April 29 - May 01, 2019
Chicago Marriott Downtown
Chief AI Officer
Pavan recently joined Aramark as Chief AI Officer, leading innovation in data and AI. Prior to Aramark, Pavan served as Chief Data Officer at IBM Watson, responsible for making Watson smarter. He began his career as a banker at JP Morgan, then founded six tech startups which eventually led him to venture capital.
Pavan spends his spare time investing in technology start-ups and advising existing cutting-edge tech companies on growth strategies. He also serves as an innovation advisor to hedge funds, the World Bank and others on monetizing data with new technology. Pavan graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics.
EVP, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer
MSC Industrial Supply
A 25-year veteran of B2B commerce, Steve Baruch is Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for MSC Industrial Supply Co. Steve leads MSC's corporate strategy team, marketing strategy and execution, business development, and category management.
Prior to joining MSC in 2008, Steve served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Managed Services for Adecco where he was responsible for leading global sales with focus on enterprise engagements and managed services strategy and execution. Previously, he held various executive positions at global electronics distributor Arrow Electronics.
Steve has spoken at numerous industry conferences and has been featured in several national and trade publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Internet Retailer and Modern Distribution Management.
Chief Marketing Officer, Industrial Business Group
Penny is the Director of Industrial Marketing at 3M where she leads a team of marketing and digital strategists tasked with modernizing how 3M engages B2B customers. Together, Penny and her team work across the organization to optimize marketing and digital capabilities to generate customer demand and equip marketers with the resources and tools they need to increase 3M’s relevance in a digital world. When asked what excites her about her work, Penny said, “by taking a holistic customer-centric marketing approach, we are enabling the organization to improve demand generation, commercialization, audience marketing, segmentation, brand activations to achieve business results. This brings value to our customers, shareholders, and company.”
Penny joined 3M Canada as a marketer in 2000. She went on to lead a variety of commercialization, business, brand, and corporate marketing programs and teams. Her business acumen and leadership earned her an appointment to executive director, Consumer and Office Business.
In 2010, she became part of the 3M international marketing team and relocated to the US. In 2014, , she assumed 3M’s global brand director role. During her tenure, Penny led the team that repositioned the 3M brand and successfully launched the new tagline “3M Science. Applied to Life. ™”.
Before joining 3M, Penny worked in the Hardware industry. Penny holds an MBA in Marketing from York University, Canada.
When she is not looking for opportunities to increase 3M’s relevance to customers, Penny channels her energy into running, pilates, and enjoying time with her family. Though she hails from Canada, Penny and her husband of 24 years now call Stillwater, MN home.
Vice President, Global Solutions, 3M Medical Solutions Division
Robert is Vice President of Global Solutions, for the Medical Solutions Division and leads global marketing for the 3M Health Care Business Group. Prior to this role, he led strategy and business development for the group and previously led strategic business development for the 3M Health Information Systems Division.
Prior to 3M, he led strategy and investment consulting for clients in the finance, technology, healthcare, energy and services sectors at Kibora. Prior to Kibora, he co-founded Gordian Capital, a buyout firm where he led capital raising, deal origination, transaction structuring and execution. While there, he served as Chief Executive Officer of an HR BPO portfolio company. Prior to Gordian Capital, Robert worked at a number of firms, including Circle Capital, Piper Jaffray and UnitedHealth Group.
Robert is a Director on the Minnesota Children’s Museum Board and President of the Wharton Club of Minnesota.
He holds an MBA with Honors in Finance, Marketing and Operations Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Software Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a BS Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science from Winona State University.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Michael Ali is the Chief Digital and Information Officer for Omega Engineering, a Norwalk-based global manufacturer and distributor of sensing devices and systems. As part of a digital transformation strategy, Omega is designing, building, and deploying new platforms for eCommerce, CRM, and product information management, and business intelligence.
Dr. Ali is responsible for master data management, Industrial Internet of Things strategy and cloud implementation, and IT infrastructure and applications. Previously, he served as the CIO for W.W. Grainger, a $10B distributor of MRO products. During his tenure at Grainger, he championed the application of deep-layer neural networks to upgrade and replace the product substitution engine on the corporate website, and led an effort to define a new information architecture for customer information using semantic metadata.
Prior to Grainger, he was the Sr. VP of Application Development and Program Management for US Foods. In this role, he developed an architecture and strategy for a new eCommerce platform and led a business intelligence (BI) initiative requested by the CEO to address pain points around data reporting discrepancies and lack of BI sandboxes for business use. Prior to US Foods, he served as the CIO for Harman, where he installed new platforms for eCommerce, PLM, and ERP. Prior to Harman, he was the CIO for Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR). Prior to joining JLR, he held management and engineering positions in Ford, GE, NASA, and NIST.
Turtle & Hughes, Inc.
Ajay Kamble is the CIO at Turtle & Hughes and plays a leading role in transforming the business through innovative digital technologies. With over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and supply chain, Ajay’s passion is to onboard the perfect mix of human centric designs and technologies to simplify complex issues and help solve tomorrow’s problems.
Through adaptive change management, he has helped several organizations get through difficult technology deployments and continues to use this perspective in digitizing every functional area within Turtle. He also serves on the board of the supply chain program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to Turtle, Ajay has held several leadership roles, more recently as a VP of IT at Masco, a manufacturing conglomerate.
Ajay holds an MBA from University of Michigan and is a proud wolverine!
Chief Information Officer
Jim is an experienced business executive, who has lead diverse number functional areas, always seeking to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and control through the application of better processes, technology, and information.
For the last few years, he has been leading a digital transformation at Buyers Products, including the launch of their first transactional website. Prior to Buyers, Jim worked for ERICO in the US and The Netherlands, at various points leading IT, Business Intelligence, Supply Planning, and Warehouse Operations. Long ago, he received engineering degrees from Purdue and an MBA from Case Western. The TSQL procedures he writes are elegant and well-commented.
Chief Digital & Disruption Officer
Conrad Electronics SE
Ales Drabek is Chief Digital Officer from the retail and B2B distribution industry. His experience includes electronic, IoT, FMCG (food and non-food) and fashion, having worked for leading international retailers & distributors like Conrad Electronic, METRO Group, Rossmann and C&A. As Chief Disruption Officer he is responsible for developing a new type of digital business models and disruption from not any more modern processes and way of working.
MORSCO - an Advent International Investment
Mr. Taylor joined MORSCO in January 2015 as the Chief Marketing Officer. From 2011 to 2015, he served as Vice President of eCommerce for Sonepar USA, leading the growth of the Company’s $800+ million eCommerce channel. Mr. Taylor also served on Sonepar's Global eBusiness Steering Committee.
In 2001, Mr. Taylor started in Grainger's Leadership Development Program and held various positions until 2010 including Branch Manager, Director of Supply Chain Systems, Director of Supply Chain Strategy, Quality & Business Intelligence, and Director of eCommerce Strategy & Integration. He founded and led PlayHear.com Network, LLC from 1998 to 2001, as well as held various finance and IT positions at MMI Companies as it aquired a dozen companies and went public.
Mr. Taylor's credentials include a Masters of Information Technology from Northwestern University, B.A. in Accounting from Southern Methodist University, Northwestern University Adjunct Professor, and a recognized expert in the media and at speaking engagements on multiple subjects including eCommerce, digital marketing, branding, social media, SAP warehouse management, IT leadership, Spend Management and RFID.
Chief Process and Innovation Officer
Jesse Lazarus is Chief Process and Innovation Officer for Kravet Inc., a high-end home furnishings supplier to the interior design trade. In this role, Jesse plays an integral part in spearheading strategic plans and implementing new digital initiatives, including e-commerce projects, in-store experience concepts, and innovative virtual design tools. He received his BA in Philosophy from the State University of Stony Brook, and resides in West Sayville, NY with his wife and two daughters.
Chief Technology Officer
Prakash Muthukrishnan is Chief Technology Officer for Purchasing Power, LLC, a newly created position he was promoted to in January 2017. His current responsibilities will include overseeing eCommerce Platform and User Experience, Product Management, Technology Development, Delivery and IT Operations. Muthukrishnan is based in Atlanta and reports directly to Purchasing Power CEO Richard Carrano.
Previously, Muthukrishnan served as Chief Information Officer, which he was appointed to in 2014. Muthukrishnan joined the company in 2013 to assume responsibility for defining the company’s technology strategy, leading all IT efforts in executing strategic business initiatives, building the company’s e-commerce website and managing IT operations. Within two years, Muthukrishnan was credited for developing Purchasing Power’s award-winning mobile website and app, a strategic initiative that now accounts for more than 50% of gross customer sales and won the company a Bronze Stevie Award in 2015. Additionally, under his leadership, his team won the SAP Hybris North America Success Story of the Year award in 2016.
