Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council is comprised of senior retail executives, industry thought leaders and academics with decades worth of knowledge and insight spanning consumer marketing, connected commerce and more. Our advisory council helps curate thought leadership across our mediums such as podcasts, periodicals and digital media.

Ricardo Belmar

Ricardo Belmar
Sr Partner Marketing Advisor for Retail & CPG at Microsoft, Retail Tech Advisor & Marketing Strategist at Retail Razor

Ricardo helps retail organizations deliver omnichannel customer experiences and drive digital revenue through digital transformation. As a trusted advisor, Ricardo works with emerging retail tech organizations to develop go-to-market strategies, leveraging his 20+ years of industry experience leading marketing & product teams, and media and analyst relationships. A Top 10 influencer at the NRF’s annual event, he is a featured member of RetailWire’s BrainTrust panel and a former ICX Association director. He was named Social Media Mayor by RIS News at multiple retail conferences and is a contributing blogger for Retail Customer Experience.

Shannon Colquhoun

Shannon Colquhoun
VP Global Industry Strategy: Retail & CPG at TalkDesk

Shannon Colquhoun has been retailing since college – both in-stores and as a buyer, merchant, consultant, sales leader, and strategist. She’s been an executive with Gap Inc., Lands’ End, and Macy’s, defining and managing strategic initiatives, with expertise in omnichannel transformation. She’s also partnered with hyper-growth companies to Fortune 500 companies during her time with Accenture, Infor and Slalom. She’s now leading the Talkdesk Industry Team for Retail. She is passionate about delivering exceptional customer experiences and what it means to develop an operating model to make happen. Retail is never boring and she loves it!

Guy Courtin

Guy Courtin
Vice President and Industry Principal, Retail at Tecsys

Guy Courtin is a respected thought leader and speaker on the topic of the future of retail. In his current role, he leads omnichannel supply chain technology provider Tecsys’ go-to-market strategy.

Guy has been featured on numerous industry publications, podcasts and panels speaking on the evolving retail ecosystem, the role of technology, and the interplay between physical and digital customer experiences. He offers insight into the future of the store, the new goalposts for customer
loyalty, and how hybrid retail is forging new shopping paradigms.

Tony D’Onofrio

Tony D’Onofrio
CEO, TD Insights

Tony D’Onofrio is CEO of consultancy TD Insights and was previously Chief Customer Officer (CCO) of Tyco Retail Solutions (now Sensormatic), a $1 billion division of Johnson Controls (JCI). D’Onofrio is a futurist and recognized as a global top 100 influencer in the retail industry.

Michael LeBlanc
Founder, Strategic Advisor, Keynote Speaker, Podcaster at “The Voice of Retail”

Jason McNary

Jason McNary
CEO – Americas of UNOde50, Board Member and Advisor

As a fashion and business executive with over 25 years of organizational experience, Jason McNary has consistently leveraged his analytical, entrepreneurial, and strategic acumen to increase the profits and decrease the losses of global, multimillion-dollar luxury brands.

Jason currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and a Management Board Member of the North and South American markets of UNode50.

Jason has also served as the President of the self-named brand of French fashion designer Agnès B. and  held executive positions with Hoss Intropia, B.C.B.G. Max Azria, and Abercrombie and Fitch.  Jason also serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Board with Spring Place,  is an Advisor with RETHINK Retail and a new member to the  Board of Directors with Faherty.

Paula Rosenblum

Paula Rosenblum
Co-founder & Managing Partner, Retail Systems Research

Paula Rosenblum is widely recognized as a leading retail technology analyst and has been selected as one of the “Top 50 Retail Technology Influencers” since 2014. She writes a blog for Forbes and is frequently quoted in major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times and NPR Marketplace. She serves on the advisory board of three consumer goods import companies. She spent 20+ years as a retail technology executive and CIO at companies such as iParty, Hit or Miss, Morse Shoe, Domain Home Fashions and more.

