2018 Speaker Bios
Phil Chang, Retail Industry Expert
As a Retail Industry Expert, Phil Chang tracks emerging trends and insights that may impact businesses engaged in commerce. With 20 years of experience, Chang helps brands and retailers adapt to the new realities of retail and the next generation of commerce. Chang is a frequent speaker at industry events throughout the United States and Canada and is a featured writer in trade publications, including Retail Touch Points, Pet Product News, Bikebiz and more.
Roy Choquette, Corrective Exercise Specialist, RAD Roller
Roy Choquette is the Training Coordinator and Learning Experience Designer for RAD Education and a Master Instructor for RAD Mobility Levels 1 and 2. He has been active in the education and exercise science fields for more than 10 years while working as a collegiate exercise science program director, corrective exercise specialist, martial arts instructor and anatomy and physiology teacher.
Dr. John Duffy, Author, Psychologist
Dr. John Duffy is a nationally-recognized expert and speaks about self-awareness, relationships and availability in both public and corporate forums. His clients have included American Express, Allstate, General Electric, Household Finance, Exxon Mobil, Accenture, KPMG, PLS Financial Services, Bank of America and Hewitt Associates.
Tom Izzo, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Michigan State University
Michigan State University men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016, cementing his status as one of the game’s all-time greats. Now in his 23rd season as head coach at Michigan State, Izzo has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, including the 2000 NCAA National Championship, eight regular-season Big Ten Championships, five Big Ten Tournament titles, seven Final Four appearances, eight National Coach of the Year awards and a Big Ten-record 21 straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
David James, Vice President, Major League Baseball Youth Programs
Since 2008, David James has been employed at Major League Baseball’s Office of the Commissioner. He is responsible for all grassroots youth programming administered by the Commissioner’s office. James is also the primary point of contact for youth activations in conjunction with the 30 MLB clubs.
Daniel Leraris, Director of Men's Apparel, Under Armour
Daniel Leraris has held various roles with Under Armour since 2011 and currently leads its largest category - men's training footwear and apparel. His category team has been leading the industry in recovery space within athletic apparel with the launch of Athlete Recovery Sleepwear in early 2017. Previously, Daniel led the men's division at Urban Outfitters and also has experience with Sears and Gap, Inc.
John Loucks, National Territory Manager, GroupeStahl
Starting his career in Technical Support with GroupeStahl in 2007, John Loucks helped many customers install their Roland® VersaCAMM printer to successfully print thousands of jobs. Over the last 12 years, Loucks has developed his skills in sales, helping customers increase their bottom line with heat-applied graphics.
Todd Nicholson, Chief Marketing Officer, BookingBug
Todd Nicholson is the Chief Marketing Officer at BookingBug, an industry leading omnichannel customer engagement software provider for the retail, banking and government markets. Nicholson brings more than 25 years of high technology industry knowledge and experience working for small emerging technology startup companies and large industry leaders.
Matt Nurre, President, Retail Design Sources, Inc.
Matt Nurre has been involved in many facets of retail design and store development over his 19-year career. Nurre has a diverse background in retail and eye for relevant holistic design. He has worked with small boutique brands to the largest multi-national retailers. Nurre’s consultancy, Retail Design Source, Inc., recent select accomplishments include developing T-Mobile’s domestic flagship store concepts in five major markets and store fixture consulting for Amazon and Intel Corporation.
Beth Porreca, Strategic Operations, USA Football
Beth Porreca manages day-to-day USA Football’s strategic planning, key events and relationships to help grow the game of football. Prior to USA Football, Porreca was the event director for the 2014 Federation International Lacrosse Men’s World Championships. Previously, she worked for US Lacrosse, the United States Olympic Committee and Disney Sports Attractions.
Jeff Roberts, President, The Toy & Sports Agency
The Toy & Sports Agency, led by Roberts, focuses on recruitment activities for all types of corporations, such as sports teams, leagues, retailers and manufacturers in all functional areas, including sales, marketing, operations and IT. Roberts’ experiences in the marketplace and as a business owner enable him to bring a unique set of skills to the recruitment industry.
Larry Ryan, Founder, Roberts & Ryan
For Roberts & Ryan, Larry Ryan has conducted searches across multiple industries for companies that range in size from mid-market, closely-held organizations to the Fortune 250. With an emphasis on the Industrial & Consumer Products sector, Ryan is called upon for a variety of functional searches from Director to C-level.
Mark Schwarb, Regional Sales Manager, GroupeSTAHL
Mark Schwarb has been in the decorating industry for more than 30 years, helping customers with their heating, printing and garment personalization needs. His industry knowledge stems from years as an operator at a four-store family sporting goods business, to becoming an independent manufacturer representative in 2006, selling apparel and hard goods, which led to his current role as a Regional Sales Manager for GroupeSTAHL.
Jeff Zimmerman, Chief Operating Officer, Clearent
Jeff Zimmerman has held senior product management roles at Intuit – maker of Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax – and brings 15 plus years of product management, finance and marketing experience in the financial services and software industries. Prior to joining Clearent, Zimmerman was Vice President of Product Management for Network Solutions.