CONSUMER

BWG Consumer Goods & Services conference calls cover eCommerce & Omnichannel Developments, New Product Innovation, Competitive differentiation, Industry Consolidation, Disruptive Advancements and Supply & Demand trends affecting consumers daily.

AUTOMOTIVE


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Macro automotive and powersport market environment – unit shipments, new and used pricing, inventories, residual values
  • Brand market share, dealership trends and group consolidations
  • Debate the transition to online auto purchase process — online research and pricing, and in store test drive, pickup and trade-ins
  • Growth in automotive digital marketing

Consumer Goods / Retail


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Brick & Mortar vs. Online – How does the growth compare across each channel? Will we see further retail traffic declines?
  • Pricing / Promotional Environment (In-store and Online) + How are brands addressing MAP pricing issues
  • M&A, Sector consolidation
  • Industry risks / Opportunities

ECOMMERCE


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Competitive landscape – Where are sellers seeing the best overall ROI across the various marketplaces?
  • Value added services + logistics
  • Commission / take rates and views on paid listings to drive sales
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

Gaming


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Mobile App Installs and customer acquisition costs
  • Title slate and console cycles
  • Digital transition and impact to traditional publishers as well as retail distribution
  • Real money gaming vs Social casinos
  • M&A, sector consolidation, industry risks/opportunities

Homebuilding


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Housing trends – new home sales, starts, days of inventory, months of supply, etc.
  • Cost trends and pain points – labor, lumber, wallboard, etc.
  • Regulatory environment
  • Long term equilibrium in homeownership rates

Live Entertainment


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Ticketing competition and dynamics — Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Stub Hub, etc.
  • Event sponsorships and mobile/web marketing
  • Theme parks – SeaWorld, Disney, etc. – park attendance trends, competitive dynamics, new attractions

RESTAURANTS


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Competitive landscape – GrubHub, Yelp, Delivery.com, EatSreet, Postmates, Caviar, DoorDash, UberEats, Amazon and others
  • Tier 1 vs Tier 2 market trends
  • Pricing models
  • How many online platforms will a restaurant leverage? Have restaurants increased the priority of driving traffic / orders to their own sites?
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

STREAMING MUSIC


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions on Pandora, Spotfiy, Apple, Google and other leading webcasters
  • Licensing and content costs in the US and globally
  • Ad supported vs subscription models
  • Media measurement
  • Local vs National budgets
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

Travel & Hospitality


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Outlook for sector trends including near and long term views + company specific discussions
  • Competitive landscape – Priceline, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Google, Amazon and other emerging platforms
  • Metasearch budget market share and ROI perspectives vs SEM
  • Brand initiatives driving traffic to their own sites + importance of loyalty initiatives
  • GDS outlook and  competitive landscape amongst Travelport, Sabre and Amadeus
  • M&A, sector consolidation and Industry risks / opportunities

Wearables


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Wearables and POVs – fad or sustainable markets
  • Can smartwatches (Apple Watch, Galaxy Gear) become established beyond niche applications
  • Fitness wearables segment
  • Consumer and Commercial drone market growth and competitive dynamics
  • Chinese competitors

“BWG provides a forum to stay connected with other eCommerce executives and share in experiences, issues, and solutions. BWG is an invaluable network to make meaningful connections and stay on top of industry trends and solutions.”

Ron Breakstone, VP of eCommerce, FreshDirect

CONSUMER
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Shane Corstorphine
General Manager, Americas
Skyscanner
Shane Corstorphine
General Manager, Americas
Skyscanner

BIO

Shane has always been fascinated by and mentored digital businesses and, since early 2012, has been fortunate enough to be part of one of the most successful digital businesses in Europe.

Having been CFO for Skyscanner for more than four years Shane recently moved to the US to head up their Americas operation.

He joined when Skyscanner we had only 140 employees and 2 offices and helped grow the business to more than 750 employees and 11 offices. Whilst CFO he led four acquisitions and a joint venture in Japan. He also led fund raising from Sequoia in 2013 and the UKs largest private raise by a tech company in late 2015.

Having obtained a Masters in Engineering from Durham University, Shane then qualified as a CA working in London with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Following this he set up and ran a successful online retail business which raised £250k seed equity after achieving our aggressive growth plan.

Prior to joining Skyscanner, Shane was in Banking with five years in Leveraged Finance and two years in COO roles.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great way of rapidly connecting with thought leaders in the online travel space. The open discussion in the forums allows us to better understand the landscape from other perspectives and tweak strategy accordingly. It also helps in discovering pain points for partners that we can then work to address through better product."

Lisa Honeycutt
Director of Sales, Natural and Specialty
Bare Snacks
Lisa Honeycutt
Director of Sales, Natural and Specialty
Bare Snacks

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG manages to pull together qualified, pertinent people together to brainstorm on current issues in the grocery industry on both conventional and natural/specialty. I have taken away key insight from all calls that I have been able to be a participant. "

Wayne Kasbar
Managing Director
Colliers International LLC
Wayne Kasbar
Managing Director
Colliers International LLC

BIO

Over his 27-year real estate career, Wayne has represented clients across the spectrum of occupier industries and owner product types, including Fidelity Investments, Wakefern Corp., Starbucks, Sonic Drive-In, The Hampshire Companies, and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation. Through these engagements, he gained both a strong foundation in transactional brokerage and project management and the experience necessary for continuing client success at Colliers.

Alexandra Zubko
Co Founder
Triptease
Alexandra Zubko
Co Founder
Triptease

BIO

Alexandra Zubko is Co-Founder of Triptease, a Software-as-a-Service startup that helps hotels drive direct bookings.

Triptease is focused on driving direct bookings on hotel websites and is currently live on over 8,500 hotels worldwide. Acquisition and conversion of the digital guest is the company’s sole focus and shapes the product roadmap. Triptease closed its Series A round of $7m in February 2016 backed by two venture capital firms, Notion Capital and Episode1.

Alexandra founded Triptease after her experience at IHG where she was VP, Head of Global Strategy. While at IHG she was responsible for leading projects in technology, ecommerce and branding. In 2012, she won the IHIF Young Leader Award for the Hotel Industry.

Alexandra earned her BA at Columbia College and her MBA at Stanford University. Alexandra spent the early part of her career at Goldman Sachs, McKinsey and NBC Universal/ General Electric. Alexandra lives in New York with her husband and three children.

Carolyn Albanese
Director of Customer Relations and e-Commerce
Annin Flagmakers
Carolyn Albanese
Director of Customer Relations and e-Commerce
Annin Flagmakers

BIO

Carolyn manages projects and provides business intelligence regarding EDI, SAP ERP, Web-link e-Commerce platform, web portals, retail e-Commerce sites including content management and creating and managing the systems and programs that deliver a solid customer experience in an Omni-channel environment.

TESTIMONIAL

"These conference calls are always insightful and an invigorating way to spend an hour. I enjoy being on these calls to both participate and hear the perspectives from this varied and knowledgeable group of people. "

Ken Au
Director eCommerce Operations
Abt Electronics
Ken Au
Director eCommerce Operations
Abt Electronics
Melissa Baird
VP, Systems & Procedures
Draper James
Melissa Baird
VP, Systems & Procedures
Draper James

BIO

Melissa is currently the VP at Draper James. Previously, she was the VP of Product & Operations at Bonobos, an e-commerce driven menswear brand.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers the opportunity to talk to people across industries on a variety of topics. I find myself pulling from the experiences and issues discussed at both expected and unexpected times. Add to that the incredible network they foster and it becomes an informational treasure trove."

Greg Baldwin
VP of Merchandising and Retail Operations
Schuylkill Valley Sports
Greg Baldwin
VP of Merchandising and Retail Operations
Schuylkill Valley Sports

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers participants the opportunity to speak to and hear from industry experts regarding today's challenges. The diverse makeup of the group allows the members to understand these issues from varying perspectives. National retail chains, specialty stores, mid-size retailers, manufacturers, brand marketers/managers, etc all participate in the mix to give members a well rounded experience."

