CEO, Produce Marketing Association
Cathy Burns joined PMA on December 1, 2013 as President. Cathy is a 30-year supermarket industry veteran, during which time she’s held a host of senior-level positions starting with Hannaford Brothers and then Food Lion. Until December 2012, she most recently served as president of the Food Lion banner with its 1,200 retail stores where she was responsible for overall operations including financial performance, brand strategy, merchandising, marketing, communications and customer service. Cathy earned a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from the University of Maine and completed coursework in strategic retail management at the College of William and Mary.
Kevin Coupe has been a working writer all his professional life. For the past two decades, he’s been bringing a wealth of experience, sharp storytelling skills, provocative and contextual insights, unique worldview and serious levity about the world of business and consumers to audiences everywhere. He has supervised a winery tasting room (happily), run two marathons (slowly), driven a race car (badly), learned to box (painfully) and acted in a major (but obscure) motion picture. With his book, “Retail Rules! 52 Ways To Achieve Retail Success,” he gives advice on management, marketing, customers, and operations from his unique view of the world of retail. For almost 16 years, he’s had his own website/blog – MorningNewsBeat.com where he provides “business news in context, and analysis with attitude” to some 35,000 worldwide subscribers. Kevin also is an adjunct faculty member of Portland State University’s Center for Retail Leadership in Oregon, where he has been teaching a summer marketing course for five years.
CEO & Managing Director, Consumer Equity Partners
Tom is CEO and Managing Director of Consumer Equity Partners, a venture capital and development firm in Seattle, WA that is building companies and capabilities to drive the next generation of consumer marketing and commerce. Within the portfolio, Tom is CEO of Replenium, a product replenishment platform designed to transform the traditional center store into an automated service. Prior to CEP, Tom was at Amazon.com as Vice President, Consumables and AmazonFresh, where he was responsible for building and running the company’s Grocery, Health & Beauty and AmazonFresh businesses. Prior to Amazon, Tom was the founder and CEO of Notiva, a Software-as-a-Service collaboration platform for retailers and their suppliers to manage business-to-business transactions, which sold to Oracle.
Professor of Practice, Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Brian David Johnson is a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and a Futurist and Fellow at Frost & Sullivan, a visionary innovation company that’s focused on growth. As a former chief futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter was to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020, his work was called “future casting”—using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson had been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics and using science fiction as a design tool. He also works with governments, militaries, trade organizations, and startups to help them envision their future and has over 30 patents and is the author of a number of books of fiction and nonfiction. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal and Slate to IEEE Computer and Successful Farming, and he appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, PBS, Fox News, and the Discovery Channel. In addition to his many accomplishments he has also directed two feature films, is an illustrator and commissioned painter.
CEO, The Nour Group, Inc.
A native of Iran, David came to the US with $100, limited family ties and no fluency in English. Today, he is the thought leader on Relationship Economics®. In fact, it’s David who pioneered the phenomenon that relationships are the greatest off-balance-sheet asset of any organization of any size—a revolutionary concept that earns him consistent coverage in all major media and critical acclaim for his books, including the best-selling Relationship Economics and the newly released, CO-CREATE, for C-level leaders who want to optimize relationships, create market gravity and increase revenue.
VP of Consumer Insights, Nielsen
Jordan Rost is VP of Consumer Insights for Nielsen where he leads a team of thought leaders who explores emerging trends, shifting buying behaviors and evolving shopper dynamics. He is often cited in business, trade and consumer press, regularly shares insights via Nielsen reports, industry talks and directly with Nielsen’s partners and clients. Prior to his time at Nielsen, Jordan most recently spent nearly a decade at Google, where he led brand and retail consumer insights, trends and thought leaderships.
President, Motivation Works, Inc.
Dan Thurmon is the author of two books, a renowned speaker, and a recognized expert in delivering peak performances – on stage and in the workplace. As president of Motivation Works, Inc., he has worked with hundreds of clients worldwide helping organizations and individuals implement plans and move confidently through transitions. He delivers experiences that go beyond motivation, teaching concepts and skills in a highly engaging and entertaining manner and incorporates his lifelong performance skills to create high impact events. He believes that we will never achieve “perfect balance” and should, instead, learn to embrace uncertainty and initiate positive changes that lead to growth.