Future Stores Seattle 2018

June 19-June 21, 2018

Sheraton Seattle, WA

Contact Us: 1.888.482.6012


Marc  Alexandre-Rishe
Marc Alexandre-Rishe
Chief Retail Officer
Rosie  O’Neill
Rosie O’Neill
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Susan  Sanderson-Briggs
Susan Sanderson-Briggs
SVP, Chief Brand & Customer Experience Officer
The Vitamin Shoppe
Kim  Bartley
Kim Bartley
White Castle
Phillip  Raub
Phillip Raub
Ariel Kaye
Ariel Kaye
Founder & CEO
Parachute Home

Ariel Kaye is the Founder and CEO of Parachute, the fast-growing home essentials brand based in Venice Beach. Long intrigued by the interplay of design and wellness, Ariel established Parachute to fulfill consumers’ needs for high quality bedding and a good night’s sleep.

Forbes declared that “Parachute Wins Over Millennials Tired Of Chain Store Bedding.” The brand has been called one of the “25 Hot Los Angeles Startups to Watch” by Business Insider, and has been featured in notable publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest and ELLE DECOR. Since it’s launch, Parachute has expanded into bath, Tabletop Linens, two storefronts (Venice Beach and Portland), The Parachute Hotel, as well as Baby. The brand’s has a projection of $30M for 2017. 

Prior to launching Parachute, Ariel spent ten years working in brand development and advertising in New York. Her experience yielded invaluable insight to consumer purchase behavior and the public’s growing interest in quality, craftsmanship and social responsibility – now tenets of the Parachute brand.

Ariel earned a Master's Degree in Media Studies from the New School, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Gallatin School at NYU. She is also a certified yoga instructor and aspiring surfer.

Kevin Lavelle
Kevin Lavelle
Founder & CEO
Kevin Lavelle is the Founder and CEO of Mizzen+Main, an innovative company transforming the landscape of the apparel industry by introducing advanced performance fabrics to traditional menswear with the world’s most comfortable dress shirt. Mizzen+Main is carried in nearly three hundred retail locations, including Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, in addition to its rapidly expanding e-commerce presence. The company has been featured in The New York Times, WWD, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, Inc., and many more. It’s endorsements included JJ Watt, Jake Arrieta, John Isner, and many more. Mizzen+Main products are proudly American made. The company has a long standing commitment to giving back to the veteran community through partnerships with The Navy SEAL Foundation, 31 Heroes, Carry the Load, and many more. 
Prior to founding Mizzen+Main, Kevin worked at the venture capital group of the Hunt Consolidated focusing on emerging energy technologies. Prior to that, Kevin worked for international consulting firm Oliver Wyman in the Middle East and the US. Kevin graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a B.S. in Engineering. In 2016, Kevin was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Southern Methodist University Distinguished Alumni. He is a member of Entrepreneur’s Organization and WEF’s Global Shapers. Kevin lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and business partner, Jen, Mizzen+Main’s CMO.
Brian  Gill
Brian Gill
SVP, Technology

Brian Gill joined Nordstrom in April 2017 as the Vice President of Digital and Store, responsible for strategic planning, developing and executing the enterprise wide digital platform (including e-commerce, personalization, mobile, digital foundation, store operations, Point of Sale, payments and Omni-channel), store tech, and operational excellence initiatives for Technology. 

Prior to Nordstrom, Brian served as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist for Hotwire Expedia Inc. where he oversaw Web, native, and platform technologies - as well as data warehouses and data centers. Brian came to Expedia from GiftCertificates.com and started his career in the technology industry at H. W. Wilson. 

Brian earned his degree in English/Philosophy from State University of New York.

Shilpa Shah
Shilpa Shah

Shilpa was drawn to Cuyana for the opportunity to create products rich in meaning, quality, and story. Beginning her career in Interaction Design, Shilpa has over 15 years of experience designing web and mobile interfaces for Fortune 500 companies including Disney, AT&T, and Sun Microsystems. In 2012, she graduated with her MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Shilpa is passionate about celebrating the the multifaceted spirit of modern women through creating a culture of empowerment.

Diane Laviglio
Co-Founder & CEO
Boon + Gable
Aaron  Hicklin
Aaron Hicklin
One Grand Bookstore
Rajesh  Chhablani
Rajesh Chhablani
SVP Real Estate, Store Design & Construction
Tailored Brands
Michelle  Adorjan Chila
Michelle Adorjan Chila
SVP, Marketing & PR
Emily  Watkins
Emily Watkins
SVP, Real Estate & Construction
Charlotte Russe

Current Responsibilities

Emily leads real estate, store design, store development, facilities, lease administration and procurement functions for Charlotte Russe, a fast fashion retailer of on-trend apparel, shoes and accessories at value prices for young women in their teens and twenties, with approximately 540 stores nationally, and their newest brand Peek Kids, an upscale specialty kids and baby brand with 11 stores.  She is responsible for establishing strategies, finding store locations, designing and building the stores, and managing and maintaining all corporate and retail assets. 


