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Chain Store Age announces SPECS/2017 Advisory Board

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Chain Store Age announced the selection of the Advisory Board for SPECS/2017, the annual retail event for store innovation produced by CSA and attended by retail and food-service executives involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of stores and restaurants nationwide.

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

The SPECS Advisory Board, which is comprised of 45 industry leaders both from leading retail companies and key supplier organizations, will advise and direct the educational program for the 2017 conference. The packed slate of workshops, roundtables and panel presentations cover a wide range of emerging and evolving issues – and the Board, as industry insiders, play a key role in the planning and creation of each.

Five veteran members were selected as Executive Advisory Board members, charged with team leadership and overall program direction: Sara Craven, corporate design and construction regional director, Avis Budget Group; Richard Elkins, director of construction services, Firehouse Subs; Craig Hale, associate, HFA; Lisa Smola-Hollo, construction project manager, ULTA Beauty; and Kent Swank, senior director of construction, The Home Depot.

Following is a listing of the SPECS/2017 Advisory Board.

Bob Almond, chairman, NEST;

Aaron Ancello, VP and regional facilities manager, TD Bank;

James Beale, managing partner, National Glazing Solutions, LLC;

Dan Beeman, senior director of construction, architecture and design, The Hertz Corp.;

Sonja Berry, COO, Energy Design Service Systems;

Dan Bilancia, business development manager, Johnson Controls/York;

Jayson Burgess, director of construction, Smashburger;

Jennifer Chambers, Versashield architectural sales manager, Halex Corp.;

Sara Craven, corporate design and construction regional director, Avis Budget Group;

Dave Crawford, senior VP store design and construction, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse;

David DiCarlo, Midwest regional director of construction, rue21;

Greg DuChane, director, retail-restaurant national accounts, Trane;

Richard Elkins, director of construction services, Firehouse Subs;

Bridget Farrell, senior manager of architecture and building design, J.C. Penney;

Mike Gordon, facilities maintenance manager, Fogo de Chao;

Craig Hale, AIA, CDP, associate, HFA;

Steve Hearon, president, BrandPoint Services;

Al Hellaby, senior project manager, Wegmans Food Markets;

Tom Helwig, director of construction, Target;

George Holz, retail design/construction/facilities executive;

Bob Jensen, director of construction, Family Dollar;

Lisa Johnson, VP, Interstate Signcrafters;

Bob Keingstein, president, Boss Facility Services;

Lori Koeppe, operations coordinator, The Buckle;

Robin Baskin Ladner, VP of sales, Global Facility Management and Construction;

Sally Lee, market segment manager – retail, LEDVANCE, Sylvania Products;

Dave Magill, senior VP of program management, Ferrandino & Son;

Steve Miller, senior manager, major accounts group, Bose Professional Systems;

Bob Moore, president, Retail Contractors Association;

Kevin Nolen, director of retail expansion and facilities, Z Gallerie;

Alan Norton, senior manager of health and wellness innovations, Wal-Mart Stores;

Jim Pagano, executive VP, Boston Barricade Co.;

Randy Pannell, VP of construction, Hudson’s Bay Co./Saks Fifth Avenue Division;

Lisa Ploss, president, ProCoat;

Kristen Roodvoets, senior manager retail store planning and development, Alex and Ani;

Mike Rose, CEO, Academy Service Group;

Eric Russell, director of construction, L Brands/Bath & Body Works;

Amy Short, senior interior designer, Ashley HomeStores;

Lisa Smola-Hollo, construction project manager, ULTA Beauty;

Kent Swank, senior director of construction, The Home Depot;

Parke Wellman, divisional VP of store environment, Helzberg Diamond Shops;

Wendy Whetton, senior facilities project manager, Harbor Freight Tools;

Fran Windsor, senior VP, legal and new store development, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market;

Tracy Scanlan Zaslow, senior director of design and construction, Luxury Brand Holdings; and

Melissa Zimmerman, senior manager, StoreCare, Walgreen Co.
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