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2016 Keynote Speakers

Vineet Buch

Director of Product Management for Shopping Search, Google

Vineet Buch is the Director of Product Management for Shopping Search at Google. He has been involved in online commerce for 10 years, and joined Google in August 2010 through the acquisition of, a shopping discovery site for fashion and accessories, where he was Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer.
Vineet previously was a Partner at BlueRun Ventures, where his investments included Slide, also acquired by Google in August 2010. He also has experience in Enterprise Software from his years as a Director in the Database Group at Oracle and as an early employee at Corio, an early enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) company that was acquired by IBM in 2005 after an IPO in 2001.

David Spitz

CEO, ChannelAdvisor

David Spitz, ChannelAdvisor’s CEO, is responsible for leading the company in its mission to provide retailers and branded manufacturers with the software and services needed to successfully sell their products via online sales channels. Before joining ChannelAdvisor, Spitz founded and successfully exited multiple venture-backed software companies.

David received a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. David has been awarded three U.S. patents, is past chairman of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Foundation Board and is a member of the executive committee and board of directors for the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

Billy Beane

Billy Beane

Oakland A's General Manager and Inspirational Subject of Moneyball

Oakland A’s General Manager and Inspirational Subject of Moneyball
Billy Beane explores his innovative, winning approach to management and leadership. He explains how to win against companies that have bigger budgets, more manpower, and higher profiles by utilizing analytics to identify and re-purpose undervalued assets. Beane uses the powerful metaphor of baseball, but his genius lies in his ability to draw striking parallels to almost any industry. Beane’s inspiring tale, a modern day David vs. Goliath, is an unforgettable talk, a brilliant confluence of baseball and business success that teaches what it really takes to succeed “big” with limited resources.

Chris Kersting

Chris Kersting

President and CEO, Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

Chris Kersting has led SEMA’s growing influence in the automotive industry through a series of innovative programs and services that help the association’s more than 6,000 member companies capture new business opportunities. He has championed initiatives that include industry collaboration on vehicle technology, industry data standardization and strong legislative and regulatory advocacy.

Chris has a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Colorado. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Hal Lawton

Hal Lawton

Senior Vice President, eBay North America

Hal Lawton oversees all aspects of eBay’s North American business, including marketing, merchandising, merchant development, seller experience, shipping and advertising. He is also responsible for global customer experience and emerging market expansion. Hal believes in creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and helping small businesses fulfill their potential across the United States and globally.

Hal holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. He serves on the corporate advisory board for the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Rob Green

Rob Green

Director and General Manager of Amazon Business

Amazon Business launched on in mid-2015. It combines the selection, convenience and value customers have come to know and love from Amazon, with new features and unique benefits that address the needs of businesses. Amazon Business provides a unique shopping experience with access to hundreds of millions of products, business-only selection, free two-day shipping, business pricing, multi-user business accounts, approval workflow, business payment solutions, tax exemptions, dedicated business customer support and much more.

Rob Green is the Director & GM of Amazon Business’ go-to-market team. He leads Marketing, Sales, Selection Expansion and Account Management across a diverse portfolio of B2B merchants. Rob recently joined the Amazon Business team after leading the Amazon Marketplace North American Sales organization from 2013-2015. Prior to Amazon, Rob spent more than 20 years at Oracle in development, consulting, and training leadership roles. From 2010 to 2013 he led Oracle’s global customer education business, which served more than 500,000 students annually in 120 countries worldwide. He has more than 20 years’ experience in technology development, implementation, and services.

Scott Hilton

Scott Hilton

Chief Revenue Officer,

Scott Hilton is Chief Revenue Officer for, a next generation e-commerce shopping destination that empowers both consumers and retailers by optimizing the underlying economics of online shopping and unbundling the embedded retail costs that drive up prices and reduce profitability. Jet is creating an entirely new business model that is a win-win for both consumers and the retailers that sell on Jet.

