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February 11th, 2013
SPREE 2013 Announces Exciting Roster of Speakers

by Press Release

The 2013 Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference (SPREE) is pleased to announce another impressive line-up of industry speakers for its ninth annual industry conference. SPREE 2013 will be held April 16-18 at the Sands Expo Center at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada.

SPREE features a variety of presentations, panel discussions and workshops that are all free for registered attendees. This year promises to be better than ever with topics that offer something for everyone from the practical aspects of lease negotiation to the latest trends in international expansion, pop-up retail and social media. “One of our main goals of this event is to deliver an exceptional educational platform that brings new ideas and best practices to people across the specialty leasing industry,” says Patricia Norins, Publisher and Founder of Specialty Retail Report. “We think we have knocked it out of the park again this year with a prestigious line-up of industry experts.”

Anita Davis, Vice President, Specialty Leasing, at The Taubman Company will lead a panel discussion on “Keeping Your Specialty Leasing Program Unique”. The esteemed group of panelists will include industry experts from some of the top retail owners and developers in the country, including Tanger Outlet Centers, The Mills and Ivanhoe Cambridge.

Brett Beaudette, Lead Designer for the Mall of America, will spearhead an innovative visual merchandising workshop. The 90-minute hands-on workshop will offer practical techniques and tips on how to create an award-winning visual display, captivate potential customers and maximize sales.

SPREE’s tried and true Retail 101 series has been reworked for 2013. Previously delivered as three separate sessions, the Retail 101 series will now take place as a three-hour seminar covering everything you need to know when planning and operating your specialty retail business. Deborah S. Kravitz, a partner at Pro Retail Inc., will lead the session that covers topics such as forecasting sales, choosing your product and location, hiring staff, merchandising and much more.

The SPREE 2013 line-up of speakers, panelists and presenters also includes:

• Linda Johansen-James, CEO & COO at American Kiosk Management
• John Krumnow, Director of Special Operations at Pro Retail Inc.
• Howard Lim, CBO, How Creative
• Patricia Norins, Publisher & Founder, Specialty Retail Report
• Rebecca Fitts, Founder, Pop-Up Marketing
• Jerry Jones & Rob Rasmussen, CBL & Associate Properties
• Liad Biton, CEO, LivePOS

An updated seminar schedule with detailed descriptions and additional information on these and other speakers and topics can be found at the SPREE website:

The Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference (SPREE) is the specialty retail leasing industry’s largest event. The educational and networking conference has been growing every year since it was launched in 2005 with nearly 2,500 attendees at the 2012 SPREE. The free event brings cart and kiosk retailers together with wholesalers, property managers and service providers from around the country. Attendees typically include entrepreneurs exploring opportunities for their first location, as well as industry veterans looking for the latest hot products, retailing strategies and expansion locations.

Details include:


Who: Produced by Specialty Retail Report magazine

Where: Sands Expo Center at the Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

When: April 16-18, 2013

Cost: Free registration for attendees
For more information: call (800) 936-6297 x20 or go online to

Questions about SPREE? Email

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