2016 Retail Innovator Award Winners Announced

Retail TouchPoints is proud to announce the 2016 Retail Innovator Award winners. The 36 retail executives were selected after review of more than 100 nominations. In its third year, the Retail Innovator Awards honor business leaders who are embracing positive disruption in retail.

All 36 winners will be honored live at the Retail Innovation Conference, which will take place May 10-11, 2016 at the Apella in New York City. Attendees will hear from the winners and learn their success stories and insights into their winning strategies. Seats are limited; retail executives are invited to register while space is still available by clicking here.

This year’s Retail Innovator Award winners include (in alphabetical order by company name):


  • Morgan Hermand-Waich, Founder & CEO, Adore Me
  • Kim Keating, Assistant VP, Digital Engagement Strategy, AT&T Operations
  • Chris Purkey, VP, Gearhead Operations,
  • Barry Beck, Founder & COO, Bluemercury
  • Eric Grosse, CEO, Chairish
  • Jennifer Wang, Co-Founder,
  • Mary Holahan, Digital Marketing Manager, Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Dana Schwartz, Director of Marketing and eCommerce, ECCO
  • Josh Neblett, Co-Founder and CEO, etailz
  • Cathy Pryor, SVP, Store Operations, Hibbett Sports
  • Nadia Shouraboura, CEO, Hointer
  • Shawn Coombs, Director of Product Management, Home Depot
  • Ryan Craver, President and CEO, Lamour/Trimfit
  • Shawn Nelson, CEO, Lovesac
  • Gihad Jawhar, VP, Digital, Lowes
  • Michael Moore, CMO, Lowes Foods
  • Jason Richard, CIO, Lucky Brand
  • Kevin Lavelle, Founder/CEO, Mizzen+Main
  • Lee Summers, Marketing/Technology Manager, Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • Paul Carroll, VP, Digital and eCommerce Creative, New York and Company
  • Yael Aflalo, Founder and CEO, Reformation
  • Mike Karanikolas, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, REVOLVE Clothing
  • Keith Klug, Director of Energy, Sears Holdings
  • Angela Gearhart, Senior Director, Store Experience, Sleep Number by Select Comfort
  • Egil Moller Nielsen, SVP, eCommerce, SmartCentres, Inc.
  • Scott Palmer, COO, Spikeball
  • Steve Foust, VP, Marketing, Spiraledge
  • Faisal Masud, EVP and Chief Digital Officer, Staples
  • Jack Ojalvo, CEO,
  • Bridget Burns, Social Media Strategist, Tom’s of Maine
  • Jerry Hum, Co-Founder & CEO, Touch of Modern
  • John Hazen, VP, Omnichannel and Digital Innovation, True Religion
  • Marci Zaroff, Founder, Under the Canopy
  • Patrick Walsh, COO, VILLA
  • Simon Rodrigue, SVP eCommerce, Walmart Canada
  • Jim Brett, President, West Elm

In addition to the Retail Innovator Awards luncheon, the Retail Innovation Conference will offer two full days of expert content and conversation, including:

  • Keynote presentations from leadings industry professionals including Ken Hughes, Maureen Mullen and Kasey Lobaugh;
  • Panel discussions and case study presentations from retail thought leaders hailing from Shoes of Prey, Rent the Runway, JCPenney, Ace Hardware and more;
  • Innovation Lab workshops; and
  • Networking opportunities with 200+ retail executives.

Registration is open now and is limited to 200 seats. Retail professionals interested in reserving their seat can visit to register.

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