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Evolve 2019: Retail Reimagined

February 22, 2019

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

UCLA Anderson School of Management

110 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90095

The retail industry has undergone a period of rapid transformation as changing consumer expectations and market forces have created new challenges and exciting opportunities for the industry. The 2019 Evolve Conference, “Retail Reimagined,” will bring together industry professionals, disruptors, entrepreneurs and academics for a daylong discussion on how retailers are envisioning the future of the industry and the strategies that companies are employing to survive and thrive in this new era of retail.

Topics covered include omnichannel consumer experience strategy, bridging the gap between physical and brick-and-mortar retail, new retail technology, social impact in supply chain and direct-to-consumer engagement strategies.




John brings a wealth of experience to his role as Chief Financial and Strategy Officer at Peet's. Before joining in early 2015, he held CFO and President roles, helping to build consumer lifestyle brands and high performing teams, including international and publicly traded operating companies. John’s background in the food and beverage industry includes leadership roles at Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Quiznos, Rock Bottom Restaurants (aka Craftworks Restaurants) and Boulder Beer. Prior to joining private industry, he spent nine years at Arthur Andersen as a CPA serving many public and private companies. John serves on numerous boards, including the Chairman position at Intelligentsia Coffee, as well as other early to mid-stage consumer goods companies, and experience with numerous non-profit boards, including Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Rock Bottom Foundation, and Denver Parks & Recreation Foundation.

John earned a BS degree in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University, as well as achievement in numerous executive programs at top universities, including UCLA Anderson School of Management. He was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” leaders. John has three children and resides in Orinda, California with his wife. John, a member of the Peet’s sponsored elite master cycling team, has won a past state cycling championship, and somehow manages to average 250 miles a week.

John Coletta

Chief Financial & Strategy Officer // Interim President of Retail Peet’s Coffee


Five reasons to attend the Evolve Conference:


• Make new business connections at the West Coast’s only MBA-driven retail conference.

• Face time with fellow MBA students and industry professionals.

• Interactive panel discussions exploring the latest industry advancements.

• Hear from keynote speaker John Coletta ('00), President Retail/Chief Financial & Strategy Officer of Peet's Coffee.

• Industry titans and entrepreneurs will offer valuable lessons on keeping your business moving forward.


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