Sterling Hawkins

Co-Founder Center for Advancing Retail & Technology

Sterling has become a master of innovation through massive changes and obstacles he has overcome in his life. From selling the first company he founded in 2004 to flat broke, from a broken family business to a successful one, and from fear of public speaking to keynoting at conferences around the world, his story is a perfect example of how anyone can take any situation and create anything from it. As a business leader, entrepreneur investor and futurist, he is an internationally renowned keynote speaker. As a 5th generation retailer and still very active in retail innovation, he has worked with the likes of Stanford, Cornell and the University of Texas to create the future of commerce, and today evaluates over 1,000 innovative technologies annually which are looking to dynamically transform retail and how people fulfill on their wants and needs. He has worked with countless startups, investment groups, brands and Fortune 500 companies including P&G, Mitsubishi, Zebra Technologies, Stater Bros. and more to ignite innovation and innovation thinking inside their organizations. Sterling has been seen in Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, ABC Money, AlleyWatch, Yahoo Finance, Forbes and other major media outlets. Living at the intersection of in-store, online and the 4th Industrial Revolution, he is now actively shaping the future of commerce by helping others create and respond to innovation in a way that betters businesses, communities and the human condition.