Luxury Interactive 2019

October 14 - 15, 2019

New York, NY

1-888-482-6012

Past Speakers (2018)

Rodney Williams
President & CEO, Belvedere Vodka
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Highly qualified marketing and brand management executive with over 20 years of experience at top companies in several industries. Prior to joining Moët Hennessy, served as SVP of Classics Brands at Jackson Family Wines (Kendall-Jackson). Previously, I worked at Addis Creson as a brand strategy consultant. Before that, I served as Senor Vice President of Robert Mondavi Lifestyle Brands at Constellation Wines, held executive positions with Efficas and Galileo Laboratories (VP at biotech startups), Chingari (VP at software startup), General Motors (led marketing of initial national launch of OnStar with ad campaign that garnered over 30 awards), Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products (led 1st share gain in 11 years for Band-Aid Brand as Group Product Director for Band-Aid/First Aid/Footcare franchises in the US and Canada), and Procter & Gamble (gained marketing chops on $1 billion Pampers business) as well as intern at GE (launch plans for energy-efficient lighting).

Mary Renner Beech
EVP and Chief Marketing Officer
Kate Spade
Mary Beech is Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Kate Spade & Company. She is responsible for providing leadership and direction on all marketing and brand creative strategies across both kate spade new york and Jack Spade New York.

Mary began her career at Ann Taylor in marketing and then spent several years at Ralph Lauren. In 2001, Mary joined Disney/Pixar to oversee marketing for the Disney Princess brand and was appointed to Vice President/General Manager – Animation Consumer Products in 2006. Most recently, Mary was the Senior Vice President, Global Licensing and Franchise Marketing for Disney and Pixar Animation Properties, leading a global licensing, creative, marketing and product development team.
Kristina Buckley Kayel
VP, Communications
Van Cleef & Arpels
Kristina Buckley Kayel is an innovative and international brand building expert with extensive marketing and communications experience in taking preeminent European luxury brands-Baccarat, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta and, currently, Van Cleef & Arpels- to the next level of brand awareness in the Americas market. A key factor in her success is steering such legacy companies through the digital landscape to distinctively and effectively convey their stories and values among existing, aspirational and the next generation of clients.

In building and leading a talented team of 14 at Van Cleef & Arpels, Kristina was the first to create roles for the Maison dedicated to digital media and strategy. She oversees and directs dynamic, award winning and industry recognized digital communication campaigns that integrate search, display and social media. They are distinctive in content and creative, selective in placement and partners, and ensure a call to action, generating excellent performance in website traffic, deeper engagement with the brand online, and growth of its social media communities.

Jill Manoff
Editor-in-Chief
Glossy

Jill Manoff is the editor-in-chief of Glossy, which explores the transformation of the fashion, luxury, beauty and retail industries through the lens of digital and technology. She oversees the editorial content and growth strategy of the media brand, launched in May 2016. 

Manoff joined Glossy from Mode Media, where she was the editor of Glam.com starting in July 2015. Prior to that, she was the editor of searsStyle and head copywriter in Sears’ apparel division. She spent the start of her career in St. Louis as the fashion editor of Alive magazine, the fashion director and co-founder of Saint Louis Fashion Week, and a freelance fashion stylist, working for brands including Anheuser-Busch and Caleres. 

Jeffery Fowler
President, North America
Farfetch

Jeffery is the President of North America for Farfetch, the world’s largest luxury fashion marketplace, connecting over 700 boutique and brand partners with customers in more than 190 countries globally. Founded in 2008 with the vision of transforming the way people shop for fashion, Farfetch has quickly established a strong and dynamic global business with North America as its largest volume region. As head of that region, Jeffery works with a diverse and talented team across offices in NYC and LA to continue to build awareness of the Farfetch brand, amaze customers with seamless and personalized service and grow collaborative market share with boutique and brand partners.  

While with Farfetch in 2017, Jeffery was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Couture Council, and was also selected by the editors of Women’s Wear Daily as one of the “40 Under 40” executives impacting the global fashion industry in their inaugural list of honorees.

Prior to joining Farfetch, Jeffery developed his career in the luxury goods sector with leadership roles at LVMH (Louis Vuitton & TAG Heuer), Richemont (Cartier) and Tesla. Before that, Jeffery spent two years as a management consultant with Bain & Company after earning his BA degree in English and American Literature & Languages from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD.


Sonja Winther
President
Chantelle USA

Sonja Winther is the President of Chantelle Lingerie, Inc. (Chantelle USA), a subsidiary of the Chantelle Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of French lingerie. In addition to the U.S., Sonja also oversees the U.K. and Canada markets as a Zone Director, and serves on the Group’s Executive Committee, based in Paris, France.  She has been President of Chantelle USA since 1999, Zone Director since 2005, and on the Executive Committee since 2010.

Under Sonja’s direction and vision, Chantelle has become one of the leading brands sold in Upscale Department and Specialty Stores in the U.S. 

