At the annual meeting for Shop!, the trade association focused on enhancing retail environments and experiences, the board elected four new members to join the Board of Directors. The election was held this morning at the association’s annual meeting during Shop!X in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. The Shop! Board of Directors comprises members who volunteer their time to help lead the association.
Chris Bull, MaRC, is president of Spectas (a division of SMP Industries). From 1991 to 2016, he was owner/CEO of TDC Instore. He has been a POPAI member since 1993 and was named POPAI Volunteer of the Year 2001–2002. Bull served on the POPAI Board from 1999 until 2009 and held officer positions as chairman in 2008–2009, vice-chair in 2007–2008 and treasurer in 2006–2007. An avid association volunteer, he also has been actively involved in numerous committees, including the OMA Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, PLOT Committee (co-chair), Legislative Affairs and Advocacy Committee (co-chair), Producer Leader Council (co-chair), and Nominating Committee (chair).
Cindi Kato is a VP and global retail business development director at CallisonRTKL. As a 35-year veteran of the design industry, she has managed retail, hospitality, restaurant, healthcare, and banking projects across the United States and abroad. Kato is a member of the Advisory Board for Washington State University’s Department of Interior Design + Construction, sits on the Executive Board in charge of Fundraising for the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE), is the secretary for the Shop! Women’s League Committee, and is a member of the Retail Design Institute (RDI).
Teri Mascotti is chief brand officer at Stylmark. She is a CPM in purchasing and a graduate of Dale Carnegie Sales. She was awarded Businesswoman of the Year in 2006 and holds a National Leadership Award from the NRCC Advisory Council. Mascotti is a past board member for A.R.E. and for the University of St Thomas Alumni Association. A breast cancer survivor, Mascotti is a speaker on the subject and author of the book Chemolicious: Getting to Your Best Self Through Your Cancer Journey.
Mike Schliesmann is SVP – business unit manager at Great Northern Instore. Schliesmann has more than 37 years of experience in the POP and retail display industry. Schliesmann’s belief in the growth and promotion of the industry has propelled him to be active in industry trade groups throughout his career. He is a past board member, past chairman, and past trustee of the FTA and FFTA, he served as a past POPAI board member, and has been a presenter at many industry events over the years for ISM, POPAI, FTA, TAPPI, UWM, and other groups.
OUTGOING BOARD DIRECTORS
The following outgoing directors have served their full terms: Nicki Albrecht, VIDPro Inc.; Harry Cunningham, Vera Bradley; Robert Frackelton, Reeve Store Equipment; and Brad Green, The Integer Group.
“We will miss the valuable insights and guidance that Nicki, Harry, Robert, and Brad provided during their terms on the board,” says Steven A. Weiss, CAE, Shop! CEO. “Their dedication and leadership has helped guide us on our path to building a world-class global association with an industry-enhancing education program as well as respected thought leadership through our publications, research efforts, and events. I welcome the new directors to the board and look forward to working with them to achieve our goals.”