of social, content and eCommerce. Prior to Living Proof, she launched TripAdvisor's Cities I’ve Visited, a top 10 Facebook app. She has also overseen eCommerce programs at both agencies and retailers, including Razorfish, Isobar, Newbury Comics and Tweeter.

Sarah Rasmusen
Vice President, Digital Presentation & Analytics
Kohl’s Corp
Sarah Rasmusen heads the digital presentation, optimization & analytics teams for (No. 19 on the IR 500). Sarah and her team are responsible for ensuring that Kohl’s customers are delighted by their digital experience, a mission that results in higher sales and better conversion rates. She has aggressively combined intuitive site merchandising with data-driven insights, helping establish Kohl’s as an industry leader in retail innovation. Sarah and her team are focused on driving sales by deeply understanding customers’ signals and developing a digital experience that personalizes the shopping journey for each individual customer. @SWRasmusen

Tom Weisend
Director of User Experience
Tom is in his second career, as a User Experience expert in the commerce space. He is currently Director of Creative Experience at Wayfair, the online destination for all things for the home. He oversees at team of 30 UX and visual designers to create experiences to engage and delight millions U.S. and international users.

Prior to that, Tom was Vice President, Creative, at the pioneering flash-sale site Rue La La. In his five years at the brand, he led a team of 55 editors, visual designers and UX professionals. He oversaw the creation of the company’s first mobile apps in 2010, and watched as more than 50% of sales went through mobile devices in subsequent years.

Bobby Lyons
Director Online Marketing, SEO
Bob Lyons is a seasoned technology/marketing executive with over 23 years of experience working in the technology field and 19 years of experience working with web-based businesses, focusing in the areas of technology and online marketing. Bob began his technology career in the armed forces working on the automation of supply chain management systems and managing research and development projects utilizing cutting-edge technologies. In the year 2000 Bob began working with SALU, Inc. a company that provided websites and applications for physicians.

As the Director of Technology, Bob was responsible for over 22,000 websites and the development of mobile prescription applications for use in hospitals and private practices. In addition, Bob ran the daily operations for a business-to-business spa products and services company. After the successful sale of to Universal Companies, Bob was promoted to Chief Technology Officer.

Throughout Bob’s career he has consulted for numerous companies to include startup and mid-sized businesses along with assisting with due diligence activities for venture capital firms in the areas of technology and marketing. 
Wayne Duan
Director Digital Commerce
Wayne Duan is currently Director of Digital Commerce for Walgreens. In his current role, Wayne manages the P&L and leads a team of merchants that oversees all aspects of pricing, promotions, and assortment strategies for the merchandising departments at and (excluding photo and pharmacy). He also leads digital commerce teams in charge of catalog maintenance and visual merchandising. In addition, Wayne is directly involved in planning and executing various strategic omni-channel initiatives for Prior to this role, Wayne was the lead merchant for and held various merchandising roles within Walgreens.
Gary Kazmer
GM of eCommerce
Crayola LLC
Mr. Kazmer has over 25 years' experience in Digital B2C and B2B omnichannel revenue sales and operations. He is currently the GM of Global e-Commerce for Crayola where he is responsible for developing the Direct to Consumer global business by transforming into an inspirational brand store on-line. Responsibilities include e-commerce development, go-to-marketing planning and execution including logistics, order management, fulfillment, assortment, pricing, promotion, on-site experience, consumer relations, call center, content and marketing.

For the 3 years prior he had been a Digital and Operational e-commerce consultant collaborating with CEO's to create a strategy for growth through new business plans, refinement of the value proposition, competitive positioning, branding assignments, product development as well as detailed analysis of all electronic customer contact strategies down through funnel analysis and SEO / SEM strategies.

Scott Savitz
Founder, Managing Director
Data Point Capital
Scott Savitz is the Founder of Data Point Capital and a Managing Partner. Scott is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially where it aims to raise the bar on the consumer experience. Scott is also the founder and former CEO of Scott founded Shoebuy in 1999, and served as its CEO through its sale to IAC. Under his guidance, Shoebuy grew on average over 55% a year becoming one of the largest online retailers in the country, with over 1 million products and $3.5 billion in inventory available for sale, serving over 8 million visitors a month. Between the sale of Shoebuy in 2006 and Scott retiring from the company in 2011, Shoebuy tripled revenues and grew bottom line faster than top-line. Scott is Chairman of Smart Lunches and also serves on the boards of Jebbit, Paintzen, Print Syndicate, Vee24 and YourMechanic. Scott has also previously served as an Advisor or Director for Olejo Stores (acquired by Mattress Firm), On The Spot Systems, Inc. (acquired by Press Ganey), and Bluestem Brands (acquired by Capmark Financial Group).
Daniel Marques
Director Online Marketing
Dan Marques is a data-driven marketer and entrepreneur. Dan is currently Director of Online Marketing for Talbots. He previously led eCommerce Marketing in the US for adidas Group. Dan also was co-founder and VP of Marketing & Analytics at eCommerce jewelry retailer Gemvara and spent a year at Babson College as the Manager of Entrepreneur Development helping launch and grow new ventures. Dan started his career at Vistaprint managing SEO and SEM efforts. 

