Chain Store Age announces SPECS/2016 Advisory Board

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New YorkChain Store Age announced the selection of the Advisory Board for SPECS/2016, an annual event produced by CSA and attended by retail and food-service executives involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of stores and restaurants nationwide.  

Now in its 52nd year, SPECS will host its 2016 conference in Dallas, at the Hilton Anatole, March 13-15.

The SPECS Advisory Board, which is comprised of approximately 45 industry leaders both from leading retail companies and key supplier organizations, will advise and direct the educational program for the 2016 conference, as well as serve as ambassadors for the entire event.  

Five veteran members were named Executive Advisory Board members, charged with team leadership and overall program direction: Aaron Ancello, VP and regional facilities manager, TD Bank; Bruce Brock, manager of new store development, Hungry Howies; Craig Hale, associate principal of RSP Architects; Kent Swank, senior director of construction, The Home Depot; and Parke Wellman, divisional VP of store environment, Helzberg Diamond Shops.

Board members will travel to Chicago on June 2-3, 2015, to begin planning next year’s sessions, and will reconvene in Scottsdale, Arizona, in October to put the finishing touches on the program.

Following is a listing of the SPECS/2016 Advisory Board.

Bob Almond, chairman, NEST;
Sarah Amundsen, senior director of store planning and design, Target Corp.;
Aaron Ancello, VP and regional facilities manager, TD Bank;
Bob Bedard, construction manager-retail stores, Cole Haan;
Dan Beeman, director of construction, architecture and design, The Hertz Corp.;
Sonja Berry, COO, Energy Design Service Systems;
Bruce Brock, manager of new store development, Hungry Howie’s;
Bill Chaff, VP of real estate and construction, Bd’s Mongolian Grill;
Jennifer Chambers, national accounts manager – Versashield, Halex Corp.;
Amy Ciolek, director-development, store design and planning, Walgreens;
Sara Craven, construction project manager, The Container Store;
Tim Dehncke, VP managed services, Quality Solutions Inc.;
Richard Elkins, director of construction services, Firehouse Subs;
Bridget Farrell, director of architecture, J.C. Penney;
Dan Garneau, senior manager of store design, Safeway;
Mike Gordon, facilities manager-south region, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group;
Jim Gorman, senior strategic account manager-national accounts, Benjamin Moore;
Greg Green, divisional VP national accounts, Orion Energy Systems;
Clary Groen, VP of real estate and construction, bluemercury;
Craig Hale, associate principal, RSP Architects;
Steve Hearon, president, BrandPoint Services;
Al Hellaby, senior project manager, Wegmans Food Markets;
Roger Herman, director of national accounts, Springwise Facility Management;
David Kelly, director of construction, Aarons;
Lori Koeppe, operations coordinator, The Buckle;
Robin Baskin Ladner, VP of sales and marketing, Global Facility Management and Construction;
Dave Magill, VP of program management, Ferrandino & Son;
Marvin Miller, VP of national accounts, Comet Signs;
Alan Norton, senior manager of health and wellness innovations, Wal-Mart Stores;
Randy Pannell, VP of construction, Saks Fifth Avenue;
Doug Pellock, VP of construction and purchasing, The Marcus Corp.;
Judah Regenstreif, VP of national accounts, Regency Lighting;
Lynn Robbins, VP of capital projects, FacilitySource;
Mike Rose, CEO, Academy Services Group;
Amy Short, senior interior designer, Ashley HomeStores;
David Shotwell, director of construction and corporate facilities, Biscuitville;
Chris Slocum, president, Cornell Storefront Systems;
Lisa Smola-Hollo, construction project manager, ULTA Beauty;
BiBi Sukey, senior project manager, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M);
Kent Swank, senior director of real estate and construction, The Home Depot;
Kevin Tierney, director of consumer environments, Tarkett;
Renee Tobin, buyer, construction material & services, Kohl’s Department Stores;
Curt Walton, director of facilities, Saks Fifth Avenue;
Parke Wellman, divisional VP of store environment, Helzberg Diamond Shops;
Mike Wolff, president, Timberwolff Construction; and
Daryl Zeis, director - marketing, REC Solar.

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