Expert Voices Lead the Way at Meetup 2019

Vancouver BC — July 17, 2019The 2019 iQmetrix Meetup is a place for the retail industry to lend its brightest minds to crafting a future for retail with actionable, profitable change today.This year’s agenda features not only experts in a wide variety of areas, pivotal to the success of retailers everywhere but also boasts an all-star lineup of outside speakers who are masters of their craft. From keynote presentations to motivational sessions to in-depth panel discussions, these speakers are ready to help the Meetup audience elevate their processes and do business better.

Robert Herjavec

Founder, Herjavec Group and Leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank

Robert’s story is one many can relate to. While he is now a dynamic entrepreneur and a leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, he was once escaping the grasp of Communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers and waiting tables to launching a computer company from his basement, Robert’s drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself and his family.

To say Robert is in the tech industry” is an understatement. He’s built and sold major players in the industry — like AT&T — and the Herjavec Group has quickly become one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies, now recognized as a global leader in information security specializing in managed security services, compliance, incident response, and remediation efforts for enterprise-level organizations.

Through his personal triumphs, various written works, and vast entrepreneurial knowledge, Robert continues to help businesses scale, innovate, and succeed.

Molly Bloom

Entrepreneur and Author of Molly’s Game

A jack of all trades, literally, Molly Bloom is no stranger to hard work. Having set her sights on the Olympic rings at a young age, Molly trained tirelessly to become a first-class skier. Even after what should have been a career-ending surgery, Molly showed no signs of restraint and worked towards finding her place on the international podium. After missing out on her Olympic dreams, Molly moved to Los Angeles for what she thought would be a year-long sabbatical; she was wrong.

This tenacious college student and law-school hopeful found herself moving rapidly from assistant to entrepreneur, seemingly by accident. Molly found herself running one of the most exclusive, notorious, and high-stakes poker games in the world with purses in the millions and a star-studded cast of players. Despite all this being a remarkable story in itself, with Molly pulling in $4 million per year, what happened next is where her story truly begins.

Brendan Witcher

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving EBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals, Forrester

Brendan serves digital business strategy professionals and is an expert on consumer behavior and technology trends in the commerce engagement space. He is also a noted authority on market developments and vendors that help deliver today’s leading strategies and tactics in digital excellence.

In his research, Brendan covers such consumer-oriented, cross-vertical topics as eCommerce, personalization, omnichannel, CX best practices, engagement strategies, and conversion optimization. Brendan is sought after for comments and insights by industry media such as Bloomberg, CNBC, NPR, PBS, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and USA Today.

Preston Edwards

Executive Director & Head of Strategic Partnerships,
Chase Merchant Services

In this role, Preston leads business development and relationship management functions for a diverse portfolio that includes associations, technology platforms, and franchise programs. Preston holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor University, and has spent the majority of his career in financial services, specifically payments.

Chuck Palmer

Owner and Principal Strategist, ConsumerX

Chuck is an executive-level retail advisor with a consumer behavior bias. He focuses on the nexus of consumer behavior, technology. and creativity. With more than 25 years experience across the worlds of online and offline retail: e-commerce, retail strategy, operations, consumer behavior, and in-store, consumer-facing digital tools (visual merchandising networks, behavioral measurement), Chuck works with retailers and brands to develop ideal experiences.

With a career that began quite young (sweeping up at his dad’s beer and wine store), he moved through the Ohio State University, acquiring a degree in Industrial Psychology, and soon landed in the buying offices of Crate & Barrel and later Macy’s West. 

From those venerable beginnings, he went on to hone his retail chops as a strategist and consultant at Retail Design Group, Retail Planning Associates (RPA), FITCH (a WPP company) and as a retail strategy consultant. Clients and project work included Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase, Kraft, Nintendo, Intel, Humana, Johnson & Johnson, Dell, Columbia Sportswear, HP, Staples, and Airstream. 

His deep understanding of the customer experience — including brand engagement, customer journey implications, online behavior, retail space, customer-facing displays, and the path to purchase — results in robust and engaging consumer experiences.

Jason Dubroy

Managing Director, TracyLocke Canada

Jason Dubroy is one of North America’s most prominent omnichannel marketing experts. He is the Managing Director of TracyLocke Canada, part of the Omnicom Retail Group — the world’s preeminent center of excellence in shopper, retail, and commerce marketing. He specializes in retail marketing trends, shopper analytics, retail technology, e-commerce branding, and media innovation. Prior to joining TracyLocke he worked in progressive positions at a number of international marketing and advertising agencies, and has provided omnichannel and retail marketing insight to tier-1 organizations across North America including PepsiCo, Best Buy, Pfizer, Adidas, American Express, Apple, 3M, KraftHeinz, Kellogg’s, Loblaw Companies Ltd, Microsoft, Rogers Communications, and Universal Studios among others.

Brian Beller

Loyalty Expert, Otter Products

Brian is a Colorado native and is grateful to be working for such a great local company — Otter Products. In his role, Brian oversees all aspects of the Otter Products loyalty platform, Otter Rewards. In his 7+ years with this company, Brian has had leadership roles in a multitude of areas including Customer Service, Field Marketing, Sales, and Project management. Passionate about empowering others, Brian enjoys his current role as we works closely with people who also want to foster positive relationships, drive engagement, and push sales advocates to see real results. GO BRONCOS!

George Rogers

Founder, In Your Lane

Promoting positive leadership and economic growth in our industry George Rogers has spent the last 18 years traveling and speaking in various events and conferences. In 2013, he became a part of the wireless repair industry and would later join Genius Phone Repair, to help launch and grow 20 locations across Indiana and Michigan. His leadership and motivation skills have helped elevate many leaders and companies to see success. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hunting, and playing his keyboard or drums. Grateful for every opportunity to network, George challenges those he meets to simply impact somebody.

Scott McArthur

Vice President of Customer Success, Statflo

Scott leads Statflo’s Customer Success team and heads the engagements with their most strategic customers. Scott prides himself on delighting customers by understanding their needs and driving results. He has worked for 15 years in wireless and channel sales in the Canadian telecom landscape. Scott was previously in Channel Marketing and SMB Channel Enablement at TELUS and was one of Statflo’s first customers before joining the team.

Not only does the 2019 iQmetrix Meetup have these noteworthy external experts joining our lineup of presenters, but the Meetup stage will also be graced by company leaders, industry strategists, and innovative minds — retailers with their own stories to tell. iQmetrix will be hosting these top retailers as they recount their candid trials and tribulations in their striving for success. Business leaders, owners, and managers will take their turns in various sessions to outline what’s worked and what’s let them down as they focus on growing and scaling their operations.

To see the full content lineup for Meetup 2019, click here.

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iQmetrix’s point of sale and retail management solutions are designed to power the wireless and specialty retail industries. Our commerce platform offers powerful business intelligence, endless aisle, drop ship, e-commerce, and payment solutions, as well as an integrated network of over 35 partners – enabling us to be the single solution to multiple retail challenges. For 20 years, we’ve been passionate about helping our clients grow by providing excellent software, services, and expertise that enables them to adapt and thrive.