She began her career in Marketing in 1993 at L’OREAL, and later moved onto COACH Leatherware, where she held various Merchandising and Buying positions within both the International and Domestic Divisions. In 1997, she was hired by WARNACO, Inc., where she was a Director of Sales and Marketing for CALVIN KLEIN Men’s Accessories, while overseeing the growing Travel Retail business for Calvin Klein Women’s and Men’s Underwear. 

She holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign and an M.B.A from the University of South Carolina, (MIBS - International Business School).

Sonja is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and resides in New York City with her husband and two children.


Brandon Coleman III
President
Del Frisco's Grille
Brandon Coleman III, an intelligent and strategic business leader, quickly rose to the top of the branding and marketing world. Coleman’s success in his field, as well as his business acumen, has led him to his current leadership role as the President of Del Frisco’s Grille. Over the course of his career, Brandon has worked on over 50 brands across seven different industries and received nationwide recognition, including being named a “Top 40 Under Forty” talent by Advertising Age and a “Top New Executive” by Nation’s Restaurant News.
Kristen Naiman
SVP Brand Creative
Kate Spade

Kristen Naiman is Senior Vice President of Brand Creative for kate spade new york.  She joined the company in July 2014 and is responsible for all creative marketing efforts. 

Kristen joined kate spade new york from Isaac Mizrahi where she oversaw the brand vision and creative process for more than eight years. She led a team of twenty-three across creative services, product design and merchandising. Prior to Isaac, Kristen was a freelance stylist working for Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, W and Vanity Fair.  As a creative consultant, she worked with clients including the Gap and Madewell. Kristen began her career as an associate fashion editor at Condé Nast Sports for women and as a fashion editor at Nylon in its prototype stage. 

As kate spade new york collectively works to bring the interesting life to life, storytelling is central to the brand’s effort.  Under Kristen's leadership, the creative team ensures successful communication of the kate spade new york brand across every medium in which it engages.

Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies from the New School for Social Research.

She currently resides in Brooklyn.


Jenny Oh
Chief Operating Officer
CULT GAIA

Jenny is Chief Operating Officer of Los Angeles-based Cult Gaia, maker of the "it" Ark bamboo bag.  In less than five years, Cult Gaia has grown into a lifestyle brand coveted by women around the world. The brand's ready-to-wear, handbags and accessories can be found at premiere retailers including Net-A-Porter, Lane Crawford, Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, and beach resorts spanning from Bali to Tulum to Ibiza. 

Prior to CG, Jenny was President of women's luxury ready-to-wear label HANEY & Senior Director of International business at TheRealReal.  She has in-depth experience & expertise in omni-channel retail, global distribution and brand strategy.  

Jenny received her MBA from Columbia University and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she spends her free time on the beach with her boxer puppy Lani.  

Kim Bhasin
U.S. Luxury Reporter
Bloomberg
Dino Michael
Global Head
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at Hilton
Kevin Thompson
Chief Marketing Officer
Sotheby's International Realty
James Henderson
President, Commercial Operations
XOJET

James Henderson joined XOJET in 2016 and in his capacity as President, Commercial Operations he is responsible for driving business growth, client engagement and the continued transformation of XOJET’s direct-to-client retail operations.

Mr. Henderson brings to XOJET more than 20 years of experience in general management, commercial operations leadership and business transformation. He also possesses an extensive background and proven track record leading businesses that serve Ultra High Net Worth clients.

Prior to XOJET, Mr. Henderson served as President & Chief Executive Officer – Americas for the Ferretti Group, a leading vertically-integrated yacht manufacturer. At Ferretti Group, he was responsible for overseeing brand building, client development, sales, service and pre-owned brokerage operations throughout North and Latin America. Before Ferretti Group, Mr. Henderson worked with a range of luxury goods and premium consumer products businesses, including five years with the Red Bull Sauber Petronas F1 team managing commercial operations. Mr. Henderson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial and Administrative Studies from Aston University and a Masters in Business Administration from IMD.


Olga Pancenko
COO and VP of Marketing
PERRIN PARIS

Olga Pancenko is the COO and VP of Marketing at the French Luxury House PERRIN PARIS. Branding, communications and social media expert, Pancenko previously served on a strategy team at the renowned British agency Freuds. Olga has advised Fortune 500 companies on their communications strategy since the age of 25. Her top clients included companies such as Google, PepsiCo and BMW, among others. Olga Pancenko holds a Master's Degree from Paris Dauphine University and speaks seven languages.

Peter Furfaro
President
Sub-Zero Group, Inc.

Peter has spent over 30 years in the major appliance business working in various sales and marketing roles. Having been raised in his family’s retail appliance business, he then spent over 22 years at GE Appliances where he held positions in sales, marketing, product management and Six-Sigma. His background in quality is as a certified Six-Sigma Master Black Belt. The rigorous training in the Six-Sigma methodology has helped him by applying more formal processes and measurements to key areas in his sales and marketing roles, always with a focus on growth.

