Retail Roundtables & Panel Discussions

Halloween & Party Expo will have an all-new and redesigned retailer education program for 2018.Attendees can learn from retailer panel discussions and retail roundtables led by Retail Minded's Nicole Reyhle - with each experience designed to strengthen retailer operations and success. Jasmine Glasheen, a retail expert in generational marketing with a key focus in millennial consumers will be joining Nicole Reyhle.

2019 Education Coming Soon

2018 Panel Discussions

Brick & Mortar In-Store Experiences: Best Practices to Strengthen Customer Loyalty, Sales & More

Friday | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Creating a retail environment that not only CAPTURES customer attention but also KEEPS customer attention is no easy task... yet it’s one you should aim to accomplish. To help, hear from industry leaders on ways you can strengthen your in-store experience to help retain customers, strengthen sales and offer more engaging shopping experiences. Plus, hear from a Shark Tank alum on how to deliver memorable experiences that will keep your customers wanting to come back to your store again and again and again!   

David Levich | Shark Tank Alum 

Zeke Jennings | Editor of Party & Halloween Retailer 

Manuel Martinez | Retailer



Tech, Retail & Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid: Welcoming Technology into Your Retail Business

Saturday | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Retailers are busy folks… but you already know that. To help ease the never-ending list of things to get done as merchants, technology can offer support that the human touch alone simply can’t accomplish. Discover which technologies can best support busy merchants while also hearing from industry experts – including savvy retailers – on ways to strengthen your business operations, sales, shipping, marketing and more thanks to tech.

Brian Gibbs | President of Refund Retriever

Jasmine Glasheen | Retail Researcher for Retail Minded

Geoffrey Brown | Development, Main Street Hub


Realistic Omni-channel Strategies for Brick & Mortar Retailers: An Industry Expert Panel

Sunday | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

From in-store to online to selling directly from social media and more, today’s consumers don’t navigate purchases like they used to. Hear from industry leaders on how you can strengthen your omni-channel experiences to help strengthen your store visibility and sales along the way, as well.

Jasmine Glasheen | Retail Researcher for Retail Minded

William English | Quickbooks Expert & President of English Management Solutions

Debra Peterson | Director of Purchasing for Fairvilla Stores

Geoffrey Brown | Development, Main Street Hub


Across the Generations: Understanding the Woman Shopper

Sunday | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Retail Minded’s Nicole Reyhle as she leads a discussion on how to best support and better understand women consumers. Gain insight from Jasmine Glasheen – a retail researcher and a millennial herself – as well as other women consumers from across various generations in an effort to best support this important demographic of customers.

Jasmine Glasheen | Retail Researcher for Retail Minded

Bright Ryan | Wicked Chamber Retailer


Plus an additional Panel Discussion presented by Gantom

This exclusive and incredibly unique panel brings together experts from all different points in the Halloween ecosystem to discuss First Impression Best Practices. This panel created in conjunction with Gantom Lighting, features panelists from Six Flags Entertainment, Eastern State Penitentiary, Knott’s Farms, EPIC Entertainment group and more. The Education Program at Halloween & Party Expo is open to all badge-holders.

The Halloween Ecosystem: First Impressions in the Consumer Experience

Saturday | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Moderated by: Philip Hernandez, Gantom

Panelists:
Steven Sheldon | EPIC Entertainment Group
Charity Hill | EPIC Entertainment Group
Jon Cooke | Knott's Scary Farms
Ted Dougherty | Producer/Consultant
​Amy Hollaman | Eastern State
​Scott Sterner | Six Flags 

 

 

Retail Roundtables

Retail Realities: Five Hot Topics Among Merchants Today

Friday | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

From omni-channel to competing against Amazon to leveraging community marketing and more, discover five hot topics in retail right now. Hear from industry leaders on how you can maximize your efforts in each of these retail realities, plus ask questions, share thoughts and engage in what’s sure to be a dynamic discussion about what’s happening in retail right now.

Brian Gibbs | President of Refund Retriever

Jasmine Glasheen | Retail Researcher for Retail Minded

Manuel Martinez | Greenspoint Company

Steve Green | ITZAPARTY Store


Maximizing Vendor Partnerships

Saturday | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The vendors you purchase from are critical players in your retail business – which is why maximizing your vendor partnerships is critical for your business success. Join Retail Minded’s Nicole Reyhle, Shark Tank alum David Levich and other industry leaders as they offer insight, answer questions and deliver actionable steps on how you can strengthen your existing vendor relationships to help increase your store operations and overall store success. 

David Levich | Shark Tank Alum

Brian Gibbs | President of Refund Retriever

Zeke Jennings | Editor of Party & Halloween Retailer

Francesco Tijnagel | Louis Wittenburg Party Supplies


Ask the Experts: All Things Retail

Sunday | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Curious about the current state of retail? Looking for ways to strengthen in-store sales? Wondering some fresh marketing strategies to help your store thrive? Join this round-table discussion to ask your questions, hear from others and engage in a lively discussion on all things retail! Led by Retail Minded’s Nicole Reyhle alongside a variety of retail thought leaders, this round-table discussion will leave you inspired and ready to return to your store with action-able insight to help your store thrive.

Steve Green | ITZAPARTY Store

William English | Quickbooks Expert & President of English Management Solutions

Jasmine Glasheen | Retail Researcher for Retail Minded

Geoffrey Brown | Development, Main Street Hub

RC Ike | Party Time Store


Halloween: The Present & The Future

Monday | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Curious what the future of the Halloween looks like? Join HIA's Aneisha McMillian as she answers questions and discusses consumer spend patterns, big initiatives for 2018 and all things Halloween.

Aneisha McMillian | HIA

View the speaker bios here.