Hank Alexander


Hank serves as Director of Home Technology Specialists Nationwide (HTSN) managing marketing strategies and merchandising for the specialty electronics members and vendors. His 25+ year consumer electronics background includes retail experience with Vann’s in Montana as well as with several smaller custom installation retailers. Hank also has an extensive background in the vendor community working with Niles Audio, Core Brands and Crestron. With his extensive experience in consumer electronics and the custom retail channel Hank works to support the independent retailer in the ever-challenging CE marketplace.

George Avery


George Avery is the CEO of Native Rank with over 15 years of experience in digital. Prior to Native Rank, George owned and operated multiple multi-million dollar companies in the digital space. After realizing the need for transparency within SEO and Paid Advertising, George started Native Rank. He’s an innovator in data science, analytics, and technology. He believes that nothing is impossible and only you can hold yourself back from being successful.

Sean Bergman


Sean Bergman is a 16 year veteran of the bedding industry. He began his career in college while attending the University of Arizona as a RSA for Sleep America Mattress Stores in 2001, and has held positions in both retail and wholesale for the bedding industry at Nature’s Rest, Spring Air, E.S. Kluft and Company and Verlo Mattress Factory Stores, LLC. He joined PureCare in 2010 to oversee all sales and marketing functions for the company – and since has engineered the company’s highly successful rebranding from FabricTech International – and helped to turn PureCare into a leading producer of sheets, pillows, mattress protectors and other accessories focused on enhancing the health and wellness of the sleep environment. Sean resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife Sarah – also a PureCare executive – and their family of three dogs.

Philippe Bottine


Philippe has been in high level positions in high tech fields his whole career. He has been serving the retailers need through leading retail technology efforts for over 10 years through notably being in key positions at SES-imagotag Groupe CTO & Head of Procurement and since the early development of the US market Philippe has been the CEO of North America.

Olivier Bridgeman


Olivier Bridgeman has worked with web development for all of his professional career. He currently oversees the Web Development and Digital Marketing teams at Tailbase. He is passionate about making technical concepts easy for non-technical people to understand.

Steve Bryant


Steve began his 45–year career in consumer electronics becoming a partner with a $90 million Atlanta–based retailer. Upon selling his interest, he formed an education, technology and marketing company whose materials, programs and strategies have been used by thousands of companies and their retail salespeople and managers throughout North America. Since 2000 he has focused exclusively on the needs of the members of Nationwide Marketing Group establishing Nationwide PrimeMedia which concepts, produces and delivers the group’s advanced video learning systems, high–impact television commercials, digital signage technologies, web video content, live educational programs and more.

Ryan Calacci


Ryan serves as the Merchandise Manager of eXchange. Ryan handles the execution of merchandising and marketing strategies for the Nationwide Marketing Group’s exclusive distributor marketplace. His background includes time spent in various roles within the distribution channel. Applying his 8+ years of experience in the distribution side of the CE industry, Ryan works to support and aid the independent retailer to maximize their opportunities through Nationwide’s distributor partners.

Mike Campbell


Michael Campbell is the CEO and President of the top national company, Leather Italia USA. Michael has served on the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Medical Center Advisory Board for ten years. He resides in Wilmington, NC and grew to know the Burn Center and its staff as a result of a home accident that caused severe burns and placed his daughter, Taylor Campbell, in their care. Later, Michael created and launched the “Taylor Campbell Pledge Fund” that is active through the UNC Burn Center and has raised funds annually that support care and research. He has also participated in supporting the Burn Center family waiting areas by donating leather furniture. He has served as past President for associations such as Christian Life Council and has contributed hours of work in various charitable events including Habitat for Humanity, Red Knight’s annual fund drive, Play for Emily, and Woman of Hope. He helped organize a recent event in Wilmington, North Carolina, “Chords for a Cause” that featured Taylor Campbell and her story. The proceeds were raised in an effort to launch an after care burn facility in Wilmington that will serve Southeastern North Carolina.

