Be sure to visit our Virtual Photo Booth to partake in some festive digital celebration and cheer!
Shop! thanks Great Northern InStore for their support of this year’s Virtual Awards Celebration! Enjoy their photo booth, and be sure to post your photos to social media and use the hashtag #shopawards2020!
An Atlanta native, Tom entered radio as “Quixie Quacker” for one of America’s greatest radio stations, 79 WQXI where Tom hosted every show on WQXI then worked his way over to 94-Q (WQXI-FM) and the revamped Star 94 FM (WSTR-FM.)
It was during this time Tom discovered Ryan Seacrest. Tom eventually put Ryan on the air for the first broadcast of his now famous radio career. While working in radio, Tom became a host on NBC Television’s “Atlanta & Company“, a daily one hour show, Sullivan was nominated for an Emmy award as Outstanding On Camera Talent and Performer.
Tom continues to host many corporate, private and charity events in Atlanta and around the country including Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Tom easily steps into the virtual environment connecting with his audience as he has done on television for years.
Tom is a five time semi-finalist for SURVIVOR on CBS, a semi-finalist for Oprah’s THE BIG GIVE on ABC, appeared in the season finale of AMERICAN GLADIATOR’S on NBC and twice on “Live” with Kelly Ripa. Tom starred in the PBS special CHICK IN A CHAIR, a show that helped bring greater awareness to people with disabilities. Tom also worked along side Matthew McConaughey as an extra in the film WE ARE MARSHALL. Tom was proud to be the first civilian ever to host a Change of Command service among Four Star Generals at Fort McPherson in one of the military’s most honored traditions and was invited back by the Army four years later to emcee the event again. Tom was also invited on stage at Harpo studios for Oprah Winfrey’s “Farewell Show” to warm up the crowd! Ellen DeGeneres loved Tom’s spontaneous support of her show so much that she tweeted about him to her over 13,000,000 followers!
CEO of The Lionesque Group, an MG2 Company
Melissa Gonzalez is a pioneer in bringing the pop-up retail format to the mainstream. She is the founder and CEO of The Lionesque Group, a firm of award-winning retail strategists and pop-up architects™ as well as a Principal and Shareholder in MG2, a global architecture firm.
Beginning with a deep dive into strategy, Melissa helps clients rethink environments and in-store experiences to convey compelling stories – ones that animate discovery and engagement – attracting new customers, elevating loyalty with existing customers, and building a platform for their future evolution. Some of her impressive clients include brands such as Amazon, COTY, Estee Lauder, M.Gemi, Nordstrom, Purple, Stella & Dot, The RealReal, YUM brands, and others, as well as property groups such as GGP Properties (now Brookfield) and Steiner & Associates.
Melissa reflects on her work in her best-selling book, The Pop-Up Paradigm: How Brands Can Build Human Connections in a Digital Age. She is a regular go-to expert in retail and is often featured in Forbes, Fortune, WSJ, Business Insider, Glossy, Digiday, Retail Touchpoints, WWD and on Cheddar and CBS News. She is also a regular contributor for ABC LA Radio, Yahoo Finance and Advertising Week 360.
The work behind Melissa and her team has received notable award recognition from CLIO, Glossy, and New York Design Awards. Melissa has also been recognized as one of LinkedIn’s top 10 must-know writers and creators, Design: Retail’s Top 10 Retail Design Influencers of the Year, Design: Retail's 40 under 40, and Innovator of the Year by Retail Touchpoints.
Executive Director, Shop!
Chief Executive Officer of Shop!, a global trade association with over 1,500 members. Dedicated to engaging stakeholders and maximizing member benefits through collaboration, innovation, and integrity. Board leader who has led organization through strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. Successful in Global expansion through relationship building, technology sharing, and education programs. Actively initiating innovation programs to reach next generation of members. Active in fund raising for non profit stakeholders. Retail executive leading change in industry by understanding consumer trends. Staff manager professional utilizing performance management.
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