Steven Alan, Chief Executive Officer, Steven Alan
In 1994 Steven Alan opened his first retail store in downtown Manhattan. Selling pieces from an eclectic group of emerging designers, Steven became known for his keen eye and uniquely urban sensibility. Building on his knack for scouting the most intriguing young talent, the Steven Alan Showroom opened in 1996 and quickly garnered an impressive roster of designers on the rise. Located in Tribeca, the Showroom now represents 20 independent designers of clothing, handbags and other accessories.
Benny Arbel, Chief Executive Officer, MyThings
Benny Arbel, founder and Chief Executive Officer of myThings. Prior to founding myThings, Benny was Associate Vice President for multi-billion dollar NASDAQ-100 company Comverse, where he established and ran the Content Management Unit for the company’s entertainment and new media solutions. Benny is a seasoned executive and has held several professional titles including founder and CEO of fast growing international, Internet and telecommunications companies, founder and COO of EverAd and Vice President Business Development of Netline.”
Joe Colopy, Founder & CEO, Bronto
Joe Colopy is Founder and CEO of Bronto Software. Bronto provides a cloud-based marketing platform for retailers and other commerce-focused companies to drive revenue through email, mobile and social campaigns. After being developed in Joe’s spare bedroom, Bronto grew quickly and now employs over 180 people, with offices in Durham, North Carolina, and London, United Kingdom. Bronto has won numerous awards including the Triangle Business Journal’s Best Place to Work, Stevie Award for Best Customer Service Department and CODiE Finalist for Best Marketing Platform. Joe is a past winner of Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas.
Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder, Zady
Soraya Darabi is the co-founder of Zady, a mission-driven brand described best as “The Whole Foods of Fashion.” No more apparel in landfills, no more production with questionable roots: there is a large and growing population of people who demand honesty and quality in manufacturing. Zady searches the globe for stylish, timeless and sustainably produced products made from the highest-quality raw materials. From hand-stitched Nashville denim made by experts who happen to be husband-and-wife to Cashmere from Nepal made by widowed artisans, Zady tells the story of each product, down to the raw materials.
Matt Deloca, VP of Sales, Smartling
Matt is a technologist, through and through (don’t let his title fool you). He just prefers working with clients to see our technology improve their bottom line. Before Smartling, Matt led Sales at The FeedRoom, prior to its acquisition by KIT Digital; he also helped grow the business of several other digital media start-ups, including Virage and Cinebase. He began his career in field Sales at Apple, selling into the large enterprise accounts in NYC. He’s picking up French in his spare (!) time.
Romney Evans, Co-Founder, True Fit
Romney is an award-winning product & marketing leader, and entrepreneur. True Fit began when Romney sat outside a dressing room hearing his wife struggle to find the perfect pair of jeans. After the 12th unsuccessful pair, Romney – experienced in disruptive innovation from working at HBS innovation guru Clayton Christensen’s Innosight – figured there had to be a better way. The idea for True Fit was born: combine big data with a simple user experience to effortlessly find the right styles. Romney has helped grow True Fit into the global leader in fit personalization. Now, True Fit powers fit personalization for the world’s leading retailers and a growing network of over 1,000 top footwear and apparel brands.
Mark Friedman, President of Ecommerce, Steve Madden
Mark brings 25 years of strategic and tactical experience to the direct marketing business, with the last 13 focused on the on-line channel within multi-channel retailing organizations. Mark has worked for the last 23years at Steve Madden where he is the President of E-Commerce. Prior to that, he worked as the Chief Digital Marketing Officer at Warnaco, a $2 billion wholesaler and retailer. He was responsible for the Speedo, Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans’s sites. Prior to that, Friedman spent 3 years as the Chief Marketing Officer at Redcats USA, a $1.5 billion catalog and internet company with 10 different brands operating online. He had direct responsibility for all web marketing , database marketing, private label credit party business relationships within the marketing area. During this 3 year and all 3rd period, the Redcats web channel grew from $150 million to $450 million.
