August 17, 2015

5:00 pm | Registration / Welcome Reception

Join us on opening night for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This is a great opportunity to meet some of our speakers, sponsors and your fellow attendees.

August 18, 2015

7:00 am | Registration / Breakfast

  • Sponsored by LevelUp

8:00 am | Opening Remarks

8:15 am | Opening Keynote

Mobile: Table Stakes to Moonshots

In this keynote, Ryan navigates the imperatives of the current mobile landscape while showcasing best-in-class examples and highlighting where mobile might be headed in the near and long term.

Ryan’s natural fascination with the intersection of retail and technology has led to a career of inspiring and leading retailers to be on the forefront of the evolving “connected retail” environment. Ryan enjoys tackling changing consumer dynamics and defining how retail organizations can leverage technology to strengthen their competitive position. He currently leads strategy and emerging brands for Lamour Group’s portfolio of global brands while advising several startups focused on mobile and adtech. Prior to joining Lamour, Craver was in charge of the core department store strategy at Lord & Taylor/Hudson’s Bay Co. and was a senior leader at Accenture, driving growth and profit improvement across multiple clients, including Virgin Media, FedEx and Best Buy.

  • Ryan Craver | SVP Strategy & Emerging Brands | Lamour Inc.

9:00 am | Refreshment Break

9:30 am | Breakout #2

The Beacon Beckons – How to Really Connect with Customers

There’s a lot of buzz about beacons, forcing retailers of all shapes and sizes to take notice and explore their options. How do the technologies work? How are they used? What about privacy concerns? And, oh yeah, what’s the ROI? This session will cover various beacon technology strategies and review trends and best practices.

  • Amit Bhardwaj | Senior Director, Customer Loyalty | Marsh Supermarkets
  • Jeff Cuellar | VP, Strategic Partnerships | AC Entertainment
  • Darrell Jursa | SVP & Partner, Integration | Omnicom Media Group
  • David Van Epps | Global Chief Product Officer  & EVP, Local Sales | Mood Media
  • Moderator: Will Hernandez | Editor | Mobile Payments Today
  • Sponsored by Mood Media

9:30 am | Breakout #1

Creating the Best Mobile User Experience

In this omnichannel world, it’s important to give customers a consistent experience, from PC to mobile. Since each channel is its own animal, you have to determine how to provide the best experience for that platform. Many would argue that apps provide the best experience on mobile, while others would argue that most consumers won’t download your app. We’ll discuss all issues surrounding mobile UX: responsive design, apps, video, content, iPhone vs. Android, and the impact of bigger screens.

  • Gaurav Pant | Principal Analyst | EKN Research
  • Ken Silay | IT Strategist | Information Technology and Services
  • Jeff Ulrich | Sr Manager, Digital Innovation | United
  • Moderator: Ricardo Belmar | Director, Product Mgmt & Mktg| Hughes Network Systems
  • Sponsored by Hughes Network Systems

10:30 am | Refreshment Break

11:00 am | Breakout #1

How to Get Your App Into the Hands of More Millennials

Millennial spending power is on the rise. This generation – comparable only to the Baby Boomers in size – composes 25% of the United States population. Unsurprisingly, their device of choice is mobile. A panel of experts will answer the following fundamental questions: What compels these digital natives to download your app? Which forward-thinking features compel this segment to engage with your mobile presence? We address these questions in depth and provide solutions to maximize adoption and lifetime usage.

  • Cherryh Butler | Managing Editor |
  • Michelle Evans | Digital Consumer Manager | Euromonitor International
  • Nick Kegg | Marketing Director | The Greene Turtle
  • Moderator: Kristen House | Mobile Product Manager | Paytronix Systems
  • Sponsored by Paytronix

11:00 am | Breakout #2

Turning to Digital to Track Physical

We’ve moved beyond the days of questioning whether or not brands should incorporate social media in their advertising and engagement strategies. But, with the proliferation of platforms, and new capabilities being added daily, how does one determine the channels and technologies that best suit their needs? From geo-targeting, such as Facebook’s Local Awareness ads, to advancing local social search on Google, to utilizing beacon technology in automobiles, hear how some of today’s most successful companies have been harnessing social to reach the right consumers, at the right time, with the right message.

