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Season 2
Episode 47

Straight Talk from ShopTalk: 11 thought leaders give insight on where commerce is heading.

In this episode of Own Your Commerce, our host Jay hits the floor at Shoptalk, one of the largest commerce conferences in North America, to speak with 11 of the industry's best thought leaders, influencers and trendsetters.

May 16, 2023

Join us as we uncover the top trends in commerce with insights from Brian Walker, Brian Anderson, Chris George, Darin Lynch, David Schripsema, John Roman, Kelly Goetsch, Richard Gillbert, Rick Watson, Rick Kenney and Thomas Mulreid.

From the future of e-commerce to the latest technologies driving retail, this episode offers valuable insights and strategies that will inspire you to own your commerce. Tune in to discover what these experts have to say about the state of commerce today and where it's headed tomorrow.


Some topics we discuss are:

  • Shoptalk
  • commerce
About the guest
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Rick Kenney

Managing Director, Leading Lights
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Rick Watson

CEO & Founder, RMW Commerce Consulting

Rick Watson has spent 20+ years as a technology entrepreneur in the ecommerce industry, having worked with companies like ChannelAdvisor,, Merchantry, and Pitney Bowes. While serving as CEO of Merchantry, he led the company to a $30M acquisition by Tradeshift. Watson also directed the cross-border product strategy of Pitney Bowes, a $450M business, comprising Borderfree and the eBay Global shipping program.

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Christopher George

Chairman & Co-Founder, SUBTA
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Thomas Mulreid

Head of Sales, Orium

As the Head of Sales at Orium, Thomas brings a deep understanding of the Composable/Headless Commerce ecosystem and the future it holds to major brand transformation projects. He specializes in emerging experiences, such as Marketplace, Omni channel, CDP, Social Commerce, Retail capabilities, MACH Architecture and more.

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Richard Gilbert

Senior Manager, Channel Partnerships, PayPal
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Kelly Goetsch

Co-founder and Chairman, MACH Alliance

Kelly Goetsch is Chief Product Officer at commercetools where he oversees product management, development and delivery. He came to commercetools from Oracle, where he led product management for their microservices initiatives. Kelly previously held senior-level product development and go-to-market responsibilities for key Oracle cloud products representing nine+ figures of revenue for Oracle.

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Brian Walker

Chief Strategy Officer, BloomReach

Brian serves as Chief Strategy Officer, leading the Company’s go-to-market strategy. Brian is a veteran strategy and marketing leader who focuses on the transformation of digital customer engagement and commerce. Prior to joining Bloomreach Brian has held a wide variety of roles in the market including leading Global Commerce Strategy at Accenture, Chief Strategy Officer at SAP Hybris, leading commerce technology research at Forrester Research, as well as leadership positions at Amazon, Expedia, and Otto Group prior to that.

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Brian Anderson

CEO, Nacelle

Brian Anderson is the Founder, CEO and Product Architect of Nacelle, a headless commerce platform. He has been writing backend code and designing database systems for over 14 years.

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Darin Lynch

CEO, Irish Titan

Darin Lynch is the Founder and CEO of Irish Titan, a digital agency focused on ecommerce, complex websites and digital strategy. Darin offers over 20 years of leadership, sales and marketing, web and technology experience ranging from Fortune 100 financial firms to national retailers to start-up and early stage companies.

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David Schripsema

Director of Strategic Partnerships , Assemble
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John Roman

CEO, BattlBox