George Avery

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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.

Amy Blessington

READ MORE

Amy Blessington has been a part of the Wells Fargo Retail Services team for over 10 years. She primarily supports consumer financing programs within the home furnishings and home improvement industries. Amy works with clients to develop, enhance, and execute their marketing strategies with a goal of growing their businesses through financed sales. Her background in graphic design gives her an advantage when it comes to finding creative, yet realistic, approaches to advertising. She enjoys building client relationships and working to enhance the customer journey.

Philippe Bottine

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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.

Mike Campbell

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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.

Ryan Conway

READ MORE

With over 20 years of experience in the AV Industry and over 10 years working for some of the most respected power management companies, Ryan Conway has established himself as an expert in Power Management. Ryan helped to develop the first cloud managed power device for the AV Industry, a concept which has become the standard for most custom integrators and revolutionized the post installation support. He’s work with thousands of dealers to improve customer satisfaction and profitability by deploying power management systems which improve performance, eliminate service calls, and increase device longevity.

Jennie Gilbert

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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.

Denise Keniston

READ MORE

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.

Rob Krause

READ MORE

Rob is currently Senior Vice President and General Manager with the Payment Solutions at Synchrony Financial. Rob has spent over 7 years helping retailers in the Consumer Electronics, Appliances and Furniture markets grow their businesses through effective promotional financing strategies that drive larger average tickets, create customer loyalty and generate consistent repeat sales.  He began working with the Nationwide Marketing Group financing program in July of 2016.

Kris Kuester

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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.

Joe Milevsky

READ MORE

Calling on his more than 40 years of industry experience, Joe has helped hundreds of clients improve the performance of their companies and profit as a result of their business relationships with JRM. Before establishing JRM over 16 years ago, Joe held various executive positions with several of the strongest companies in the retailer industry. He has authored numerous articles for industry trade publications and he is a regular speaker at national events for Nationwide Marketing Group, the Home Furnishings Association (HFA), Hearth Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA), and various other organizations both domestic and internationally. Many will tell you that he is the most effective business analyst and consultant in the retail industry.

Dan Miller

READ MORE

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.

Frank Sandtner

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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.

Shelli Ulrich

READ MORE

Shelli is the Global Customer Experience Leader for Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF). In her role, Shelli, and her team, are responsible for driving a best-in-class and continually improving customer experience program for more than 33,000 dealers and 1,400 distributors and manufacturers globally in 2016. This includes collecting, analyzing and actioning over 56,000 Voice of Customer (VoC) data-points and comments in 2016. In addition, Shelli oversees CDF’s customer communication strategy and messaging, CDFconnectPTMP (CDF’s customer commitment program that provides training, insights, experts and tools to add significant value beyond just financing), CDF’s digital experience strategic roadmap, strategic customer engagements and program management for customer facing cross-functional projects across CDF North America. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Shelli spent 9 years with GE Capital holding numerous roles across Sales, Marketing, Risk Management, Credit and Project Management. Most recently, Shelli was the Global Sales Director in Hong Kong where she launched and scaled a new cross-border lending and leasing business which connected multi-national companies with financing outside of their home region. Shelli is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP)® by the Project Management Institute (PMI), holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY (State University of New York) Brockport and an MBA in Finance from The Simon School of Business in Rochester, New York. 

Rick Weinberg

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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.

Scott Cohen

READ MORE

With over 25 years of Industry Experience and 12 years leading the Samsung training team in the US market, Scott is the leading technology expert of Samsung’s product categories within the Home Entertainment business segment.

Stephen Coppola

READ MORE

Stephen joined Google in 2015 after 13 years in the home entertainment industry holding various Operations and Go-To-Market roles at Samsung and most recently, LG.  Stephen currently focuses on emerging retail/channel partnerships for Google hardware in the US.

Jennifer Danko

READ MORE

Jennifer Danko is the Chief Technology officer for Site On Time website development. She is Google Adwords Certified and a Google Partner.  She has worked in the appliance, electronics and furniture industries for more than 20 years. Before starting Site On Time in 2008, Jennifer worked in a retail appliance and electronics store for more than 6 years, learning the ins and outs of the industry and the many aspects of running a store. While employed she also earned her associates degree in accounting. During this time she researched and implemented a store management software system for the company. In 1999 she accepted a consultant position with the same software company. Jennifer spent the next 9 years learning programming, providing customer support and traveling across the country to provide training and consulting for this software system. In 2007, she realized the strong need and demand for reliable and reputable website development within this industry.  After successfully launching several ecommerce websites she decided to pursue this full time and started Site On Time in 2008.  Her years of experience in the appliance, electronics and furniture industry allows her to better understand the needs of the retailers and develop solutions that work within the industry. Her accounting and software experience gives her first hand knowledge of the intricacies of building and maintaining a solid, stable and user-friendly retail solution. Site On Time developed and manages the Nationwide Point of Sale Solution, Prime Systems. Jennifer lives with her husband of 22 years and daughter in Gainesville, GA.

