ATLANTA, Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- GlobalShop, the nation's largest community for retail design and shopper marketing, today announced that Karen Katz, president and CEO, Neiman Marcus Group will keynote the 2016 GlobalShop Show, being held March 23rd through 25th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. Ms. Katz and Ignaz Gorischek, Vice President of Creative & Design for Neiman Marcus, Last Call and CUSP store will participate in a fireside chat with PAVE president, Harry Cunningham to kick off the 23rd year of this industry event. To continue its ongoing support of the industry and its future, GlobalShop will donate all proceeds from the session to PAVE, to support student engagement in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising.
Ms. Katz oversees the strategic direction, operations, and expansion of Neiman Marcus Group, an omni-channel retailer renowned for its specialty retail stores, including 41 Neiman Marcus stores, Bergdorf-Goodman in New York, the Last Call off-price division and CUSP; as well as Neiman Marcus Online, the Company's online and direct-to-consumer business. With sales of approximately $5 billion, NMG employs more than 15,000 associates in stores, divisions and facilities nationwide. Under Ms. Katz, the company has embarked on a modernization strategy with an emphasis on technology. Katz was recently cited by Forbes Magazine as the number one reason NMG's upcoming IPO is likely to be a success.
Katz and Gorischek will speak in-depth to Cunningham about Neiman Marcus' upcoming expansions and renovations, including a new store in New York City's Hudson Yards and about technology and its impact on store design. To engage the greater GlobalShop community, questions will be solicited and selected in advance from GlobalShop and PAVE's social media channels. Follow @GlobalShopShow and @A_RE for more information.
"Attendees are sure to leave with real insight into the luxury retail market," said Doug Hope, the founder and Show Director of GlobalShop. "We are delighted to bring Karen Katz and Ignaz Gorischek to GlobalShop to share their insight and predictions on the next phases of retail design. From new store construction, to renovations, to technology integration, Neiman Marcus is leading the industry in many ways."
Gorischek has brought retail design to new heights over several decades. As the Vice President of Creative & Design for Neiman Marcus stores, Gorischek currently manages a team of professionals including Designers, Color & Material specialists, Renderers, CAD Specialist, Graphic Designers, Visual Merchandisers, Corporate Art Curator and Creative Merchandisers. In his role, Ignaz also works with leading retail design firms representing projects that include major and minor remodels, new stores and new store concepts. Ignaz has worked on, and opened, 17 full line Neiman Marcus stores, 10 Last Call Outlet & Studio stores and 6 CUSP stores.
Harry Cunningham will be asking not only the submitted questions, but diving in to what the industry really wants to hear. Currently Head of Store Development for Vera Bradley, Cunningham himself has nearly 25 years of experience in store design and visual merchandising. Prior to joining Vera Bradley, he held the post of Senior Vice President of Store Planning, Design and Visual Merchandising at Saks Fifth Avenue, further ensuring that attendees will get deep insight into luxury merchandising and design.
Both Cunningham and Gorischek hold the honor of receiving design:retail's distinguished Markopoulos Award which recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions in visual merchandising and store design.
"Not only will attendees be getting great insight into a leading retailer's perspectives, but they will be making a contribution themselves as well – to the next generation of retail planners and visual merchandisers through the purchase of their ticket and GlobalShop's generous donation to PAVE." added Cunningham.
GlobalShop is the nation's largest annual store design and at-retail marketing show, bringing together retailers, brand marketers and industry suppliers each year since 1993. GlobalShop's conference program is led by top retail experts, who provide insight, advice and best practices on how to create sustainable brands that resonate with consumers.
GlobalShop is produced by Emerald Expositions, presented by design:retail magazine, sponsored by A.R.E, the Association for Retail Environments and POPAI (Point of Purchase Advertising International), in cooperation with the IIDA (International Interior Design Association). www.globalshop.org
Founded in 1992, The Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising through its annual Student Design Competition. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. This is accomplished through projects, seminars, workshops, and the annual fundraising Gala with proceeds dedicated to educational programs and projects benefiting students. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation administered by A.R.E. www.paveinfo.org