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J.C. Penney, Bluemercury to speak at Texas A&M Summit


Dallas – Some major retailers are participating in the 30th Retailing Summit conference hosted by The Texas A&M University’s Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School.

Marvin Ellison, the new CEO of The J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Barry Beck, co-founder and COO of Bluemercury, which was recently purchased by Macy’s, will be among the speakers at the conference, held Oct. 8-9 at the Westin Galleria in Dallas.

“This year’s Retailing Summit theme of ‘Redefining: Retail’ is particularly exciting to me given the recent acquisition of Bluemercury and the innovative vision we have for the future,” Beck said. “I’m looking forward to sharing key insights from this rapid growth period and learning from some of the Industry’s leading executives.”

Other speakers at the conference include are Gautam Gupta, CEO of NatureBox; Erik Medina, VP head of U.S. TRU Youth Monitor at The Futures Company; Sarah Quinlan, senior VP and head of market insights at MasterCard; Bryan McCormick, VP of HR at PetSmart; Jeff Donaldson, senior VP of GameStop Technology Institute at GameStop; Steve Brill, senior VP of corporate communications at UPS; Scott Emmons, enterprise architect and Innovation Lab manager at Neiman Marcus; Karyn Maynard, recruiting director at The Container Store; Michelle Bogan, partner at Kurt Salmon; Craig Ceccanti, CEO and co-founder of Pinot’s Palette; and, Karla Waddleton, division VP at Aldi.

BDO, Reflect Systems, Salesforce, Brierley + Partners, Kurt Salmon and PetSmart will serve as corporate sponsors of this year’s event. Funds raised by the annual conference support retail curriculum and scholarships for students pursuing retail studies at Mays Business School.

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