Brett Rudolph
Director, Online Marketing
Brett Rudolph is a veteran of the GlassesUSA team, moving his way up from a customer service position to becoming a leader in the marketing department. Taking advantage of opportunity and hands on learning Brett has managed to grow the email marketing program into an integral part of the company’s marketing mix. Using customer centric point of view, combined with technical skills gathered from other areas in the online marketing world, Brett’s performance minded approach to marketing has helped the company reach and exceed growth and revenue goals without hurting customer retention and list health. 
Jess Jacobs
Director of Marketing
Jess is the Director of Display, Social and Content Marketing for She leads “demand generation” for the business, including new customer prospecting and existing customer engagement through Display, Social and Native channels. Before joining Wayfair, she worked at an advertising and data products company in New York City – Intent Media. And prior to that, she was in the Tech, Media and Telecom practice in McKinsey’s New York office. Jess holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Boston’s South End with her husband, Mike, and cat, Raoul.
Kelley Mitchell-Price
Global Director, Digital Experience & Design
IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group)
Kelley Mitchell Price is a recognized digital experience expert, working with major brands and non-profit organizations to improve their businesses through design.  Kelley helps brands realize the business value of strategic experience design by harmonizing marketing strategies with the design of products, service and content.  Kelley’s unique point-of-view combines powerful digital marketing techniques with innovative creative strategy and design to create experiences that make an impact, lift KPIs, build brands, and grow revenue.

Kelley currently leads the global Digital Experience & Design team for IHG, running the in-house creative agency for brands such as Holiday Inn, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts and Hotel Indigo.  She also teaches the class on experience design at The Creative Circus. Prior to IHG, Kelley held senior digital strategy and creative positions at the American Cancer Society, IQ Agency, Tribal DDB, and UPS.

Rosie Manfredi
Director User Experience and Digital Content
Harry and David
Anthony Long
Head of Demand Generation
Anthony Long is Head of Demand Generation and Analytics for Vistaprint Digital Services. An industry veteran with nearly 15 years of experience, he leads demand generation for Vistaprint Digital, marketing strategy and execution for Vistaprint’s Webs and Pagemodo brands, and the analytics team across all the aforementioned brands.

Prior to Vistaprint, Anthony was Director of Product Management at Gannett where he led search engine optimization strategy, implementation, and management for USA TODAY and the company’s 100+ local newspaper and broadcast websites. He also founded EDGERANK, an early-stage search and Internet marketing consultancy, in 2011 and spent five years at AOL as Director of SEO. As a result of his efforts, he was one of seven recipients of AOL’s Heroes Award for outstanding performance.

Bryson Meunier
SEO Director
Vivid Seats Ltd.
Bryson Meunier is the SEO Director at Vivid Seats, an SEO veteran with more than 14 years experience both agency and in-house, and a thought leader in permission marketing as a columnist for Search Engine Land, Marketing Land and .Net Magazine and a frequent speaker on SEO and mobile marketing.

As a marketer, Bryson focuses on creating relevant content that compels digital audiences to share it organically. Search, social and mobile marketing have a unique ability to qualify prospects with queries, interests and context, and marketers should be taking advantage in order to improve the user experience while increasing traffic and revenue for the brand.


Sharon Klapka
VP Business & Brand Development
Adore Me
Sharon leads the Business & Brand Development team at Adore Me – a disruptive eCommerce lingerie startup, designing fast-fashion, affordable intimates. Ranked the No. 3 fastest-growing company in New York on the Inc. 500 list and selected InStyle magazine’s Best of Digital 2014, Adore Me is quickly positioning itself as the Zara of lingerie.

Prior to joining Adore Me, Sharon cultivated a diverse business experience across management consulting, business development, high-tech and media. She started her professional career doing research & business development in the Israeli equivalent of Saturday Night Live.
Victor Castro
Director of eCommerce
Victor Castro is the Director of E-Commerce at Zachys Fine Wine. Prior to joining Zachys, Victor was Director of E-Commerce at Vermont Teddy Bear and its sister brands PajamaGram, Calyx Flowers, and PajamaJeans. Victor has over 10 years of experience in managing E-Commerce operations, responsible for developing strategies and driving initiatives to generate growth; as well as providing consulting services to IR-500 retailers across the world.

Zachys Wine & Liquor is the leading purveyor of fine wine in the country; providing unique, curated, hard to find fine wines through its retail location in Westchester County and online. Zachys Auctions is the premier wine auction house; offering live auctions in New York and Hong Kong, as well as online only auctions.

Gary Mceldowney
Marketing Director
Allergy Buyers Group, LLC
Gary has over 15 years of hands on experience managing e-commerce marketing channels such as paid search, email marketing, SEO programs, affiliate marketing and social media for Boston Green Goods and now the Allergy Buyers Group, both leading Internet 500 online retailers.  He has been a frequent speaker and panelist at eTail and other online retailer conferences.
Benn Mendelsohn
Brand Director
Teaching himself web design at the age of 14, Benn worked up the ranks of notable design firms in San Diego. Eventually, he landed jobs at some of the top ad agencies in New York City, where he worked with large clients such as Nike, Ford, LG & Hilton. After half a decade in the advertising industry, he decided to move back to San Diego to cofound an e-commerce business with his brother. Shifting his focus from design to marketing, he has dedicated the same level of intense focus to bring about a newfound success.

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Michael Zuccato
Direcor Online Marketing
Mike brings over 17 years of experience managing all facets of e-commerce related businesses across many different industries. In addition to leadership on the e-commerce side, he also possesses several years of IT management experience allowing him to look at opportunities through multiple lenses. His specialty is in finding creative solutions to power customer acquisition strategies to architect growth for businesses. Mike's been able to bring innovative marketing strategies to the financial, entertainment and consumer goods industries.


