Retail Executive Summit: Setting the Course for Innovation and Growth

The 14th annual Retail Executive Summit brought together retailers and industry leaders for three days of networking and education at the Montage Resort in Laguna, CA, June 17-19. The conference featured keynotes from retail leaders, peer-to-peer exchanges, a golf outing, the annual CIO of the Year Awards, and numerous opportunities for professional interaction.

The summit opened on the afternoon of June 17 with a golf outing and a pre-conference workshop on enhancing the decision-making process, which explored how retail executives can identify profitable opportunities and troubleshoot initiatives during the planning stage. The conference continued in the evening with a cocktail reception and the fifth annual CIO of the Year Awards and dinner hosted by mentalist Bob Garner who both amazed and entertained.

The first full day of the summit was kicked off the following morning with keynote speaker Jim Knight’s presentation on installing a culture that rocks. Other highlights from the day included a case study from Barney’s New York’s Anoop Kulshreshtha, and an introspective look at the thought processes of each and every person in attendance by Monique Honaman, CEO and founder, ISHR Group.

The summit came to a end on Friday June 19 with a another day of top-tier presentations. RIS and Cognizant gave a sneak peak of the annual Shopper Experience Study, USC professor Dmitri Williams explored the power of the socially connected customer, and Paul Kasinski of Brighton Collectibles outlined how the retailer is staying ahead of the pack through the innovative use of technology.

Scenes from the Retail Executive Summit 2015:  A) Joe Skorupa and Trish Polemis present John Hnanicek with his CIO of the Year Award for Strategic Impact; B) Monique Honaman provided everyone in attendance with a personalized look at their thinking preferences; C) Anoop Kulshreshtha discussed Omnichannel’s biggest challenges; D) Structured networking allowed for concise meaningful interaction; E) Paul Kasinski outlined Brighton Collectibles’ innovation approach; F) Opening keynotee Jim Knight brought a rock n’ roll edge.