Mike Bebel
Head of Business Affairs, Product & Programming
MixRadio
Mike Bebel
Head of Business Affairs, Product & Programming
MixRadio

BIO

Michael Bebel, COO of MixRadio -- Focuses on driving new strategies and product direction in the music service and entertainment area. Led Rukus and completed the merger of Ruckus Networks, Inc. with Total Music. CEO of Mashboxx pioneering a next generation peer-to-peer network. President of Napster launching of the new, legal Napster service in October of 2003. 20 years of related experience.

Geoff Bedine
General Manager
Nalley BMW
Geoff Bedine
General Manager
Nalley BMW

BIO

Geoff has nearly 25 years of exceptional success and leadership in the Automotive space.His areas of expertise include: Sales Process Development and Training, Digital Process Implementation, Technology Integration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Risk Mitigation, Inventory Profitability, Used Vehicle Department, Fixed Operations Success, Dealership Strategic Planning, Software Product Design, Industry Coverage and Analysis and Investment Consultation and Analysis.AutoDealer iQ’s clients include Dealers, OEMs andSuppliers. Geoff helps his clients in achieving successful Strategies for a growing and vital Auto Dealership Environment.

Prior to founding AutoDealer iQ, for 7 years, Mr. Bedine served asDirector of Used Vehicle Operations for Group 1 Automotive Inc., (GPI: NYSE), a Fortune 500 auto dealer group. Geoff has extensive experience as a Dealer Principal and General Manager and has been recognized as one of the industry’s top Used Vehicle professionals. Geoff owned and operated new vehicle franchises for 5 years in Houston, TX before selling them to a major dealer group in 2005.

His educational credentials include Johns Hopkins Universityas well as various Leadership Development training programs.

Geoff is a coach, is active as a community volunteer and lives in Winter Park, Florida.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG gives me an opportunity to gain insight into important topics impacting my industry. BWG’s panel of industry experts offer varying and important perspectives for each subject covered. Also, BWG offers a great networking opportunity.
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Janet Bell
Director of Sales
Munro Shoes
Janet Bell
Director of Sales
Munro Shoes

BIO

25+ years experience in Multi channel retail and Fashion merchandising at Sears Holdings Company, Macy’s and the GAP, Inc. Areas of expertise include Footwear, Apparel and Home Fashions.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a terrific opportunity to connect with industry executives, discuss current issues, trends and events relevant to future business direction. The one hour discussion format with a cross section of the retail/wholesale industry gives broad perspective and insight on topics of interest. Networking with key leaders on current discussion topics helps to understand the diverse and challenging landscape of multi channel retailing. "

Gideon Bierer
MANAGING PARTNER
Partis Solutions
Gideon Bierer
MANAGING PARTNER
Partis Solutions

BIO

Gideon is co-founder and Managing Partner of Partis Solutions, the leading advisory firm providing both consulting and transactional services to the gambling industry with a primary focus on internet gaming. Partis' team of 30+ consultants has worked with more than 50 clients including Caesar's Interactive, Pechanga, Penn National Gaming, High 5 Games, Foxwoods, Landry's, Big Fish, GSN, William Hill, Mr. Green, PokerStars, Draft Kings, Premier Lotto, SAZKA, Net Entertainment and GAN. Prior to Partis Gideon held the position of Executive Vice President, Interactive at International Game Technology (IGT), the world's leading casino game developer and distributor, responsible for all internet businesses globally. Gideon was a member of IGT's senior executive team, reporting to the CEO. Prior to joining the gaming industry Gideon worked as a senior executive at Viacom, where he ran the international strategy team and digital media businesses.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG HAS PROVEN TO BE A TRULY VALUABLE PARTNER FOR PARTIS - A GREAT PLATFORM TO LEARN FROM OTHER INDUSTRY OPINION-LEADERS, TO KEEP ABREAST OF INVESTOR SENTIMENT FOR THE GAMING SECTOR, AND TO NETWORK AND MEET WITH INDUSTRY PARTICIPANTS. WE HAVE SOURCED MULTIPLE NEW CLIENTS VIA BWG AND LOOK FORWARD TO DEEPENING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH BWG IN THE FUTURE."

Ron Breakstone
Vice President, eCommerce
FreshDirect
Ron Breakstone
Vice President, eCommerce
FreshDirect

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a forum to stay connected with other ecommerce executives and share in experiences, issues, and solutions. BWG is an invaluable network to make meaningful connections and stay on top of industry trends and solutions."

Scott Brown
eCommerce Marketplace Manager
Adorama Camera Inc.
Scott Brown
eCommerce Marketplace Manager
Adorama Camera Inc.

BIO

Scott has been in the Consumer Electronic industry for over 25 years and has held positions in almost every department from Sales Management and Customer Service to Logistics and from Data Entry to Systems Integration. A go to guy and ahead of the box thinker who can always be relied on to bring the concepts down to earth and apply them to business. A staunch proponent of Big Data and its vast uses.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG was a mystery at first, but after the first strategy meeting it was clear. It was like a random non-paid, board of directors type meeting with industry leading people from different related companies opining multiple angles on the given topic as to future strategies and potentials, including deep discussions sometimes down to underlying technologies and business / marketing models. That knowledge helped us narrow focus on which product lines to focus on more than others."

Dana Burns
Senior Commodity Manager
Central Garden and Pet Company.
Dana Burns
Senior Commodity Manager
Central Garden and Pet Company.

BIO

Dana R. Burns, Senior Commodity Manager is employed by Central Garden and Pet Company, an industry leader in garden and pet consumer products. Dana has a ISM Lifetime C.P.M. designation and manages several indirect categories. Previously, Dana had an extensive career with The Coca-Cola Company in global procurement with experience in indirect categories, and fountain and bottle can equipment and parts. Dana completed his tenure leading the metals and plastics categories on the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, the first design-to-build fountain equipment to be commercialized in-house.

TESTIMONIAL

"I have participated in a couple of sessions now and found it valuable comparing experiences with my peers, their preferred suppliers, and their category strategies and what they value. I especially enjoy listening to Tier 2 suppliers and learning about their relationships with our Tier 1 suppliers and how they view different distribution channels."

Christian Calderon
Chief Revenue Officer
Ketchapp
Christian Calderon
Chief Revenue Officer
Ketchapp

BIO

Christian Calderon is a data-minded marketer with a passion for econometrics and video games. His professional specialty lies in predictive modeling for freemium products. He has given lectures at Apple, Google I/O, Princeton, Yahoo and many other events and institutions.

Christian received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Berkeley. He began his career as an Investment Banker, focusing on Internet and Games, where he completed over 30 transactions totaling over $3 billion in value. He then joined KIXEYE to spearhead revenue efforts and is now the Head of Marketing and User Acquisition at Dots.

TESTIMONIAL

"Through BWG, I gain unique insight and market intelligence that helps reinforce major strategic decisions I make in the marketplace."

Chick Capoli
VP of Northeast Sales and Operations
Chick Capoli Sales Co., Inc.
Chick Capoli
VP of Northeast Sales and Operations
Chick Capoli Sales Co., Inc.

BIO

Chick Capoli, Jr. is the VP of Northeast Sales and Operations at Chick Capoli Sales Co. Inc. CCS is a leading manufacturer’s representative firm serving the Automotive Aftermarket and OE segments. A graduate of Villanova University, Chick has spent 25 years dedicated to the Automotive Aftermarket. He has helped to shape CCS into an industry powerhouse in representation by gaining dominate market share in the categories in which it trades.

In addition, Chick has consulted for different companies in and around the automotive industry.
Chick and CCS have been the recipients of number awards for sales, service and overall dedication to the manufacturers they represent.

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG provides tremendous value for me as it has developed a neutral platform for me to share and gain insights into the Automotive Aftermarket. I benefit greatly from these opportunities and I have also seized the opportunity to build my network of friends inside and outside of my industry."

Heidi Chapnick
Owner
Channalysis, LLC/Partner, FreshXperts, LLC
Heidi Chapnick
Owner
Channalysis, LLC/Partner, FreshXperts, LLC

BIO

With decades of executive experience in corporate America, and now as a prominent consultant, author and speaker, Heidi has been transforming businesses across verticals and channels of sales. She is a retail/etail strategist with ongoing success achieving revenue, profit and continual improvement within start up, turn around and mature enterprises in rapid change environments and highly matrixed organizations - building relationships with upper level decision makers, seizing and prioritizing critical challenge areas with analytics and go forward strategy, and delivering on customer centricity.

