Exploring Digital Transformation in Retail


For retail and dining establishments today, there’s a great deal of pressure to usher in modern technology. Consumers have come to expect mobile and self-checkout options, which means it’s important for stores and restaurants to adopt these technologies and meet these expectations. In this breakout, we’ll discuss what businesses can do to innovate quickly and effectively, and how Zones’ nterprise solution can play a role.



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Speaker: Sean Hobday
Position: Senior Vice President of Global Business Development, Zones
Background: Sean Hobday was named Senior Vice President in January 2012 to lead the company's global expansion efforts in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, India and Canada. Since then, he has architected a global footprint to serve Zones global customers around the world. Hobday has held multiple leadership positions at Zones, including director of client development, vice president of enterprise sales and president of Zones Corporate Solutions. Hobday has specialized in developing global sales and operational units to serve global clients in the enterprise and mid-market space. Prior to his time at Zones, Hobday served as managing director of Blue Ice Leisure in Sydney, Australia, an Austral-Asian division of First Team Sports.
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Speaker: Matthew Pelot
Position: National Services Sales Vice President, Zones
Background: Matt is based out of Atlanta GA, and has just completed his first year with Zones. Matt has spent the last 17 years working in the Service and Solutions industry, working his way up the ranks in Service Delivery Operations. He moved into Sales Leadership and uses the extensive knowledge gained in operations to deliver client-focused solutions that fit within the wheelhouse of Zones Service Delivery capabilities.

I've wanted to talk about computers and what they can do for a living ever since the day my mom won our first computer at a fundraiser. (For the record it was a regional white-label 486SX with 4 megs of RAM and a 100 meg hard drive). I'm now lucky enough to do just that, and about a thousand other things, on a daily basis. In the flurry of it all I still often find myself thinking: "Whoa, how cool is this?!?

Since you’re most likely here to meet me professionally, know that when asked in real life, I tell most that I “Work in tech sales for a big tech company, I do servers and the big machines you don’t really see that much of”. Before doing this for the last twelve years or so, I have had a ton of interesting jobs. These include customs officer at the Port of Montreal (I did cargo ships), a summer spent tying tiny radio trackers to insects (after much trying) at the Central Experimental farm in Ottawa, running a one-man pit crew at a refurb desktop shop (one hand on a cloner, the other on a shopvac), building props used by Astronaut Chris Hadfield on a reality show, installing rooftop microwave antennas in -20 weather, and a bunch of other gigs that saw me in all sorts of hilarious jams. I like getting my hands a bit dirty.

Back to the whole talking about computers thing, I figured that since I loved waxing poetic about technology and made all my spare cash flipping gear on the internet, IT solutions sales might just be my ticket. I’ve since focused on the channel and have had a number of sales and technical positions at a global partner, as well with Lenovo, for the past five plus years. Outside of work my favorite things are tinkering, DIYing all the things, playing trivia, driving at the track, biking my brains out, non-fiction media, looking at maps, and, above all, without question, being the best dad possible.
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Speaker: Brandt Stimpson
Position: Global Advanced Technology Executive, Zones
Background: Brandt Stimpson is a Global Advanced Technology Executive (GATE) at Zones with nearly 20 years of experience in managing large Enterprise Clients mainly focused in the Retail space.
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Speaker: Aaron Hockett
Position: Chief Architect, Office of the CTO, Zones
Background: Based in Portland, Oregon, Aaron Hockett has worked across multiple industries over the last 18 years including High Tech, Health Care, Education, Telecom and Retail manufacturing. His passion is to identify key points of where technology and business intersect to drive towards acceleration of a company's digital business transformation. Innovation is his daily mandate to bring fresh insights to your ways of working.