Spark Plug talks to smart people working at the intersection of business and technology, to spark authentic conversations about the future of retail, customer engagement and technology.Brought to you by SnowShoe — your smarter loyalty leader.
Jessie Vyvyan is the owner and operator of the independent retail shop Chi, Trees & Oils in Rochester, Wisconsin. Chi, Trees & Oils offers healing services and tools and is a go-to space for all things wellness, mind, body & soul. Jessie provides energy healing services including Reiki, Soul Coaching and Yoga, as well as hosts informational events and workshops to provide even more in-depth information to her clients. Jessie shares her experience using the Spark Loyalty system to engage her clientele.
Tommy Yionoulis is the Founder of OpsAnalitica, a mobile operations data capture, accountability management, and analytics platform focused on the food-service industry. Drawing from his extensive career in food industry management, including at P.F. Chang's and Quiznos, Tommy developed the OpsAnalitica platform to help businesses manage their daily operations and identify issues before they affect sales, profits, and customer satisfaction.
Dan Fairbanks is a visionary entrepreneur working to fundamentally change how local retail and e-commerce businesses work. A serial entrepreneur, he has started more than seven companies, including a running store chain, an e-commerce marketplace, and a point of sale software company. Dan is now on a mission to educate small retailers on the core changes they can make to thrive in both business and in life.
Michael LeBlanc is the Founder and President of M.E. LeBlanc & Company Inc. and a Senior Advisor to Retail Council of Canada and the Bank of Canada as part of his advisory and consulting practice. He has been added to ReThink Retail’s Top 100 Global Retail Influencers list in 2022 for the second year in a row. Michael is also the president of Maven Media, which produces a network of leading podcasts, including Remarkable Retail with author Steve Dennis, now ranked one of the top ten retail podcasts in the world.
Anne Bryan is a transformative executive experienced in leading world-class software and non-profit teams. She was a founding team member for Circle, an award-winning screen time management and parental controls software. In 2020, Anne was named CEO at Circle, a position she held through to the company’s acquisition by Aura in December 2021. Her passion for education and children also led to her election to the Beaverton, OR School District Board of Directors, serving as Board Chair for three years.
Chris Bennett is the founder of Wonderschool, a mission-driven online platform that empowers experienced educators and child care providers to run their own in-home business while providing a much-needed service to other families in their communities. Wonderschool was named one of the world’s 10 most innovative companies in education by Fast Company, and Chris’ TED Talk on accessible childcare has gained more than 1.6 million views to date.