Opening Keynote

Thursday, February 8 | 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Neely Tamminga is CEO and Chief Whiteboard Artist of DISTILL. During her 20-year career on Wall Street, Neely would routinely apply seemingly imperfect and disparate data to help ground conversations about consumer behavior, the economy, and the competitive landscape for retail and e-commerce.  As an equities research analyst, she advised money managers and institutional investors as they navigated buying and selling stocks while also helping CEOs, founders and boards prepare for IPOs and life in the public spotlight.   

Neely is considered a consumer behavior expert with insights that span all relevant demographics and discretionary spending categories.  Key career awards include top sell-side analyst in The Wall Street Journal Best on the Street analyst survey in 2006 and 2011 for her coverage in broadline and apparel retailers.  In 2010, FT/Starmine ranked Neely No. 2 in Stock Picking for her 2009 coverage in Specialty Retail.  In 2009, FT/Starmine ranked Neely No. 2 Industry Estimator for her 2008 coverage in Personal Products.  In 2007, Neely was named by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as a 40 Under Forty award winner.  Neely has also received recognition by Institutional Investor magazine for her coverage in the apparel & footwear, department stores, and hardlines retailing sectors.  

Prior to launching DISTILL with her long-time business partner and friend, Kayla Wesser, Neely worked at Piper Jaffray and A.G. Edwards & Sons (now Wells Fargo).  Specialties include:  retail--specialty, department store, e-commerce, and off-price; consumer packaged goods and food retailing; beauty and personal products; furniture and home furnishings; teen and women's shopping behavior and preferences; channel dynamics in consumer products and retail; business cycle analysis; and the convergence of retail and technology.  


DISTILL helps business leaders and board directors explore the unconsidered with respect to the consumer, the economy, and the competitive landscape for retail and e-commerce.  Advisory services incorporate one-on-one partnerships with CEOs to help form growth strategies through a priorities- and insights-driven process.  For boards, DISTILL is called on to serve as an independent expert for sector education.  DISTILL clients have exclusive access to DISTILL IQTM—the knowledge library of DISTILL—a collection of proprietary insights and research.      


Tuesday, February 6, 2018  
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. TMA Chair's Reception*
Wednesday, February 7, 2018  
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. TMA Governance (details forthcoming)
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Making Connections:
First Time Attendee Reception
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Joint Education Session with CFA:
ABCC Market Update 2018: Another Record Year -
So Now What?
5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Joint Opening Reception with CFA
Sponsored by Crystal Financial LLC,
LBC Credit Partners, Inc., Winston & Strawn LLP,
and Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Thursday, February 8, 2018  
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Attendee Lounge Open
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote: Neely Tamminga
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Soundbites
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Content Block I 
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Content Block II
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Networking Break
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Content Block III
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Networking Break
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Closing Keynote
3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Turnaround Capital Forum
Friday, February 9, 2018  
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Grab n' Go Networking Breakfast &
One-on-One Meetings

*Invite only.
Agenda subject to change.

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