Prior to Purchasing Power, Muthukrishnan worked in leadership roles for a variety of companies, including Manhattan Associates where he served three years as senior director of technology strategy, and Blockbuster, Inc., working as senior director, enterprise architecture. At each assignment, Muthukrishnan demonstrated a strong background in supply chain, e-commerce, mobile and retail technologies, as well as a solid vision for IT solutions.
Muthukrishnan received his bachelor of science degree in computer science from the College of Engineering at Guindy, India. He subsequently earned his master of science degree in computer science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A US Patent holder, , he also received a certification in IT Leadership from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University in Northern California.
A former member of the MIS Industry Advisory Board at the University of Texas in Dallas, Muthukrishnan also is a 2015 ATP Innovation Award winner, recognizing visionary entrepreneurs, advanced technology innovations and outstanding enterprise applications. Furthermore, he is writer and speaker, regularly providing bylined articles for industry trade magazines and newsletters, as well as business presentations for professional conferences and summits around the country.
Brian Fricano is the founder & CEO of Sustainable Supply, an online B2B retailer offering over 1,000,000 green building, safety, and maintenance supply products. After launching in 2009, the company has quickly become one of the nation’s fastest-growing, posting a three-year growth rate of over 500%. In 2017, Sustainable Supply earned a top 1,000 ranking on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies for a fifth straight year and was a recipient of Internet Retailer’s top 1,000 ranking for a seventh consecutive year.
Brian has over 15 years of experience working in the B2B marketplace for various industrial distributors and manufacturers including W.W. Grainger and Bradley Corporation. He has successfully taken his knowledge of traditional B2B distribution and applied it to a modern e-commerce company. Through a combination of customer centricity and innovative digital strategies, Sustainable Supply continues to achieve outstanding growth in a rapidly changing marketplace.
Co-Founder & COO
Entrepreneur Paul Shrater co-founded Minimus.biz, the consumer products e-commerce startup in 2004. Shrater grew Minimus.biz to be ranked in Internet Retailer’s Top 1000 highest grossing B2C e-commerce businesses in the U.S., and top 300 in their B2B ranking. Minimus has received several awards for customer service, and has grown expansion divisions in the promotional products industry and third party logistics services for other brands (MinimusFulfillment.biz).
As part of that expansion, in 2011, Shrater was named to the promotional products industry magazine’s Hot 40 list of innovators to watch in the industry; and growth in the 3PL division includes working with brands and celebrity clients in: food, beauty, apparel, and electronics.
In 2008, Shrater launched Minimus Products (MinimusProducts.biz), an organic and kosher certified contract packaging company that provides both food and non-food packaging services to numerous brands via its own facilities and equipment. It has capabilities to package liquids, powders, and particulates into packets, bottles, jars, bags, cans, tubes, and more.
Expanding further in 2017, Shrater opened a marketing consulting department at Minimus to further work with its clients, and partnered in The Karma Accelerator to provide additional infrastructure and financial support to growing consumer product brands.
Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, Shrater was a film and television producer and writer developing projects with various major studios, networks, and production companies.
Shrater is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s acclaimed Wharton School.
He has spoken at several conferences and guest lectured at universities on topics such as: e-commerce, supply chain management, and change management. He authors a blog for the Wharton Magazine, and has been adjunct faculty at California Lutheran University, where he taught an experiential class in integrated marketing communications. He has also appeared on such networks as CNBC, and been quoted in such publications as Forbes and USA Today.
Founder and CEO
From education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods. Her ambition and vision for Chicago Beyond is born from her experiences as an educator in Chicago Public Schools. During her tenure as principal at Fenger Academy High School, Liz and her team turned the school from one of the most violent and underperforming schools in Chicago to a leader in restorative justice practices, academic interventions and social emotional learning.
Liz's work has been featured in various outlets such as the New York Times’ best-selling book, “How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough, CNN’s docu-series “Chicagoland,” and forums such as Aspen Ideas Festival, the Kennedy Center Forum on Mental Health and SXSW.
President & GM
Parvez is a Management & Digital executive with experience in developing, launching and managing growth in multi-channel & eCommerce businesses. He has served as Head of eCommerce, Digital and Marketing for 2 of the top 15 Internet Businesses in the US.
Currently, he is the CEO of eImprovement, the eCommerce business of the 2nd largest Kitchen & Bath distributor in North America. Parvez is charged with creating an industry leading eCommerce business, while digitally transforming the core multi-billion distribution business.
Prior, he was the Head of Marketing at Grainger, a $9B distributor of industrial supplies. He also served as the VP of eCommerce and Digital, leading Digital Marketing & Merchandising efforts for Grainger. Parvez held leadership roles with increasing scope of responsibilities at Sears, Motorola, and in management consulting.
Diane has spent over twenty years in the marketing arena, working in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer environments. She is currently the SVP of Marketing for US Foods, where she leads the marketing, eCommerce and digital efforts for the company. Most recently, she led the marketing efforts for Essendant’s Business and Facility Essentials Division and led the rebranding of the organization. Previously, she has held marketing leadership positions at a variety of companies including Rust-Oleum, Boise (Office Max), Danaher and Ball Horticultural (Burpee Seeds).
While her experience has provided her with a solid skill set in strategic marketing, digital, branding, research, media and communications, her marketing passion focuses on working closely with customers to uncover unmet needs and then creating/repositioning the right products, services or solutions to meet those needs. Diane holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business and a BA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Elmhurst with her husband and three kids.
VP, Global Head of Customer Experience
ABB Electrification Products
Monique Elliott is the Global Head of Customer Experience for ABB Electrification Products. In this role, Monique is responsible for all areas of customer engagement including digital marketing, demand generation, eCommerce, value proposition development and marketing analytics. Prior to joining ABB, Monique spent 15 years with General Electric holding various roles in marketing, sales and commercial excellence. Her most recent role as the Chief Marketing Officer for GE Industrial Solutions.
Vice President, Global Head, eCommerce & Digital Marketing, Premier Farnell
Matt Clark leads Premier Farnell’s global digital marketing & eCommerce team, delivering ~$700 million in yearly e-commerce sales through more than 40 websites around the globe. Matt has held eCommerce, sales, marketing and customer service positions at Dell, PCM, Saturn and EDS. He received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue and a MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Premier Farnell, recently acquired by Avnet, is a global high-service electronics distributor, and has an online community of more than 500,000 design engineers and tech hobbyists. They were nominated for Internet Retailer’s B2B Player of the Year in 2015 & 2016.
Vice President and Global Leader, Strategic Marketing
Portia is Vice President and Global Leader of Strategic Marketing at Ingersoll Rand where she is building and leading an enterprise-wide center of excellence designed to promote marketing excellence across the enterprise. A veteran marketer, Portia uses her expertise in digital marketing, social media and brand asset management to build passionate client engagement. Portia specializes in building high-performance marketing teams and transforming marketing functions into enablers of corporate growth.
Portia has held executive and senior management positions with the Center for Creative Leadership, Edelman Public Relations in Chicago and Burson –Marsteller in their New York and Shanghai, China offices.
Portia is passionate about marketing transformation and cultivating the next generation of women leaders. She frequently writes and speaks on women's leadership issues and marketing transformation.
VP Head of Marketing
Holly is an enthusiastic foodie and baker. This creativity and passion to reinvent the norm drive her as Ingersoll Rand’s VP Marketing and are reflected in her history of marketing transformation. Holly runs all facets of marketing for the commercial business including segment marketing, analytics, digital, brand, marketing services, insights, content, and field marketing.
Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Holly has spent over 20 years in a variety of executive marketing and strategy roles at Corning, Eaton Corporation, and Intel Corporation spanning B2B and B2C. She is also an award-winning entrepreneur. Holly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA in Marketing & Strategy.
Vice President and Head of Digital Engagement
Linda is Vice President, Digital Engagement at Siemens Healthineers, with global responsibility to drive customer-centric interactions and transactions via the company’s digital presence and across all online touchpoints. She leads a team of 50+ in 9 different locations and covering time zones from Shanghai to Los Angeles.
Linda has held positions of increasing scope at Siemens for over 10 years. She was with Bayer Healthcare Diagnostics prior to the Siemens’ acquisition. Linda was formerly Director, Perkin Elmer Instruments, where she directed a staff of Marketing and Product Managers responsible for strategic direction, product development, marketing, and global commercialization of several product lines and platforms.
Linda started her career as a Research Scientist performing Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism R&D at Pfizer, Ciba-Geigy and Novartis. Linda has authored more than 15 scientific publications, served on the editorial board of J Chrom/Biomed Appl; and, received a Pioneer in Laboratory Automation award. She was on the DXMA Board of Directors for 5 years, including Vice President, Interactive Initiatives. She co-chairs the ANA/BMA B2B Committee in NY. Linda is married, the proud mom of 2 teenage boys, and lives in Pleasantville, NY.
