Maria Dubuc
Marketing By Design, President, Big Red Rooster, Vice President, Maria is a 25 year pioneer in creative management, Maria’s key talent is to combine a career’s worth of branding experience into something personal and unique for each and every client. Smart & Final, The Home Depot, 7-Eleven, and PriceSmart are among the retailer programs she currently runs.

Christopher Durham
Founder, My Private Brand and The Velocity Private Brand Conference. Christopher Durham is an author, consultant, strategist and retailer with close to 20 years of real-world retail and corporate experience creating, launching and building numerous billion dollar Private Brands. My Private Brand, seeks to drive the changing Private Brand landscape, focusing on the emerging art and science of Private Brand management.

Uma Kannappan 
Global Product Director, e-Content, SGK, brings over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing marketing, digital and e-commerce strategies and technologies to create omnichannel customer engagement. Her experience includes working extensively with clients in various industries and sectors, including consumer products, retail and technology. She has also worked with The Consumer Goods Forum and other industry bodies to provide thought leadership for CPG manufacturers and retailers as they collaborate to create mutual value, foster innovation and drive growth.

Denise Klug
Senior Retail Analyst at LZ Retailytics covering German, Austrian, Swiss as well as Benelux grocery retail. Her fields of expertise lie in discounters, private label and health & beauty retail. Prior to her current position, she worked for five years as an analyst for Planet Retail and was head of the Modern Grocery Distribution team in the Frankfurt office. Denise speaks regularly at various international retail conferences.

Kara Miencier
Kara Miencier, Private Brand Sales Executive for Paramount Roasters, has a passion for store brands and the coffee industry. As a Board of Directors Member for Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence, Kara finds great value in the diversity and inclusion mission of WISE and bridging the experience gap between generations.

Tom Prendergast
Tom is the Director of Research Services for the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA), based in the company’s New York headquarters. His responsibilities include gathering news and seeking trends impacting the global private label and retail industries, analyzing and sharing that information with the member companies of PLMA around the world. Previously he worked at NBC News as a News Assistant for the local New York NBC affiliate.

Delfim Santos
Head of Growth and Customer Relations, Daymon Delfim Santos is part of Daymon International Leadership team since 2013. He leads the Growth and Customer Relations team based in the International Development Center. He is also the Operating Partner for Russia, Middle East, Portugal and Czech Republic. Within the past 6 years, Delfim has led the Global Sourcing & Product Development teams and has overseen business operations in several countries such as Angola, Kuwait and Croatia.

Perry Seelert
A retail branding and marketing expert, with a passion for challenging conventional strategy and truths. Perry is the Strategic Partner and Co-founder of Emerge, a strategic marketing consultancy dedicated to helping Retailers, Manufacturers and Services grow exponentially and differentiate with purpose.

Austin Sniezek
For the past 5 years, Austin has worked as Project Manager for Marketing by Design (MBD), a branding and packaging design agency specializing in high volume retailer programs. At MBD, Austin has experience in numerous packaging programs. Ranging from high-volume production rollouts to SKU-by-SKU creative designs. MBD’s proven record for creating intuitive design systems and rolling out more than 10,000 SKUs each year gives Austin ample reasons to boast about what they offer.

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