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Networking at TOPSS

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Chain Store Age publisher and editor Murray Forseter made a point during a TOPSS discussion. Enjoying a moment on the exhibit floor, left to right, Steven Quon and Claude Chriqui of Raymark, Leo Fernandez of Harrah’s Entertainment, Theresa Hunter of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, and Marco Vacirca and Veronike Hamel of Raymark.

John Pruban, president of TekServe POS, moderated a dynamic panel discussion on managing rollouts. TOPSS brought together IT and operations executives.

Alan Lipson, center, and Monica Harvey-Ticknor of Hewlett-Packard, right, compared notes with Beth Williamson of Williams-Sonoma and a colleague. AutoZone’s Ken Brame, CIO and VP IS, asked a question as Cathy Hotka of Cathy Hotka & Associates looked on.

Frank Riso, left, senior director of retail operations, Motorola, visited with Tim Kane from Wincor Nixdorf. The Check into Cash Crew came out in force. Left to right, Mike London, Edward Haluska, Ed Ryan and Alan Haws.

John Rutherford of The Sports Authority took home a special gift from Sprint, presented by Michelle Brantley of Sprint and Murray Forseter, publisher and editor of Chain Store Age. Rite Aid’s Fred Otteson, left, and Bob Kostosky sought information from Stephen Sparrow of Microsoft.

Exchanging business cards is a big part of the networking experience at TOPSS. Audience participation was encouraged at TOPSS.

John Thompson, senior VP and GM of bestbuy.com, delivered a powerful keynote address. Spencer Technologies’ Scott Bellefeuille chatted with Neil Abramson, director of IS, Mill Stores.

Dollar General’s Justin Neece, director of operations strategy, center, sought solutions on the exhibit floor. Len Jacaruso, left, and Ron Ehlers, former CIOs of Liz Claiborne and Pacific Sunwear, respectively, networked with Cathy Hotka of Cathy Hotka & Associates.

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