VP Merchandising, Marketing & Procurement, Bashas’
Barry is the Vice President of Merchandising, Marketing & Procurement for Bashas’ Family of Stores, operating under the Bashas’, Food City, AJ’s Finer Foods, Dine Market, and Eddie’s Country Store banners. His background spans 40 years in the supermarket industry throughout the Southeastern United States as well as Texas, including roles at H-E-B, Fiesta Supermarkets and SGSM. Throughout his career, he has received numerous accolades for innovation, product development and brand development. In addition to being a supermarket industry veteran, he is a motivational speaker and writer, a musician and singer, and an avid runner.
Chief Business Officer, Takeoff Technologies
Curt has dedicated the past 30 years to developing innovative retail solutions. He has collaborated with a variety of teams to build new businesses that today generate over $8 billion in annual sales and over 30,000 jobs. He launched successful eCommerce divisions at Ahold Delhaize, Giant Eagle, and CVS Pharmacy, as well as the HEB and Ahold Delhaize fueling divisions. Curt designed, patented and operated the Ahold “ScanIt!” mobile system, which allows shoppers to scan and bag groceries while they shop. He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
BILL BEAN, Shopper Intelligence
KRISTIN GORSKI, Nielsen
Director/Sommelier/WSET III, Datassential
Colleen has over 20 years’ experience in marketing, insights, and innovation for both retail and foodservice markets. Throughout her career, she has worked to translate trends and insights into profitable actions across all food and beverage categories. Currently, Colleen is a Director with Datassential, a certified Sommelier, WSET III certified in wine, and holds a MBA in International, Business, MS in Managing Information Systems and a BS in Neurobiology and Physiology.
Food & Beverage Industry Analyst, The NPD Group, Inc.
As a food & beverage industry analyst at The NPD Group, a leading market research company, Darren provides insights based on NPD’s food-related research to organizations and companies across the country. Prior to joining NPD in March 2007, he was an analyst with Information Resources, Inc (IRI) who examined consumer packaged goods trends, and worked with a variety of industry leaders covering dozens of food and beverage categories. He has authored a number of NPD food and beverage research reports that cover topics such as consumer dynamics surrounding meal delivery kits, concerns and strategies related to genetically modified foods, the profile of the organics consumer, the impact of Baby Boomers and Millennials on America’s eating patterns, and the unique consumption behaviors of Hispanics in the U.S. Darren is also a contributing writer for several food and beverage trade publications and shares his thoughts on food and beverage trends at npd.com/blog. He holds a bachelor degree from Northwestern University and makes his home in New York City.