Peter’s various leadership assignments at GE Appliances took him to Syracuse, Boston, Cincinnati, Louisville and Stamford.  His assignment in Louisville was as Director of Marketing for the dishwasher business. In this role, Peter worked with product management to develop new products and bring them to market utilizing a rigorous commercialization process. Before leaving GE Appliances in September 2017, Peter was the Senior Director, Northeast Region managing its largest P&L in the United States. 

Peter joined Sub-Zero Group East as its president in October 2017.  In this role, he oversees the sales, marketing and distribution functions for one of Sub-Zero Groups’ largest P&Ls.  The role focuses on both the luxury retail and contract appliance channels in the Metro New York and New Jersey area.  The portfolio of branded products include, Sub-Zero refrigeration, Wolf cooking, and the new Cove dishwasher brand.     

Jennie Baik
Co-Founder and CEO
Orchard Mile

Jennie Baik is an avid consumer technology and next generation retail strategist and currently serves as the CEO and Co-founder of Orchard Mile, a newly launched digital shopping experience that is the first and only fashion platform that allows women to shop the full assortment of their favorite contemporary and luxury brands’ sites, updated daily, in one place, with the ease of one checkout. 

Previous to her role at Orchard Mile, Ms. Baik served as the Head of Strategy for Burberry Americas from September 2012 to July 2014, where she focused on creating powerful brand experiences to position the company for multi-national growth. She also served in various positions in her four years at Omnicom Group; including as Director of Strategy & Business Development from 2010-2012, where she was responsible for the development and execution of a strategy to harness the power of big data to create targeted marketing campaigns.  While at Omnicom, Ms. Baik also led teams in architecting integrated marketing strategies, focusing on developing rich brand identities and communicating these stories both online and offline.  Ms. Baik also spent time as a management consultant at Booz Allen & Co. as well as in leveraged finance at Goldman Sachs prior to graduating from business school. 

Ms. Baik received her Masters degree from Harvard Business School in 2008 and also holds a BBA/BA in Business Honors and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin.   She is a frequent notable speaker at the annual Harvard Business School’s annual Dynamic Women in Business and the Retail and Luxury Goods conference, as well as the Luxury Marketing Council’s events in the New York area.

Christopher Barefoot
VP, Communications & Guest Relations
Opus One Winery
Christopher joined Opus One in July of 2013 as Vice President of Communications and Guest Relations with responsibility for all communications, hospitality and events at the winery. In keeping with the Founders’ desire for absolute wine quality, he believes that the customer’s experience at the winery is also a reflection on the wine; therefore, no detail should be missed. Prior to Opus One, Christopher was the Estate Director for Flowers Vineyard and Winery, a notable producer of estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, where he was responsible for the winery’s domestic and international sales and marketing. Previously, he spent five years working as the Brand Director for Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, managing the Napa Valley and Reserve labels. Christopher’s connection to Robert Mondavi’s legacy gave rise to his own passion for fine Cabernet Sauvignon and a shared conviction that the wines of Napa Valley belong in the company of the world’s finest. Christopher holds a BA in French from the University of Virginia, as well as an International MBA from the University of South Carolina. He resides in the city of Napa.
Raymond Warren
Senior Manager, Media & Multicultural
Cadillac

Ray Warren is a seasoned marketing professional with more than 20 years of strategic, analytic and 360-marketing experience in the automotive industry. Currently, Warren serves as a Senior Manager, Media at Cadillac, where he spearheads the strategic development and paid media components behind all of the brand initiatives. Recent campaigns under his direction include the brand’s 2018 Oscars, ESPYS, American Black Film Festival and Amazon brand sponsorships.  He has also managed key co-branded integrations at the 2017 Video Music Awards and Art Basel. This past January, Warren received the 2018 Multicultural Marketing Award at the Multicultural Media Luncheon hosted by The Ajamu Group during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Prior to joining Cadillac in 2015, Warren served as Digital & Social Media Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, as well as held several positions in the areas of logistics, warranty, audit and marketing. Award-winning campaigns under his direction included Jaguar’s inaugural Super Bowl Campaign, "British Villains, " “#GoodToBeBad," "#EveryVillainNeeds" and the Art of Performance Tour concept.

Warren received a Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University (1996) and a Master of Business Administration from Iona College (2008).

Guy Griggs
Executive Advertising Director - Finance, Tech, Media, and Auto Verticals
The New York Times
Matthew Schneier
Reporter
The New York Times
Arun Gupta
CEO
Grailed

Arun Gupta is co-founder and CEO of Grailed, the global community-driven resale marketplace for curated men’s designer, streetwear, and contemporary fashion. The company, which also operates Heroine, its womenswear-focused sister property, regularly features cultural tastemakers and coveted brands including Supreme, Off-White, Rick Owens, Raf Simons, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Prada, and more. In June 2018, Grailed closed a $15M Series A fundraising round led by Index Ventures, whose portfolio includes Net-A-Porter, Farfetch, ASOS, and Glossier, with participation from existing investors Thrive Capital and Simon Ventures.

