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RAMP-Dave Banks

Dave Banks
Gulf Oil
Cumberland Farms

David is the Chief Information Officer for the Cumberland Gulf Group, a new position created when Cumberland and Gulf came under common management in late 2008. David has 25 years of experience in information technology and operations management in the energy industry. In recent roles, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Electricity de France Trading, the largest energy trading firm in Europe, and Vice President of Business Systems for American Electric Power, the largest electricity generator in the US. Earlier positions were held at Amerada Hess Corporation and Louis Dreyfus Energy Corporation. David holds an MBA from New York University, and a BA from the University of Connecticut.

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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.


Brent Hieggelke
Urban Airship

Brent Hieggelke is the CMO of Urban Airship, which helps the world's top brands grow mobile engagement through push notifications, and in-app purchases and subscriptions. Previously, he spent a decade helping brands optimize digital marketing initiatives in executive marketing posts at WebTrends, TouchClarity and Omniture. Most recently, Brent started and ran Second Porch, the first Facebook-integrated social vacation rental site sold to HomeAway, Inc. in May 2011. Early in his career, Brent co-founded New City, a media company in Chicago. Brent has been awarded multiple marketing awards, and is a frequent speaker at both marketing and digital conferences.


Jim Stapleton
Chief Sales Officer

Jim Stapleton leads sales for Isis, a joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless chartered with building a nationwide mobile commerce system that will transform the way consumers shop, pay and save. As head of sales, Jim is responsible for developing relationships with merchants, acquirers, issuers and other enterprise customers of Isis.

Before he joined Isis, Jim spent more than 22 years with AT&T, where he was a key player in the development of the mobile commerce joint venture that became Isis. While at AT&T, Jim designed, implemented and operated direct sales organizations and indirect distribution channels and was responsible for the launch of several flagship products. In his most recent role as Executive Director of Business Development, he led the development of AT&T's mobile payments market entry strategy, representing a key growth opportunity for the company.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he received his Bachelors and Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

RAMP-Christina Garcia

Christina Garcia
Senior Manager Retail Systems

Christina attended DePaul University in Chicago where she received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science. Prior to joining OfficeMax, Christina worked in various systems development and business analyst roles at companies including Heidrick& Struggles International, WebMedia Direct and Service Master. During her tenure at OfficeMax, Christina has worked in the ImPress business printing services group and has most recently served as the Sr. Manager in charge of systems development for the IT Retail Systems group, with responsibility for Point of Sale, Enterprise Returns, Payment Systems, and the In-Store Signage system.

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Asif R. Khan
Founder & President

Asif, is a veteran tech start-up, business-development and marketing entrepreneur with more than 15 years experience. He currently worksas a consultant, educator and speaker to the location-based marketing services community as founder of the Location Based Marketing Association (The LBMA).

Prior to launching The LBMA, Asif worked with companies as diverse as Limited Brands, IBM, Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Molson-Coors, Communispace, BestBuy, American Airlines, ScotiaBank, and Sears. You can listen to Asif's weekly podcast - This Week In Location-Based Marketing every Monday at 10am.

An avid technology evangelist, Asif also holds degrees in economics and management sciences from the University of Waterloo, blogs at www.asifrkhan.com and can be found on Twitter at: @AsifRKhan and @TheLBMA


RAMP-David Luther

David Luther
Executive Vice President, Global Business Development

David leads worldwide sales and business development for Mozido, a top provider of mobile services to Retail, QSR, Bank, and Government clients. Mozido generates new mobile phone revenue streams, more visits through loyalty programs, and larger sales through customized offers for our clients. We provide our mobile services as PCI-secure hosted solutions that can include mobile payment, ordering, loyalty, analytics, shopping, showroom buster, store locator, and customized offers in a white labelled mobile application. Convenient mobile financial services such as International remittance, air-time top-up, International Long Distance minutes, and bill payment are also be offered through the Mozido hosted service. Prior to joining Mozido, David was an executive leader and innovator at Distra, Unisys, FIS, Brokat, S1, and GTE for financial service and payment solutions resulting in successful company growth and two IPOs.

RAMP-Parthiv Sheth

Parthiv Sheth
Director, Business Intelligence
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Parthiv Sheth is an executive with over 15 years of business technology and consulting experience. He is currently the Director of Business Intelligence at the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he leads efforts to build and improve analytics and customer relationship management capabilities. He started his career at KPMG where he focused on delivering business and technology solutions to Fortune 500 clients. Before joining Hyatt, he led the business systems department and managed a portfolio of applications, including business intelligence at a national home improvement retailer. He has a Master's degree in computer science from University of Illinois at Chicago and MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

RAMP-Bob Murray

Bob Murray
Principal Consultant
TMG Creative Consulting

Bob is a Principal Consultant with TMG Creative Consulting with over 25 years of technology and operations experience in various domestic and international industries such as Retail, Hospitality, Restaurants and Cinemas. He has held various leadership roles being responsible for the solutions that support how a company maintains their client experience across many channels. He has worked with companies like Chicos, Marriott, White House Black Market, Epicor, Boston Proper, IBM, Coach, JCrew, Urban Brands, Lord & Taylor, Electronics Boutique, Circuit City, Gateway, Fortunoff and many others. His continuing focus is to drive high available and performing solutions that are scalable between company and industry roadmaps never losing sight on the client who is always on the move.

RAMP-Robin Blunt

Robin Blunt
Senior Vice President
Simon Property Group

Robin is responsible for managing the ongoing marketing dialog with over 4,000 tenants in Simon Property Groups US based Shopping Centers. His responsibilities include integration of a tenants brand and shopper activation strategy and the various marketing support tools offered and or created to meet the unique experience each of the many brands provide. Success is the degree to which the tenant can be engaged to extend their message through a full Omni-channel approach the mall takes to promote awareness and trial on line and on mall.

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Naveen Gunti
Director Web & Omni-Channel Technology
Brooks Brothers

A seasoned technology executive for around 20 years as a CTO, Director and Chief Architect, technically sophisticated and business-savvy with a pioneering career reflecting strong leadership qualifications coupled with "hands-on" IT and solution architecture, Product development and Software-as-a-Service platform development expertise. He maintains focus on achieving bottom-line results while formulating and implementing advanced technology and business solutions to meet a diversity of needs with superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale, mission-critical projects on time and under budget for Fortune 50 companies in Multichannel Marketing and Commerce, Media & Publishing, Pharmaceuticals and Financial Services for clients across North America, Europe and Asia.

In the past he has co-founded a internet based startup and ran it as CTO. He actively advises young startups in helping creating business plans, defining product roadmaps, execution, partnerships and innovation.

Naveen has Honors with Gold Medal in Masters in Systems Engineering specializing in Artificial Intelligence, Neural networks & Genetic algorithms and MBA in Marketing & Advertising management. Has authored papers and speaks at conferences.


Tim Stepp
Director-POS & Payment Systems

Tim Stepp is a retail IT executive with 25 years of experience developing and managing innovative retail applications, including inventory systems, key performance indicators, intranet portal, photofinishing services, acquisition integration and point of sale and payment systems.


