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think mobile first.

The ​CONNECT ​2014 ​Mobile ​Innovation ​Summit ​will ​explore ​the many
​opportunities ​that ​retail ​and ​restaurant ​enterprises ​have ​for ​leveraging
​mobile ​and ​digital ​channels ​to ​build ​their ​brands, ​increase sales ​and
​improve customer ​engagement, and experience ​and ​loyalty.

- August 18 - 20, 2014 | Chicago -

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PREMIUM SPONSORS

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- KEYNOTE SPEAKER -

CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CEO | VIBES
CHAIRMAN | MOBILE MARKETING ASSOCIATION

JACK PHILBIN

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Discover why smart businesses

think mobile first

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Speakers

Jack Philbin

PRESIDENT AND CEO | VIBES
CHAIRMAN | MOBILE MARKETING ASSOCIATION

Don Fox

Chief Executive Officer | Firehouse Subs

Lena Siara Huang

Sr. Manager, Digital Customer Experience | 7-Eleven

Frank Paci

President & Chief Executive Officer | McAlister’s Deli

  • Agenda

    The CONNECT 2014 Mobile Innovation Summit will explore the many opportunities that retail and restaurant enterprises have for leveraging mobile and digital channels to build their brands, increase sales and improve customer engagement, experience and loyalty.

  • Speakers

    CONNECT will feature many of the movers and shakers in mobile addressing hot topics such as software, systems, apps & security payments, customer engagement & experience, marketing, advertising & analytics, loyalty & rewards, social media and more!

  • Venue

    Sofitel Chicago Water Tower provides upscale accommodations just minutes from the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Michigan and many fashionable boutiques and restaurants.

  • Register

    This exclusive event is reserved for retail and restaurant executives — leaders and innovators of the retail and restaurant industries.

CONNECT MOBILE INNOVATION SUMMIT 2014

THINK MOBILE FIRST

Mobile Activation

Omnichannel Experience

Mobile Payments

Big Data and Analytics

Mobile Marketing

Privacy and Security

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Why you’ll love it

The Latest Mobile Trends for Retail and Restaurants

The CONNECT 2014 Mobile Innovation Summit will explore the many opportunities that retail and restaurant enterprises have for leveraging mobile and digital channels to build their brands, increase sales and improve customer engagement, experience and loyalty.

Meet the movers & shakers.

CONNECT will feature many of the movers and shakers in mobile addressing hot topics such as software, systems, apps & security payments, customer engagement & experience, marketing, advertising & analytics, loyalty & rewards, social media and more!

Build better brands by leveraging mobile and digital channels.

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Jack Philbin

CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CEO | VIBES
CHAIRMAN | MOBILE MARKETING ASSOCIATION

Recently named 2013 “Mobile Evangelist of the Year” award, Jack is one of the premier thought-leaders in mobile marketing and wireless, and responsible for spearheading Vibes’ strategic direction and driving the company’s position as a leading provider of mobile relationship management technology solutions. An entrepreneur and builder, Jack has specific expertise in business development, strategic client management and consumer marketing. Jack currently serves as Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association’s Global Board and on the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus. Under Jack’s leadership, Vibes was ranked #92 in the 2007 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing US companies.
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QwikCart

  • Gold Sponsor
    • QwikCart® Restaurant is a full featured Digital Commerce provider of To-Go and Pay-at Table solutions for national and international restaurant brands. Streamlined digital commerce sales channels, including eCommerce, Mobile Optimized Web and Native App, all fully synced to your P.O.S., provide your guests a seamless experience across all platforms. QwikCart Restaurant minimizes your administrative headache by tracking inventory, prompting reorder, and updating menus. We help restaurants facilitate consumer engagement, satisfaction and loyalty, while providing unique business intelligence, mobile brand customization, and a competitive edge. QwikCart helps restaurants do more, simply.
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Rich Hope

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER | JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS

Rich is the CMO for Jersey Mike’s Subs, a fast casual franchise restaurant chain with over 750 stores open and under development in 33 states. Before joining Jersey Mike’s, Rich was president and co-founder of Sirius Advertising, Inc., a full-service advertising agency. As CMO of Jersey Mike’s, Rich oversees all brand management, as well as national and local marketing activities. He has sat on the board of directors of The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Academy Charter High School Board of Trustees and the Lake Como Board of Planning and Zoning.
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Lena Siara Huang

SR. MANAGER, DIGITAL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE | 7-ELEVEN

Lena is a digital marketing professional with 10+ years of progressive experience, providing vision and leadership for major brands and strategic projects. Her previous experience includes senior manager of jcp.com customer experience for JC Penney, senior manager of global ecommerce for Marriott International and online marketing for Rosetta Stone. Proficient in five languages, Lena has studied in Chile and Italy, receiving her master’s from Heilbronn University in Germany.
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Brittany Burzawa

DIRECTOR OF ONLINE MARKETING | VIVE BENE ENTERPRISES

Brittany Burzawa serves as the director of online marketing at Rosati’s Franchising, Inc., which includes Rosati's Pizza, Papa Saverio's Pizzeria and My Rosati's Catering. Rosati’s Pizza is a Chicago staple, dating back to 1964 and is considered one of the first pizza chains to deliver. It began franchising in 2006 and now includes close to 200 domestic locations in 14 states including both carryout/delivery and sports pizza pubs. In her role, Brittany plans all national and local store marketing, advertising and public relations campaigns. She specializes in market research, web design, content creation, email marketing, social media marketing, SEO/SEM and marketing data analysis.
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Nikki Baird

MANAGING PARTNER | RETAIL SYSTEMS RESEARCH (RSR)

Nikki is one of the most recognized analysts covering the retail industry. She focuses on trends impacting the consumer-retailer relationship, along with their supply chain and marketing implications. She has written research and articles on topics ranging from in-store marketing and technology, store performance management, supply chain and multi-channel fulfillment, retailer-manufacturer collaboration, merchandising, and loyalty and promotions management. She has been quoted as a subject matter expert in The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Public Radio. She has been a retailer, a software provider, and a consultant before becoming an analyst.
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Snagajob

  • Premium Sponsor
    • Snagajob’s track record of helping fast casual restaurants across the country hire top-notch employees and our unmatched hourly hiring expertise mean that you won’t find a better partner to strengthen your team than Snagajob. Our suite of hiring software is built on over a decade of experience and is designed to address some of the toughest hiring challenges: recruiting quality applicants and keeping managers out of the weeds and running restaurants.
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MagTek

  • Gold Sponsor
    • MagTek is the most experienced and innovative provider of secure transaction technology to the payment card industry. MagTek provides PCI-compliant products that process, encrypt, tokenize and authenticate millions of magnetic card transactions daily, facilitating over a trillion dollars of world-wide commerce each year. MagTek leads the payment industry’s campaign to wipe out counterfeit card fraud, saving banks, processors, merchants and consumers billions of dollars annually, effectively eradicating an entire category of crime.
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DIRECTV

  • Executive Premium Sponsor
    • National businesses rely on DIRECTV to deliver a consistent, total entertainment experience across multiple locations. No matter how complex your organization’s TV installation requirements are, DIRECTV is a smart choice. Our expertly trained sales and service teams, a dedicated customer service staff and full-scale marketing support are designed to meet all of your enterprise’s requirements. Plus, with the widest variety of HD programming available, your customers are sure to be entertained – no matter where they’re located. Let us help you create a total entertainment solution that’s custom-designed to meet your large-scale organization’s needs.
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Baron Concors

CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER | PIZZA HUT

Baron is the CIO for Yum! Restaurants International, an operating company of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM). He oversees information technology for corporate as well as restaurants in over 120 countries. Prior to this, he was chief information and digital officer for Pizza Hut. In that role, Baron held general manager responsibilities for the digital business and leadership over enterprise information technology. He brings extensive experience in innovation, operations and marketing with an emphasis in retail, hospitality and manufacturing. In 2009, Baron was named by Computerworld Magazine as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders in the world and Forbes Magazine named the Pizza Hut iPhone application the #1 branded mobile application of the year.
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Don Fox