Prior to launching Grailed in 2013, Arun co-founded Perfect Third, a consumer electronics company producing sleep monitoring devices. In 2009, as a 19-year-old entrepreneur, Arun raised raised $1M in funding for his venture and participated in the renowned Silicon Valley-based startup accelerator, Y-Combinator. Arun holds a bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Physics from Yale University.

Amanda Willinger
VP, Digital and eCommerce
LAGOS
For over 15 years, Amanda Willinger has lent her exacting eye and creative vision to almost every facet of the global luxury business. She began her career in the fine art world, where for esteemed companies such as Sotheby’s and Philips, De Pury and Luxembourg she oversaw all content creation and marketing, and maximized brand visibility through public relations, events and e-commerce. She then pivoted to luxury retail at such global brands as Tumi, David Yurman and Ippolita, where she oversaw all creative direction across multiple facets, including photo shoots, global advertising and international points of sale. As brands began to shift their focus and find new opportunities online, Ms. Willinger evolved her expertise to include e-commerce, digital marketing and sales strategies.

Ms. Willinger is currently the vice president of digital and e-commerce at LAGOS fine jewelry. She oversees all e-commerce, digital marketing, social media, crm, technology & innovation for the brand’s e-business. In 2016, she oversaw a complete site re-platform & redesign, which resulted in triple digit revenue growth. Ms. Willinger is based in New York.
Evan Moore
VP, Product
Goop

Evan Moore is the VP of Digital Product at goop - Gwyneth Paltrow’s innovative contextual commerce lifestyle brand. As the head of the digital product team he oversees the development of goop’s digital platform and consumer experiences. Over the past year he has helped goop more than double its conversion rate, drive large improvements in retention and lifetime value, drastically ramp its paid marketing efforts, and grow engagement and traffic to meet steep display advertising inventory demands. Prior to joining goop, Evan was the Director of Product for Ticketmaster’s Commerce Platform - a set of services and API’s which handle more than $2 billion in transactions in the US alone. Evan has also spent time with other hyper-growth retail brands like Beautycounter and launched multiple consumer facing properties with e-commerce veteran Shopzilla (now Connexity). Evan loves tackling large strategic challenges with deep analysis, pragmatic solutions, and innovative ideas.

Matthew Scanlan
CEO and Co-Founder
Naadam

Naadam Co-Founder & CEO Matt Scanlan’s “Millennial Capitalism” is changing the 1,000 year old cashmere industry and is leading the way for sustainable sourcing across any category. Naadam is a brand specializing in rare cashmere sourced responsibly and sustainably from nomadic Mongolian herders. CEO and Co-Founder Matt Scanlan delivers beautiful product with unparalleled quality through a sourcing model that goes directly to the source and supports supply chain sustainability with non-profit work.  Matt founded the business by purchasing 40 tons of cashmere with millions in cash packed in plastic bags in the middle of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. His goal: create a higher quality cashmere product at an affordable price.  Naadam is all about supply chain sustainability. They support herders' livestock through microeconomic development, thereby gaining first access to the world’s finest fibers

Andrew Berg
President
Robert Graham
Andrew Berg joined Robert Graham as President in early 2016 with the objective of leveraging the brand’s well-established omni-channel distribution strategy across retail, wholesale and eCommerce channels while maintaining its strong individual brand DNA. Andrew has a 20-year proven track record as a retail brand leader executing successful merchandising, marketing and branding initiatives for premium retail omni-channel businesses.

Before joining Robert Graham, Mr. Berg held the position of Senior Vice President of Menswear at Theory, where he led the global Theory Men’s organization to significant sales and profit growth across the wholesale, retail, e-commerce and international channels. Mr. Berg refined and elevated the brand’s positioning and launched new product categories including footwear, accessories, formalwear and Theory+. Previously, Mr. Berg worked with other leading global brands, most notably, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch and Gap, Inc.
Karina Lopez
Vice President of Marketing & Operations
ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

 Karina Lopez joined ONE Sotheby's Realty in 2014 and offers extensive experience with developing luxury brands and will focus on the implementation of strategic marketing and brand development to contribute to the growth of the company. 

Karina completed her undergraduate studies at George Washington University in Washington, DC where she majored in International Affairs and Economics. After graduation, Karina began her career with The Related Group, South Florida's prominent real estate developer credited for redefining Miami's skylines since 1994. Her responsibilities there included the development of marketing plans for the launch of the renowned condominium, Icon Brickell by Philippe Starck and resulted in the sale of several hundred units. Karina's success then led her to the field of hospitality as she joined the opening team of the Viceroy Hotel in Miami. The opening in Miami was the first east coast project for boutique hotel owners, The Viceroy Hotel Group. Karina then ventured into the financial field and continued her communications and marketing career with Bayview Asset Management, a mortgage investment firm headquartered in Coral Gables, FL. Karina also holds an MBA in International Business with a specialization in International Marketing from the University of Miami where she graduated with Academic Excellence and top 5 in her class. 

