Luxury Interactive 2016 (past event)

October 17 - 19, 2016

Contact Us: 1-888-482-6012



Mary Anne Stangby
Sunglass Hut, Luxottica Retail North America
Mary Anne Stangby is the General Manager, Senior Vice President for Sunglass Hut North America, responsible for the strategic leadership & financial results of over 1900 stores.

Mary Anne joined Luxottica in 1994, beginning her career in the LensCrafters Training & Development organization.  Across her Luxottica career, she has led Sunglass Hut Store Operations, Store Segments, and Business Development.  Since 2013, she served as General Manager for the Sears Optical brand, delivering strong sales and profit improvement, as well as high associate engagement.  In 2015, she also led the negotiation to expand LensCrafters into Macy’s nationally.

Mary Anne holds a BA in Accounting and Business Management from North Carolina State University.  She lives in Cincinnati with her husband Larry and daughter Luci.

Nancy Zhang
Otte New York
Nancy Zhang is COO and Vice President of OTTE New York, where she manages global marketing, online strategy, finance and operations of the company.  Prior to joining OTTE as a partners, she worked in finance and tech, at Citigroup for 5 years along with managing top rich media clients at Google. She left her corporate career to fulfill her passion in fashion and to be more entrepreneurial by building her own global business.  She holds a B.S. in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School and is an advisory board member for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Carly Rosenberg
Carly Rosenberg is the President at Bluefly, a leading online retailer and premium lifestyle and fashion marketplace. Rosenberg joined Bluefly in 2014 with over fifteen years of experience in ecommerce and digital marketing. Her forward-thinking approach to technology and passion for strategic marketing in ecommerce and retail has earned her industry-wide recognition, including being named one of the Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing by Brand Innovators in 2013, an honor acknowledging the most innovative female brand marketers driving the digital transformation of the marketing and media industries.

As President at Bluefly, Rosenberg oversees all initiatives related to marketing, creative, finance, technology, ecommerce, customer service and HR, and is driven by her passion to create a seamless shopping experience for her customers. Rosenberg is currently leading Bluefly’s transition from an asset owned business model into a marketplace business model, making the site a true destination for fashionable consumers by providing them access to top brands and designers across categories.

Mark Cieslinski
Mark Cieslinski is the President of Moleskine America. He leads the growth of the Moleskine brand in the United States, Canada, and South America. Prior to joining Moleskine, Mark accumulated over 20 years’ experience in consumer product strategy; as SVP of Sales at Help Remedies, Inc, VP Sales and Marketing at Mentholatum, and in various sales and management roles at General Mills. He holds a BA from SUNY Buffalo and an MBA from Canisius College.
Charlie Cole
Chief Digital Officer
Charlie Cole joined TUMI in 2015 as the Company’s Chief Digital Officer. In this role, Mr. Cole is responsible for overseeing and developing the brands’ national and international e-commerce and digital platforms.

Mr. Cole brings a mix of entrepreneurial and institutional knowledge to the Company with success in both fields, and a focus on creating structures to empower creativity driven by energy and objectivity. Prior to joining TUMI, Mr. Cole held various leadership positions, including serving as CEO of The Line, and head of e-commerce for Lucky Brand and Schiff Nutrition, the largest acquisition of a VMS company in the history of Wall Street.
Felita Harris
SVP Global, Commercial Development
Lela Rose
Felita Harris is a seasoned senior executive with over 20 year of experience in luxury RTW and soft accessories. In 2015, Ms. Harris joined Lela Rose in a newly created position, Senior Vice President Global Commercial Development RTW & Bridal. Ms. Harris is responsible for global sales, merchandising, brand positioning, and co-op advertising. A global traveler, strategist, and visionary, Ms. Harris has worked with some of the most notable luxury brands and retailers in the fashion industry, including Donna Karan Collection, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Armani, St. John Knits, Agnona, and Piazza Sempione.

Ms. Harris held senior roles at Donna Karan Collection including Senior Vice President of Global Sales, VP of Sales, Senior Director of Sales, and Director of Retail Merchandising. Ms. Harris significantly grew revenue, elevated the brand positioning, created customer facing marketing programs, ascertained product opportunities, expanded distribution and managed licensee partners across 38 countries within North America, Middle East, Russia, Asia, and Europe.
Andrew Collins
President & CEO
Sentient Jet
Prior to becoming the President of Sentient Jet, Andrew Collins was the Vice President of Revenue Management for the Company. As Vice President, Andrew was responsible for a fifty-person revenue generation and customer acquisition team, including Sales, Sales Operations, CRM, Business Development and Client Account Management. Previous to this role, Andrew led Sentient Jet's product management efforts and created the company's original web marketing strategy.
Valerie Tomasello
VP Marketing
3.1 Phillip Lim
Valerie has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the luxury apparel and retail sector on all aspects of business development, branding and ecommerce, with a special focus on marketing and digital strategy.  She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse and leveraged this experience to transition into the retail/apparel industry. She currently serves as Vice President of Marketing at 3.1 Phillip Lim.  Previous experience includes tenures at Tory Burch, Donna Karan, Nordstrom and Ann Taylor. As a consultant, she has worked with many growing and established luxury and aspirational brands, including Alice + Olivia, Rebecca Taylor, David Yurman, Marimekko and Oscar de la Renta.  Her extensive strategy development and execution work is supplemented by experience in finance, licensing product management and market research.
Valerie earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She currently resides in New York.
Alessio Rossi
Global Chief Digital Officer
Shiseido Group
Alessio Rossi is a global expert with more than thirteen years of experience in luxury retail and marketing for several brands including Lancôme Paris, Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Ducati. His specialties range across a variety of disciplines, including Strategic Financial Planning, International Expansion, Omni-channel Retail, Digital Marketing and CRM. At Shiseido, Alessio is in charge of the global digital transformation of all the touch points of the brands in the portfolio. He believes in the importance of digital as a strategic asset to conquer market share, increase profitability and ensure longevity to the organization that embraces it. Digital is a mindset that puts the consumer and their contribution at the center of every action, not just sales and communication. As a global CDO, he’s determined to accelerate this transformation and to lead innovation in the beauty industry.
Jennifer Marchetti
Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate
Jennifer Marchetti is the Chief Marketing Officer for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC and leads the teams responsible for brand marketing strategy, direct marketing, online marketing, franchise sales marketing, and communications.  In 2015 she was named a Women Worth Watching by the Diversity Journal.

