Gough Grubbs | Stage Stores | SVP Distribution/Logistics

Gough joined Stage Stores in 1996, following 23 yrs in Distribution with Foley’s (May Company) and Sanger Harris (Federated Dept Stores). His primary focus has been development of Internal Leadership Talent and External Business Relationships to support the fast-growing chain. Growing from both acquisitions and organic store openings, Stage has grown from 235 stores in 13 states in 1996 to over 850 stores covering 40 states; adding Distribution Centers in South Hill, VA and Jeffersonville, OH to the original DC in Jacksonville, TX. 2011 marked the first full year of Ecommerce business, beginning a dramatic change to what was a flow-through Distribution Center. Future expansion plans continue to target growth via new store openings, potential acquisitions, and growing the Ecommerce business.

Gough is a frequent speaker on Leadership at Material Handling & Supply Chain Forums, Vendor Compliance Federation, and the National Leadership Development Conference, has written articles on Distribution & Logistics for trade magazines DC Velocity, Supply Chain World, Integrated Solutions, and Transportation & Logistics and serves on the Advisory Board for 2 Leadership Development and Material Handling Conferences.

Gough holds a BA in Business Mgt from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Brian J. Gibson, Ph.D. | Auburn University | Professor of Supply Chain Management

Dr. Brian Gibson serves as the Wilson Family Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Supply Chain Innovation at Auburn University. His university roles are complimented by eight years of retail logistics management experience.

Gibson co-authors the State of the Retail Supply Chain Report and three supply chain books. Gibson serves on the RILA Supply Chain Steering Committee, the CSCMP Board of Directors, and as NASSTRAC’s Education Advisor.


Jordan Speer Apparel magazine | Editor in Chief 

Jordan Speer is editor in chief of Apparel magazine, and after more than 13 years covering the industry has learned what’s really involved in putting an outfit together. She has watched the U.S. apparel industry evolve from a more production-focused business to one driven by brand and retail enterprises, as production has made its exodus offshore, and has been instrumental in transforming the publication to keep pace with the needs of Apparel’s readers.

In her current position, Speer is responsible for the editorial direction of the magazine, web site and enewsletters and is directly involved in shaping the content of Apparel’s thought-leading events. She has driven content around hot topics ranging from color management, design and product development and RFID to retail intelligence and sustainability, and has been called upon to speak about such subjects at various industry events, including Guatemala’s Apparel Sourcing Show, AATCC’s International Conference and the UnderFashion Club’s seminar series. In 2009, Speer developed Apparel’s Sustainability All-Star Awards and TechView enewsletter.

Speer’s prior experience includes work as a research assistant at a Washington, DC-based economic consulting group. She also has written a weekly column on style for The New York Sun and The Washington Times. Speer holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and French from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in English from the University of South Carolina. She resides in Columbia, SC, with her husband and two children.

Joe Shearn | Tiffany & Co. | Vice President of Distribution

His organization is primarily responsible for all domestic and international store replenishment as well as fulfillment of direct-to-customer orders.  His responsibilities also include the related auxiliary and support areas of Global Trade & Logistics, Inventory Management, Financial Planning/Analysis, and Strategy and Process Improvement.

Joe has been with Tiffany & Co. for 20 years – working his way up (and through) the supply chain.  He has held various positions in Retail Operations, Inventory Management, and Distribution.  He has served as the Vice President of Distribution for the past 10 years.

Because of his guidance, Tiffany & Co. Distribution is in perpetual search for process improvement without sacrificing quality.  He was the project manager responsible for the development, design and commissioning of a $110 million direct-to-customer fulfillment facility.  He has led the charge to improve international aspects of the supply chain in the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia.

Joe is a graduate of Fairfield University, Fairfield Connecticut.  He also is a graduate of Georgia Tech obtaining his Executive Masters in International Logistics and Supply Chain Strategy.

Steve Horak | Lucky Brand Jeans | Global P&A and Inventory Management

Mr Horak has over 20 years of experience as a Merchandise Planning and Allocation executive.  Ranging in brands from Victoria’s Secret to Warner Brothers to Guess? Inc, Mr Horak has built teams and processes that deliver topline and more importantly profitability while building brand integrity and growth.  Most currently at Lucky Brand Jeans, Mr Horak has reunited with Carlos Alberini to develop global merchandising operations for this denim brand.