Before joining Jet, Scott was EVP of Operations at Quidsi, Inc. from the early days where he designed and led the company’s operations, including order fulfillment, customer service, supply chain and special initiatives. Prior to Quidsi, Scott was at The Boeing Company where he led an effort to improve productivity, capacity and operational efficiency of the air transportation system and airline flight operations among many other things. Scott has an MBA from The Wharton School and a Master of Engineering degree in engineering physics from Cornell University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Puget Sound.

Jason Goldberg

Jason Goldberg

SVP Commerce & Content Practice, Razorfish

Jason “Retailgeek” Goldberg leads the Commerce & Content Practice at Razorfish. With a focus on e-commerce and digital marketing for omni-channel retailers, he has worked with over 100 clients on the IR Top 500 including Best Buy, Target and Walmart, and has been responsible for billions of dollars in online revenues. Under his twitter feed @retailgeek he is one of the most followed e-commerce subject matter experts on the web. Jason serves on the board of directors of, is a member of the RetailWire brain trust, has a regular column on MediaPost, co-hosts the popular e-commerce podcast “The Jason & Scot Show” along with ChannelAdvisor’s Scot Wingo, and was voted one of retail’s top global influencers by Vend.

2016 General Session Speakers

Adrien Nussenbaum

Co-founder and US CEO, MIRAKL

Adrien is the co-founder and US CEO of MIRAKL, which has become in less than three years the leading provider of online Marketplace technology. A serial entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading authorities on Marketplace, retail and e-commerce, Adrien is a passionate and insightful speaker who has captivated audiences all over the world.

Albert Wilson

Affiliate & Marketplaces Associate Manager, Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Albert Wilson joined Deckers Brands in 2013, which owns several globally recognized footwear brands such as UGG Australia and Teva.  He is currently responsible for Marketplaces and Affiliate marketing channels.  Prior to joining Deckers, he owned a boutique web development and internet marketing firm, Past Millennium Media.

Ann Balduino

Account Manager, ChannelAdvisor

Ann Balduino is instrumental to the continued success of ChannelAdvisor clients, assisting key accounts with marketplace expansion and digital marketing execution. As an account manager, Ann is hands on with all of her clients and has a deep understanding of what it takes to grow an online retail business.

Ann has been with ChannelAdvisor since 2013, and previously held account management roles in advertising, grass roots marketing and email automation. Ann graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Marketing, Spanish and International Business.

Brad King

President and Co-Founder, Webzom

Founded in 2009, Webzom is a leading retailer of branded and non-branded shoes and apparel. Brad has helped grow Webzom from a small garage to a 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse that has 25 employees. Webzom is one of the fastest growing ecommerce companies in off-price apparel and footwear. In 2014, under Brad’s leadership, Webzom eclipsed $10 Million in revenue for the first time.

Brandon Hardin

Owner, Seven Times Six

Brandon Harden is an owner of Seven Times Six, an online Pop Culture Apparel company that was established in 2005 as Real Deal Sales LLC. In 2007, he chose to pursue an e-commerce career by purchasing an ownership stake in Real Deal Sales. Seven Times Six has become one of the largest pop retailers on Amazon and other marketplaces. Brandon graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor of arts in English in 2006.

Dave Comer

Sr. Director, Head of Mobile Product Management, eBay

David is currently the Head of eBay Mobile Product Management, where he oversees the implementation and performance of eBay’s mobile product suite, which includes the core mobile smartphone apps, tablet apps and mobile web experience for eBay globally. In this role, Dave is responsible for eBay’s mobile business – globally – as well as the vision, user experience, global planning process, and execution roadmap. eBay’s mobile applications have been downloaded more than 300 million times, and more than $30B in eBay GMV was conducted via mobile in 2015.