Prior to joining Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Jennifer was Wyndham Worldwide’s Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for the Wyndham Family of Brands, where she was responsible for strategic planning, global marketing, loyalty marketing, and e-commerce strategies for the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, TRYP by Wyndham®, Wingate by Wyndham®, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham® brands. Jennifer spent nine years with Wyndham Worldwide and its parent company, Cendant Corporation.
Jamie Cole
VP, Digital & eCommerce
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Jamie is a veteran of the digital travel and hospitality industry leading Travelocity’s rapid growth in the UK as Managing Director when eCommerce was still in its infancy.  Subsequently Jamie was Vice President global eCommerce and Distribution at Hilton Worldwide leading a large scale digital development programme to build and deploy a new multi-brand, multi-market ecommerce platform.

More recently Jamie spent 6 years operating a boutique consulting practice specialising in commercial and digital strategy projects for a multiple global hotel brands. In addition, he worked with a number of Silicon Valley start-ups developing commercial and product innovation strategies.  Jamie joined Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in July 2015 and is leading a digital transformation.  Jamie is focused on extending Group’s legendary brand experience into digital marketing and the digital in-stay guest experience.

Sebastian Cwilich
President and COO
Sebastian Cwilich is the president and COO of Artsy, the leading resource for art collecting and education. Artsy provides free access to an encyclopedic database of art, architecture, and design, spanning iconic works of art history to modern and contemporary artists such as Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, and Jeff Koons. Previously, Sebastian was an executive at Christie's, where he launched the company's expanded private sales division and was later named the commercial and business director of Haunch of Venison, after Christie's acquired the gallery. Sebastian is also the co-founder and Chairman of ProyectArte, an international nonprofit art school for young emerging artists based in Buenos Aires. Outside of the art world, he has served as an advisor and consultant to businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies across many different industries. Sebastian began his career as a software engineer at AT&T (Bell) Labs.
Andres Sosa
EVP, Sales, Marketing & Creative
The Outnet
Andres Sosa joined THE OUTNET.COM as Director of Global Sales & Marketing in September 2013 and was appointed EVP, Sales, Marketing & Creative in November 2015.
A leader in digital strategy and retail marketing for over 20 years, Andres is responsible for the global sales, marketing, creative and e-commerce teams, optimizing brand awareness for THE OUTNET while driving customer acquisition and retention, public relations and channel innovation. He also provides guidance on site content, campaigns and cross-channel initiatives, ensuring THE OUTNET’s editorialized approach is maximized across all touch points, and has been instrumental in establishing an entrepreneurial environment at THE OUTNET – one that works collaboratively, quickly and efficiently to consistently deliver a globally integrated strategy. Since joining THE OUTNET, he has launched an invite-only VIP program, an award-winning campaign during the crowded London Fashion Week space, and new product categories and collaborations in response to consumer insights.

Barbara Bisoni
Anna Sheffield Fine Jewelry
Mike Chi
VP, Marketing & eCommerce
Mike Chi is the Vice President of Marketing and e-Commerce at INTERMIX, where he leads teams across all channels focused on brand strategy, digital and retail marketing, customer acquisition and retention, public relations and events, creative production, and e-commerce merchandising and operations.
Prior to joining INTERMIX in 2015; Mike held various positions at, most recently Senior Vice President of the women’s business. During his tenure at Gilt, he helped grow the company into a leading digital fashion retailer while managing teams responsible for buying, site merchandising, integrated marketing, and strategy & operations. Mike has also served as a consultant at Boston Consulting group, an international strategy and management consulting firm, and held merchandising roles at Gap Inc. and The Children’s Place. Mike received his MBA from Columbia Business School and his BA from Brown University.

Kristina Buckley Kayel
VP, Communications
Van Cleef & Arpels
Kristina Buckley Kayel is an innovative and international brand building expert with extensive marketing and communications experience in taking preeminent European luxury brands-Baccarat, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta and, currently, Van Cleef & Arpels- to the next level of brand awareness in the Americas market. A key factor in her success is steering such legacy companies through the digital landscape to distinctively and effectively convey their stories and values among existing, aspirational and the next generation of clients.

In building and leading a talented team of 14 at Van Cleef & Arpels, Kristina was the first to create roles for the Maison dedicated to digital media and strategy. She oversees and directs dynamic, award winning and industry recognized digital communication campaigns that integrate search, display and social media. They are distinctive in content and creative, selective in placement and partners, and ensure a call to action, generating excellent performance in website traffic, deeper engagement with the brand online, and growth of its social media communities.

