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 SHOP 2014 Registration 

SHOP Event May 14, 2014.


    David Shing, digital prophet for AOL, opened the fourth annual SHOP conference which attracted over 200 industry representatives to the University of Arkansas campus.  Focused on growth through creativity and ideas, the conference also featured Andy Murray, SVP of creative for Walmart and former Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi X; David Denholm, president and CEO of Chobani; Christian Madsbjerg, co-founder of ReD Associates a pioneering marketing/branding consultancy whose focus on the human perspective and co-author of The Moment of Clarity; and Ken Nisch, chairman of JGA, an award-winning design firm that blends retail design and brand identity to heighten the consumer shopping experience.  Scott McCall, SVP, General Merchandise Manager, GM of Seasonal for Walmart Stores, moderated a panel on design thinking featuring Cindy Tripp, founder of Cindy Tripp & Company, LLC; Christi Zuber, director of innovation & consultancy, Kaiser Permanente; and Natalie Nixon, Ph.D., director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University.  Wrap up and closing remarks were given by Duncan Mac Naughton, EVP, Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer, Walmart U.S.



                                                                                                      Sponsored by:    The Mars Agency





2014 Speakers Included: 

Andy Murray, SVP Creative, Walmart US. 

David Denholm, President and COO, Chobani, Inc.

Cindy Tripp, Founder of Cindy Tripp & Company LLC.

David Shing, AOL's Digital Prophet

Natalie Nixon, PhD, Director of Strategic Design MBA Program, Philadelphia University.

Christi Dining Zuber, Director, Innovation Consultancy, Kaiser Permanente.

Christian Madsbjerg, Founder of ReD Associates.

Fern Grant, Executive Vice President Strategic Planning, The Mars Agency.

Scott McCall, Sr. Vice President, General Merechandise Manager, GM Seasonal, Walmart Stores Division.

Wrap Up and Conclusion:



Questions:  Contact Pamela Styles, Associate Director, Center for Retailing Excellence at: or by phone at 575-6812. 

Conference Fees:

  • $375 per person for board member companies

  • $500 per person for non-board member companies


Registration Policy:

Registration is handled online via the Walton College secure server. We accept credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) and checks. Checks must be received by May 2, 2014 to insure seating availability.


Conference Cancellation Policy:

To guarantee seating payment must be received prior to May 2, 2014. Refunds, less an administrative fee of $50.00, will be made for all cancellations received in writing prior to April 30, 2014. No refunds will be made after April 30, 2014, but by notifying the Center for Retailing Excellence, you may make a substitution of attendees through May 14, 2014, by emailing Pam Styles at

Conference Location:

Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
PH: 479.575.2856
FX: 479.575.6999

Directions from Springdale/ Rogers/ Bentonville:


  • Take I-540 South
  • Take exit 66 (Hwy 112)
  • Turn right onto Garland Ave. (Hwy 112)
  • Turn left onto Maple St.
  • Turn right onto Arkansas Ave.
  • Turn right onto Dickson St.
  • Turn left onto Harmon Ave.
  • The parking garage will be on your left  

Directions from Ft. Smith/Little Rock:


  • Take I-540 North
  • Take exit 62 (Hwy 62, 16, 180)
  • Turn right onto Sixth St. (Hwy 62)
  • Turn left onto Razorback Rd.
  • Turn right onto Leroy Pond Dr.
  • Turn left onto California Blvd.
  • Go straight at Stadium Drive stop sign
  • Turn left onto Harmon Ave at top of hill


Parking is available in the Harmon Avenue Parking Garage (noted on the map above).  Please bring your parking pass to be validated by Center for Retailing Excellence.



Walmart Stores, Inc.              

Spring Seminar Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a partner and sponsor of the 2013 Spring Seminar?

Please contact:

Pamela Styles
Associate Director, Operations
(479) 575-6812


Center for Retailing Excellence
Willard J. Walker Hall 538
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 575-6812  p
(479) 575-4173  f