Prior to her current role, Emily spent 3 years with JLL, a global real estate services company, where she led the Innovation & Product Development function for the Corporate Solutions business.  She was responsible for focusing on developing leading edge services and products.  Some key innovation initiatives that she launched were innovation and critical thinking workshops to generate leading edge ideas which she facilitated for internal and client teams, a technology tool to capture and vet ideas and best practices across the firm, and many new revenue generating product lines.  She also led JLL’s national women’s employee resource group, the Women’s Network.

Prior to JLL, she spent 14 years with Gap Inc. in increasingly high-profile roles within the company’s store design, construction, and real estate departments, most recently as Senior Director of Real Estate Management & Operations. In this role, she was responsible for guiding the global asset management for the company’s brands with experience in all aspects of driving new initiatives (innovation, process, change management, training, technology, analytics) and managing the real estate lifecycle (portfolio management, strategy, site selection, planning & design, construction management, and asset management) for their 38-million-square-foot portfolio.  She was involved in facilitating organizational change efforts around process design, cultural initiatives, and onboarding.  She has also held positions at Gap Inc. in Construction Estimating, Gap Brand Global Store Design, and Architecture & Construction.

Education and Affiliations

Emily holds Masters of Business Administration degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University (joint Executive MBA program) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural (Structural) Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is a Six Sigma Champion and Green Belt and an active member of the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley.  She resides in San Diego.

Ruth  Crowley
Ruth Crowley
VP, Customer Experience Design
Lowe’s Companies

Ruth Crowley joined Lowe’s in 2016 as Vice President, Customer Experience Design. Using Human-centered design methodology, she is responsible for leading her team’s efforts to create cohesive customer experiences that are emotionally and seasonally relevant and aligned with strategic company objectives.

Prior to joining Lowe's, Ruth worked with Entertainment Retail Enterprises with clients like Nickelodeon and M&M's World Stores, creating customized products, flagship stores and experiences in global markets. Ruth also has diverse experience with other iconic companies including Harley-Davidson, Universal Studios and Host Marriott (Airports), with a focus on design, retail, product and brand development. She describes herself as a continuing student of business.  

Ruth comes from Ireland and spends much of her free time there with her family including nine siblings as well as nieces and nephews.

Antonio  Zaccheo
Antonio Zaccheo
VP, Store Operations
Sunglass Hut North America
Jeffrey  Eggert-Peluso
Jeffrey Eggert-Peluso
VP, Global Store Design
Levi Strauss & Co.
Cedric  Clark
Cedric Clark
VP, Operations
Sam’s Club

I started my Walmart career in January 2001 in Sporting Goods as a sales floor associate.  I also had inexperience as an In Store LP Associate, Market Asset Protection Manager (Seattle/Tacoma), Regional Asset Protection Director (Indiana/Kentucky/Tennessee), Regional Operations Support Director (Indiana/Kentucky/Tennessee), Market Manager (Northwest Indiana), Director of Operations (Chicago), Regional General Manager (Utah/Idaho) and Regional Vice President (Illinois).  I did these roles over the span of 13 years all within Walmart US.  Took a brief stint away from Walmart at a Pet specialty retailer and I am not back within the Sam’s Organization as the Regional Vice President for the Northeast.

In 2015 I left Walmart for an opportunity as the Vice President of Operations for PetSmart.  I designed a winning strategy of execution and focus through the field VP’s, Directors and Managers for an enterprise of $8B in revenue annually.  Managed expense budget of $1.3B.  Also was responsible for the annual delivery of record pet adoptions which exceeded 500k.  Also implemented a store level “Real Time” dashboard that called out key performance metrics by hour which aided in 50bps improvement in customer conversion.

I spent time in several geographies during my childhood.  My mother and step dad were in the military so I lived in Alabama, Washington State, Texas & Germany.  I played Division 1 Basketball at Washington State University and I also played in New Zealand and Brazil professionally after college.  I am also a concert pianist and got accepted to Juilliard out of high school, but took the sports route.  I truly value my faith and my family.  I am blessed with a wife and 4 healthy children.

Bill Lee
VP & General Manager, Consumer Electronics & Home Appliance Retail
Samsung Electronics America
Melissa Latham
VP, Retail Stores
Vera Bradley
Nicholas Cooper
VP, Property & Retail Establishment
Courtney Graybill
Courtney Graybill
VP, Customer Experience & Product Management
David`s Bridal
Jochen Schmidt
Jochen Schmidt
VP, Real Estate and Store Development
Dave  Ayers
Dave Ayers
VP, Technology
The Container Store
Guy  Byington
Guy Byington
VP, Store Development
Jennifer  Seyller
Jennifer Seyller
EVP, Specialty Retail
Hallmark Gold Crown

Jennifer Seyller is executive vice president – specialty retail for Hallmark.

In this role, Seyller leads the direct wholesale sales and retail operations across the nationwide network of Hallmark Gold Crown® stores, most of which are independently owned and operated.

In addition, she oversees the operations of corporately owned stores in both the United States and Canada. Seyller partners with product development, digital and marketing leaders in the evolution of the retail, digital and wholesale distribution business operations. 