Scott Desantis

READ MORE

Scott, Sr. Director of Sales, Buying Group Team, started his career at Simmons Serta Bedding as the New Hampshire Sales rep in 1998.  He has spent most of his time at SSB as a Sales Manager covering New England, Eastern PA and Arizona/Nevada.  He has been in his current position since January 2016.  Scott specializes in helping Retailers grow their business and along with the rest of the Buying Group Team, helped developed the New iAmerica line. Scott is a native New Englander that currently calls Phoenix, AZ home.

Hobie Earnhart

READ MORE

Hobie Earnhart, Director of NSI Protection Plus, has worked with the Nationwide Marketing Group for over 26 years.  During this time Hobie has devoted all his efforts to designing and developing the best Extended Service Program in the retail industry.  Hobie has worked with many of the top administrators and insurance companies in the business while developing a keen understanding of what works and what doesn’t work with ESP.  He has visited and implemented his Low Pressure, High Integrity ESP Selling System in 100+ Nationwide Members companies.  He has trained over 20,000 salespeople and helped increase their collective income by over $15,000,000.00.

Marshall Evans III

READ MORE

Marshall Evans, III is Vice President of Leather Italia USA and has been with the company for over 11 Years. His primary efforts at Leather Italia USA include product development, factory relations, general management, and sales.

Marshall is married to Lauren and they have three children, Eleanor, Marshall 4, and Eden.

Erik Fogelson

READ MORE

Erik has been with Synchrony Financial for over 10 years working with clients to utilize consumer financing to drive sales and grow their businesses.  Erik started with GE Capital in the automotive industry working with Ford Motor Company, before moving into the furniture and flooring industries.  In 2010, Erik moved over to consumer electronics/appliances to manage the Nationwide Marketing Group program.  Currently Erik is a VP of Sales under the Partnered Home Brands group, which includes the Nationwide Marketing Group.

Melanie Gallagher

READ MORE

Melanie is the manager of North American Field Services for the past six years at Guardsman. Field Services includes performance management for over 4,000 technicians; franchise sales and support and Guardsman Professional Services our B2B offering also known as “GPS”. Mel also provided oversight to our successful Sales Force platform and portal for technicians and partners. Prior to joining Guardsman Melanie was the General Manager for a telecom provider.

On a personal note, Mel is married to a Marine Corps. Veteran and mother to four wonderful children, two of whom serve in our armed forces as a Sergeant in the United States Army and a Sergeant in the United States Airforce.

Melanie is excited to share with you the ways you can leverage Guardsman technicians and Professional Series Products to lower your costs, while delighting your customers and “make lemonade out of lemons”.

Jack Gomez

READ MORE

Jack Gomez has over 21 years’ experience in the mattress industry both in retail and wholesale. Over his 6 year career with Serta Simmons Bedding, Jack earned the All Simmons award in 2013 and has held several positions including Account Specialist and Territory Manager covering Central, South and West Texas and Southern New Mexico. Jack looks forward to working with the Nationwide partners and growing their business together.

Sue Harman

READ MORE

Sue Harman is a professional with a wide array of skills garnered from 35 years of hands on experience in wood finishing, wood repair, leather repair and fabric upholstery cleaning.  Today, Sue manages the Guardsman technician furniture training programs and offers technical support for the comprehensive line of Guardsman Consumables.

Chris Kirk

READ MORE

Chris Kirk, Nationwide’s Vice President of Member Services, joined the Nationwide Marketing Group after graduating from OIe Miss University.  In his twelve years of service with Nationwide, Chris has devoted much of his time to refining and implementing many of the group’s internal operations.  Currently, and since accepting the role of Member Services VP, Chris leads the Member Services team in developing and implementing tools and assets that help provide best-in-class in-store experiences, exclusively for Nationwide Members.  Outside of his busy work schedule, Chris is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and all things nature.

Randy Overton

READ MORE

With over 10 years with LG, Randy has been a National Trainer for home appliances as well as a
product specialist and content manager. Randy conducts strategic trainings and is in high demand.
Randy can be seen conducting training at ww.ReachLG.com

David Stacey

READ MORE

 David joined the Nest team in 2013 after spending 11 years in various roles, including Product Marketing and National Account Sales, at Honeywell. David runs point on all key Pro Channel Distributor relationships for Nest.

Cristal Willcox

READ MORE

After Shreveport native Cristal Willcox graduated with BA degrees in English and French, she went to work for a family-owned partnership whose entrepreneurial spirit instilled an appreciation for independent enterprises and led her to a career helping small businesses grow. She joined the Nationwide team in 2012 and has built strong working relationships with the group’s members and vendors throughout North America. Her passion for communications, technology, and her talent for sales and support made her a perfect match for Nationwide’s In-Store Marketing programs, namely MemberNetTV and Answers InfoTablets. As our lead trainer and customer service specialist for these programs, she has helped hosts of Nationwide members implement our forward-thinking digital solutions in their stores. She also goes out of her way to field any other needs put to her by members and vendors alike to ensure our Member Services are best adopted by the Nationwide family.