  • Michael Carroll | Digital Marketing Manager | Regal Entertainment Group
  • Lincoln Faulkner | Digital Advertising and eCommerce | Pizza Hut
  • Justin McCoy | Vice President, Marketing | Cousins Subs
  • Moderator: Rob Reed | Founder & Chief Innovative Officer | MomentFeed
  • Sponsored by MomentFeed

12:00 pm | Lunch

  • Sponsored by Airtight Networks

1:00 pm | Breakout #1

Using Emerging Technology to Get Closer to the Customer

Products are getting smarter and emerging digital channels are becoming the main conduit between brands and consumers, all translating into the changing role the retailer plays in the buying cycle. This panel will explore the viewpoints from a product perspective on the role the retailer, mobile, and new emerging technologies plays in how brands get closer to their customer.

  • Charlie Larkin | Senior Director, GameStop Technology Institute | GameStop
  • Brian Sobecks | Technology-based Marketing Strategist | Kraft Heinz
  • Ann Yeung | Sr Director, Enterprise Application Solutions | US Foods
  • Moderator: Sara Taylor | Mobile Strategist | Solstice Mobile
  • Sponsored by Solstice Mobile

1:00 pm | Breakout #2

Mobile Coupons: Managing Success

Why mobile offers? Because they drive mobile app engagement and conversions as well as deliver unprecedented ROI. Learn from some of the industry’s largest retailers how mobile offers are impacting the bottom line and changing how retailers engage with their customers. In addition, the panelists will share key learnings about effectively delivering mobile offers.

  • Bhaskar Mishra | Mobile Product Manager | Sears Holdings Group
  • Desmond Overstreet | Digital Marketing Solutions Engineer | Walgreens
  • Rick Ruskin | Marketing & Product Mgmt, Online Commerce | General Motors
  • Moderator: Dan Slavin | CEO & Founder | CodeBroker
  • Sponsored by CodeBroker

2:00 pm | Refreshment Break

2:30 pm | Breakout #1

Mobile Messaging and Personalization: the Pathway to Deeper Engagement

In this session, we’ll discuss how mobile messaging can be the gateway to deeper engagement. There are new post-click opportunities that are perfectly delivered via text messaging such as mobile wallet content through Apple’s Passbook, Google Wallet and mobile web experiences. We’ll also discuss the importance of personalization. Consumers now expect every mobile message to be contextually relevant and personalized. To get this right, marketers need a solid data strategy that links together their mobile database with their CRM systems, POS systems, marketing automation systems, and other enterprise consumer data systems.

  • Kam Bozich | Program Manager | Web + Mobile | Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Tyler Durham | Digital Marketing & Gift Card Manager | Texas Roadhouse
  • Moderator: Jack Philbin | CEO | Vibes
  • Sponsored by Vibes

2:30 pm | Breakout #2

Location-Based Marketing

Location-based mobile marketing delivers the opportunity to engage consumers on the go. You can reach people who are driving near your location or searching nearby. Your marketing message can be tailored based on time of day, traffic or weather conditions — and even the type of location someone is navigating to. Come learn from retail and restaurant advertisers who have increased awareness and store visits.

  • Brad Dolian | Mobile Marketing Manager | Cabela’s
  • Erin Levzow | VP, Marketing | Freebirds
  • David Rowe | Manager, Integrated Media | Chick-fil-A Corporate
  • Moderator: Jordan Grossman | Head of North America Sales | Waze
  • Sponsored by Waze

3:30 pm | Refreshment Break

4:00 pm | General Session

Apple Pay and the Current State of Mobile Payments & Ordering

Many have said that the launch of Apple Pay has been the best thing to get the nascent mobile payments industry off the ground. But whether you are paying in a commerce app or a store app, there are still pain points to address. Consumers ask themselves: why should I use mobile to pay vs. some other form of payment? In this session, we’ll look at the current state of mobile payments and the impact ordering and loyalty has on consumer adoption.

