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Networking Events

Retail's BIG Show offered plenty of networking, fun and entertainment throughout the Convention. These were just a few of the BIG Events!

 

Receptions

International Retailer's Reception
Saturday, Jan 12  |  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM  |  Galleria, Level 4
NRF'S BIG Show is an international show - with retailers from more than 82 countries in attendance. to network and make new business acquaintances! This reception was followed by a shopping event at Macy's. Shuttle transportation provided to Macy's.  Open to all international attendees.
Sponsored by:
SMS
   
EXPO Preview Reception
Sunday, Jan 13  4:30 PM - 6:00 PM  |  EXPO Level 1 
A sneak peek of the new EXPO Level 1 and networking with peers.
Open to all attendees. 
Co-sponsored by:
AccuCode 
and
Reevoo
   
Opening Night Reception - Retail's BIGGEST Party
Sunday, Jan 13  |  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM  |  Marriott Marquis
Retail's BIG Party kicked off Retail's BIG Show - in a BIG way! This casual and exciting party was attended by retailers, industry partners and exhibitors alike. Open to all attendees.
Sponsored by:
SMS
   

Breakfasts

9th Annual Retail Sunrise Breakfast
Monday, Jan 14

A retailer-only breakfast that provided attendees with the insight and information needed to maximize time at Retail's BIG Show. (A separate registration was required. Space was limited.) Open only to retail executives.
Sponsored by:
Gartner
   

Luncheons

Associate Member Advisory Council's (AMAC) Annual "Town Hall" Session
Sunday, January 13

NRF Associate Members were invited to attend a special session on programs and services designed for their benefit.
 
   
Annual Retail Industry Luncheon (ARIL)
Monday, Jan 14  |  12:30 PM - 1:45 PM  |  Javits Hall North  

The Annual Retail Industry Luncheon was an opportunity to acknowledge and honor innovative retailers for their advancements and career achievements. Open to full conference attendees.

Introducers:
Shane Berry

Shane Berry
SVP & GM, National Client Group
American Express 

Deborah Curtis  Deborah Curtis
VP, Entertainment
Marketing and Sponsorships
American Express

Fashioning Retail's Global Lifestyle and Innovation
Guest Speaker:
Donna Karan Donna Karan
Chief Designer, Donna Karan New York
Founder, Urban Zen

ARIL Awards Program
Emcee:
Claudio Del Vecchio Claudio Del Vecchio
Chairman and CEO
Brooks Brothers

NRF Gold Medal Award
Jeffrey Bezos Jeffrey Bezos
Founder and CEO
Amazon.com

International Retailer of the Year

Accepted by:
Delaney Schweitzer
EVP, Retail Operations
Lululemon

Retail Innovator of the Year
John McCarvel John McCarvel
CEO and President
Crocs, Inc.
Sponsored by:
Amex
   
Members-Only Luncheon
Tuesday, Jan 15  |  12:30 PM - 1:45 PM  |  Javits Hall North
NRF Membership has its privileges and this Members-Only Luncheon was one of them! Open to full-conference and EXPO only attendees with NRF, Shop.org or ARTS member designation on badge.

Introducer:
Mike Webster Mike Webster
SVP, General Manager
Oracle
 Speakers:
John Crary

John Crary
CIO
American Red Cross 

Neil Pasricha Neil Pasricha
Author
The Book of Awesome

 J. Thomas Weyant Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

Award introducer: 

Jon Hurst
President
Retailers Association of Massachusetts

Award Winner

John Mahaney John C. "The Chief" Mahaney, Jr.
President and CEO
The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
Sponsored by:
Amex
   

Happy Hours

EXPO Hall Happy Hours
Sunday, Jan 13  | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | EXPO Level 1       
Monday, Jan 14  | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | EXPO Levels 1 & 3    
Tuesday, Jan 15  | 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM | EXPO Levels 1 & 3     
Vendors and retailers from around the world networked and enjoyed refreshing beverages on the EXPO floor. Open to all attendees.

Sunday co-sponsored by:
AccuCode
 & 
Reevoo

Monday co-sponsored by:
CRS
 & 
AccuCode


Tuesday sponsored by:
Axis Communications
   

NRF Members Coca-Cola Happiness Lounge

New this year, the NRF membership team opened the inaugural NRF Members Coca-Cola Happiness Lounge, located on Level 4 in the Galleria. Perfect for networking, catching up with the office or learning more about NRF and its divisions. Learn more about this lounge as well as the Coca-Cola Experience. Open to all NRF, Shop.org and ARTS members as well as International Delegations with any registration type. 

The NRF Members Coca-Cola Happiness Lounge.
is sponsored by:
Coca-Cola

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