SPECS SHOW 2018
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MARCH 18-20, 2018 • GAYLORD TEXAN, DALLAS

Full Agenda

SPECS 2018 SESSION DESCRIPTIONS


Monday

8:00-9:00am

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Keynote Address:
He advises millions across the country on how to find business success through his primetime reality series “The Profit” – and at SPECS 2018, active investor, retailer and prolific entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis talks about the role that brick-and-mortar stores play in today’s marketplace, and how to drive growth, elevate the customer experience, and improve business processes.
Marcus Lemonis, CNBC’s “The Profit”

 

9:15-10:30am

Main Stage
Creating Culture and Building a Team
Every company faces change; how you deal with it can make or break you in your role as a leader.  Presented by former EVP and President of North America Buffalo Wild Wings, Judith Shoulak, and her millennial daughter/communication specialist Sarah Shoulak, this presentation provides a multi-generational approach to building corporate culture, fostering teamwork, enhancing employee engagement, and learning to innovate with jeopardizing the integrity of your brand.
Who Should Attend: All titles and attendee categories, except those participating in Monday morning's Face2Face meetings.     


2:10-3:00pm

Big Ideas:
TreeHouse: The future is here
Eco-friendly home improvement newcomer TreeHouse has done what no veteran retailer yet has – created the world’s first energy-positive big-box store. What’s next for this forward-thinking company? Hear from its VP of Creative & Design Aaron Moulton about how it created a hub for smart, thoughtful building, and find out what TreeHouse has on the boards for the future.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, facilities management, energy, operations, procurement, contractors, consultants and vendors.

Personal Growth & Talent:
Leadership Workshop: How to Navigate Conflict
Even All-Star teams have conflict.  And being an effective leader means learning to practice the art of understanding toward resolving that conflict. Recently retired EVP and President of North America Buffalo Wild Wings, Judith Shoulak, and her millennial daughter/communication specialist Sarah Shoulak show session attendees how to identify and navigate conflicts in a variety of situations — presented in an engaging and interactive workshop format.
Who Should Attend: All titles, including store planning, design, construction, facilities management, energy, operations, procurement, development, real estate, marketing, contractors, consultants and vendors.   

Nuts and Bolts: 
Closing the Collaboration Loop Between Construction, Facilities and Operations
Successful collaboration is the key to brick-and-mortar success, as multiple departments and functions must have a voice in how a space is designed, how it works for operations, and what will be required for maintenance. Effective collaboration also occurs externally – between construction and operations, which then interfaces with vendors and contractors to make sure everything is running smoothly from construction to post-open. Learn tips toward optimum collaboration, and pitfalls to avoid. Panelists include E. Jane Williams, VP of Store Design & Construction Services, JCPenney.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, facilities management, operations, procurement, development, real estate, marketing, contractors, consultants and vendors.

Product Bytes: 
Virtual Reality – Impact on Construction, Remodels, Facilities Management
This rapid-fire session – at 25 minutes – provides quick hits on VR technology that’s being used in the retail space, including tips for use in construction, remodels and facilities management. Presented by Joel Pennington, AR and VR Strategy Development, Autodesk.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, facilities management, operations, development, real estate, contractors and consultants
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Lighting Trends:
This session offers up a 25-minute highlights-reel of the latest in lighting trends and technology, presented by Amy Laughead-Riese, president and principal lighting designer of 37 Volts Lighting Studio and Chairperson of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Retail Lighting Committee.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, facilities management, energy, operations, procurement, contractors, consultants and vendors.


3:10-4:00PM

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Big Ideas: 
Re-Imagined Retail:  Beyond the Box
As Wal-Mart rolls out its next-generation of superstores, it has fully reimagined its space – and has improved the shopping experience and flow. The retailer discusses the components and perspectives of the next-gen executions, including fixturing, technology, sales and merchandising, shopping efficiencies, and how e-commerce and the app tie it all together. This session, presented by the Wal-Mart in-house team, shows that the world’s largest retailer is also one of the most forward-thinking and progressive.
Who Should Attend: All titles, especially those who want a peek at how Wal-Mart approaches the next level of retailing.

Personal Growth & Talent: 
The CEO of Tomorrow: What You Need to Know
Is tomorrow’s chief executive a CIO, a CMO, a CFO or a merchant? One thing is for certain, no longer can you count on a merchandising orientation at the helm. And, as the CEO definition changes, what is the trickle-down effect on our industry?
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, facilities management, operations, procurement, development, real estate, marketing, contractors, consultants and vendors.

