Joanna And Chip Gaines To Keynote NRF Retail Big Show

The National Retail Federation will close its 2019 Retail’s Big Show convention with a keynote presentation by Magnolia’s Chip and Joanna Gaines.

The presentation, which will be made with entertainment executive and entrepreneur Scooter Braun, will be part of the three-day event kicking off on January 13 at New York City’s Javits Convention Center. In successive fireside chats, the Gaineses and Braun will address “Brand Builders: Balancing Business and Creativity to Make a Cultural Connection” during the final session of the conference on January 15, 2019.

The Gaines duo will join a speaking lineup that also includes Target CEO Brian Cornell, BJ’s CEO Chris Baldwin, Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly, Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison, Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette, Alibaba Group president J. Michael Evans, Ikea U.S. president Lars Petersson, Walgreens Boots Alliance Co-COO Alex Gourlay, Walmart evp/enterprise chief information officer Clay Johnson, Kohl’s evp/product development Michael Gilbert, Ulta Beauty vp/store operations and new store development Jeff Halverson, and Home Depot in-store experience and visual merchandising director Albert Vita.

“We are pleased to welcome Chip, Joanna and Scooter to wrap up our show,” said Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO. “This is an inspiring group of entrepreneurs who are passionate about cultural connections, social change and showing others how they can grow their businesses. Their knowledge and leadership ranging from Main Street retail to the entertainment world will give our attendees a unique perspective on how to continue building their companies both large or small.”