Mike DiMiele
Director of Marketing
Pampered Chef
Mike DiMiele is the Director of Marketing for Pampered Chef. Mike is recognized as the voice of Web & Mobile analytics for the digital marketing, product management, user experience and executive team members. He is able to leverage transactional behavior and customer behavior on all of their digital platforms that results in major financial decisions or key insights for the business. 
Mosheh Poltorak
Sr. Manager Digital Marketing
Mosheh is the Sr. Manager of Digital Marketing at, the world’s largest online window covering retailer, acquired by The Home Depot, Inc (NYSE: HD) in 2014. Passionate about data-driven marketing and living at the left-brain, right-brain intersection, Mosheh is equally at home in the worlds of ROI or CMYK. He currently oversees all of the company’s digital acquisition and retention channels across a portfolio of brands. Since 2008, he has advised over a dozen firms - from startups to hedge-funds, non-profits to a top-5 international bank - in the areas of branding, marketing, product development and strategic planning. In 2011 Mosheh founded eGiftShare, a social gifting platform, which later merged with Kurrenci a virtual currency startup, where he served as VP of Product & Marketing. Mosheh graduated with honors from CUNY Brooklyn College, with a B.S. in Business Management & Finance.
Brad Dolian
Mobile Marketing Manager
Brad has been in mobile marketing for over 10 years.  He joined Cabela’s in April of 2014 and he currently leads a team that focuses on mobile web, app, SMS and push notification.  Most recently, he was the Mobile lead for Sports Authority where he formulated a long-term strategy and implemented successful launches of a new mobile site, tablet site and a national messaging program. 
Amanda Kendrick
Director of eCommerce
Pep Boys
Amanda Lancellotti is the Director of eCommerce at Pep Boys. She previously served as the Director of Online Merchandising and Business Development. At Pep Boys, Amanda has overseen the rise in natural search results through optimization of all on-site content including video, service and authoritative content for the In her new role, Amanda oversees all of eCommerce operations including customer service, logistics, functional enhancements, market place expansion and non-product content. She has more than eight years in the eCommerce industry working at David's Bridal and Boathouse Sports.
Brian T. Schultz
Director of Site Management
Crate and Barrel
Brian Schultz is the Director of Ecommerce Product Management for Crate and Barrel. He leads the product managers responsible for the company's three branded sites:, and, on desktop and mobile. Brian's team also manages the development and ongoing vision of in-store digital experiences and apps. Brian and the team at Crate and Barrel rely on customer experiences and feedback from interactions across the business to discover and build digital experiences that customers love.

For 13 years prior to joining Crate and Barrel, Brian held a variety of eCommerce roles at Encyclopaedia Britannica, Rand McNally, and Merz Apothecary, from Marketing Manager to Ecommerce Operations.

Gregory Rice
Marketing Manager
Gregory Rice is the Marketing Manager for Newegg Marketplace- the leading e-commerce marketplace platform for consumer electronics, home automation, and everything tech. In his current position he heads up the content creation and strategy for the B2C initiatives, managing multi-channel marketing campaigns to enrich product launches and drive customer engagement. Leading numerous key marketing campaigns for Newegg he has set the precedent for the integration of content and commerce into the company framework. He champions the B2B content strategy, creation, and distribution through a multi-channel approach with a knack for engaging storytelling and creative insight.

Gregory is a Southern California native, who enjoys exploring the outdoors across America and traveling the world.

Emily McTighe
Director Product Management, Digital
Emily McTighe is the Director of Product Management for the Digital Team at rue21, a leading teen specialty retailer, where she is responsible for conversion optimization, website development, user experience design, site operations and site merchandising. Emily has a passion for the customer and building exceptional user experiences through an aggressive testing and roadmap process.

Prior to joining rue21, Emily worked in eCommerce Product Management roles at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Orbitz. She has experience working with multiple development teams in outsourced and in-house technology organizations.

Jamie Braxton
Marketing Manager
US Mattress
Since joining US Mattress in 2008, Jamie has an impressive track record of helping US Mattress improve their bottom line. In 2012, Jamie launched the email marketing program at US Mattress from the ground up and currently delivers millions of emails each year. He is also responsible for creating the company’s first customer rewards program in 2014 that’s contributed in a huge way to customer retention. In addition to these accomplishments, Jamie manages paid search, social media, remarketing, and developing strategic partnerships with new and innovative technologies to help growth. Jamie graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a double major in Marketing and Logistics from Central Michigan University. Fun fact: Jamie has a fashion startup venture funded by the President of US-Mattress.
Roland Jimenez
Director of Brand Marketing (
Summit Sports
Roland Jimenez is head of brand marketing for outdoor gear retailer, a division of Summit Sports, and is an Independent Creative Consultant for manufacturers of outdoor gear brands. Roland’s focus is on the visual and verbal aspects of marketing while putting emphasis on understanding consumer personas to help drive better business, marketing and merchandising decisions. Prior to his role at, Roland owned and operated his own specialty outdoor gear retail outfit.
Justin Roisman
CRM and Email Manager
Perry Ellis International
Justin Roisman is the CRM and Email Manager for Perry Ellis International, a leading designer, distributor, licensor, and retailer of apparel and accessories for men and women. He thrives at the point where creative meets technical, working to build personalized, interactive, multi-channel consumer engagement programs.

While at Perry Ellis International, Justin has been responsible for strategic marketing initiatives with a focus on strong ROI, including launching and managing the company's first ever consumer loyalty program, building personalization into the email channel, and leveraging customer data at all levels of digital and in-store marketing.