VP, Digital Customer Experience
Mary Derrick is Vice President, Digital Customer Experience for Schneider Electric. Mary is a customer focused leader with experience managing partner relationship management (PRM), CRM, digital marketing, journey mapping, and digital touchpoint and value proposition development.
Vice President, Marketing, Building & IT Business (Square D)
A Chicago girl at heart, Vicki Repsholdt graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in broadcast journalism. Her first positions included working for Marriott Corporation in PR, then for two B2B boutique agencies in Chicago, serving as both copywriter and account manager.
Her 25-year run at Schneider Electric began when she responded to an ad in the Chicago Tribune for a copywriter for the Square D Company. Schneider Electric purchased Square D in 1991 and over time Vicki has served as a speech writer, business communications manager, marketing segment manager, distributor account manager, inventory manager, operations director, and currently, VP of Marketing for the U.S. Power division of Schneider Electric.
Today, Vicki and her team work closely with the commercial and residential teams to promote an unparalleled offer of electric equipment and energy management solutions for homes, businesses, buildings, hospitals and facilities. This includes the industry-leading EcoStruxure architecture, of which Vicki’s team markets "EcoStruxure Power" - one of six architectures offered by Schneider Electric to bring IoT technology to life.
Schneider Electric employs a creative mix of marketing tactics including the latest digital technology along with traditional marketing methods, to communicate and build relationships with electrical contractors, home builders, specifiers, OEMs, panel builders and really anyone who is interested in installing the industry’s most innovative and reliable products.
Vice President, Marketing and eCommerce, Workplace Safety Division
Meeta Kratz is a marketing leader with extensive experience in brand strategy development and execution and e-commerce transformation. In her current role, she is focused on transforming a multi-brand catalog business into a world-class, e-commerce-based provider of workplace safety products and solutions. Previously, she was in leadership roles in marketing at Zebra Technologies and LabelMaster and she held positions of increasing responsibility in business development and marketing at W.W. Grainger.
VP, Omnichannel and eCommerce
Shalin Shah is Vice President of Omni-channel and eCommmrce at Georgia-Pacific Professional (GP PRO) responsible for leading sales and customer specific capabilities in eCommerce and with our omnichannel customers.
He is a graduate of Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering and University of North Carolina with an MBA. He and his wife Arti currently live in Suwannee, GA with their two children Roshan and Sajan.
VP, Digital Strategy & IoT
Nishant Nishant is Global Head of Digital Strategy at Avnet. He has more than a decade of experience pioneering strategies for digital transformation and innovation. Most recently, Nishant supported the launch of Ask Avnet, the first platform in technology distribution to combine artificial intelligence (AI) and human expertise to streamline the online customer experience.
He also has a key role directing the development of the Avnet ecosystem, an expansive network comprised of owned companies and partners, which offers a wide range of services that guide customers through each stage of the product lifecycle.
VP of Digital Marketing
Kyle is the Vice President of Digital Marketing at RepairClinic.com; the leading North American parts supplier for appliance, outdoor power, lawn, and HVAC equipment. He is charged with implementing a comprehensive digital transformation at the company, including a 2018 site re-design and launch.
Kyle is also responsible for the company’s digital efforts across all channels as well as optimizing RepairClinic’s industry-leading content. Kyle has extensive digital experience with conversion rate optimization, personalization & individualization, as well as web analytics and online testing.
Vice President, eCommerce
Tiffanie Burkhalter is the Vice President of eCommerce for the Retail division of VSP Global. Since joining VSP in 2011, Tiffanie has risen through the organization, holding positions in finance and operations. As one of the founding members of the VSP Retail division, she has helped reimagine how eye care and eyewear are delivered by this mission-driven company. In 2017, she was named one of Vision Monday’s Most Influential Women in Optical. Tiffanie has a passion for business and a heart for giving back to the community and serves on the board of Glam4Good in addition to volunteering with several community-based charities
Prior to 2011, Tiffanie was part of the assurance and advisory practice of Ernst & Young, where she managed local and international teams serving clients across multiple industries. She is a CPA and has extensive experience with corporate finance, strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, valuations and operations.
Tiffanie and her husband Jason have two children, Jacob, age 12, and Brookelyn, age 8. She finds joy in traveling and serving others with her family.
VP of eCommerce & Product Management
Michael O’Shea is Vice President of Ecommerce at Parts Town, the world’s leading OEM commercial kitchen parts distributor and a perennial Crain’s Fast Fifty and 9-time Inc. 5000 winner. Parts Town offers over 1 million SKUs from hundreds of leading foodservice manufacturers, and has grown 20% or more for 15 consecutive years. Michael is responsible for driving the foodservice industry forward in the areas of product management, UX, agile software development, product data, and the independent restaurant segment. Since joining Parts Town 5 years ago Michael and the Parts Town team have grown ecommerce revenue more than 600% by focusing on company culture and delivering industry-first innovations that solve hard customer problems.
Prior to Parts Town Michael was responsible for UX, product management and digital marketing for B2C children’s retailer One Step Ahead. He also held senior product management roles at Orbitz Worldwide, helping to develop and execute their mobile strategy. Michael began his career in software development with Accenture and Telution, a telecommunications software startup which was later sold to CSG. Michael holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bradley Univer
Vice President, eCommerce Solutions
Premier Healthcare Alliance
Eugene Parker is the Vice President of eCommerce Solutions for Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company. He is a seasoned IT Executive with a demonstrated record of achievement in IT solution delivery, IT project delivery, PMO leadership, process improvement, retail IT and eCommerce, digital application development, portfolio management, enterprise IT governance, change control, and risk management. Prior to working with Premier Inc., Eugene was a Senior Director of IT for eBay, and a VP of IT at Belk. He proudly serves as an Executive Board Member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.
Vice President, Marketing
McNaughton-McKay Electric Company
Greg Chun is the Vice President of Marketing for McNaughton-McKay Electric Company. McNaughton-McKay is an electrical distributor based just outside of Detroit, MI with locations across the eastern and southern United States and Europe. Greg is responsible for all areas of marketing including customer experience, digital marketing, demand generation, eCommerce and product content, B2B integration, product marketing, analytics and strategic planning.
Greg has held various roles including engineering, sales, sales management, general management, and 10 years as Vice President of IT just prior to his current marketing role. He has worked across the company in various regions in the United States, and in 2011 worked out of the Germany subsidiary.
Greg is part of advisory and steering committees for NAED, IDEA, Affiliated Distributors and Rockwell Automation. He brings his passion of Focusing on the Customer to these groups and to all areas of his work. He has an MBA from Michigan State University, and a BSEE from General Motors Institute, now called Kettering University.
He is based in McNaughton-McKay’s corporate headquarters in Madison Heights, MI.
Vice President of Marketing
Alejandro Tovar is Vice President, Marketing and Products for Puratos. Alejandro has 22 years of experience in strategic marketing, business strategy, brand building and digital communication. He has worked across B2C and B2B environments. He is based in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Anne Vranicic is the vice president of marketing for Valin Corporation, a leading technical solutions provider located in San Jose, CA. She is an eBusiness, data, and marketing strategist and evangelist who is particularly interested in bringing sexy back to the wholesale distribution industry. At her position, Anne is responsible for digital strategy, marketing communications, ecommerce, pricing, data analytics, training and sales development.
Holding a B.S. degree in Marketing and Economics from Elon University and an MBA from San Jose State University, Anne has more than 15 years of professional experience in wholesale distribution. During this time, she has witnessed the industry evolve exponentially. Utilizing this first-hand knowledge, Anne’s mission is to address one of the largest challenges she sees in the industry today-- that most distribution businesses are operating on a static model and not properly equipped to meet the needs of their employees, customers or manufacturers. Her approach is to first understand the business, and then digitally connect it in order to build the right conversations across the supply chain.
“Industrial safety” and “passion brand” – you wouldn’t think they go together. And in the highly commodified world of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they typically don’t. But St. Paul, MN-based safety gear manufacturer Ergodyne proves an exception. As VP of Marketing, Lindsay Herda continues to evolve the company’s brand in support of its constantly growing line of professional-grade Tenacious Work Gear®.
With a brand experience that’s as authoritative as it is distinctly irreverent, Ergodyne eschews the hard sell in favor of building connections with the folks on the frontlines actually using the gear. “Being a B2B company, it might be counterintuitive,” says Herda. “But it’s critical. They’re a savvier, more discriminating bunch than ever.”
VP of Marketing
BayWa r.e. Solar Systems
Christine Owens has been providing strategy insights and communications expertise to CXO-level executives for close to 30 years. She also serves as President of Amplify Communications, a consulting firm she founded in 2003.