David Gilboa, Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Dave Gilboa is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative fashion brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. Prior to Warby Parker, Dave was an Associate at merchant bank Allen & Company and, earlier, worked at Bain & Company. He also served as Special Assistant to the Founder and CEO of the TriZetto Group, and has held strategy and business development roles at Genomic Health and Crescendo Bioscience. Dave has worked extensively with non-profit organizations, and serves as a founding member of the Entrepreneur Board of Venture for America, an organization dedicated to mobilizing graduates as entrepreneurs in low-cost cities. Born in Sweden and raised in San Diego, Dave graduated with a BS in Bioengineering with Honors from UC Berkeley and holds an MBA from Wharton Business School.
Victoria Grahan, Director of CRM, Guess?
Vicky Grahan is the North American Director of CRM for GUESS, Inc., a global lifestyle brand and omnichannel retailer operating over 500 stores across 4 store concepts in the US and Canada. Vicky is responsible for managing each of the brand’s loyalty programs which currently represents over 7 million members. Vicky also oversees customer analytics and direct marketing strategies for both the in-store and online channels. Prior to GUESS, Vicky worked in client management and partnerships for American Express specializing in the retail vertical and luxury brands. Vicky received a MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BS from UCLA.
Lee Anne Grant, Director of Business Development, ShopStyle.com
Lee Anne Grant is Director of Business Development for ShopStyle.com, a part of POPSUGAR Inc. ShopStyle is the leading global shopping search engine which gives shoppers access to over 8.8 million products from the best stores and brands across the web. ShopStyle has localized sites in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Lee Anne oversees ShopStyle’s retail partnerships, which span from large, multi-brand retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Barneys, and Amazon to smaller local boutiques across the globe. ShopStyle works with over 1,200 retail partners and drives over $750 million in global retailer sales annually. Prior to joining POPSUGAR, Lee Anne worked in Business Development at AOL and Sales at Google. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and MBA from Yale University.
Sunjay Guleria, Chief Executive Officer, Exclusively.in
Sunjay Guleria is the brains behind the exciting new venture Exclusively.In. He launched the website in June 2010, in the hopes of creating a convenient portal to all things Indian. In its first five months, the website pulled in 50,000 new members, offering them luxury fashion, lifestyle and travel products from India. Big-name designers have partnered with Exclusively.In—Manish Arora, Rohit Bal, Ranna Gill and Payal Singhal—as well as a list of up-and-coming designers, making this website the hottest place to shop.
Michael Harvey, Chief Operating Officer, Corra
Michael Harvey is the COO at Corra, a premiere digital ecommerce Agency and Systems Integrator with offices in New York and LA. He leads Corra’s delivery team overseeing the firm’s project management, analysis, marketing, and award-winning design. He is a keen observer of the ecommerce industry and has been quoted in a number of notable publications on topics as diverse as enhancing the customer experience and the future of Amazon. Beginning in 2002, he and his family spent four years aboard their sailboat circumnavigating North America. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford.
Lauren Indvik, Editor in Chief, Fashionista
Lauren Indvik is editor in chief of Fashionista. Prior to Fashionista, Lauren served as a business editor at Mashable for nearly four years, covering the intersection of technology, retail and media. Her work has also appeared on or in InStyle, Forbes.com, FastCompany.com, CNN.com and Fashion Theory, a peer-reviewed academic journal. A California native, she now lives in New York City and is still learning how to dress for the cold.
Amy Jain, Co-Founder, BaubleBar
Amy Jain is the Co-Founder of BaubleBar, a one-stop retailer for affordable fashion jewelry with aspirational and accessible luxury looks fit for any occasion. Amyconceived BaubleBar with her Co-Founder Daniella Yacobovsky during a project at business school and the two decided to turn the concept into a viable business. Previously, she was an associate at Centerview Partners, a boutique advisory and private equity firm in New York City. Amy has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Heather Kaminetsky, VP – Marketing for The Americas, Net-A-Porter.com
Heather Kaminetsky joined NET-A-PORTER.COM in October of 2013 as Vice President of Marketing for the Americas. In her role, Kaminetsky oversees all sales, marketing and communication functions in the Americas – delivering the NET-A-PORTER mission to be the global fashion destination for content and commerce and ensures that NET-A-PORTER constantly exceeds the expectations of its global customer base. Prior to NET-A-PORTER Kaminetsky worked as the Senior Vice President of Business Management at Borderfree and prior to that served as the Vice President of Marketing at Barneys New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University in New York City.
