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Retail Summit

Unprecedented change rattled the traditional retail market in 2017 and brought with it new challenges for suppliers to achieve the level of growth attained 3-5 years ago. How will you capture maximum growth with the growing penetration of private label, tighter inventory control, and structural pressure within the traditional retail space?

Bring your team to learn more at our Retail Summit on Wednesday, August 22nd at The Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

This day-long event will provide you with insights and best practices on how to approach emerging hurdles and opportunities within the retail landscape, featuring presentations from the CRC Retail Team and industry-leading guest speakers with a focus on answering these questions and more:

  • What is a realistic growth rate for brick & mortar retail in 2018 and beyond?
  • How can you optimize your brick & mortar retail business in the current environment and find new avenues for growth?
  • How are the winning retailers approaching omnichannel and how can you partner to capture growth?

The Retail Summit will also serve as a great networking opportunity for suppliers and their peers.

This year’s speakers include Rick Keyes, President & CEO of Meijer; David J. Katz, Chief Marketing Officer at Randa Accessories; and Rachel Mushahwar, General Manager, Head of Americas Industries at Intel Corporation.

Who Should Attend

This event is best positioned for top retail executives and cross-functional team members including Directors and VPs of Retail Sales, Chief Customer Officers, heads of category management, and insights/trade teams. Key retail account managers and team leads would benefit from attending as well.

Hotel Accommodations

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 567-1234

Reservations can be made by calling (312) 567-1234, or by visiting https://aws.passkey.com/go/ClevelandResearch

Schedule of Events

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Rick Keyes

President & CEO, Meijer
Rick Keyes is the President and CEO of Meijer, Inc., the family-owned and privately-held Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates over 200 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Rick joined Meijer in 1989 as a pharmacy team member in Columbus, Ohio, while attending college.

A 29-year Meijer veteran, Rick was appointed President in October 2015 and named the first non-Meijer family member CEO in January 2017 after holding various leadership positions in pharmacy and store operations, as well as supply chain and manufacturing. Rick is the 11th President in the history of the company that employs more than 70,000 team members across the Midwest.

As President and CEO, he oversees all day-to-day operations and works closely with Executive Chairman Hank Meijer in developing and executing growth strategies. These strategies include a strong focus on enhancing the customer experience, driving team member engagement, and maintaining a competitive focus in the fast-paced retail industry while staying true to the Meijer values.

Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, Rick served as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing, a role he had held since 2006. Prior to that role, Rick spent 15 years in retail operations, starting in Pharmacy, and becoming a Store Director, Market Director and Regional Vice President.

Rick received his Bachelor of Science Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University, where he now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Additionally, he serves on the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Dean’s Corporate Council, National Association of Chain Drug Stores Board of Directors, as well as Retail Industry Leaders Association Board of Directors.

David J. Katz

Chief Marketing Officer at Randa Accesories
David J. Katz is chief marketing officer at Randa Accesories, a leading multi-national consumer products company, and the world’s largest men’s accessories business. His specialty is applying data, story-telling, technology and consumer behavior to create successful outcomes in evolving markets.

Named a fashion industry “Change Agent” by Women’s Wear Daily and a “Menswear Mover” by MR Magazine, he has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, and other publications. David was recently elected one of LinkedIn’s 10 Top Voices and Influencers in Retail, and he was just named a “top writer on Innovation’ by Medium.

A frequent public speaker, he is also co-author of the best-selling book “Design for Response: Creative Direct Marketing That Works,” and has written many articles on marketing and consumer behavior.

A graduate of Tufts University and the Harvard Business School, in neuroscience and marketing. He studies stimulus and response. The name Pavlov rings a bell.

Rachel Mushahwar

General Manager, US Enterprise, Government, and Cloud Industries, Intel
Rachel Mushahwar is a global executive with 23+ years of experience in a variety of industries where she has consistently delivered significant and measurable bottom-line results and has been continuously rewarded with new challenges and opportunities. An expert in aligning strategy with organizational vision and objectives, she leads new initiatives with C-suite executives to help them shape and refine their strategic objectives and achieve business goals through implementation of strategic roadmaps, solid technology foundations, and standardized process management.

Mushahwar is the General Manager for US Enterprise, Government, SLED, and Cloud Industries at Intel and leads 9 different industry verticals in the US (Cloud, Retail, Transportation, Manufacturing, Energy, Financial Services, Government, SLED, and Health Life Sciences) and is accountable for ~$5B in sales. Her focus is on enabling companies to realize the value of innovative offerings and delivering end-to-end innovative solutions to the industry that solve real-world business problems. She was named by ChainStoreAge as one of the “Top Ten Women in Technology” in January 2017 and Women’s Wear Daily listed her among the “Top Industry Transformers” in December 2016. She has been on Wall Street Journal Live, and most recently NBC Press Here talking about how industries need to transform to compete.

Mushahwar holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA in international business (both summa cum laude) and is an alumna of Columbia’s Graduate School of Business in New York. She is an active supporter of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and programs. She serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for the University of Arizona’s Terry Lundgren Retail School, where she helps the school achieve its mission and goals. Follow her on Twitter @RachelMushahwar or on LinkedIn.

Jackie Lewis

Director, Traditional Retail Council
Jackie Lewis joined Cleveland Research Company in 2010 on the equity side of the business covering the food retail and foodservice industries. She has since moved to market research where she currently serves as Director of the Traditional Retail Council, dedicated to writing research and hosting events for supplier and manufacturers selling into the mass, club, grocery, dollar, drug, and specialty retail channels.

Previously, Jackie worked as Data and Media Manager for a full-service B2B marketing agency in Chicago, overseeing all media and data-related purchases internally and for the firm’s clients. Jackie lives in Chicago with her husband and border collie mix, Scout. She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Rusty Wilson

Senior Research Analyst
Rusty Wilson is a Senior Research Analyst at Cleveland Research covering softlines retail including department stores, off-price, mass/club, sporting goods, specialty and online channels. Rusty joined Cleveland Research in 2013. Prior to Cleveland Research, Rusty started his career at Saks Fifth Avenue as an Executive Trainee and an associate in retail planning and financial forecasting. Rusty graduated from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2012. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charterholder.

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