Nuts and Bolts:
Small-Format Retail: Impact on Design, Construction and Facilities
Smaller footprints affect design and construction, as well as facilities management. A panel of retailers discusses the challenge of doing business in a smaller footprint, miniaturized options such as pop-ups, the impact on store opening costs, ways to save operating costs, how to increase efficiencies in layouts for stock replenishment, storage, maintenance and more. Moderated by Jason Woods, senior manager construction for Tesla, with panelists Sara Craven, senior manager of development and construction for Jamba Juice, Emerald Lopez, senior director of operations – fleet renewal/real estate for Lenscrafters, and Jeff Fisher, adviser to the CEO, Bata Brands SA.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, facilities management, operations, development, real estate, contractors and consultants.

Product Bytes: 
Risky Business: Keeping Stores Safe and Secure 
This rapid-fire session – at 25 minutes – provides quick hits on security and risk-reduction tools and solutions, such as barricades and bollards, glazed storefronts, and more. The panel features Christie King, AIA, NCARB, senior architect, proto and new formats, Wal-Mart Stores; Patrick McEvoy, senior director of asset protection, Hudson’s Bay Co.; and Andrew McQuilkin, retail market leader, BHDP.
Moderator is Rob Reiter, co-founder, Storefront Safety Council.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, facilities management, asset management, operations, procurement, development, marketing, contractors and consultants
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Energy Idea Exchange: 
This session, led by Holly Carr, energy technology program specialist for the U.S. Dept. of Energy, offers up a 25-minute look at energy technology, practices and solutions that are reducing cost and raising efficiencies.
Who Should Attend: All titles, especially those that will effect change or be affected by the change in energy technology and solutions.


4:10-5:00pm

Big Ideas:  
Shopping Venues of Tomorrow 
A panel of shopping center executives, moderated by Lou Allevato, AIA, associate principal, HFA, discusses the big ideas for the future of the shopping center, including urban infill, how to transform dark spaces, tenant recruitment, landlord-tenant partnerships and opportunities, and how tomorrow’s center will appeal to the generational shoppers. What’s in it for retailers? Panelists include Yaromir Steiner, CEO, Steiner + Associates, and Carl Tash, chief strategy officer, Starwood Retail Partners. 
Who Should Attend: All titles, including store planning, design, construction, facilities management, energy, operations, development, real estate, contractors, consultants and vendors
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Personal Growth & Talent: 
Women at the Top: Breaking Barriers
A panel of top female retail executives from store design and construction and facilities discusses battles, and triumphs, as they marched their way to the top.
Who Should Attend: All titles, not limited to women, will benefit from this session.

Nuts and Bolts: 
Maintaining Dark Stores
How do you maintain shuttered buildings? Whether new and yet-to-be occupied, or dark and closed, how do you bring these buildings back to life or mitigate the effects of their closure? This panel explores the management and maintenance procedures, as well as the challenges and opportunities for maintaining dark spaces. Panelists include Nick Hanson, construction coordinator for Whole Foods Market and 365 by Whole Foods, and Casey Fitzpatrick, construction estimator for Wegmans Food Markets. Veteran SPECS moderator and CSA editorial contributor Jeff Green, president and CEO of Jeff Green Partners, leads the session.   
Who Should Attend: Store construction, facilities management, operations, development, real estate and contractors.

Product Bytes:  
What’s Popping in Pop-Ups
With pop-ups popping up everywhere, what are some of the newest, and most innovative, versions? This session examines all aspects of the pop-up, from design to production to inception. Jeff Baker, president and creative director of Image4, will take you on the journey from creative to reality. Joined by a panel of retailers who have been successful in the pop-up markets, Baker will showcase the creativity and explain the benefits of this exciting retail experience.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, operations, development, real estate, marketing, contractors and consultants.


Tuesday—

8:45-9:30am

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Keynote Address: 
Considered one of the world’s leading futurists on global trends and innovation, Daniel Burrus reliably predicts both hard trends (what will happen) and soft trends (what might happen) with uncanny success. What do Amazon, Bonobos, Warby Parker, and a host of other e-commerce brands that are opening physical stores know that most retailers don’t? The good old days of retail are AHEAD of us.
Daniel Burrus, Futurist

 

9:15-10:30am

Main Stage
Brick-and-Mortar Myth Busters  
Leading retail analyst Deborah Weinswig dispels retail’s biggest myth – that brick-and-mortar stores are dying.  Listen as this think-tank guru uses real research to support the ongoing strength of physical retail. Are there challenges now and in the future?  Certainly. But retail analyst Deborah Weinswig, managing director of global think tank Fung Global Retail & Technology, provides real-time tips to demonstrate how retailers can and should adapt their prototypes and experiences for maximum appeal, value and longevity.
Who Should Attend: All titles and attendee categories, except those participating in Tuesday morning's Face2Face meetings.


