The Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University will host its annual Retailing Summit in Dallas, Texas, October 2-3. The event is expected to draw 250 retailing executives from the nation’s largest chains, such as H-E-B, Kohl’s, Harley-Davidson, Sewell Automotive and Zale Corporation.

Center for Retailing Studies

This event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center for Retailing Studies at Mays, whose mission is to bridge the gap between the academic and retailing communities to serve the needs of students as well as retail firms. The summit is the center’s premier executive education program.

Summit speakers will include top-level executives such as Myron Ullman, CEO and chairman of JCPenney and Ed Holman, chairman and CEO of Macy’s Central, as well as authors Jack Mitchell (Hug your People and Hug your Customers) and Terri Kabachnick (I quit but I forgot to tell you).

Attendees will hear presentations on a variety of retail-related topics such as branding, customer service, employee engagement, and innovation. Of special significance will be a session on current demographic and economic changes and the impact on traditional retailers, presented by Kathleen Mason, president and CEO of Tuesday Morning.

“The summit is a great opportunity for attendees to learn best practices from today’s leading retailers,” said Cheryl Holland Bridges, director of the center. “It will also be a chance for them to build valuable networks. Breakout sessions have been added to the summit this year. We want the conference to encourage a high level of interaction among guests so that they can learn from the wealth of experience among their fellow attendees.” The summit attracts senior management and executives from all areas of the retailing industry.

The conference will be held at the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas. For more details or to register, visit

About the center

The Center for Retailing Studies (CRS) is committed to excellence in retail education, research, and service. The center’s programs prepare students for careers in retailing and provide retailers with outstanding graduates. The CRS was the first retailing center partnered with a business school and it remains the nation’s premier institution of retailing education. Housed in the Department of Marketing at Mays Business School, the center is privately funded by more than 35 sponsor companies from throughout the nation.

About Mays Business School

Mays Business School currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate students and 875 graduate students. Mays is nationally ranked among public business schools not only for the quality of its undergraduate program, but also its MBA program and the faculty scholarship of its 105 professors in five departments.