Matthew Leone
Terra Holdings - Brown Harris Stevens & Halstead Property
As Chief Marketing Officer, Matthew oversees the 26 member MarTech division that services Halstead Property and Brown Harris Stevens. In his current position, he is responsible for the daily direction of the resources and operations of the marketing/technology division. He is passionate about staying on top of the latest trends & integrating innovative solutions into all forms of marketing and technology. Mr. Leone also regularly appears as a panelist and speaker at Inman News Connect as well as Leading RE Conferences, NYSAR conventions, & Luxury Portfolio Summits speaking on concepts that will shape the future of real estate marketing and technology. Mr. Leone also currently serves on the Technology Advisory Council for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World regularly advising the global network on a variety of technology initiatives as well as the Inman News Content Advisory Board. He has been routinely interviewed & quoted in media such as the Today Show, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, AdWeek, CNBC, NY1, NY Magazine, Real Deal and many more.
Greg Finney
2 Modern
Greg Finney is an online branding and marketing veteran with over 20 years experience. He founded an award winning interactive agency and served as the chief digital strategist for several emerging and Fortune 500 companies. He is the founder and CEO of 2Modern, a fast growing retailer of luxury furnishings.
Mark Simmons
VP, Marketing and eCommerce
Design Within Reach
Mark Simmons is the Vice President of Marketing at Design Within Reach, the leading modern design brand in North America. He has led the re-launch of the DWR brand, building loyal DWR fans and nurturing their life-long love affair with modern design. In his prior stint at DWR, he led the eCommerce group from startup through IPO.

Prior to DWR, Simmons helped launch the bicycle start-up, PUBLIC Bikes, and video game start-up, Simraceway. As any early evangelist of social media, Simmons led the marketing team at Six Apart (now SAY Media), a leading blogging and new media business.

Mr. Simmons is a recognized industry expert on the intersection of technology, commerce and design. You can follow him on Twitter at @markthink.
Noah Goldberg
eCommerce Director
Angela Gruszka
Director, Marketing & Communications
ABC Carpet & Home
Angela Gruszka has over 13 years of experience working at the intersection of design, technology, and retail in the luxury space. Currently, she is the Director of Marketing & Communications at ABC Carpet & Home, the iconic New York City design retailer. From digital strategy to brand development and creative direction, Angela focuses on building revolutionary 360-degree brand experiences across all mediums and channels. Bringing insight, creativity, and guidance of innovative technology, Angela has been integral to the evolution and growth of the ABC Carpet & Home brand. During her tenure, she conceptualized and directed several award-winning advertising campaigns, groundbreaking interactive experiences, and helped incubate, pioneer and grow the digital infrastructure for ABC Carpet & Home, including the launch of the ecommerce platform.
Swan Sit
VP, Global Digital
Elizabeth Arden
Swan Sit is the Vice President of Global Digital for Elizabeth Arden. She is responsible for digital marketing, social media, etailer sales and digital innovation across the Elizabeth Arden brand portfolio and the company’s designer, celebrity and heritage fragrances. She is developing the company’s first digital platform across its global markets, spearheaded the company’s groundbreaking “Desk of Liz Arden” social campaign and was voted one of Luxury Daily’s Women to Watch.

As the former Executive Director of Online Strategy and Planning for the Estee Lauder Companies, Swan helped grow their global marketing, ecommerce and mobile sites from 125 to 450, with double digit sales growth across 30 brands and 50 countries. Swan was also a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company with a focus on growth strategy, operational efficiency and private equity due diligence. As a Product Manager at Newell Rubbermaid, she developed products for Wal-Mart, Target and Lowes – launching a factory in China during SARS – and ran the grassroots Trend Marketing Team. Out of college, she capitalized on the Internet boom at Trilogy Software, creating marketing campaigns that still live in dot-com infamy.

Swan graduated with an MBA from Columbia and a BA in Economics from Harvard. Having traveled to 60+ countries, her favorites include Antarctica, Mongolia, Rwanda, Bhutan, Myanmar and North Korea. She sits on the boards of L2’s Client Advisory, Women in Retail, Momentum Virtual Reality and BWG Strategy, as well as the Impact Network and Foundation Rwanda philanthropies. She can often be found smashing a volleyball or chasing restaurant openings around NYC.
Audrey Yu
VP, Global Digital
John Hardy
Elisa Ours
SVP, Planning and Design
Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group
Elisa Orlanski Ours serves as the Senior Vice President of Planning & Design (PD) for Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group and Citi Habitats New Developments. The PD Department directs the architectural design process throughout all phases of residential, hotel and amenity space planning in order to maximize potential value. Elisa’s primary role is to guide architectural efforts that shape all aspects of a properties predevelopment and post-development process, beginning with site feasibility and progressing through the creation of a sales center and ending with the last residential closing of a building. She established the Planning & Design Department and oversees a team of formally-trained designers.

Elisa’s team provides professional client services and researches new trends in architecture, technology and residential design. PD expertise reflects an in-depth familiarity with the contemporary condominium market, design trends, sustainable innovations and diverse product typologies. The recommendations that the PD Department provides advance the sales of Corcoran Sunshine and Citi Habitats residences by elevating the design, planning, programming, and construction process. PD’s expertise includes master plans, mixed-use developments, conversions, new construction and sustainable properties in New York, Florida, California, Chicago, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and in select international markets. They have collaborated with developers and renowned designers to innovate truly exceptional architecture, including 56 Leonard, The Apthorp, The Greenwich Lane, My Micro NY, 626 First Avenue, and Four Seasons Private Residences at 30 Park Place.
David Page
VP, Brand Marketing
Rent the Runway
AJ Nicholas is the Vice President of Brand Marketing at Rent the Runway, the company revolutionizing fashion by allowing millions of women to rent designer apparel and accessories. With 6 million members and $126 million raised in venture capital funding Rent the Runway is one of the fastest growing startups in the US. As part of the founding team, AJ has built the Rent the Runway marketing organization, turning RTR into a beloved household brand. In her current role she oversees brand marketing, subscription marketing, communications, and business development, with a focus on developing customer acquisition and retention strategies and creating new revenue streams.
Prior to Rent the Runway, AJ led communications for Victoria’s Secret Beauty, building public relations and event marketing strategies for the company’s beauty brands and supermodels. 