Sophie Kahn
Co-Founder
AUrate

Founded in 2015 by Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui, AUrate is disrupting the traditional fine jewelry model by offering modern, essential pieces made from ethically-sourced high-quality materials at an accessible price point.  Sophie and Bouchra met at Princeton and then went on to careers at Marc Jacobs and Goldman Sachs respectively. One day they were at brunch lamenting how there were no fine jewelry brands that were doing modern design at an accessible price point. And that's where the idea for AUrate was born! They started the brand as a side hustle while still at Marc and Goldman, took classes at Parsons and then made the jump to full-time in 2017. Their dedication has made AUrate the first successful DTC omnichannel fine jewelry brand!

Ashley Merrill
Founder & CEO
Lunya

In early 2012, Ashley Merrill glanced at herself in the mirror on her way to bed wearing her husband's oversized t-shirt and boxer briefs. She was suddenly aware of her careless sleepwear and how little her reflection resembled who she wanted to be. This realization sent her on a mission to find comfortable, flattering sleepwear but her only choices were uncomfortable, sexy lingerie or frumpy, traditional PJ's. The sleepwear options available didn’t match the woman Ashley wanted to be, an effortlessly cool, confident, and comfortable woman.

 

Ashley Merrill launched Lunya in 2014 with a clear conviction that women’s sleepwear was overdue for a fresh, modern perspective. She was a business leader with no clothing industry experience, but in October of 2012, she decided to take a leap and fulfill her longtime dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

 

Merrill founded Lunya after launching and managing online lifestyle destination Momtastic, for Evolve Media.  From 2007-2010, Merrill was Director of Business Development for Atomic Online and prior to that an analyst with an LA based Venture Capital Company. She received her undergraduate and MBA degrees from UCLA. Ashley Merrill lives in Santa Monica with her husband Marc, her son Linken, and daughter Vesper.

Heather Kaminetsky
President
Riley Home

Heather Kaminetsky founded Riley in March 2017 with a goal to shake up the bed & bath industry. In her role as founder and president, she oversees all aspects of Riley’s branding, marketing, operations, human resources, product development and global business strategy. Kaminetsky is also responsible for Riley’s charitable initiative, Blanket the City, a 5013c focused on giving back to the community in an impactful and creative way. 

Prior to starting Riley, Kaminetsky managed global marketing at Net-a-Porter for nearly four years. There, Kaminetsky supervised all sales, marketing and communication functions worldwide for the e-commerce giant, and led the company’s multiplying sales growth quarter over quarter. 

Before her time at Net-a-Porter, Kaminetsky worked as the Senior Vice President of Business Management at Borderfree, as well as Vice President of Marketing at Barneys New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University in New York City. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children. 


Debbie Johnsen
Digital Marketing Director
The Watergate Hotel

Debbie Johnsen is currently Digital Marketing Director for The Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. She has worked on both the client and agency side in digital marketing for travel, arts and entertainment brands since 2000.

She is also Adjunct Faculty at N.Y.U., and teaches E-Commerce Marketing in the School of Professional Studies Integrated Marketing Master’s degree program.

Debbie is a native New Yorker and an N.Y.U graduate. She has appeared as a speaker on the topics of Multi-Channel Marketing and Luxury Marketing at Luxury Interactive, Internet Retailer, e-Tail and other industry conferences.

Tamera Ferro
Vice President, Digital Commerce & Marketing
Nili Lotan
Angela Gruszka
Marketing and Creative Vice President
ABC Carpet & Home

Angela Gruszka has over 14 years of experience working at the intersection of design, technology, and retail in the luxury space. Currently, she is VP of Marketing + Creative at ABC Carpet & Home, the iconic New York City design retailer. From digital strategy to brand development and creative direction, Angela focuses on building revolutionary 360-degree brand experiences across all mediums and channels. Bringing insight, creativity, and guidance of innovative technology, Angela has been integral to the evolution and growth of the ABC Carpet & Home brand. During her tenure, she conceptualized and directed several award-winning advertising campaigns, groundbreaking interactive experiences, and helped incubate, pioneer and grow the digital infrastructure for ABC Carpet & Home, including the launch of the ecommerce platform. Prior to ABC Carpet & Home, Angela led the public relations for Anne Klein, where she increased brand awareness and sales through strategic marketing and communication programs and partnerships.

Scott Steever
Head of E-Commerce
ABC Carpet & Home
Srinivasan Rajamanickam
Senior Director
Tapestry
Lisa Caruso
Director of Communications
Mandarin Oriental New York

Lisa Caruso is a seasoned public relations and marketing communications specialist with 20 years of expertise in the luxury lifestyle arena. She has spearheaded the promotion and launch of some of the world’s most esteemed hotels, spa and wellness, travel and hospitality brands and destinations, elevating their brand awareness and solidifying their media and consumer footprint in the U.S. market. 