Christine previously held positions as the Senior Director for Marketing and Sales Enablement at Enphase Energy, and the Vice President of Marketing at Mersive Technologies. Earlier in her career, Christine headed Corporate Communications for a multi-billion-dollar data storage company, and spent 10 years working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
She received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from The George Washington University. For the past 20 years, Christine has made Boulder, CO her home base. She has two grown children and a house full of fur kids.
Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Digital Strategy
3Wire Group: A Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway Company
Jennie Stenback leads the marketing, eCommerce and Digital Strategy for 3Wire Group, Inc., a B2B Foodservice and Beverage Replacement Parts supply chain solution. 3Wire is a part of the Marmon / Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. In her role, Jennie authored the strategy and business case for 3Wire’s digital platform evolution, significantly upgrading their multiple B2B sites and transforming the User Experience. Launching in early 2017, the new 3Wire platform has shown immediate growth and customer engagement.
Prior to 3Wire, Jennie held leadership roles in the Institutional Division of Ecolab, pioneering a new intranet portal for the 5,000+ direct sales and service associates that brought technology and efficiency upgrades to a sorely outdated system.
Additionally, her background has included leading a national restaurant chain’s marketing and advertising efforts as well as multiple roles in agencies and consulting firms in the foodservice/hospitality space.
Vice President, Online Channels, Small Business Services
Kristy Howe is vice president of e-commerce, small business, at DeLuxe Corp. Prior to joining Deluxe in 2016, she held a number of leadership roles at 3M, including global digital transformation and e-commerce leader, industrial business, where she lead the creation of customer-driven B2B models and cross-functional teams to deliver digital programs that drive profitable growth; and 3m.com portfolio manager, with responsibility for global leadership and direction of resources, technology, projects and operations. Kristy also held leadership roles in marketing and business development with 3M’s touch systems, electro and communications, and consumer and office businesses.
Vice President, Manufacturer Operations
Matt has over 15 years of experience in the medical device, pharmaceutical and life sciences industry; working both for manufacturers, wholesalers and for a large consulting firm. He has held various roles in the areas of product development, lean six sigma, business system implementation, and operational leadership.
His most recent responsibilities have included leading a global medical device serialization effort, device UDI implementation and, until joining AmerisourceBergen, he was the serialization overall program lead at a mid-size pharmaceutical company.
He leads AmerisourceBergen’s Manufacturer Operations team, and is the business lead for the serialization efforts at AmerisourceBergen.
Head of Marketing
Garry Wicka is currently Head of Marketing for LG Electronics. Garry was recruited to build and lead the marketing efforts that support LG’s rapidly expanding commercial display businesses in the United States. The Commercial Display business is part of a $56 billion subsidiary of LG.
Development of a new website, creation of a partner program including a partner portal and digital assets library. Launched LG’s first integrated marketing campaign for the new Clover video wall system that ranged from traditional media to face-to-face experiential opportunities.
Director & Head of B2B E-Commerce
Sushma Shirish is responsible for strategy, design, adoption and operational execution of HP's B2B eCommerce business. Built over 12 years of extensive B2B experience, Sushma is a leader with deep knowledge and expertise in building global enterprise level revenue generating experiences and solutions that enable sales processes and provide compelling business value to customers.
She specializes in implementing integrated enterprise solutions, establishing operational frameworks and driving ongoing accountability and alignment. Sushma holds a MBA from San Jose State University and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Bangalore University. Prior to HP she worked at PwC and Asera (a Silicon Valley startup).
Head of E-Commerce & Digital Strategy
Howie Hsu is Head of E-Commerce and Digital Strategy for Siemens Energy Management Low Voltage business. He is responsible for creating digital continuity across all channels and touchpoints through every stage of the customer buying journey.
With a passion for delighting customers with customer-centric experiences and transformative impacts, he has in-depth experience in the areas of eBusiness, digital solutions, online channel management, data governance, content excellence, digital marketing, and system integrations.
He enjoys developing effective and measurable strategies, building winning teams, optimizing processes, and seeking innovative technology breakthroughs. Howie received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University.
Head of eCommerce, North America
Nils Timmermann is Head of eCommerce North America for Ottobock, the world market leader of prosthetics devices. In his role Nils leads & develops the eCommerce efforts for the US and Canada, and is also part of the global team implementing proven technologies to other global markets.
Nils was hired initially to support the medical family business and quickly moved into a role at Ottobock building up business in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Nils is a graduate of the University of Passau with a business degree and currently resides in Austin, TX since 2015.
Commercial Head of Spare Parts Rolling Stock
For over 12 years Joachim has been part of the spare parts business for Rolling Stock. In response to the evolving market, which has made it increasingly challenging and exciting to meet customer demands, Joachim developed a best-in-class spare parts supply for the Vectron Locomotives in Europe. Knowing the importance of being a market leader, he played a vital role in launching a new marketplace for the railway industry.
Commercial Leader, Global eCommerce
A top-performing marketing professional with 13 years of progressively responsible experience in 360 Degree marketing integration, account management, branding and retail operations for growth-oriented organizations.
Senior Director, Marketing
Joe McGoldrick is Senior Director, Marketing for Philips Healthcare. Joe leads Patient Care Field Marketing for North America. He is based in North Andover, Massachusetts.
Senior Director, eCommerce
Kaman Industrial Technologies
Howard Blumenthal is Senior Diretor, eCommerce for Kaman Distribution. Howard has over 20 years of marketing and eCommerce expertise in both B2B and B2C environments. He currently resides in Hartford, Connecticut.
Director, Enterprise Portal Solutions
Director of Enterprise Platforms within Ecolab's Commercial Digital Solutions (CDS) leading the Customer Portal, eCommerce, Notification, PIM, and Agile Program Office teams.
Senior Director, Digital Marketing & eCommerce
Jody Yeganeh is Senior Director of Digital Marketing & Ecommerce for Lawson Products, Inc., a distributor of MRO products based in Chicago, Ill. Jody is responsible for the strategy, development and support of Lawson Products websites, eProcurement, Mobile Web and Catalog apps for customers as well as Marketplaces and Digital Marketing programs.
Prior to Lawson Products, Jody was with Sears Holdings Corporation where she led direct business acquisition efforts, including Search and Affiliate marketing programs. Jody also spent seven years with W.W. Grainger, Inc., where she led Internet marketing for Grainger.com.
She holds a BA from Ohio Northern University and an MA from the University of Chicago.
The combination of Jody’s Ecommerce expertise and marketing experience in the B2C and B2B Industrial Distribution markets has enhanced her ability to leverage digital media and technology to drive sales and growth for the businesses she has supported.
Sr. Director, Product Management, eCommerce
Rocky works with BuildDirect Technologies which is an online marketplace for heavyweight home improvement products in North America. As Senior Director of Product Management, Rocky is responsible for the online Buyer experience with end to end ownership and accountability for online Product strategy, execution, and customer adoption leveraging data. Rocky joined BuildDirect in 2018 which prior stints at companies such as Home Depot Supply, MSC Industrial Supply, Cadence Design Systems in North America.
In these companies, Rocky focussed on addressing online B2B customer needs leading eCommerce product strategy and execution. He is an avid marathon runner, loves sports cars, and plays tennis. Rocky has a full time management degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a deferred admission to MS in Business Analytics at NYU Stern School of Business.
Senior Director, Sales and Merchandising, eCommerce Channel
Avery Products Corporation
Ricky Hernandez is Senior Director, Sales and Merchandising, eCommerce Channel for Avery Products Corporation. Ricky is celebrating 24 years with Avery and resides in Irvine, CA.
Director, Global eCommerce
Rob Elzner is an accomplished eCommerce and marketing operations senior professional with a strong blend of B2B & B2C eCommerce sales, extensive marketing & technology services experience and is used to leading large professional organizations and business development.
He has been part of Dell for the past 15 years holding positions as a highly effective project and program manager with history of leading complex yet successful launches and integrations on time and under budget.
For the past 7 years he has been responsible for web sales on Dell.com, customer pathing and funnel strategies, site merchandizing and web site conversion optimization, and highly involved in digital marketing efforts. Rob has passion for technology and analytics as it relates to customer shopping and purchase behaviors
Global Director eCommerce
Director Global e-Business
Steve Grzymkowski leads E-Business for BDI, including directing all research, planning, strategy and development of e-commerce systems, programs and services. Prior to joining BDI, Steve was responsible for leading select online analytics and e-commerce initiatives for OEConnection, that facilitated parts marketing and sales of Original Equipment (OE) replacement parts at over 150,000 automotive dealers and repair facilities.
