Retail Smarter 2014 Conference


Meet the Featured Presenters

  • Ariel Acosta-Rubio

    Founder and CEO

    Acosta-Rubio leads CHURROMANIA, the most successful and largest worldwide franchise chain specialized in churros and hot chocolate.

    He has more than 25 years of industry experience in business startup, coaching and strategic development throughout Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market.

    The company has plans to open 200 new U.S. stores in the next five years targeting the Hispanic markets including Florida, Texas, New Jersey and Los Angeles.

  • Julia Arnette

    Vice President, Security Services

    Arnette is responsible for the growth and delivery of IBM's Security Services portfolio for North American clients.

    Arnette has more than 30 years of management consulting, new business development and program management experience, and more than 15 years of IT leadership for large US-based retailers. Her focus has been primarily in infrastructure implementation and management, application software implementation and maintenance, systems integration and process improvement.

    Arnette earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida with a concentration in Finance and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Florida. She is also an IBM and PMI Certified Project Executive.

  • Ed Crenshaw

    Chief Executive Officer

    Crenshaw has spent more than four decades working for Publix Super Markets, one of the nation's largest supermarket chains.

    Crenshaw joined Publix, which operates more than 1,070 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, in 1974 as a stock clerk in Lake Wales, Florida. From there, he ascended to store manager, gained experience in the company's buying and retailing operations and now serves as its CEO. Publix has been honored as one of the top 100 companies to work for in America, as well as being recognized as one of America's most admired companies.

  • Kevin Moffitt

    Vice President, e-Commerce Program Management

    Moffitt is responsible for the interface and capabilities of the Company's e-Commerce websites to create a world-class online experience for our customers.

    He has 17 years experience in eCommerce marketing, usability and business management, including leadership roles at Dillard's Department Stores, Circuit City Stores, and Putnam Investments. He is a strong advocate for innovation and customer centricity, and is passionate about finding ways to drive business results while building connections between Office Depot's virtual and physical sales channels.

    Moffitt earned an MBA in Strategic Leadership from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. He also holds a MA from Northeastern University and a BA from Pepperdine University

  • Dr. David K. Ober

    President & Founder

    Ober leads Global Outlet Management, a property management company that specializes in outlet leasing, marketing, management and development. Global Outlet Management is currently developing outlet centers and advising national and international real estate companies in their development of outlet strategies and outlet centers. In addition, Dr. Ober is a general partner of Rockvale Outlets Lancaster.

    In addition to his real estate, retail and shopping center expertise, Dr. Ober is the founder and President of Share the Blessing, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization that helps individuals and families in need during the holidays.

    In September of 2010, Dr. Ober was inducted into the Developers of Outlet Centers & Retailers Hall of Fame.

  • Harris Rosen

    President & Chief Operating Officer

    Rosen transformed Rosen Hotels & Resorts into Florida's largest independent hotelier. Founded in 1974, Rosen Hotels & Resorts currently features a collection of seven Central Florida hotels offering a total of more than 6,300 guest rooms, approximately six percent of the Central Florida inventory.

    Before founding Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Rosen served in numerous positions at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, Hilton Hotel Corporation, Post Company of Dallas and Disney.

  • Kristi Taylor

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Taylor founded MonkeyWish, a service that revolutionizes the way people shop for gifts.

    MonkeyWish blends traditional gift registry with social networking, creating a 21st Century social gifting network that offers what most gift registries do not: The ability to add any item from any store to a single wishlist, and to share that wishlist with loved ones across social platforms.

    After 15 successful years in real estate and business development, Taylor decided to pursue her passion for technology and launched her own company. Her family, and their constant gifting struggles, was the inspiration behind her vision to create the mobile application filling what was a major void in the retail world.