Physical retail will be in the spotlight at Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS Show, which will be held March 3-5, 2019, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas.

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The conference, now in its 55th year, is designed for retail and foodservice executives involved in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of stores and restaurants nationwide. Taking an active role in the program planning is the SPECS Advisory Board, which is made up of industry executives from leading retail companies and key supplier organizations.

The board members are charged with advising and directing the educational program for the 2019 conference, which will feature a packed slate of workshops, roundtables and panel presentations covering a wide range of emerging and evolving issues. As industry insiders, the SPECS board members are integral to the development of the program.

Five veteran members were selected as Executive Advisory Board members, responsible for team leadership and overall program direction. The SPECS 2019 executive leaders are:

Lisa Smola-Hollo, project manager, growth and development, Ulta Beauty;

• Lori Koeppe, operations coordinator, The Buckle;

• Craig Hale, associate Principal, HFA;

• Mike Gordon, senior manager, facilities management, Rent-A-Center; and

Kristen Roodvoets, retail operations – construction project manager, SmileDirectClub

The following is a list of the SPECS/2019 Advisory Board:

* Aaron Ancello, VP, facilities manager lead, TD Bank
* Lisa Bien-Sinz,…