Michael has also worked with the UNC Children’s Hospital and participated on the “Roof Top program” and has supported a number of other events, including “Pinwheels for Promise”. He has spoken

nationally about his family’s story and journey and the courage of his daughter, Taylor Campbell. Michael has worked with the UNC Athletic staff to heighten awareness of the UNC Burn Center at every home UNC football game and the kids captain programs. He continues to be an avid supporter of the Burn Center Advisory Board and carries a deep attachment to the UNC Burn Center family.

Michael is married to Teressa and they have three daughters, Brooke (22), Morgan (20), and Taylor (12).

Starting in 1996, a vision was born and a company formed to assure the finest quality of leather furniture available in the market place. With years of experience, out staff, tanneries, and manufacturing partners have personally assured every level of premium quality. Today, Leather Italia USA is recognized nationally as a leader and has partnered with the finest retailers in the world to offer our incredible selections. It is with confidence and excitement that we welcome you to our family of champions, “I promise to make a difference”. – Michael Campbell, CEO

Ali Condron


Ali is a Senior Customer Marketing Manager for Tempur-Sealy.  She has 10 years of combined sales, marketing & mattress industry experience and is an expert in traffic and conversion building practices.

Jennie Gilbert


Jennie Gilbert is the Chief Operating Officer of Retailer Web Services (RWS), whose mission is to serve independent retailers and help them realize their dreams through the promise of technology. A graduate of Arizona State University, Jennie is a frequent speaker at durable goods retail conferences. Her expert articles and advice for independent retailers on how to maximize digital marketing and increase sales have been published in various industry and business media including TWICE, Furniture World, Furniture Today and Sleep Retailer. She is the co-author of two books “RE:THiNK: 11 surprising things you should do now to win retail customers in the digital age” and “RE:MARKET: New digital techniques independent retailers can use now to compete better, grow faster and work smarter” as well as a contributor to “Recalculating: 97+ Experts on Driving Small Business Growth” (Small Business Digest, 2016). Her deep understanding of the unique needs – and potential – of retailers in this field comes from over 10 years of experience working with over 2,000 appliance, furniture and mattress retailers while delivering the RWS line of intelligent software solutions and web services.

Chick Herbert


Chick Herbert has twenty-five years of experience working in the public and private sectors as a senior business leader, speaker and executive coach. His successful career spans more than a dozen industries and provides Chick a wealth of experiential knowledge and perspective. Chick has held senior leadership roles in organizational development, training, sales, human resources, marketing and operations. Chick is currently Senior Vice President of Customer Excellence for Wells Fargo Retail Services. Previously Chick served as Vice President of Leadership Development and Talent Planning for Wells Fargo & Company and began his Wells Fargo career as Vice President of Global Sales Development for Wells Fargo Financial. Prior to joining Wells Fargo & Company, Chick held senior leadership roles in several privately held firms.

Chick is a dynamic public speaker who engages the audience with insightful storytelling and a common sense approach to improving personal and organizational performance. Attendees describe Chick as possessing the unique ability to simplify complex situations and identify key activities that generate measurable results. Chick’s approachable style allows him to quickly build high-trust relationships with leaders and create a safe environment for self-reflection, dialog and action.

Chick is an active community leader and has served on the board of directors for Special Olympics Iowa since 2007. Chick lives in West Des Moines, IA with his wife and has three sons.

Gordan Isaac


With over 20 years of experience in the AV industry, Gordon Isaac has hired over 100 employees and built successful teams that get results. Most recently with Core Brands he has created a team of 20 employees who have successfully helped to transition Core Brands into the customer centric support team that they are today.

Denise Keniston


Denise Keniston is an entrepreneur and former network news anchor. She currently is the President and CEO of Web4Retail; a digital marketing agency focusing on the Appliances, Bedding, and Furniture Industries.