Damon Burgess
Marketing Director
One Way Furniture
Trevor Collins
Mobile Manager
Trevor manages the mobile customer experience on M.Petco, T.Petco and anywhere a customer is interacting with Petco on a mobile device.  He founded the Mobile Roundtable which now includes 36 of the top US mobile retailers and conducts monthly discussions on trend analysis, A/B test results, vendor solutions and emerging topics. After redesigning and optimizing Petco’s mobile sites and utilizing shared knowledge from industry leaders, Trevor has increased Petco’s mobile site conversion by +179% in 2.5 years.
Marcus Wickes
Digital Mediaholic
I got started in Internet marketing at age 14. All my friends had newspaper routes making a couple bucks an hour. I wanted to do something better so I taught myself HTML and built a few websites. I reached out to random people on forums asking if they wanted me to make a website for them. Next thing I knws I had checks coming in the mail from people I never met all over the US. So I setup my first bank account and started making more and more websites. Since then I've branched out into all forms of digital marketing. I worked for 10 years at a company managing online training and product fulfillment for tens of thousands of seminar clients around the world. Meanwhile I watched as my good friends started a little business called Just a couple years later they sent me a tweet asking if I wanted to join them to build up a marketing team. I liked the tweet, joined the company a couple weeks later, and have been fortunate to work for one of the fastest growing companies in America (#11 on Inc5000 in 2015
Kapil Bansal
Senior Director Mobile and Growth
As Senior Director, Mobile and Growth for 1-800-Flowers, Kapil’s responsibilities include providing strategic guidance and tactical growth of online, mobile, international and emerging commerce channels. Kapil continues to add phenomenal velocity to the company’s product portfolio that now includes 6 mobile sites, tablet site, native apps, windows universal apps, outlook plugin and the international book of business. Under his guidance, 1-800-Flowers continues to build strong partnerships and be a leader across the spectrum of online and mobile experiences.
Mike Girardin
Director of Ecommerce
Silver Star Jeans
With close to two decades of experience, Mike G Girardin has made a name for himself in the fields of digital marketing strategy and web development. His track record spans everything from fundraising initiatives to brand building, with a focus on the implementation of emerging technologies. As Director of E-Commerce for Silver Jeans, Mike now spends his working hours strengthening the company brand and driving sales online.
Adil Wali
Enterpreneur/Angel Investor/Co-Founder
Adil Wali honed his retail knowledge as co-founder and CTO of online brand ModCloth.  During his tenure there, he helped transform the company from a small brand within a niche market to a household name doing nine-figures in revenue. 

Most recently, Adil has applied his retail knowledge to his enthusiasm for online gaming by founding LvlUp, a lifestyle brand in the eSports arena. He is also currently CEO of FoxCommerce, a company designing a robust eCommerce solution for retailers.  He also founded Crowd Interactive, Mexico’s largest Ruby and iOS development firm and is an active angel investor who supports projects he truly believes in.

Robin Smith
Manager, Internet Marketing Strategy
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Robin Smith leads a center of excellence for Internet Marketing Acquisition across Thermo Fisher Scientific's global campaigns. Develops strategy, programs and best practices around all aspects of Digital Marketing with a core focus on SEO, Social & Content Marketing and Paid Media that drives advanced online traffic and conversion for their various sites. Having worked for over 15 years in online marketing for the direct mail and beauty industry she has been in Life Sciences with Thermo Fisher (formally Life Technologies) for 9 years. She has had a solid background both in in-house and agency environments.
Alex Yoder
Alex Yoder leads Trueffect with over 25 years of progressive responsibility as an accomplished marketing and advertising technology executive with a unique blend of general management, vision, operations, go to market, organizational change management and leadership development experience to drive growth and change. By connecting organizations with their core value proposition, defining aspirational goals and enthusiastically leading the charge, he has repeatedly reset businesses and consistently delivered new and sustained growth by building world-class teams and creating an environment for collaboration and challenge.

A Board Member for Trueffect since September 2009, he provided leadership and strategic counsel to the company through periods of fundraising, the hiring of a world class executive team and nearly 100% annual growth for the last two years prior to becoming CEO in May 2015. He joins Trueffect from Ebiquity, a leading global marketing and media analytics company and where he served as the CEO. Under his leadership, he led the turn-around of the North American business and its transformation to digital media management.
Denis Coombes
ROI Revolution
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.
Fayez Mohamood
Co-Founder and CEO
Fayez is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bluecore, where they are transforming the way eCommerce marketers use data and automation to communicate with customers. Bluecore’s marketing automation software is designed to simplify the process of ingesting terabytes of behavioral data and automatically taking action on precise insights, driving engagement and conversion rates that defy industry standards.

Previously, Fayez was Head of Product at BigDoor where he was responsible for conceiving, executing and iterating on gamified loyalty and rewards programs to increase user retention across the websites of major global brands.

Stephan Schambach
Stephan is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of creating and growing successful tech companies in the United States and Europe. Under his leadership and vision, he brought Intershop and Demandware to IPOs with multi-billion dollar market caps.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NewStore, Stephan is setting out to change the market once again. This time by solving the omnichannel problem facing so many retailers and brands.
He has won numerous awards around the world for his technology and entrepreneurial leadership. He is also an investor in several software and green-tech startups.

Pini Yakuel
Founder & CEO
Pini Yakuel, founder and CEO of Optimove, a profitable and rapidly-growing business, has over a decade of experience in analytics-driven customer marketing, business consulting and sales. His passion for understanding what drives customer behavior led him to spearhead the development of Optimove, the industry’s leading Customer Marketing Cloud, empowering brands to maximize their customers’ value. Optimove is used by 180+ businesses, including Zynga, 1-800-Flowers, Adore Me, Lucky Vitamin, and Outbrain.
Oliver Tan
CEO & Co-Founder
Oliver Tan is Co-founder and CEO at Visenze, an AI computer vision company powering ground-breaking visual search and image recognition solutions for e-commerce businesses, affiliate networks and content owners. An ardent advocate in innovation, Oliver drives the vision, strategy and GTM for ViSenze; voted Singapore's Most Promising Startup (Emerging Enterprise Awards) in 2015. Prior to this role, he led business development and ops in another ground breaking startup in cyber-security until its successful exit, as well as various key roles in digital media, OTT, Ad Ops, VC and corporate development.
Peter McLachlan
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.
Allon Caidar
Allon Caidar oversees TVPage’s strategic vision and operations. Prior to TVPage, Allon was co-founder & CEO of Opticomm, a broadcast video systems company that was sold to Emcore. Customers included NBC, Sony, Viacom and ESPN. Prior to Opticomm, Allon was vice president at Hotbar, an Internet media company that reached over 20 million users in less than two years and was later sold. Before Hotbar, Allon was a VC Attorney at Goldfarb, Seligman & Co. in Tel-Aviv, focusing on the Israeli high-tech sector. Allon holds multiple patents surrounding video networking, video commerce, and video syndication.
James Smith
EVP Americas
James Smith is the EVP of the Americas at Criteo, the leading performance marketing technology company. James is responsible for managing all sales and operations throughout North and South America. Previous to Criteo, James spent eight years as CRO of several very successful start-ups, including Verve Mobile, Flixster and The Huffington Post. In his role as CRO at these organizations, James oversaw a combination of advertising sales and related operations, as well as marketing and business development. Prior to his start-up experience, James held SVP roles at AOL and AOL’s, and served as SVP General Manager at Sony Digital. Over the course of his career, James spent many years working across digital video, social and mobile, and has led effective business teams. James is a graduate of Columbia University and resides in New York City where he shares his home with his two short people and a drum set.

