Hosted by Texas A&M University’s Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School,
the Retailing Summit gathers executives to explore big picture thinking and current trends.

Speakers share real case studies that outline practical solutions for business challenges including understanding new, forever-changed buying habits, implementing data-driven decision making, innovating while being true to heritage brands, enhancing the in-store customer experience and much more.


The Retailing Summit provides a unique learning environment for retail executives to share information, new perspectives, insights, future predictions about upcoming trends and big picture retailing concepts, and is accompanied with unmatched intimate networking opportunities.


Over 63% of attendees are traditional retailers and include CEOs; Chief Merchandise, Marketing and Finance Officers; Vice Presidents of Store Operations, Business Development, Employee Engagement, Supply Chain, and IT; and, rising company stars.


“Exceptional variety of speakers and stellar practical info!
Very good networking, with a balance of retail and services.”

Great content and engaging speakers! Strong brand presence, and I loved their willingness to share their journeys.

I’m a first time participant, but my company has been in years past. I really enjoyed how the speakers were well rounded, with multiple topics discussed.

The content was very relevant to what retailers must have top of mind!


Ricky Dickson


Nigel Travis

Chairman & CEO

James Starke

SVP, Head of Merchandising

Mike Mettler

SVP of Development

Rachel Ligtenberg

VP Retail

Gary Magenta


Mary Beth Laughton

EVP Omni-Retail

*More speakers will be added this summer!


  • Sponsor Rate

    Includes CRS Corporate Partners & DFW-REA Members

  • If registered by August 30

  • If registered by October 9

  • General Rate

    Includes retailers & general public

  • If registered by August 30

  • If registered by October 9



Located in the heart of North Dallas’ shopping district, the 2018 Retailing Summit will be held at the Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas. An exclusive room block is available online or by calling 972.934.9494.


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