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Matthew Shay

Matthew Shay
Matthew Shay
President and CEO
National Retail Federation
Matthew Shay is president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association. He serves as chief advocate and spokesman for the nation’s largest private-sector industry employer, responsible for supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans – and generating $2.6 trillion in annual GDP. Since his arrival in 2010, Shay has transformed NRF into Washington’s most powerful voice supporting the retail industry. Under his tenure, membership and revenue have more than doubled and the organization’s influence has grown significantly inside Washington, across the United States and globally. He has led the organization to new levels of effectiveness on policy issues, increasing awareness of the industry’s economic impact and expanding political engagement. Shay previously served as president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, which represents more than 1,400 franchise companies in retail and other industries around the world. He is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and The Ohio State University College of Law, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Speaking in:

Tuesday
January 12
11:00 am11:45 am
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As the United States’ 66th Secretary of State and national security advisor, Dr. Condoleezza Rice pioneered a policy of transformational diplomacy and heralded the formation of new global governments based on democratic principles. Dr. Rice has proven to be a significant leader during a time of unprecedented and tumultuous world affairs, recognized for her courageous efforts to foster worldwide… Read more
Wednesday
January 13
11:00 am11:25 am
EST
The skyrocketing stock market continues to defy convention, as the extreme pressures of the past year would typically point to a bear economy with slow growing domestic and global financial health. NRF brings renowned CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, to help make sense of counterintuitive economic signals amid the past year's challenges, and how the retail industry can be proactive in moving… Read more
Thursday
January 14
11:00 am11:45 am
EST

In separate fireside chats, hear from two of the industry’s most insightful leaders who have re-imagined their respective businesses with a stern focus on the customer first and foremost.

Marvin Ellison, President and CEO of Lowe's and a longstanding and successful retail veteran, will discuss how the home improvement retailer has sharpened the organization’s focus on operational… Read more

Friday
January 22
1:45 pm2:30 pm
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There’s no denying that today’s digital-savvy consumer grapples with more choices at their fingertips than ever before, increasingly looking for instant, on-demand gratification from everything from food to fitness to fan gear. Fanatics, the world’s leader for licensed sports merchandise, has built a revolutionary vertical commerce business model that allows it to super-serve the “in the heat of… Read more