TRAILBLAZERS” keynote address
Wednesday, 8:00am-9:00am

► AIA Approved | 1LU

Trailblazers = hot brands, hot companies, retail banners that are blazing a fiery trail. What’s their secret? Trademark Property Co. CEO Terry Montesi – an innovator in his own right – talks with a panel of retail executives whose innovative brands are setting the path for the future of retail. Together they examine the current landscape and discuss what it takes to survive and thrive.
Moderator:  Terry Montesi, CEO, Trademark Property Co.
Panelists:  Jim Stuart, co-founder, PIRCH
                    Anthony Marino, Chief Marketing Officer, thredUP

                    Lisa Smola-Hollo, project manager of growth and development, ULTA Beauty
                    Eslam Khalil, director of design, sweetgreen
                   Bradley Brown, Senior Director of Design and Construction, At Home

About Trademark:
Fort Worth, Texas-based Trademark Property Co. has created, developed and invested in some of the nation’s most desirable retail and mixed-use destinations, from Watters Creek, La Palmera, and Alliance Town Center in its home state of Texas, to Burr Ridge Village Center in Burr Ridge, Illinois. To learn more about Trademark, and its “Conscious Place” approach to making community connections, visit

"Winning at Brick-and-Mortar Retail" GENERAL SESSION
Wednesday, 11:15Am-12:00pm
► AIA Aprroved | 1 LU

Retail specialist Neil Stern takes a strategic, and highly visual, look at what separates the winners and losers in brick-and-mortar retail. Built around his first book, Winning At Retail, this session discusses key changes in the consumer landscape and what winning retailers and restauranteurs need to do in response. Stern will show the audience how to capitalize on new trends that are impacting physical stores and restaurants, as well as let go of old ways that just aren’t working.  | Download presentation here |
Presented by Neil Z. Stern, senior partner with global retail consultancy McMillanDoolittle and a specialist in strategic planning and development of new retail concepts. Stern is the co-author of Winning at Retail, Greentailing, and Other Revolutions in Retail.

Designing — and Maintaining — Stores in an Age of DisruptioN" keynote address
Thursday, 8:00am-8:45am
► AIA Approved | 1 LU

The retail industry is in the midst of a major disruption caused by a confluence of demographic changes, technological advances and economic realities. From Amazon’s expansion into new categories (including its proposed acquisition of Whole Foods) to incorporating new technologies to enhance the shopper experience to the urbanization of America, it’s a brave new world for physical retail, store design, and store care and support. Leading retail analyst Deborah Weinswig will discuss what these trends mean for brick and mortar, with an emphasis on how retailers can adapt their prototypes and experiences for maximum customer appeal and engagement.  | Download presentation here |
Presented by Deborah Weinswig, managing director of global think tank Fung Global Retail & Technology