Douglas Hampton Dowson

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New York, NY (March 8, 2023)

The Convrt Awards is pleased to announce its 2023 Judging Council as the first independent business award dedicated to celebrating the best in retail design, technology, and experience. Labeled as the “largest celebration of retail,” Convrt was created to recognize innovative work in the world of e-commerce and retail and offers over 50 categories for both projects and solutions.

Entries to the award are still open and will be closed on March 31st with the winners’ announcement happening in May 2023.

“To build transparency and credibility, the Convrt Award is not tied to another organization, a vendor, or a resource that has something invested in the process. It has also independently assembled an esteemed group of judges with diverse perspectives for various categories across the industry” says judge Ethelbert Williams of Johnson & Johnson.

The Independent Council of Judges for the first Convrt Awards includes Amy Daugherty, Head of Marketing at the Coca-Cola Group U.S; Ethelbert Williams, Head of eCommerce at Johnson & Johnson; Alex Genov, Head of Marketing at; Ron McJunkin, Global Retail Leader at SONOS, GAP, and Quicksilver; Bernardine Wu, Executive Director at OSF Digital; Rick Watson, Founder at RMW Commerce Consulting; Poonam Goyal, Senior U.S Retail Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence; Kevin Calabrese, AVP Brand Design & Head of Experiential Creative at AT&T; Amanda Astrologo, Partner at The Parker Avery Group & Women in Retail; David Hardiman Evans, Senior Vice President at Ocado; Melissa Gonzalez, Principal at MG2 & Founder of The Lionesque Group; Michael Zakkour, Author & Chief Strategist at 5 New Digital; Andrew Busby, Founder of Retail Reflections & Global Industry Leader Retail at Software AG; Cathey Curtis, General Manager at ROXY; Carl Boutet, Retail Prescriptor, Marketing Educator & Global Strategist; Art Sebastian, Digital Transformation Leader & Vice President Omni-Channel at Casey’s. “We are proud to gather a sensational group of retail and e-commerce experts that make up this season’s council of judges,” states Mr. Douglas Hampton-Dowson, Executive Director of The Convrt Awards.

“People can get really jaded looking at who succeeds and who doesn’t and the role of politics and nepotism in that kind of business. Therefore it is important to have independent bodies that judge innovations objectively and as precisely as possible,” says judge Alex Genov of Zappos.

Projects, Products and Solutions submitted to Convrt Awards, whether big or small, are eligible for entry. As a reminder, for your application to be considered, please upload information by clicking this link. Digital and video files may be uploaded directly utilizing the link provided.

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About Convrt

Convrt represents the designers, engineers, visionaries, innovators, and unsung heroes who endeavor to push the retail industry forward. Unlike other industry recognition or awards – Convrt is not owned or influenced by any trade magazine, tradeshow, conference, consultancy, solutions provider, or brand. The Convrt Statuette is a unique piece of art designed in New York City and produced in collaboration with the manufacturers of the Emmy® and MTV awards. Learn more at

Paula Stella
BBSA / Convrt Awards

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