Erik McMillan

Erik McMillan is President & CEO at BestFit Mobile, an agency which helps brands and corporations make the powerful transition to mobile. An entrepreneur and child of the internet from birth, Erik's education and experience is centered on harnessing the unbridled power and opportunity that has disrupted every industry on earth. His experience spans business, technology, marketing consulting, planning, development, and management for a wide range of projects across retail, education, energy, healthcare, real-estate, manufacturing, service, and government sectors. McMillan maintains an in-depth understanding of how and why information technology advances business and marketing performance. Erik has consulted companies around the world on mobile, web-enabled, secure, technology and marketing projects.

Company Description: BestFit Mobile + Marketing builds engaging mobile solutions for large brands and Enterprises. This includes custom-developed mobile applications and websites and mobile products targeted towards Retail, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, and Government clients. BestFit partners with clients to define their long-term mobile roadmap, grow mobile engagement with target audiences, and drive users and downloads to maximize ROI in the mobile channel.


Jeff Pillers
IT Director, Technology & Architecture
Eddie Bauer

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Dan Dugan
IT Director, Application Services
Batteries Plus

Dan Dugan is the Director of Application Services for Batteries Plus, LLC. His experience with both system development and management provides well-rounded insight into technical solutions to meet business needs. Dan leads the development and implementation of enterprise applications at Batteries Plus, including Web Application Development, ERP, BI, WMS, and Integrations. Previously, Dan worked as a consultant implementing ERP solutions with multiple Fortune 500 companies in the Insurance, Services, and Manufacturing industries. Dan has a Master's Degree in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in IT and Marketing, from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

RAMP-Howard Curtis

Howard Curtis
Director of Marketing & CRM

Howard Curtis is the Director of Marketing and CRM at MAPCO, a multi unit convenience retailer headquartered just outside of Nashville, in Brentwood Tennessee. Howard has over eight years in marketing and CRM experience in the convenience and quick service industries. He currently oversees the marketing, branding, digital and mobile experience at MAPCO. Prior to his current role, he wore many hats at the Krystal Company, overseeing advertising, product development, menu management, media and consumer research. Howard has a BSME from Clemson University and an MBA from Marymount University.

RAMP-Shelly Spritzer

Shelly Spritzer
Senior Marketing Manager
Sprint Wholesale & Emerging Solutions

Shelly Spritzer serves as Senior Marketing Manager for Sprint Emerging and Wholesale Solutions. Her organization works with various industries to create mobile experiences that transform the way we work and live. Approaching mobile industry in this way allows industries to unleash the power of the most important screens in history which drives revenues streams, increase shopper loyalty and builds brand integration in the mobile experience.

Shelly leads a team responsible for Marketing Strategy and Execution for Sprint Wholesale – Retail Services, Electronic Manufacturers, Distributors and Business Solution Providers. Her team has been successful in transforming wireless solutions into powerful integrated marketing platforms by tapping into the power of mobile solutions which are a part of the Consumers and Businesses everyday life.

During Shelly’s 14 years within the Telecom Industry, she has held various leadership positions in Sales, Sales Operations, Web and Marketing. Shelly holds a Master of Business Administration from Baker University.

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Peter Lin
Senior Program Manager
Sears Holdings


Donna Pahel
Director, Digital Marketing & E-commerce Strategy
EPiServer North America

Donna Pahel is Director, Digital Marketing & E-commerce Strategy at EPiServer in North America. As an industry expert with 18 years of experience as a practitioner, Donna brings forth thought leadership and strategic insight from the Customer point-of-view. Most recently, Donna was Director, Digital CRM, leading digital customer relationship marketing for $10B+ multi-format retailer, Giant Eagle, Inc. She recently received honors as one of Progressive Grocer's 2012 Top Women in Grocery – Rising Stars. Prior to joining Giant Eagle, she developed and led digital and traditional marketing and communications programs for global manufacturer, PPG Industries. Overall, her 18 years of industry experience span B2C and B2B marketing across multiple industries including retail and manufacturing with both client-side and agency-side perspective.

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Geoff Alexander
Vice President & Managing Partner
Lettuce Entertain You

Geoff Alexander has been wining and dining Chicago's discerning palate the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. ® (LEYE) way since May 1993 -a career he began merely nine days after his college graduation.

Since then Alexander has worked with some of the most notable concept's in LEYE's ever-burgeoning local, national and international portfolio, including Mity Nice Grill; Shaw's Crab House; Big Bowl (eight locations locally and nationally); Vong's Thai KitchenTM(VTK) named one of ""Chicago's Top 20 New Restaurants, (Chicago magazine, May 2002), Frankie's Scaloppine at the 900 Shops on North Michigan Avenue and now Wow Bao,a concept focusing on steamed Asian buns.

Alexander's career kicked into high gear when he joined the Big Bowl team in 1995, at which time he quickly evolved as General Manager for the division's first location, situated in the heart of Chicago's River North.. Under his leadership which included everything from staff screening, hiring and training to purchasing, menu development, promotion and advertising, the restaurant's sales swiftly grew and catapulted this concept into one of the company's prized jewels.

Throughout the following six years, Alexander's role with Big Bowl, which was subsequently bought by Brinker International, included the opening and managerial operations for seven additional locations, both locally and nationally. Alexander's expertise was utilized in a multitude of areas, from site planning, construction and build-out to staff supervision for teams of to 70 people.

In May 2001 Alexander moved on to serve as General Manager for Vong, a high-profile up-scale Thai/French establishment co-developed by LEYE and one of the country's most celebrated chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose original Vong was born in New York City. While Vong/Chicago wowed the critics across both coasts, the restaurant proved too exclusive for Chicago's informal Midwestern roots. At this time, the restaurant closed for refashioning, which was handled by a team comprised of Alexander; Kevin Brown, President, LEYE; and Chef Vongerichten.

A complete makeover ensued, which included everything from cosmetic remodeling to menu re-development and staff training. The restaurant re-opened as Vong's Thai KitchenTM (VTK) in September 2001.

Three years later, Alexander spearheaded the creation of Shanghai Circus (now Big Bowl Chinese Express) inside seven Byerly's and Lund's grocery stores in the Minnesota market. These Asian-inspired kiosks feature made to order take home meals to shoppers.

From there Alexander went on to tackle a new challenge, re-concepting Tucci Bennuch a much-loved but tired Italian concept in the 900 North Michigan Avenue building. In November 2007, Frankie's Pizza and Scaloppine was born, as Alexander worked tirelessly on the construction, menu, planning and all other facets of the restaurant. Frankie's is now a Michigan Avenue favorite, frequented by locals and tourists alike, with the occasional celebrity sighting.

Not content to relax on the success of his former concepts, in January 2009, Alexander took the position of Vice President of Wow Bao . Wow Bao, which features Steamed Bao (meat or vegatable filled ""hot asian buns) a favorite portable snack throughout Asia, has quickly become a favorite with Chicagoans. In this new role, Alexander's focus is on expanding the concept to other ares of Chicago and beyond, putting it on par with other quick-serve, fresh dining experiences.

