2011 Speaker Bios Tina Aldatz Founder & President Foot Petals For Foot Petals Founder and President Tina Aldatz, it was an unfortunate childhood injury that ultimately inspired the idea for her multimillion-dollar brand. After suffering burns to the soles of her feet at an early age, Ms. Aldatz never fully recovered and later in life began searching for ways to make her shoes fit more comfortably. 2001 research engineering, insoles Petals In 2001, after extensive research, designing and engineering she launched Foot Petals designer insoles. Foot Petals, which was acquired by R.G. Barry Corporation in January of 2011, now manufactures more than 20 types of products sold at fine retailers worldwide and online. Prior to launching her company, Ms. Aldatz honed her skills in the fashion industry working in retail management for Victoria’s Secret before being named Merchandising Manager for BCBG, where she learned the art of brand-building under the guidance of designer Max Azria. A certified pedorthist, Ms. Aldatz is widely regarded as a comfort expert while Foot Petals is embraced by the medical community. The American Podiatric Medical Association has endorsed the brand and top p g y patients to Foot Petals p podiatrists regularly refer p products. In addition to having garnered a cult-like following among shoe lovers, the brand is lauded by fashion editors, celebrities, and notable stylists including Patricia Field and Rachel Zoe. B. Bonin Bough Global Director, Digital & Social Media PepsiCo B. Bonin Bough was tasked with getting PepsiCo onto the social media map and into the hearts and minds of online brand influencers when he became the Global Director of Digital and Social Media in 2008. Leveraging a proven track record of online community-building and experience in social media, social video and digital marketing, he has helped the PepsiCo brand expand its advertising efforts to include measuring digital social media interaction with consumers. Specifically, he is credited with bringing PepsiCo to the annual Austin, Texas-based music, film and interactive conference and SXSW, helping to launch the “Dear Mr. President” viral campaign and introducing female-targeted online community, The Juice. His achievements in the world of interactive marketing have been recognized with various honors, including a Webby, Stevie, Golden Pencil, Sabre and Com Arts awards. He has also been honored with a Big Apple award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and was SXSW’s Viewers Choice for MrPicassoHead.com. PepsiCo, Mr. Shandwick s Before joining PepsiCo Mr Bough was Executive Vice President of Weber Shandwick’s social media practice Screengrab and a professor at New York University’s Center for Publishing. Vince Camuto Founder & Chief Executive Officer Camuto Group Vince Camuto is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Camuto Group, which provides design, sourcing, marketing and production services to more than 5,400 department stores and independent retailers throughout the world. He has developed key partnerships Burch BCBG Simpson, Clothing, Republic. with leading brands as Tory Burch, BCBG, Jessica Simpson Sanctuary Clothing Lucky Brand Jeans and Banana Republic In 2005, Mr. Camuto launched his namesake footwear line, Vince Camuto, and has since expanded the lifestyle brand to include handbags, coats, eyewear, belts and cold weather accessories. Mr. Camuto is an avid supporter of charities benefiting children, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Leukemia Society of America and the Domestic Abuse Awareness Foundation. He also serves on the board of Wish-and-a-Smile, an organization dedicated to supporting numerous children’s charities. R Wesley R. Card Chief Executive Officer The Jones Group Inc. Wesley R. Card is Chief Executive Officer and a Director of The Jones Group Inc. He has been with the company for more than 20 years in various executive-level positions. Most recently, from 2007 to 2010, Mr. Card served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he held positions as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. 