Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit takes place September 18, 2019 at the Clayton on Burlington Road, Dublin
Known throughout the industry as Ireland’s leading retail conference, every year the Summit brings an exciting line-up of world-class speakers from around the globe to Ireland.
Key-note speakers who are designed to motivate and inspire take to the stage alongside experts in convenience, digital, and retail who will be able to provide you with the tools to take your business to the next level.
2019 Summit Speakers Revealed
Dame Kelly Holmes
As an Olympic, Commonwealth, and European champion that has achieved seven Gold, eight Silver, and four Bronze medals throughout her career, Kelly Holmes is an inspiring motivational speaker who shares how she overcame diversity to achieve her lifelong dream.
Before Col. Dame Kelly started winning gold medals, her career was overshadowed by injury and disappointment. At Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit she will draw on how she found the determination and dedication to overcome this as she emphasises that we can all overcome our hardships, especially in the workplace, just as she did.
Eric Dzwonczyk is a Managing Director at AlixPartners and co-leads the Restaurant, Hospitality and Leisure sector globally. He has over 25 years of consulting and industry experience in the Restaurant, Convenience Store, CPG and Food Industries. His efforts have delivered significant operational improvements and large-scale transformation programs in a number of different environments.
Gray is the executive director of Connexxus, is a non-profit, member-driven technology organization dedicated to the development of the convenience store and petroleum market. Gray has been involved in heading global product management for three of the world’s largest retail petroleum equipment and systems suppliers and acting as Vice President of Research & Technology for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).
As CEO of global bakery and award-winning eatery business Le Pain Quotidien, Jerry Gamez has a wealth of global experience when it comes to achieving sustainable success in the food-to-go industry. Before taking on his current role, Jerry was the co-founder, CEO and member of the executive board of Consumer Investment Partners.
As former area manager for F.A. Wellworths and responsible for opening and growing Centra Castlebar, Terry is no stranger to overcoming obstacles and achieving sustainable success in the convenience sector. Today the group operates five Londis stores, four circle K forecourts, three Chopped restaurants and two Supermacs and 1 four-star Pizza with 180 people employed throughout.
Stuart Fitzgerald is MD and co-founder of the company which operates the LEON franchise in Ireland. He has worked with a range of franchised concepts in food & beverage and general retail and has in depth experience of the elements that are required to build, manage and control a successful franchised estate.
Travis Sheetz began his career with Sheetz as a Real Estate Site Selector in Western PA and Ohio. Since then, he has served as Director of Real Estate, Director of Sales, and Vice President of Operations. In 2018, Travis was appointed President & Chief Operating Officer, making him the first COO in Sheetz history, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company’s 600+ locations.
Katie Cantwell traded in her career in corporate consulting and founded KC Peaches in 2006. KC Peaches is the first whole foods cafe and catering company in Dublin, serving only all-natural food. What started as a simple business idea has turned into four thriving KC Peaches Stores with 150 employees. With a passion for food developed in her native Seattle and nurtured in France, Katie yearned to bring naturally flavourful hand-crafted food to the masses.