Alexander has also revolutionized the way diners interact with restaurants by being a leader in restaurant technologies and the use of social media. Under Alexander's guidance, Wow Bao has implemented on-line ordering both from an iPhone app and from computer desktops for pick-up orders, bicycle delivery and domestic shipping. He has also installed self-ordering kiosks for guest ordering. Aside from pioneering the @baomouth twitterfeed into a well respected Chicago Social Media influencer, Alexander partnered with Foursquare to have Wow Bao as one of its first Chicago restaurants offerings. Wow Bao has also flourished through a text messaging platform that Alexander created.

He is now a widely sought after speaker on the subject of Social Media and restaurant technologies having presented at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago and the Foodservice Technology Conference and Showcase (FSTEC) in Long Beach, CA. He resides in Chicago with his family.

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Jack Philbin
Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

Jack Philbin, Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer as one of the premier thought-leaders in mobile marketing and wireless, Jack spearheads Vibes' strategic direction and drives the company's position as the leading provider of mobile marketing and technology solutions for leading brands. An entrepreneur and builder, Jack has specific expertise in business development, strategic client management, and consumer marketing. Jack currently serves as Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association North America Board of Directors and on the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus. Jack was honored with the MMA's "Outstanding Individual Achievement" award in 2005. Under Jack's leadership, Vibes was ranked #92 on the 2007 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing US companies and has received numerous awards for their innovation.

RAMP-Scott Moeller

Scott Moeller
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
MShift Inc.

In September 1999, Scott founded MShift with the vision of extending the reach and ubiquity of the Internet to the mobile environment. Today his vision extends to the re-engineering of transactions and payments, leveraging the capabilities of the Mobile Internet. The result: MShift's innovations in Mobile Wallets, and the AnyWhereMobile Payment Rail. Through AnyWhereMobile, MShift enables capabilities beyond those of competitive payment networks and seeks to insure that financial institutions, merchants and consumers all benefit within this new mobile payments ecosystem.

Scott is a founding member of the Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup, invited by the Boston and Atlanta offices of the Federal Reserve. In this forum, he's led the MPIW's Cloud Security Team. Scott's recent speeches and presentations on payment transactions and technology innovation within mobile and online environments speak to the implications of an always on, ever-connected world.

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Eric Feinberg
Senior Director of Mobile, Media & Entertainment

As Senior Director of Mobile, Media & Entertainment, Eric provides leadership to ForeSee's mobile solutions as well as solutions related to the media and entertainment industries. He is responsible for working with product, delivery, sales, and marketing teams to ensure that ForeSee continues to bring innovation and operational excellence to its mobile offerings. Since joining ForeSee in 2004, Eric has been contributing to the strategic growth of the organization. He brings 15 years of customer-focused experience to the team, and is a frequent presenter at conferences in the U.S. and UK.

Eric is currently on the Board of Directors for the Digital Analytics Association (DAA) and serves as an instructor for various trade groups on the importance and application of attitudinal analytics. Previously, he has held positions that include web analyst, multichannel strategy consultant, usability specialist and focus group moderator. His goal is to best understand and motivate multi-channel consumers on behalf of his clients.

Eric is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Alex Brutin
Vice President Business Development

Alex leads CashStar’s business development to drive distribution for retail clients and set up channel partnerships. He has over a decade of experience in online payments, loyalty, rewards and ecommerce services, both in start-ups as well as larger companies such as Google Checkout and PayPal. Alex is the founder of YourRemoteAssistant, a company that provides virtual assistant services to professionals and businesses. In his most recent previous role he partnered with the digital gift card programs of large merchants such as iTunes and Facebook as well as rewards programs like VisaExtras, Discover and United Airlines. Alex earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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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.

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Josh Schiffman
SVP Strategy & Operations
Xtify Inc.

Josh is an expert in developing innovative strategic digital marketing solutions for retail, packaged goods, healthcare, travel and publishing companies around the world. At Xtify, a mobile customer engagement company based in New York City, Josh is responsible for developing next-generation mobile marketing technologies as well as working with clients to effectively leverage these technologies in their businesses.

Prior to Xtify, Josh served as Senior Director of Strategic Development at WebMD - helping partners create innovative consumer and professional engagement programs for WebMD's massive health-engaged audience. He has also led teams of consultants who addressed a variety of business challenges including product, business and customer strategy while at Deloitte Consulting. He holds a B.B.A. from Emory University's Goizueta Business School and Master's degree from the Rollins School of Public Health.

RAMP-Ed Knudson

Ed Knudson
Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing

Before joining Digimarc, Ed most recently was President and CEO of DigiForge, LLC, a professional engineering firm providing design, development, integration, and testing services to the digital television industry. Ed joined DigiForge in February 2009 and grew the company to 45 employees. DigiForge's assets were acquired by Rovi Corporation in June 2011. Prior to DigiForge, Ed was vice president of sales and marketing for WildBlue Communications, a broadband satellite service provider in Denver, Colorado. During his tenure, Ed helped grow the company's customer base by 60% to over 380,000 subscribers.

He spent three years at OpenTV where he was SVP and general manager of the company's Advanced Advertising business. In that position, Ed oversaw product strategy, product development, customer support and market development for the company's advanced advertising offerings. Prior to OpenTV, Ed was EVP and co-founder of Intellocity, a professional services firm focused on the design, development, and integration of digital television platforms, infrastructure, and content. Ed and his partners successfully sold the company to ACTV, Inc. who was later acquired by OpenTV.

Before forming Intellocity, Ed was with TV Guide, where, as vice president and general manager of TV Guide Interactive, he led the design, development and launch of the first interactive program guide for digital cable television. He is a named inventor in 31 U.S. patents in the field of interactive television. Prior to joining TV Guide, Ed was the vice president and co-founder of MindWorks Corporation, a developer of document management software.

Ed spent the first 10 years of his career with Hewlett-Packard in various product management and marketing positions in HP's desktop scanner division.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado and a MBA from the University of Denver.

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Gregory Gresh
CEO, North America

Mr. Gresh has successfully launched two start-ups that pioneered the mobile commerce and emerging payments industries. He has more than 25 years of business development, product development and business management experience in the e-commerce, payments and consulting fields. Prior to MPayMe, Mr. Gresh spent seven years at MasterCard as vice president for Advisors including innovation management. He was the co-founder and president of Prodigi, vice president of business development for Cellenium and held senior positions with Deloitte &Touche and Computer Sciences Corporation.

RAMP-Ed Durbin

Ed Durbin
Director of Retail Solutions

Ed Durbin is the Director of Retail Solutions at AirWatch, a global leader in mobile security, mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) solutions. In this role, Durbin is responsible for leading and growing AirWatch's retail customer base and providing strategic council to retailers globally.

Prior to joining AirWatch, Durbin was at Intuit, a computer software company where he oversaw new business efforts. His 20 years of sales experience in the retail and manufacturing industries include positions at afterBOT, Inc., Invois, QRS Corp, QRS and Woodward and Lothrop. Durbin has special expertise selling business community management solutions, data synchronization, managed service, SaaS and data network solutions.

Durbin received his degree from Montgomery College.

RAMP-Jenny Bullard

Jenny Bullard
The Jones Company / Flash Foods, Inc.

Jenny Bullard is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for The Jones Company, Inc. Working with the Executive team, Jenny provides technical leadership, vision and experience to the company. She is responsible for all software development and purchases, information systems, wide area networking, local area networking and disaster recovery/business continuity for the organization.

