Texas A&M University to Host Retailing Summit in October



The Center for Retailing Studies in Mays Business School at Texas A&M University will host its annual Retailing Summit in Dallas Oct. 6–7.

Three hundred retail executives from across the country will hear CEOs and industry thought leaders discuss current trends. Presenters will explore pertinent topics including mobile marketing, CRM, corporate social responsibility, effective merchandising, and strategic planning—all aligned with the theme of “Key Issues and Future Vision.”

“The Retailing Summit offers executives from all sectors the chance to discover best practices from an impressive line-up of industry speakers,” said Cheryl Holland Bridges, director of the center, in a statement. “Attendees enjoy direct interaction with top level executives and the learning environment that we, an academic host, uniquely provide.”

Summit speakers include:

  • Alex Smith, president and CEO of Pier 1 Imports
  • Mitch Lowe, CEO of Redbox
  • Bob Huth, CEO of David’s Bridal
  • Tom Lamb, senior vice president of marketing at Lowe’s
  • John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market

Smith will deliver a keynote that will focus on his company’s turnaround, including surviving the recession, returning the company to profitability, and executing growth plans.

Conference fees are $495 for sponsor companies of the Center for Retailing Studies, and $595 for general registration. Registration is available online through Oct. 3. Walk-up registration will also be available.