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Retail industry futurists and Ace Hardware's CEO to give morning addresses at Interbike's IBD Summit

Published May 14, 2018

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has announced two new keynote speakers for the IBD Summit at this year's Interbike.

Doug Stephens, considered one of the world's foremost retail industry futurists, and David Mead, a lead presenter with Simon Sinek's Start With Why organization, will be joining John Venhuizen, the CEO of Ace Hardware Corporation, as part of the series each morning of the expo. Interbike said the new retail education track at the show brings the same type of high-level speakers that appeared at the IBD Summit when it was held separately in January. 

Stephens is the founder and president of Retail Prophet. He will draw on research from his latest book in a session titled, "Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World." This session will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m.

Mead, a specialist in organizational culture and leadership, will be delivering two sessions at the IBD Summit at Interbike. On Wednesday afternoon, he will open with discussion surrounding Simon Sinek's best-selling book, Start With Why, explaining how great leaders inspire through the way they think, act and communicate.

In the week's final keynote, "Leaders Eat Last," Mead will offer a follow-up perspective, based in biology, which supports our natural desire as humans to collaborate. This presentation will be the morning of Thursday, Sept. 20.

"These keynote speakers at the IBD Summit at Interbike bring a valuable message that retailers will be able learn and benefit from," said Justin Gottlieb, Interbike's interim show director. "Doug's knowledge as one of the world's leading experts on all aspects of retail and David's ability to convey a meaningful and practical message around leadership and purpose, will ensure that the take-aways from these keynotes will be invaluable for all attendees."

Ace Hardware's Venhuizen will be delivering a keynote entitled, "The Battle for Relevance: How Brick and Mortar Businesses Can Win the Battle for Relevance and Consumer Preference." The presentation is on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 18. He will share how Ace's 5,000-plus independent store owners compete and win against some of the biggest, best and well-funded companies on the planet.

More information on these sessions including the education schedule to-date can be found on the Interbike website.

Interbike Marketweek will take place in the Reno-Tahoe region beginning with the Northstar Free-Ride Festival in North Lake Tahoe, California, Sept. 14-16 (with bike demos taking place on Sept. 15-16). OutDoor Demo will run from Sept. 16-17 for members of the trade, followed by the Interbike Expo in Reno, Nevada, on Sept. 18-20.


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