Contact Info:
hchapnickm@aol.com
617-458-6106

Tim Choate
Founder & CEO
RedAwning.com, Inc.
Tim Choate
Founder & CEO
RedAwning.com, Inc.

BIO

Tim Choate is an Internet industry pioneer and innovator. He launched RedAwning.com in 2010 to bring hotel style reservations for vacation rental properties to travelers, while providing a complete marketing and channel management solution for property owners and managers. Prior to RedAwning.com, Choate founded and took public Aptimus, an online direct marketing network, and also founded Online Interactive, the industry pioneer for downloadable software. Choate has a BSE from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG's calls offer a unique window into what's happening in the vacation rental industry. I am always impressed by the attendees participating as well as their openness to share keen insights about what is happening behind the scenes.
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Matt Cline
Key Account Manager/Business Development
KeHE Distributors
Matt Cline
Key Account Manager/Business Development
KeHE Distributors
Mike Cooke
Vice President Sales
Daiya Foods Inc.
Mike Cooke
Vice President Sales
Daiya Foods Inc.

BIO

Mike is a graduate of Louisiana State University. He has been in the industry for 34 years. The first 24 were with Quaker Oats/Pepsico. During the last 10 years, Mike has focused on smaller companies and most are in the natural/organic space. Mike has experience across all channels including grocery, natural, club, national drug, mass and c-store.

TESTIMONIAL

"The BWG sessions and interactions allow me to share my knowledge on certain industry topics, but I also learn a great deal from other colleagues and industry experts about emerging industry and customer trends. The sessions are concise and to the point. The shared thoughts are always enlightening.

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David Cost
VP of Ecommerce & Digital Marketing
Rainbow Apparel
David Cost
VP of Ecommerce & Digital Marketing
Rainbow Apparel

TESTIMONIAL

"I always learn something new on a BWG Strategy call or at an event. There is high value in the moderated exchange of information among practitioners and experts."

Adam Creighton
Studio Head & Director of Development
Panic Button LLC
Adam Creighton
Studio Head & Director of Development
Panic Button LLC

BIO

Adam Creighton is co-owner and Director of Development for Austin independent studio Panic Button, a company he centered around the concept of high-quality products returning longer term, higher-yield benefits. Prior to Panic Button, Adam was a producer for Disney Interactive Studios, Technical Product Manager for Emergent Game Technologies, and a Worldwide Technical Director for Visa.

In addition to making games and transmedia properties, Adam is a professional voice and on-camera actor, appearing in such television shows as the NBC drama “Friday Night Lights”, and independent films like "The Encouragement Clown" and multi-award-winning independent film "Bunny & Clydo."

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides efficient, topical insight into multiple parts of the game industry, emerging technology, and related sectors. As a relationship business man, I'm grateful for access to so many high-caliber professionals who generously share their opinions, experience, and expertise."

Lennert De Jong
Chief Commercial Officer
citizenM Hotels
Lennert De Jong
Chief Commercial Officer
citizenM Hotels

BIO

Lennert De Jong - Chief Commercial Officer at citizenM Hotels. Former Director of Sales at SynXis by Sabre Holdings.

Bruce Dunfee
Advisory Board Member
BWG Strategy
Bruce Dunfee
Advisory Board Member
BWG Strategy

BIO

Bruce has spent his career in the athletic footwear and apparel industry across the past nearly twenty years.
He has held management and senior management roles on the sales side at both adidas and Puma overseeing teams in multiple channels of distribution, most recently with a heavy concentration on the Athletic Specialty / Mall channel. His high level of executive experience and involvement in brand and sales strategy development and activation have led to commercial success and significant growth for the teams he has managed. We see him as a valuable resource and addition to our BWG Advisory Board.

TESTIMONIAL

"I view the environment that the BWG calls foster as a fantastic way to information share, educate yourself and utilize as a platform to network. The education happens by being exposed to other high level executives from across our business space from both a retailer and vendor perspective who offer views and opinions that contribute a higher level of engagement & understanding to whatever the topic may be that day. They also create a platform for you and your skill set to be displayed to an audience that would otherwise never know you. It's an hour of time that can certainly add a valuable element to professional development and networking that is at the same time convenient for everyone's hectic schedules. "

Brandon Dunlap
Senior Manager of Security, Risk & Compliance
Amazon
Brandon Dunlap
Senior Manager of Security, Risk & Compliance
Amazon

BIO

Jeff Erle
CEO
MobilityWare
Jeff Erle
CEO
MobilityWare

BIO

Mr. Jeff Erle is a veteran C-levelExecutive with over 20+ years’ experience in Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Real Estate, Healthcare, Retail, and most recently Entertainment Software. He has held senior level positions (including President and/or CEO of five companies) with start-ups, as well as small privately held and large public enterprises including ADP, Western Digital, and Litton Industries.

He is focused on developing and improving enterprise value through brand, human capital, intellectual property and financial stability. Mr. Erle has extensive experience in product development and studio management, distribution, public-company operations, stakeholder communications, team-empowerment, leadership and business intelligence, and he has the vision and passion to face any challenges head on.

His goal in both his professional and personal life is to inspire those he has touched on his life’s journey, be it family, coworkers, teammates or friends, to value the importance of putting others’ needs ahead of one’s own self-interest. Mr. Erle believes in the value of listening intently and empowering those around him.

TESTIMONIAL

""BWG Strategy is a terrific way to connect with industry peers and gain valuable insights into the ever-changing gaming space."

Anne Evanoff
VP Sales
Designer Protein
Anne Evanoff
VP Sales
Designer Protein

BIO

Managing category product mix at 9 distribution centers, for both the Natural and Supermarket/Grocery retail channels. Discovering new items and vendors, then collaborating with vendors for successful launch and sales. Marketing, tracking sales, and creating Plannograms for best and suggested sku mix for both channels. Education and training for sales teams and retailers.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG does a good job of providing a panel with a wide expanse of expertise. That way, each call is a chance to hear a wider point of view, and learn from many perspectives."

Wendy Ewers
Vice President Marketing
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Wendy Ewers
Vice President Marketing
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

BIO

Ewers created and launched the Catering Business Model for On The Border in 1993 and worked with multiple brands during her time with Brinker International supporting up to 8 brands with consulting and at one point directed a newly created branch coined Brinker Catering offering 6 brands in a centralized fashion. She has continued to work and head up On The Border, a Dallas based company who owns and operates approximately 150 Locations. She initiated the centralized model and now supports all corporate locations as well as 2 franchise partners. In addition, to overseeing the Off Premise business channel for OTB she oversees Guest Relations and most recently took over Local Activation under Marketing. She has a proven track record of increasing sales and profits year over year. Currently on her 5th year of consecutive growth. The Off Premise channel has continued to fuel growth for the brand under the platform she created and is garnering north of $40M in annual sales.