Michael Sanders
Director, eCommerce
Saturdays NYC
Sharon Osen
Perricone MD
Sharon brings over 25 years of corporate marketing and brand consulting experience in Global and US markets, with a track record of developing effective business strategies, articulating compelling brand vision, and elevating brand image. Her expertise includes a strong focus on driving growth through consumer experience and customer engagement, along with a passion for innovation. She is a frequent speaker at the Luxury Interactive Conference, Luxury Marketing Council, and CMO Club Conferences, has guest lectured at NYU’s Stern School of Business, and has been interviewed by leading business journals including WWD and Harvard Business Review.
Ophelia Ceradini
VP Digital Innovation & Technology Group
Estee Lauder
Mai Nozoe
VP Of Creative Services
Alice + Olivia
Mai Nozoe is Vice President of Creative Services for alice + olivia.  She joined the company in 2013 to develop their first in house creative department. In her role, she oversees all creative branding and global image direction including photography, casting, styling, advertising, art direction, design, and production of brand collateral and website. 

Prior to her current role, Mai Nozoe served as the first Vice President of Creative Operation for Moda Operandi where she was responsible for developing their first branding print campaign and global photo studio operations.

From 2005-2012, Mai Nozoe was responsible for developing the first in house creative department at Michael Kors.

Mai has spoken at various industry events including the Harvard Business School Retail and Luxury Conference and participated this year as juror at Le Book’s annual Connections event.
Amanda Willinger
VP, Digital and eCommerce
For over 15 years, Amanda Willinger has lent her exacting eye and creative vision to almost every facet of the global luxury business. She began her career in the fine art world, where for esteemed companies such as Sotheby’s and Philips, De Pury and Luxembourg she oversaw all content creation and marketing, and maximized brand visibility through public relations, events and e-commerce. She then pivoted to luxury retail at such global brands as Tumi, David Yurman and Ippolita, where she oversaw all creative direction across multiple facets, including photo shoots, global advertising and international points of sale. As brands began to shift their focus and find new opportunities online, Ms. Willinger evolved her expertise to include e-commerce, digital marketing and sales strategies.

Ms. Willinger is currently the vice president of digital and e-commerce at LAGOS fine jewelry. She oversees all e-commerce, digital marketing, social media, crm, technology & innovation for the brand’s e-business. In 2016, she oversaw a complete site re-platform & redesign, which resulted in triple digit revenue growth. Ms. Willinger is based in New York.
Justin Sellman
VP, eCommerce and Digital Strategy
Justin Sellman is the Vice President of E-Commerce and Wholesale for Ghurka, where he is responsible for the strategy and management of both divisions. 

Justin has spent the last ten years learning every facet of the fashion business.  From wholesale and retail to manufacturing and design to supply-chain logistics and technology, Justin has been intimately involved in each area for both start-ups and established companies. 
Michelle Peranteau
Director, U.S. Marketing and Public Relations
Harry Winston
Mark Keeney
VP, Marketing
As Vice President of Marketing at Ritani, Mark Keeney is responsible for overseeing the strategy and execution for all marketing teams and channels.  Prior to Ritani, Mark spent over 9 years at Rhapsody heading up the Marketing team and helping transform the way we consume music.

Mark has over 19 years of B2C experience in the digital space and has experienced the shifts in technology and consumer behaviors first hand.  When not driving new customer acquisitions, he can be found exploring Washington’s beaches with his wife and two active boys.
Kristin Suppelsa
VP, Marketing
Hearts On Fire
Rachael Johnson
VP, Digital
Moet Hennessy
Jon Omer
VP, US Wholesale
Jon Omer has built a career around managing and developing retail and wholesale businesses with luxury companies such as Neiman-Marcus, Bulgari, Buccellati, Harry Winston, DeWitt, and currently Faberge. His goal has always been to develop the highest quality distribution networks for these brands, and provide exceptional luxury experiences for the clients in the process. Today he is involved in relaunching the brand Faberge, coupling an historic name with a modern introduction of jewelry and watches that reflect the genius and craft of Peter Carl Faberge. Jon is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, and served with the US Army as a Cobra helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He loves baseball and the Yankees, and lives through the parental excitement and anxiety of watching his daughter fence for NYU.
Lauren Croke
Director, Web & eCommerce
Eileen Fisher
Lauren Croke has been leading digital efforts for EILEEN FISHER for over a decade. A strategic visionary, Lauren has led a wide range of teams and departments, notably developing and launching EILEEN FISHER into the digital era through the company’s first entry into Ecommerce and Digital Marketing later on through the Social Media Programs and Cross-Channel Customer Experience Strategy. As head of Web, E-commerce & Digital Marketing, she places emphasis on the company’s core values of simplicity, collaboration, connection and great design placing the customer at the center and focuses on ensuring the web remains at the forefront of digital strategy, innovation, usability and branding.

Most recently, her focus has been on the development of the company’s digital transformation vision and strategy.  Lauren first joined EILEEN FISHER focusing on Special Projects before leading company operations as the Director of Facilities. She led environmental programs, real estate leasing and developed health & safety for the company’s many locations, renowned for sustainability and responsible design.

Lauren started her leadership path in Human Resources at the Accor Hotels Group. She then moved to consult and build strategic programs in promotions and sponsorships for financial institutions before finding her home at EILEEN FISHER. 
Christina Bennett
Senior Director, Global Public Relations
Elizabeth Arden, Inc.
Christina Bennett, Senior Director, Global Public Relations, is responsible for Global PR strategy and U.S. publicity efforts, and U.S. Social Media strategy and execution for the namesake Elizabeth Arden skincare, color and fragrance portfolios.  In this role, Christina also oversees global crisis communications, influencer relations and spokesperson management.  Under her leadership, the brand has been honored with 11 industry awards for its innovative PR and U.S. Social Media programming.
James Ricks
Global Marketing Strategist
James manages the marketing efforts for Virtuoso with a focus on the over 700 member locations worldwide. He is responsible for delivering marketing strategies to member agencies through consumer data analysis and technology platforms.  Virtuoso’s marketing portfolio includes magazines, catalogs, websites, social media, and direct marketing.