The Jones Company is the holding company for Flash Foods Inc., a chain of 172 convenient stores in Georgia and North Florida. Other corporations owned by Jones Company include Fuel South, a petroleum company: Distribution South, a wholesale distributor of grocery products and health and beauty aids: Walker/Jones Chevrolet, a local car dealership.

Jenny’s technology career of forty one years has all been with The Jones Company.

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-Erica Wilson

Erica Wilson
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Erica Wilson focuses her practice on patent litigation and strategic advice involving patents, trade secrets, and licensing. She practices nationwide and represents clients in matters involving complex technology in the computer software/hardware, financial services, computer networking and security, semiconductor, biometrics, biotechnology, and consumer products industries.

RAMP-Michael Wokosin

Michael Wokosin
Vice President of Digital Marketing

Mike recently joined Edelman where he is a leader in the digital strategy group. Prior to this position, he served as Vice President of Digital Marketing at Universal Studio Home Entertainment Division in Los Angeles, CA and led NBCUniversal's Digital Marketing Council as Chairman.

In his digital marketing role at Universal Studios, Mike was responsible for developing & executing digital strategy that included the transition of 400+ disparate websites into a monetized consumer portal, the enterprise adoption of social as a business driver with growth of Facebook fans from 7 million to over 130 million and a one to one marketing program that drives consumer insights, new product development and retailer referrals. Additionally, Mike was responsible for over 200 paid media programs during his tenure at Universal and was recognized for his role in driving innovation for launching a social-mobile-interactive TV experience as well as their Facebook commerce initiative.

Prior to NBCUniversal, Mike worked at leading edge content production, digital and emerging media agencies that built upon experience gained as the Executive Director of Global Digital Marketing at Warner Bros. where he was responsible for developing a worldwide digital platform for distributing content, video and media assets for B2B, B2E and B2C programs.

In Mike's life before Digital, he was a member of the Nutritional Products Division of Nestle where he built expertise in retail channel marketing and new product development. Outside of his regular work day, he serves on the advisory boards for the Imedia Entertainment Summit as well as the RAMP Advanced Commerce and Mobile Retail Services Summit.

He holds a BBA in Business from The University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Mike Molitor
Senior Vice President eCommerce

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Jimmy MacKinley
Product Adoption Manager

Jimmy was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. He left his hometown to study science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, focusing on Psychology and Biology. After graduating in 2007, he spent 3 years in the field of education, partly spent teaching at his former High School.

Jimmy then ventured back to Fredericton to begin working in the technology sector. Right away, he developed a keen interest in online media, digital marketing, and communications. His time spent at Radian6 and Salesforce Marketing Cloud allowed him to grow his skills in customer communications, account management, and public speaking.

He also has a passion for the performing arts and stand-up comedy, having performed throughout the Maritimes provinces.

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Marco Ventura
VP Business Development

In his role as Vice President of Business Development at T1Visions, Marco oversees the global marketing and business development efforts for the company across five vertical markets, including retail, hospitality, corporate, healthcare and education. He started his career working for specialized European manufacturing companies providing solutions to Fortune 500 customers.

Marco has 20 years of senior leadership experience as a manager, director and officer of numerous U.S. and European companies. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a major in Marketing and International Business.

RAMP-Vijai Shankar

Vijai Shankar
Director of Product Marketing

Vijai Shankar, Director of Product Marketing at Kony, brings more than 15 years of experience in Enterprise software to his role as the Director of Product Marketing at Kony, Inc. Vijai’s responsibilities cover Kony’s B2C applications, spanning from financial services, insurance, and healthcare to retail. Vijai joined Kony from Genesys, where he spent more than six years, most recently as the Director of Strategic Sales Operations. During his tenure in this role, he was responsible for delivering account segmentation in key markets and driving sales and marketing alignment to execute a New Logo Program. Prior to his role in Sales Operations, he was the Director of Marketing, responsible for developing messaging, branding and positioning of the company’s strategic products, as well as driving new customer acquisition in key verticals, including retail, financial services, healthcare. Prior to Genesys, Vijai was a Senior Product Marketing Manager at VeriSign responsible for the Identity and Authentication Services business unit (now part of Symantec). While at VeriSign, he developed and implemented the go-to-market plan for this product line, resulting in significant year-over-year revenue and customer growth. Vijai holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Mangalore University, India, and a MBA in Marketing from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.

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Michael D.Trepeta
Mobiquity Networks

Mr. Trepeta received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Economics and Business Management with a minor in Communications from Cornell University in 1993. From 1993-1996, Mr. Trepeta worked as a stockbroker and was involved in the funding of numerous development-stage and growth companies. From September of 1996 through February 1998, he served as President of MDT Consulting Group, Inc., a corporation contracted by various companies to serve as a financial intermediary to investment bankers and to assist in developing products, services, and business strategies. In 1998, Mr. Trepeta co-founded Ace Marketing & Promotions (parent company to Mobiquity Networks) as an officer, director and principal owner of the company. He continues to set the strategy for all integrated marketing efforts at Ace Marketing through the development of models and solutions that leverage the attributes of cutting edge marketing technologies. As CEO of Mobiquity, Mr. Trepeta is responsible for setting strategy for the continued roll-out of Mobiquity's national proximity marketing network by securing long term strategic partnerships with key property owners and management companies while simultaneously forming key partnerships with OOH Agencies who control the media assets within those properties.

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Marcos Sanchez
VP of Global Corporate Communications
App Annie

Marcos Sanchez is the VP of Global Corporate Communications at App Annie, the industry leader in app store analytics and market intelligence for the global app economy. Before joining App Annie, Marcos served as the Director of Marketing at Egnyte, a leading enterprise file sharing company. Marcos, who was on the founding team of iBand, which was later acquired by Macromedia — has more than 16 years of experience working with startups. Previously, Marcos served as a Communications Strategist at Clarabridge and has held various positions in marketing and product management, including as Spokesperson for the launch of Macromedia's Shockwave product and as Lead PR Strategist for launches of VeriSign, CyberSource, Software.net and Quote.com.

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Matt Wise

Matt Wise joined ePrize as CEO in 2010. Wise recognized early that mobile was a key growth area for the company. He strategically expanded ePrize's service offerings to include mobile-enabled solutions, and launched a multi-channel technology platform for promotions, loyalty and CRM programs. Wise has also led the acquisition of five startups, as well as the sale of ePrize to private equity firm Catterton Partners. In this time, Wise has further expanded ePrize's offerings to include a robust mobile CRM platform and live event activation on mobile. Matt now sits on the North American Board of the Mobile Marketing Association.

Wise previously served as President/CEO of Q Interactive, which became one of the largest performance–driven ad networks on the web under his leadership. He also previously served two years on the board of IAB, where he was heavily involved in setting the first standards for generating leads online, including how the interactive industry would self-regulate and adhere to privacy standards for consumers.