Rita M. Finley
Director of Global Insights
World Kitchen LLC
Rita M. Finley
Director of Global Insights
World Kitchen LLC

BIO

Rita Finley currently overseas global insights for World Kitchen LLC, a leading housewares manufacturer and marketer of brands around the world such as Pyrex, Corelle and Snapware. Rita’s career spans over 30 years in a variety of marketing and sales roles at ConAgra Brands, Gillette, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Nielsen and IRI.
Rita specializes in understanding what makes consumers tick and applying that successfully in the marketplace. At ConAgra brands she introduced Eckrich Lunchmakers one of their most successful new product introductions and was part of the team that grew Healthy Choice into a $1 billion dollar mega brand. She went on to work with Gillette and Mead Johnson Nutritionals in the Category Management/market measurement capacity involved with the Gillette Mach 3 and Enfamil Lipil introductions, respectively. Most recently she was awarded recognition by the Path to Purchase Institute in the “Who’s Who in Shopper Insights” for 4 years in a row (2012-2015) and received a “Women of Excellence Award” from Ensemble IQ in 2016.
Rita has excellent perspective from both the CPG and Housewares manufacturer and research supplier side with insights on retail customers, omnichannel, consumers and shoppers. Rita also has extensive work negotiating contracts with market research suppliers to bring the best value and has experience leading the integration and alignment of multiple data platforms.
Rita earned a BS from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MBA with distinction from DePaul University. Rita lives in Deer Park IL with her husband and three sons.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a way for me to connect with like-minded professionals who speak candidly about the latest industry topics and trends. It is useful to share unbiased perspectives and provides access to the thoughts and idea of industry leaders.
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Mike Fischer
President
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
Mike Fischer
President
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences

BIO

Mike Fischer has over twenty years of experience in interactive entertainment, having held executive positions at Amazon, Microsoft and some of the largest video game companies in the world (see list below). Mike has also led business teams in the US, Asia and Europe and is fluent in Japanese. His areas of expertise include retail, online and mobile games, eSports, Virtual Reality, digital marketing and online communities.

VP (Digital Video): Amazon
General Manager: Microsoft
CEO: Square Enix
Head of Publishing, Epic Games

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to share information, thoughts and opinions with a group of my peers at a level that's usually only possible when we meet at industry events. Participating with BWG has also helped me build my professional network and gives me a great opportunity to reality check" my facts with other informed leaders in my field.
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Joel Goldsmith
SVP Retail Sales
Atlantic Coast Brands
Joel Goldsmith
SVP Retail Sales
Atlantic Coast Brands

BIO

CLIENT FOCUSED DYNAMIC, DRIVEN, HIGHLY SKILLED BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND SALES PROFESSIONAL WITH HISTORY OF OPENING NEW CHANNELS OF DISTRIBUTION AND PIONEERING NOVEL PRODUCT CONCEPTS, NEW CATEGORIES OF BUSINESS AND DEVELOPING LASTING CORE CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS. EXPERT IN INITIATING AND DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS, CLOSING MULTIMILLION- MULTIYEAR DEALS. ALWAYS PRESENTING WITH CLARITY, ENTHUSIASM, INTEGRITY, AND BUILDING LONG TERM TRUST WITH CLIENTS. ANALYTICAL, ADAPTIVE, QUICK STUDY IN NEW INDUSTRIES AND TECHNOLOGIES. RECRUITED, BUILT AND MANAGED LARGE SUCCESSFUL SALES TEAMS, BOTH INDEPENDENT AND COMPANY EMPLOYED.

RETAILERS RELATIONSHIPS: Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, Macys, Kohl’s, HSN, QVC, Amazon, Cosmoprof, Salon Centric, Lord & Taylor, Beauty Brands, Boscovs, Dillards, Belk, Skinstore.com, Dermstore.com, Hautelook.com, CVS, Walgreens, Look Boutique, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, Target, Fred Meyers, Miejers, Costco, Costco International, Sam’s Club, BJs Wholesale, Bed Bath & Beyond, Planet Beauty, AAFES, Nexcom and EC Scott

TESTIMONIAL

"In today’s ever changing and competitive retail landscape, it is essential to keep your finger on the pulse of the marketplace. BWG provides a unique insight into what is going on at an account or channel from the perspective of the vendor community. How better to get a real time snapshot of any channel that I call on"

Carol Goodhue
Vice President of Planning
Nine West Group
Carol Goodhue
Vice President of Planning
Nine West Group

BIO

The benefit you get from BWG is the ability to learn up to date insight on top market driven companies and trends from multiple perspectives; customers, competitors, and suppliers. The interactive format enables dialogue and an exchange of ideas on issues impacting participant’s businesses that can become the catalyst for new opportunities, innovative strategic thinking and the building of important new professional networks.

David Gordon
President
Channel Marketing Group
David Gordon
President
Channel Marketing Group
Miles Hall
Founder / Senior Consultant
H&H Shooting Sports, Hall-N-Hall Consulting
Miles Hall
Founder / Senior Consultant
H&H Shooting Sports, Hall-N-Hall Consulting

BIO

After 35 years as Founder & President of H&H Shooting Sports we are now focusing on helping other dealers and ranges around the country. Our desire is to take the years of experience we have and now help build better foundations and growth for those in the shooting sports field

TESTIMONIAL

"It is always an honor to interact with your peers in the industry and keeping my finger on the pulse of matters at the same time. Every meeting I come away with something new. "

Danny Hammett
Chairman & CEO
HKA Digital
Danny Hammett
Chairman & CEO
HKA Digital

BIO

Mr. Hammett is a veteran C-level Executive with over 20+ years experience in Consumer Products and Entertainment Software. He has held Executive Officer positions with start-ups such as Head Games to public companies such as Activision (Call of Duty, Tony Hawk, Spiderman, Toy Story), and brands such Marvel, Disney, EA and Universal Games.

He is focused on improving operating income to streamlining efficiencies in staff & organization and have led teams of up to 1000 people. He has extensive experience in mobile game development and studio management, fundraising, public-company operations, analyst communications, team building, leadership and creative drive no matter the challenge.

Mr. Hammett is skilled in game studio design, production, development and management, social media, F2P, online e-commerce, mobile apps and retail product development, sales, marketing and strategic planning and execution.

His goals in both his professional and personal life are to positively influence, guide and lead others to their full potential. Mr. Hammett believes that the future is what one makes it, but one must go and make his/her future. He is proud of what he has accomplished in his career, but even more excited about what's coming next!

TESTIMONIAL

"By participating in BWG’s Roundtables, I’m able to connect with other global business leaders to share best practices, innovations and strategic insights."

Bruce Hartman
Title Founding Partner
Gideon Partners
Bruce Hartman
Title Founding Partner
Gideon Partners

BIO

Currently, founding Partner of Gideon Partners, a firm that advises investors, CEO’s and executives. Bruce is also President of A Future With Hope, a non-profit organization that helps those recovering from natural and economic disasters.

Prior to Founding Gideon Partners, Bruce was a CFO for Footlocker, Cushman and Wakefield and Yankee Candle.

Bruce has strong consumer goods and retail operational knowledge, as well as, he has developed a number of C level executives during his career.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has captured a unique way to connect information and executives. BWG effectiveness is in the quality of interchanges between well prepared speakers and those desiring industry insights. Each person from BWG maintains a high standard of excellence and I believe it is the premier expert advisory service. "

Adam Hertel
Senior VP of Grocery & Alternate Channels
ITO EN
Adam Hertel
Senior VP of Grocery & Alternate Channels
ITO EN

BIO

Sales executive at ITO EN (North America) INC, the world’s leading premium green tea purveyor. Passionate food & beverage industry leader with twelve years of experience managing brands in the natural/specialty segment.

TESTIMONIAL

"I’ve found great value from BWG through having the chance to hear industry colleagues share their honest thoughts on relevant and timely topics. I enjoy BWG calls as an opportunity to confirm or challenge my thinking, while staying current on the pulse of the f&b industry ecosystem. The efficient format is conducive to busy schedules and I’ve gained valuable networking contacts from connecting with fellow participants."

Joel Hoffmann
CEO
Hoffmann Group Consulting, LLC
Joel Hoffmann
CEO
Hoffmann Group Consulting, LLC

BIO

Joel Hoffmann is a seasoned professional with over 30 years experience developing new markets, with heavy focus on automotive software and open collaboration concepts in the Connected Car segment. He is currently serving clients such as Renesas Electronics and Open Mobile Alliance who rely on him as a direct representative of their organizations in the automotive segment.
Previously, he served for 14 years as Automotive Strategist for the Intel Automotive Solutions Division where he successfully launched and grew GENIVI Alliance, as Director of Marketing and Intel representative to the Board.

TESTIMONIAL

"I find BWG to be a fantastic way to engage with fellow professionals and hone my industry experience through peer collaboration with top line experts, widening my field of view and perspective
"

Anthony Hogan
Head of eCommerce and Global eCommerce Service Delivery
Perrigo
Anthony Hogan
Head of eCommerce and Global eCommerce Service Delivery
Perrigo

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has opened up opportunities to engage with industry leaders and professionals around topics directly related to and impacting my business. The insights gained from these engagements have allowed me to identify and understand opportunities and obstacles much more easily as I navigate the ever changing business and technology landscapes."