Prior to joining Virtuoso this year, he spent 15 years in management roles at DMN Media (The Dallas Morning News) and American Airlines Publishing.

Diana Takach
VP, eCommerce
Camuto Group
Jamie Harbeck
Sr. Director or Brand Marketing
Jamie Harbeck, Senior Director of Brand Marketing, oversees media planning and creative, digital content, and social media strategy & activations for Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle brands (Waldorf Astoria, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and Canopy by Hilton).  Jamie has over 12 years of digital marketing experience across a number of industries including luxury hospitality and CPG.  Prior to joining Hilton Worldwide in 2014, Jamie managed full customer lifecycle marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Co-brand Credit Card.  In this role, Jamie was responsible for new customer acquisition and maximizing customer engagement, while extending the Ritz-Carlton brand identity to the credit card product & customer events.  Jamie also has extensive digital agency experience, ranging from managing social media brand campaigns for Fortune 500 clients to digital acquisition for luxury hotel portfolios.  Jamie earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce in Charlottesville, VA.  She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two young daughters. 
April McGlynn
Digital Media Manager, Affiliates
Neiman Marcus, Inc.
Erica Kasel
Luxury Educator
Erica Kasel is the former Vice President of Marketing of Chanel since 2007, responsible for Consumer and Digital Marketing for the Fashion division. Previously, at American Express’ Departures Magazine, she launched Black Ink/The Centurion Magazine and expanded Departures into International Markets.

A recognized leader and innovator in luxury marketing, and mentor to students since serving as NYU Adjunct faculty, her insights on the affluent client, the role of technology and client service imperatives draw from an accomplished career spanning retail, hospitality, publishing, and real estate industries. She holds her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, and BS from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration.

Jenna Habayeb
VP, Marketing
Splendid & Ella Moss
Jenna Habayeb specializes in the strategic development and implementation of fully integrated marketing campaigns with a core focus on data-driven storytelling and 360 thinking. She has applied this philosophy to help numerous brands create authentic experiences, engage with consumers on a deeper level, and maximize brand exposure and awareness. She has led key marketing initiatives for beloved brands including bareMinerals, bebe, Burger King, TABASCO, Tween Brands and more over her long agency career. Currently she is creating meaningful campaigns as the VP of Marketing for Splendid and Ella Moss, two contemporary apparel brands that are apart of VF Corporation. 
Anne-Marie Kline
VP, Global Marketing
Living Proof
Anne-Marie has over 20 years driving complex cross-channel marketing campaigns for brands across CPG, automotive, travel, insurance, technology, sports, music and retail.  She is the VP/Global Marketing for Living Proof a biotech beauty brand on a mission to change people’s lives through creating the healthiest hair possible.  A respected industry thought leader, she’s been named one of Business Insider’s “Most Creative Women in Advertising.”   Prior to joining Living Proof, she spent 10 years at Digitas where she built the Social Content practice and award-winning BrandLIVE, DigitasLBi’s proprietary real-time marketing platform and approach, which drives relevance and value for brands every day such as P&G, GM, Amex and Puma.  Prior to joining DigitasLBi, Anne-Marie was the Director ofBrand Communications at Tweeter Home Entertainment Group. Before that she was at Wolf Associates, where she developed premiere sports marketing programs fortune 100 companies. 
Jennifer Scott
Senior Director Global Marketing & eCommerce
Ms. Scott is an accomplished marketer who has made a name for herself in the fashion and luxury spaces.  She has devoted her career to expanding her companies’ revenues through horizontal and vertical growth, and developing creative merchandising and marketing messages for each of her companies

Ms. Scott currently serves as Senior Director Global Ecommerce & Marketing Frette North America Inc., where she leads global e-commerce, marketing and customer service teams in Milan and New York, and has successfully increased sales and brand awareness since she joined the company in 2013.  She has created an interdepartmental CRM platform to track multi-channel objectives utilizing advanced email marketing and customer analytics.  She re-launched the company’s North American and European websites, receiving rave reviews on the site’s simplicity and elegance, navigation and well-thought presentation of information.

Jose Nino
VP, eCommerce Marketing
Perry Ellis
Jose Nino is a multichannel, Google certified, senior level e-commerce and digital marketing executive with over 15 years of experience in the startup, development and management of results oriented e-commerce marketing, technology and operations. A Brand Innovators "40 under 40", he has presented at numerous domestic and international industry conferences.

He is currently Vice President of E-Commerce, Marketing for Perry Ellis International and is responsible for several facets of the organization's domestic and international e-commerce strategy, including P&L responsibility, for its direct to consumer e-commerce brands (Perry Ellis, Original Penguin, Cubavera, Callaway Golf Apparel).  His strategic oversight and leadership also extends to wholesale e-commerce marketing strategies, as well as the company's digital, omni-channel strategy, over a dozen brands.
Caroline Colavita
Director, eCommerce
Adrianna Papell
Brita Turner
Director of eCommerce
Godiva Chocolatier
Brita Turner is currently the Director of Ecommerce at Godiva, coming previously from Bed Bath & Beyond,, and IBM Consulting. She has over 10 years of experience in the technology space, with an MBA from University of North Carolina and concentration in Luxury Goods and Corporate Strategy from ESSEC.  At Godiva she manages the online landscape including paid media marketing, Godiva’s direct to consumer online business, and several of their wholesale online accounts.
Milton Pedraza
Luxury Institute
Milton Pedraza is the CEO of the Luxury Institute. Over the past 12 years, Milton has established the Luxury Institute, first and foremost, as a high-performance client relationship consulting firm serving more than 1,000 luxury and premium goods and services brands across dozens of categories. The Luxcelerate System has helped brands significantly improve client data collection, conversion, and retention rates. In addition, the Institute has conducted more research with affluent consumers than any other entity in the world. 