Global Director Marketing Automation
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
Bill Fetter is a B2B Marketing and Sales professional that has a passion for developing customer journeys that combine compelling storytelling with sophisticated process for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, a global developer of high tech robotic solutions, computer aided manufacturing and simulation software for over 100 industries.
As Global Director of Marketing Automation for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, he has transformed marketing from an offline discipline to an integrated suite of online and experiential touchpoints. Bill is a strong believer that strong Sales and Marketing integration and customer experience will dominate the B2B landscape in the years to come.
Director, Worldwide Partner Marketing
Marcio is the Director of Worldwide Partner Marketing at Citrix Systems and an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University where he teaches digital marketing strategy. Throughout his career, he has led marketing teams for well-known technology companies always focusing on adding value to each customer interaction by generating demand and building long-lasting relationships. Marcio has worked and traveled professionally throughout North America, South America and Asia-Pacific and frequently presents at marketing and industry events.
Home Depot Pro.
Sophia has 20 years of digital experience leading digital transformations in both B2C and B2B organizations. She currently is responsible for growing and improving the eCommerce experience at Interline Brands via several vertical web sites, mobile apps, and eProcurement integrations.
Prior to her role at Interline, Sophia led multiple digital teams at Grainger, such as Merchandising, Marketing, User Experience and Product Management.
Director, Digital Solutions
Josh has built a career on translating between business initiatives and technological advances. After working on innovation initiatives for HP, Disney, eBAy, and PayPal in Silicon Valley, he now works on B2B Digital Solutions in the Pacific Northwest for Consolidated Supply Co. His focus is bringing a more agile approach to an industry still adapting to the current pace-of-change and ensuring new technologies are implemented to solve tangible business challenges.
Director, Customer Experience Services, Chicago Digital Marketplace Center
The Dow Chemical Company
Guillaume Deudon leads Customer Experience Services as well as the Digital Marketplace Centers network, and is responsible for the I/S engagement with Polyurethanes & Construction Chemicals. In his Customer Experience Services role, Guillaume leads the IT teams responsible for strategy, development, implementation, adoption, support and retirement of our Commercial, Sales, Marketing, Digital Commerce and CX platform systems and services.
Guillaume has more than 25 years of professional experience working with international high-tech and services companies ranging from internet startups to larger multinationals as Alcatel and Hewlett Packard. He has been in various roles with responsibility for managing large service operations, ensuring delivery excellence, driving for service innovation and building fruitful relationships with Fortune 500 clients.
Guillaume has worked and lived in several locations in Europe, North America and North Africa, thus having a broader and deeper practical experience of diverse cultures and their impact on business interactions at all levels.
Guillaume graduated with a master's degree in Software Engineering from ENSEIRB in France and holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD. He is a trained Executive Coach specializing in NeuroLeadership
Director, Digital Marketing & Communications
Dave Krohn is the Director of Digital Marketing & Communications at Zurn - a leading manufacturer of engineered water solutions - where he is responsible for Digital Marketing, eCommerce, Master Data Management and Communications. Under his leadership, Zurn has transformed its Digital Strategy and brought to market revolutionary digital solutions such as inSpec – Powered by Zurn.
Prior to Zurn, Dave served as Director of Marketing & eCommerce at Del City, a global distributor of 12V electrical and transportation supplies. During his tenure, he led the transformation of a 60+ year old industrial distributor into one of the fastest growing e-commerce businesses in its vertical. Dave is a data-driven marketer and is passionate about driving profitable growth through digital channels.
Director, Digital Business
Eric Rehl has been a digital evangelist, strategist and transformation leader for more than 20 years spanning multiple industries, including manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, consumer and non-profit. He views digital not simply as technology, but as a driver and manifestation of business strategy, a way of thinking, and a way of executing. As Director of Digital Business at Rockwell Automation, Eric leads the company’s global digital transformation strategy and organization aimed at evolving Rockwell to become a more digitally-enabled business in the areas of full-lifecycle customer experience, eCommerce and data.
Prior to his focus on digital transformation, Eric was the Director of Digital Marketing at Rockwell, and held similar positions with Robert W. Baird & Co. and the United States Bowling Congress. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of WI-Madison, and earned a Master’s Degree in eBusiness from the University of WI-Milwaukee. While digital is the center of his life’s work, Eric’s true passion is watching his young children – daughter Smyth (5) and son Beckham (2) – grow up and cause trouble.
Director of Information Technology, eBusiness Applications (ni.com)
Gilbert heads up the global development team for ni.com at National Instruments. He has over 18 years of experience as an IT professional with a deep understanding of the eCommerce, OMS, Manufacturing and Distribution spaces. At National Instruments, Gilbert has successfully aided in transforming the organization to a data-driven B2B commerce model. Gilbert's investments in new technology and focus on innovation enables him to continuously identify opportunities to simplify and improve every customer interaction at National Instruments.
Curbell Plastics, Inc.
Charlie is Director of Marketing for Curbell Plastics, overseeing all marketing, advertising, PR and ecommerce for this top national distributor of performance plastics.
A seasoned marketing professional, Riley most recently served as Director of Marketing and Communications for Lawley, a Buffalo-based Top 100 independent insurance broker, where he implemented a company-wide rebrand for the company’s 80 product lines. He also served as Chief Marketing Officer at PLS 3rd Learning, where he led marketing, business development, and customer engagement strategy for the international education technology startup. Charlie oversaw digital marketing for a national advertising agency and has taught graduate-level marketing, communications and public relations courses.
A Forbes contributor, Leadership Buffalo graduate and 2017 Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40 honoree, he is active in a number of community organizations, having served as president of the American Advertising Federation Buffalo chapter and as a judge for the 43North Business Plan competition and Stevie Awards, among others.
Charlie is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University for both his undergraduate degree in Journalism/Mass Communication and his MBA in Marketing/Management where he serves on the Jandoli School of Journalism Advisory Committee. He resides in Buffalo, NY with his wife and young son and daughter.
Director, Marketing and Digital
Nina LoCicero is Director, Marketing and Digital for Johnson Controls. Nina has more than 20 years of B2C and B2B experience from small companies to Fortune 500 industry leaders. Nina is based in Milwaukee.
Director, Development & Operations
Allied Electronics & Automation
Stacey Ostermann is a veteran of digital product content with 27 years’ experience in retail. She recently moved to the B2B side of the business, joining the marketing team at Allied Electronics & Automation, a leader in industrial distribution. At Allied, Stacey is elevating the online product content to be best-in-class in its industry. A major objective of her strategy is to implement 360°-spin photography. An avid consumer of online products, Stacey’s passion lies in creating an enhanced experience that allows customers to feel like they are holding the product in their hands, granting them confidence in knowing that what they see online is exactly what will arrive at their doorstep.
Senior Digital Marketing Manager
James Hardie Building Products
Bridget Kulla is Senior Digital Marketing Manager for James Hardie Building Products. Her expertise is in digital marketing, email marketing, social media. Bridget is based in Chicago.
Sr. Manager, Online Product Management
The Home Depot
Scott Canney is Senior Manager, Online Product Management for The Home Depot where he oversees the product management experience. Scott lives in Atlanta, GA.
Global eBusiness Marketing Manager
Digital native and full time Dad that is emotionally awake. EQ over IQ every chance. With 20 years of digital marketing experience, it has been his one and only focus since his career began. Owning an extensive resume of defining and executing a myriad of digital strategies ranging the entire spectrum of the communications landscape, there are not many marketing challenges he has not seen.
Other than his daughters (which he shamelessly promotes), his pride is quantified business results fueled by the most efficient use of technology and communication strategies. That pride is exemplified in his current role as Global eBusiness Marketing Manager for Parker (a Fortune 200 company). Connect with or follow Ken socially on:
Voice of Customer Innovator
Katrina Schiedemeyer is an innovative leader in designing and executing strategic initiatives in numerous disciplines. Her expertise includes Customer Experience Design, Ethnographic Research, Six Sigma Data Analytics, Lean, and Employee Engagement. Katrina is an engaging and energetic speaker who thrives on transforming complex processes into digestible knowledge.
Katrina’s professional career includes leading the Customer Experience & Voice of Customer program at a Fortune 500 company and providing consultant guidance to inspire innovation across numerous organizations. In addition to her professional career, Katrina serves as a Board of Director member for numerous international organizations where she utilizes her deep business knowledge to find innovative problem-solving solutions.
Katrina is a prominent public speaker and published researcher certified in project management (PMI), quality engineering (ASQ), predictive and descriptive analytics (Wharton), and continuous improvement (LLC).
Katrina is a proud alumna from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh holding a degree in Supply Chain Management and is currently studying Negotiation Strategy at Yale.