Jay Hubbs
SVP of eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Remington Hotels
Jay Hubbs
SVP of eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Remington Hotels

BIO

Jay Hubbs is the Senior Vice President of eCommerce for Remington Hotels, an independent manager of over 90 hotels across North America. Before joining Remington in 2013, Jay led North American sales for ReviewPro, and prior to that led hotel supplier relations for Hotwire.com, as part of the Expedia Partner Services Group. Before Hotwire, he worked on both the distribution and revenue management teams for Starwood Hotels. Jay is a graduate of both the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and has extensive experience at the property, regional and corporate level in roles spanning digital marketing, eCommerce, revenue management and distribution.

Jay lives in Dallas with his wonderful wife Laura and their twin boys Brewster and Hunter.

TESTIMONIAL

"I enjoy hearing the viewpoints of BWG Advisors to help inform the strategies we put in place. In some cases I agree with others, and in some cases I disagree, but in both scenarios I gain insight on the perspectives of others on the challenges facing our industry."

Brian Hudson
Director of Marketplaces
Build.com
Brian Hudson
Director of Marketplaces
Build.com

BIO

Build.com is a leading home improvement retailer offering top selling brands across various categories such as: plumbing, lighting, hardware, ventilation, appliances, and home decor. Brian joined Build.com in 2015 as Director of Returns, and moved to his current role as Director of Marketplaces in 2016. Working with a team of dedicated marketplace specialists affords him insight into variance marketplace platforms and trends from a B2C/B2B drop-ship perspective. Before joining Build.com, Brian spent 14 years in HVAC/R wholesale with Baker Distributing Co. His HVAC/R experience included B2B sales, multi-unit management, and operations management.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG offers a unique opportunity for executives, leadership, and subject matter experts to share knowledge of industry trends and best practices. The discussions are insightful and informative. Build.com participants always leave BWG calls with new ideas and action items to improve market strategies. "

Maryann Keller
Principal
Maryann Keller & Associates
Maryann Keller
Principal
Maryann Keller & Associates
Benjamin Kinney
Online, Social Media & eSports Products Manager
Konami Digital Entertainment Inc.
Benjamin Kinney
Online, Social Media & eSports Products Manager
Konami Digital Entertainment Inc.

BIO

Ben has worked in the gaming industry since 2010 starting as Project Manager and Director for client SASS communities at a turn-key agency. Transitioning to Konami in 2013, he has assumed a wide variety of roles inclusive of strategic marketing, agency review, PR events execution, community building, social media, web initiatives, KPI, sales charting, product research and game concepts around online theory.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is exactly the type of environment you should be involved in as a manager or executives. Exposure to fresh ideas provides keeps complacently away & provides excellent insight from subject matter experts outside your local bubble. These conversations allow you to confirm or challenge entrenched notions around the state of the industry and pick up on trends otherwise overlooked.
"

Mark Kreider
President
Manheim Imports
Mark Kreider
President
Manheim Imports

BIO

Mark has been in the automobile business since pumping gas while in high school, experiencing first hand the first OPEC oil embargo. After a short stint at Temple University, he transferred to Lincoln Technical Institute. After graduating he spent five years at a Philadelphia Highline service company working on Ferraris, Maseratis, and Porsches. He was also part of their endurance race team crew competing in races such as the 24 hours of Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, and Watkins Glen 6 hour.

In 1979 he opened his own Foreign car service company in Center City Philadelphia, closing 38 years later in 2016. Over the years it added a retail sales, and auto body component. The sales division evolved into primarily a wholesale company moving to Manheim Pennsylvania, home to what has become the largest Auto wholesale auction in the world as well as the flagship of Manheim Auto’s 100+ auctions. Along with the wholesale operation, he added two retail locations as well as an Auction Management Company representing new car dealers at Manheim Pennsylvania and Manheim Baltimore auto auctions. This extends to all aspects of inventory management and reconditioning.

Larry Kuperman
Director of Business Development
Night Dive Studios LLC
Larry Kuperman
Director of Business Development
Night Dive Studios LLC

BIO

Larry Kuperman is an expert in the computer games industry. Currently serving as the Director of Business Development for Night Dive Studios, a rapidly growing games development company, and as a founding member of The Powell Group, a consulting company serving the games industry, Larry has his finger on the pulse of industry trends.
In 1993, Larry became the first student to graduate from the University of Detroit Mercy College MBA program with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He was recognized as the MBA Scholar of the Year and was inducted into the National Business Honor Society.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG keeps me informed as to industry trends and provides me with insights that I just can't find anywhere else. Bringing together select groups of industry experts, BWG is not only a great informational source, but has helped me expand my network of professional contacts."

Johan Lagerlöf
CEO and founder
X5 Music Group
Johan Lagerlöf
CEO and founder
X5 Music Group

BIO

Johan Lagerlöf - CEO at X5 Music Group, an independent record label.

TESTIMONIAL

"For me it is really refreshing and very informative to discuss these -- for outsiders maybe very detailed topics, but for us in the industry - very important ones. There are always interesting participants to discuss with who I otherwise do not meet, that are in the business, but not necessarily in my circle of weekly contacts."

Wing Lam
Co-Founder & Owner
Wahoo's Fish Taco
Wing Lam
Co-Founder & Owner
Wahoo's Fish Taco

BIO

As the eldest of the three founding brothers, Wing co-founded Wahoo’s Fish Taco in 1988 and has more than 37 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Wing actively supports many national and local community-based events and non-profit organizations including Share Our Strength, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Laurel’s House, Festival of Children, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Surfrider Foundation. Wing holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and a Minor in Spanish from San Diego State University. He is also a part-time Adjunct Professor for Concordia and Chapman Universities' MBA programs.

TESTIMONIAL

"I get real honest insight from some of the best people in the hospitality industry that I would not normally have access to. A great Forum for leaders to get together and share ideas in a safe environment
"

Carmen Lam
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Asia Pacific
FRHI Hotels & Resorts
Carmen Lam
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Asia Pacific
FRHI Hotels & Resorts

BIO

Carmen Lam was appointed Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific for FRHI, the parent company of luxury and upper upscale hotel brands Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts in July 2013, and is responsible for the execution of FRHI’s regional sales strategies, brand management as well as marketing initiatives for existing and new properties in the Asia Pacific region. Most recently, Lam was the Vice President, Hotel Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.Lam joins FRHI from Melco Crown Entertainment, where she was the Senior Vice President, Leisure and Brand Sales and Marketing. Over the course of a career that has spanned more than two decades, Lam has also held a series of management positions with leading brands in Asia including roles with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and InterContinental Hotels Group.Lam holds an Executive MBA from Canada’s University of Western Ontario Richard Ivey School of Business, a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii and an Executive Leadership designation from Cornell University. Lam is also pursuing a Doctorate at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Jeffrey Landsman
Founding Member
Specialty Food Sales
Jeffrey Landsman
Founding Member
Specialty Food Sales

BIO

Jeff Landsman was born into the food industry. His family pioneered frozen and refrigerated foods in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Jeff’s experience covers food production, import/export, distribution and sales. He has operated food production facilities on 3 continents, sold food products throughout the US, Canada and Europe and has enjoyed plying his trade over a period of 43 years!

Currently, Jeff manages Specialty Food Sales a brokerage that specializes in the growing organic, natural, ethnic and specialty food industry. “This industry is not only the way I make a living but it is my passion as well. In fact, I am so ingrained into the industry, I bleed au jus!”

TESTIMONIAL

"I am pleased to be involved with BWG. The industry roundtables have been both insightful as well as educational. Better than an industry conference or convention, participants are able to communicate in a non-competitive and non-judgmental atmosphere. Because of the lack of “commercialism” the need to “sell” or impress; participants are both open and free with their thoughts. I find these 60 minutes to be an enlightening, refreshing and sometimes inspiring event."

