Visionaries in Action: Retail Summit Headliners Offer Glimpse of Evolving Industry Aug. 9-10

 July 17, 2017

Conference from Franklin County and Columbus Chamber of Commerce Puts Region in Spotlight

COLUMBUS, OH – While Retail Summit 2017 may open its doors Aug. 9 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, conversations inside the venue will shift to national and global trends in the quickly evolving industry.

As the only conference in the Midwest dedicated entirely to retail and the many sectors that support it, the annual event from Franklin County and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce has earned a reputation for thought leadership in retail sales, merchandising, commercial real estate and other connected industries.

“The Columbus Region is a hub – not only for logistics and excellence in the retail sector, but for disruption and innovative thinking more generally,” said Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

“Retail Summit is a powerful illustration of the area’s legacy and status as a home for the industry’s creativity and energy.”

This year’s featured presenters include:

Alison Embrey Medina is the editor-in-chief of design:retail, responsible for providing relevant, timely content to the retail design industry through various media. The scope of design:retail reaches all facets and categories of retail, from luxury and specialty to discount and dollar stores. Medina has more than 15 years of experience writing, editing and speaking on trends in retail design and visual merchandising.

Marcie Merriman leads EY’s Future Consumer & Employee Practice and is a globally recognized leader in consumer ethnography, cultural anthropology and brand strategy. As a successful entrepreneur and former retail industry executive, Merriman’s passion lies in connecting consumer needs with market influencers to enable business innovation and growth. Marcie is especially focused on leveraging her experience and intimate knowledge of Millenials and Gen Z to help clients differentiate and tap growth opportunities with those audiences.

Alberto Scirocco has always had a passion for fine art, which shows in the work of his design firm, leftchannel. Scirocco’s goal in building a studio was to explore the field of motion design and to push it beyond purely commercial applications. His direction for the studio has been to seamlessly blend illustration, painting and sculpture into digital work. Beyond leftchannel, during his ten years of teaching motion design at Columbus College of Art & Design, Scirocco has tried to positively impact the artistic development of his students in the same way his teachers assisted him in his journey.

Ignaz Gorischek is an award-winning designer and brings a unique blend of retail experience to CallisonRTKL’s Dallas team. His background in striking visual merchandising, store planning and design, graphics, art curation and collection, as well as an innovative application of technologies, have made him one of the industry’s most recognized figures.

Roger Rawlins currently serves as DSW’s Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to his appointment, Roger held the positions of Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Vice President of Omni Channel and Senior Vice President and General Manager of

Jim Schimmer has more than 20 years of senior leadership and management experience in economic development focusing on business recruitment and retention,economic development program management, international economic development, downtown development, civic project construction, neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, alternative energy and sustainable development. Jim is an expert in all facets of economic development, public policy development, private/public project facilitation, district planning, real estate development, community visioning, downtown development and economic geography.

The event is chaired by:

  • Denny Gerdeman, Chute Gerdeman
  • Steve Morris, Asset Strategies Group
  • Yaromir Steiner, Steiner & Associates

Event pricing includes flexible packages and specialized options for individuals, nonprofits, students and others.