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3/13/2019 1:00 PM - 3/15/2019 8:00 AM
3/13/2019 1:00 PM
Join us for a fun-filled dinner and networking event following the Summit opening session!
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
3/13/2019 6:00 PM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
3/14/2019 5:00 PM

Event Details

Executive Summit 2019

Join us for presentations and conversations with inspirational business leaders and policy makers at the Executive Summit!

Registration Is Open!

AAFA’s Executive Summit brings together senior level executives from retail, apparel, footwear, and fashion accessory brands for two days of thought-provoking dialogue and networking. Join us for DEMAND + DELIVER! From politics to policy, evolving global value chains, and optimizing online to offline integration, the 2019 AAFA Executive Summit will explore these mission critical topics. 

Check back for agenda details and speaker lineup. Hotel reservation information is below. 

Meet the Speakers


Michael Evans
Alibaba Group

Thomas Kingsbury
Burlington Stores

Mark Burstein

Kurt Cavano
Infor GT Nexus Commerce Network; AAFA Treasurer

Ted Dagnese
lululemon athletica Inc.

Rick Darling
Global Brands Group

John Heilemann
The Circus on Showtime

Diane Hoskins

Steven Kolb
Mark McKinnon
Mark McKinnon
The Circus on Showtime

Andrew Stevens
Award-Winning Journalist and Former Foreign Correspondent for CNN

Matt Smith

Felix del Toro
TechStyle Fashion Group

Morris Wilder
Yellow Brand Protection


Additional speakers from Red Wing, Patagonia, New Balance Athletics, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and more to be announced soon!

Event Schedule At-a-Glance

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
(Board Members/Invite Only) 
 7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Registration & Welcome Refreshments
 1:30 - 2:15 PM
Executive Summit Program
 2:15 - 5:00 PM
Opening Dinner
 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Thursday, March 14, 2019  
Executive Summit Program
 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Closing Reception
 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Friday, March 15, 2019  

*Exact times subject to change

Event Sponsorships

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For more information and to select your opportunity, contact Susan Lapetina.

Hotel Details

MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Avenue
National Harbor, MD 20745

Please click here to make your reservation directly with MGM National Harbor at AAFA's negotiated rate of $279 plus $18 resort fee/night and taxes. The deadline to book a room in AAFA's block is February 18, 2019; however, the room block may sell out prior to this date. Once the room block is sold out, rooms and rates cannot be guaranteed. 

Registration Rates

AAFA Member 


Second person or more from the same member company




*please note: to receive second person rate, there must be a paid registration at the member rate. If registering multiple people, complete one registration first to see second person rate. For technical difficulties please contact Sarah Vincent
Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be issued after February 25, 2019. Substitutions are allowed.


Susan Lapetina

3/13/2019 1:00 PM - 3/15/2019 8:00 AM
MGM National Harbor 101 MGM National Avenue National Harbor, MD 20745