Stuart is well known in the retail tech and martech industries having headed up one of the more successful shopper engagement companies in the digital signage space, ComQi. During which time he also was a two-term elected president of the Digital Screenmedia Association. ComQi had a successful exit in 2018 being acquired by the global display giant, AUO.
His background also includes two successful startups, EVP Integrated Marketing Consulting at Havas and early in his career head of product management at the shopper marketing company, IRI.
Bret incorporates product-led growth (PLG) strategies and tactics to help companies increase revenue and customer retention.
Primarily focused on SaaS businesses, he leads cross-functional teams, conducting PLG operations to achieve success. Currently, Bret Rachlin serves as chief revenue officer for KPItarget.
Jon is an accomplished business builder who has a proven track record of taking businesses or ideas and moving them into long term growth opportunities.
Building from his experience in brand management at Purina Pet and heading up corporate revenue at Alliant Data, Jon has been at the forefront of growth of in-store media with Actmedia, advancing digital consumer research at Greenfield Online, heading up sports marketing as InStadium's CEO, and new product innovations at News America Marketing / News Corporation.
DeAnn is a retail strategist and trend explorer with 20+ years in the biz and a zealous belief that healthy retail makes healthy communities.
DeAnn works to help brands and retailers to build greater profitability by leveraging the interplay between e-Commerce and brick and mortar. DeAnn has a rich background that is highly applicable to this engagement. DeAnn is also part of the industry BrainTrust at RetailWire and Board member, Retail Design Institute.
Clark Brown has spent 30 years in the technology industry and has just recently retired as the Vice President of Sales for LG Business Solutions. As Vice President of Sales when joining LG, he was the architect and driver of their display division's emergence as a top brand in the US market during his tenure.
Clark has held various sales and management positions over his career. He is a nine (9) time winner of CRN magazine most influential executives in the industry listing, Channel Chief Award. Under Clark’s leadership when he was at NEC they were consistently ranked as the leader in their market. Six (6) time recipient of #1 brand ranking by Display Search. NEC was the #1 North American brand vendor of large screen displays for commercial use during the years 2006-2008, and 2010-2012. The company's sales organization was regularly cited by customers as the best in class business partner.
Scott has spent his career delivering marketing insights to brands, retailers and manufacturers helping them find Blue Ocean opportunities. He credits much of his marketing acumen developed early in his career working for Nestle and ACNielsen analyzing retail sales data to better understand consumer purchase behavior.
For the last 20+ years, Scott has focused on developing new markets for technology hardware, software and service companies. He spent the majority of those years with Seneca Data, a successful computer manufacturer who was acquired by Arrow Electronics (ARW) in 2014. At Seneca Data, Scott led the company pivot from a reseller to a manufacturer of computing devices purpose-built for fast growing digital signage, kiosk and video surveillance markets. After the acquisition, Scott was appointed Director of Market Development on the Global Marketing team.
Laura has been focused on creating meaningful digital experiences for over 25 years as a consultant, author and within leadership positions at several global agencies. Her experience ranges across brand planning, digital engagement, multi-channel marketing, store design, CX and retail innovation. Laura’s book “Lighting up the Aisle: Practices and Principles for In-store Digital Media” continues to guide retailers, their brands and technology companies on how to harness technology to reinvent in-store experiences.
Additionally, Laura currently serves on the board of the Digital Signage Federation, the Retail Design Institute’s SE Chapter and is an active contributor to RetailWire and RetailTouchpoints. She is the co-founder and Chairwoman of ACE, the Advocates of Connected Experiences, a new cross-association initiative intent on addressing the challenges that affect the entire ‘connected ecosystem.’
Henri is currently residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, helping companies to expand in the middle east region. Henri is an entrepreneur-minded business development and international B2B sales professional.
He has experience in direct sales for multinational corporations, building and maintaining international distribution networks, and working as a board member. He founded a successful digital signage start-up, which was sold to an investor in 2017. He has two Master of Science degrees from prestigious universities, both technical and commercial.
Angela is a seasoned growth strategist, advisor, retail thought leader and brand disrupter. She has been recognized as a CSA Top Woman In Retail, a Remodista Women2Watch in Business Disruption and Innovation, Retail Innovator by Retail Touchpoints and Design Influencer from design:retail Magazine.