A creative strategist, Lisa takes a big picture approach to tailor innovative, dynamic public relations and marketing programs that have propelled her clients, and now Mandarin Oriental, New York and the opening of The Aviary NYC, into the spotlight, leading to impactful results and multi-page stories in some of the world’s most renowned publications from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to Fortune, Condé Nast Traveler and DEPARTURES. She has collaborated with key stakeholders to pinpoint business goals and messaging in advance of developing multi-layered strategies encompassing the right balance of storytelling, traditional and social media exposure, impactful activations and alliances with both like-minded and visionary brands designed to move the needle creatively and maximize visibility. 

As Director of Communications for Mandarin Oriental, New York, Lisa oversees communications and marketing efforts for the America’s flagship property, bolstering awareness and maintaining a high-profile for the hotel and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group brand via a dynamic mix of media, influencer and promotional partnership synergies. Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Lisa spent much of her career on the public relations agency side where she led her teams on strategic and creative PR program development for clients which included: Abercrombie & Kent; Atlantis, Paradise Island; Dorchester Collection; Fairmont Hotels & Resorts; Ferragamo-owned Lungarno Hotels; Gramercy Park Hotel; La Compagnie All-Business Class Airline; Marriott International; Tourisme Montreal, among others. 

Karin Kopano
General Manager
Hotel 50 Bowery

General Manager Karin Kopano brings her functional expertise in launching successful hospitality concepts on both ends of the East Coast to Hotel 50 Bowery, located in Manhattan’s Chinatown community. She began her role as General Manager for the property in 2015 and continues to draw on her innate creativity and mastery of operations to meld the hotel’s personally tailored service, distinct Chinatown location, and whimsical style of luxury to deliver a community-focused experience showcasing New York City’s diverse cultures and unflappable energy. In June 2018, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) awarded Kopano General Manager of the Year at the 25th Annual Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award Dinner. Additionally, the property was included in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards in the categories, Best Hotels in NYC (ranked #3) and Best City Hotels in Continental U.S. (ranked #15) and Condé Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Hotels in NYC (ranked #31)! She has previously held roles at Morgan’s Hotel Group’s Shore Club, Hotel Victor, Gansevoort Hotel and Baron’s Cove. 

Alicia Parker
Director of Marketing
The Peninsula Hotels
David Shenman
Director, Sales & Marketing
Lotte New York Palace Hotel
Céline Decarlo
Director of Social Engagement & Company Culture
Mara Hoffman

Céline began her career with CNN International in London, U.K. as a global senior executive developing tailored communication and business development strategies for companies across diverse industries.

In 2015, Céline shifted her focus to her interest in SMEs and joined Mara Hoffman, a privately owned apparel company. She has concentrated on the company’s organizational improvement, leading inter-departmental communication and performance management initiatives. During her tenure, Céline created and implemented the company's social responsibility strategy encompassing both external and internal affairs. In her recent work, Céline has led several special projects focused on social engagement and community organizing, while supporting the company and the industry’s shift towards more sustainable practices.

Céline sits on the Board of the Women’s Prison Association and the Advisory Council of the social enterprise program the New Standard Institute. She is also a proud member of Maestra, a women's thought leadership cooperative and social impact agency. 

Brian La Monica
Director of Revenue, Distribution, & e-Commerce
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Thais Schaller
E-Commerce Executive Director
Peter Thomas Roth

Thais Schaller is currently Executive Director, E-Commerce at Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care and June Jacobs Skin Care. Thais has worked on e-commerce and digital marketing for Lancome, Clarins, Dr. Dennis Gross, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Mana Products.  Thais holds a bachelors degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a masters in vocal performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University.  Thais is also the Regional Coordinator in New York City for Headcount.org, a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy.

Alexandra Levin
Sr Manager, Partnerships & Business Development
Hudson's Bay Company

Handling business development and strategic partnerships for Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor,Saks OFF Fifth, and Hudson's Bay.

Patrick Herning
Co-Founder and CEO
11 Honoré

Patrick Herning is the founder and CEO of 11 Honoré, the first size-inclusive shopping site to offer women luxury fashion straight from the runway. His impressive background spans business development during the initial tech boom of Silicon Valley to the management of events for fashion, lifestyle and philanthropic clients, projects, as well as leading major marketing initiatives throughout the country. As the CEO of 11 Honoré, Patrick is the driving force in the site’s growth and expansion, and the platform has gone from concept to consumer in under one year. 

Gregg Tilston
Vice President Sales and Operations
Irongate Wine

Gregg Tilston is Vice President of Sales and Operations with IronGate.Wine, an online retailer selling investment grade, vintage wine. Gregg is a technology industry veteran having spent seven years as a global leader with Flight Centre Travel Group (ASX: FLT) as well as holding senior leadership roles with eComm, platform, and mobile application startups.  Gregg has leveraged his experience in catering luxury products to a discerning, online clientele to launch IronGate.Wine; a highly personalized, yet simple, fraud-free experience not previously seen in the retail wine industry.

