Speaker Bios

Damian Fernandez-Lamela | VP of Global Analytics

Damian Fernandez-Lamela is the VP of GLobal Analytics for Fossil Group, where he leads the team helping the company make insights-driven decisions affecting $3 billion in revenue across marketing, pricing, product development and other areas. He has more than 20 years of experience in applying analytics to gain a competitive advantage.

 

Before Fossil he held senior analytics roles for RealPage, Omnicom-AT&T, and DELL where he was responsible for optimizing decisions for over $1 billion in annual advertising spend. In 2018 and 2016 he won the Marketer of the Year in marketing research Award from the AMA and in 2018 he won the Genius Award from the ANA.

 

Damian has an MBA from MIT and a Master in Software Engineering from the University of Salamanca. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the MIT Alumni Association.

Tina James | Chief People Officer

Tina is originally from the Washington D.C. area. She was raised by a single mother who immigrated to the country after marrying a U.S. Marine, who was later killed in Vietnam. Despite having limited resources and virtually no understanding of the U.S. culture, education system or economy, other than her late husband’s stand that “in the United States, education and hard work will change the course of our children’s lives”, Tina’s mother moved her young family to the suburbs of Washington D.C. to access one of the strongest public school systems in the country (Montgomery County, MD).

 

Tina learned hard work and developed a strong focus on customer service from a very early age, as her family owned and operated Chinese restaurants throughout the DC metropolitan area. After completing her undergraduate degree in finance, Tina returned to D.C. where she worked as a Financial Analyst before attending Northwestern University (Kellogg Graduate School of Management) for her MBA.

 

H-E-B is a privately held, $26B retailer with more than 109,000 employees, referred to as “Partners”. Tina joined H-E-B in 1993 and enjoyed 3 1/2 years in Store Operations leadership before her true passion for people led her to Human Resources. She began her HR career as a Regional HR Manager and was quickly promoted to Director of HR, eventually working her way up to Senior Vice President of Human Resources, leading all aspects of the HR function for H-E-B in 2005. Tina is a great combination of a “head for business, a heart for people and a passion for results.” In 2017, she was named the company’s first ever Chief People Officer, in recognition of the contributions she and her world-class HR team have made to the company and its people-focused culture. A few of her most significant accomplishments include the establishment of domestic partner benefits, the development of an employee discount program and the opening of the first ever health care center for employees only. Tina is also a member of H-E-B’s Strategy Group, where as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she helps guide the strategic focus of the company.

 

Tina credits her success to her mother, who was undeterred in her drive to ensure her children received a strong education (today her oldest child is a lawyer, her second child is a doctor, her third owns a multimillion dollar contracting business and Tina is her fourth) and to her husband Dom, who has been unwavering in his support throughout their 25 years of marriage. Dom is also an Olympic Athlete, having competed in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing; like Tina, he gives significant credit to his spouse for professional and personal success. Together, Dom and Tina have two wonderful children – Dominic (20) and Lauren (18) and are blessed to have her mother Loretta living with them as well.

Tom Nolan | Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer

Tom Nolan is the Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer at Kendra Scott, based in Austin, Texas. He oversees strategic revenue growth for the billion-dollar brand, leading the retail, wholesale, e-commerce, marketing and creative divisions while integrating the brand’s core pillars of fashion, family and philanthropy into every consumer touchpoint within the business.

 

Tom brings more than two decades of experience in brand building, management and results-driven strategic planning. Prior to his current role, Tom founded Prospect Brands, LLC in 2012 and served as President & Chief Executive Officer. Prospect Brands is the parent company of global outerwear and apparel brands Duck Head, Gyde and Crittenden. From 2008 to 2012, Tom was a Senior Vice President at Ralph Lauren, where he ran the golf and tennis divisions in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Before Ralph Lauren, Tom was a Vice President & Publisher at Condé Nast.

 

Tom’s commitment to innovation and excellence extends beyond the world of business as a current member of the Board of Trustees for the Piedmont Triad Foundation, the Board of Directors for William Murray Golf, LLC and the Board of Trustees at The Southern Golf Association. Nolan is a former Member of the Board of Directors at Kendra Scott as well as the Non-Executive Chairman of Summit Golf Brands.

 

Tom received his MBA from The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and holds a BA in Business, Finance and Communications from Fordham University. He currently resides in Austin with his wife and their four children.

Dee Ann Turner | Communicator, Consultant, Coach

Dee Ann is a 33-year veteran of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Prior to retirement in 2018, she was Vice President, Talent and Vice President, Sustainability. Selected as the company’s first female officer in 2001, she was instrumental in building and growing Chick-fil-A’s well-known culture and talent systems. During her long career, she worked closely with Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, and other key leaders as an architect of their organizational culture. Turner was responsible for thousands of selections of Chick-fil-A Franchisees and corporate staff members. Additionally, she led Talent Management, Staff Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Culture and Engagement. Most recently, Dee Ann launched and led the Sustainability function focusing on Chick-fil-A’s strategy to implement sustainable practices at the $11 billion company.

 

Today, she leads her own organization, Dee Ann Turner, LLC, writing books, speaking to over 50 audiences per year and consulting and coaching leaders globally. She is the author of the best seller, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture. Her latest book, Bet on Talent: How to Create a Remarkable Culture and Win the Hearts of Customers, will be released in September 2019.

 

She is a graduate of Clayton State University with a degree in Management. She also completed executive education courses at Emory University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School. She is a 2009 alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

 

Dee Ann has been married her husband, Ashley for 35 years and they are the parents of three grown sons. She has served numerous non-profit boards in the past including The Kenya Project, Eagle Ranch and Proverbs 31 Ministries. She has also served on the board of advisors for Lubbock Christian University and First Care Clinics. When she is not traveling, she can often be found on her Peloton bike in her home outside of Atlanta or on her stand up paddleboard at Lake Hartwell in northeast Georgia.