|eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. eBay connects millions of buyers and sellers around the world. In 2016, eBay enabled $84 billion of gross merchandise volume.
At the eRetailer Summit you will meet: Alyssa Steele, Vice President, Merchandising
Alyssa Steele is a seasoned leader, experienced in managing a large and diverse portfolio of categories, with a track record for executing on business profitability. She joined eBay in 2015, after nearly a decade in various merchandising and finance roles at The Home Depot. In her current role, she’s charged with driving sustained growth across Electronics, Home & Garden and Sporting Goods through managing financial and inventory levers, as well as site merchandising. Most recently, she was the merchandising lead for the eBay Americas’ largest campaigns, Spring and Holiday in 2017 – both of which delivered record highs. Alyssa holds dual M.A. degrees, one in Business Administration from Georgia State University, and one in International Management from the Sorbonne.
|Paul Michalowski is the Product Merchant of Hardware and Ecommerce at the True Value Company. Paul has been with True Value for the past six years. Paul is customer-focused, buyer with experience in retail industry developing both B2B and B2C go-to-market strategies. He is driven by making an impact, learning new skills, and collaborating with others to achieve outstanding results. Paul holds a MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.|
|Keesha Craig-Mourillon is a Senior Buyer of Ecommerce for Senior Buyer/Ecommerce Home, Electrical, Plumbing, and FRAP for True Value Company. She has worked for True Value the past 3 years prior buying experience was from Sears Holdings. Keesha is a passionate driven Buyer with 5+ years of retail & E-commerce buying experience in a variety of different product categories. Detail-oriented candidate with extensive analytical and merchandising planning skills. Proficient at developing and maintaining relationships with all cross functional teams and vendors. Experience in Tools, Major Appliances, Home Decor, Small Kitchen Appliances, ASOTV, Floorcare, Kitchen/Kitchen Tools. Keesha has her Bachelors degree from Roosevelt University.|
|Marissa Zefeldt is the Ecommerce Product Merchant for Lawn & Garden; Garden, Outdoor Living, and Outdoor Tools – this involves soliciting suppliers for supported dot.com promotions, and managing the submission of Merchant-run promotions to the Ecommerce and Marketing Teams. She is also a Product Merchant in the Lawn & Garden department of True Value Company. She is responsible for all Watering and Wild Bird categories, as well as Planters. Marissa has been with True Value Company for 3.5 years, and she previously worked for Sears Holdings Corporation and Victoria’s Secret in Store Management. Prior to that she graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising.|
|Supply Hog is the online marketplace for everyone in construction and building materials.
At the eRetailer Summit you will meet: Philip Brown, Technical Co-Founder & Developer.
Philip Brown is the technical co-founder and developer of SupplyHog.com. Philip leverages his experience as a partner in a global web development firm to lead the charge in solving ecommerce and industry inefficiencies in the hardware and building supply space. Besides development, Philip is passionate about his wife and son and leads the AWANA robotic class teaching young hackers how to code.
|Sustainable Supply is a wholesale distributor of green plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, green cleaning products, tools and supplies.
At the eRetailer Summit you will meet: Brian Fricano, CEO & Founder
Brian Fricano is chief executive officer and founder of Sustainable Supply, an online B2B retailer selling more than 1 million building and maintenance products. Brian has more than 18 years experience in the B2B marketplace including working for W.W. Grainger and the Bradley Corp. Over the past 8 years Brian has bootstrapped his company from a small start-up to a successful mid stage e-commerce retailer. Launched in 2009, Sustainable Supply earned a top 1,000 ranking on Inc. magazine’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies for four years in a row and in Internet Retailer’s top 1,000 ranking six years straight. Sustainable Supply was also nominated for an Internet Retailer Excellence Award in 2016 for best B2B Website.
|Scott Benedict, DMM, Groupon Goods. Scott is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 30 years of success spanning retail, e-commerce, consumer electronics, new system development, training, and succession planning. Leveraging extensive experience in retail business strategy, process refinement, and multichannel e-commerce, Scott is a valuable asset for a company requiring leadership to control operating costs, seize opportunities to increase operational efficiencies, or optimize profits. His broad areas of expertise include supplier performance management, retail merchandising, product marketing, inventory management, and competitive price strategy.
Throughout his executive career, Scott has held leadership positions with Walmart Global Sourcing and Procurement and Sam’s Club. He has been responsible for producing a 36% first-year improvement in associate engagement index, reducing operating expenses, and building stakeholder relationships resulting in measurable savings. An expert in data mining and analysis, Scott initiated category strategy development and enabled purchase price leveraging across markets. Additionally, he identified new areas of the business where costs could be reduced or avoided.
Scott attained his BS in Radio and Television from Arkansas State University. As a seasoned panelist and speaker, Scott has served on a judging panel for the 2017 Walton MBA Case Competition, spoke at a US Chamber of Commerce Summit, and was a moderator at the 2017 WalStreet Fireside Chat: OmniChannel – The Internet is Real. Scott is a guest lecturer at the University of Arkansas.
|Alan McConnell, Hardlines Manager – Home Improvement, Automotive, Sports and Outdoors, Pets at Groupon. Alan manages a buying team in the Groupon Goods Division, an online retail arm dedicated to featuring great deals on great products. His biggest strength is creating an environment in which his employees can succeed through effective communication and clear strategic direction. Prior to Groupon, Alan was a Buyer for Ace Hardware. Alan holds a MBA from North Central College.|
|Natalie Wubben is a Senior Buyer of Groupon Goods. Natalie has been with Groupon Goods for the past 4 years. Prior to joining Groupon Goods, Natalie was with Trumaker and The Bon Ton Stores. She is an experienced Buyer with a demonstrated history of working in the online industry. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree focused in Marketing and Management from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.|
||At the eRetailer Summit you will meet: Curt Vitale, Account Manager, Firefly Buys
Firefly Buys is an e-commerce retailer helping great brands and great products shine online. As a trusted partner to brands of all sizes, we sell on a variety of online marketplaces/channels including Amazon, Jet, Walmart.com, eBay, Google, and FireflyBuys.com. We focus on the consistency of pricing, messaging and supply while continually looking to optimize listings and promotions. Our corporate office and warehouse is located just outside of Atlanta, in Buford, Ga. Curt has been an account manager with Firefly Buys for 6 years. His previous roles included B2B Account management with Armstrong World Ind., Men’s Sportswear Buyer with Nordstrom, and Bagster Brand introduction with G2 Worldwide.
|Ryan DeChance, Director of Discovery at The Grommet, identifies unique and innovative products across 16 consumer categories for a partnership on The Grommet’s web platform. He sources, pitches, merchandises, negotiates and sets the stage for each Maker and product to have the best possible chance of success. His personal favorites are everyday items that have been thoughtfully re-designed and improved to solve a problem.
||Sears is ranked #5 Top 500 Internet Retailers Guide
At the eRetailer Summit you will meet: Mike Hargrave, DMM Online Tools
Mike Hargrave, 50, has been responsible for e-commerce tools at Sears Holdings since 2014. Previous e-commerce positions include director of online merchandising, lawn & garden from 2010, online buyer lawn & garden from 2009, online merchandise manager from 2008, and online content manager from 2003; he rejoined the company in 2001. Before then, he was with Goliath Falls Inc. from 2000. Earlier, he held merchandising positions at Sears Holdings from 1987.