Retail Symposium 2014
April 1, 2014, 8:30-3:00, Skyviews Restaurant
Texas Tech Plaza 6th Floor
1901 University Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409
If you are planning to attend the Symposium, please select the events that you would like to attend by submitting this form.
View photos of last year's event here.
Scott Pettit, Director of Showtime In-store Selling & Culinary Marketing for H-E-B
For 105 years and counting, H-E-B has been known for its fresh food, quality products, low prices and commitment to providing the best Customer experience in the retail industry. Headquartered in San Antonio, with over 76,000 employees it calls Partners, H-E-B operates more than 335 retail stores throughout Texas and Mexico and ranks as the 12th largest privately held company in the country (according to Forbes, 2011). H-E-B annually contributes five percent of its pre-tax earnings to charitable programs with major contributions focused on hunger relief and prevention, education, diversity, disaster relief and recovery, health and wellness, the environment, and the arts.
Mark A. Messura, Global Supply Chain Marketing for Cotton Incorporated
Mark Messura serves as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Marketing for Cotton Incorporated, where he is responsible for the company’s global product marketing programs. Mr. Messura currently serves as Chairman of the International Forum for Cotton Promotion. He is a member of the Industry Advisory Board to the Textile Development and Marketing Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board, Fashion and Textile Management Program at North Carolina State University. Mr. Messura serves as an adjunct associate professor in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. He serves on the Washington State University Extension National Board of Advisors.
Jeffrey Saitow, VP Business Development, Nielsen
Experience includes: Nielsen leader w/ 25+ year track record of driving client value, 2012-2014: Lead transition / First Time Delivery for Novartis Consumer Health, Alcon Laboratories and WhiteWave Foods, 2007-2011: Led North American rollout of Nielsen Answers BI solution suite, 1995-2006: Led Nielsen Retail Services South Region, Pioneered Nielsen’s coverage of all three major Dollar Channel retailers, Led Nielsen’s partnership w/ Harris-Teeter, 7-Eleven, Food Lion, Winn-Dixie, Publix, Dollar General, Family Dollar, 1987-1994: Led Nielsen Merchandising Services, Global Product Marketing Leader, US Sales Leader, 1987: MBA, Marquette University
Travis M. Kern, Suitsupply
Travis Kern has over 10 years of professional experience in the areas of sales, marketing, management, customer service management, leadership, human resources, recruitment, and business development. He has extensive knowledge in retail management, retail operations, buying and merchandising, personnel development and strategic plan implementation. He has proven skills in organization, operations, management, sales, marketing, personnel development, and customer satisfaction.
Travis began his career in retail while he was still pursuing his high school degree. While pursuing his degree at Texas Tech University, he continued to expand his retail career with Malouf’s Fine Apparel. Prior to graduation he was promoted to a key leadership position for Malouf’s at their California location. At Malouf’s, Travis led the effort to evaluate the viability of a store location, liquidate and relocate to meet company strategic initiatives. Travis was involved in all facets of opening the new store location. Read More
Robert Brooks, District Manager, Lubbock Target Stores