Dave Madoch

Director of E-Commerce,

Dave has been with Toynk Toys since the company’s inception in 2001. Initially hired as Manager of Customer Service, Dave transitioned into the Director of Ecommerce position by introducing Toynk to online retail marketplaces such as Amazon and Rakuten. With the latest additions of and Walmart, Dave has successfully connected Toynk with 17 marketplaces worldwide. During 2014, Dave led the integration of Channel Advisor and as well as heading the development of a new website. Dave’s main focus is producing strategies on how to expand – and continually improve.

David Duong

CEO, Shoe Metro

In 2004, David Duong co-founded—and continues to serve as CEO of—Shoe Metro, launched in his living room. His ecommerce company carries now carries thousand of shoes from hundreds of footwear brands and has presence in two states, alongside three distribution centers. He has built one of the top selling and fastest growing ecommerce companies in off-price footwear and accessories.

Faisal Rangwala

Senior Product manager for eCommerce Digital Capabilities, Johnson & Johnson

Faisal works at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies in a group called the Digital Center of Excellence, where he is a Senior Product Manager for eCommerce Digital Capabilities. His organization is responsible for providing digital education, developing best practices and standards, as well as building digital capabilities that can be leveraged and scaled across hundreds of brands globally. Faisal has worked at Johnson & Johnson for the past 15 years. In his prior role, he managed the Digital Marketing and eCommerce team at Neutrogena (a Johnson & Johnson company).

Francesco Toscano

Digital Centre of Excellence Director-EMEA, Whirlpool

His “passion for customers” casually started 20 years ago. He was a student when he started being an interviewer for a market research agency then he has never stopped to listen to customers’ voice to bring insights and actions to life and drive the business by differentiating the brand experience.

By working in consultancy, mobile communication and in home appliances industries Francesco has been focussing over time on Digital and CRM responsibilities and today leads the digital ecosphere marketing strategy for Whirlpool Corporation in the EMEA region.

In charge of digital marketing 360° approach, he deploys the Digital Marketing plans and CRM programs in order to increase sales by reinforcing consumer loyalty and advocacy to brands.

G. Seth Beal

Senior Vice President, Global Marketplace,

G. Seth Beal serves as SVP, Global Marketplace for where he focuses on accelerating the global third-party business. He leads teams that are exploring innovative ways to deliver services and products to customers.

Prior to Walmart, Seth was President/CEO of Thrift Books, the nation’s leading online seller of used books. Seth started his career at Kirkland & Ellis, where as a partner he litigated complex cases throughout the country. He attended BYU and J. Reuben Clark Law School where he graduated summa cum laude.

Gabriel Francis

Global Product Marketing Manager, Facebook

Gabriel Francis is a Global Product Marketing Manager at Facebook with a focus on Direct Response advertising. He is an expert in web analytics, quantitative marketing, and international business development. Prior to Facebook, Gabriel spent time at Google and built village banks in Costa Rica as a Kiva Fellow. Gabriel studied Economics and Computer Science at University of California, Irvine and received his MBA from INSEAD.

Jeff Messer

Director of Brands Product Management, ChannelAdvisor

For over 20 years, Jeff Messer has been an innovator in the manufacturing and retail industries, developing and managing channel sales and marketing programs. He continues this path as Director of Product Management, Brands at ChannelAdvisor, overseeing product strategy and development for branded manufacturer solutions. Prior to his current position, Jeff served in senior leadership roles in product management, marketing and sales for both branded manufacturers and SaaS companies. His work in the e-commerce space began in 2003, when he spent eight years with Channel Intelligence,working with numerous Fortune 500 brands to develop and manage crucial aspects of their online channel marketing programs. Jeff is a bit of an enigma in the manufacturing and service world, having applied his “The Road Less Traveled” business philosophy to create successes time and again.

Jessica Baines Thompson

Senior Manager of Digital Acquisition, Plow & Hearth

As Senior Manager of Digital Acquisition at Plow & Hearth, LLC., Jessica oversees all online acquisition efforts for the Madison retail brands to include Plow & Hearth, HearthSong, Magic Cabin, Wind & Weather, ProblemSolvers, VivaTerra and

Jessica has over 13 years’ online and traditional marketing experience helping corporations such as Plow & Hearth, WillowTree Apps, Genworth Financial, and Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield use digital acquisition efforts to drive online visibility and quality leads.

