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Retail Management Symposium 

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2018 Symposium

United Market Street

Silver Sponsor







Save the Date March 26, 2019


Overton Hotel and Conference Center
2322 Mac Davis Lane
Lubbock, TX 79401
Map Location


Registration is closed.


2018 Schedule

2:00 - Registration
2:30 - Megan Peterson, Cotton Inc.
3:15 - Open Mic Session 1: Mandy Cooper, Target, Clara Ellison, Lubbock Dillard's, Kathy Payne, Irving Dilliard's, Raymond Carruth, Whataburger
4:00 - Open Mic Session 2: Garrett Stauder, H-E-B, Ellie Schultz, Republic National Distrubuting Company, Victoria Elam, Walmart, Caroline Traeger, Ramar Communications
4:45 - Networking tables
5:30 - Mike Bessire, Starbucks & Safeway
6:00 - H-E-B Scholarship Presentation, Scott Pettit
6:15 - Dinner, $10 - payable in room 601 or at the door
7:00 - Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers

Megan Perterson, Global Supply Chain Marketing, Cotton Inc

Megan Peterson: Director, Global Supply Chain Marketing, Cotton Incorporated

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Mike Bessire

Mike Bessire: Former Senior Vice President of Starbucks Central Zone & Former President of Eastern Division of Safeway

View Bio

Open Mic Panel 1

Mandy Cooper, Target

Mandy Cooper: Store Leader

Clara Ellison

Clara Ellison: Store Manager

Clara Ellison

Kathy Payne: Executive Development Coordinator

Raymond Carruth

Raymond Carruth: Area Manager


Open Mic Panel 2

HEB Garrett Stauder

Garrett Stauder: Unit Director- Midland 2

Republic Ellie Shultz

Ellie Schultz: Category Consultant II

See Ellie's Interview

Victoria Elam, Walmart

Victoria Elam: Manager II – Category Space and Mod Execution Analyst

See Victoria's Interview

Caroline Traeger

Caroline Traeger: Digital Media Director

See Caroline's Interview


H-E-B Scholarship Presentation

Scott Pettit H-E-B

Scott Pettit: H-E-B

See Scott's Interview


Sponsorship Information

There are five levels of sponsorship:

  • Platinum: Names the Symposium, $5,000 or above, may host a keynote speaker
  • Gold: Recognized $3,000
  • Silver: $1,000
  • Bronze: $250

All sponsors' logos are included in the printed material and website. The level of sponsorship is also indicated in the materials. Sponsorship is announced on social media and verbal recognition at the symposium introduction and conclusion.
The registration fee is waived for all attendees from the sponsor's organization. All sponsors are given a table during the networking session.

Please contact Deborah Fowler at Deborah.fowler@ttu.edu or (806) 834-1779 for more information.

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