Arseny Lebedev
Director, Media and Entertainment
EPAM Systems
Arseny Lebedev
Director, Media and Entertainment
EPAM Systems

BIO

Arseny Lebedev is Director, Media and Entertainment at EPAM. He is responsible for creating inspirational and engaging experiences for our partners. Arseny cofounded Signus Labs, a startup that grew into a multi-disciplined game studio that engaged with millions of players.

Arseny joined EPAM in 2015, after its acquisition of Signus Labs, which allows him to utilize his traditional gaming software development skills in the digital engagement space for multiple clients. In addition, Arseny is a sponsor at Stugan, a non-profit accelerator program for aspiring game developers.

Arseny received his BSa from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2009.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG allows me to connect to relevant industry experts, efficiently discuss pressing issues, and unlock new opportunities!"

Bas Lemmens
Founder & Sales Specialist Online Travel
Roomlr.com
Bas Lemmens
Founder & Sales Specialist Online Travel
Roomlr.com

BIO

Bas Lemmens has his Master of Science ( MSc , UT) and then went to work with Booking.com , Ebookers.com , Isango.com , Easytobook.com , Redigo.ru and founded in 2013 Roomlr.com ; meta search engine of holiday homes and apartments. From his daily work and experience, he shares his knowledge and research regarding Online Travel . He is always available to advise companies in the online travel industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"WG brings together the best executives, founders and stakeholders of each industry , who share experiences to keep on developing . My benefit is to get up to speed to new challenges and developments in the online travel industry. BWG shows that knowledge sharing is the best training to do your job better!!"

Richard Li
VP Global Licensing, International New business Development
Aeropostale
Richard Li
VP Global Licensing, International New business Development
Aeropostale

BIO

Richard Li is the VP for Global Licensing International New Business Development for Aeropostale. He has signed over 40 international franchising or licensing deals totaling over US$500,000,000 at retail in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has done business in over 40 countries and lived on 3 continents. He is currently working on domestic licensing and international ecommerce business development for Aeropostale.He has held executive level positions for Skechers, Gap Inc, and LVMH.

He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell Univeristy and an MBA for ESSEC. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG helps me gain specific industry knowledge and advice by networking with industry specific experts. BWG provides valuable insights into my field that are unparalleled."

Jeffrey Liss
Managing Director
FutureRetail.Net​
Jeffrey Liss
Managing Director
FutureRetail.Net​

BIO

Jeffrey Liss has deep experience in leading major change initiatives in large organizations and is passionate about the rapidly changing digital experience for the retail consumer. His background in management consulting, brick-and-mortar retail, eCommerce and consumer research positions him well to lead in this volatile retail environment. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of FullBeauty Brands. He formerly led Operational Transformation and Digital Services at Ascena Retail Group. Earlier in his career, he spent fifteen years as a management consultant focused on large change programs for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of shared services, enterprise-wide cost reduction, organizational redesign and technology implementation. He started his career as a CPA in a top public accounting firm. Jeff has also served on the Research Committee for shop.org and the Editorial Advisory Board for RIS News.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has provided me with excellent opportunities to stay connected to leading thinking and thinkers in my industry. The high quality of the attendees at their events and participants on phone calls is highly beneficial."

David Litchman
Founder
iMenu360
David Litchman
Founder
iMenu360

BIO

David Litchman has been in the restaurant business for over 25 years. A graduate of the University of Michigan, David started Pockets right out of college and was one of the first restaurants to serve healthier, fresh, fast food. As Pockets grew, David looked for ways to make operations more efficient and was introduced to online ordering in 2003. Pockets became an early adopter and David worked with the developer to modify the system to improves both the customer and restaurateurs experience. David met the Grubhub founders very early in their infancy and with a company he was involved with(OrderNetwork), he convinced them that this was the way orders should be received. In their early stages of development, Grubhub utilized the OrderNetwork technology to receive online orders.

In 2007, David founded iMenu360. David assembled a technology team that has been able to develop a product that allows restaurateurs to have a state of the art branded online/mobile ordering solution. In the last 9 years, iMenu360 has worked with operators of all shapes and sizes. From single unit operators to the U.S. Military across the world. Under David's leadership, iMenu360 continues to grow and assist operators in the battle against the portals(Grubhub, Seamless, Eat24, Delivery.com, Etc).

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides me with the opportunity to connect with others in the industry and gain insight to issues the industry faces. I always learn something new from these sessions and that allows me to make better decisions in the future."

Johan Lofstrom
General Manager EMEA & India
Chartboost
Johan Lofstrom
General Manager EMEA & India
Chartboost

BIO

Johan Lofstrom is Regional Director EMEA for Chartboost. He is responsible to lead and to develop Chartboost’s business in Europe, rest of EMEA and India. Johan previously ran his own gaming company, Cloud Games, as co-founder and CEO. Cloud Games is a mobile gaming company specialising in mobile web games (HTML5 games). Before starting Cloud Games, he worked as Director of Strategy & Monetisation at Spil Games, an online and mobile gaming company serving 130 million MAUs. Before joining Spil Games, Johan co-founded Bidrivals, a global online auction company with sales in 27 countries. He also worked as Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group in New York and Treasury Analyst for SCA Treasury in Sweden. Johan received an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management where he among other things won the MIT $100k entrepreneurship competition. He also holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Financial Mathematics from Linkoping Institute of Technology in Sweden and has studied at the Technical University of Munich in Germany and ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy's focused Q&A sessions are an excellent way to stay up to date with the industry with personal insights from key decision makers impossible to find anywhere else"

Daniel Lohman
Organic CPG Industry Strategic Advisor
Category Management Solutions
Daniel Lohman
Organic CPG Industry Strategic Advisor
Category Management Solutions

BIO

Daniel Lohman, CPSA is a Strategic Advisor in the Organic and CPG Industry. He is certified at the highest level of category management proficiency: Certified Professional Strategic Advisor.
Daniel is a trusted and respected member of the natural community. With more than 30 years of experience, he serves as an advisor to Circle Up, Naturally Boulder, The Innovation Center of the Rockies, is a next mentor, Brick Meets Click Black Belt, BWG Strategy Advisory Board Member, BevNet Expert, and a speaker and trainer for Natural Products EXPO, World Alliance For Retail Excellence And Standards, and ECRM. He is also an internationally published author whose articles appear in Progressive Grocer, Supermarket News, The Natural Food Merchandiser, New Hope 360, next, The Natural Product Insider, Progressive Grocer Independent, World Alliance for Retail Excellence and Standards, ECRM, Western Grocer, and LOHAS. He wrote a chapter in Bob Burke’s Natural Products Field Manual and has published the Strategic Solutions And Guide To Grow Your Natural Business.  His “What You Need To Know” articles are available at: WWW.CMS4CPG.COM.

While at Kimberly-Clark, Unilever and SPINS, Daniel was responsible for mentoring, growing sales, and teaching category management theory and principles. He is uniquely qualified and has worked with and supported hundreds of natural and conventional manufacturers, retailers and brokers. His extensive knowledge and expertise reaches beyond traditional category management and has earned him recognition throughout the industry as an expert and thought leader.

Daniel assists companies in expanding their retail distribution and improving their merchandising. His company, Category Management Solutions (CMS4CPG), provides innovative ideas, actionable insights and strategic solutions for companies interested in gaining a significant competitive advantage.

Daniel can be reached at dan@cms4cpg.com. Click here to connect with Daniel on LinkedIn.

TESTIMONIAL

"The benefit I get from BWG is an opportunity to gain insights into trends in the CPG industry"

Avery Lu
Senior Member
IEEE
Avery Lu
Senior Member
IEEE

BIO

Avery is Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer at Palo Alto Scientific, Inc., a sports science analytics and wearable tech company focused on “Bringing Sports Science to Everyone” leveraging wearable technology, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. He is a startup advisor/mentor to technology startups at local startup accelerators like Wearable IoT World, Highway1, Hanhai Investment, TechCode Accelerator, Taiwan Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), German Accelerator and Santa Clara University Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE); an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at F50; a San Francisco Advisory Board Member at C-Suite Network; an Advisory Board Member at BWG Strategy and has organized large industry symposiums, keynoted at various global conferences, and been interviewed and quoted in multiple market research reports on IoT and wearables.

