75 Minute Session - David Sanchez and Diane Flynn
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Case Study - The Development and Execution of a Successful Retail Growth Strategy

With the continued growth of the e-commerce industry, frequent headlines reporting declining sales and profits for brick and mortar companies, learn how a 90-year old retailer is bucking the downward trend with a well defined and well executed retail growth strategy.


 THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

DAVID SANCHEZ - Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM)

David Sanchez is a Project Management Consultant at Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM).  He has 20+ years of experience helping industry-leading companies such as Ace Hardware, AT&T and U.S. Cellular formulate and drive transformational change.  Most recently, David contributed to the development and execution of Ace Hardware’s needle-moving retail growth strategy, 20/20 Vision, as well as the strategy, value proposition and program plan for the hardware company’s new wholesale subsidiary, Emery Jensen Distribution. His diverse industry experience, in-depth functional knowledge and project leadership skills enable David to develop important insights and serve effectively as a trusted advisor for his clients.   David earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and PMP certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).  He is a long-time member of the PMI Chicago Chapter and recently became a member of the Association for Strategic Planning where he hopes to collaborate with like-minded leaders to improve the connections between strategy development and execution. 

 DIANE FLYNN-BRAKE  - Ace Hardware Corporation

Diane Flynn is Director of Business Project Management at Ace Hardware Corporation.  She began her career at Ace nearly 30 years ago as a Computer Programmer and advanced to several leadership positions including Technology Business Manager and PMO Director.  In 2011, Diane transitioned out of IT to lead several multi-million-dollar business initiatives that have contributed directly to Ace Hardware’s continue growth.  Currently, Diane directs the delivery of business initiatives while working to launch a new Enterprise PMO. Diane earned a BS in Computer Management from Eastern Illinois University, a Master of Project Management from Keller Graduate School and PMP certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Diane has also completed advanced training on Strategy Management from DePaul University. Diane is a board member of the local Chicago Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) and a member of the Chicagoland Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter.

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