1990, Mr Inc. Before joining The Jones Group in 1990 Mr. Card was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Carolyn Roehm Inc He also served in various divisional positions at Warnaco, Inc. before being named Corporate Vice President of the company. Mr. Card held positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Bank of Boston in his early career. Mr. Card is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received his CPA certification in 1973. He served as Chairman of the board of directors of the American Apparel and Footwear Association and remains on the executive committee of the board. He serves on the advisory board of The Wharton School Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative, the board of the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries in support of FIT, the advisory board of the Terry Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona, and the visiting committee for basic science at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is a recipient of the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee and last year received The University of Rhode Island 2010 Distinguished Achievement y y g Award. Neil Clifford Chief Executive Officer Kurt Geiger Ltd. Having worked for The Burton Group and Bally prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of Kurt Geiger Ltd., Neil Clifford has a wealth of retail experience. Mr. Clifford joined Kurt Geiger in 1995 as Sales and Marketing Director. He subsequently held a number of senior positions within the business, from Buying Director to Managing Director. In 2002, Mr. Clifford left Kurt Geiger and joined Swiss luxury b d B ll as P id t of S l and Gl b l St t S i l brand Bally President f Sales d Global Strategy within th T ithi the Texas P ifi G Pacific Group, which acquired th company i hi h i d the in 1999. He returned to Kurt Geiger as Chief Executive Officer in September 2003 to lead the management buy-out from the Harrods Group and later led the secondary buy-out in partnership with Graphite Capital in 2008. In his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Clifford has transformed Kurt Geiger into the largest luxury footwear and accessory retailer in Europe with annual sales of more than $300 million. Katherine Crane Director of Advertising Polyvore Katherine Crane joined Polyvore in 2009 as Director of Advertising, overseeing all company campaigns. Polyvore’s unique social platform grants advertisers the opportunity to engage and influence a global audience of tastemakers and their followers. In her role, Ms. Crane has spearheaded partnerships with brands and retailers Yves Saint Laurent, Bergdorf Goodman, Michael Kors, L’Oreal, and Lancôme among others. Recently, she was involved in a season-long collaboration with designer Rebecca Minkoff in which a Polyvore community member used the Polyvore editor tool to design a fall 2011 “Morning After Clutch”, which will be sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide. Prior to Polyvore, Ms. Crane worked for The New York Times as Beauty Advertising Director and an International Fashion Advertising Manager. Previously, Ms. Crane held marketing and sales roles at Meredith Corporation’s launch publication, Siempre Mujer. Originally from Texas, Ms. Crane attended the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. James Curleigh President & Chief Executive Officer Keen Inc. James Curleigh is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Keen Inc. He oversees all aspects of the outdoor footwear brand, which includes collections for men, women and kids. Under Mr. Curleigh’s leadership, Keen was recognized by Outside magazine in 2010 as The Best Place to Work. Prior to joining Keen Mr C rleigh spent se eral years at action sports brand Salomon where he held n mero s e ec ti e le el positions Keen, Mr. Curleigh several ears here numerous executive-level overseeing both the European and North American businesses. In 2001, he was named Chief Executive Officer and President of Salomon North America, a position he held until 2007. In his earlier career, Mr. Curleigh held various executive-level positions at Mars Inc. in London. A graduate of Stanford and Harvard University, Mr. Curleigh is also active in number professional and recreational organizations. He sits on the board of trustees for the Waterkeeper Alliance, is President of the Canadian American Society of Oregon (CASO) and is a member coach at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Sam Edelman President, Sam Edelman Division Brown Shoe Company Inc. A creative visionary in the footwear industry, Sam Edelman has been a dominant force in fashion, making an indelible impact on some of the most renowned contemporary footwear brands over the past 30 years. Since the beginning of his career, Mr. Edelman has made significant contributions to companies including Ralph Lauren Corporation, Candies, and Kenneth Cole Productions, which he co-founded. His first monumental success came with his development of Esprit into one of the most iconic junior footwear brands of the 1980s. He then parlayed his talents as both a brand-builder and shoemaker into the launch of his first company, Sam & Libby, which he created in 1987 with his wife, muse, and life-long business partner Libby Edelman. After selling Sam & Libby, Mr. Edelman left the footwear industry for some time to pursue his other passion as a horse breeder, trainer and equestrian. Mr. Edelman