Joe Melton
VP Search Marketing
Joe Melton is the Vice President of Search for Your Amigo.  For 18 years Joe has been helping B2B and B2C organizations grow by providing digital marketing, sales and account management consulting.  He has experience uncovering market opportunities for businesses and creating campaigns earning them new traffic and revenue from their ideal prospects.  He routinely speaks at conferences around the country about the constantly changing landscape of digital marketing.

Henry Wong
Henry is co-Founder and COO of Buzztala and oversees client and partner acquisition and corporate growth initiatives. Over the last 15+ years, Henry has been building companies as an executive, venture investor, and legal advisor. He is a pioneer in social commerce as Founder and CEO of Rally Commerce and Adgregate Markets which under his leadership, partnered with over 50 top online retailers, including Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, NBC, GameStop, Drugstore, Petco, Beauty, Urban Outfitters, Lionsgate, Nordstrom, Lenovo, and many more. Prior to Adgregate, Henry was Founder and CEO of Zipidee/ (acquired by BSG Clearing), a digital goods marketplace. Henry holds a J.D. and MBA from American University in Washington, D.C.
John Theiss
SVP Retail and Brand Solutions
As RetailMeNot’s senior vice president of retail and brand solutions, John Theiss leads efforts to deepen its relationships with the largest retailers, brands and advertisers in North America. His responsibilities include managing the company’s sales organization and serving as the voice of the advertiser at the executive level.

Prior to RetailMeNot, John served in a variety of leadership roles in the mobile technology and payments space, most notably with Softcard, the mobile commerce solution joint venture with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. He also had a long career at American Express, where for more than 25 years, he led multiple organizations including sales, client management and business development with a focus in the merchant division of the company. Most recently, he served as vice president and general manager.

Jon Panella
VP Technology Global CEP Strategy Lead

In his 12-years as a Sapient veteran, being a member of the IBM Websphere Commerce Product Advisory board, managing Sapient’s partnerships with key Commerce vendors such as IBM, Oracle, Demandware, Bazaarvoice, hybris,Cybersource, and many others as well as leading our analyst relationships withkey commerce analyst such as Forrester and Gartner and speaking at industry events throughout the world are other components of my role.

Prior to joining Sapient, I spent over 15 years at American Airlines/Sabre responsible for a number of technology areas including airline reservations, pricing and yield management, ticketing and lastly Vice President of Technology for GetThere (now Travelocity Business).

Most importantly, I have a passion for Commerce and my tenure at Sapient has enabled me to do what I love and help customers be successful.


Ben Gray
Digital Experience Analyst
Ben Gray is a Digital Experience Analyst with Applause. He advises clients on their digital strategies to deliver delightful customer experiences. Prior to joining Applause, Ben served as a Principal Analyst with Forrester Research, where he spent more than a decade advising Fortune 500 companies on their IT strategies and was regularly quoted in top publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and InformationWeek.