  • Mike Dudas | Co-founder & Chief Revenue Officer | Button
  • Drago Dzerve | Director, Business Development | VeriFone
  • Will Hernandez | Editor | Mobile Payments Today
  • Kevin Sanders | VP, Brand Marketing | Pita Pit
  • Moderator: Robert Taylor | Co-Founder & Chairman |
  • Sponsored by

6:30 pm | Buses depart

7:00 – 10:00 pm | Dinner Party

Shedd Aquarium

After a full day of informative and inspiring sessions, we’re excited to be able to treat you to an evening of great food, great conversation, and a great setting at Shedd Aquarium. Shedd combines the best of early 20th-century “age of aquariums” characteristics—a diverse, global animal collection surrounded by eye-popping architecture—with 21st-century advances in animal care, environments and interpretation. You’ll have the opportunity to see the Abbott Oceanarium and Caribbean Reef during our time at Shedd.

  • Sponsored by Yext

Shedd Aquarium

August 19, 2015

8:00 am | Breakfast

9:00 am | General Session

Brain Exchange

One of the highlights of the Summit is this deeply interactive session where you’ll work with others at your table on a specific topic, hashing out best practices and things you’ve learned. At the end of the Exchange, leaders from each table will share their takeaways with the entire room. Come prepared to learn and to share!

  • What do shoppers want from mobile consumer engagement?, 3cInteractive
  • Scaling Your Omnichannel Digital Storefront, Avanti
  • Successfully Building and Reaching Precise Mobile Audiences, Fiksu
  • Location-Based Targeting With Beacons and GPS: How To Walk Before You Run, Mowingo
  • UX Mobile Prototyping for Marketers, The Nerdery
  • Mobile Privacy, Data Collection & Sharing and Risk Mitigation, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
  • You Have Mobile Ordering. Now What?, Tillster
  • Getting More From Your Wi-Fi: Increasing loyalty & Driving engagement, Turnstyle Solutions
  • Mobile Advertising, Wanderful
  • Indoor Locationing, ZEBRA

10:30 am | Refreshment Break

11:00 am | General Session

Come Together: Aligning Marketing & IT for Mutual Success

With the focus on interacting and engaging the customer through multiple channels to provide a seamless experience, marketing and IT now have to work together like never before. Silos are coming down and digital teams are emerging to ensure that the organization is thinking mobile first and that mobile strategies transcend all channels. This panel of execs will discuss a wide range of issues including loyalty, payments, security, marketing and innovation.

  • Eric Buckner | Sr Product Manager, Mobile | Sears Holdings Company
  • Maryann Byrdak | Senior IT Director, Marketing, Retail Systems & Merchandising, & B2B Merger Integrations | Office Depot
  • Jeff Gengler | VP, Business Technology | Papa Murphy’s International
  • Robin Zebroski | VP, Digital Marketing | Taco John’s International | Lawrence & Schiller
  • Moderator: John Bianchini | GM of Product | Bluefin Payment Systems
  • Sponsored by Bluefin Payments

Noon | Summit Adjourns


CONNECT is reserved for managers and executives of retail, restaurant and other B2C organizations who want to learn ​about leveraging ​mobile ​and ​digital ​channels ​to ​build ​their ​brands, ​increase ​sales ​and ​improve ​customer ​engagement, ​experience ​and ​loyalty.


Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
20 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 324-4000 1-877-813-7700
Event rate: $210 per night

If reserving room by phone, you must inform Sofitel Chicago that you are attending the CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit to receive room rate. Must make reservation by 07/27/2015.

Room Reservations

Group Rate and Reservations
CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit attendees are eligible for a discounted group rate of $210 per night for Classic/Superior King guest rooms at the Sofitel Chicago. To receive this rate, reservations must be made by July 27, 2015.
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