Miriam is Marketing Manager for Dormer Pramet, based near Chicago, IL. Having worked exclusively within the industrial marketplace, she has driven sales through Product, Sales and Marketing positions in the United Kingdom, Czech Republic and the United States. Her passion is in turning bricks to bytes and proving the effectiveness of adding a flexible digital mindset to sales growth within the manufacturing sector.
eCommerce and Digital Marketing Manger
Hill & Markes, Inc.
Michael Powers is eCommerce and Digital Marketing Manager for Hill & Marks, Inc. In his role Mike is leading the company through comprehensive digital transformation, including developing, managing and executing B2B digital marketing strategies to drive increased online sales. Mike currently resides in Albany, NY.
Steven Suddarth is the eCommerce Manager at Heritage Parts and has a passion for creating graphs that trend upward to the right. With 10 years of experience in eCommerce and a specialized focus in paid search advertising he has a track record of driving double digit growth for multi-million dollar businesses through new customer acquisition and increasing customer adoption of digital channels.
At Heritage, Steven oversees the strategic advancement of customer facing technology solutions and the digital marketing of HeritageParts.com and HeritageParts.ca. Since joining Heritage in 2015 he has helped grow their eCommerce program into a significant driver of revenue and new customer acquisition through UX enhancement, paid search, SEO, and digital media advertising.
Product Manager, Digital Commerce
Andy Wagner is an Executive Director at AAXIS Group and a member of the Rutgers University Design Thinking Advisory Board. He is a strategic Consultant & Digital leader with 20+ years extensive international experience creating successful Commerce + Content + Business Process solutions, in collaboration with some of the best powerhouse brands in the world - enhancing their capability to engage, acquire, transact & service even more consumers through any channel.
He has previously held positions at Cap Gemini as a Principal in their CPG vertical and DigitasLBi as Managing Director, Commerce for North America. Having lived and worked in Sweden, Italy, India and UK, he now resides in New York City.
From planning to execution, Kevin has 20 years of B2C and B2B experience across various digital programs. His expertise includes digital strategy, customer experience design, e-commerce, content management and digital go-to-market strategy, and he’s worked across automotive, life sciences, manufacturing, retail and more.
As North America’s B2B Commerce Offering Lead, he helps clients assess their current digital capabilities, identify opportunities and promote solutions, advising them throughout their entire digital transformation.
Marketing Executive - High tech/B2B
Scott is Partner and President of Avionos where he leads the executive team and overall strategy of the firm. Scott brings over 20 years of experience within the integrated digital business and technology services space, having previously spent five years at Accenture Interactive (formerly Acquity Group) where he was instrumental in driving go-to-market activities in digital platform service for clients in retail and consumer goods & service (CG&S) verticals.
Scott’s experience includes delivery in digital transformation, eCommerce, and marketing for global clients such as Jones Lang LaSalle, Nestle, Visa, Chevron and McKesson, as well as others across Branded Manufacturing, Distribution, Retail, Consumer Goods, and Financial Services. Prior to Accenture, Scott held various roles in both consulting and corporate services including RGP, Sony Pictures, and CNA Insurance. He holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Chief Product Officer
Will leads the teams creating BloomReach’s Product vision and plotting the initiatives that ensure customers’ ongoing success. He has a record of dramatically increasing revenue at companies where he’s worked, including Clearwell Systems and Juniper Networks. Will built early-stage tech companies at Advent International and as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He holds a bachelor’s in economics and government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and a Siebel Scholar.
Blue Fish Development Group
Antony McGregor Dey is the Director of Ecommerce at Blue Fish Group, a B2B Ecommerce firm focused on full-service enterprise solutions, including business processes and intelligence, B2B marketing, and back-end logistics. Antony is a serial entrepreneur, and a globally recognized expert on marketing tech, with over 20+ years of B2B and B2C digital marketing experience.
VP eBusiness Practice
As VP of the eBusiness Practice at C2, Tom leverages 20+ years of business experience across Tech Product & Services Companies, Digital Marketing and Technology Consulting to drive successful outcomes for customers. Tom’s responsibilities include business development & delivery and practice management with P&L responsibility. Tom brings a unique blend of business strategy, management and technical competency to all consulting engagements. Tom’s background includes leadership roles at Razorfish Consulting, Crown Partners Consulting, Oxiem Interactive, Jadu CMS, RR Donnelley, Comdisco and KPMG LLP. He was also the Founder & President of Innogage, LLC a digital marketing technology company.
Director, Managed Services
Corbin has been working in SEO and Content Marketing for 6+ years. He specializes in leading teams building successful search and content development campaigns. Currently, Corbin serves as the Director of Conductor’s Managed Services division helping craft progressive SEO strategies for brands leveraging Searchlight.
Vice President, Digital Practice
Paul Wlodarczyk leads digital transformation projects for Dakota Systems, assuring that our clients achieve measurable business results from structured content, product information management, search, and digital transformation programs. Paul develops strategy and approach, leads engagements, and works closely with executive sponsors to align business and technical perspectives.
Paul brings over 30 years’ experience in business management, advisory, technology, service and support operations, and software development, with deep technical expertise in structured content, product information management, search, analytics, and enterprise content / knowledge management.
As President of Dunn Solutions, Mr. Dunn works with key clients to help establish IT strategy, product development, and organizational and HR alignment. With over 30 years in business providing IT consulting services, Dunn takes a broader view of many verticals and identifies how best to apply latest technologies to dramatically impact a business. Dunn believes in leveraging technology to positively change the way people work and communicate. He prides himself on being an “evangelist” for new ideas while remaining grounded in the practical world of business.
An expert on entrepreneurship and technology, Dunn started Dunn Solutions Group in 1988. He has led the company through several incarnations, growing it from a small boutique to a more than 100-member consulting firm that serves Fortune 500 and aggressive growth companies nationwide.
Bill received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He gained early experience at AT&T, Bell Laboratories and U.S. Robotics.”
Senior Commerce Director
Ed Kennedy has spent the last 9 years designing and implementing ecommerce platforms for consumer brands, b2b manufacturers and wholesale distributors. As a Senior Director of Commerce at Episerver, Ed is responsible for successful adoption of the Episerver platform by customers. Previously, Ed held leadership positions at eCommerce Agencies such as Gorilla Group, Guidance, and Luminos Labs implementing Episerver Commerce, Magento, and SAP Hybris.
Chief Experience Officer
Mark Bartlett is a practitioner of eCommerce and digital transformation, with more than 20 years of experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Bartlett has leveraged his deep understanding of customer experience to develop a conceptual framework for what has come to be known as “experience-driven commerce” — an approach that unifies content, commerce, and communications into a seamless customer experience.
With his blend of industry and commerce category expertise, Mr. Bartlett helps FPX continue to modernize the way businesses buy and sell across all channels through FPX’s Experience Management Platform. Before joining FPX, Mr. Bartlett guided customer experience and commerce practices for agencies such as IconNicholson (Digitas LBi), Sapient, and Razorfish.
SVP, eCommerce & Omnichannel Strategy
Brian has more than two decades of experience in the Ecommerce field, including seventeen years as a C-level executive driving digital transformation. He is a sought-after expert and trusted advisor, guiding executives at manufacturers, brands, distributors, and retailers in driving tremendous growth from digital commerce. His clients have included some of the most prominent brands in the world.
During his time in operating roles, Brian served as the Ecommerce executive at multiple industry leading companies, including Harbor Freight Tools, PacSun, and others. Brian is the author of the first comprehensive book on B2B Ecommerce, due out in 2018, entitled “Billion Dollar B2B Ecommerce”.
Brian co-founded Insite in 2004, and has provided strong strategic and sales leadership for the organizations products and eCommerce strategy. Brian is well-versed in the needs of Insite’s manufacturing and distribution clients as a result of his strong ERP consulting background plus his experience and knowledge surrounding b2b ecommerce. Before starting Insite Brian served a number of sales and marketing positions at 3M working closely with major retailers including Target, Wal-Mart, Office Depot and Staples.
From there he started a consulting company working with manufacturing and distribution companies to modernize their supply chain and order-entry processes. Brian holds a BA in Business from Hamline University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas School of Business.
Area Vice President, Digital Marketing
With over 21 years of hands-on experience in digital marketing, Brock Marion brings knowledge leadership in digital demand generation and customer acquisition to LiveArea, leveraging his experience across search marketing, ecommerce, user experience design and conversion optimization to deliver sustained outperformance for clients. In his current role leading LiveArea’s digital marketing practice, Brock oversees highly tenured brand teams managing holistic performance marketing programs for industry-leading brands.
The team specializes in integrating organic and paid search, performance display, social media, mobile and local channels to consistently drive revenue growth and new customer acquisition. Brock helped to found, build and grow one of the first pay-per-click online display advertising networks in 1998. He was a pioneer in paid and organic search marketing, founding his own search marketing agency in early 2001.