Monal Patel
At Unbxd, Monal helps eCommerce companies solve their problems and create growth by providing new and better approaches to decision making. Monal has 15+ years of experience in the software & retail industry and is a seasoned speaker at major eCommerce events like Etail West,  Mivacon,  Fashion Digital,  Etail East etc.
Lindsay Chastain
Head of Marketing Strategy
Lindsay Chastain has spent her career driving digital marketing innovation while working with companies across the advertising and marketing technology ecosystem. In her recent role as head of Digital Advertising Strategy and Partnerships at Sephora, Lindsay’s influence on industry innovation and her ability to successfully leverage marketing and advertising technologies to drive program performance earned her a spot in the Brand innovator’s ’40 Under 40 West’ Class of 2015. Lindsay has a passion for technology that improves how brands communicate with customers. Now at LiveRamp, she is focused on helping technology companies build better relationships with their customers and partners.
David Rangel
VP or Marketing
David has over 15 years of experience in the software and Internet industries as a founder, investor, and executive. He is currently VP or Marketing at Iterable. Previously he was COO at Corona Labs, CEO of Daily Gourmet, Director of Merchant Services at Groupon and a Principal at MK Capital, an early stage technology venture capital firm. David was also part of the Corporate Strategy Group at Microsoft, where he led teams developing new growth opportunities in the US and China. David has an MBA from the University of Chicago and degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Northwestern University.
Mindy Welford
Senior Manager of Email and CRM
Mindy is the Senior Manager of Email and CRM at Spring, a mobile shopping tech startup headquartered in New York City. She has developed email marketing strategies at a number of other retailers including From You Flowers, Penguin Random House Publishing, and Dylan's Candy Bar.
Stephen Yu
Practice Head, Advanced Analytics & Insights
Stephen H. Yu is the Practice Head, Advanced Analytics & Insights for eClerx. He is a world-class database marketer with a proven track record in comprehensive strategic planning and complete tactical execution, from data modeling to targeting and personalization based on advanced analytics. With a balanced view obtained from 30 years of experience in best practices of database marketing, Stephen effectively bridges the gap between the marketing and technology world. His extensive consulting assignments have included major financial institutions, service providers, telecommunication and utility companies, publishers, multi-channel retailers and non-profit organizations, for both B-to-C and B-to-B applications. He is an active speaker in conference circuits and a regular contributor of articles in industry publications. Previous to eClerx, he served as VP, Data Strategy & Analytics at Infogroup, and he was the founding CTO of I-Behavior Inc., a premiere co-op database company that pioneered behavioral targeting based on SKU-level transaction data.
Sean Brady
President of the Americas
As President of the Americas for Emarsys, Sean Brady works to develop and deliver the most innovative marketing technologies driving business results for North and South American enterprises.  Prior to Emarsys, Brady was Vice President of Existing Business in North America at ExactTarget, which was acquired by for $2.5B.  As Vice President, he was responsible for the majority of the revenue generated by overseeing thousands of accounts transforming clients’ businesses through the company’s core offering — its innovative one-to-one marketing application helping them increase sales, optimize marketing investments and strengthen customer relationships. Brady’s overall success at ExactTarget helped grow the multi-million-dollar company into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.
Lori Tenan
VP Sales
Lori Tenan is the Vice President of Sales at Narvar, the premium post-purchase platform that helps leading brands and retailers build stronger relationships with their customers beyond the ‘buy button’. Lori got her start at Pitney Bowes, where she built deep expertise in the supply chain software industry. Later, she moved to helping smaller companies expand their customer base and markets by building streamlined and high-performing sales teams. Lori is passionate about working with brilliant innovative teams focused on solving complex retail challenges.
Liad Agmon
Co-Founder and CEO
Dynamic Yield
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 teaches 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.
Kyle Wong
Founder& CEO
Steve Dumas
Retail Digital Marketing Segment Director
IBM Marketing Cloud
Steve Dumas is a veteran marketing professional with digital, high tech marketing experience for B2C and B2B companies. As the retail digital marketing segment director for IBM Marketing Cloud, he helps direct and guide clients, sales and marketing teams and other internal stakeholders on best practices, trends and approaches for selling direct to consumer.
Zahra Rajani
Co-Founder And VP Digital Experience
Zahra Rajani is the co-founder and Vice-President of Digital Experience at Jackman Reinvents, delivering BIG – bold, insight-driven growth – fast. In the early 2000s, Zahra quickly migrated from global communications to digital channel strategy, working with Fortune 500 companies in their first attempts to navigate the new digital realm. As an executive thought leader and customer experience Reinventionist, today Zahra leads business acceleration for cross-category retailers by connecting channels and re-creating brand relevance. She and her team curate right-sized CX initiatives designed to capitalize on content and commerce to produce measurable return.
Ross Kramer
Co-Founder and CEO
Ross Kramer has more than 15 years of executive leadership and digital marketing experience, having successfully launched and directed three technology start-ups. He has led Listrak from concept to leading digital marketing automation platform focused solely on online and omnichannel retailers. Ross is a thought leader within the online marketing community, frequently lending his expertise to industry publications, conferences, seminars and webcasts. 
Lee-Lin Thye
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Lee-Lin Thye, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Symantec, is responsible for Symantec Website Security Solutions. Prior to Symantec, Lee-Lin has held positions in marketing, product management and engineering at Oracle, Vitria and Compiere. Lee-Lin is a graduate of Stanford Sloan Management program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jill Rose
Senior Director , US Mid-Market
With more than a decade experience in payments and e-commerce, Jill Rose brings extensive knowledge of the industry and the issues that merchants face. At PayPal she has lead many aspects of our merchants business – including the global launch of PayPal Here and Large Enterprise Sales Operations. She is now is responsible for our Mid Market Business Segment.  Her business unit is one of the largest contributors to the overall company performance.
Yishay Shachar
VP Customer Success, Americas
myThings is a global leader in fully customized performance programmatic, personalizing dynamic creative for leading global brands on web and mobile. As VP Customer Success Americas at myThings, Yishay Shachar is leading the customer success team, ensuring the delivery of retargeting performance at scale as well as a superior customer experience for the company’s clients - a varied portfolio including Nordstrom Rack, Vistaprint and Puma among other national and global brands.  Prior to myThings’ Yishay was part of the viewscore team
Ray Newmark
VP Sales
As the VP of Sales and guided by over twenty-five years of high-tech experience, Ray is responsible for driving customer growth and engagement for the company’s cloud email service offerings. Ray joined SparkPost in 2012, and was at the forefront of the company's expansion to SaaS . Before joining SparkPost, Ray was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the DataRush division of Pervasive Software, an early mover in the big data space. Previous to his tenure at DataRush, Ray was VP Worldwide Sales for RapidMind where he spearheaded the growth that led to a successful acquisition by Intel corp.

Forest Bronzan
Email Aptitude
Forest Bronzan is Co-Founder and CEO at Email Aptitude, the world's fastest growing email strategy firm. With nearly 15 years of enterprise email leadership, he has lead strategy and program overhauls for some of the world’s largest brands and fastest growing startups. Forest is an inventor on multiple pending patents and plays a key role in ongoing culture, strategy and product development for Email Aptitude. Email Aptitude focuses on strategic development and full-service email management plus  competitive intelligence, cadence modeling and weather-based targeting technology.
Ajay Kapur
CEO and Co-Founder
Ajay has been involved with mobile since 2002, when he left his job investing in startups to write apps for the first smartphones. The mobile companies he founded have created apps downloaded by tens of millions of users and have generated billions of page views. He grew up in SF Bay Area and earned an MBA from Stanford and bachelor’s degrees in physics and CS from UC Berkeley.
Craig Smith
Founder and CEO
Trinity Insight
Craig Smith is the Founder & CEO of Trinity Insight, an optimization agency that specializes in growing eCommerce revenue.  Since 2006, Trinity has helped hundreds of retail brands drive traffic and improve their digital experiences in efforts to maximize opportunity. 

