2019 Speakers

Gary Hawkins, Founder & CEO

Gary Hawkins

Founder & CEO, Center for Advancing Retail and Technology (CART)

As Founder and CEO of CART (the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology), Gary Hawkins has an unparalleled view to current and future innovation in fast moving consumer goods retail. CART sits at the epicenter of retail transformation as his team connects retailers to new innovation using a vast industry network to understand the challenges and opportunities facing retailers, wholesalers, brand manufacturers, and solution providers. Reviewing hundreds of new solutions each year, combined with years of industry experience leading shopper-focused innovation across the supply chain, uniquely position Hawkins to guide retail into the future. 

Hawkins’ unique perspective informs his work as a subject matter expert in calls with Citibank and Deutsche Bank analysts covering the massive fast-moving consumer goods retail sector, and he is an oft-quoted resource for publications like Bloomberg, Elsevier, Drug Store News and others. Hawkins has authored two internationally published books, numerous white papers, and myriad articles. Hawkins is a regular guest lecturer at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in addition to keynoting retail conferences in the US and abroad.