Bryan Koutsky


Bryan has over 23 years of experience in consumer electronics, with 20 of them in management building and developing successful teams. He is a results-driven sales executive focused on sell through vs just sell in and well-versed in consumer electronics, strategic planning, analytical thought leadership, negotiations, and communication. Bryan’s work history includes custom sales and installation, retail sales, rep sales, manufacture sales, and managerial experience of local and remote teams. He is also well-versed in programming with Control4 and has been a volunteer with CEA for the multi-room audio board, as well as the tech home board. His expertise is focused on developing customers, implementing sales strategies and execution at the highest level. He is a high-energy, self-motivated closer acknowledged for the ability to build relationships and nurture business growth. On a personal note, Bryan is a 15 year cancer survivor and a father to his adopted son Branden. During his off time, he loves spending quality time with Branden, fishing, golfing, and watching the Green Bay Packers and Kansas Jayhawks.

Kris Kuester


Kris Kuester inspires people to change, to overcome, and to rediscover joy in their lives.

In college, Kris was an Academic All–NCC and All North Central Region baseball player at the University of North Dakota. After completing college, Kris spent five years under the tutelage of Grammy award–winning songwriter and Nashville producer Dennis Morgan. In addition to touring as an independent country music artist, Kris worked with artists like Trisha Yearwood, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, and Sawyer Brown. Kris had a life of successes, happiness and well–being.

In 1996, at age thirty, a casual conversation with a physician on a golf course changed his life forever. Kris was diagnosed with Syringomyelia, an incurable and neurodegenerative disease of the spinal cord. After two brain surgeries and a year of dark depression, Kris decided that he was going to teach himself how to walk again, how to play his guitar, and overcome the physical and emotional ailments in his life. Kris developed a formula for overcoming his obstacles and wrote the book Redefined, describing how other people could follow a similar path.

Kris has been a gifted communicator, teacher and musician for over 20 years, and serves others in this way through his relationship with Nationwide Marketing Group and through his foundation, Living With It. He has spent years working with retailers of all sizes as they look for new and innovative ways to enhance their company culture, become more effective communicators, and inspire the best in their teams. Kris has also worked with many business owners, executives and managers throughout the Independent Retail Channel, helping them hone their leadership skills.

Gene LaNois


Gene has the unique title of being Nest’s very first customer with the launch of the company in late 2011. He then joined Nest to lead the newly founded Professional Channel in 2013. Gene has an extensive background from successfully owning and selling his own HVAC contracting business, 8 years with Honeywell to VP of sales and marketing of the world’s largest HVAC distribution business. During his tenure, Nest has progressed from an innovative startup with one great product, to the “Smart/Connected” brand leader with a full portfolio of products and independent manufacturer integrations.

Doug Marsh


Since joining Nationwide Marketing Group in March of 2000, Doug Marsh has been involved in various aspects of the company. He originally worked directly with our members as an Account manager in Direct Plus before moving to the Web Services department where he was tasked with bringing in new digital technologies as the Product Development Manager. There he specialized in mobile offerings and strategies and assisted members in the mobile optimization of their website. He now leads the Marketing Operations team with a goal of improving the Promotions sections of MemberNet but will continue to research and test new digital technologies with some of our most digitally advanced members.

Megann McDaniel


Since joining Nationwide Marketing Group in January 2002, Megann has assumed many roles from project management, business analytics, and corporate trainer. Megann has been involved in various aspects of the company from retail credit, extended warranties, employee incentive programs, and MemberNet, Nationwide’s intranet website. Today Megann is the Project Manager for MemberNet where she develops systems, programs and policies for optimized functionality of MemberNet. Some of Megann’s projects include the launch of Cantex, the first international acquisition for Nationwide Marketing Group. Megann helped develop and deliver a dual language website for a complex hierarchical corporation. Other recently projects include the launch of Exchange, Nationwide’s exclusive Distributor marketplace as well as the Appliance Rebate Finder. Megann works to support Nationwide’s retailers by creating a website that provides solutions at your fingertips.

Tim McLain


A frequent speaker at national digital marketing events dedicated to the home goods industry, Tim McLain is the Segment Marketing Manager for Netsertive, a fast-growing digital advertising technology company and Google Premier SMB Partner specializing in driving sales opportunities to local retailers through the power of the company’s Internet marketing technology.

Dan Miller


A sales professional with a wide array of skills garnered from 30 years of training and sales management in furniture & other industries. Today, Dan manages the Guardsman sales representatives in 22 states as well as all buying group activities.