Mari Corella
Head of Digital Merchandising
Al Tayer Group
Diana Verde Nieto
Co-Founder and CEO
Positive Luxury

Argentinian-born Diana Verde Nieto is the co-founder and CEO of Positive Luxury, the company behind the Butterfly Mark; a unique interactive trust mark awarded to luxury lifestyle brands in recognition of their commitment to having a positive impact on people and the planet, providing wordless reassurance that a brand can be trusted.

Positive Luxury was founded in partnership with Karen Hanton MBE, founder of toptable.com. The two trailblazing entrepreneurs combined their experience and knowledge to use technology to demystify sustainability and positively communicate a brands’ action directly to the consumer. 

Diana’s entrepreneurial spirit has driven innovations in the way that brands communicate on their commitment to social good and environmental responsibility, with companies seeing the true benefit of investing and incorporating responsible business practices into the companies’ DNA. This began with founding a sustainability communications consultancy, Clownfish, in 2002 which Diana built to international success, with a presence in 5 markets including China and USA at the time of exiting the business in 2008. 

Diana is a globally recognized figure in the sustainability field, having been trained by Al Gore at the Alliance of Climate Change in 2007 and subsequently being honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2011, also serving as a board member for the World Economic Forum Young Global Leader community. Diana is an advisor to the British Fashion Council, House of St Barnabas and the European Chapter of Conservation International.

In 2015 Diana was named as a Luxury Women to Watch in 2016 by Luxury Daily.

Michaella Solar-March
Global Director of Member Events & Programming
Soho House
Franca Foligatti
Sales and Marketing Director
NO KA’OI

Franca Foligatti became Director of Sales and Marketing for NO KA 'OI in May 2015. She is responsible for overseeing the No Ka'Oi brand vision and the growth of its worldwide distribution through luxury retailers like Net-A-Porter, Carbon 38, Luisa via Roma, Le Bon Marche’ and KaDeWe Group. She works directly with owners Simona Finelli and Michele Galliano to develop sales and marketing strategies and coordinate business development globally.

Before 2015, she ran her own successful consulting company, providing development services to luxury lifestyle companies in fashion, art, wellness, and cosmetics looking to expand their businesses to overseas markets.

From 1998 to 2004 she served as President and CEO of the US subsidiary of Avon Celli, an Italian luxury knitwear company, increasing sales and distribution from three locations to over 60 specialty stores, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Wilkes Bashford, Louis of Boston and Stanley Korshak. She positioned Avon Celli as the number one luxury brand, as recognized by the Robb Report, Departures Magazine, DNR Textile, Menswear, and others. In 2004, she was named one of the top ten influential people in the luxury men’s fashion industry by DNR Magazine.

John Ballay
CEO and Co-Founder
Knot Standard

I have had the fortune to work with smart people who share my passion to build and grow businesses globally. I've been lucky to experience the inside of both mature companies and start-ups, and my interests have boomeranged me from the USA to the Middle East and back.

Today I have the privilege to help lead Knot Standard - the fastest growing menswear company in the USA, a concept that we grew from infancy to over 60 people across 9 locations. I could not be prouder of our team. 

Laura Kaplan
President
Paul Andrew

Laura Kaplan is the President of Paul Andrew Design LLC. She served as Vice President of Merchandising and Sales in 2014 and became President in 2015. Previously, Ms. Kaplan was the GMM of North America for AllSaints and held merchant roles with Ralph Lauren, Bluefly.com and Gucci Group.

Ms. Kaplan holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication and French from Boston

University.

Joanna Griffiths
Founder and CEO
knix

Joanna Griffiths is the Founder and CEO of knix, a brand that is reinventing intimates for real life. Since launching the company in 2013, Joanna has built knix into a global leader in the intimates’ category while building a community of women who are passionately taking on life by breaking down the taboos and boundaries that get in their way. Prior to starting knix, Joanna honed her marketing and PR skills at some of the world’s leading entertainment companies including Universal Music, Toronto International Film Festival, Canadian Broadcasting Company and was Director of Business Development for the award-winning social recommendations start-up “Bread.” Joanna holds a MBA with distinction from INSEAD, where she won the Business Venture Competition and the Women’s Award for Entrepreneurship, securing the initial capital to start the business. Knix was a finalist in the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Ontario Awards program for the emerging category. Currently, Joanna resides in her hometown of Toronto with her husband Dave.

Rose Blackmore
Senior Managing Director of BD & Partnerships, US & Canada
Dealmoon.com

Rose Blackmore heads up the Partnerships and Business Development teams at Dealmoon.com, a platform catering to global Chinese shoppers with a social and web presence of over 20MM. Rose is a China market expert with over 15 years of digital, branding and PR experience. 

Jennifer Wang
Co-Founder & CMO
Dealmoon.com

Jennifer Wang is a powerhouse in the world of luxury online shopping. As the Co-Founder of Dealmoon.com, she is a relationship arbiter between 3,000+ of the world’s most coveted brands and 20M+ voracious Chinese-American shoppers who peruse her site monthly. Wang makes dreams come true for her customers, serving up deals and exclusives on luxuries via the largest shopping advisory site for Chinese Americans, with over 10 million followers on the Weibo social network, and more than 3 million app installations.

