DSE 2020 Keynote Panel Discussion | State of Our Industry – Where Are We Headed?

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It’s true that change is the only constant in life, and the digital signage world is a prime example. Whether it’s new hardware and software, how to standardize measurement as we enter the 2020s, or the emergence of programmatic and data-driven content, our industry is in a state of perpetual evolution as we strive to boost ROI and improve customer experiences.

And what better occasion or place than Digital Signage Expo (DSE) is there to have that discussion and dig deep into those issues? That’s why we’ve organized a prestigious keynote panel brimming with industry leaders and voices to debate and analyze the current status of our marketplace while looking to new partnerships in the future. We’re calling it State of Our Industry – Where Are We Headed?, and it’s a must-attend for any new or returning attendee.

The discussion, to be led by NEC Display Solutions of Americas Senior VP of Strategy and Solutions Development Richard Ventura, will take place on Wednesday, April 1 of DSE week as Session S01 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Featured panelists include:

  • Stuart Armstrong, Group President, ComQi
  • Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign
  • Laetitia Lim, CEO, Quividi
  • Bryan Meszaros, CEO & Founder, OpenEye Global
  • Harry Patz, Senior Vice President and GM Display Division, Samsung Electronics America

The panel will primarily focus on how the digital signage world is developing with new technologies and opportunities at the beginning of a new decade and how best to measure success in this new era. See below for more background on each panelist and what makes them more than qualified to weigh in on this conversation:

SESSION LEADER – RICHARD VENTURA – SVP Strategy and Solutions Development NEC Display Solutions of Americas

Richard Ventura is the Vice President of Strategy for NEC Display Solutions of America, overseeing all strategy-related activities. He works with the executive team to define the company’s vision and direction and establish initiatives that disrupt current and future markets, explore alternative solutions, and result in short- and long-term gains.

STUART ARMSTRONG – Group President ComQi

Stuart Armstrong’s career lives at the four-way intersection of media, technology, retail and analytics. Armstrong is Group President for ComQi, a leader in digital signage and customer engagement technology. During his 15 years at ComQi, Stuart has helped many brick and mortar venues evolve and stay relevant in today’s environment.

JEFF HASTINGS – CEO BrightSign

Jeff Hastings, CEO, is responsible for the company’s global strategic direction. Hastings has held leadership positions at other prominent digital media companies including Corel, M-Audio and Pinnacle Systems. As President of Rio, Hastings introduced the industry’s first MP3 player. Hastings holds a BS in computer science from Purdue University.

LAETITIA LIM – CEO Quividi

Laetitia Lim is Quividi’s CEO, the World #1 audience & campaign intelligence platform for Digital Signage. She started her career at L’Oréal where she held several finance and general management positions in Asia. She then co-founded CompareAsiaGroup, Asia’s leading financial marketplace. Laetitia graduated from INSEAD and ESCP Europe.

BRYAN MESZAROS – CEO & Founder OpenEye Global

Bryan Meszaros is the CEO and Founder of OpenEye Global. With more than 19 years of experience, Meszaros has been recognized as a global industry leader. Meszaros maintains an active involvement in both SEGD (Board of Directors) and DSE (Advisory Board).

HARRY PATZ – SVP and GM Display Division Samsung Electronics America

Harry Patz is currently the Senior Vice-President and General Manager for the Display Division at Samsung Electronics America. He is responsible for sales, customer and product marketing, business development and channel for a wide range of products such as digital signage, hospitality  displays, LED signage and integrated display solutions.

About Author

Jason Kushner is a videographer, editor, writer and filmmaker living in the Greater Atlanta Area. With an educational background combining film and journalism, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa, TBO.com, Starline Films and Digital Signage Connection. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival.  In 2015, he became Digital Media Editor for Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West and LED Specifier Summit and has since become Digital Content Manager for those shows’ parent company, Exponation.

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