Meaghann Nilsen


Through her vast industry knowledge, Meaghann supports Netsertive’s Home Goods vertical as the Manager of Client Success. In this role, she is passionate in helping clients navigate the complexities of digital marketing and finding solutions to achieve their business goals. Meaghann has been with Netsertive, a fast-growing digital advertising technology company for 4 years.

Frank Sandtner


Frank has been with Nationwide Marketing Group since 2008.  He is currently responsible for all of the company’s member services including financial services, in–store services, digital marketing, intranet, analytics, and the NSI service contract unit.  Frank’s team has been responsible for the development and growth of every layer of financial services; this has led to credit options for consumers of every risk class.  He is a strong driver of simple solutions for retailers that drive their business.  This has manifested itself through the collection of Just Say YES! services developed by his digital marketing team.

Prior to joining Nationwide, Frank spent time in marketing and operations roles in service based companies in the wireless phone, internet, and insurance businesses.  He managed a wireless data business for AOL in 2000 and later managed parts of AOL’s online advertising business in 2006.  Frank was General Manager of several startup cellular phone markets that operated under the Cellular One brand during the 1990’s.

Dean Sottile


Dean joined the Nationwide team in March of 2014 specifically to build and launch NMG’s exclusive eXchange distribution platform.  He was instrumental in identifying the Connected Home opportunity for NMG’s membership and has worked hand in hand with both the CE team and Vendors like Nest and Google to drive programs for the members.

Brenda Strand


Brenda Strand is the Sales Manager of Brand Networks for RevLocal, a leader in personalized digital marketing serving franchise and multi-locations businesses and national associations and buying groups across the US and Canada. As a sales and marketing professional Brenda has a proven track record of cultivating strong partnerships with all size businesses. She builds trust through her commitment of doing what’s best for her clients. With 25+ years of experience and her knowledge of the industry she is able to recommend the best digital marketing strategy for your business
Prior to joining RevLocal in December 2012 she worked 17 years as the Director of Sales for a large training and development company. She led a team of sales consultants throughout the eastern region cultivating relationships with fortune 500 companies where she implemented large scale talent management systems

Brenda has an impressive track record of selling online digital marketing solutions in various mediums to effectively position clients in the marketplace. Her understanding of local search marketing, review marketing, search engine marketing (SEM), social advertising and social media has delivered significant revenue results for her clients.

Rick Weinberg


Rick currently serves on the leadership team as the Senior Vice President of Marketing. Before joining the Nationwide team, he spent twenty years at a Nationwide member retailer, working in sales and merchandising management and assisting the company to grow from a seven to eighty–six retail store chain with $860 million in annual sales. Rick has been actively involved in Nationwide Marketing Group’s efforts in growing their membership from 140 local dealers to serving over 3,500 independent dealers across North America.

Mike Whitaker


Nationwide PrimeMedia’s Mike Whitaker brings a unique mix of experience, humor, and passion to live sessions delivered across North America each year. As a Millennial business leader, Mike cut his 21st century retail skills leading a sales team of hundreds, across over a dozen locations, and sales of hundreds of millions. Since joining the PrimeMedia team in 2014, Mike has accepted responsibility for all educational initiatives for the Nationwide Marketing Group, chartering the Nationwide Learning Academy. In his live sessions, Mike shares the latest in consumer data, trending and successful best practices from retailers across North America, and fresh new ideas that will grow your business. Mike’s real–world experience and high–energy style offer a fun and engaging session where you’ll be challenged, inspired, and informed, giving you more advantages and programs to gain an unfair share of your marketplace, developing customers for a lifetime through unprecedented guest experiences.

Doug Wrede


Doug Wrede serves as Director of CE, assisting in the execution of merchandising and marketing strategies for Nationwide Marketing Group.  His background in retail includes time spent in various merchant roles with both national and regional retailers as well as experience on the manufacturer side of the business.  Applying his 14+ years of experience in the CE industry, Doug works to support the Independent Retailer by positioning them to compete in today’s marketplace.