Monika Kochhar, Founder & CEO, Smartgift
Monika is the founder and CEO of Smartgift, a provider of online gifting technology for retailers to maximize their gifting revenue by solving common e-commerce inefficiencies such as abandoned shopping carts and gift returns due to a lack of recipient information. Her mission is to set a new standard for online retail gifting. Before founding Smartgift, Monika was a business development and strategy adviser to Guguchu, an e-commerce platform for the music industry. It was acquired in 2012 by The Orchard, the world’s largest independent music distribution company, in a deal that she helped orchestrate. Prior to full time entrepreneurship, Monika spent almost a decade on Wall Street marketing and structuring investment opportunities in the emerging markets of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Russia.
Danny Kourianos, SVP of Product, Rakuten Marketing
Danny is passionate about developing products that create real and measurable value. Danny brings more than 10 years of experience in the display ad industry to the Rakuten MediaForge team and his robust history on the client, publisher and agency side, give him a level of insight that is unique in this market. Prior to joining Rakuten MediaForge, Danny led Ebay’s Powerseller Account Management team through a complete overhaul of their membership level program. His previous work at Yahoo! was instrumental in building out monetization solutions for data providers on the Right Media Exchange. He was also responsible for setting the product strategy for Yahoo’s agency customers across North and South America.
Ross Kramer, Co-Founder & CEO, Listrak
Ross is a co-founder and CEO of Listrak. He has nearly 15 years of executive leadership, successfully launching and directing three technology start-ups. Ross has led Listrak from concept to leading email marketing solutions provider serving online retailers. As CEO, Ross is responsible for charting Listrak’s strategic vision and direction. Ross is a thought-leader within the online marketing community.
Al Lalani, Co-Founder & Head of Client Success, Social Annex
Al Lalani is the Co-Founder and Head of Client Success at Social Annex. He leads all customer management and technical interaction at Social Annex and is responsible for the product vision. Prior to Social Annex, Al oversaw eCommerce and Online Product Management at Teleflora, managing several eCommerce services and partners. Al has over 10 years of experience with eCommerce, including online marketing, conversion optimization and remarketing.
Corey Pierson, Co-Founder and CEO, Custora
Corey Pierson is co-founder of Custora, a SaaS platform that leverages predictive analytics to enable retailers to better understand and market to their customers. Custora works with some of the top e-commerce and omni-channel brands in the world, including LOFT, GUESS?, Etsy, Bonobos, and more. Prior to co-founding Custora, Corey worked at IDEO and was co-founder of foodtrux.com. Coreyreceived his BSE in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jyothi Rao, EVP & General Manager, Gilt Groupe
Jyothi Rao brings extensive experience in the retail sector to her role as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Gilt Women’s and Kids, and Strategic Brand Alliances. Her responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the Women’s and Kids’ businesses, as well as leading the Strategic Brand Alliances division, which focuses on developing invaluable partnerships with brands across Gilt.
Lisa Roberts, VP of Marketing, Compare Metrics
Lisa Roberts has dedicated her career to developing products and leading marketing and media programs for technology innovators and brands. She pioneered personalization technology and strategies for online media and eCommerce at I-Traffic, Garden.com, Dell and Toshiba, developing tactics and technology to use data and customer intelligence to deliver targeted content and next generation experiences. She also helped bring to market the early Bazaarvoice brand and products, and led the product development of a leading enterprise mobile point-of-sale.
Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace
As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what’s happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace’s startup program. He’s interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books (“The Age of Context,” a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he’s followed by millions of people.
Rob Sopkic, VP of Sales – North America, Sociomantic
Rob Sopkic joins Sociomantic as Vice President Sales, North America. Previously, he was Regional Vice President of Sales at Criteo. During his time there, Rob met with hundreds of retailers across the country and witnessed the rise in demand for a transparent performance display offering. Prior to Criteo, Rob spent several years as a Regional Sales Director within AOL’s Advertising.com unit where he managed a team of sellers responsible for selling performance advertising solutions to Retail accounts on the west coast. Previously, Rob spent four years in media planning and account management at blue-chip agencies Publicis and BBDO. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto and is a proud father of two.