Craig has an MBA in eCommerce from Temple University, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Stores Magazine, and Internet Retailer discussing digital growth topics, and is a frequent speaker globally on eCommerce optimization.

Fred Waugh
VP Products, Marketing & Services
Fred Waugh leads Invodo's marketing organization, responsible for understanding and responding to the latest trends affecting video and commerce. He leads a diverse team responsible for market research, content creation, digital marketing and communications. Fred has been leading marketing teams for more than 20 years across a wide range of industries, including e-commerce, educational technology, security and CRM. He has held numerous executive positions at start-ups and mid-stage companies including SailPoint Technologies, Compass Learning and Convio, where he was instrumental in growing the company from start-up to an industry leader, including a successful IPO.
Ryan Gibson
EVP, Marketing Strategy
Ryan "Kringle" Gibson has worked with retailers in the digital media space for the last 10 Holiday Seasons. As head of Merkle's SEM Solution, Ryan ensures that their support for clients leave no search or shopping tactic untested enabling us to deliver the maximum return for retailers in this most important time of the year.
Ben Cedarberg
Director of Measurement and Activation
Ben has over 15+ years of experience in strategy, marketing, e-com, and operations.  Prior to coming to Ovative/group Ben held several senior level marketing positions at both Target and Allen Edmonds.
Sanjay Tailor
VP Digital Strategy & Industry Solutions
CA Technologies
Sanjay Tailor is Vice President, Digital Channels and Industry Solutions. He is responsible for sales, developing CA’s go-to market strategy for Industries, and building CA’s partner ecosystems.

Sanjay’s expertise has been focused on Enterprise Mobility and Analytics and he has a passion for helping companies maximize the value of their mobile applications through user, developer, and operational analytics. He’s worked on number of complex projects ranging from Point-of-Sale applications to Omni-channel strategies for some of the largest financial institutions.

Doug Riches
Director of Customer Success
Doug is Director of Customer Success at Rangle, a leading product firm specializing in JavaScript that helps retailers create effective customer experiences through web and mobile applications. With extensive knowledge building analytics-driven user experiences, Doug creates scalable software for leading retail companies. He has worked with Aldo, Progressive Insurance, Adidas, Moen USA, Hyatt Hotels, Dell, Rolex, Best Buy, Panasonic, Citi Bank and NASA.
Dan Larkman
Sr. Director Operations
Dan leads several teams within Client Services and comes to SteelHouse with a wealth of experience in Ad Operations, Performance, and Client Services. Starting his career in the UK at a display ad network, Adconion Media Group, Dan served as Ad Operations Manager, creating and managing an international performance team. Dan relocated to Los Angeles in 2011 for a role at startup Joost Media (rebranded as SmartClip), building a performance team for a video ad network, prior to moving to Social SPMD (Shift) to manage the West Coast client service teams.
Ed Hallen
Ali Norwood
Sr. Director of Customer Marketing
Ali Norwood is the Senior Director of Customer Marketing here at Bluecore, focused on ensuring our partners have the best content, strategic guidance & insights to meet and exceed their business objectives. Prior to joining Bluecore, Ali was a Global Digital Commerce Marketing Manager for Nike. At Nike she worked to integrate customer and catalog data to personalize messaging across marketing platforms, eventually working with Bluecore to streamline Nike’s triggered email program. Prior to Nike, Ali worked as an email marketing manager for Columbia Sportswear where she experienced first-hand the difficulty of implementing personalized email retargeting programs.
Casey Gannon
VP Marketing
Casey is an experienced high-tech marketer passionate about developing marketing strategies that blend traditional techniques with emerging technology. Her career has been spent heads down developing marketing strategies for a variety of products and services with one thing in common: they are all rooted in emerging technology. Casey thrives in a creative environment and isn't afraid of pushing boundaries to gain results. Challenger brands and disruptive technologies excite her. An e-commerce veteran, Casey's background working with companies such as T3, Mozu, and currently Shopgate gives her an edge on insight into marketing and mobile trends.
Meera Murthy
VP of Strategy
As Vice President of Strategy at Evergage, Meera develops new growth initiatives in sales, product and customer development. Combining her deep understanding of business challenges across retail, travel, technology and financial services companies with her expertise in personalization, Meera drives game-changing strategies with measurable results. Prior to Evergage, Meera spent 13 years focused on customer development and building client service organizations. Meera graduated from Cooper Union with a BS in Engineering, loves a spicy margarita and spending time with her kids.
Leslie Yee
Director of Enterprise Solutions
Leslie Yee is the Director of Enterprise Solutions at Convertro, a leading automated attribution tool empowering marketers to scientifically optimize their marketing mix.  Convertro was named a leader by Forrester in the attribution space and in 2014, the company was acquired by Aol. In 2015, Verizon acquired Aol. Leslie is a seasoned marketing professional with nearly 20 years experience delivering technology solutions via Saas platforms and professional services to marketing and strategy decision makers.  Prior to Convertro, Leslie served as Enterprise Account Executive at Visible Technologies (acquired by Cision) leading the retail and travel verticals and as a VP at Purchased, a mobile research start-up that provides consumer brands and retailers with shopper plans.
Richard Wood
Senior Vice President of Development
Richard (Rich) Wood has served as Vice President of Development of EasyAsk since 2000. Dr. Wood is responsible for EasyAsk’s development infrastructure. He has many years of development and management experience. After six years with Teknowledge Corporation, he joined the development team at AICorp in 1989. He held the position of Vice President of Development through AICorp’s acquisition by Platinum Software and later Platinum’s acquisition by Computer Associates. His broad-based development and management experience as well as his linguistics knowledge has contributed significantly to the expansion of the product. He earned an AB degree from Dartmouth College, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Maryland.
Asif R. Khan
Founder & President
Location Based Marketing Association
A proud Canadian, Asif is a renowned global speaker, author and serial entrepreneur.  He is currently focused on working as a consultant and venture capitalist to the location-based marketing services community.  In support of this, Asif recently formed the Location Based Marketing Association - an international group dedicated to research and education in the space. 