Milton advises and coaches luxury CEOs and advises the boards of top-tier luxury and premium brands, as well as luxury startups. He is sought after worldwide for his practical, innovative and humanistic insights and recommendations on luxury and is the most quoted global luxury industry expert in leading media and publications. 
Jessica Ellis
Director of Creative Services
While growing up in the Midwest, Jessica's career dream was to work in a fast-paced creative role that benefited from her sensible logic and zest for creativity. She's succeeded in fulfilling this goal by working for and with an esteemed roster of dynamic marketing teams, experiential agencies and acclaimed brands.

Presently she is the Director of Creative Services at LAGOS, a flourishing national luxury jewelry brand. She joined the almost 40 year old brand in 2015 in a newly created position to institute process, focus standards and build resources for expanding creative needs across all channels.
Michelle Devore
VP, Media and Advertising
Neiman Marcus
Michelle directs eCommerce Marketing for the Neiman Marcus Omnichannel Marketing organization. She is responsible for eCommerce marketing strategy for both and 42 NM store locations. Additionally, she is responsible for marketing strategy for the customer-facing NM app and International websites. Joining the organization in 2006, she has worked on every brand of the Neiman Marcus Group portfolio including NM, CUSP, Bergdorf Goodman, and Last Call. In 2010, Michelle contributed to the development and launch of, one of the first luxury off-price websites in the industry.
Alessa Martin
Director of Marketing
Alessa Martin is the Director of Marketing for TACORI.  Handcrafted in California, TACORI is a luxury jewelry brand founded nearly five decades ago that is well known for its innovative marketing techniques.  Alessa joined the company in 2013 to develop and execute strategic online initiatives that help elevate the TACORI brand.  She works to enhance the customer experience across all digital touch-points, from the initial stages of consideration to turning clients into loyal brand advocates.

Alessa began her marketing career in a creative role that has since evolved into a more strategic and operational capacity. She was previously Marketing Director for Carl K. Gumpert, a large-scale jewelry manufacturer where she was responsible for launching a licensing deal with the luxury fashion house Judith Leiber.  She also worked as Director of Operations at Indomina Media (now Lantica Media), a start-up independent film studio based in Beverly Hills and the Dominican Republic, where she launched business operations in 2009.

April Uchitel
Chief Brand Officer
April is the Chief Brand Officer at Spring with over twenty-five years of experience in the fashion industry, working with both global and emerging brands. As an integral member of Spring’s founding team since its launch in 2014, April has led brand acquisition and engagement efforts, bringing Spring’s total brand partners to more than 1,250. Prior to Spring, April was the EVP of Global Sales and Strategy at DVF, where for nine years she ran global sales, merchandising and strategic planning, and played an integral role in developing DVF into the iconic brand that it is today.

April has long been considered a thought leader in the fashion world, speaking at key industry events including Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, FIT’s Global Conference, Social Media Week, NYU’s Disruption in Luxury Retail Conference, and Master Card’s Women in Wireless Event, among others. April is passionate about supporting and developing emerging talent has been a mentor in the prestigious CFDA Incubator program for the past 3 years. In 2015, The New York Business Journal honored April as part of their inaugural Women of Influence Awards.

Sarah Lukas
Corporate Senior Manager, eCommerce Marketing
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Katie Scott
Houston-based interior designer, Katie Scott, launched the KATIE SCOTT design brand in 2005 by creating interiors that were defined, not designed. Embracing her client’s core individualities, Scott styles and designs homes across America to enhance the desires that ignite the soul. Influenced by the beauty found in juxtaposition, Katie optimizes on creating interiors that resonate a sense of peace, yet are energized by spontaneous jolts of color and eclectic art and accessories.

In 2013, Katie introduced her fine jewelry line. Tapping into her desire for something edgy and fashion-forward yet spiritually inspired, Scott was motivated to unite style with inner spirituality. Katie has documented her spiritual quest in her recent book, Let It Be. Katie Scott’s award-winning design work has appeared in Elle Decor, Interiors, Luxe, Country French, Southern Living, Papercity, WWD and Accessories Magazine.

Carl Miller
Global Retail Insights Network (GRIN)
Carl Miller is the Founder and Managing Director of the Global Retail Insights Network (GRIN), the principal not-for-profit global community for e-commerce professionals. Carl founded the GRIN to help cross border retailers lead and innovate through knowledge and collaboration. He previously led the retail practice at GlobalCollect (an Ingenico company), where he worked with top retailers, helping them develop global e-commerce strategies. Carl is studying innovation at the Haas School of Business executive education program, and has been designated as a 'Top of the List E-Commerce Professional' by the San Francisco Business Times for his innovation around B2C services.
Charlie Wade
Business Development Manager
Charlie specialises in Retail, eCommerce, and Digital marketing more widely. He has worked with, and for, some of the world's best loved brands, partnering with adidas, Samsung, and ASOS (amongst others). His experience has been gained both agency-side and in-house. He has been in the US for nearly two years, having relocated from London.
Olivia van Eyck
Global Social Media Marketing
Four Seasons Resorts and Hotels
Joe Ferrari
Director of Ecommerce Operations
Kate Spade & Company
As Director of Ecommerce Operations at Kate Spade & Company, Joe Ferrari is responsible for maintaining consistency in the omnichannel customer experience.  His areas of focus span ecommerce customer care and fulfillment experience, in-store experience initiatives, guest feedback channels, as well as corporate client relations.  Joe and his team utilize direct feedback from the kate spade new york guest in all direct-to-consumer channels to help shape the Company’s omnichannel and customer-centric approach.  Joe began his career in Gap stores, and then spent several years in store operational roles throughout the Fifth and Pacific and Liz Claiborne, Inc. organizations. He joined kate spade new york in 2008 as Director of Store Operations.
Tiffany Lin
VP of Digital
Cover FX
Nava Osembo-Ombati
Enda Athletic
Jason Wallis, Chief Technology Officer, is responsible for driving the next generation of the Volusion platform, Mozu. Jason works closely with the leadership and product teams to define an architecture that efficiently meets the needs of our customers. Jason is a software developer at his core, owning a strong passion for crafting technology and software that drives business growth.