John Squire, President, Ecommera
John Squire has spent more than a decade pioneering retail innovation and is passionate about helping leading retailers and brands realize new levels of vision and performance. Prior to eCommera, John spent 11 years driving Coremetrics’ growth to become the industry’s leading web analytics tool. He then went on to serve as the Chief Strategy Officer of IBM Smarter Commerce. John is a recognized expert on retail industry trends, and has offered his insights to audiences at preeminent industry events including Shop.org. He has a remarkable ability to combine innovative thinking, strategic leadership and practical application to solve retailers’ biggest challenges. This, combined with his engaging and enthusiastic style have made him a regular contributor to CNN, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, LA Times, NBC News and Forbes.
Brian Sugar, Chief Executive Officer, Popsugar
Brian Sugar is the Co-founder and CEO of POPSUGAR, which he started together with his wife, Editor-in-Chief Lisa Sugar in 2006. As CEO, Brian is responsible for setting the overall business direction and product strategy for the company. Prior to POPSUGAR, he served as Vice President & General Manager, Media at 2Wire, Inc., a home networking provider. Prior to 2Wire, Brian held several management positions in the retail and commerce industries. He was Chief Web Officer at Kmart’s BlueLight.com, Vice President of e-commerce at J.Crew, and a founder of Neptune Interactive, a leading Internet service provider.
Julie Wainwright, Chief Executive Officer, The Real Real
Julie Wainwright is a technology industry veteran, e-commerce pioneer, and brand management expert whose career spans more than 25 years. As a CEO for over 17 years, she helped pioneer e-commerce as CEO of Reel.com in 1997, and then again at Pets.com in 1999. She is a frequent speaker and presents at prestigious events and universities all over the country, most recently at Harvard University, Purdue University and CES. She has been recognized as one of the top female entrepreneurs by The San Francisco Business Times, and received recent industry awards for her innovation at The RealReal including the FashInvest 2013.
Jason Wallis, Chief Technology Officer, Mozu
As CTO, Jason Wallis is responsible for driving the next generation of the Volusion platform. He works closely with the leadership and product teams to define an architecture that efficiently meets the needs of our customers. Jason is a software developer at his core, owning a strong passion for crafting technology and software that drives business growth. Jason believes that any problem can be solved by “just doing it,” instead of spending unnecessary time talking about a solution. He brings almost 20 years of experience to Volusion, starting his career as a private consultant that built custom software to take small and medium businesses to the next level. Jason believes in the power of teamwork and knows that great things happen when people collaborate to solve a problem. He is an avid Agile enthusiast and embraces the power of innovative ideas and direct customer feedback. Jason believes that customers’ needs should drive the direction of a technology platform.
Andrea Wasserman, Chief Executive Officer, Sole Society
Andrea has been the CEO of Sole Society, the shoes and accessories brand, since August 2013. During this time, Sole Society has realized an expanded presence (now in 60 Nordstrom stores and on QVC), a new marketing strategy, and the realignment of the organization. Andrea moved to Los Angeles from Seattle, where she been with Nordstrom for more than five years. Andrea began her retail career in strategy but soon realized she wanted to be an operator. After getting experience in selling and merchandising, Andrea spent two years building Nordstrom Weddings, a cross-category bridal specialty concept in stores and online. She led a team in establishing a new business model, securing distribution from the likes of Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier, making an industry-leading assortment of bridesmaids dresses available online and establishing a brand.
Chantel Waterbury, Chief Executive Officer, Chloe & Isabel
Chloe + Isabel founder and CEO Chantel Waterbury has over 14 years of expert experience developing jewelry for major retailers in the United States, including Target Corp, Macy’s, Gap Inc, LVMH and Kenneth Cole. Waterbury, who supported herself through college by direct-selling, says she made the jump from working for multi-billion dollar retailers to launching a startup so she could empower the next generation of women.
Farryn Weiner, Global Director of Digital & Social Communications, Michael Kors
Farryn Weiner is the Global Director of Social Media at Michael Kors Worldwide where she oversees social, interactive and digital media strategy. She is the former Integrated Media Manager of Jetsetter.com, a member of Gilt Groupe, and an avid traveler herself, having circled the globe to understand how new media and technology is transforming the art of storytelling. In her writing, photography and filmmaking, Farryn views the world with a sense of compassion, curiosity and a creative eye. Her work has been featured on ABC, Blackbook Magazine, National Geographic, NBC, DailyCandy, Gotham & Hamptons Magazine and Huffington Post.