2:10-3:00pm

What’s Trending: 
Breakout Retailer Award-Winners 
Chain Store Age’s newly announced Breakout Retailer award-winners share their secrets for success. Moderated by Marianne Wilson, editor-in-chief, Chain Store Age.
Who Should Attend: All titles, including store planning, design, construction, facilities management, energy, operations, procurement, development, real estate, marketing, contractors, consultants and vendors.

Personal Growth & Talent: 
The Changing Faces of Facilities Management 
The face (literally) of Facilities Management is changing, as the average FM worker ages out and will ultimately need to be replaced by a younger, more diverse pool of successors. And, because the FM job is no longer about just maintaining buildings, tomorrow’s facilities executives will need to know how to work collaboratively to create better, smarter store environments. Moderated by Shawn Browning, territory facilities manager for Nike, the panel features Bracky Cooper, maintenance operations manager for AutoZone, and Aaron Ancello, VP, regional facilities lead, TD Bank.
Who Should Attend: Facilities management, facilities vendors, construction, contractors and consultants.

Retail Design: 
Retail and the ADA: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Target Corp. Principal for Building Regulatory Strategy Tom Phillips and ADA expert Brad Gaskins of The McIntosh Group team up to share real-life examples of ADA compliance issues and resolutions and discuss how rising lawsuits are affecting retailers. This presentation will be an open discussion format where all attendees are encouraged to participate.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, facilities management, operations, procurement, contractors, consultants and vendors.

Top 10: 
Top 10 Remodel Trends
Focusing on what retailers do most – remodel stores – this session counts down the top 10 trends in remodeling, from pre-fab solutions to bathroom-in-a-box, cashwrap set-and-go, refinishing versus replacement options, and more. Moderated by Keith Johnson, director of store design, Dollar Tree & Family Dollar Stores Inc.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, facilities management, operations, procurement, contractors, consultants and vendors.


3:10-4:00pm

What’s Trending: 
Trailblazers: A panel of trend-setting retailers
Trailblazers = hot brands, hot companies, retail banners that are blazing a fiery trail.  What’s their secret?  Trademark Property Co. CEO Terry Montesi – an innovator in his own right – talks with a panel of retailers whose innovative brands are setting the path for the future of retail. Together they examine the current landscape and discuss what it takes to survive and thrive in the years ahead.
Who Should Attend: All titles, including store planning, design, construction, facilities management, energy, operations, procurement, development, real estate, marketing, contractors, consultants and vendors.

Personal Growth & Talent: 
How to Present: Tips from the Toastmasters
Learn from a Toastmaster expert how to effectively present yourself, both personally and professionally, as well as gain insights into technologies, tips and tools toward enhancing leadership skills and building confidence. Led by accredited Toastmaster Professional Timothy Park, assistant professor of business, Tarrant County Community College/Connect Campus.
Who Should Attend: All titles, including store planning, design, construction, facilities management, energy, operations, procurement, development, real estate, marketing, contractors, consultants and vendors.

Retail Design:  
The Future of Store Design Technology
This session, moderated by Brandon Collier, director of architecture, design and store planning for RaceTrac Petroleum, offers a look at prominent 3D modeling software used to develop retail store designs. Panelists do a deep-dive comparison between Google’s Sketchup and AutoDesk’s Stingray, evaluating the advantages and disadvantages to each. Panelists include: Becky McAdams, LEED AP, VP, GPD Group; Jamey Chinnock, PMP, project manager, GPD Group; Christopher Studach, creative director, King Retail Solutions; and Andrew Swedenborg, EVP, King Retail Solutions.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, marketing, IT, contractors, consultants and vendors
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Top 10: 
Top 10 Construction Tech Trends
This rapid-fire, 25-minute session counts down the top 10 technologies and tech trends in construction – both in use now and on the boards.
Who Should Attend: Store planning, design, construction, operations, procurement, contractors, consultants and vendors.

Top 10 Facilities Tech
This session offers up a 25-minute look at the latest in facilities management technology, counting down the top 10 to watch.
Who Should Attend: Facilities management, energy, operations, procurement, contractors, consultants and facilities vendors.


 4:10-5:00pm

Main Stage
SPECS Tank

SPECS hosts its own SPECS Tank idea challenge and wows the audience with presentations by the next retail inventors. Modeled after the popular TV show, SPECS Tank leverages a panel of experienced judges to evaluate retail construction and maintenance ideas, tools, products and solutions conceptualized by the very people who would use them. Cash prizes awarded! Contestants selected in advance.
Who Should Attend: All titles, including store planning, design, construction, facilities management, energy, operations, procurement, development, real estate, marketing, contractors, consultants and vendors.