As the Senior Lead of Digital Acquisition for Plow & Hearth, Jessica is responsible for each retail brand’s paid search, PLAs, remarketing and SEO efforts, as well as affiliate programs and CSE management.

Joe Jaconi

Co-Founder and General Manager, Tech Armor

Joseph Jaconi has extensive business development and management experience with over 20 years in consumer electronics and consumer packaged goods with an emphasis on international development and expansion. Joseph Co-Founded Tech Armor in 2012, the #1 Selling Screen Protector brand online and leading mobile accessory manufacturer with over 8 Million Units sold globally in just over 3 years in over 40 countries globally. Tech Armor has been recognized as the marketshare leader in screen protection and notably the Ballistic Glass series of tempered glass protection for iOS and Android Smartphones, Tablets and Phablets!

Joseph began his career working for the University of Southern California in Madrid, Spain before moving to Mexico City to work for the U.S. Embassy. He then entered the world of commerce joining the Singer Sewing Company in Mexico City and managing their small electronics and appliance business unit before leaving to join Belkin in Compton, California in 1996. Joseph developed and managed product categories such as power protection products, wireless networking, and mobile accessories generating revenues in the $100’s of Millions before joining their Business Development Team. Joseph started Belkin’s international efforts in Canada, Latin America, Australia and the Middle East and created teams that exist to this day.

Jon Azrielant

Director of Marketing,

Jon leads the digital marketing, technology and product innovation efforts at, a leading online retailer and part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. He and his team create growth by delivering great customer experiences across all touchpoints, through a process of continuous improvement. Prior to joining, Jon managed innovation and growth at enterprises and startups in the e-commerce, advertising, entertainment and non-profit sectors.

Jonathan Hungate

Managed Services Digital Marketing Team Lead, ChannelAdvisor

As a Team Lead on ChannelAdvisor’s Managed Services Digital Marketing team, Jonathan works with clients and colleagues to develop online acquisition strategies for clients around the globe. Jonathan joined ChannelAdvisor in 2013 after 9 years in other technical and strategic marketing roles.

Karthik Viswanathan

Director, Acquisition Marketing, Macy's

Karthik is a global marketing and omni-channel retail expert who has been connecting products and services with customers through technology for more than 14 years. He has drawn on his diverse experience in strategy, business operations, big data analytics and technology to help brands such as Macy’s, British Telecom and Oracle unlock their growth potential. Currently, as the head of Macy’s paid search, he is responsible for Macy’s international and domestic search (both online and in-store).

Kyle Walker

Senior Program Manager, Amazon Exclusives

Kyle has been with Amazon for 2.5 years, working with the largest sellers and helping facilitate programs designed for brand owners on the Amazon marketplace. In 2015, he launched Amazon Exclusives, a program to provide 150 new, innovative companies a program specifically tailored to their needs.

Link Walls

Vice President of Product Management, ChannelAdvisor

As Vice President of Product Management at ChannelAdvisor, Link is responsible for driving the roadmap for the company’s Digital Marketing solution. He oversees a team dedicated to working with customers and the engineering team to deliver innovative technology to the market.
Prior to joining ChannelAdvisor in 2005, Link managed online marketing for, an online retailer of posters, prints and original artwork. Previous to, Link worked as a management consultant helping companies in finance, strategy and organizational design. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Drexel University and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Luke Evans

Director of Marketplace Client Services, ChannelAdvisor

Luke oversees ChannelAdvisor’s Services team, guiding brands and retailers to success on marketplaces. He has over a decade of e-commerce and services experience, spanning multiple channels in marketplaces and digital marketing. A ten-year veteran of ChannelAdvisor, he previously served as manager of marketplace services and comparison shopping services.

