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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.
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.
Asif R. Khan
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mario Di Prizio
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.
Andy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Lynn University.
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.
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.
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.
Pali has earned a MS in Computer Science from University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign and an MBA from Duke University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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