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CSA announces SPECS/2019 Advisory Board

Physical retail will be in the spotlight at Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS Show, which will be held March 3-5, 2019, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas.

The conference, now in its 55th year, is designed for retail and foodservice executives involved in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of stores and restaurants nationwide. Taking an active role in the program planning is the SPECS Advisory Board, which is made up of industry executives from leading retail companies and key supplier organizations.

The board members are charged with advising and directing the educational program for the 2019 conference, which will feature a packed slate of workshops, roundtables and panel presentations covering a wide range of emerging and evolving issues. As industry insiders, the SPECS board members are integral to the development of the program.

Five veteran members were selected as Executive Advisory Board members, responsible for team leadership and overall program direction. The SPECS 2019 executive leaders are:

Lisa Smola-Hollo, project manager, growth and development, Ulta Beauty;



Lori Koeppe, operations coordinator, The Buckle;



Craig Hale, associate Principal, HFA;



Mike Gordon, senior manager, facilities management, Rent-A-Center; and



Kristen Roodvoets, retail operations - construction project manager, SmileDirectClub



The following is a list of the SPECS/2019 Advisory Board:

* Aaron Ancello, VP, facilities manager lead, TD Bank
* Lisa Bien-Sinz, senior VP marketing and HR, Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services
*Marilyn Brennan, director of business development and account management, Egan Sign
*Brandon Collier, director of architecture, design and store planning, RaceTrac Petroleum
* David DiCarlo, former director of construction, Toms King Services/Burger King
* David Dillon, senior manager of development and standards, Walgreen Co.
* Tony DiSpirito, director of store preservation, Sephora
* Michael S. Ecke, strategic national accounts manager, Benjamin Moore & Co.
* Richard Elkins, director of construction services, Firehouse Subs
* Brian Foster, senior VP, Paint Folks
* Casey Fitzpatrick, construction estimator, Wegmans Food Markets
* Mike Gordon, senior manager, facilities management, Rent-A-Center
* Bill Graber, VP account management, USM Inc.
*Greg Green, divisional VP national accounts, Orion Energy Systems
* Scott Griffin, director of store design and construction, Stein Mart
* Craig Hale, associate Principal, HFA
* Roger Herman, director of national accounts, Springwise Facility Management
* Angie Huff, VP/retail, NGS Films and Graphics
* Keith Johnson, director of store design, Dollar Tree & Family Dollar Stores
* Kevin Kilgore, director of construction, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
* Christie King, senior architect, proto and new formats, Walmart Inc.
* Tiffany Ko, program manager, store development, lululemon athletica
* Lori Koeppe, operations coordinator, The Buckle
* Bridget McCormick Lackey, senior manager of architecture and building design, JCPenney
*Robin Baskin Ladner, VP sales, Global Facility Management & Construction
* Kevin Nolen, director of retail expansion and facilities, Z Gallerie
* John Noonan, executive VP business development & marketing, Atlas Sign Industries
* Doug Pellock, VP construction and purchasing, Marcus Theatres
* Vaun Podlogar, president, State Permits Inc.
* Terry Pratt, senior construction project manager, Academy Sports + Outdoors
* Rob Reiter, chief security consultant, Calpipe,
* Kristen Roodvoets, retail operations - construction project manager, SmileDirectClub
* Eric Russell, director of construction, L Brands
* Lisa Smola-Hollo, project manager, growth and development, Ulta Beauty
* Jennifer Sorrells, senior manager of national retail facilities management, T-Mobile
* BiBi Sukey, senior tenant coordinator, Brookfield Properties Retail
* Kevin Tierney, VP strategic accounts retail, Tarkett
* Bennett Van Wert, national sales manager, DWM Comprehensive Facility Solutions
* Rick Winkel, president, Retail Contractors Association
* Joshua D. Witte, director of store operations, brand maintenance and repair, Ross Stores Inc.
* Bret Woodland, project manager, H.J. Martin & Son Inc.
* Jason Woods, senior manager construction, Tesla
* Tracy Scanlan Zaslow, senior director of design and construction, Luxury Brand Holdings, Ross + Simons, Sidney Thomas Jewelers
* Melissa Zimmerman, category manager, group procurement, Walgreen Co.
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