came out of retirement when he recognized a void in the marketplace of runway-inspired trends at an accessible price- point. Filling that need, he launched the Sam Edelman brand in 2004. Since its launch, the brand has become a fixture in fashion magazines and on the soles of celebrity feet. In 2010, Brown Shoe Company Inc. announced its acquisition of Edelman Shoe Inc. Mr. Edelman has retained his role as President studios. of the Sam Edelman division and is still based in its Manhattan offices and design studios Karen Goodman Managing Director Financo Inc. Karen Goodman serves as a Managing Director of Financo Inc. and has been with the firm since 1994. Her transaction experience includes mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged recapitalizations, business plans, finance structuring and raising capital for new retail ventures. Within the footwear sector, Financo’s 2010 and 2011 mandates included representing R.G. Barry Corp. in its acquisition of Foot Petals, Office in the sale to Silverfleet Capital, Sam Edelman in the sale of its remaining interest to Brown Shoe q , p , g Company Inc. and Stuart Weitzman in the sale to The Jones Group Inc. In her earlier career, Ms. Goodman held positions as Buyer and Department Manager at Bloomingdale’s, focusing on men’s and children’s apparel. Additionally, she covered the retail industry as a Research Associate for Prudential Securities. Ms. Goodman received a B.S. cum laude in engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. in finance from Ohio State University. Mindy Grossman Chief Executive Officer HSN Inc. Mindy Grossman is Chief Executive Officer of HSN, Inc. and a member of the company's board of directors. In this capacity, she oversees a $3 billion retail portfolio—including HSN, a leading interactive multichannel retailer that offers a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names, and Cornerstone, a dynamic multichannel retailer of lifestyle brands including Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Ballard Designs, Grandin Road, Improvements, Smith+Noble, Territory Ahead and TravelSmith. Since joining the company in 2006, Ms. Grossman has been responsible for transforming HSN into a lifestyle network, diversifying its p p y , p g y , y g portfolio of brands and personalities and spearheading efforts to evolve the linear network into a multiplatform business. Today, HSN.com is a top-ten most trafficked ecommerce site and accounts for more than 30% of HSN’s total revenue. Ms. Grossman led HSN’s expansion into mobile with the development of applications for the iPhone, Android and iPad, and oversaw the 2010 launch of a second 24-hour television shopping channel, HSN2. Prior to taking the company public in 2008, Ms. Grossman was Chief Executive Officer of IAC Retailing, a business segment of InterActiveCorp. A 33-year veteran of the retail and apparel industries, Ms. Grossman joined IAC from Nike, Inc., where she served as Global Vice President and led Nike's $4 billion apparel business from 2000 to 2006. In addition, she was responsible for the development and growth of Nike's global women's business and served as Co-chair of its Women's Leadership Council. Ms. Grossman began her career in the men’s wear industry in 1977. She has held many senior and executive-level positions at companies including Tommy Hilfiger, Oxford Industries, Warnaco, Inc. and Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, where she served as Vice President of New Business Development from 1994 to 1995 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Polo Jeans Company from 1995 to 2000. In 2010, Ms. Grossman was ranked by Financial Times as one of the top 50 women in world business, and in 2009 Forbes magazine named her one of the world's 100 most powerful women. She serves on the board of directors of the National Retail Federation and Cosmetic Executive Women. She is Co-Chair of the Fashion Institute of Technology's Executive Women in Fashion advisory board and is a member of the advisory board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Tarek Hassan President The Tannery Tarek Hassan is President of The Tannery, a Boston-based retailer hailed as a leader in the world of boutique retail. Mr. Hassan also founded unique concept shops Concepts, The Tannery Boylston, Curated by the Tannery and his latest, Wilderness Workshop, which offers contemporary American and European outdoor brands and features an in-store bakery and coffee shop. His innovative ideas about what retailers should offer consumers have led to industry-acclaimed innovations in retail design and many noteworthy product collaborations with such leading brands as Timberland, Sorel and New Balance. Mr. Hassan is recognized around the world for his influence on—and passion for—the