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SPECS reveals keynoters for 2019 conference

BY Katherine Boccaccio

SPECS Show 2019 announced that two industry headliners will serve as keynote speakers at its annual event, which will be held March 3-5, 2019, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas.

The 55th annual SPECS conference will open with a keynote address by Robert Herjavec, the prolific investor and entrepreneur who is best known as a leading shark on ABC’s hit television show “Shark Tank.” Herjavec’s influence, however, is felt just as keenly in the business sector — he is the CEO and founder of global cybersecurity firm Herjavec Group.

Slated for Monday, March 4, at 8 a.m., Herjavec’s keynote presentation will underscore his commitment to physical retail and – with his rags-to-riches story — challenge the audience to take chances, take control of the future, and stay true to their visions. “The world owes you one thing: opportunity,” said Herjavec.

On Tuesday, March 5, at 8:30 a.m., SPECS brings in Kat Cole, COO and president of restaurant giant Focus Brands North America, whose 5,500-store holdings include the newly acquired Jamba Juice, Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Carvel, Schlotzsky’s, and more.

Cole will inspire with her “How to Iterate, Adapt and Succeed Faster” message that features her own Hooters-hostess-turned-csuite-executive stories and lessons about leadership and innovation.

SPECS Show 2019, exclusively produced by Chain Store Age and themed “The Forefront of Physical Retail,” will provide a window into the world of brick-and-mortar retail, with plenty of opportunity for education and networking. A lineup of 30 workshops and sessions will cover topics and issues that impact the design, building and maintenance of physical stores, from design opportunities to construction challenges and facilities maintenance innovations.

To review the SPECS Show agenda and to register, visit specsshow.com.

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