Avery has 21+ years of experience in Silicon Valley’s high tech/semiconductor industries in various roles including business development, segment marketing, product marketing, global account management, and field applications engineering for companies like NXP, Infineon, and Toshiba, where he was responsible for a wide range of technologies addressing such vertical markets as mobile, tablet, computing, consumer electronics, industrial, telecom, utility, automotive, medical, and military.

Avery serves on the Board of Directors of CASPA (Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association) and is currently Executive Director of Business Development and Entrepreneurship. He is also the Chair of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society chapter in Silicon Valley. Additionally, Avery serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara University Alumni Association Board, as an Advisory Board Member at UCSC Extension Silicon Valley Embedded Systems & VLSI Engineering Program, and as a STEM Technical Advisor/Robotics Instructor at various Silicon Valley afterschool programs.

He holds a B.S. Electrical Engineering degree from Santa Clara University and Marketing Management Certificate from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Mary Jo Marks
Eastern regional Sales Manager
The Touch Agency
Mary Jo Marks
Eastern regional Sales Manager
The Touch Agency

BIO

Mary Jo Marks has over 30 years experience in the Natural Foods Industry including retail (Whole Foods), Distributor (UNFI), Manufacturer and Broker.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an excellent networking opportunity that provides expert views from all different areas of expertise on current events. BWG helps navigate common questions in the industry and Go To Market strategies across a variety of channels. With constant flux in the industry, BWG is a valuable tool to assist in strategy."

Alan Messer
Former VP of Software Innovation/CTO Global Connected Consumer Experience
General Motors
Alan Messer
Former VP of Software Innovation/CTO Global Connected Consumer Experience
General Motors

BIO

Dr. Alan Messer has been a worldwide leader in advanced software and intelligent services for connected consumers for 20+ years. Currently he is working on a stealth startup, but previously Alan was Vice President of Software and Innovation and CTO of Global Connected Consumer eXperience at General Motors where he led GM’s work on products, platforms and future technologies for the Connected Car and Services. Before General Motors, Alan was Vice President of Advanced Software Technology at Samsung Electronics covering Internet of Things, Intelligence, Privacy, Mobile Social/Media, Content Delivery, and Cloud Services. Alan has also worked at a variety of other consumer electronics companies including HP, Sony Electronics and startups. Alan has also served with several industry organizations in advisor and board roles as well as working with analysts/media.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides a fantastic opportunity to participate in topical industry discussions with peers throughout the industry. These meetings provide not only provide information for executives to stay abreast of the market, but also to debate different viewpoints in those markets as well as broad networking opportunities. It is always an interesting discussion."

Lee Milstein
Strategic Business Consultant
Various Companies
Lee Milstein
Strategic Business Consultant
Various Companies

BIO

Various consulting engagements across a variety of matters, including business plan and sales strategy development, deal-making and compilation of target lists, research and guidance on new lines of business, and product roadmap review.

Currently engaged by Sure, Inc.

Previous engagements include Broadway Video, Grokker Inc., and MediaMath, Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a great venue for me to network with peers as well as to hear all sides of issues affecting industries and companies I've been involved with. Beyond a standard panel discussion, it's good to hear which questions are top of mind."

Shane Murphy
Director of eCommerce
Toolbarn.com Inc
Shane Murphy
Director of eCommerce
Toolbarn.com Inc

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG connects industry leaders and allows them to share thoughts, ideas, and perspectives for relevant topics. As a contributor I gain access to invaluable knowledge and insights."

Mathieu Nouzareth
CEO
FreshPlanet Inc.
Mathieu Nouzareth
CEO
FreshPlanet Inc.
Kirtan Patel
Category & Pricing Analyst
Thrive Market
Kirtan Patel
Category & Pricing Analyst
Thrive Market

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG has been a great resource and I have found the strategy roundtable conference calls to be engaging, insightful and good learning experiences. Not to mention, BWG provides a great forum for networking."

Casey Rae
Director, Music Licensing
Sirius XM Radio Inc.
Casey Rae
Director, Music Licensing
Sirius XM Radio Inc.

BIO

Casey Rae is the Author, William S. Burroughs & The Cult of Rock 'n'​ Roll At the University of Texas Press. Casey is also the Director of Music Licensing at Sirius XM Radio Inc. Prior, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition. He is also a musician, recording engineer, educator and author. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as emerging business models, creators' rights, technology policy and intellectual property at major conferences, universities and in the media. He has testified before Congress on artist rights and is committed to building bridges across sectors in order to identify possible solutions to common challenges. Casey has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community in scholarly journals and other publications, and is a regular commentator on the impact of technology on creators in media outlets such as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Billboard, L.A. Times, Gizmodo, The Hill, Ars Technica, Sirius XM Radio and more. Casey is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, an instructor at Berklee Online and the President of the Board of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He is the principal of Heru.us, a media, technology and policy consultancy. In his "spare time," he runs the DC-based label Lux Eterna Records and publishes The Contrarian Media.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a tremendous resource for knowledge-sharing and direct engagement with business leaders and experts across a range of fields. The level of practical aptitude and big picture vision represented at BWG events is simply unparalleled."

Dave Ruggles
Contributing Columnist
Auto Finance News
Dave Ruggles
Contributing Columnist
Auto Finance News

TESTIMONIAL

"Former Columnist at WardsAuto.com and President at RHJ Automotive Enterprises."

Travis Sawyers
New Business Development, Home Improvement Channel
MarketSource
Travis Sawyers
New Business Development, Home Improvement Channel
MarketSource

BIO

Travis has over 17 years of retail and sales experience with a strong background in merchandising, sales, store operations, data analysis and program development, predominantly within the home improvement channel .

TESTIMONIAL

"Many business leaders tend to view their operatives from a single lens. Hearing the perspectives from a multitude of leaders not only strengthens my understanding of my own business, it also curates new ideas and concepts I can utilize to drive success. "

Puja Seth
President
YogaOutlet.com
Puja Seth
President
YogaOutlet.com

BIO

Puja is a retail exec specializing in brand development and e-comm merchandising with over 12 years experience. She spearheaded the development of YogaOutlet.com as the first multi-branded yoga retail shop in the US. Her focus on strategic partnerships and trend forecasting have helped her create turnkey solutions within the retail industry. Her work has been featured in InStyle, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Popsugar & Shape.

TESTIMONIAL

"Having access to industry leaders and unbiased, expert-led discussions is tremendously advantageous in understanding the evolution of businesses. BWG moderators are well-versed and dialed-in with their content making it time well spent. "

Alan Shen
Director, Internet Product Planning
Huawei Device USA
Alan Shen
Director, Internet Product Planning
Huawei Device USA

BIO

Internationally seasoned business leader and entrepreneur with a passion for disruptive technologies that change people’s experience in entertainment/media. Current interests include VR, AR, IoT, and everything mobile.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG puts together great roundtables that are carefully planned and very well organized on a variety of topics around the high-tech and media industry. It's a great way to gain insights and up-to-date information, while at the same time network with experts and industry leaders."

Julien Simon
VP Music Rights & Label Relations
Deezer
Julien Simon
VP Music Rights & Label Relations
Deezer

BIO

After working in various roles in the music industry for years, Julien went on to develop digital strategy and sales development at BMG Music in 2004 and then at Sony Music for 4 years, with partners including iTunes, Amazon and Orange.

In 2008 Julien took the opportunity to join Deezer, an innovative and dynamic music start up, as VP Music Rights and Label Relations. After negotiations with rights holders and business partners, Deezer launched in 182 countries in 2011, offering a ad based and direct subscription services and developing partnerships with mobile carriers in almost 45 countries.

