The Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University will host its annual Retailing Summit in Dallas, Texas, October 1-2. The event will be held at the newly remodeled Westin Galleria Hotel and is expected to draw 250 retailing executives from the nation’s largest chains, such as Ashley Furniture, Kroger, Walgreens, Harley-Davidson, Sewell Automotive and Zale Corporation.

Summit speakers will include top-level executives such as Frank Blake, CEO of The Home Depot; Sam Duncan, OfficeMax CEO; Jim McIngvale, Gallery Furniture CEO; Stan Richards, CEO and founder of The Richard’s Group; Gayle Tremblay, Vice President of Neiman Marcus Last Call Stores; as well as James Gilmore, author of The Experience Economy.

Attendees will hear presentations on a variety of retail-related topics such as navigating a difficult economy, gaining share, connecting with customers, and crisis management. Of special interest will be reflections from legendary turnaround artist, Allen Questrom, whose long and diverse career make him one of retailing’s most notable veterans. Questrom previously held positions as CEO of JCPenney, Federated Department Stores and The Neiman Marcus Group, and he currently sits on Wal-Mart’s board of directors.

This is the first time that the Retailing Summit conference will be held in a retail venue, the Galleria Dallas. To recognize this change, Nordstrom at Galleria Dallas will host a special pre-conference reception in the store on September 30. This reception will provide added value to all attendees, as it will showcase retailing at one of Dallas’s most fashionable department stores.

“The Retailing Summit is a great opportunity for attendees to learn best practices from retailers who are innovating to survive, evolve and come out on top when the recession is over,” said Cheryl Holland Bridges, director of the center. “People come for the high value content and unmatched networking opportunities that the summit provides.” The summit attracts senior executives from all areas of the retailing industry.

Sponsor partners for the 2009 Retailing Summit include BDO Seidman LLP, Maritz Research, DAVACO and Nordstrom. Proceeds from the event fund scholarships and programs for students pursuing retailing studies at Texas A&M University.

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About the Center for Retailing Studies

Founded in 1983, the Center for Retailing Studies bridges the academic and business communities by educating the next generation of retail leadership, and serving the industry through research and executive education.