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RAMP-Reuben Mendez

Reuben Mendez
Manager, Mobile Development Team
The Kroger Company

Reuben Mendez comes to us with 27 years of experience in both the operations and information technology areas. During his career he has worked in the financial, automotive, and retail industries where he has held positions from application development (in both the mainframe and client server environments), solutions architect, project & program management, and resource management for both large operational teams to specific application development teams. He has also extensive experience with being on both sides of the table as a consultant and client. With this broad wealth of experience, Reuben is often asked to participate on committees to help improve organization effectiveness of delivery as well and team building and solution improvement strategies. He is always looking for ways to create a work environment that is collaborative, empowering, innovative, exciting, and customer first focused, of which he feels are some of the foundational components of a success product, team, and organization.

RAMP-Jeff Pillers

Jeff Pillers
IT Director, Technology & Architecture
Eddie Bauer

RAMP-Andy Chu

Andy Chu
Divisional VP & GM

RAMP-Lockie Antonopoulos

Principal Architect

Lockie Antonopoulos is a Principal Architect at ULTA Inc. and is responsible for Retail and Mobile Systems Architecture and Supply Chain delivery. Lockie developed his expertise in Retail Information Technology throughout his career of 21+ years which prior to joining Ulta in June of 2012 included eight years of global retail experience working with the world’s leading retailers. Since joining Ulta, Lockie has worked with business and IT leaders to develop the Information Technology roadmap and is committed to its successful implementation. With significant experience in software delivery and development for many systems including promotional planning, inventory and pricing systems, Lockie strives for continuous improvement in the support of stores, the store environment and supply chain, ensuring the highest level of customer service and an outstanding customer experience. Lockie currently lives in Lemont, IL with his wife and two girls and enjoys woodworking, gardening and golf in his spare time.

RAMP-Sean Rodriguez

Sean Rodriguez
Senior Vice President, Industry Relations
Federal Reserve System

Sean Rodriguez is the senior vice president responsible for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's payments industry outreach efforts. Additionally, Rodriguez oversees the Federal Reserve System's Financial Services Industry Relations Program. He is responsible for coordinating engagement with payment industry stakeholders, ensuring key industry insights are fully vetted with Chicago District and Federal Reserve System financial services leadership, and marshaling resources to influence payments industry direction that is consistent with the Federal Reserve’s refreshed 2012–2016 strategic direction.

Prior to this assignment, Rodriguez had responsibility for sales and marketing for the Federal Reserve System. In this role, he oversaw the System’s marketing and communications functions and the Federal Reserve’s regional and national account management programs, a function which he established for the System’s largest customers. He has worked in all of the Bank’s operating and support functions in the Denver and Los Angeles locations and has served on numerous Federal Reserve System and industry work groups throughout his thirty year career at the Bank. Rodriguez received a B.A. from the University of Colorado, a Graduate School of Banking Certificate from the University of Wisconsin and is a Certified Cash Manager.

RAMP-Jonathan Stephen

Jonathan Stephen
Head of Digital Commerce & Airline Innovation, Marketing
Silver Airways

Bringing more than ten years of experience in the mobile industry, Jonathan Stephen leads the Mobile & Emerging Technologies group at JetBlue Airways with the responsibility of driving JetBlue’s overall mobile strategy.

Prior to his tenure with JetBlue, Jonathan was the Director of Global Industry Initiatives with the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), where he directed the various working committees of the organization and lead the MMA’s strategic initiatives across the various regions. His past has also included various roles throughout the mobile ecosystem having worked at companies such as Motorola, Vindigo, and Flurry. Jonathan was also recently named as one of the “2012 Top 40 under 40” Innovative Brand Marketers by Brand Innovators.

RAMP-Gary Eppinger

Gary Eppinger
CISO and Privacy Officer
Carnival Cruise Lines

Gary Eppinger is the CISO and IT Vice President of Enterprise Security, Retail Market Development, Legal and Healthcare Systems at Supervalu. In his current role he provides vision and leadership for IT process compliance and security initiatives along with providing IT Leadership to other areas of the company. Gary is also responsible for Global IT Business Continuity and reports to the CIO for Supervalu.

Gary comes to us with an extensive background in enterprise information security, auditing, disaster recovery programs, risk management, IT controls and processes. Gary has significant experience leading complex, global change management programs at several fortune 100 companies.

RAMP-George Findling

George Findling
Director of Emerging Technology & Enterprise Technical Architecture
Crate & Barrel

George is an Enterprise Technical Architect with Crate&Barrel, a leading furniture and housewares retailer headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois. He has been with the company for over nine years, and has extensive experience architecting, developing, and implementing retail technology solutions.