Prior to launching The LBMA, Asif built 4 start-ups and worked with companies as diverse as Limited Brands, IBM, Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Molson-Coors, BestBuy, American Airlines, Cineplex Entertainment, ING Bank, Vroom & Dreesman and L’Oreal. You can catch Asif’s weekly video podcast - This Week In Location-Based Marketing.

Twitter @AsifRKhan
Debbie Hauss
Retail Touchpoints
In her role as Editor-in-Chief, Debbie manages the multi-media components of Retail TouchPoints, including a weekly newsletter with an audience of more than 35,000 retail executives. She also speaks at industry events as a retail thought leader with more than 11 years of experience covering the retail industry.
Debbie has worked as an editorial manager, writer and editor in various industries. Prior to Retail TouchPoints, she served as the Managing Editor for Retail Information Systems News, Chief Content Editor for, and Project Manager/ Copy Editor for a Lexis Nexis web site called In her spare time she runs marathons.

Manish Ahuja
Chief Product Officer
Manish Ahuja is the Chief Product Officer at Qualia. Manish has 15+ years of experience managing QA, Data Engineering and Client Services teams in Fortune 100 and startup companies. Manish joins Qualia from BlueCava and is responsible for overseeing all Product definition. He has taken his data analytics and product management expertise at Toyota & Deluxe Entertainment into his role. His specialty is in solving complex problems with data analytics and architecting solutions for a variety of customers across the advertising ecosystem. He received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from India and Masters in Computer Science from University of Toledo, OH.
Chris Monberg
In his current role as President and CTO, Chris is hyper-focused on building the team that is building the most advanced predictive personalization technology in the market. Previously, Chris was the VP of Interactive at Hornall Anderson, a global design firm. In addition to leading a team of designers, engineers, and strategists, Chris launched a R&D lab focused on redefining the relationships between brands, consumers, and technology.
Sheila Adams
Sr Director Strategic Alliances
Sheila is responsible for the strategy, development and management of Gigya's North America Channel Partner Program, as well as the company's strategic alliances partners. In this role she works to help retailers securely collect, manage, and leverage customer identities at scale – providing the unified customer view needed to create compelling, personal customer experiences. Sheila has spent 20+ years of her career working with technology companies in all stages of growth from venture-backed start-ups, to high growth, IPO’s and Merger & Acquisitions.
Paul Gulbin
Managing Director – Technology and Digital Advisory
Paul Gulbin is a managing director with CohnReznick Advisory who leads the Firm’s digital services platform as part of the Technology and Digital Advisory Practice.  He advises retail companies on how to become more agile, innovative, and customer- and employee-focused by making digital a core part of how they conduct business.  Paul specializes in digital and customer engagement, customer experiences design, digital marketing, channel and content management, customer identity management, mobility, and analytics.
Joe Yakuel
Agency Within
Joseph is the co-founder and CEO of Agency Within. Previously, he was the Senior Director of Digital Marketing and CRM at the Vitamin Shoppe, responsible for customer acquisition & retention for the $100MM+ e-commerce business and 700+ retail stores. Prior to joining the Vitamin Shoppe, Joseph managed digital marketing for Quidsi (an Amazon company), including,, and their other family brands. Joseph received his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, specializing in digital marketing, entrepreneurship, innovation, and business analytics.
Alan Harris
Conversion Optimization Evangelist
Blue Triangle Technologies
Alan has been working in the technology space since 1990 and has spent many years in web performance. After his service as a United States Army Ranger, Alan became a pivotal sales executive at many high-growth software companies, including Promark (acquired by Compuware), Rational (acquired by IBM), TimesTen (acquired by Oracle), and Keynote (acquired by Dynatrace). He is currently the Director of Sales, Western Region and Conversion Optimization Evangelist for Blue Triangle Technologies.
Jim Morrone
Senior Partner, Chief Customer Officer
Jim comes to GroupBy with over 30 years of experience in technology and online retail.  As the former SVP Sales at Endeca, Jim drove Endeca’s growth in the search and customer experience market.

At GroupBy, Jim is helping empower his customer’s digital teams to deliver personalized site experience from search to purchase on any device that demonstrably increases online revenue and reduces the costs and complexities of IT.

Nicole Quinn
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Nicole focuses on investments in consumer technology with particular interest in brands, commerce, social media, video, fintech and marketplaces.

Nicole started working with brands over 10 years ago and has specialized in consumer behavior, the retail landscape both in the U.S. and Europe and taking brands to the public market. Prior to Lightspeed, she worked on branding and marketing at Nutmeg, a London based Fintech startup focused on online wealth management for millennials. Earlier, Nicole spent eight years covering consumer, eCommerce and brands at Morgan Stanley on the equity sales and research side. She worked on the IPOs for Facebook, Groupon and Pandora.

Nicole has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BSc in Math and Economics from York University, England. A little known fact about me is: I used to run 100m sprint for England but now take more passion in sailing and skiing.

Read Nicole’s thoughts on consumer technology on her blog ( and follow her on Snapchat (@niksquinn).