Shai Benamo is the Chief Executive Officer of Nova Point of Sale, a worldwide leader in point of sale systems for the retail industry. After serving in an unit in the IDF, Shai started his career in specialty retail in the United States. Shai is now a well-known veteran in the specialty retail industry, and brings a wealth of knowledge from his years of providing consultation for property management companies, wholesalers, franchises, and a variety of retailers. His expertise lies in a range of topics including business development, process improvement, sales & marketing strategy, improving the shopper’s experience and integrating technology in retail management. He’s passionate about transitioning retailers away from the cash registers towards professional behavior and a uniformed appearance.
Liad Biton is the Chief Executive Officer of CSS LivePOS. LivePOS® was developed in 2001 and is now the leader in Point of Sale Solutions for the Cart and Kiosk Industry; with over 11,000 customers and 50,000 daily users in 20 different countries.
Liad is a serial entrepreneur and a speaker on the topics of retail technology, computerized management solutions, and business innovation. At a young age Liad is continuing to expand his business success together with his teams around the globe (USA, China, Philippines, and Israel).
2014 marks thirty years for Michael in the gift business, including sixteen in Specialty Retailing. Having consulted to launch programs like NYS Collection, and having managed national programs like Santa’s Pen, he has also helped hundreds of operators to start as entrepreneurs, and advised them how to run their businesses profitably. He values highly his personal contacts with the property companies’ personnel, as we all seek the mutual goal of keeping retail operations in malls alive and innovative. Michael now works solely for the Christmas and City family-owned store chain, helping them to expand greatly and maintain their standards of excellence. Michael headquarters at the Christmas in Hollywood store in California.
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Monika Foley has been in the specialty leasing industry for more than 29 years, working with various companies to include, The Rouse Company, Trammel Crow, Trizec Hahn, Westcor and Macerich. She is responsible for opening three major trend setting malls in the Denver area (Park Meadows, Flatiron Crossing and Twenty Ninth Street. She currently handles the leasing development for Flatiron Crossing in Broomfield, Colorado and Twenty Ninth Street in Boulder, Colorado. She is a native of Colorado and loves to bike, ski, travel and enjoys the outdoors.
Jeanie Haddox is a native of Ohio and an expert in Specialty Leasing and Visual Merchandising in the Shopping Center Industry. After studying at Ohio University, she spent the first 5 years of her career in Human Resources before making the leap into the Shopping Center Industry. Her last 10 years has been selling and managing Specialty Leasing Projects throughout the US, most recently she launched the revamp of the Specialty Program at Westfield UTC. Along with winning 3 Visual Victories, she is now focused on the November 2013 grand opening of The Headquarters at Seaport District with Terramar Retail Centers. Jeanie is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Globe Guilders and of Fashion Group International.
Amy Jo Hall is the Senior Director of Local Leasing for GK Development, Inc. leading the ancillary income and local permanent leasing initiatives for eight shopping centers across six states. Amy has enjoyed more than 16 years of experience in the real estate development industry in both ground up development and established regional shopping centers. An active member of the community and philanthropic supporter, she currently sits on the board of directors for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the board of directors for the Women in Management – Fox Valley Chapter and the fundraising committee for the O’Brien School for the Maasai. Amy is an industry speaker and leader, actively teaching and facilitating courses within the shopping center industry through the International Council of Shopping Centers and Specialty Retail Report. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University and is currently completing a Masters degree.
Cathy Johnson is Associate Director of Property Management for Weingarten Realty. She oversees the Specialty Leasing program for the company, which brings in millions of dollars in ancillary income each year by short-term leasing vacancies and leasing in parking lots and the common area. Cathy also oversees the management of 5.1 million square feet within the Mountain Region.
Deborah is a Principal in the retail real estate consulting firm of Pro Retail, Inc. and the firm of Provenzano Resources, Inc. (PRI) based in Los Angeles and San Diego, California, and conducting business worldwide. Deborah has been a principal of PRI since 1997, and is its’ President. PRI is a specialty leasing and commercialisation firm that adds ancillary income to shopping centers, transportation hubs, airports and municipalities. PRI created, leases, manages and owns the largest RMU/Kiosk program in an airport at the Denver International Airport, in addition to managing, consulting and overseeing specialty leasing and ancillary income programs including sponsorship, partnership marketing, advertising and experiential retail for super regional, regional, lifestyle and entertainment centers, and community and neighborhood centers throughout the United States.
Deborah is a public speaker on the topics of retail management, visual merchandising, leasing, product development and specialty retail training. She has conducted training seminars in the Dubai for the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers; training seminars for Westfield, General Growth and Ivanhoe Cambridge; education sessions for the Academy of Concessions at Airport Revenue Conference and Airport Minority Council conference; training and other educations seminars for the International Council of Shopping Centers for over 20 years and many others.
Deborah is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); a member of the Airport Retail News (ARN); Airport Minority Advisory Committee (AMAC); she is on the advisory committee to the Specialty Retail Report Trade Show (SPREE) and has conducted workshops at SPREE for ten years, including the Specialty Leasing Summit. She has been on the editorial board of Specialty Retail Report (SRR) since it’s’ inception. Deborah is designated a Senior Shopping Center Leasing Specialist (SCLS) by ICSC and has a Specialty Leasing Designation (SLD).
Spanning a career of more than 25 years, Mr. Lim earned his stripes as a world-class business and branding specialist through extensive hands-on experience, hard work, innovative thinking and setting new standards in key industries. Mr. Lim offers a complete range of business, branding and marketing services for companies of all shapes and sizes across the entire business life cycle. He has often been sought out by Fortune 500 companies to solve complex business and brand problems that others had failed to solve. Some of his clients include; Apple, Honda, Disney, DreamWorks, Acura, Xerox, Lakeshore Entertainment, Mattel, Jakks Pacific, Paramount Pictures, and HP to name a few.
Marie VanDrisse is the Executive National Account Manager for F.C. Dadson. She works with clients to develop brand environments including retail, restaurant, and service concepts to be executed nationwide. She is an instrumental team member helping to further develop F.C. Dadson’s turnkey build-out and kiosk programs in the franchise industry. She has worked with Me-Ality, Brow Art 23, Flip Flop, Shops, Forever Yogurt, and French Fry Heaven. Prior to joining F.C. Dadson, Marie spent nearly two decades in marketing and advertising as well as another decade in retail packaging. Her past experience has ultimately helped Marie develop a strong retail and marketing perspective, which has helped her successfully develop solutions for companies like P&G, S.C. Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Frito Lay and Kraft to name a few.
As an English major at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, Mary side-steeped on career growth opportunities that eventually lead her to Macerich and Chesterfield Towne Center in Richmond, VA. With a total of 15 years dedicated to specialty leasing and business development, she is an industry veteran who has created both interior and exterior RMU programs for Macerich and Taubman. Returning to Macerich, she flexed her knowledge to become an expert at media and sponsorship sales while continuing to expand the specialty retail program for Chesterfield Towne Center, where is currently the Leasing Development Manager.