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Chain Store Age debuts SPECS ‘Ambassadors Club’


Chain Store Age unveils its first-ever SPECS/2017 Ambassadors Club, created to recognize 12 retailers who have made significant contributions to the industry and to SPECS, the annual Retail Event for Store Innovation. Produced by CSA, SPECS is attended by retail and food-service executives involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of stores and restaurants nationwide.

The inaugural SPECS Ambassadors Club members, selected by CSA, will provide guidance on overall programming for SPECS/2017, as well as serve as ambassadors to the event and participate in conference marketing efforts.

Following is a listing of the SPECS/2017 Ambassadors Club.

Sarah Amundsen

Senior director store design


Robert Baek

VP of business development and real estate


Bob Bedard

Construction manager, retail stores

Cole Haan, DTC

Bruce F. Brock

Director of real estate

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs

Bill Chaff

VP, real estate and construction

Bd’s Mongolian Grill

Flat Top Grill

Amy Ciolek, AIA

Director, store planning

Walgreen Co.

Dan Garneau

Site development manager

Kum & Go

Eric Johnson

Director of store planning & efficiency

Brookshire Brothers

Erin Johnson

Strategic sourcing manager

Gold’s Gym

Doug Pellock

VP of construction and purchasing

The Marcus Corp.

David Shotwell

Director of construction

Bojangle’s Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits

Renee Tobin

Manager of procurement

Brookdale Senior Living

Now in its 53rd year, SPECS will host its 2017 conference in Orlando, at the Gaylord Palms, March 12-14. The event will focus on what’s next, and what is shaping the future of retail.
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