Thursday, May 4, 2017
Tour Options (attendees choose one)

Bernhard Woodwork, Ltd. (TOUR FULL)

3670 Woodhead Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062

Maintaining the integrity of an architectural concept while transforming it into an actual space requires many skills and disciplines. When a design calls for the crafting of woods, the matching of veneers and fitting of joints or the expertise in finishes, lacquers, enamels and oils, is when architects, designers and planners entrust their projects to Bernhard Woodwork, Ltd.


2881 Busse Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Founded in 1978, CTL Global began as a courier service supporting major financial institutions in Chicago. Over the course of four decades, CTL evolved into one of the industry’s leading fulfillment, transportation, and marketing organizations, working with over 400 clients from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 brands. As of today, we still partner with our very first client.

United Displaycraft (TOUR FULL)

333 Touhy Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60018

At United Displaycraft, we develop creative retail solutions that inspire shoppers. Then we deliver those solutions through unsurpassed manufacturing capabilities that have made us a trusted in-store partner for the world’s biggest brands for more than 60 years. Power your retail success with United Displaycraft’s unique understanding of both sides of the merchandising process and ensure your brand isn’t missing a thing at retail.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

333 Pfingsten Road
Northbrook, IL 60062

UL is a global independent safety science company offering expertise across three strategic businesses: Commercial & Industrial, Consumer and UL Ventures. UL helps companies demonstrate safety, confirm compliance, enhance sustainability, manage transparency, deliver quality and performance, strengthen security, protect brand reputation, build workplace excellence, and advance societal wellbeing.

Mercury Plastics Incorporated

4535 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60639-1933

Established in 1955, Mercury Plastics offers unparalleled expertise in vacuum forming and plastic fabrication services to customers from a variety of industries. Our professional knowledge and skilled craftsmanship comes from years of dedicated work and service to our loyal customers. Our client relationships are long-standing, anchored by the four cornerstones that drive our business model: Integrity, Quality, Responsiveness and Value. We strongly believe that these core values will never go out of style. And at Mercury Plastics we have the experience to make a difference.

Much of Mercury’s expertise and reputation has been based on contributions to the POP display industry. If a project calls for thermoformed or fabricated plastic, there is a very high probability that Mercury can do it very well and on time.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Workshop Options (attendees choose one)

The New ROI of Retail Store Design

Jane Choi Greenthal, LEED AP ID+C

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In today’s hypercompetitive world of retail, the physical store is not only still relevant, but used effectively, a critical touchpoint in the customer’s journey. But what are the drivers for success? How do you prove ROI? For designers and manufacturers: how do you develop the business case for your product/service? For retailers: how do you evaluate the ROI of specific design decisions as well as of the store itself? Come to this workshop to learn some best practices and new frameworks, and ready to share your questions and stories!

Financial Transformation for Entrepreneurs

Erica Mickens
CPA Supervisor, Technology and Management Consulting, RSM US LLP

Christina Churchill
Principal, Management Consulting, RSM US LLP

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A high-level “boot camp” for business owners and decision-makers, this session will provide an overview of financial tools and best practices to keep your small to mid-sized company on solid footing. We will also cover financial planning for business transformations: mergers, acquisitions, retirement and succession.

The target audience for this workshop is the owner or c-level executives of retail fixture manufacturers, POP advertising producers, brands, retailers and retail industry service providers.

Value of Certification Programs

Ron Hanchar, President & CEO
Hanchar Consulting Services, LLP

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Employee Benefits

Certification offers a mechanism for employees to receive recognition and credibility in their chosen career. The benefits of certification include:

  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Higher wage earning opportunities
  • A mechanism to demonstrate competency and professionalism
  • A competitive advantage over non-certified individuals
  • Enhancement of professional reputation and prestige
  • Demonstration of commitment to the field

Employer Benefits

Employers use certifications to make informed decisions. Certification benefits employers by providing a mechanism to:

  • Screen potential new hires and select contractors
  • Motivate employees to expand their knowledge & skills
  • Ensure  competence of employees
  • Ensure employees complete relevant continuing education
Workforce Management Solutions: Using Technology to effectively manage a large scale work force

Michael Bruton, Director of Business Development

Katie McCants, Senior Director of Marketing and Operations
Advantage Solutions

While human capital is an organization’s single largest resource, many companies don’t utilize their workforce to its fullest, leaving a huge opportunity untapped. By looking to the workforce to improve enterprise adaptability, innovation and productivity, corporate leaders can differentiate their businesses and stay ahead of the competition.

Through a series of case studies, we will examine how successful companies use workforce management software to automate labor scheduling, improve retail execution and enhance field data collection for merchandising and experiential marketing. The unique insight provided through workforce analytics can provide the actionable knowledge you need to understand your workforce and more effectively position your business for success.

Retail Jobs North America – Job On

Stefan Midford, President & CEO
Natural Insight

Aaron Sims, Field Sales & Merchandising
Lindt & Sprüngli North America

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