Speakers

Elizabeth Ragone, SVP, Direct to Consumer, Lenox
Elizabeth Ragone began her career in Digital Merchandising in 1998 when no one knew really what Digital Merchandising was. As Head Merchant of landsend.com, she grew the E-commerce business to $450M, and then co-founded Fair Indigo, a multi-channel start-up featuring organic and fair trade apparel and home goods. She’s worked with brands such as Ann Taylor and Chico’s FAS and is now with HSNi, shaping a Digital landscape that blends commerce, community and content into a whole new customer experience.
Al Meyers, Kalypso
At Kalypso, Meyers is responsible for bringing innovation and new product development services to the retail sector and is a frequent speaker on the future of retailing and innovation. He previously served as a Sales, Marketing, and Business Development Director with PwC’s Retail and Consumer practice in the Dallas, Texas, office where he was involved in growing the firm’s retail, restaurant, and consumer products business. He has more than 30 years of consulting experience assisting retailers and branded suppliers with strategic growth and productivity improvement initiatives.
paulmatker Paul Matker, CEO of Thanx Media
Paul Matker, CEO of Thanx Media, has over 20 years of high tech selling experience within several large software and consulting firms, including; Click Commerce, United Messaging, PLATINUM technology, inc., Computer Associates, and Sprint Paranet. Paul helped build Endeca Technologies into a $60 million business. By securing deals with companies like Hallmark, Sigma Aldrich, Cabela’s, and Walgreens, Paul helped Endeca establish themselves as an enterprise level solution. Throughout his sales career, Paul has secured strategic revenue from clients like: Tenneco, Union Pacific Railroad, Nissan, and Motorola.
BobCareless Bob CarelessD&H Distributing
As D&H’s Sales Manager for the Home and Outdoor Division since 2009,  Bob Careless oversees sales of close to $170 million worth of home merchandise to more than 100 ecommerce accounts. These include household names such as Amazon, Walmart, Kohls, JCPenney, O.co and Wayfair. Bob has held positions at Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex and A&G Distributors, representing brands such as Black and Decker, Rowenta, Waring, Haier, and a host of other manufacturers. His work has encompassed tier-one brands in categories such as small appliances, cookware, housewares, floor care, and consumer electronics over more than 45 years.
Emily Olson-Torch, Honey-Can-Do
Emily Olson-Torch, is Vice President, E-Commerce and Marketing Honey-Can-Do International, a leading provider of home storage and organization products that are sold by retailers around the world. Honey-Can-Do was founded in 2008 and is consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the housewares industry and was number 42 on the Inc. 500 list in 2012. Emily’s background includes serving as Vice President of Marketing for FLOR and brand marketing for Zappos.com.
AlyssaSteele Alyssa Steele, Divisional Merchandising Manager, eBay
Alyssa Steele joined eBay North America as the DMM for Home & Garden in August 2015. eBay is where the world goes to shop, sell and give. Through merchandising strategy and partnership with sellers, Ms. Steele leads her team to bring to life the best choice, spectrum of value and most powerful selling platform. Prior to joining eBay, Ms. Steele worked as a Director of Merchandising for The Home Depot. Across multiple, different categories having a record of success: driving sales, leading with innovation, and developing merchandising strategy. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Ms. Steele’s career was internationally focused. During graduate school, she worked for Newell-Rubbermaid in the Paris HQ for the juvenile products division.
petergiannetti Peter Giannetti, Editor-in-Chief, HomeWorld Business
Peter Giannetti is Editor-in-Chief of HomeWorld Business, the leading business-to-business title covering the U.S. retail housewares market. Mr. Giannetti has reported on the housewares business for 27 years. He writes a keynote column in HomeWorld Business, and he is a frequent speaker on housewares news and trends at conferences, trade shows and industry events. He is interviewed frequently by consumer media for his views on industry developments and trends. Mr. Giannetti travels extensively in the U.S., Europe and Asia to visit manufacturers, retailers and trade fairs. Mr. Giannetti also oversees editorial operations for HomeWorld Business’ sister publication, Gourmet Insider, covering the independent gourmet housewares channel.
sonya_circle Sonya Ruff Jarvis, Jarvis Consultants & eRetailer Summit
Sonya Ruff Jarvis is the Founder of the eRetailer Summit, an event concept created directly from listening to the needs of all of the customers along the distribution channel. Sonya is the Managing Member of Jarvis Consultants and has spent most of her career building relationships with senior level executives in the home improvement retail industry. For the past twenty years, she has learned the business first-hand by visiting retail stores, lumberyards, headquarters and distribution centers in the hardware/home improvement marketplace.
Michael McLarney, Hardlines
Michael McLarney is the founder and Editor of the HARDLINES newsletter, the premier source for information on home improvement retailing in Canada. He edits the weekly HARDLINES newsletter for retail executives, Hardlines Home Improvement Quarterly magazine for dealers, and oversees a range of annual reports that analyze the size and growth of the retail home improvement industry. As Managing Director of NRHA Canada, Michael is in charge of providing member services, including NRHA’s online product knowledge education, to more than 1,500 independent dealer-members in Canada.
Beverly Allen, Hardlines
Beverly Allen is the Publisher for HARDLINES. Beverly has been instrumental in the growth of the HARDLINES Information network, North America’s leading source for news and analysis covering the retail hardware and home improvement industry. She has effectively built the base of subscribers and sponsors that contribute to the growth of the HARDLINES network. As Publisher, she also manages advertising sales for the print publication, Hardlines Home Improvement Quarterly.