Join us on Wednesday, September 20 as this program will focus on retail, and especially bricks and mortar, with an emphasis on business, growth, technology and entrepreneurship. The downturn in physical retail is a national phenomenon with clear local impact. This event is about the solutions, not about the problems.

We will be featuring a diverse group of speakers with a track record of success, and with vision. They will share their experiences, ups and downs, and what contributions they have made to reinvent or revolutionize the retail industry in Southern California.


  • Kloe Colacarro, Caruso
  • Gordon Seabury, Toad&Co
  • Nina Johnson, City of Santa Barbara
  • Dave Pankratz, Exchange Collective


Chuck Bischof

About the Speakers

Kloe Colacarro, Executive Vice President, Leasing, Caruso 

Head of Leasing for Caruso since 2014, Kloe Colacarro is constantly reinventing the tenant mix to ensure success across the Caruso portfolio. A testament to Colacarro’s discerning eye and astute understanding of consumer behavior, Caruso guests come three times more often, stay twice as long and spend twice as much as they do at traditional shopping centers.

Colacarro started at the company eight years ago and has since excelled her way through a variety of senior roles including General Manager of The Grove. Her passion for merchandising, fashion and innovative business strategy has led her to her current role of Head of Leasing.

In this role, Colacarro has worked with several cutting-edge brands, many that would not traditionally be found in a shopping center, such as Shinola, Elizabeth and James, Under Armour, goop, and Ladurée. She is respected throughout the industry for her keen ability to execute first-to-market and first-to-brick-and-mortar deals and is responsible for creating The Grove’s highly renowned and successful pop-up program, which has transformed the property into a mecca for the newest fashion-forward brands.

Colacarro is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds degrees in political science and business law.

Gordon Seabury, CEO, Toad&Co

As an outdoor industry leader for the last 21 years, Gordon has committed his career to building brands that practice a triple bottom line (people, planet and profit) approach to business.  With an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton School of Business, the for-profit training was covered thoroughly.  An Eagle Scout at 14, active membership in Students for Socially Responsible Business and an avid fan of responsible companies like Ben & Jerry’s, a passion for the outdoors and a solid family upbringing shaped the rest.

Gordon purchased Toad&Co (formerly Horny Toad Activewear) from founder Jessica Nordhaus who started the brand in a basement design studio in Telluride, CO. Now based in Santa Barbara, CA, Toad&Co designs responsible clothing that seamlessly transitions from trail to tavern. Toad&Co clothes are built on the notion that you can get dressed in the morning and take full advantage of whatever opportunities present themselves throughout the day.  Gordon and the Toad&Co team see every day as a chance to be social leaders and good environmental citizens and make business choices that support the things they love – like music, film, great food and getting outside as often as possible.

Gordon is also the Chair of the Board for the Outdoor Industry Association.  He formerly served on the boards of the not-for-profits Heal the Bay in Santa Monica and Portland Athletic & Outdoor Advisory Council, and currently is a Director for, a tech start-up in Outdoor Lifestyle space and is a Mentor for the Telluride Venture Accelerator.

In between family and work Gordon enjoys just about anything the outdoors has to offer, especially if it is in the ocean, on a river or near his family cabin on June Lake in the Eastern Sierras.

Nina Johnson, Senior Assistant to the City Administrator, City of Santa Barbara

Nina has held the position of Assistant to the City Administrator since 2003. Her responsibilities are to lead stakeholder teams to design and implement organization-wide and community programs and policies. She manages communication, media relations, economic development, and public art. Nina works closely with downtown stakeholders and local business organizations on public/private partnerships. Her current projects include downtown revitalization efforts and resources for local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Nina received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA. She is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the Citizens Planning Association and a Katherine Harvey Fellow. Nina is currently an active supporter of numerous nonprofit organizations. She previously served as a Board Member for Casa Esperanza Homeless Shelter (now PATH).

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, riding her bike, kayaking, and spontaneous travel as inspiration strikes.

Dave Pankratz, Chief-Dude/Co-Founder, Exchange Collective

Dave has been involved in main street retail for over 20yrs beginning with his first retail business at 19yrs old. His retail career includes co-owning and operating One Way Boardshop a retail chain that grew to 4 stores with e-commerce from 2000-2012. Now the Cheif Dude and Co-founder of Exchange Collective, Dave continues to seek new and improved ways to build businesses and to provide a retail solution that will have a lasting impact on the communities they serve. Dave is committed to new product development, building corporate relationships and extending world-class customer service.

He also is a full-time husband and father this is where his success really shows. His family says they love him and says he’s an amazing father and husband (which he believes). He also surfs, skates, snowboards, and rides a road bike fast enough to convince the average Harley rider he should trade up for the newer model.


Chuck Bischof 

Charles (Chuck) Bischof is a seasoned executive with broad experience and significant accomplishments at the executive management level in high-tech start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.  Chuck has over 25 years of operating experience in high tech Medical Device, Bio-Chemical & Genomic in Global FDA compliance sites. Significant experience in wireless and electronic hardware, operations, manufacturing, ranging from business concept start-up operations, business development, high volume six-sigma lean manufacturing, process control manufacturing maturity.

Most recent position held was vice President General Manager Agilent Technologies Global Bio-Chemical & Genomic Operations. Other positions held co-founder and CEO of a company which developed ferroelectric materials used in RF circuits for commercial and DoD wireless applications and co-founder and President of a miniature optical heads-up display company.  Other senior level positions in his resume include Vice President Operations at semiconductor automated equipment, medical device, and aerospace systems companies. His credentials include a BS degree in Business Management, Cal-State University San Jose, and a Masters of Business Administration from Golden Gate University.

Event Registration:

When:  Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103


  • Student $15.00
  • Regular (Online pre-registration only) $30.00
    Sign up now & save $10 off general walk-in rate. Offer ends Tuesday, September 19 at 8 p.m.
  • At the Door $40.00
  • Parking $4.00 – $6.00 (separate; paid at lot)


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Presentation/Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Registration includes appetizers and refreshments.

If you miss the early-bird registration, not to worry! We welcome walk-in guests to register at the registration table in the lobby of the venue- pending space availability.

Online event registration Retain Reinvention powered by Eventbrite
Recent Posts
Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email at [email protected] and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Start typing and press Enter to search