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER | FIREHOUSE SUBS

Don is CEO of Firehouse of America, LLC, where he leads the strategic growth of Firehouse Subs, one of America’s leading fast casual restaurant brands. Under his leadership, the brand has grown to more than 670 restaurants in 36 states and Puerto Rico, and is recognized as one of the best franchises in the country. Don sits on various boards of influence in the restaurant community, and is a respected speaker, commentator and published author. He was recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News as 2011’s Operator of the Year. In 2013, he received the prestigious Silver Plate Award from the International Food Manufacturers Association (IFMA), and was recognized by FastCasual.com as the No.1 Executive in the fast casual restaurant community.
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Frank Paci

PRESIDENT & CEO | MCALISTER’S DELI

Frank has been CEO of McAlister’s Deli since September 2010. He has 25+ years of experience leading foodservice and retail brands, including The Pantry, Inc., Burger King and Pizza Hut. Frank received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business.
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Ploy Mekdusadeerom

MOBILE MARKETING PROGRAM MANAGER | CABELA’S

Ploy Mekdusadeerom has 7+ years of experience, leading digital marketing campaigns and strategic projects for global leading brands and award-winning agencies. Ploy is now the Mobile Marketing Program Manager for Cabela’s, managing the customers’ mobile experience. Since joining Cabela’s in 2013, Ploy has managed app strategy, mobile web and mobile marketing programs such as push notification and SMS. Her previous experience includes a digital producer for Estee Lauder Companies Online where she launched several innovative mobile products.
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MomentFeed

  • Gold Sponsor
    • MomentFeed provides an integrated marketing platform built to drive business results in the mobile era. The platform delivers on the unique promise of authentic marketing at scale by letting brands connect with consumers at the local level through Facebook, Foursquare, Google, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp, and other channels.
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Touchpoint

  • Gold Sponsor
    • Touchpoint's POS, Mobile, Loyalty and Data platform captures and shares information across all devices and locations to create an exceptional customer experience. Mobile, Big Data, Loyalty, Rewards, POS, KDS and more. Enjoy unified sales, inventory and labor data to headquarters, freedom from PCI scope, greater efficiency and lightning performance in a fully managed solution.
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Solstice Mobile

  • Gold Sponsor
    • Solstice is a leader in enterprise mobility and innovation solutions. We transform how the world does business by developing smart technologies for Fortune 500 clients. Our mission is to transform the global enterprise through strategic innovation, breakthrough technologies and executional precision. We tackle enterprise mobility holistically, including sound strategy services, intuitive app design, development, and testing. Solstice delivers innovative strategies, solutions, and products to the world’s leading organizations including Sprint, Grainger, Redbox, Nuveen, Baxter Credit Union, Bankers Life & Casualty, Northern Trust and Discover.
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AppSmyth

  • Gold Sponsor
    • AppSmyth was created four years ago to apply its team’s unique expertise in mobile apps and data analytics to transform marketing and customer engagement for the restaurant and retail industry. AppSmyth’s cloud-based SaaS platform allows retailers to quickly launch a mobile presence to extend the client’s brand and deepen its relationship with its customers. Clients can choose from a menu of configurable features including rewards and loyalty programs, personalized offers, social sharing and payments. AppSmyth also provides a client dashboard to manage mobile programs and campaigns. AppSmyth's dashboard generates deep insights from customer usage and transactions to drive deeper engagement and sales.
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SUMOTEXT

  • Gold Sponsor
    • SUMOTEXT helps brands, enterprises, and nonprofits kick-start and sustain conversations and commerce with mobile audiences. Our Mobile Relationship Management platform controls the full life cycle of mobile messaging and engagement through SMS, MMS, Apple Passbook, and Google Wallet. Beyond the basics of opt-in and opt-out, our platform is loaded with dashboards, real-time reports, and intuitive utilities for segmentation and targeting. Our product-oriented approach to technology keeps our service affordable, easy to use, and distributable to national, regional, and local program managers.
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