He brings almost 20 years of experience to Mozu, starting his career as a private consultant that built custom software to take small and medium businesses to the next level. After a brief period in technology consulting for the public sector, Jason spent 12 years at Dell as an architect on their industry leading ecommerce platform. He eventually moved to the role of Chief Technical Architect for all of Dell's internal software development. Jason believes in the power of teamwork and knows that great things happen when people collaborate to solve a problem. He is an avid Agile enthusiast and embraces the power of innovative ideas and direct customer feedback. Jason believes that customers' needs should drive the direction of a technology platform.
Ross Kramer
CEO and Co-Founder
Ross Kramer has more than 15 years of executive leadership and digital marketing experience, having successfully launched and directed three technology start-ups. He has led Listrak from concept to leading digital marketing automation platform focused solely on online and omnichannel retailers. Ross is a thought leader within the online marketing community, frequently lending his expertise to industry publications, conferences, seminars and webcasts. 
Jennifer Wang
Co-Founder & CMO
Jennifer Wang is a powerhouse in the world of luxury online shopping. As the Co-Founder of, she is a relationship arbiter between 3,000+ of the world’s most coveted brands and 15M voracious Chinese-American shoppers who peruse her site monthly. Wang makes dreams come true for her customers, serving up deals and exclusives on luxuries via the largest shopping advisory site for Chinese Americans, with over 5 million followers on the Weibo social network, and more than 2 million app installations.

The elegant executive has a lot to say about the nature of e-commerce and the mind of the highly sought after Chinese-American demographic; mostly because she is an immigrant herself.  Wang has deep intel on this brand-centric shopper which has resulted in the Dealmoon customer becoming one of the highest average order value shoppers on the web. Under her direction, Dealmoon has sold billions of dollars of product to this consumer for some of America’s most cherished brands.

Wang is insightful, courageous and unstoppable. Her expertise in marketing includes developing social networks and compelling content that converts, robust mobile revenue models, international sales, and using online methods to drive brick and mortar sales.
Nick is the founder of, a modern web and mobile application development firm that fuses Agile design, JavaScript development and partner collaboration. Rangle specializes in Lean UX and frameworks that include Angular, React, Ionic, and Node, to deliver amazing user interfaces to global enterprise customers. Nick has over 15 years of experience in software in many diverse roles and industries, and he has worked with retailers such as Nike and Victoria’s Secret, to name a few. Today he’s an active speaker, delivering about a dozen talks each year. To hear more from Nick, follow him on Twitter at @n1cholasv.
Megan Harris
Managing Partner
As a digital native and global business citizen, Megan brings a unique perspective to her role as Managing Partner at SYZYGY North America. She manages operations and business growth for the digital agency, which offers creative, technology, and media services to major travel, luxury, and financial services brands, including Avis Budget Group, Chanel and Paypal.
Prior to joining SYZYGY, Megan was Business Director and a member of the senior leadership team of Razorfish’s London office, running the full service media offerings in EMEA. Clients included Starwood Resorts, Holland America Lines, Ralph Lauren, and Mondelez. She spoke frequently at digital marketing and advertising symposia across Europe. 
Megan started her digital career in as an Account Manager in Razorfish’s Chicago office in 2006 after brief but enlightening stint in finance at Deutsche Bank. She earned a Journalism degree from the University of Oregon.
Danny Kourianos
SVP, Product Strategy
Rakuten Marketing
As SVP of Product at Rakuten Marketing, Danny Kourianos is passionate about innovating ad technology that solves the challenges advertisers face every day. Danny joined Rakuten Marketing in 2012 when Rakuten acquired mediaFORGE, where Danny was VP of Product. He was brought on to oversee product across all of Rakuten Marketing in 2013. Prior to mediaFORGE, Danny developed his product and industry acumen with careers at eBay and Yahoo, and developed his signature sense of humor during his first career as a standup comedian in NYC. These days, when not thinking of ways to innovate Rakuten Marketing's diverse product suite, Danny likes to cook and spend time making his wife and two sons laugh.
Jess Stephens
Jess brings an invaluable breadth of marketing and leadership experience to SmartFocus. With an unashamedly enthusiastic approach to data, she knows all about the huge impact disruptive technology has in bringing brands closer to their consumers. As the Chief Marketing Officer, Jess is responsible for bringing SmartFocus’ brand to life and telling our unique story globally. Prior to joining SmartFocus, Jess was the Founder and Director at TagPoints and held senior leadership roles at MoneySupermarket Local Deals, Local Daily Deals and Filofax.
Kaitlin Konetchy
Enterprise Account Manager
ROI Revolution
With a background in sports and event marketing, Kaitlin joined ROI Revolution in 2010. In her time at ROI, she has been running digital marketing campaigns as a team manager, strategist, and consultant for retailers all over the world. Kaitlin has overseen tens of millions of dollars in paid advertising spend and understands where and how to optimize in order to maximize performance. She now spearheads ROI’s enterprise development program.