Christine Russo

Christine Russo
Retail Consultant and Founder of the Retail Creative and Consulting Agency

Christine Russo is an industry thought leader and founder of a content-led website of tech-founder interviews for small, medium, and enterprise retailers to discover and assess technology and providers to meet their challenges.

As the former CSO of the Robin Report, Christine has experience creating compelling content, engaging in strategic partnerships, and collaborating across the industry.

Ian Scott

Ian Scott
Owner of Ian Scott Retail Consulting

Ian Scott is an independent retail consultant, with over 20 years experience within the retail display sector. His work has included design and implementation of retail stores and displays, store research and behavioral psychology, and global innovation and trends.

He advises clients on retail strategy, as well as providing insights on
global retail trends and innovations. He travels extensively, visiting stores to capture best practices and new innovations within the retail landscape.

Ian has also worked with brands that include LEGO, Coca Cola, Dyson, P&G, The Body Shop, Estee Lauder and GSK.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith
Co-founder at ThinkUncommon, Author, Speaker, Strategist

Andrew Smith is a passionate retail transformation leader who focused on the future of retail and customer experience.

He is a regular contributor across many retail publications and podcasts, host of several online retail trends discussions and a commentator to retail publications across the globe. He is the co-founder of ThinkUncommon, a global retail innovation advisory and action firm that helps retailers innovate.

He has worked with startups, retail technology partners, and retailers alike to increase their speed and success of change.

He is the co-author of the book “Retail Innovation Reframed”, an action-focused guide on how to transform operations and use change to thrive. He is also the co-founder and CEO of shopsproutly.com – a sustainable retail marketplace and support community to help grow a greener retail by supporting sustainable retail brands.

Veronika Sonsev

Veronika Sonsev
Partner at Chameleon Collective & Co-founder at CommerceNext

Veronika Sonsev is a leading retail industry consultant, contributor, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She currently heads the retail practice for Chameleon Collective and is a co-founder of the CommerceNext summit. Her entrepreneurial success, combined with her digital knowledge and advocacy for women in business, has earned Sonsev a spot on Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women and TechWeek’s Top 100 digital leaders in New York.

Carol Spieckerman

Carol Spieckerman
President & CEO, Spieckerman Retail

Carol Spieckerman is a globally-recognized authority on retail and brand positioning. She is an expert on global retail trajectories and transmedia brand platforms, as well as an author and regular contributor to leading media outlets including: NPR, Reuters, Forbes, Business Week, Huffington Post, Women’s Wear Daily, Store Brands, Kidscreen, VMSD, Retail Wire and more.

Sanford Stein

Sanford Stein
Founder and moderator of RETAIL SPEAK, Forbes Contributor

Sanford (Sandy) is a retail expert with over 3 decades providing consumer insight and trend analyses for the world’s leading retail brands. He is the founder and moderator of RETAIL SPEAK on LinkedIn, the author of RETAIL SCHMETAIL, and regular contributor at Forbes.

Gautham Vadakkepatt

Gautham Vadakkepatt
Assistant Professor of Marketing at George Mason University

Gautham Vadakkepatt is an award-winning researcher, educator, and founding director of George Mason University’s Center for Retail Transformation. His research focuses on managerially and societally relevant issues in the domains of social media, technology, innovation and non-product market strategies (e.g., sustainability, government-business relationships, corporate activism), with a specific interest in the retail sector. His research has been published in leading marketing journals. His research is a recipient of the 2015 MSI/H. Paul Root Award and was a finalist for the 2020 Sheth Foundation/Journal of Marketing Award for long-term contributions to the field of marketing. He serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Business Research (Retail) and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. Prior to starting his academic career, Gautham worked at General Electric. He has also consulted with several companies on their go-to-market, marketing, digital and/or data strategies.

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  • Senior retail executive
  • Academic with a focus on retail
  • Industry thought leader or influencer
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