creation of meaningful retail experiences that educate, entertain and enlighten consumers. Paul Hurley Chief Executive Officer and Founder ideeli Mr. Hurley is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ideeli, a leading online retailer that hosts carefully-curated, limited-time every day apparel, accessories, home, beauty, kids, travel experiences sales e er da across the categories of apparel accessories home bea t kids tra el and e periences to the site’s nearl 4 nearly million U.S. members. Since launching ideeli in 2007, Mr. Hurley has driven the company’s innovative vision, managing a high- growth business that now employs a team of several hundred people. Mr. Hurley brings to the company extensive experience in the digital space. In 1989 he founded Cypress Research, which combined e-commerce with embedded upgrade technology years before the Internet was widely used. Cypress Shopper, a component of the company’s MegaPhone fax software for Macs and PCs, shipped more than 10 million copies to 23 countries. In 1994, he founded Aveo, which invented the now pervasive concept of preemptive technical support, with its products adopted by Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, Dell, Kensington and Logitech. Mr. Hurley’s third company, Alset, Inc., was founded in 2001 and helped leading brands such as Best Buy and MicroWarehouse use the internet to improve service and marketing. Mr. Hurley is a co-inventor on two U.S. patents and for ten years served on the board of Volunteermatch.org, where he helped corporations manage their volunteer efforts with thousands of non-profits around the world. He is a graduate of Yale University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute. Alejandro Ingelmo Designer Alejandro Ingelemo In the fall of 2006, New York City-based footwear designer Alejandro Ingelmo launched his first women's shoe collection. Born and raised in Miami and educated at Parsons The New School for Design, his signature style combines the sexy allure of his Cuban heritage with a New York edge. Mr. Ingelmo’s collection is carried internationally by esteemed retailers including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Jeffrey, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Luisa Via Roma, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. Based on the success of his women's line, Mr. Ingelmo added a men's collection of luxury trainers and dress shoes to his portfolio for the spring/summer 2007 season. Affectionately dubbed "AI's," the men’s collection developed a cult following among celebrities including Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. Mr. Ingelmo opened his first boutique in the SoHo neighborhood of New York in September, 2010. A fourth-generation shoemaker, he was inspired by the shoe store his grandfather owned in Cuba. Mr. Ingelmo was one of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Vogue Fashion Fund Top Ten candidates in 2008 and in 2009 was a CFDA nominee for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. Glenn S. Lyon Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Finish Line Inc. Glenn Lyon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Finish Line Inc., has spent his entire 37-year professional career in the retail industry. News rankings Mr industry Perennially listed among the top 30 in Footwear News’ Power 100 rankings, Mr. Lyon became Chief Executive Officer of Finish Line in 2008. In May 2010, he was also named Chairman of the board. Mr. Lyon joined Finish Line in 2001 as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer and was later appointed President and Chief Merchandise Officer of the company before rising to the his current post. Prior to Finish Line, Mr. Lyon was President and Chief Executive Officer of women’s apparel retailer Paul Harris Stores, Inc. From 1995 through 2000, he served as President and General Merchandising Manager of Modern Woman Stores, a division of the American Retail Group. Prior to Modern Woman, Mr. Lyon spent more than a decade as General Merchandise Manager for TJX and Ormond Stores, Inc. Mr. Lyon began his extensive career in retail in 1973 in the executive training program at Macy’s. After a decade with the company, he was promoted to Vice President of Merchandising, which launched him into the ranks of executive leadership in retail. Mr. Lyon graduated from City College of New York with a bachelor’s degree in business and finance. Jay Piccola President & General Manager Puma North America Inc. A sporting goods industry veteran, Jay Piccola joined Puma in 1997 as Executive Vice President of North American business to lead the company’s sales and marketing initiatives. p y g In his current role as General Manager of Puma North America, Mr. Piccola oversees all aspects of Puma’s