RAMP-Kacy Cole

Kacy Cole
Director Consumer Marketing
Tommy Bahamma

Kacy Cole is a creative and award-winning international marketing executive with a proven track record in strategic leadership and executional excellence. Cole is experienced in developing and growing businesses globally through integrated marketing, product management and brand engagement. She has led Marketing functions at organizations including Getty Images and Corbis, owned by Bill Gates. Cole has also served as a consultant to Fortune 1000 companies in the areas of international, marketing and e-commerce. She is currently Director of Consumer Marketing at Tommy Bahama, championing an integrated customer strategy across the organization. Cole holds an MBA from Thunderbird (The American Graduate School of International Management) and BA from The American University of Paris.

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Andy Lorentz
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Andrew Lorentz focuses his practice on retail financial services. He is particularly knowledgeable regarding mobile and other electronic payment systems and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Mr. Lorentz also has extensive experience with a wide variety of other transactions and regulatory matters both in the United States and abroad, including the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, Regulation E, Truth-in-Lending, Regulation Z, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, federal and state banking regulation, state money transmission and licensed lending laws, payment network rules, unclaimed property laws, the Bank Secrecy Act, FDIC insurance, and E-SIGN. Mr. Lorentz's clients include major financial institutions, technology companies, and national retailers, which he counsels on financial regulation, billing and payment systems issues.

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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.

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Janet Hawkins
President & CEO
Opterus Inc.

Janet is a co-founder of Opterus Inc., a privately held software company specializing in retail communications and task management, founded in 2006 and based in Ontario. With more than 20 years of experience working in the retail industry, she currently holds the role of president and CEO at Opterus.

Prior to Opterus, Janet worked for companies that include NCR, Triversity and SAP where she focused on creating alliances, building partner programs and business development.

Janet also holds a degree in English from York University. You can follow Opterus on twitter at: @opterus

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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.

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Douglas Davis
Information Systems Coordinator
Monical Pizza Corporation

I have worked in the computer field since the early 80's, spending most of my time as a programmer/analyst. For over 16 years, I’ve headed up the Information Technology Department of Monical Pizza Corporation located in Bradley, IL. While my title is Information Systems Coordinator, my responsibilities are many and varied. As well as overseeing the support of all things computer throughout our corporate chain and about half of our franchise locations, I also keep track of communication systems both wired and cellular. My time here has seen IT grow from a team of one to the current team of four – a Systems Tech, a Programmer, a Server Tech and myself.

My favorite part of working here is when we roll out something new and it works so well that everyone is excited about it and anxious to have it in their restaurants. This is true of our new FoodTec Point-of-Sale by FoodTec Solutions of Boston, MA. This new system replaces our old in-house developed POS and gives us additional tools such as integrated video security, online ordering, integrated credit cards and real-time analytics.

When not at the office, you will find me involved with my family. I have five children, two of whom are still living at home. They are active in sports and music - which takes up a fair share of our weekends. My oldest child just announced that we would be grand-parents in January which has everyone very excited.

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George Hanson
VP E-Commerce
Lane Bryant

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Glenn Tinley
President and Founder
Mexia Interactive

Glenn is the President and Founder of Mexia Interactive-developer of the industry leading Location Analytics Platform serving retailers, shopping malls and airports around the world. Glenn is known for understanding the impact of future technologies and executing on business ideas to make them successful.

With a team of dynamic and enterprising people around him, Glenn builds companies that are leaders in their industry and are scalable to allow growth and success for partners, clients and employees.

With steadfast commitment to his community Glenn has taken positions on multiple charitable boards including the Manitoba Marathon, YMCA and The Health Science Centre Foundation to assist with fund development and marketing.

Glenn is married with two children and when he is not on a plane traveling to visit clients, he resides in Winnipeg, Canada.

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Kirk Goldman
Global Leader
Strategy & Business Development

Kirk Goldman brings over seventeen years of business strategy and management experience to his current position leading Strategy & Business Development for Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. Kirk joined Toshiba through the acquisition of IBM’s Retail Store Solutions (RSS) Business in 2012. During an eleven-year tenure at IBM, Kirk held management positions in RSS and the retail industry consulting practice in Global Business Services. Previously, Kirk consulted with retailers and consumer products companies at Mainspring, a strategy consulting firm that IBM acquired in 2001. Kirk has also authored several Harvard Business School case studies on strategy, marketing and finance. Throughout his career, Kirk has worked closely with to global retailers to define and execute store, e-commerce, merchandising and supply chain strategies.

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Eran Harel
VP Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development, Eran is responsible for building the company's eco-system, strategic partnership and growth with leading retailers. With more than 15 years of experience in business development, management consulting, M&A and strategy, Eran brings a fresh view on best practices to implementing innovative technology driven solutions to market.

Prior to joining AppCard, Eran was the managing director at Harel-Hertz Investment House, served as a board member at the Japanese company Explay Japan, and was Chairman of the board of its Israeli R&D subsidiary. Eran completed research for a doctoral degree in economics at Tokyo’s Keio University. He earned an MBA at the College of Management – Academic Studies in Israel and a bachelor’s degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Joe Rogness

Joe Rogness is a co-founder and Co-CEO of Jingit. Joe’s joint responsibilities include the overall vision, strategy and execution of Jingit’s operations. Joe’s direct responsibilities include the oversight of all Sales, Marketing and Business Development aspects of the organization.

Joe began his career in the corporate learning landscape evolving from sales to business development, and strategic consulting. Joe eventually opened his own consulting practice, focused on shaping and delivering enterprise learning solutions for Fortune 500 clients. After a decade in the learning space, Joe shifted into the entertainment industry, setting out to evolve the monetization of music and artists’ control of their careers. This revealed the challenges faced by the advertising and payments industries. Along with co-founder Todd Rooke, Joe launched Jingit with mission to merge payments and advertising to power the engagement economy.

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Chris Sarne
Vice President, Sales

As Vice President of Sales, Chris is responsible for the continued revenue growth of the organization. Chris leads of team of consultative sales professionals who take a structured approach to examining client’s business needs and positioning appropriate solutions to satisfy those requirements. Chris has nearly 20 years of successful enterprise software sales and sales management experience. He has been part of the MICROS-Retail team since 2006, holding a number of sales leadership positions in both the e-commerce and store systems disciplines. Chris joined CommercialWare, which was acquired by MICROS-Retail, in 1999 and enjoyed great success as both a sales director and vice president, managing new business pursuits and existing client development. Prior to CommercialWare, Chris spent eight years in a variety of sales and sales management positions at JBA International (now part of Infor), then the world’s fifth largest ERP software firm. At JBA Chris was a top contributor in selling JBA’s System 21 product suite to both domestic and international clients in the food & beverage, apparel & footwear and general business markets. Chris is a graduate of Slippery Rock University where he received a BS in Business Administration.

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Marty Ramos
CTO, Retail, Consumer Products & Services

Marty is responsible for worldwide strategy and innovation for the retail, hospitality and consumer goods sectors. He started at Microsoft October of 2005 as a Solutions Specialist in the Retail Industry Group where he focused in store level consulting studies spending as much as a third of his year in retail stores. In 2009, Marty worked with the Microsoft Stores team in getting the first two stores up and running. He also is responsible for technology at the Microsoft Retail Experience Center on our Redmond Campus.

