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    RetailROI to Host Research and Networking Event During NRF

    The Retail Orphan Initiative (Retail ROI), a Nashville, Tenn.-based charitable foundation established to help the 400 million orphaned and vulnerable children worldwide, plans to launch its first research and networking event, which will take place at National Retail Federation’s 2010 event in January.

    The Retail Orphan Initiative (Retail ROI), a Nashville, Tenn.-based charitable foundation established to help the 400 million orphaned and vulnerable children worldwide, plans to launch its first research and networking event, which will take place at National Retail Federation’s 2010 event in January.

    Called “RetailROI Super Saturday,” the event -- which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2010, at the Marriott East Side in York -- will bring together retailers, technology/financial research analysts, editors and influencers to discuss the trends, holiday results, and innovative strategies that are shaping the retail industry as the new year begins. Sponsorships are currently available, and all proceeds from the event will benefit RetailROI

    “We’ve gathered many of retail's leading strategic thinkers, CIOs and analysts in a single venue,” said Greg Buzek, founder and president of Nashville-based IHL Group and co-founder of RetailROI. “There has never been an opportunity to hear from all these top thinkers in a single event, and it’s all for the benefit of the Retail Orphan Initiative.”

    Retail executives currently involved in the benefit include Timothy Kasbe, SVP and CIO, Sears Holdings; Delaney Bellinger, CIO, YUM! Brands; Dave Finnegan, CIO, Build a Bear; Vicki Cantrell, COO, Tory Burch; Robert Fort, former CIO, Virgin Media; Ed Collupy, CIO, The Pantry; Dennis Harris, CIO, Genesco; John Polizzi, CIO, BJ’s Wholesale; Herman Nell, SVP and CIO, Petco; and Gary King, EVP CIO, Chico's

    Joining the retailers as speakers are top analysts and industry insiders from Citigroup, Gartner, AMR Research, Aberdeen, Retail Systems Research, IHL Group, Cathy Hotka and Associates, PCI Knowledge Base, Retail Connections, RFID Sherpas, RIS News, Secure IT Experts, and StoreFrontBackTalk.

    RetailROI Super Saturday is free for retailers. Current vendor sponsors include Microsoft, Epson, Intel, HP, IHL Group, Marriott East Side and C-Core Consulting Group.

    For more information, visit www.retailroi.org

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