The elegant executive has a lot to say about the nature of e-commerce and the mind of the highly sought after Chinese-American demographic; mostly because she is an immigrant herself.  Wang has deep intel on this brand-centric shopper which has resulted in the Dealmoon customer becoming one of the highest average order value shoppers on the web. Under her direction, Dealmoon has sold billions of dollars of product to this consumer for some of America’s most cherished brands.

Wang is insightful, courageous and unstoppable. Her expertise in marketing includes developing social networks and compelling content that converts, robust mobile revenue models, international sales, and using online methods to drive brick and mortar sales.

Revecka Jallad
President and Co-Founder
DIVISA

After almost two decades in the Fashion Industry, Revecka's insights and professional background are well diversified which gives her the ability to work with brands in crating business strategies that will help them grow in the digital marketplace. 

Cultivating unique skills such as creative direction, design, fine art and fashion photography combined with technical knowhow in commercial fashion product photography and digital strategy she is able to help brands manage and grow their fashion e-commerce operation. 

Wei Jiang
President and Chief Operations Officer
Citcon

Wei Jiang serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Citcon, which is the mobile payment and commerce leader for merchants to reach and engage with over 1B Chinese consumers via Alipay, WeChat Pay and China Union Pay.  Wei overseas the sales, marketing, product and business operations of the company. He has over 15+ years of product, marketing and sales experience in payment, technology and consumer goods industries.  Prior to joining CITCON, Wei led consumer and commercial Prepaid product & innovation team at Visa.  He also headed up Visa US marketing team for Debit, Prepaid, Commercial and Small Business products.  Before Visa, Wei held leadership roles with global companies such as Terex, Whirlpool and P&G. Wei holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.    

Udayan Bose
Founder & CEO
NetElixir

 Udayan Bose founded NetElixir with a vision to provide online marketers worldwide with a paid search campaign optimization solution capable of delivering magical performance. Udayan recognized the potential of search marketing as an essential advertising channel in 2004. Having experienced first-hand the complexity involved in running a profitable paid search campaign, he was driven to develop a system that delivers predictable and efficient campaign performance, allowing marketers to fully leverage the power of paid search as a high value sales generator.

Prior to starting NetElixir, Udayan was Director of Business Development for PartyGaming, the world's largest online gaming company. In this role he was responsible for building a new business unit from scratch, PartyBingo that went on to become a major revenue generator for the Company. Udayan regularly lectures the MBA classes at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; Zicklin School of Business, Baruch, NY and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes and Time magazines. 

Udayan holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Abhi Yadav
Founder and CEO
Zylotech

Abhi Yadav is a renowned analytics & data technologist entrepreneur across the customer analytics, data science & database industries. Abhi is CEO of Zylotech, a self-learning customer analytics platform that he co-founded and spun out of MIT in 2014, that keeps customer data live and enriched while automating the customer life-cycle with relevance. Zylotech’s cross-industry clients including retail continuously experience unprecedented results in cross/up-selling & retention marketing. Prior he co-founded Prognosys e Services and N-CARE. He’s also served in management positions at VER and GE Capital. Abhi has his Master of Business Administration from MIT.

Abhi is an Official Member of the Forbes Technology Council and an Advisory Board Member to MIT Global Startup Labs.

Ben Kruger
Data Insights Strategist
Bluecore

As the Sr. Manager of Data & Insights, Ben helps retailers maximize their value of the Bluecore platform by identifying trends and opportunities within their datasets. 

Milton Pedraza
CEO
Luxury Institute
Milton Pedraza is the CEO of the Luxury Institute. Over the past 12 years, Milton has established the Luxury Institute, first and foremost, as a high-performance client relationship consulting firm serving more than 1,000 luxury and premium goods and services brands across dozens of categories. The Luxcelerate System has helped brands significantly improve client data collection, conversion, and retention rates. In addition, the Institute has conducted more research with affluent consumers than any other entity in the world. 

Milton advises and coaches luxury CEOs and advises the boards of top-tier luxury and premium brands, as well as luxury startups. He is sought after worldwide for his practical, innovative and humanistic insights and recommendations on luxury and is the most quoted global luxury industry expert in leading media and publications. 
Krishna Patel
Program Director
Luxury Interactive

Krishna has held four of the following five jobs (one is something she decided at age 7 was the ultimate dream job): wildlife rescuer, Renaissance Fair wench, comic book store clerk, lawyer, and National Geographic photographer.  Which one is the fake, and why did she choose working on Luxury Interactive above all else?  Feel free to reach out and ask – that, and any other questions you may have!

Manish Mohan
Director, Paid Media
NetElixir

Domain expert in paid media marketing, helping e-commerce retailers in fashion, home & decor, lifestyle, education, food & gourmet and gifting develop customer acquisition & retention strategies to build a profitable revenue stream in the dynamic space of online retail. Specialized in new business development through business analysis & developing integrated search marketing solutions across search, social and marketplaces.