Prior to joining Microsoft, he was the Chief Architect for Retalix US specializing in POS process optimization, store productivity studies and RFID. He also worked at IBM for twenty years, sixteen of which were spent on the Wal-Mart account as their Store Solutions Architect. He was instrumental in the adoption and worldwide rollout of the 4680/4690 OS from the first store in 1986 to over 5000 stores. He was also the architect and development lead for their current POS application.

Marty graduated with honors from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He spent four years in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division as a team leader of an infantry squad. Marty currently resides in Seattle, Washington with his two daughters who are attending college.

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Dodd Roberts

A 20-year veteran of the merchant payments industry, Dodd Roberts is a member of the executive leadership team for the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), working with more than 40 national retail brands in an unprecedented effort to bring a merchant- and consumer-friendly mobile-commerce platform to the marketplace. Prior to MCX, he spent 14 years in various payment-industry posts. He’s also the former President and CEO of the Merchant Advisory Group (MAG). While leading the MAG, Dodd was a vocal advocate for merchants, representing the merchant community on several industry boards and committees.

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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.

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Danilo Portal
National Payment Card Association

Danilo Portal is COO and CIO of National Payment Card Association. Portal brings to the company over 30 years of system development experience. He has lead and successfully launched to market various products in the real-time transaction processing. In this capacity, Portal is responsible for the product management strategy and services at National Payment Card. Mr. Portal has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University.

Portal was Director of Engineering for Innovative Electronics, from 1981 to 1992, where he was responsible for the development of data collection systems to automate the manufacturing floor processes. He also led the development of communication protocol converters and data collection systems into the retail and airline industries. His team was responsible for the introduction of the first PC-based controller with price look-up functionality in the general merchandise retail industry in the late 1980’s.

Prior to joining National Payment Card, Mr. Portal held various senior level positions at Advanced Promotion Technologies, xiNETix, Inc., and S&H Solutions. From 1998 to 2001Mr. Portal was President and CEO of xiNETix, Inc., specializing in CRM and loyalty programs for the supermarket industry. These products achieved industry recognition for innovation and state of the art first-to-market ideas during their implementation, integrating payment and loyalty functionality into the product.

In April of 2000, Mr. Portal executed a merger with S&H Greenpoints and continued as VP of Technology and Research & Development where he managed the IT and Data Center services of the company. At S&H, many innovative product ideas were taken to market based on the sophisticated data collection and data mining functionality of its product design.

In 2005, Mr. Portal teamed with Joe Randazza as founder of National Payment Card. The vision was to develop a lower cost of payment processing at the POS, built around the ACH system for the Retail industry, focusing on the Petroleum sector. Today, the company is the leading supplier of decouple debit in the Petroleum sector with over 60 merchants with their own proprietary branded program. Early in 2013 the company launched mobile solutions with Cumberland Farms with a great consumer acceptance and growth.

Portal is co-inventor and holds various patents regarding the ACH processes used by National Payment Card product and services.

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Sean Kumar
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Sean Kumar started his professional career in International Marketing where he successfully established an extensive network of automobile spare parts dealerships throughout Italy, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Pakistan, and Indonesia among other countries.

In 1994, he founded American Trend Wares (ATW), located inside of the renowned Chicago Merchandise Mart & established manufacturing facility in Bellwood IL to manufacture and market a line of Christmas outdoor decorations made from MDF carried by regional and national retailers, including Menards, Lowes, Jewel Osco, Ace Hardware, True Value, Finger Hut, Miles Kimball, US Army & Navy Exchange, among many others.

In 1998, Mr Kumar entered the Payment & Merchant Acquiring Industry and grew his portfolio to more than 1,600 merchants. In 2001, he designed and implemented a finger print, facial recognition and IRIS biometrics enabled money service business software, and built the early generation of finger print enabled PIN PAD systems & iris enabled POS systems. In 2005, he was nominated for “Member of the Year” by the ETA.

Sean Kumar as CEO and founder of IMPACTorg led the vision of creating a no interchange mobile/ card payment program. IMPACTorg is a consortium of small and medium size retail merchants advancing the mobile technology, payments & commerce in retail space.

A scholar of Economics and business Sean Kumar is a hobby journalist ,has interviewed head of state and visiting foreign officials for print media, spoken on cultural and humanitarian issues at several public or private forums including at University of Maryland. He is also President of "in store TV Network" a TV Broadcast unit distributing content, news stories inside public / retail spaces such as C-Stores, QSR’s, Universities, hospitals, etc.

Sean Kumar also serves on the Board of advisors of Payless and Alliance Bancard and as Chairman of strategic advisory committee for AMERICANS For Schools ( a non-profit organization supporting early education).

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Ian Kahn

Ian Kahn is a director and the national Salesforce.com practice leader for Retail & Consumer in PwC’s Advisory practice. Ian specializes in consulting to Retail and Consumer companies, including many clients with leading ecommerce and multi-channel operations.

Ian has extensive experience in strategic development, technology management, business process improvement, business and enterprise governance risk and compliance. As a proven leader of large cross functional teams, Ian focuses on collaborating with senior leaders of the organizations that he consults to define and deliver enterprise transformation initiatives that create value.

Mr. Kahn holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a degree in Accounting from Bentley College.

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Mort Aaronson
Chairman & CEO

For the past 10 years, Mort Aaronson has served as chairman of GreyMatters, a business incubator that restructured the assets of Mallfinder Network, subsequently creating Shoptopia Media®. As its chairman and CEO, Aaronson has led Shoptopia Media to become the largest network of mall shoppers in the United States. Under his leadership, Shoptopia Media recently launched Shoptopia®, an online and mobile digital shopping companion, extending the shopper-marketing network’s reach to every shopper in the country and more than a million retail locations. Shoptopia is Shoptopia Media’s realization of a waste-free advertising SM environment on a 1:1 shopper marketing platform.

Aaronson’s unique background in online community building, consumer bundling, advertising, communications and wireless has given him keen insight into the consumer. He served as chairman of Morey Evans Group Advertising for five years and helped incubate Motive, an award-winning digital and experiential marketing agency recently acquired by Project: WorldWide. As CEO of enable, he pioneered the now ubiquitous business practice of consumer service bundling. As CEO of Ricochet Networks, he worked with local communities to activate Internet services in underserved areas. At MCI, he oversaw the marketing, planning, support and operations of its $8 billion business markets division and played an instrumental role in the company’s investment in NewsCorp. And during his tenure as president and chief operating officer of KN Energy, the company became the first deregulated utility company in the United States.

Aaronson has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a graduate degree in direct marketing from New York University.

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John Dee

With 25 years of management experience in the wireless and shopper marketing realms, John Dee has his finger on the pulse of consumers and the tools required to better connect them to retailers and brands all along the path to purchase.

As president of Shoptopia Media®, Dee led the company to become the largest network of mall shoppers in the United States, with more than 300 malls in 75 MSAs and more than 5 million total monthly visitors. As an early pioneer in location-based services, Dee was instrumental in the creation of Shoptopia Media’s launch of Shoptopia®, an online and mobile digital shopping companion delivering personalized shopping content based on real-time location, extending the company’s reach to all U.S. shoppers and more than a million U.S. retail locations.

