Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, April 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retail TouchPoints, the industry's go-to source for customer-facing retail strategies and trends, has announced the winners of the 2015 Retail Innovator Awards. Award winners will be recognized during the Retail Innovation Conference, June 16-17 in New York City.

On day one of the event, Retail TouchPoints will host the Retail Innovator Awards luncheon at the Yale Club. As part of the presentations, award winners will share their experiences and success stories.

This year's Retail Innovator Award winners rose to the top in a nomination process that produced more than 60 qualified retail executive nominations. The 27 award recipients include (in alphabetical order):

  • Nina Alexander-Hurst, VP of Customer Experience and SWAT, BaubleBar 
  • Leslie Anderson, Senior Director, Head of Field HR, Old Navy
  • Richard Armour, Senior Director, Multi-Channel, GameStop 
  • Andrew Blackmon and Patrick Coyne, Co-Founders, The Black Tux 
  • Rick Braddock, Executive Chairman, Joinem
  • Glenn Edelman, VP of E-Commerce, Wine Enthusiast
  • Mike Edwards, VP Merchandising, Brown Shoe/Famous Footwear
  • Scott Emmons, Enterprise Architect and iLab Manager, Neiman Marcus 
  • Jason Goldberger, President, Target.com
  • Melissa Gonzales, Founder, The Lionesque Group
  • Rose Hamilton, General Manager and CMO, Pet360 
  • Kenneth Himmel, President and CEO, Related Urban
  • Kelly Loubet, Social Media Strategist, Origami Owl
  • Rafeh Masood, VP, Customer Innovation Technology, Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Rebecca Minkoff, Founder, Rebecca Minkoff
  • Dave Munson, Founder and President, Saddleback Leather 
  • Daniel Neukomm, CEO, La Jolla
  • Anthony Paniszczyzn, VP of Sales and Operations, Staples 
  • Dave Powers, President of Omnichannel, Deckers Outdoor
  • Janet Schalk, EVP and CIO, Kohl's
  • Susan Soares, Senior Manager, Social Media and Customer Engagement, Alex and Ani
  • Ken Silay, former Director, Technology Research & Innovation, Chico's FAS 
  • Rob Taylor, COO, Journeys Group 
  • Lori Twomey, Chief Merchant, Zulily
  • Steve Williams, CIO, Boot Barn
  • David Zimmerman, Director of Independent Services Strategy, SUPERVALU

"We are thrilled to be honoring these Retail Innovators in 2015," said Debbie Hauss, Editor-in-Chief of Retail TouchPoints. "Each winner has contributed to their businesses and the retail industry in unique ways, embracing the new disruptive forces in retail. We are looking forward to honoring them and hearing their success stories during the Retail Innovation Conference."

Day two will kick off with a keynote from Ted Rubin, a Forbes Top 50 Power Influencer. The afternoon keynote will feature Maureen Mullen, head of the research and advisory group at L2, who will outline the top forces disrupting retail today. Other presenters include leading retail analyst Adam Silverman from Forrester Research, as well as retail executives from Neiman Marcus, Zappos and Alex and Ani.  Attendees also will be treated to a panel featuring 2015 Retail Innovator Awards winners. 

Join Retail TouchPoints and many other retail leaders to hear their stories live at the Retail Innovator Awards luncheon! Learn more here: Retail Innovation Conference.

About Retail TouchPoints

Retail TouchPoints is an online publishing network for retail executives, with content focused on optimizing the customer experience across all channels. The Retail TouchPoints network is comprised of a weekly newsletter, category-specific blogs, special reports, web seminars, exclusive benchmark research, and a content-rich web site featuring daily news updates and multi-media interviews at http://www.retailtouchpoints.com. The Retail TouchPoints team also interacts with social media communities via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. @RTouchPoints

About Retail Innovation Conference

The Retail Innovation Conference gives retail executives an exclusive look at innovative and cutting-edge technologies, tactics and business practices. Retail analysts, executives and experts share insights on the latest trends, including mobile, social, in-store technology and business collaboration. Learn more by visiting: http://www.retailinnovationconference.com/why-attend/ and follow the conference on Twitter: @RetailInnovate #RIC15

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