Kaitlin is a graduate of the Appalachian State University Walker College of Business and resides in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and daughter.
Ayako Homma
Senior Analyst
Euromonitor International
Ayako Homma is a Senior Analyst at Euromonitor International. She provides insights on market and consumer trends in the beauty and fashion industries with an emphasis on luxury goods. She began working at Euromonitor International’s Tokyo office, where she analysed a variety of Japanese industries. She is currently based in Euromonitor’s Chicago office and she holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
Amit Sharma
Amit Sharma is the founder and CEO of Narvar, the premium post-purchase platform that helps leading brands and retailers build stronger relationships with their customers beyond the ‘buy button’, resulting in greater customer engagement and loyalty. Amit has more than 15 years of experience across supply chain, information technology and business analytics leading several multi-channel initiatives at companies including Apple, Walmart, and Pottery Barn. Amit received his BS in electronics engineering and MBA from Duke University. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Narvar is used by over 250+ leading retailers
Ray Owens
Founder & President
DX Marketing
Data-driven decisions are all the rage nowadays, but DX Marketing's founder and President Ray Owens has long been a numbers guy. His three decades of data analytics experience and real world customer insight form the foundation of both our capabilities as a business and our direct marketing philosophies. He realized long ago the undeniable connection between better analytics and effective marketing. In fact, that deep dive approach to growing his clients' businesses has produced national recognition, complete with their multiple appearances as a Top 15 Fastest Growing Company in Forbes Magazine. Pairing this attention to data detail with building out enterprise level data warehouses on some of Oracle's biggest platforms - both in data storage and the marketing cloud - gives DX Marketing one of the biggest tandems of offline and online data in the market today.

Whether it's location intelligence, customer acquisition, or large-scale predictive analytics, Ray has covered the industry spectrum, from major retailers, to healthcare, to restaurant and hospitality services, not to mention real estate, and the financial sector. In short, Ray has not only seen it all – he's done it all. About the only thing left is finishing his time machine and hitting the stage at Shea Stadium as a member of The Beatles. (Yes, of course we know you can't build a time machine, we're just trying to decide to best way to tell him that.)

Ari Wolfe
Strategic Account Manager
Ari is an Account Director for North America at Olapic, specializing in analytics and strategy. Prior to Olapic he previously lead Digital IQ Index® studies from market research firm L2 Inc on Beer/Beverages, Sportswear, Department Stores, and Specialty Retail. He has also worked on branding and digital strategy with start-up companies Nest Egg and Madécasse. Prior to business school, he worked in new media products at John Wiley & Sons and also spent two years in China through a Princeton in Asia fellowship. Ari received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and M.B.A. from NYU Stern.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Ann brings over two decades of marketing and product management experience to SOASTA. In this role, Ann leads the overall marketing organization that includes product management, product marketing, corporate communications, channel marketing, customer acquisition and lead-to-revenue strategy. Ann is a Silicon Valley veteran driving some of the most disruptive innovations in cloud, mobile, e-commerce, big data analytics, cybersecurity, networking and embedded systems. She is a leading advocate for better customer experience management and believes today's mobile and hyper-connected consumers deserve web and mobile applications that are fast, reliable and easy to use. Prior to SOASTA, Ann was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at LiveOps. Ann also served in senior management roles at Symantec, Sybase (acquired by SAP), eBay and HP. Ann received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida.
Joe DiNardo
Director of Marketing
Blue Fountain Media
Joe leads the media and marketing divisions at Blue Fountain Media.  He packs a one-two punch with extensive knowledge of omnichannel marketing campaigns. Joe is an ROI-centric marketer who is driven to move the needle with data and behavioral analytics.
Gavin Silver
Director of Technology
Blue Fountatin Media
Gavin evaluates the acquisition and application of technology for both internal and client facing efforts at Blue Fountain Media. With his extensive experience across many different technology related fields, ranging from financial software engineering to technical e-commerce project management, Gavin is able to architect technology solutions for complex projects at a rapid pace.
Sebastian Lyner
Agency Client Partner
Blue Fountain Media
Sebastian leads the account services teams at Blue Fountain Media.  He provides strategic guidance across brand’s marketing and technology needs. Having trodden almost every walk of marketing life, Sebastian provides an innovative and dynamic approach to meeting client’s business goals.
Liad Agmon
Co-Founder and CEO
Dynamic Yield
Liad is a serial entrepreneur with rich experience as a startup founder and as a Fortune 500 executive. He founded information security vendor Onigma (acquired by McAfee) and social search company Delver (acquired by Sears Holdings). Following Delver’s acquisition, Liad served as a VP of New Services at Sears Holdings and on the board of its Home Electronics and Outlets business units. Liad served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Bessemer Venture Partners and taught at the Entrepreneurship MBA program in Tel-Aviv University and at the Zell Program of IDC Herzliya. He holds a BA Cum Laude from Tel-Aviv University in Computer Sciences and Film Studies.
Lindsay Chastain
Head of Customer Advocacy and Product Marketing
Lindsay Chastain has spent her career driving digital marketing innovation while working with companies across the advertising and marketing technology ecosystem. In her recent role as head of Digital Advertising Strategy and Partnerships at Sephora, Lindsay’s influence on industry innovation and her ability to successfully leverage marketing and advertising technologies to drive program performance earned her a spot in the Brand innovator’s ’40 Under 40 West’ Class of 2015. Lindsay has a passion for technology that improves how brands communicate with customers, so she is now focused on helping technology companies build better relationships with their customers and partners.

Melissa Feemster
SVP Retail Partnerships
8 Seas LLC
Melissa is SVP Retail Partnerships at 8 Seas LLC, a fashion startup based in NYC led by serial entrepreneur J Michael Cline.  8 Seas is building a new personalized, full price app that will revolutionize the shopping experience.  Prior to this role, she was the GM of Rakuten Affiliate Network (formerly LinkShare) responsible for overseeing relationships with Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Estee Lauder, Chase and 1000 other leading brands.  Melissa holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a BA from DePauw University.
Megan Kessler
Program Director
Luxury Interactive
A creative project manager and detail-oriented professional, Megan specializes in eCommerce and omni-channel market research to build robust conferences. From program writing to onsite execution, she enjoys collaborating with speakers for their insightful presentations and meeting as many attendees as possible. Often asked how she keeps up her infectious energy up onsite, Megan credits yoga, jamming to Beyoncé, and entertaining her newborn son (with her husband Snapchatting it all).