Previously, Dee led the efforts to introduce MCI’s first Internet product as the company’s west region manager of internet marketing. He launched bundled utility services with wireless Internet in rural markets as vice president of product marketing and development at enable. In his role as senior vice president of marketing and sales for Ricochet Networks, he established retail distribution arrangements for Ricochet’s wireless Internet with nationwide big box retailers.

Dee holds academic degrees from Regis University and the University of Denver.

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Kenneth Douglas
EVP Zipmark & Advisory Board IMPACTorg
IMPACTorg Zipmark

Kenny is an experienced technology and payments executive with an extensive background in systems and integration for over three decades. He is currently EVP Partnerships and Alliances for Zipmark responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships throughout the US.

Before joining the Zipmark management team, he was on their Advisory Board while building the RevolutionCard Network for Revolution Money from 2006-2010, which was acquired by American Express in January 2010. Kenny was VP and General Manager Merchant Services and responsible for building relationships and integrating the RevolutionCard Network into the top ten merchant acquirers/processors, gateways and network switches.

Prior to Revolution Money/American Express, he spent a majority of his professional career in executive positions with technology, payments and system integration firms. He currently sits as an active advisory board member on a number of early stage companies assisting in fund raising, partnership/business development and overall business management.

Kenny speaks regularly as an Industry Leader for Pacific Crest Securities MOSAIC group as an SME (Subject Matter Expert) for the payment industry, payments, emerging/alternative payments, mobile payments and technology. Kenny received his BS/BA in DPQA (Data Processing Quantitative Analysis) from the University of Arkansas and lives with his wife in Bradenton, FL.

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Mario Di Prizio
DVP, Application Development
Sears Holdings

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Chris Hershberger
Former Manager Mobile Marketing & Digital Solutions

Chris recently was the Manager of Mobile Marketing & Digital Solutions for Michaels Stores where he was one of the original members of the digital marketing team. He was responsible for recommending strategic digital direction to the marketing team in areas such as web, mobile, loyalty and social media properties in order to achieve communications and marketing goals. He was also responsible for working with new web and mobile technologies to support marketing programs including web services, content management, and mobile web/applications.

Some first under Chris tenure included Michaels mobile strategy, new Canada website, mobile applications for iOS and Android, and Michael’s first responsive design web site.

Prior to joining the Michaels team, Chris was at Alive Digital consulting clients on various digital strategies.

Chris served as Covalent’s Director of Business Development and Lead Strategist. At this time, Chris started Covalent's mobile division and was influential on the Levi's - Norte A Sur project which included a website, mobile website, iPhone application and social integration.

Prior to Covalent, Chris was at MangoMobile (an Omnicom Company) where he managed shortcodes, program approval, and program integration. While at Mango, Chris worked with such agencies as TPN, TicToc, and GMR and his unique blend of technology and digital marketing experience including, most recently, working on mobile solutions for brands such as AT&T, Levi’s and Disney. His experience also includes involvement with national programs such as Harley Davidson, AT&T-Warp Tour and Nissan Rogue.

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Andy ODell
Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer

As chief commercial officer, Andy is responsible for the commercial strategy and development of an organization. He is responsible for marketing, sales, product development and customer service to drive business growth and market share. He brings with him a proven track record of identifying, cultivating and maintaining new business partnerships, opportunities and emerging markets in both small and large enterprises. Prior to co-founding Clutch, Andy spent five years as co-founder and CEO of SKEPSU LLC, the company that developed the business strategy and technology that was merged into Clutch in 2012. Previously, he was chief operations officer and vice president of sales for a regional real estate development firm. He was also responsible for $10M of high profile Fortune 500 clients while serving as director of sales at a marketing services firm. He has spent nearly a decade in the technology and telecommunications sectors as a progressive senior business development professional, focused on hardware and network architecture.

Andy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Lynn University.

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Jordan Majkszak
Loyalty and Marketing

Mr. Majkszak is responsible for implementing and maintaining the marketing plan to support the strategic direction outlined by senior management. Jordan plays an essential role in the development of corporate collateral, website content, advertising strategies, client communications and assisting in the execution of specific sales initiatives. Jordan often takes on a consultative role in developing, maintaining, and analyzing successful gift, loyalty, promotional, and one-to-one marketing programs for ProfitPoint clients. Jordan has over a decade of experience in marketing, graphic design, web design and consultation with multi-location retailers, restaurants and salons. He has been acknowledged in the business management book “Earning Success” by Bill Lisowski and John Mengelson and quoted several times in GD USA, a graphic design trade publication.

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Bruce Hicks
President & CEO
StoreMobile Solutions

Bruce is the President and CEO of RTC and StoreMobile Solutions. He has been working in the retail technology business virtually his entire career. From supporting stores at NYNEX Business Centers during his college days to building and selling retail systems as one of the five founders of Retail Technologies Corporation (RTC). Bruce started RTC as a member of "Five Busy Guys", a group focused on being the best in our industry. They knew they could not accomplish that goal and be a very large company, so they committed to be the best and to not worry about growth. Now in its 24th year, RTC is an exemplary company with industry recognized customer satisfaction awards that they are extremely proud of.

As an industry leader, Bruce has always kept a pulse on the needs of the retailer. When the mobile revolution launched, Bruce quickly recognized the technology gaps that retailers were facing and launched StoreMobile Solutions with a vision to help retailers evolve their store systems – from both a hardware and software perspective – to mobile. Under his leadership, StoreMobile Solutions has designed a suite of mobile Tablet Gun devices that is adaptable, flexible and retail hardened to run in any retail environment and provide the answers to the mobile challenges retailers are facing.

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Stephen Braceland
Founder & CEO
STJ Retail

Steve’s experience and accomplishments over the last 31 years have made Steve a leader in the retail industry. Steve’s experience in sales and marketing has ranged from small business retailers to the large multinational chains such as Sears, Hudson's Bay and Eaton's. Steve is a graduate of Loyola College & Concordia University- with a Bachelor of Commerce - major in accounting and taxation. In 1981, Steve began a distinguished 14-year career with NCR & AT&T. His responsibilities included retail architecture, industry consultation, design through to implementation of technology-driven solutions for retail clients. Steve’s success was customer-driven demand for solutions through partnerships and alliances, and his ability to deliver innovative solutions that were ahead of their time. During the 1990’s Steve completely revitalized NCR’s Canadian Re-seller/Dealer Channel exceeding expectations in both revenues and margin growth. In 1995 Steve saw an opportunity to provide consultative services directly to the retailer and founded STJ Retail. Under his direction the company has prospered and contracted for business plans, marketing strategies by PINpad manufacturers, hardware /software payment providers. Steve is now sought after by many of the national chains to provide consultation services.

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Leon Sikes
Director, Retail & Wholesale Technology
Pandora Jewelry

Leon Sikes has 23 years of global business and technology experience in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Currently, Leon is responsible for retail and wholesale technology globally for Pandora Jewelry. Technologies include but not limited to; POS systems, music & directional audio, digital screens, gift cards, loyalty program platform, content management systems, mobile, kiosks, and applications.

Graduate of Virginia Tech, former member of Project Management Institute, 7 years of direct business education in a “Mentor–Protégé” program for entrepreneurs, former co-Chairman of the State of Virginia Business Advisory Council.

