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Mastering Innovation: September 12, 2019

Host Harbir Singh is joined by Seth Berger (Managing Director; Founder and Former CEO of AND1, Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball) and Chris McCann (President and Chief Executive Officer, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc) on the Thursday, September 12, 2019 edition of Mastering Innovation.

Air Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Seth Berger

Air Time: 4:00 pm
Featuring: Seth Berger

Chris McCann

Air Time: 4:30 pm
Featuring: Chris McCann

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Seth Berger

Managing Director; Founder and Former CEO of AND1, Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball

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Renowned sports industry entrepreneur Seth Berger will supervise the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball, overseeing recruitment, assessment, development and investment in participating start-ups. Berger, a University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Business alumni, has acted as a consultant and CEO in the gaming, technology and sports industry over the past decade.

Berger is best known as the Founder and CEO of AND1, an upstart basketball sneaker, apparel and entertainment company. A true entrepreneur, Berger launched AND1 selling screen printed t-shirts from his garage in 1993 and developed the company into a global apparel and footwear powerhouse, attaining the No. 2 spot in the US basketball footwear market behind rival Nike in 2001. At its peak, AND1 and its licensees exceeded revenues of $285 million. AND1’s entertainment division created the AND1 Mixtape Tour, a series of live streetball basketball games and ESPN TV series that was a No. 1 rated show among male teens, eclipsing SportsCenter, in 2001. AND1 donated more than 5% of its annual profits to youth-based charities.

Berger is currently the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the Westtown School in West Chester, PA; in 2016 he led the team to the school’s first State Championship in any sport.
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Chris McCann

President and Chief Executive Officer, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc

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Chris McCann, President and Chief Executive Officer, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., is responsible for the company’s operations across all of its brands and businesses. He oversees the company’s strategic, operational and organizational processes, including the development, implementation and execution of annual and longer-term strategic, operating and budget plans.

Chris joined the organization in 1984, helping lead the disruption of the flower industry with the company’s innovative use of 800# watts-line technology and subsequently helping transform the company with the adoption of online technology as a pioneer in e-commerce. He served as President of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. for several years and was named CEO in 2016. Chris has played a pivotal role in building 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.’s reputation as one of the leading e-commerce and multi-channel retailers in the country. He is well-known for embracing technology innovations that enhance customer engagement, particularly in the areas of social, mobile and conversational commerce. Chris believes strongly in the company’s mantra that its “best product is the customer experience.” As a result of his leadership in driving a culture of innovation at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., Chris was named to the National Retail Federation’s “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2018.” Additionally, the company was named one of 2017’s most innovative e-retailers on the Internet Retailer‘s Hot 100’ list.

Chris currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of IGHL, a facility dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of developmentally disabled adults, a cause that is near to his heart. In 2005, together with his brother Jim, he helped found Smile Farms Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meaningful job opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Today, Smile Farms operates eight campuses and employs over 140 individuals. Chris also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Marist College.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Marist College.
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