Bob Hoyler is a Research Associate at Euromonitor International, the world leader in strategic research for consumer markets. Bob provides insights on trends, retail developments, and company activity shaping the consumer appliances, consumer electronics, home care, home and garden, and tissue and hygiene industries. Bob is currently based out of Euromonitor International’s Chicago office, and he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Kim Flottum has been the Editor of Bee Culture magazine, published by the A. I. Root Company, for just over 30 years. Before that he spent several years conducting honey bee research for the USDA. During his tenure as Editor, Bee Culture has become the leading voice for beekeeping in the United States and much of the world. He has written four books, some with several editions, on beginning, intermediate and advanced beekeeping skills, plus a tome on plants that produce honey and the honeys they produce, and another of the history of the A. I. Root Company. He works with his wife Kathy on the magazine, and together they manage about a dozen honey bee colonies, a garden, large yard and 15 chickens.
Passionate about trend and future forecasting, Ali’s strengths lay in methodically researching trends, understanding different consumer groups, building and presenting in depth reports, and presenting seasonal trends. Ali's background is in interior textile design, where she applies her knowledge of color, product development, and intuitive analysis of global trends to WGSN’s Mindset team. Prior to WGSN, Ali designed rugs and flooring for leading commercial carpet provider Shaw Industries.
AMY MARKS MCGEE
Amy Marks-McGee is the founder of Trendincite LLC, a consulting firm that helps clients cull through, distill and translate pertinent trend information into tangible product directions. The company specializes in identifying and analyzing trends and recognizing patterns across a variety of industries. This approach enables and empowers its clients to be proactive, rather than reactive to changing consumer needs and trends. Trendincite adds value by gathering and concisely synthesizing market information to generate new product ideas. The company’s core values are to engage all five senses, capture inspiration from unexpected places and make the creative process enjoyable.
In addition, Amy serves as the President of Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce and is an active member of Cosmetic Executive Women.
Ms. Sherman is a graduate of Washington State University and after working for Chrysler First Financial Services, she was a contract speaker for one of the top seminar companies in the United States and Canada. She officially received road warrior status after delivering six-hour professional development seminars up to 5 cities a week up to three weeks a month for five years! In 1998, she went out on her own starting UpFront Presentations, a speaking and training company. She has served on the boards for the National Speakers Association Las Vegas and San Diego chapters. She also held national positions as the chair of the Motivational Speaker Professional Expert Group and headed up four labs that were conducted across the country.
In addition to being a popular motivational keynote speaker, Marilyn is also the author of three motivational books including Whose Comfort Zone Are You In, Why Settle for the Balcony, How to Get a Front-Row Seat in Life and Front-Row Service.
Chuck Wohltmann is a Sr. Global Development Manager. While he works with clients across several verticals, his specialties lie in Foodservice, Home Care, and the Travel and Tourism industries. Through a consultative approach, Chuck partners with global industry leaders to first help assess, and then contour solutions to effectively help his clients answer their strategic business questions and provide a well-rounded and in depth view of the global marketplace.
Originally from New York, Chuck has lived and worked internationally throughout his career and is currently based in Chicago at Euromonitor’s US office. He has worked for Euromonitor since 2009 and holds a B.A. in History from Towson University.