Throughout her impressive 20-year tenure, Angela established the retail benchmark for the mattress industry, propelling Sleep Number’s growth from $300 million to over $2 billion. Recognized with over 30 design, innovation, technology awards, transformed the Sleep Number brand from a “as seen on TV” mattress retailer into the sleep and wellness technology leader.
Her expertise extends to speaking engagements and publications, where she shares insights on retail innovation, technology integration, consumer strategy and experiential marketing. Angela’s influence also extends to advisory roles, including IrisCX, Retail Touchpoints and The Goldstein Museum of Design. Additionally, she co-founded GreenDog Botanics, a Pet Wellness company.
Angela is currently an Executive Consultant at AAG consulting, where she draws upon her decades of retail experience to lead digital-first strategies for retailers and guide go-to-market and brand strategies for B2B consumer-centric tech firms.
Jason is a serial startup entrepreneur having founded or held a C-level position at multiple early-stage high-growth startups. With a passion skill set around retail technologies, product & goto market strategies, companies, and platforms Jason has built are deployed worldwide.
Jason’s background includes many successful companies, Shortcuts Software, Jason led as CEO to global success in its vertical market and most recently as CTO led the digitization of OnQ a retail display company where Jason still resides on the board of advisors.
Prudent strategist and creative problem solver with consistent history of success forged through collaboration with stakeholders as CEO at both Ping HD and Indigo Studios and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer – Miller Zell.
Ability to create market share by constructing strategic growth roadmap rooted in commercial/business intelligence. Skilled in employing data-driven business insights to drive strategies for exponential business growth. Possess knack for forming recommendations and guiding merger and acquisition initiatives. Adept at deploying strategic imperatives while maintaining focus on priorities and timelines. Expertise in strategizing and delivering consulting services to support organization-wide change. Known to ensure strict adherence to high standards of quality and operational excellence. Possess knack for distilling strategic business issues into tangible revenue, efficiency, and results-driven growth.
For over 25 years Ed has specialized in interactive self-service kiosks, digital signage, wayfinding, experience design, and strategic consulting.
He has been a founder or Co-Founder of five successful brands and is recognized as an entrepreneur and leader in the industry. As a member of the team, Ed brings years of experience in self-service kiosks, digital signage, wayfinding, design, engineering, accessibility, regulatory, hardware, software, managed digital services, IoT, partner and channel development, manufacturing oversight, vendor and supply chain management. After the USAF, Ed was involved in some early adopter technology companies and credits his military experience and technical startup experience for his drive, determination, and just-say-yes attitude. He was a very early member of the original Kiosks.org, a member of the Kiosk Association, a board member of the Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA), a proud sponsor and member of the Kiosk Hall of Fame, and a current member of the Kiosk Manufacturers Association (KMA) through AAG and member of the Digital Signage Federation (DSF).
David has a 28-year career in financial services, during which he served as CFO at PineBridge Investments, a global asset management company with $104b in AUM across public equities, fixed income and alternative asset classes. He was a member of the firm’s Management and Governance committees, managing a team of 76 financial professionals responsible for corporate development, strategy, management reporting, planning & analysis, accounting, tax, treasury operations and capital policy.
David partnered with the CEO in developing the firm's strategic vision and supported in the execution of its business strategy, including evaluation of M&A opportunities, team lift-outs, portfolio acquisitions and team exits. He was responsible for financial support for post carve-out restructuring, implemented a global general ledger package and integrated treasury platform, financial reporting process, led the Board through quarterly financial reviews and provided shareholders with insight on progress toward the firm’s business objectives, negotiated and executed on $1.1bn in term financing and ensured clean annual audits of the consolidated financial statements.
David is currently supporting clients in transaction management, Finance operations optimization and Board support. He advises on M&A opportunities, focusing on helping clients lower their cost of growth capital and develop plans that drive healthy financial growth and expanded equity value.
Palash Ghosh brings 20+ years of digital technology international experience. Headed up JCDecaux UK & EU technology product strategy, innovation before moving to North America. Transformed Supermarket giant, TESCO UK’s digital customer experience.
Expert in conceptualization and implementation of structured methodology which delivers successful commercial and operational transformation within the business.
Master of product & services design, road-map, identification and provision of vision and leadership to the key strategies that will focus and drive the transformation process, ensuring that each initiative is well designed and implemented.