Speakers

2017 Speakers (more speakers to be announced soon!)

Erin Alley

Senior Retail Designer, Gensler

Erin Alley is an accomplished retail design leader and a highly capable design manager at Gensler. She brings extensive experience in architecture, construction management, interior design and fixture development, all of which she has exercised for both specialty retailers and architecture firms.

Erin Alley

Senior Retail Designer, Gensler

Erin Alley is an accomplished retail design leader and a highly capable design manager at Gensler. She brings extensive experience in architecture, construction management, interior design and fixture development, all of which she has exercised for both specialty retailers and architecture firms.


Timothy Anaya

Head of Customer Experience, Ministry of Supply

Timothy Anaya is the head of customer experience at Ministry of Supply, a menswear/womenswear brand that designs, creates and sells technically advanced professional clothing. Infusing technology into fabric development and through advanced manufacturing processes, Ministry of Supply is inventing a new category of clothing: performance professional. Anaya works to analyze the expansion of the company and ensure customers, both in-store and online, have a seamless experience. He works alongside an agile retail staff on the expansion into physical retail, and has launched stores in Boston; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Bethesda, Md.; Atlanta and New York. He is also the head photographer for Ministry of Supply, and is passionate about people dressing smarter so they can do more.

Timothy Anaya

Head of Customer Experience, Ministry of Supply

Timothy Anaya is the head of customer experience at Ministry of Supply, a menswear/womenswear brand that designs, creates and sells technically advanced professional clothing. Infusing technology into fabric development and through advanced manufacturing processes, Ministry of Supply is inventing a new category of clothing: performance professional. Anaya works to analyze the expansion of the company and ensure customers, both in-store and online, have a seamless experience. He works alongside an agile retail staff on the expansion into physical retail, and has launched stores in Boston; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Bethesda, Md.; Atlanta and New York. He is also the head photographer for Ministry of Supply, and is passionate about people dressing smarter so they can do more.


Tyler Balliet

Founder and Former President, Wine Riot

Tyler Balliet has been building interactive events and spaces since he was 16 years old. As Founder of Wine Riot, he reinvented wine tasting events for Millennial consumers. In eight years, he produced more than 50 major wine events in six U.S. cities and utilizing custom software he developed, ran the marketing campaigns to sell more than 150,000 tickets. In 2015, he designed and developed a new take on a wine retail store that opened in Boston’s South End. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Inc Magazine 30 Under 30 and an appearance on the cover of Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Tyler Balliet

Founder and Former President, Wine Riot

Tyler Balliet has been building interactive events and spaces since he was 16 years old. As Founder of Wine Riot, he reinvented wine tasting events for Millennial consumers. In eight years, he produced more than 50 major wine events in six U.S. cities and utilizing custom software he developed, ran the marketing campaigns to sell more than 150,000 tickets. In 2015, he designed and developed a new take on a wine retail store that opened in Boston’s South End. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Inc Magazine 30 Under 30 and an appearance on the cover of Wine Enthusiast magazine.


Judy Bell

CEO (Chief Energetic Officer), Energetic Retail

Judy Bell is CEO (Chief Energetic Officer) of Energetic Retail, consulting and leading half-day “What’s Your EQ?” workshops. Formerly at Target for 22 years, she is both a Markopoulos and Luminary award winner and author of “Silent Selling,” a college text. Read her column “ASK JUDY” in design:retail. Learn more at energetic-retail.com.

Judy Bell

CEO (Chief Energetic Officer), Energetic Retail

Judy Bell is CEO (Chief Energetic Officer) of Energetic Retail, consulting and leading half-day “What’s Your EQ?” workshops. Formerly at Target for 22 years, she is both a Markopoulos and Luminary award winner and author of “Silent Selling,” a college text. Read her column “ASK JUDY” in design:retail. Learn more at energetic-retail.com.