national presence. He has managed the growth and recent resurgence of Puma in the marketplace as well as communication initiatives for the brand. Prior to joining Puma, Mr. Piccola was Executive Vice President of Sales at Pro Player, a sportswear company that specializes in officially-licensed sports apparel. At Pro Player, he repositioned the company’s brands, driving a 60 percent sales increase within a two-year period. Mr. Piccola gained his sports apparel experience in senior level positions with Converse, Diadora and Nike. Af th ti ll All A i former three-time college All-American b k tb ll player and professional b k tb ll player, t d h i a volunteer youth basketball l d f i l basketball l today he is l t th basketball coach and enthusiastic sideline dad for his children’s sport endeavors. He graduated with a B.B.A from Roanoke College Nicole Richie Creative Director Winter Kate & House of Harlow 1960 A California native, Ms. Richie was born and raised in Los Angeles and has always had a fascination with creating her own style. Having always been surrounded by entertainers, costumes and designers, she developed an appreciation for fashion at an early age. Ms. Richie cites the freedom and expressionism inherent in fashion as main sources of inspiration for launching the Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960 collections. Ms. Richie’s love of costume dressing is the essence of the Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960 identities, whether incorporated into a print or manifested through a unique application to a fabric or style. Ms. Richie has been the creative force behind the brands since their 2009 launch, immersing herself in every step of the creative and strategic decision-making process. Today the Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960 brands have evolved into full-fledged collections offering ready-to-wear, jewelry, eyewear, footwear, and handbags. Since their inception, the collections have received rave reviews and garnered a tremendous celebrity following. Both collections are available globally at high-end department and specialty stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Selfridges, and Shopbop.com. Liz Rodbell Executive Vice President, Merchandising Lord & Taylor Liz Rodbell has served as Executive Vice President of Merchandising at upscale specialty department store Lord & Taylor since 2008. role women s ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, handbags 2008 In her role, she oversees the merchant organization in the women’s ready-to-wear shoes accessories handbags, cosmetics and home categories. Ms. Rodbell joined Lord & Taylor in 1985 as a dress buyer. Within two years she was promoted to Divisional Merchandise Manager for the dress category. She was then promoted in 1992 to Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager of suits, coats, intimate apparel and children’s. In this role, she assumed responsibilities across all Lord & Taylor’s business categories and was eventually promoted to Executive Vice President of Merchandising, overseeing all women’s merchandise categories. After graduating from Wood Tobe Coburn’s executive retail program in 1977, Ms. Rodbell began her retail career at former A&S department stores in the executive training program and became a buyer before joining Lord & Taylor. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters and serves on the board of Fashion Group International. Matthew Rubel Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President Collective Brands Inc. Matt Rubel brought his strategic leadership skills and extensive branding, marketing, merchandising and business knowledge to Payless ShoeSource in June, 2005. As Chief Executive Officer and President, Matt leveraged the diverse talents of the Payless team to create an inspiring, customer-centric organization with a new position as a specialty retailer dedicated to democratizing fashion in footwear and accessories. In 2007, Mr. Rubel led the acquisition of the Stride Rite Corporation and the formation of Collective Brands, Inc. the parent company of Payless ShoeSource, Stride Rite and Collective Licensing International. Under Matt’s leadership as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Collective Brands has evolved into a diverse global enterprise with a strong portfolio of iconic brands reaching consumers through wholesale, retail, e-commerce, licensing and franchising channels. Prior to joining Payless ShoeSource, Mr. Rubel was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cole Haan where, under his leadership from 1999 to 2005, the company doubled in size and expanded its global presence. Mr. Rubel’s extensive merchandising and retailing background also includes positions as the Executive Vice President of J. Crew Group and as chief Executive Officer of Popular Club Plan from 1994 to 1999. In November 1998, he led the sale of Popular from J. Crew to Fingerhut, the largest independent direct marketer in the United States. In his earlier career, Mr. Rubel held executive-level positions at companies including Pepe Jeans USA, Revlon Inc., and Murjani International Ltd. Mr. Rubel started his career at Bonwit Teller in New York after earning a B.S. degree from Ohio University. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Miami. Mr. Rubel has been the recipient of numerous industry awards including: Footwear News’ 2007 Person of the Year award, the 2008 M.B. Zale Visionary Merchant Award from Texas A&M and the Midwest Region Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year honor. Under his leadership, Payless ShoeSource has also received many honors, including the Footwear News 2006 Marketer of the Year award, and the 2007 Retailer of the Year award from the American Apparel & Footwear Association. Mr. Rubel is active in several industry and civic organizations, including the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the board for several organizations including the American Ballet Theater’s (ABT) board of governing trustees and the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) board of trustees. Mr. Rubel was recently appointed by President Obama to the White House Advisory Commission for Trade Policy Negotiations. Jeff Sellinger Co founder & Chief Product Officer Co-founder shopkick, Inc. Jeff Sellinger is Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at shopkick, Inc. Launched in the summer of 2009, shopkick is a mobile app that allows consumers to enjoy rewards and offers simply by going into a store, scanning products with their mobile phones and digitally checking in to their favorite places. Mr. Sellinger is responsible for the entire consumer side of the business and for long-term retail partnerships. Prior to shopkick , Jeff served as Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Mobile for CBS Corporation. Jeff was responsible for CBS’s Mobile businesses, overseeing CBS Network, CW Network, CBS Sports, CBS News, ET, The Insider, TV.com, LastFM, GameSpot, CHOW, CNET, BNET, ZDNET, and MoneyWatch. Jerome C. Rousseau Designer Jerome C. Rousseau Jerome C. Rousseau launched his eponymous luxury footwear collection in the fall of 2008. Inspired by modern art, European design, pop culture and nightlife, he focuses on shape, silhouette and structure in his work. His collections are sold in boutiques and department stores worldwide, including Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fred Segal, Harvey Nichols, Browns, Le Bon Marche, Holt Renfrew, Dover Street Market, Sanahunt and The Wynn Resorts’ shops. Charlize Theron, , , , , , y p , Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, January Jones, Nicole Richie, Roxane Mesquida, Olivia Wilde, Vanessa Hudgens and Kristen Bell are among the celebrities who have worn his designs. His shoes have been featured in various publications including Vogue, Style.com, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, Marie Claire, Tatler, and Zink. Named Launch of the Year by Footwear News in 2008, the label also received Italian Vogue’s “Who Is On Next” award for accessories in 2010. Mr. Rousseu honed his design skills for ten years in London and Los Angeles, where he worked alongside designers Matthew Williamson, John Richmond, Jasper Conran and John Rocha. He developed a strong technical foundation in footwear design at London’s Cordwainers C ll L d ’ C d i College. Matthew Rubel Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President Collective Brands Inc. Matt Rubel brought his strategic leadership skills and extensive branding, marketing, merchandising and business knowledge to Payless ShoeSource in June, 2005. As Chief Executive Officer and President, Mr. Rubel leveraged the diverse talents of the Payless team to create an inspiring, customer-centric organization with a new position as a specialty retailer dedicated to democratizing accessories fashion in footwear and accessories. In 2007, Mr. Rubel led the acquisition of the Stride Rite Corporation and the formation of Collective Brands, Inc. the parent company of Payless ShoeSource, Stride Rite and Collective Licensing International. Under Mr. Rubel’s leadership as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Collective Brands has evolved into a diverse global enterprise with a strong portfolio of iconic brands reaching consumers through wholesale, retail, e-commerce, licensing and franchising channels. Prior to joining Payless ShoeSource, Mr. Rubel was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cole Haan where, under his leadership from 1999 to 2005, the company doubled in size and expanded its global presence. Mr. Rubel’s extensive merchandising and retailing background also includes positions as the Executive Vice President of J. Crew Group and as chief Executive Officer of Popular Club Plan from 1994 to 1999. In November 1998, he led the sale of Popular from J. Crew to Fingerhut, the largest independent direct marketer in the United States. In his earlier career, Mr. Rubel held executive-level positions at companies including Pepe Jeans USA, Revlon Inc., and Murjani International Ltd. Mr. Rubel started his career at Bonwit Teller in New York after earning a B.S. degree from Ohio University. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Miami. Mr. Rubel has been the recipient of numerous industry awards including: Footwear News’ 2007 Person of the Year award, the 2008 M.B. Zale Visionary Merchant Award from Texas A&M and the Midwest Region Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year honor. active several ind str ci ic organizations, incl ding Jay H. Initiative School, He is acti e in se eral industry and civic organi ations including the Ja H Baker Retailing Initiati e at the Wharton School University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Rubel was recently appointed by President Obama to the White House Advisory Commission for Trade Policy Negotiations. Jeff Sellinger Co-founder & Chief Product Officer shopkick, Inc. Jeff Sellinger is Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at shopkick, Inc. Launched in the summer of 2009, shopkick is a mobile app that allows consumers to enjoy rewards and offers simply by going into a store, scanning products with their mobile phones and digitally checking in to their favorite places. Mr. Sellinger is responsible for the entire consumer side of the business and for long-term retail partnerships. Prior to shopkick, Mr. Sellinger served as Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Mobile for CBS Corporation. Jeff was responsible for CBS’s Mobile businesses, overseeing CBS Network, CW Network, CBS Sports, CBS News, ET, The Insider, TV.com, LastFM, GameSpot, CHOW, CNET, BNET, ZDNET, and MoneyWatch. Yeardley Smith Founder & Chief Executive Officer Marchez Vous YS Yeardley Smith, Founder and CEO of Marchez Vous YS, is an Emmy-award‐winning actress, producer, novelist, playwright and philanthropist. Born in Paris, she lived in New York and Washington. D.C. before settling in Los Angeles. While in New York, Ms. Smith made her Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's Tony-Award-winning play, The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols and starring g Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close. She is best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson on Fox's hit television show, The Simpsons, which in January 2010 was recognized as the longest running primetime television show in network history. In 1992, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Voice‐over Achievement for her work with the show. Ms. Smith has also appeared on multiple television shows and in films including As Good As It Gets, Just Write, City Slickers, The Legend of Billie Jean and Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive. Ms. Smith executive-produced and acted in the 2010 feature film What’s Wrong with Virginia. As a playwright, she wrote and off-Broadway one woman Marshall s performed an off Broadway one‐woman show, More, which ran at the Union Square Theatre in New York and at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2009, Harper Collins Children’s Books published her first novel, I, Lorelei. Ms. Smith is an active philanthropist and is particularly supportive of Grameen Bank, a Bangladesh-based microfinance organization that aims to eliminate poverty by teaching disadvantaged women how to be self-sustaining entrepreneurs. Gaurav Suri Head of Commerce Sales, Emerging Business Google Gaurav Suri is Head of Commerce Sales, Emerging Businesses at Google. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Like.com, which was acquired by Google. Mr. Suri has extensive entrepreneurial experience in building consumer-focused technology businesses, including start-ups as well as new businesses for established media leaders. His expertise includes building and leading marketing, business development and operational teams, as well as developing technology-based ideas into innovative products and successful businesses. Prior to joining Like.com, Mr. Suri was Chief Operating Officer for myTriggers.com, a next-generation comparison shopping site. Earlier, President, NexTag Earlier he was Vice President New Business Development for NexTag, the leading comparison shopping search engine for products and services. Prior to that, Mr. Suri worked at AOL as Vice