Marina Macartney

Director - Marketplace, Swiss Watch International

Marina began her e-commerce career in 2008 at, now known as During her time at Rakuten from 2008 – 2013, she worked as a Merchandising Coordinator, Category Manager and Senior Category Manager on the Jewelry, Watches, and Apparel categories. In January 2012, she participated in Rakuten’s Global Manager Training in Tokyo, Japan. After gaining five years of experience working with marketplace sellers and managing their business and experience selling on a, she joined Swiss Watch International as Director of Marketplace in April of 2013.

In her position with the SWI Group, Marina works with a team that is responsible for sales, merchandising, fulfillment operations and customer service associated with all domestic and international marketplaces. Over the last three years the SWI Marketplace Team has managed new marketplace integrations both domestic and international, the implementation of Amazon FBA, among other marketplace specific new business opportunities.

Mark Vandegrift

Vice President of Product Management, ChannelAdvisor

As Vice President of Product Management, Mark is responsible for overseeing ChannelAdvisor’s Marketplaces solution, extending the company’s global leadership in marketplace management. Under Mark’s lead, the ChannelAdvisor product management team is responsible for equipping branded manufacturers and retailers with the features and functionalities they need to optimize their sales and increase their global footprint.

A 14-year veteran of ChannelAdvisor, Mark has served as director of cross-border trade and director of services. Most recently, he served as the director of business development, managing strategic partnerships and exploring new business opportunities that benefit brands and retailers across ChannelAdvisor’s supported e-commerce channels. He holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mike Reichman

Senior Director of E-Commerce,

Mike Reichman is a 15+ year e-commerce veteran who has a broad knowledge of operating an online business. Mike was the co-founder and COO at an Internet Top 500 e-tailer and later started an internet consulting company. Mike has led e-commerce teams at Urban Outfitters Brands and Kroger Super Market Brands. He has led internal and external web site design, digital marketing and merchandising teams, as well as integrating CRM, CMS, PPSR and other IT systems. Mike graduated with honors from Indiana University Kelley School of Business with a BS in Marketing and a minor in English.

Mike Shapaker

Vice President and Managing Director, EMEA, ChannelAdvisor

Mike Shapaker currently serves as vice president and managing director, EMEA for ChannelAdvisor, where he is responsible for developing the company’s local strategy and direction for growth. Mike Shapaker previously held the position of vice president of brands and manufacturers at ChannelAdvisor, where he was responsible for leading the ChannelAdvisor for Brands initiative. During his time at ChannelAdvisor, Mike Shapaker has led the company’s Professional Services and Business Operations teams.

Prior to joining ChannelAdvisor, Mike held leadership roles in product management and marketing at Nortel Networks and TheraSim. Mike began his career as a consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton.
Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.

Nathan Gordon

Chief Information Officer for Christmas Central

Nathan is a second-generation retail and chief information officer for Pool Central, Christmas Central and Northlight divisions of Gordon Companies. In his role, Nathan implements and creates strategic direction and partnerships with vendors, manufacturers and distributors. Under his management, Gordon Companies was listed as one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies four years in a row (2011-2014) by Inc. 500, earned the Explorer Award from Channel Advisor, and was placed on Business First’s Fast Track list of fastest growing companies.

Paige Gregory

Channel Marketing Manager, Hoover

Paige Gregory runs Hoover, Dirt Devil and Oreck direct eBay stores, as well as manages the channel strategy for retail customers both online and in-store. She is involved in optimizing online markets to enhance and complement in-store activity and promotion.

Rob Rekrutiak

Product Lead for Metadata & Catalogs, Google Shopping

Rob Rekrutiak leads the product content & catalogs teams for Google Shopping. He and his team create a data platform on which Google creates delightful, informative and convenient shopping moments for consumers across retail channels. He has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive across Internet, e-commerce, advertising, manufacturing and retail industries both in North America and Asia.