Kim House

Director of Brand Marketing & PR, Pottery Barn

Kim House is a passionate storyteller and communications expert, having spent 15 years helping iconic retail brands reach and engage customers through strategic marketing programs, PR initiatives and retail experiences. As Director of Brand Marketing & PR for Pottery Barn, part of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. family of brands, House currently leads strategic partnerships, consumer events and public relations for the Pottery Barn brand. Prior to that, she held a number of marketing and communications roles at Gap Inc., including corporate communications, public relations, influencer marketing, partnerships and events.

Kim House

Director of Brand Marketing & PR, Pottery Barn

Kim House is a passionate storyteller and communications expert, having spent 15 years helping iconic retail brands reach and engage customers through strategic marketing programs, PR initiatives and retail experiences. As Director of Brand Marketing & PR for Pottery Barn, part of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. family of brands, House currently leads strategic partnerships, consumer events and public relations for the Pottery Barn brand. Prior to that, she held a number of marketing and communications roles at Gap Inc., including corporate communications, public relations, influencer marketing, partnerships and events.


Brian Kavanagh

Senior Director Insights Driven Performance and Retail Evolution, The Hershey Company

Brian Kavanagh is Senior Director Insights Driven Performance and Retail Evolution for The Hershey Company. He is responsible for leading a center of excellence team of futurists that build and execute Hershey’s category management capabilities, customer collaborative planning process, and future-focused, non-product innovation to help drive unmet consumer demand. In this role, he balances the development of tactical and strategic capabilities to drive overall category growth today with a robust pipeline of strategic levers to prepare retail partners for the impact of future trends. Prior to his current position, Kavanagh held various roles of leadership within Hershey’s Category Strategy and Insights group working with Walmart, food, c-store, dollar and drug retailers to deeply understand shoppers, categories, retailers and broader macro trends for the mutual benefit of Hershey, retailers and shoppers. Kavanagh has also held roles in sales, marketing, category management and business development at both Hormel Foods and Miller Brewing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Georgia.

Brian Kavanagh

Senior Director Insights Driven Performance and Retail Evolution, The Hershey Company

Brian Kavanagh is Senior Director Insights Driven Performance and Retail Evolution for The Hershey Company. He is responsible for leading a center of excellence team of futurists that build and execute Hershey’s category management capabilities, customer collaborative planning process, and future-focused, non-product innovation to help drive unmet consumer demand. In this role, he balances the development of tactical and strategic capabilities to drive overall category growth today with a robust pipeline of strategic levers to prepare retail partners for the impact of future trends. Prior to his current position, Kavanagh held various roles of leadership within Hershey’s Category Strategy and Insights group working with Walmart, food, c-store, dollar and drug retailers to deeply understand shoppers, categories, retailers and broader macro trends for the mutual benefit of Hershey, retailers and shoppers. Kavanagh has also held roles in sales, marketing, category management and business development at both Hormel Foods and Miller Brewing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Georgia.


Mackenzie King

Director, Design Research & Insight Translation, Lextant

Mackenzie King is a director at Lextant—the human experience firm. Lextant provides research expertise using consumer-led innovation methodologies to Fortune 500 companies. With more than 10 years of experience, King uses her unique background in design research and business strategy to develop meaningful results for clients in industries, including community development, automotive, consumer packaged goods and healthcare. She has worked with clients such as Best Buy, Nissan, Procter & Gamble and Pepsico. King has engaged physicians to design smart devices that integrate into hospital informatics, students to co-create a NYC arts high school, Millennials to forecast mobility solutions, and community leaders to envision a unique live-work development. She is also on the leadership team of Creative Mornings Columbus, a mentor of Startup Weekend and a frequent speaker in the space of design research. She holds a BID from Pratt Institute and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Mackenzie King