Currently, George is the lead technical architect for Crate&Barrel's business and IT transformation initiatives, laying the foundation for the company's future business and technology strategies.

Prior to his EA role, George created and managed Crate's Store Technology Group where he led the design and development of custom POS, tablet, hand held, and kiosk applications.

Before coming to Crate, George worked for over 15 years with retail ISV's designing and implementing custom store systems for many of today's leading retailers.

George has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.

RAMP-Al Blazek

Al Blazek
Chief Financial Officer
Dunham's Sports

Al Blazek is an executive with 20 years of experience spanning strategy, finance and operations. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Dunham's Sports, a 200 store sporting goods chain based in metro Detroit. His previous experience includes roles at Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart, Capital One and Whirlpool. Al holds an MBA from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, and a BS in Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics from the University of Mount Union.

RAMP-Usha Nandigala

Usha Nandigala
Senior Global Program Manager-Dealer Systems
General Motors

Usha Nandigala is Senior Mobility Program Manager at General Motors Corp, where she is currently leading the development of enterprise mobile apps for GM. Her responsibilities include defining and driving mobile apps strategy for the enterprise and guiding the business in harnessing new capabilities that are made available through mobile technology. Prior to this role, she served at OnStar as Enterprise Architect and Program Manager with focus on call center optimization strategies and guiding the business in identifying new capabilities with emerging technology as enablers. Earlier to this, she worked at Volkswagen of America as technical program lead and worked as a technical consultant at Perot Systems.

Usha is an active volunteer at non-profit organizations and is currently serving as a board member for ICAE.org, which is a non profit organization that promotes academic excellence and develops students to be ranked high in national and state competitions

Usha has MBA from Indiana University and has degrees in Computer Science and Electronics & Telecommunications engineering.

RAMP-Matthew Drengler

Matthew Drengler
Mobile Marketing Manager

Matt Drengler is the Mobile Marketing Manager at Staples in the Greater Boston area. He oversees all mobile marketing initiatives across digital and retail platforms in the US, focusing on the best solutions to exceed business and consumer expectations in order to drive sales and loyalty. Previously, Drengler worked for Resource, an AdAge top 5 marketing agency based in Columbus, Ohio. At Resource, he managed mobile strategies and consumer engagement vehicles for Kohl's, Sherwin Williams and Victoria's Secret.

Matt holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo. He currently resides in Boston with his wife Alison and future dog.

RAMP-Mario Di Prizio

Mario Di Prizio
DVP, Application Development
Sears Holdings

RAMP-Peter Lin

Peter Lin
Senior Program Manager
Sears Holdings

RAMP-Scott Shakespeare

Scott Shakespeare
General Manager-Branding, Advertising & Promotions
Alon / 7–Eleven

Scott Shakespeare is living proof that great marketing management can be built on a foundation of design. While he is the general manager of branding, promotions and advertising for Alon Brands, a consumer fuel wholesaler serving 580 branded retail convenience stores and over 300 company-owned 7-Eleven retail locations, he started his career in graphic design. This career path has served him well in directing the efforts of several marketing, advertising and public relations agencies.

In 2012, Scott is set to meet a formidable challenge - overseeing the brand change of the 50-year old FINA fuel name to the new ALON brand in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona and Arkansas. Maintaining the loyalty of longtime customers while building a new brand will involve a deft touch and a sharp eye. Fortunately, Scott has both.

Prior to Alon Brands Scott was the Director of Marketing at the Salt Lake City based convenience store chain Maverik, Inc., a 200+ store company in 7 inter-mountain states. At Maverik, Scott created and launched numerous innovative images and promotional programs including 360° illustrated store murals, a Lamborghini giveaway, digitally enhanced loyalty programs and a 3-year adventure reality television show.

Shakespeare began his professional career in Seattle, Washington designing food packaging, moving to creative staffing and then to automotive aftermarket design for taking his skills to the retail environment.

Scott lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and 4 children.

RAMP-Len Dudis

Len Dudis
Corporate Director of Information Technology
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

As Corporate Director of Information Technology for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Len Dudis leads a guest facing technology team supporting the deployment and integration of new technologies within the company's theme parks including restaurants, merchandise shops, ticket sales, information, and interactive elements within the park attractions as well as company websites and mobile applications. He also works closely with company line of business leaders to devise company technology strategies based on business goals. Len is a former business leader himself having spent 7 years leading local and corporate efforts in the resort industry prior to transitioning to IT in 2002.

RAMP-Jared Schrieber

Jared Schrieber
Co-Founder & CEO

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