Al Sambar, Kurt Salmon

Al leads Kurt Salmon’s North American Retail and Consumer Group. For more than 20 years, he has been providing retailers and consumer companies with strategic planning, organizational design, consumer insights and operating performance improvement services, with deep specialization in omnichannel retailing and global brand management. He writes frequently about innovation in retailing and apparel brand management and is regularly cited …

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Alan Katz, Media Executive Consultant/Advisor

Alan Katz is a dynamic senior media executive with over 20 years experience generating revenue, developing and operating multi-platform businesses, brand extensions, and sales and marketing strategies for major consumer magazines, websites, sponsored live events and e-commerce brands. He has a proven track record in monetizing content and audiences, building and motivating teams, and developing unique brand positioning. As the Publisher/CRO of New York …


Allison Kern, StarVest

Allison is an associate at StarVest Partners, a NY-based VC invested in expansion stage technology-enabled B2B services companies. Her specialty within Consumer & Retail is e-commerce. Prior to joining StarVest, Allison was an investment analyst at Emerging Sovereign Group, a $5.0bn hedge fund situated within the Carlyle Group. She specializes in Consumer & Retail, and increasingly e-commerce.


Amalia Keramitsis

Amalia Keramitsis is New York-based creative and retail consultant for fashion, fine jewelry and watch brands. Having grown up in Los Angeles, where her father was the right-hand man to celebrated fashion designer James Galanos, she was immersed in the world of the sartorial at a young age. She later attended the American University of Paris and studied art history, …


Ambreen Hussain, Swyft Media

Ambreen Hussain is a Senior Product Manager at Swyft Media, working on the future of emoji keyboards, chat bots and VR. Prior to her arrival at Swyft, she was a Product Manager at Hearst, General Assembly and Sony’s New Media Solutions Team, helping build, create and maintain platforms for the Media/Entertainment and EdTech industries. She also has over eight years …


Andrea Wasserman, Captain Customer

Andrea Wasserman is a consumer sector leader with a background in both stores and e-commerce. An evangelist of the intersection of physical and digital retail, Andrea’s writing at also spans brand and customer experience. Her weekly newsletter counts senior leaders at top retailers among its subscribers. Much of what Andrea loved about leading businesses at Nordstrom, Sole Society, Hudson’s …


Andrew Kangpan, ff Venture Capital

Andrew Kangpan attended the Stern School of Business at NYU with concentrations in Marketing and Finance. He worked for three years as a management consultant within the marketing and branding industry, helping some of the biggest brands (e.g. New York Times, Chrysler, Equifax, JP Morgan, SC Johnson, Electrolux) define their market strategies within a digital context. He developed the skill …


Ben Walters

Ben’s 15+ years experience marketing product to discerning North American and European consumers complements a deep understanding of China’s expanding middle class and its digital/retail ecosystems. As marketing lead for Beats by Dr. Dre in China, Ben developed & oversaw execution of brand’s communications strategy with particular focus on digital marketing and online retail. Role with Beats followed 7 year …


Bob Dakin

Bob Dakin has had a 30 year career in senior leadership with some of the worlds foremost retailers. Prior to establishing his own consulting practice, Bob was Senior Vice President of global retail for Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear, SVP at J Jill, EVP at Brooks Brothers, SVP at Ann Taylor and Regional VP at Lord & Taylor. …

Brian Paul Franklin

Brian Paul Franklin, Freelance

Brian Paul Franklin is a contemporary Designer with a high taste level and track record of delivering innovative products. He embraces cross-functional team dynamics, and the importance of aligning on calendar. He is a creative and strategic thinker with experience in product development, and team and project leadership. He enjoys calendar/SKU planning, budgeting, vintage/trend research, hand sketching/illustration. He has experience …