/ Who to know at NRF’s Big Show 2016

Ask anyone in retail about biggest retail shows of the year, and without a doubt the National Retail Federation’s Big Show will come up. Last year, more than 33,000 retailers descended on NYC for the annual conference.

With so many attendees it can be hard to know where and with whom to spend your time. So using NRF’s suggestions and adding a few of our own, we created a master list of movers and shakers at this year’s 2016 Big Show. Here’s the official list, broken down by category, and linked to their social media, of who to know at NRF’s 2016 Big Show.

Disruptors – Founders and companies changing the retail paradigm.

Jessica Herrin, CEO and founder, Stella & Dot Family Brands

Katrina Lake, CEO and founder, Stitch Fix

Kyle Nel, executive director, Lowe’s Innovation Labs, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO, GoldieBlox


Dreamers – Innovators pushing the retail industry forward.

Moziah Bridges, founder and CEO, Mo’s Bows

Matthew Corrin, founder and CEO, Freshii

Danielle DiFerdinando, founder and creative director, Danielle Nicole

Alexis Ringwald, co-founder and CEO, LearnUp


Givers – Philanthropists who proudly give back to their industry and communities.

Tory Burch, chairman and co-CEO, Tory Burch LLC, founder, Tory Burch Foundation

Bea Perez, vice president and chief sustainability officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target


Influencers – Socialites helping connect peers and shape the future of retail.

Courtney Reagan, retail reporter, CNBC

Al Sambar, managing partner, retail and consumer group, Kurt Salmon

Dana Telsey, CEO and chief research officer, Telsey Advisory Group

The Honorable Mark R. Warner, United States Senator for Virginia


Power Players – Industry veterans familiar with success in retail.

Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty

Gary Friedman, chairman and CEO, Restoration Hardware

Michelle Gass, chief merchandising and customer officer, Kohl’s

James Rhee, executive chairman and CEO, Ashley Stewart

Stormy Simon, president, Overstock.com

(let us know if there are others you’d add to this list.)

2016 is set to be a big year for retail.

Not only are newcomers like Stitch Fix CEO, Katrina Lake disrupting retail with new business models, but seasoned brick and mortar retailers like Macy’s are turning to retail technology like smart beacons, interactive dressing rooms, and a variety of mobile payment options for high-touch digital shopping experiences.

In our highly scientific Twitter poll on retail technology, we found that respondents are most excited about mobile payments in 2016.

To say that Domo is excited about the future of retail technology would be an understatement. If you get tired of schmoozing, visit the Domo booth (#801 & MR #101) and see how retailers like Stance, Ogio, and Bohme Boutique transformed their retail operations with the world’s first business management platform.

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