Vice President, Customer Experience GTM Leader
Lyons Consulting Group
David Harrelson is the Customer Experience Go-to-Market Leader across North America for Capgemini. With more than 25 years of global consulting expertise inside leading digital agencies such as marchFIRST, Acquity Group (now Accenture Interactive) and SapientRazorfish, David has a unique mix of digital business strategy, creative, design and technology enablement consulting expertise in both domestic and international markets.
In his role with Capgemini, David is responsible for developing business strategies, service offerings and innovation alliances across the Digital Customer Experience spectrum. He works across all Capgemini business sectors and with clients globally to execute against stated digital business objectives to deliver measurable business results.
CEO & Co-Founder
Adrien Nussenbaum is CEO of Mirakl Inc., a provider of online marketplace technology and services. He is a serial entrepreneur with more than 15 years of Entrepreneurial and Business Development experience. After completing his studies at the HEC School of management (Paris), Nussenbaum started his career with Paribas Investment in Hong-Kong. He co-founded All Instant in New York, an enterprise instant messaging solution that was later sold in 2003.
He then joined Deloitte’s restructuring team where he advised many businesses that were in the throes of company turnarounds and transformations. Adrien co-founded Splitgames in 2006, a leading online video game Marketplace and content website acquired in 2008 by FNAC. Adrien then created and co-headed FNAC's new online marketplace business. At the beginning of 2012, he left FNAC to co-found Mirakl, which has become in less than three years the leading provider of online marketplace technology.
Vice President, Brand Strategy
Khrysti has been with MoreVisibility since 2006. During her tenure, she has focused on website strategy, search engine optimization, web design and content curating. Previously, Khrysti spent years in the publishing industry, including nonfiction book production, design, and editing. Her print background uniquely prepared her to consult with companies on issues of website layout, taxonomy, content optimization, and copy writing. Khrysti holds an MBA in Marketing from Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, and a BA from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
Brandon leads MSTS with expertise in managing large, diverse global teams. His strength is discerning and focusing on the most important challenges facing an organization at a particular point in time and unifying all stakeholders behind accomplishing a set of specific goals. Brandon has a unique ability to connect across all levels of an organization, motivate staff with diverse skill sets, while ensuring a common alignment and results.
Co-Founder & Executive UX Strategy Director
The Office of Experience (OX)
Global Head Customer Experience (CX) Cloud
Joe Fuster, email@example.com, Joe Fuster is the Global Head Customer Experience (CX) Cloud at Oracle. Joe is a sought after speaker at international events for his views on digital transformation, end-to-end cloud transformation, venture capital and the strategies for growth, mergers and acquisitions. Joe is a proven leader in building and transforming cloud companies on a global basis. He has 25+ years of experience include senior leadership roles at SAP, Salesforce and Siebel.
Joe’s intense focus on customer outcomes has brought him notoriety for key business transformations in financial services, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and life science industries. As the leader of the Oracle CX Cloud go-to-market, Joe is responsible for driving the growth of Oracle Cloud’s portfolio of integrated services across data, applications, platform, and infrastructure.
Chief Executive Officer And Co-Founder
Yoav is a Founder and CEO of Oro, Inc. Prior to founding Oro, he was the CTO and Co-Founder of Magento, where he led product and technology development for all Magento offerings from inception until after its acquisition by eBay, Inc. in 2011. Yoav is a proven product visionary in the business application market.
Yoav received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from UCLA.
Conversion Optimization Director
Alex Harris is an expert in lead generation, conversion rate optimization, and website personalization. Since 2000, he has created thousands of landing pages and performed over 7,000 different A/B tests. While many web marketers only focus on great-looking websites, Alex’s team focuses on designing and developing high-converting landing pages, subscription websites, and eCommerce stores.
Group Vice President, Global Commerce Alliances & Strategy
25 years of technical, consulting and leadership experience in enterprise architecture planning, commerce strategy, product evaluation/selection, software development and technology implementation/support. Currently responsible for Publicis Sapient’s Global Customer Engagement Platform Practice which includes sales, strategy, oversight, planning and reviews for numerous commerce strategy and implementation engagements
Has led many strategy and implementation projects with Fortune 500 clients including Target, Barnes and Noble College Booksellers, Sprint, JCPenney and PetSmart. Some of his recent engagements include:
- eCommerce product evaluation, selection and roadmap for JCPenney.
- Architectural assessment and eCommerce planning for Target.
- Enterprise Architecture assessment and product recommendation at Sprint.
- Design/implementation of eCommerce solution for Barnes and Noble College Booksellers.
- Architectural and business assessment, product selection and roadmap for PetSmart.
In his 13+-years as a Publicis Sapient veteran, being a member of the IBM Websphere Commerce Product Advisory board, managing Sapient’s partnerships with key Commerce vendors such as IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, Bazaarvoice, SAP Hybris, Cybersource, and many others as well as leading our analyst relationships with key commerce analyst such as Forrester and Gartner and speaking at industry events throughout the world are other components of my role.
Prior to joining Publicis Sapient, Jon spent over 15 years at American Airlines/Sabre responsible for a number of technology areas including airline reservations, pricing and yield management, ticketing and lastly Vice President of Technology for GetThere (now Travelocity Business).
Most importantly, Jon has a passion for Commerce and his tenure at Publicis Sapient has enabled him to do what he loves and help customers be successful.
Brady Behrman is the CEO and founding partner of PunchOut2Go. Brady and his team help organizations of all sizes around the globe adapt to the ever-evolving, complex B2B Commerce & eProcurement technologies.
Chief Marketing Officer
Mike brings over 25 years of experience leading marketing and strategy for some of the world’s most successful enterprise technology companies spanning software, consumer packaged goods, digital media, and eCommerce industries. Prior to RichRelevance, Mike served as CMO of Avangate, a digital commerce platform provider, which under his leadership tripled its customer base and was named one of the top 3 global Digital Goods Affiliate Networks. Previous roles include leadership positions at PeopleSoft, OnePage (acquired by Sybase), Amdocs, and Oracle.
Vice President, eCommerce
Nick is a senior leader who brings 15 years of eCommerce and overall digital services experience working with large enterprise clients across a wide range of industries and geographies. Nick has led several large-scale eCommerce programs with large, distributed teams and complex business requirements. Nick is an eCommerce and PIM subject matter expert with significant strategy and implementation experience within several large scale B2B organizations.
Jeff Hunt is an online marketing veteran who has been involved in technology industry for over 25 years. It was at his former workplaces Scene7 and Adobe that the concept of Snap36 came to fruition, clients wanted a simple, scalable and cost-effective way to do 360° & 3D photography. Jeff developed an unprecedented “Touch Once” process, combining expertise in technology, art, production and logistics. The streamlined photography and implementation process has helped to cultivate a market eager to improve conversion rates, brand consistency and reduce returns among several metrics.
Global Commerce Practice Director
At TA Digital, Joe develops strategies for growth, innovation, and execute commerce and omnichannel solutions for retailers using digital technology. For more than 15 years Joe has been a digital transformational thought and implementation leader for large multi-national brands across the B2C, B2B, Retail and Customer Care Center landscape. Before TA Digital, Joe held various technology leadership and consulting positions at Starbucks, Oakley, Billabong and State Street.
In Academia, Joe teaches project management at the University of California and the University of Washington. He holds a master’s degree with an emphasis in Technology Management and a B.S. Business Systems degree from the University of North Carolina. In his leisure time, Joe enjoys traveling, gardening, exploring digital technologies, and spending time with his family.
ten24 Digital Solutions
David Crouch is the founder and CEO of ten24 Digital Solutions, an Inc. 5000 software company, and the team behind the Slatwall Commerce platform (www.slatwallcommerce.com). Since 2008, David has been leading the overall direction of the company and has assembled a team of eCommerce experts that build and support enterprise solutions for B2B companies
VP Retail Solutions
Laura Cochran is the Vice President of Retail Solutions in TransPerfect’s NY office. Cochran has spent over 14 years working with multinational companies that require language and communication services for multilingual and multicultural audiences. Cochran specializes in providing services to global retailers, from electronics to cosmetics, including: Ralph Lauren, GAP, Nikon, Canon, Estee Lauder, Tiffany & Co., Colgate-Palmolive, lululemon, PepsiCo, and Coach.
She plays an integral role in providing consultative advice and customizing processes ideally suited for firms attempting to launch products in a global marketplace. At TransPerfect, Cochran has assisted in the development and growth of the company’s suite of services, creating culturally appropriate marketing campaigns for diverse audiences, as well as taking on a leadership role within GlobalLink™ Technology sales management team. Through her experience, she offers unique insight into the complexities of language and mentality of global cultures. Cochran has a B.A. from New York University where she majored in Francophone Studies.
Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer
Mihir Kittur is the co-founder & Chief Commercial Officer at Ugam, a next-gen analytics company. In this role, he leads the business that helps large retailers, distributors and manufacturers leverage data and analytics to make better business decisions.
Mihir has over 20 years of diverse business experience across various roles, including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Innovation Officer, and Management Consultant. He speaks at marquee industry events and contributes thought leadership pieces to leading retail publications in the U.S. and Australia. He also co-authored a widely read book on pricing intelligence.
Mihir also serves on the Analytics Advisory Board for a leading management school. Mihir has a Bachelors in Engineering from GIT Belgaum and is an MBA from KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies.
CEO and Co-founder
Pavan is the CEO and co-founder or UNBXD, an AI-driven Digital Commerce Search Platform that understands shopper intent and connects them to the products they are most likely to buy — across site search, navigation and recommendation purchase journeys. A passionate technologist at heart, Pavan defines the company’s road map for growth and innovation.
Suchit Bachalli brings twenty years of business technology experience to the role of Unilog CEO. He began his career in the late 1990s working for a pair of cutting-edge business technology companies before joining Unilog in 2002. At Unilog, Suchit has specialized in building sophisticated, large-scale eCommerce solutions that help businesses, especially those in the mid-market ($50 million to $1 billion in annual revenues), compete in today’s high-speed world. Suchit was President of Unilog North America, where he grew local employment in the Philadelphia area by 40 employees, before taking over as CEO in early 2017.
His civic involvement in the Philadelphia community includes his involvement with an entrepreneurial group that seeks to expand the local startup ecosystem and his work with Vistage, which honored him with its 2018 Impact Award. In 2015, the Philadelphia Business Journal named Suchit to its “40 Under 40” list.
Senior CPQ Product Manager
Jordan is responsible product management for Vendavo CPQ Cloud, using pricing and sales enablement experience gained in industry and academic research to drive strategy and innovation for Commercial Excellence. Prior to Vendavo, he worked in product management and strategy consulting for telecom, managed services, and B2B software-as-a-service solutions, spanning the product lifecycle from startups and new product launches to legacy product retirements.
Commerce Experience Practice Director
Jeff Pratt runs Verndale’s Commerce Practice, leveraging 25 years of experience in leadership roles across a wide variety of industries and business models.
Jeff’s focus is on scalable digital transformation within the B2B sector - enabling evolution and growth through strategic implementation of commerce best practices, systems integration, and best-in-class technologies.
His client work includes many leading B2B Manufacturers and Distributors including IEWC (Global Wire & Cable), Horizon Solutions (Electrical/Industrial/MRO) and Source Atlantic (Industrial, Electrical/Plumbing). In addition, Jeff has decades of experience with CPG and omni-channel retail brands, such as Orvis, Keurig GMCR, and Hershey Chocolate Company.
Chief Evangelist and Futurist
Gabriel Smith has 18 years of experience in Quote to Cash, CPQ, Pricing, Promotions, Consulting, Product Management, Sales and General Management. He has worked on price optimization products and projects for the last decade at leading companies across industries, partners, and software solutions.
His experience includes companies like Cisco, Dell, IBM, Emerson, 3M, Praxair, Seagate, and Smith’s Group and partnering with the likes of Deloitte, IBM, PWC, and Simon Kucher. He is currently the VP of Solution Strategy and Alliances for Price f(x). Gabe holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley after deciding he would rather architect software solutions than buildings. He lives in Los Gatos, CA with his wife and 3 children and enjoys sailing, golfing, basketball and snowboarding.
Director, Echannel Management
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Jennie is currently the Global Director of eChannel at Johnson & Johnson Vision where she is responsible for shaping the eCommerce strategy and driving key initiatives such as building a best-in-class Digital Shelf, creating a first ever eCommerce strategy for product launches, and delivering a toolkit of assets and content for selling online. Jennie is an eCommerce leader with over 15 years’ experience leading award-winning eCommerce, digital marketing, and mobile innovation. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Jennie spent 11 years leading eCommerce teams at The Estée Lauder Companies. As Executive Director - Global Online she oversaw the e/mCommerce businesses and online strategy for a portfolio of brands and was responsible for the vision, strategy, execution and performance of their branded sites and retailer partner web sites shaping both the online and omni-channel consumer experience.
Vice President, Aftermarket
Eaton Vehicle Group North America
Tim J. Bauer is the Vice President Aftermarket , Vehicle Group N.A. for Eaton, a power management company.
In this role, Tim is responsible for all commercial aspects of the Aftermarket business while continuing to further develop and execute strategies to aggressively accelerate our growth and significantly improve our customer satisfaction.
Tim joined Eaton in 2017. He has extensive experience in the Aftermarket business in both North America and Europe. He has held roles in sales, marketing, business development, operations and product strategy and management.
Tim has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Xavier University. Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more Information, visit Eaton.com.
Watson Commerce and Watson Marketing, Business Unit Executive, North America
Kris Hamrick is a Business Unit Executive in the Watson Customer Engagement business unit at IBM. He's been selling enterprise SaaS, marketing, and professional services in the commerce space for the past 15+ years. When not thinking about eCommerce, he can often be found riding his bike in the streets of San Francisco or relaxing with his family.
Marissa Alvord is Program Director for B2B Online, FIMA and LogiPharma. With nine years of conference production experience, Marissa specializes in market research in the B2B eCommerce, financial and pharmaceutical industries.Marissa cut her teeth in conference production working for a small publishing house in London producing events for the English education sector. She holds her MA from SOAS, University of London. Outside of the office, Marissa enjoys cycling, gardening, cooking and enjoying music.
Vice President, Commerce
Dale has been a digital commerce leader and disrupter since 2002 when he co-founded an online jewelry supply company and grew it to four brands before selling it early in 2012. As a startup entrepreneur and commerce practitioner, he learned that understanding your customer and meeting their expectations is the foundation for success. Other key learnings are that analytics and data are smarter than tribal knowledge, constant iteration and improvement is mandatory, and having a clear vision, strategy and roadmap are table stakes.
After selling the business, he worked as an independent B2B commerce consultant and as a Contributing Editor for PracitcalEcommerce.com. In 2014, InsiteCommerce recruited him to assist with building their sales, sales support, and partner teams. During that time, he participated in dozens of B2B implementations with manufacturers and distributors. He successfully transitioned Insite to a partner delivery network before his departure to Rightpoint in 2015.
Vice President, Ecommerce
Conor Woulfe is Vice President, eCommerce for Performance Health. Conor has over 15 year of marketing and sales expertise, including previous roles with The Hygenic Corporation, TheraPearl, Coca-Cola and more. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland.
Manager, eCommerce Sales & Operations and Marketing Systems
Toyota Material Handling USA, Inc.
Nick Ostergaard is the manager of e-commerce sales & operations and marketing systems at Toyota Material Handling, North America’s leading forklift brand for 16 consecutive years. He is responsible for the company’s e-commerce sales channel as well as developing and operating other customer-facing applications and offerings. Nick is leading a customer-centric, omni-channel transformation at TMH and is challenging the traditional customer experience within the material handling industry.
Prior to joining Toyota in 2014, Nick worked as Marketing Manager for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, one of Indiana’s largest lobbyist organizations. During his time at the Chamber, Nick increased overall revenue by implementing digital marketing and a customer analytics outbound strategy. Nick led the marketing effort for numerous business and government events that resulted in record attendance and engagement.
Nick also held a management and corporate spokesperson role at the Better Business Bureau where he implemented a two-fold digital marketing strategy around company accreditation and consumer awareness. He also spoke extensively to media outlets and at consumer awareness events.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin College where he was a member of the baseball team.
Nick is an avid CrossFitter and enjoys traveling, reading and staying up-to-date on current events domestically and globally.
Nick lives in Columbus, Indiana with his wife Jessica and daughters Aria and Leah.
Bill Di Nardo, CEO of Pivotree, is a serial entrepreneur and e-commerce pioneer from Toronto, Canada. As CEO, he drives Pivotree’s vision to adapt relentlessly, and help clients do the same, in an ever-changing ecommerce landscape.
Bill was the founder and former President and C.E.O. of Grocery Gateway Inc. in the late 1990’s, a trailblazing service brand in ecommerce, and one of the first major pure-play ecommerce brands in the GTA which is still thriving today - more than 18 years later. He brings this perspective as vanguard from the early days of B2C commerce into the B2B digital transformation revolution. His consultative approach helps Pivotree’s clients develop comprehensive strategy, make astute technology choices, and enable sustainable growth through multichannel revenue streams.
Bill is also actively engaged in advising a number of start-ups and early-stage companies around the GTA. He is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business and is closely involved with the entrepreneurial program there.
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