Sara Waters

Agency Development Manager, Google

Sara Waters is currently working at Google NYC as a Business Development Manager, with a primary focus on e-commerce & retail solutions, supporting both large and small advertising clients. She started off her career by running her own small business and eventually found her way to Google where she has been now for 3+ years. Sara loves that on a daily basis at Google, she has the opportunity capitalize on her creative, analytical, and problem solving skills. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, traveling and being in good company.

Sean Finnegan

Team Lead, Marketplace Services, ChannelAdvisor

Sean Finnegan has close to 10 years of experience in the e-commerce industry. A ChannelAdvisor employee since 2012, he now manages clients as a team lead for Managed Marketplace Services.

Although he’s based in the U.S., Sean works closely with ChannelAdvisor’s team in Shanghai, spending extensive time in the region working on cross-border trade initiatives with colleagues and customers.

Steve Osburn

Director, Kurt Salmon Consulting

Steve is a Director for Kurt Salmon where he leads the Supply Chain design and implementation services. Most recently, his work has focused on helping omni-channel retailers improve their network to respond to the rapidly changing retail environment. Steve also leads the yearly Kurt Salmon Omni-Channel Study that benchmarks retailer performance in fulfillment and communications throughout the peak season, and is frequently quoted in various retail media outlets.

Sucharita Mulpuru

Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

Sucharita serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. She is a leading expert on eCommerce, multichannel retail, consumer behavior, and trends in the online shopping space. She is also a noted authority on technology developments that affect the online commerce industry and vendors that facilitate online marketing and merchandising.

In her research, Sucharita covers such consumer-oriented topics as eCommerce forecasting and trends, merchandising best practices, conversion optimization, and social computing in the retail world. She has also authored “The State Of Retailing Online,” a joint study conducted annually with and a leading industry benchmark publication.

Sucharita holds a B.A. in economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Tom Clark

Head of European E-Commerce, Samsung Electronics

As head of Samsung European e-commerce, Tom Clark has launched and run Samsung’s direct eShop, while simultaneously leading a far closer engagement with Samsung’s key retailers online through joint partnerships. He believes that retailers and brands must collaborate better to ensure their consumers are best served.

Valerie Jacobs

Chief Insight and Innovation Officer, LPK Co-Founder, Glimpse Tomorrow

Driving a constant state of evolution within LPK and the industry, Valerie Jacobs founded both the LPK Trends and LPK Print & Pattern practices, providing clients a deeper consumer understanding. Valerie works with an intuition and quick wit that senses and articulates change in consumer behaviors, values, lifestyles and attitudes. Her trend forecasting is grounded in a strategic approach that incorporates research, analysis and translation of trend data into actionable strategies for consumer brands with the nerve to keep up.

Vikram (Vik) Gundoju

Partner, Strike Tru

Vik has worked with a diverse set of Fortune 1000 companies and internet retailers on product content and other data management initiatives that support e-commerce, supply chain, data governance, regulatory compliance, ERP and analytics applications. As an experienced technology and operations management professional, his interests include product information management strategy, enterprise information and data architecture, master data management and content management solutions.

Ylan Kunstler

Strategic Business Development, Bigcommerce

Ylan Kunstler is a strategic business development leader at Bigcommerce where he sets and executes the company’s strategies related to payments, shipping, point of sale and marketplaces. During his tenure, Ylan has forged strategic relationships and negotiated agreements with category-leading providers, including PayPal Braintree, Square, eBay, Alibaba, Intuit and Amazon, while building Bigcommerce’s technology partner ecosystem into one of the strongest in the industry.

Ylan’s career encompasses more than 15 years of experience in product development and retail spanning various facets including fashion, jewelry, hospitality and technology. Earlier in his career, Ylan led new platform and product development for Onestop, a company that provides customized end-to-end ecommerce solutions for mid-market retailers and iconic fashion brands, including True Religion, John Varvatos, Rag & Bone and J Brand.

Ylan is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received an MBA from Columbia Business School. You can connect with Ylan on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter at @ylank.

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