Director, Design Research & Insight Translation, Lextant

Mackenzie King is a director at Lextant—the human experience firm. Lextant provides research expertise using consumer-led innovation methodologies to Fortune 500 companies. With more than 10 years of experience, King uses her unique background in design research and business strategy to develop meaningful results for clients in industries, including community development, automotive, consumer packaged goods and healthcare. She has worked with clients such as Best Buy, Nissan, Procter & Gamble and Pepsico. King has engaged physicians to design smart devices that integrate into hospital informatics, students to co-create a NYC arts high school, Millennials to forecast mobility solutions, and community leaders to envision a unique live-work development. She is also on the leadership team of Creative Mornings Columbus, a mentor of Startup Weekend and a frequent speaker in the space of design research. She holds a BID from Pratt Institute and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.


David Kwong

Illusionist, Puzzle Expert and author of Spellbound

With his expertise in enigmas and magic, David Kwong delights and challenges audiences around the world with his intellectual brand of “puzzles and prestidigitation.” A veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor), Kwong routinely creates puzzles for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other national publications. He concludes his one-man show with his original crossword puzzle magic trick. Kwong is the puzzle and secret code consultant for the hit NBC show “Blindspot.” He was the head magic consultant on the 2013 worldwide hit film “Now You See Me.” Other films Kwong and his “Misdirectors Guild” have worked on include “The Imitation Game,” “Ant-Man,” “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and the 2016 “Magnificent 7” remake. Kwong was a featured speaker at TED 2014. His talk on how human beings are “wired to solve” involved hiding secret messages in The New York Times crossword puzzle. Kwong is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied the history of magic.

David Kwong

Illusionist, Puzzle Expert and author of Spellbound

With his expertise in enigmas and magic, David Kwong delights and challenges audiences around the world with his intellectual brand of “puzzles and prestidigitation.” A veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor), Kwong routinely creates puzzles for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other national publications. He concludes his one-man show with his original crossword puzzle magic trick. Kwong is the puzzle and secret code consultant for the hit NBC show “Blindspot.” He was the head magic consultant on the 2013 worldwide hit film “Now You See Me.” Other films Kwong and his “Misdirectors Guild” have worked on include “The Imitation Game,” “Ant-Man,” “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and the 2016 “Magnificent 7” remake. Kwong was a featured speaker at TED 2014. His talk on how human beings are “wired to solve” involved hiding secret messages in The New York Times crossword puzzle. Kwong is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied the history of magic.


Alison Embrey Medina

Editor in Chief/Associate Publisher, design:retail

Alison Embrey Medina is the editor in chief/associate publisher of design:retail magazine, an award-winning trade publication serving the retail design industry. In her 15-plus years in the magazine industry, she has been solely focused on covering retail, and rigorously studies trends and consumer nuances affecting the art and science of store design and merchandising. She regularly shares her perspective via trend talks at various events across the globe, most recently traveling to China, Hong Kong, Brazil, France, Germany, Turkey, Canada and Mexico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from The University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and was named one of Folio: magazine’s Top Women in Media for 2016.

Alison Embrey Medina

Editor in Chief/Associate Publisher, design:retail

Alison Embrey Medina is the editor in chief/associate publisher of design:retail magazine, an award-winning trade publication serving the retail design industry. In her 15-plus years in the magazine industry, she has been solely focused on covering retail, and rigorously studies trends and consumer nuances affecting the art and science of store design and merchandising. She regularly shares her perspective via trend talks at various events across the globe, most recently traveling to China, Hong Kong, Brazil, France, Germany, Turkey, Canada and Mexico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from The University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and was named one of Folio: magazine’s Top Women in Media for 2016.


Dan Pelosi

Senior Creative Director, Ann Inc. (Lou & Grey)

Dan Pelosi is the Senior Creative Director of Store Design and Experience for Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey in New York, where he leads a team of creatives to develop unique store designs, brand experiences and windows for each of the three brands. Pelosi joined the company to create the store design and experience for the Lou & Grey brand, which launched its first freestanding store in 2014 and now has 13 stores across the country. He was previously the Creative Director of Crack Experience in Portland, Ore., where he created brand experiences for brands like Nike, Sephora, Nickelodeon, Converse, Starbucks and more. Pelosi got his start in retail design working for Gap Inc. in San Francisco, where he created the 1969 denim stores and a brand new GAP store design in Los Angeles. When not working, he can be found in the kitchen or on Instagram.

