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 …

Bill Langdon

Bill specializes in helping grow tech companies: currently at Nuxeo, before French companies Intersec & Utel. Bill wore many leadership hats at digital mapping leader, NAVTEQ ($20Mn to $1Bn in Sales in 5 years), where he helped run the EU Sales group, was VP/GM of the $100 million revenue, 90-person global Distribution division and integrated the company’s first acquisition, a …

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. …

Bridget Lavery-Palmieri

Bridget Lavery-Palmieri is currently a member of the faculty at Parson’s School of Design in NYC in the Fashion Marketing Department. She is also the founder and principal of fashion retail marketing consultancy, BLP Consulting. As an accomplished, retail executive with strong team management, merchandising, analytical and negotiating skills, Bridget has spent much of her career managing cross-functional teams to …

Brien Buckman, MasterCard

Brien works at MasterCard where he is responsible for API product management, startup/developer relations and community in NYC. Brien works at MasterCard where he is responsible for API product management, startup/developer relations and community in NYC. Previously, he was responsible for sourcing global partnership, investment, and acquisition opportunities at MasterCard; he founded, grew and sold a company; he worked for …

Caryn-Neary

Caryn Neary, Bene Rialto

Caryn Neary is the CEO and founder of Bene Rialto, an innovative incubator and launch platform for fashion startups. A serial entrepreneur Caryn founded several businesses prior to Bene Rialto including PopShops, where she created multichannel mobile shopping experiences for emerging designers and Enspire consulting, a strategic growth firm for emerging brands in the luxury market. Her twenty-five years of …

Cheryl Solomon

Most recently, Cheryl Solomon was the Chief Legal Officer of TOMS Shoes, advising the business on global legal issues and ethics and compliance on both the commercial and the giving side of the business. Prior to that, she was global General Counsel for Gucci Group, which included the Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Sergio Rossi, Boucheron, and …

Christian Busch

Christian is in charge of the German Accelerator in NYC and is a managing partner at Napali Partners, a boutique consulting and advisory firm. Christian was previously SVP, Head of Marketing at Indiegogo, the world’s global crowdfunding platform. Before that, Christian was General Manager and SVP Corporate Development for Alloy Digital (now Defy Media). He also served as General Manager …

Chris Fortunato, KEC Ventures

Chris Fortunato has been in the venture capital industry for almost four years. As a seed investor, he is focused on bringing products to market and keenly assessing market feedback in addition to building a business’ operation made to endure growth and flexibility. He spends most of his time focusing on E-commerce and digital media but closely tracks marketplaces, vertical-specific …

Dan Steketee

Dan is a seasoned consultant with 20 years of experience assisting innovative start-ups, venture capital/private equity firms and large Fortune 500 companies with solving strategic and tactical global problems. Dan’s hands-on experience, creative thinking and large network of personal contacts provide him with the capability to deliver exceptional process and solution designs to solve any global problem.