Keynote and Thought Leader Sessions


Johnny Cupcakes

Johnny Cupcakes

Opening Session and Keynote
Friday, Feb. 22, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

When 19-year-old musician Johnny Earle picked up the nickname Johnny Cupcakes, he had no idea it would lead to starting a tee-shirt shop that resembles an old-fashioned bakery.

Seventeen years later, the Johnny Cupcakes brand inspires intense loyalty from its young-adult consumers, to the point where they line up around the block to plunk down $36 for a tee-shirt, and many sport tattoos with the signature cupcake-and-crossbones design.

He's been featured in business media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, NPR, Inc. Magazine, Bloomberg TV, among others, and was named the top young innovator by BusinessWeek.

Earle's high-energy CAMEX presentation will explore where to find inspiration to reinvent your campus store, and how to build brand loyalty by creating memorable experiences for your customers. For an idea of what to expect, take a look at his entertaining 2015 TEDx Talk.

Earle will talk about his entrepreneurial journey at the Opening Session and Keynote on Friday afternoon, Feb. 22, which kicks off CAMEX 2019. This ticketed event, sponsored by G-Shock, is included in all registrations except Trade Show Only. Badges will be scanned for entry.

Thought Leaders

Discover innovative content from our well-rounded industry thought leaders. Sessions include small group discussions to adapt information and make real-world use of concepts learned.

  • Zontee Hou

    [marketing, communications, and promotions] Founder of Media Volery and
    co-lead of consulting for Convince & Convert
  • Clint! Runge

    [merchandising and buying] Co-Founder and Managing Director of Archrival
  • Josh Bolick

    [course materials experience]Librarian Scholarly Communication & Copyright, University of Kansas
  • Kathleen Hayes

    [course materials experience]Director, Institutional Sales, Vital Source/Ingram Content Group
  • Frank Catalano

    [technology products and retailing] Tech Industry Analyst, Consultant, and Author
  • DeeAnn Ivie

    [course materials experience] Open Education Coordinator and Social Sciences Librarian, UTSA Libraries
  • Meredith Jacob

    [course materials experience] Public Lead at Creative Commons USA
  • Jessica Zavolas

    [store leadership and strategy] Consultant, WSL Strategic Retail