ADVISORY BOARD

  • PHIL LEAHY (AUS)

    CEO, Internet Conference & Retail Global

  • HELENA STYLMAN (AUS)

    Director, Retail Global

  • JIM BANKS (UK)

    CEO, Spades Media

  • STACIE SEFTON (USA)

    Co-Founder & CEO, BHFO (eBay's #1 Seller)

  • JEFF COHEN (USA)

    Partner, Business Development, Seller Labs

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    EDDIE LEVINE (USA)

    President, Hub Dub Ltd

  • ADAM HERSH (USA)

    Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Gotham City Online

  • EPHRAIM AUSCH (USA)

    VP of Sales & Marketing, Tactical Logistic Solutions

  • JUOZAS KAZIUKENAS (USA)

    Founder, Marketplace Pulse

  • ANDY GELDMAN (USA)

    Founder, Web Retailer

PHIL LEAHY (AUS)

CEO, Internet Conference & Retail Global

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Phil has a deep passion for creating connections. That’s why he ended up founding two major annual conferences for digital retailers on opposite sides of the world—Australia’s Retail Global and the United States’ Retail Global conference. Hosting conferences allows him to bring creative minds from around the world together to share their stories. And when they do, meaningful change happens.

As the founder and managing director of Retail Global, a big part of his day is spent recruiting smart, talented speakers. He hears 100+ speakers each year and loves finding people who can convey critical information to our industry in powerful ways that inspire audiences.

He also spends significant time working with leaders in the retail world—helping them identify the big and small trends that will make the biggest impact. In addition to running the day–to-day responsibilities that come with hosting two conferences on different continents, he also manage a small team of incredibly dedicated conference organizers. He places a lot of trust in his team. He is a firm believer that greatness comes from going against the grain, and he makes sure his team isn’t afraid to innovate.

When organizing the conferences, he puts his retail shoes on and focus intensely on what attendees need most—information on the actionable steps they most need to improve their business. So he’s constantly working to:

  • create collaboration between retailers and their customers
  • educate others about what’s coming next
  • connect the world

When he’s not traveling around the world, listening and learning at conferences, you’ll often find him lawn bowling—it’s big in Australia. It takes so much concentration that it’s a fun escape.

HELENA STYLMAN (AUS)

Director, Retail Global

Helena’s work experience includes several years as a Director of the iStrategy conference, which has a global presence in Europe, North America and Australia. During her time at iStrategy, Helena used her single-minded focus, passion and dedication to increase the company’s reach in the online and digital marketing space. Through her role at iStrategy Helena assisted high-profile international clients such as Coca Cola, McDonalds, Westfield and American Express with best practices to integrate online and offline efforts.

Helena brings highly effective relationship-building skills and a keen strategic mind to her portfolio as Conference Director.

JIM BANKS (UK)

CEO, Spades Media

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Jim Banks is the CEO of Spades Media, a performance based online marketing agency.

Spades Media are a HubSpot Partner and a Google Partner Agency.

Jim is one of the pioneers of paid media, buying his first paid traffic back in 1999.

Since then he has worked with over 1100 companies around the world and spent in excess of $220 million buying paid media generating in excess of $1.25 billion in eCommerce sales and more than 2.2 million leads for inbound marketing companies.

Jim is a well-traveled and sought after keynote speaker and returning to speak at Retail Global for the third time.

STACIE SEFTON (USA)

Co-Founder & CEO, BHFO (eBay's #1 Seller)

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Stacie is the founder and CEO of BHFO, Inc. Stacie and her husband, Jon, founded the business in the basement of their Iowa home in 2003. Their business was inspired by a book they had read on how to build a million dollar business on Ebay. BHFO is named after their daughters, Brittany and Hannah Factory Outlet.

Today BHFO is an online outlet selling designer brands through global marketplaces and also eBay’s largest apparel seller in the world, recently reaching the milestone of over 2M positive feedback. They operate out of a 250,000 square foot facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with state of the art robotic fulfillment technology.

JEFF COHEN (USA)

Partner, Business Development, Seller Labs

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Jeff has more than 13 years of e-commerce experience. He founded Textbooks.com and eventually became CEO of Campusbooks.com. He now directs business development at Seller Labs where he speaks at dozens of shows each year. Jeff knows what it takes to be famous on Amazon and he loves teaching others how to succeed at selling.

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EDDIE LEVINE (USA)

President, Hub Dub Ltd

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Eddie Levine is the President and Co-Founder of Hub Dub, Ltd.  Established in 2012 with business partner Greg Gilpin, the company has morphed into a multi-million-dollar eCommerce operation, with worldwide distribution, attracting superior global brands.

With 15+ years of combined eCommerce, IT and logistics experience working for Fortune 500 companies, Eddie has built an expansive and efficient network of more than 30 different sales channels worldwide.  Vendors working with Hub Dub find themselves set apart through Eddie’s capable stewardship of their brand(s) in the form of reputation / IP management, seller enforcement, listing optimization and advertising.

Eddie’s success and ability to comprehend and disseminate the inner workings of the eCommerce industry have made him a leader – travelling the globe for speaking and education events, as well as helping others achieve their own success in this highly competitive field.

ADAM HERSH (USA)

Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Gotham City Online

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Adam started his first online company in 1998 at the young age of 19. By his early twenties he was one of largest sellers on eBay, consulted for both the South Korean Government and several Fortune 500 companies, and was recognised by over 50 national magazine and television shows for his success.

In his mid twenties he began to teach Nationwide seminars covering various eCommerce topics which led to a major published DVD learning series. At of the age of 28, Adam’s eCommerce company was acquired. Two years later Adam’s company was acquired for a second time, this time by Gotham City Online. Three years later Adam’s company was acquired for a third time.

Today, at 35 years old, Adam is one of the few people in the world who has sold well over 10,000,000 items on both eBay and Amazon. After having three of his companies acquired within a 6 year period, his knowledge of how to properly scale a business is priceless.

EPHRAIM AUSCH (USA)

VP of Sales & Marketing, Tactical Logistic Solutions

Ephraim has more then 8 Years experience of e-commerce experience. He founded a small boutique online and corporate holiday gift shop called Benevelo Gifts and then outsourced the company to a specialty co-packer. He now directs the sales depot at Tactical Logistics helping sellers outsource all there logistic needs and help them focus on the main core of there business and that is selling there products online. Ephraim passion is to help others succeed in the e-commerce world.

JUOZAS KAZIUKENAS (USA)

Founder, Marketplace Pulse

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Juozas, or Joe, as everyone calls him, is an entrepreneur based in New York City. He is currently leveraging years of experience in e-commerce in his role as the founder of Marketplace Pulse, a business intelligence firm focused on e-commerce,

Juozas is passionate about using technology to provide simple answers to complex problems. He has been an advocate of data science and building data-driven processes for a long time.

He has travelled the world talking about technical and business topics.

ANDY GELDMAN (USA)

Founder, Web Retailer

Andy Geldman is the Founder of Web Retailer, an educational and community site for businesses who sell through online marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon, with over 17,000 members worldwide.

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