President, AOL Products and Partner Platforms. He has also held senior business development and operational roles with Veon, which was sold to Philips Electronics, Comcast Online and Prodigy. Mr. Suri began his career in investment banking with Dean Witter Reynolds (now Morgan Stanley) in New York. Mr. Suri received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in economics with honors from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Jim Tarica Co-President, Footwear LF USA Jim Tarica joined Jimlar Corporation in 1962. A pioneer in U.S. footwear imports, Jimlar designs, sources, markets and distributes a broad range of footwear and related accessory products. Its three business platforms include owned brands, licensed brands and a service division, which provides design and sourcing services to a range of retailers, branded wholesalers and direct marketers. Along with his brother Larry, Mr. Tarica has guided Jimlar’s business for the past 40 years. Before becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1991, Mr. Tarica held many positions within the company, including Director of European and South American Development, Vice President of Sales and President. In 2010, Jimlar was acquired by LF USA. Both Jim and Larry Tarica remain Co- Presidents of the company. Mr. Tarica is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. Ron White Chief Executive Officer & Creative Director Ron White Shoes Ron White is the Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of Ron White Shoes. Mr. White’s varied background in biomechanics, orthotics and fashion was instrumental in inspiring the idea for his comfort-meets- st le b siness model In1993 he opened a single store in Toronto and worked with notable designers incl ding St art Weit man style business model. In1993, orked ith including Stuart Weitzman and Donald Pliner to create customized styles that fit his customers’ requests for comfort and fashion. Today Mr. White’s company has expanded to include a web boutique and five Ron White retail stores that sell various brands including Mr. White’s own shoe collections—the All Day Heels and Signature Collection lines for women and a men’s line of dress and casual shoes. In March of 2011, Mr. White announced the expansion of Ron White Shoes collections into U.S. and Canadian wholesale accounts, including Lord & Taylor. Regarded as “Canada’s Shoe-ru,” Mr. White is regularly featured as a fashion expert in both Canadian and international media, including Fashion Television, eTalk, ET Canada, Breakfast Television, Canada AM, Today in Australia, The Globe and Mail and the National Post, among others. Mr. White also oversees the Ron White Foundation, which raises funds for and promotes awareness of human rights issues both locally and internationally. The organization hosts a variety of fundraisers including an annual October breast cancer benefit and a winter shoe drive for the homeless each year. The Ron White Foundation is particularly known for its recurring White Knight Gala, a highly publicized event featuring entertainment, fashion and celebrity appearances that raises funds for a different charity each year. John Varvatos Founder & Chief Executive Officer John Varvatos Enterprises Inc. John Varvatos is Chief Executive Officer of John Varvatos Enterprises Inc. Mr. Varvatos founded his namesake company, inspired by the creative spirit, electricity and edginess of rock ‘n’ roll more than a decade ago. Mr. Varvatos began his career at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. in 1983. Recruited by Calvin Klein in 1990, he was named Head of Menswear Design and oversaw the launch of the men’s collection and the influential ck Calvin Klein brand. In 1995, he returned to Polo Ralph Lauren as Head of Menswear Design for the company’s portfolio of brands and created the successful Polo Jeans Company. In 2000, Mr. Varvatos launched his own men’s collection and that same year was recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with the Perry Ellis Award for Menswear. He then wowed the industry by receiving the CFDA award for Menswear th Designer of the Year in 2001 and again in 2005. In 2007, GQ magazine named him Designer of the Year in its 12 Annual Men of the Year issue. A long-time music lover, Mr. Varvatos credits the rock ‘n’ roll, Motown, blues, jazz and punk music he experienced while growing up in Detroit as main influences for his eclectic work. For the last two years, he has hosted Born In Detroit, a monthly radio show on Sirius XM’s Faction channel that features songs by his favorite artists as well as interviews and live performances. He also writes a music blog, JV’s Fun House, which gives fans insight into his trips to concerts, festivals, parties and backstage jam sessions around the orld world.