Julien moved two years ago from Deezer HQ in Paris to NYC, where Deezer launched in September 2014 with Sonos and Bose partnerships, followed by the acquisition of Stitcher company and then the replacement of Muve application with Deezer through the Cricket/AT&T network. Julien is running content strategy, covering licensing department and works closely on the business strategy here in the US.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great benefit in term of business relationship and also keep me up to date in term of technology/entertainement environment.
"

Colin Sims
Chief Operating Officer
Delivery.com​
Colin Sims
Chief Operating Officer
Delivery.com​

BIO

Colin joined Delivery.com in 2009, ​and assumed the role of​ Chief Operating Officer in 2011, managing finance, strategy, and operations for the company. After nearly a decade on Wall Street, Colin decided to pursue a more entrepreneurial path, initially acting as an advisor EATS.com, and subsequently assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer for the company. Prior to EATS, Colin was a Director in the Alternative Investments division of Credit Suisse, a founding member of the Structured Investments group at Bank of America, and an investment banker to public & private utilities at Lehman Brothers. Before pursuing his career in finance, Colin ​conducted theoretical research at​ NASA’s​ Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

Colin holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

TESTIMONIAL

"​What I like about BWG's events is that they really do feel like collaborative sharing amongst peers; always fresh, and always topical.​"

David Spisak
President & CEO
ReverseRisk
David Spisak
President & CEO
ReverseRisk
Ron Stevenson
Corporate Director of Ecommerce
Davidson Hotels and Resorts
Ron Stevenson
Corporate Director of Ecommerce
Davidson Hotels and Resorts

BIO

Ron Stevenson joined Davidson Hotels and Resorts in 2013. In his current role as Director of Ecommerce, he is directly responsible for setting the digital marketing strategy for over 40 full-service hotels. Prior to joining Davidson, Ron worked for IHG as Senior Manager of Americas Channel Marketing. While there, he led a regional team of marketing managers covering the U.S., Canada and Mexico with task force assignments across Latin America. Responsible for channel performance for seven IHG brands throughout the Americas, the team created and delivered regionally specific training and support, supervising product implementation and participation of 3,000 hotels in channel and relationship marketing programs.

A strong understanding of developing B2C Ecommerce solutions, global distribution systems, and new product development helps me to successfully navigate
organizational matrixes to achieve results.

TESTIMONIAL

"Participation is valuable and allows me to see if the rest of the industry is experiencing the same success or pain points. You can’t find the intelligence participation provides as you understand what your piers are seeing as they use different products
and experience trends across the United States. It is also beneficial see what other operators are experiencing in similar regions.
"

Mark T. Morrison
Corporate Director
uSens Inc.
Mark T. Morrison
Corporate Director
uSens Inc.

BIO

Mark is an ARVR Business, Strategy, and Marketing Executive with advance knowledge in all aspects of Augmented and Virtual Reality. His expertise spans mobile, PC, and console app and game hardware, platforms, and content. Mark has an extensive background in the businesses of middleware, video games, and digital content development and publishing. He’s an avid interactive media and human computer interface evangelist.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG gives me a unique opportunity to engage with my peers regularly, in related technology topics, that are important to me. Being able to share my ideas and hear others opinions in the BWG forum is incredibly valuable to my ongoing research and career."

Dean Taraboi
National Sales Director
CAPCOM U.S.A., INC.
Dean Taraboi
National Sales Director
CAPCOM U.S.A., INC.

BIO

Established Sales Executive with 15+ years of management experience in gaming and interactive entertainment sectors for Fortune 500 companies Microsoft, Walt Disney and major video game publishers, Activision Blizzard, Midway and Capcom.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has afforded me convenient access to fellow executives to share industry news & ideas via conference calls that are very well run and highly professional. I’ve established ongoing correspondence with several new contacts and learned invaluable industry insights through BWG’s Q&A conference calls."

Ken Templeton
Divisional Vice-President of Operations
Uno Restaurants
Ken Templeton
Divisional Vice-President of Operations
Uno Restaurants

TESTIMONIAL

"It is incredibly helpful to have a venue of feedback on existing and future strategy decisions and BWG gives us this on multiple fronts."

Dan Thigpen
Executive Vice President
King Koil Inc.
Dan Thigpen
Executive Vice President
King Koil Inc.

BIO

I'm a marketing and sales professional with 10+ years of experience. Throughout my career I've been responsible for organizations most vital assets-The Customers and The Revenue the company generates. I have a proven track record of building sales teams, implementing successful sales techniques, growing distribution and sales throughout the U.S. I bring my organization, leadership, creativity and strong work ethic so I can achieve, both, personal and corporate goals.

I live in Orange California with my Wife Carly and 2 daughters Harper and Hadley.

TESTIMONIAL

"Where else can you get a remarkable group of mattress/furniture industry executives together in one spot and get a true pulse of the hottest topics that’s happening inside our industry? It’s a remarkable place to network as well as BWG goes above and beyond to help you both personally and professionally."

Seth Tishler
Vice President of Operations
HANRO USA
Seth Tishler
Vice President of Operations
HANRO USA

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is a great resource for us! The insight and knowledge we learn from our peers at other brands is invaluable. Thank you BWG for pulling together these great round tables."

Joost Van Dreunen
CEO
SuperData Research
Joost Van Dreunen
CEO
SuperData Research

BIO

Joost is founder and CEO of SuperData Research.

As one of the first academics to study video games, Joost also has over fifteen years of commercial research experience in interactive entertainment and technology industries. Before receiving a doctorate from Columbia University on the topic, Joost worked as an analyst on both the financial and consumer-side of the games industry. Anticipating the shift to digital games early on, he founded SuperData in 2009. Today SuperData is a leading games industry researcher with clients such as Activision/Blizzard, Apple, GameStop, Google, Konami, Microsoft, Nexon, PayPal and Wargaming.net.

In addition to his business adventures, Joost teaches video games economics at the NYU Game Center and Stern School of Business. He lives in the East Village in New York, with his wife Janelle and son Maximus.

TESTIMONIAL

"The conversations I've had through BWG have been super-helpful in providing an additional perspective on key games industry issues. I'm honored and excited to join BWG in an advisory role."

Marc Werner
Founder/CEO
Nature’s Sleep/GhostBed
Marc Werner
Founder/CEO
Nature’s Sleep/GhostBed

BIO

Marc is a 38 year seasoned serial entrepreneur with industrial, product development, finance, distribution and eCommerce C-Level experience covering consumer products, industrial products, building products, as well as various business services. Werner Ladder is Marc’s heritage but Nature’s Sleep and GhostBed memory foam mattresses, toppers and pillows is his passion today.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an outstanding platform for like-minded professionals to share and discuss relevant topics in real time addressing a multitude of industries on a very granular basis. The Q&A format and related feedback of these caucuses are invaluable."

Natalia Williams
VP, E-Commerce (Product Management & Digital Production)
Bloomingdales.com
Natalia Williams
VP, E-Commerce (Product Management & Digital Production)
Bloomingdales.com

BIO

I lead a team of Product Managers, Content Producers, Business Analysts, UX Architects & Strategists that research and implement Bloomingdale’s e-commerce capabilities I’ve been with Bloomingdale’s for seven years; prior to Bloomingdale’s I was in User Experience and Product Management for Macy’s Systems and Technologies. I also have a background working for startups in the Perishables and Energy Marketing industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"In an industry that is constantly evolving, BWG does a great service in hosting discussions on technology that are top of mind for all executives. I enjoy the opportunity BWG provides to connect and build relationships with top talent from across the industry in order to exchange best practices, share experiences and advice."

David Wilmot
Head of Retail Sales & Ops
Pressed Juicery Inc.
David Wilmot
Head of Retail Sales & Ops
Pressed Juicery Inc.

TESTIMONIAL

"I truly value the ability to learn, share and connect with high level, forward thinking leaders across the nation."

Bryan Woody
General Manager of Royalton
Morgans Hotel Group
Bryan Woody
General Manager of Royalton
Morgans Hotel Group
Pete Zeiner
Head of Ecommerce, Digital Marketing and Innovation
Advanced Auto Parts
Pete Zeiner
Head of Ecommerce, Digital Marketing and Innovation
Advanced Auto Parts

“BWG has been a great venue for me to network with peers as well as to hear all sides of issues affecting industries and companies I’ve been involved with. Beyond a standard panel discussion, it’s good to hear which questions are top of mind for analysts and investors.”

Lee Milstein, VP Product Strategy & Partnerships, FanDuel Inc.