Dan Pelosi

Senior Creative Director, Ann Inc. (Lou & Grey)

Dan Pelosi is the Senior Creative Director of Store Design and Experience for Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey in New York, where he leads a team of creatives to develop unique store designs, brand experiences and windows for each of the three brands. Pelosi joined the company to create the store design and experience for the Lou & Grey brand, which launched its first freestanding store in 2014 and now has 13 stores across the country. He was previously the Creative Director of Crack Experience in Portland, Ore., where he created brand experiences for brands like Nike, Sephora, Nickelodeon, Converse, Starbucks and more. Pelosi got his start in retail design working for Gap Inc. in San Francisco, where he created the 1969 denim stores and a brand new GAP store design in Los Angeles. When not working, he can be found in the kitchen or on Instagram.


Phillip Raub

Co-Founder, CMO & Head of Retail, b8ta

Phillip Raub is currently the co-founder, CMO and head of retail at b8ta. In his role, he oversees b8ta’s marketing and consumer experience. Previous to b8ta, Raub held executive marketing roles at Nest (head of global channel marketing), Nintendo (director of retail marketing) and Gap Inc.

Phillip Raub

Co-Founder, CMO & Head of Retail, b8ta

Phillip Raub is currently the co-founder, CMO and head of retail at b8ta. In his role, he oversees b8ta’s marketing and consumer experience. Previous to b8ta, Raub held executive marketing roles at Nest (head of global channel marketing), Nintendo (director of retail marketing) and Gap Inc.


David Tal

President & Co-Founder, Quantumrun

David Tal is the president and co-founder of Quantumrun, a consulting agency that specializes in long-term strategic forecasting and planning. Alongside his team of researchers, Tal helps clients see around corners by revealing how today’s trends might impact their operations tomorrow. His goal is to help clients stay or become the leaders in their space, instead of being disrupted out of business.

David Tal

President & Co-Founder, Quantumrun

David Tal is the president and co-founder of Quantumrun, a consulting agency that specializes in long-term strategic forecasting and planning. Alongside his team of researchers, Tal helps clients see around corners by revealing how today’s trends might impact their operations tomorrow. His goal is to help clients stay or become the leaders in their space, instead of being disrupted out of business.


Paco Underhill

CEO & Founder, Envirosell

Paco Underhill founded Envirosell, a behavioral research and consulting firm with nine offices globally, in 1986. The son of a diplomat, Underhill grew up traveling the world and living across Europe, Asia and North America. He graduated from Vassar college with a degree in Futuristics. Having worked alongside urbanist William Whyte at Project for Public Spaces in the 1970s, and building a consulting practice around retail and design issues, Underhill helped to pioneer an entire industry: bringing public space concepts to the world of retail and the consumer experience. He has contributed opinion pieces for major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, and has authored bestselling books on retail (“Why We Buy,” “Call of the Mall” and “What Women Want”).

Paco Underhill

CEO & Founder, Envirosell

Paco Underhill founded Envirosell, a behavioral research and consulting firm with nine offices globally, in 1986. The son of a diplomat, Underhill grew up traveling the world and living across Europe, Asia and North America. He graduated from Vassar college with a degree in Futuristics. Having worked alongside urbanist William Whyte at Project for Public Spaces in the 1970s, and building a consulting practice around retail and design issues, Underhill helped to pioneer an entire industry: bringing public space concepts to the world of retail and the consumer experience. He has contributed opinion pieces for major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, and has authored bestselling books on retail (“Why We Buy,” “Call of the Mall” and “What Women Want”).