Paul Hurley, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ideeli
Coming off a very strong 2010, this year's event will focus on providing brands and retailers with the tools needed for continued growth across channels and across the globe. The Footwear News CEO Summit will combine high-profile keynote presentations with intensive interactive working sessions and a strong focus on key industry issues including:
* The latest on the international front
* The return of luxury
* Developing multi-brand strategies
* What department store merchandise managers really want
* Getting digital (including social media) right
Paul is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ideeli. Since launching the site in 2007, Paul has driven the company's innovative vision, managing a high-growth business that now delivers carefully-curated, limited-time sales every day across the categories of apparel, accessories, home, beauty, kids, travel and experiences to the site's nearly 4 million U.S. members.
Being a leader in the world of online entrepreneurism is nothing new for Paul. In 1989 he founded Cypress Research, which combined e-commerce with embedded upgrade technology years ahead of the internet. Cypress Shopper, a component of the company's MegaPhone fax software for Macs and PCs, shipped over 10 million copies to 23 countries. In 1994, he founded Aveo which invented the now pervasive concept of pre-emptive technical support, with its products adopted by Hewlett Packard, Gateway, Dell, Kensington and Logitech. Paul's third company, Alset, Inc., was founded in 2001 and helped leading brands such as Best Buy and Micro Warehouse use the internet to simultaneously improve service and marketing.
Paul is a co-inventor for two U.S. patents and for ten years served on the board of Volunteermatch.org where he helped corporations manage their volunteer efforts with thousands of non-profits around the world.
He graduated from Yale University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute.
Paul Hurley, CEO of ideeli, touts the advantages of flash sales beyond their ability to quickly sell off overstock. In addition to the customers who buy the product, he says, "we have another four million women who are taking information and learning about your brand."