About Pandora

PANDORA designs, manufactures and markets hand-finished and modern jewelry made from genuine materials at affordable prices. PANDORA jewelry is sold in more than 70 countries on six continents through approximately 10,300 points of sale, including approximately 950 concept stores. Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, PANDORA employs over 6,900 people worldwide of whom 4,900 are located in Gemopolis, Thailand, where the company manufactures its jewelry. PANDORA is publicly listed on the NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen stock exchange in Denmark.


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Mark Logan
Senior VP Digital Innovation
Barkley Advertising

Mark leads Moonshot, the Innovation Lab at Barkley. In 2012, Moonshot won AdWeek’s inaugural Project Isaac award for Innovation Best Practices. Moonshot has produced patent applications and award-winning projects, such as the Krispy Kreme Hot Light application, the only marketing application ever to connect hot, fresh doughnuts to the Internet of Things. Fueled by yummy doughnuts, Mark does mud races and marathons. Before joining Barkley, Mark founded lookandfeel new media, an internationally acclaimed digital agency. He has been twice named one of Kansas City’s Top 50 Technology Leaders by the Kansas City Star.

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Randy Malluk
VP, Strategy & Analytics

Mr. Malluk joined the RevTrax team to lead the continuing evolution of RevTrax products, services, and go-to-market strategies with a focus on retail and CPG. Prior to RevTrax, Randy worked for the world’s largest toy and baby retailer Toys"R"Us, leading strategy and corporate development for the Digital New Ventures group. During his tenure at Toys"R"Us, Mr. Malluk also held a variety of positions in key marketing and finance groups, including Digital Marketing Analytics & Insights, Pricing Analytics, Private Brands Analytics, and Planning and Allocation. Randy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ramapo College.

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Pali Bhat
Product Lead for Merchant and Developer Payments

Pali Bhat is the Product Lead for Merchant and Developer Payments at Google. Prior to Google, Pali was a Vice President of Product Management at SAP Labs. He has also been a consultant for McKinsey & Co.

Pali has earned a MS in Computer Science from University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign and an MBA from Duke University.

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Bogdan Sacuiu
Chief Sales Officer

Bogdan brings 20 years of experience from a diverse range of leading technology companies and is responsible for global expansion, new customer engagements and existing accounts management for all Seamless' products and service offerings.

Bogdan's experience extends to international business development, sales, marketing and project management and has been actively involved over the last decade in the field of mobile communications. Before joining Seamless as the Chief Sales Officer, he was VP Sales at Telepo, a Swedish start-up with offerings for Voice-over-IP, driving the international expansion of the company.

His previous roles included General Manager for Symsoft regional Middle East and Africa office, being based in Dubai for 5 years, where he established the regional business and was responsible for all areas of field operations including sales, account management, pre-sales and professional services.

Bogdan spent in his early carrier 6 years with Ericsson, in different senior roles, including project management, strategic marketing and leading the global business intelligence activities for the mobile division. Bogdan holds a Master of Science in Electronics and Telecommunication.

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Jose Tamez
Managing General Partner
Mobile Search Partners

Mr. Tamez has served with such Fortune 50 companies as Kraft Foods and Exxon Mobil. Along with his role as Managing General Partner at Mobile Search Partners, he is Managing Partner for Austin-Michael, a nationally recognized executive search firm.

His practice is comprised of Fortune 100 and 500 companies as well as private held and venture-backed concerns. Geographically, he performs searches in The United States, Canada and Latin America. A significant share of his assignments have been for key executive positions in Marketing, Digital, Merchandising, IT, Finance, Real Estate and Administration.

Mr. Tamez is a contributor and ongoing source to The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Supermarket News on issues concerning the job market. Beginning in 2013 he will be writing monthly articles for the National Retail Federation on talent acquisition issues within Mobile and M-commerce. He is currently advising Northwestern University, Georgia Tech, The University of Washington and NYU in regards to continuing education in Mobile. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and will continue his coursework through Stanford University’s Executive MBA Program.

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Ernie Harker
Executive Director

Ernie Harker is the Executive Director of the Maverik CREATE department, responsible for all aspects of the company’s brand including Culture, Research, Events, Advertising, Themeing and Excitement for Maverik’s 250 convenient stores located in 10 Western states. He also leads the development of Maverik’s ground breaking loyalty rewards program and mobile App experience.

In 1995 Ernie founded a creative production studio called 8fish where he served as President and Creative Director. 8fish’s 16-person creative team serviced the production and branding needs of dozens of advertising agencies and businesses for 15 years.

When not working at Maverik Ernie’s on his own adventures. He loves to compete in triathlons, camp, mountain bike, draw, watch movies and spend time with his family and 8 brothers.

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Jim Adams
President, CEO
PreSys Data

Jim Adams has a combined 18 years of experience working as a systems designer for the nation’s largest telecommunications company and designing, deploying, and supporting some of the most advanced networks for both the government and fortune 500 company’s. Adams and PreSys Data have been designing and deploying the infrastructure necessary to support Wi-Fi, CCTV, BMS, voice and data for the world’s largest REIT for the past six years.

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Jim Martin
Former Vice President - Building Automation & Business Development,
Simon Property Group

Jim’s career spans nearly 20 years in technology and business development, ranging from start-up and early-stage organizations to his most recent role with Simon. Jim was responsible for the strategy & implementation behind Simon’s WiFi and cellular programs at 230+ locations, representing four international shopping center platforms (Regional Malls, Mills, Premium Outlets, Community Centers). As the principal liaison between Property Management, Corporate Security, Operations and IT, Jim successfully deployed Simon’s mobile security reporting platform and business process redesign, involving more than 1700 mobile devices and 2800 access points. Most recently, Jim led the development of new in-building technologies to provide greater bandwidth and wireless service options to Simon tenants and consumers.

Prior to joining Simon, Jim was the President and co-founder of SmartMgr (Service, Maintenance and Repair Technologies), a web-based suite of applications designed specifically for the retail facility maintenance industry.

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Ann Schmitt
Retail Financial Solutions

Ann brings 25 years experience in financial services and payments, specializing in payment card issuing (private label, credit, and debit), merchant acquiring, ATM network management, payments processing and consumer lending. Ann’s career includes senior roles at leading financial companies, including Citibank, US Bank, and MasterCard Worldwide. Ann’s executive experience as President/CEO of two private-equity backed financial services companies also provides a unique perspective on business turnaround and repositioning strategies that drive financial performance. Ann has an MBA from University of Colorado and a BS from South Dakota State University.

RAMP-Bob Johns

Bob Johns
Integrated Solutions for Retailers

Bob Johns is an associate editor with Integrated Solutions For Retailers magazine and website. With the retail team, he drives the editorial content for the magazine, online presence, and associated newsletters.

Bob owned and managed his own business in the finance industry for 8 years. He has also worked in management positions with Barnes & Noble, Rite Aid, and most recently Dollar General. Bob joined Jameson Publishing as an Associate Editor for Integrated Solutions For Retailers in October 2011 and loves working in the ever-changing retail industry.

Bob can be reached in our Erie, PA office at 814.897.9000 x320 or Bob.Johns@JamesonPublishing.com

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.

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