Celebrating 10 years!


September 17-19, 2023  |  Palm Springs, CA

Agenda for RS Spring | Austin coming soon!











11am-5:30 pm

Registration & Orientation

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1-5 pm

An Afternoon at Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate

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6:15-7 pm

Welcome Reception

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7-8 pm

Networking Dinner

8-9:15 pm

Happy to Be Here! A Night of Laughs with Roy Wood Jr.

Roy Wood Jr

Comedian, Actor, Podcaster

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6:30-7:15 am

Group Run/Walk

7:15-8 am


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8-8:25 am

“Re-generative AI”: Transforming the Possibilities of Store Design and Consumer Experiences

Melissa Gonzalez

Principal – MG2 / Founder – The Lionesque Group

8:30-9 am

How the Game-Changing House of Sport Creates an Experience that Resonates

Toni Roeller

SVP, In-Store Environment – DICK’S Sporting Goods

Lee Peterson

EVP, Thought Leadership – WD Partners

9:05-10:25 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:30-11:30 am

The Next 10: What’s ‘In Store’ for Retail Spaces

Heidi Blesy

VP of Studio Development – [solidcore]

Danni Gallagher

VP, Construction – CVS Health

Steve Lamontagne

VP, Portfolio Optimization – Sprout’s

Panelist TBA

11:35 am – 12:35 pm

Sourcing Meetings

12:35 -1:35 pm

Networking Lunch

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1:35-1:55 pm

How Petco is Upending Your Idea of the Pet Store

Rick Neira

VP, Store Design, & Merchandise Operations – Petco

Angela Tumolo Neira

Senior Manager of Design – Petco

2-2:30 pm

10 Real-World Touchpoints Where AI Will Continue to Impact the Store Experience

Dave Jenkins

VP of Product – Iterate.ai

2:35-3:35 pm

Sourcing Meetings

3:40-4:40 pm

Deep Dives

Building & Designing with Sustainability Front and Center

Store Development + Design’s Role in Loss Prevention

Exploring How AI Could Shake Up Store Development

Unraveling Cost, Supply Chain, & Labor Complexities

(Retail Execs only)

4:40-5:30 pm

Happy Hour // In-Conversation with Chuck D

Chuck D

 Leader / Frontman – Public Enemy

Michael Owens

 Executive Producer – RetailSpaces

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5:30-6:30 pm

Free Time

6:30-9:30 pm

A Night on the Coachella Grounds

10 pm-12:30 am

Karaoke After Hours

Casual Encounters

Live Band Karaoke

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7:45-8:30 am


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8:30-9:30 am

Customers Don’t Shop Like they used to. So… What Are You Doing About It?

Dean Handspiker

VP, Retail – Indochino

Paul Loux

VP, Store Design & Experience – Ulta Beauty

Lionel Sussman

VP, Product Design – In-Person Experiences – Capital One

Amanda McAllister

 Creative Director – ChangeUp

9:35-10:15 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:20-10:40 am

Why Do Our Favorite Brands F*ck Up Experiential Design?

Adam Nelson

VP, Experiential Store Design – Event Network

10:40-11 am

Building Stores in the Age of Climate Awareness

Pablo La Roche

Principal – Arcadis

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Deep Dives

Unraveling Cost, Supply Chain, & Labor Complexities

Women in Store Development

Optimizing Site Selection Strategies

Designing Memorable Experiences that Resonate

(Open to Retail Execs + Vendors)

12:00-1:00 pm

Closing lunch

Wanna join us?



Qualified execs attend at no cost. The invitation includes accommodations for two nights, full meals and access to all networking excursions.



Partnering is a great way to get your company in front of the top minds in retail store development, design, construction, and facilities.