Seyller joined Hallmark in 1997 and has served in a number of leadership roles including product management for gifts, greeting cards and ornaments, vice president season cards and vice president retail product development. In her career, she has been accountable for expanding the ornament category, including developing a premium ornament strategy and brand, launching a growing kids plush franchise and broadening distribution with partners in television home shopping and online shopping.

She is active in the Network of Executive Women and has held leadership roles with United Way and Harvesters – The Community Food Network.

Seyller earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Drake University.

Almira  Cuizon
Almira Cuizon
VP, Retail Operations
Sarah Osmer
VP, Retail Go To Market & Merchandising
Christie Sandoval
VP, Retail Sales Operations Services
Craig Hodgson
Director Retail Architecture & Store Design Development
Glenn  Trunley
Glenn Trunley
Senior Director, Global Store Design
Srinivasan Rajamanickam
Srinivasan Rajamanickam
Sr. Director, Technology Strategy & Architecture

Srini Rajamanickam is currently leading the technology strategy & architecture for Tapestry /  Coach Inc – a multi brand / global upscale fashion retailer.    

He is currently leading the Technology Strategy, Architecture and Innovation for OmniChannel and Customer experience, enabling digital transformation across Stores (POS), Customer Engagement, Digital transformation, eCommerce, Mobile, Social and Customer Service  capabilities globally across multiple fashion brands.    His key accomplishments in the past include leading the architecture for Omni channel commerce capabilities @ Target Corporation for eCommerce, Omnichannel Order Management, POS modernization, Call Center & Mobile leveraging best of breed packages as well as custom solutions using open source / cloud technologies.

Carl Chang
Carl Chang
Director, Retail Operations
Best Buy
Brian Dayton
Brian Dayton
Director of Finance and Engineering
Kohl’s Department Stores
Jennifer Matanin
Director of Retail Operations
Steve Freeman
Steve Freeman
Director, Product Management
Michelle Gedney
Director, Merchandising & Planning
Credo Beauty
Brandi  Gardner
Brandi Gardner
Director, Merchandising
Lisa  Schmitt
Lisa Schmitt
Director, Category Management and Retail Development
Ace Hardware
Alessa  Itsell
Alessa Itsell
Director, Marketing
Kirsty  Ginman
Kirsty Ginman
Director, Europe and International Partnerships
The New Look

Kirsty joined New Look in 2015 as their Head of Retail Operations helping successfully launch their new retail operating model focused on delivering a ‘Customer First ‘mentality across the organisation. Kirsty was then appointed to the privileged position of the Exec Assistant to the CEO working alongside him on special projects for a period of time before being appointed to her current International position working closely with New Looks third party ecommerce market place partners such as ASOS, ZALANDO and AMAZON. Prior to joining New Look, Kirsty has held senior Director Positions for a selection of high profile brands, Value to Luxury, Small (£60m) to Large (£1.5BN) , private to public across a variety of sectors. Kirsty has experience working with Private Equity firms to help acquire and grow retail businesses.

Marc Jamieson
Director Store, Experience, Design and Marketing
TELUS Telecommunications
Jason  Chua
Jason Chua
Project Executive
A3 by Airbus Group
Shawna Dahlin
Senior Marketing Manager, Customer Engagement Marketing
Tara Maffeo
Tara Maffeo
Senior Manager, Retail PMO, Continuous Improvement
Alyssa Frankel
Corporate Sales Manager
Glassy Baby
Julia Brunzell
Manager, Retail & Brand Experience
Steven Spencer
Department Manager of Construction, Domestic and International
Forever 21
Scott Langdoc
Scott Langdoc
SVP and Practice Lead

Scott Langdoc has 28 years of management and technology experience, including as a retail and hospitality IT executive, store systems vendor technology leader, industry strategy consultant, and global market research analyst.  Scott has held retail and non-retail CIO positions, including Raley’s Supermarkets, PDQuick, and USCS International.  He was CTO at retail vendors Fujitsu Retail and ParTech, Inc.  He ran the retail industry practices at AMR Research (acquired by Gartner) and founded both IDC’s global retail practice and the strategic consultancy firm RetailCENTRIC.  He specializes in strategic planning, cloud transitions, N-channel technology architectures, customer-facing systems, food safety, and consumer engagement.

Rob  Crane
Rob Crane
SVP, Global Sales
Altierre Corporation
Kristin Schoenstein
Kristin Schoenstein
Program Director
Future Stores

Kristin Schoenstein has been a Program Director with Worldwide Business Research since 2010 and has been producing events since 2004. She currently specializes in the retail and eCommerce sector where she heads up the Future Stores portfolio and eTail East. She also successfully launched and grew WBR’s customer experience portfolio. In her role, she is responsible for market research, content creation and speaker faculty management for each event. Prior to WBR, she produced events in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector and got her start organizing educational programming for physicians. In her free time, Kristin heads out to the East end of Long Island where she enjoys fishing, boating and days at the beach with her husband and two daughters.

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