Representatives from more than 100 brands and retailers gathered in Charlotte for the first Retail Insights Southeast (RISE) luncheon last month. The striking success of this first time event insures that birdsong gregory will play host on an annual basis (if not more often). The catalyst for the event was a realization that the Carolinas has a growing nexus of retail marketers, and there was a hunger for a local event that would provide a platform for like-minded people to come together, network, and share experiences. Insightful presentations from Lowe's, Maxpoint and NoDa Brewery were well received by attendees with initial reviews being favorable. If you'd like to get more involved in our next event, contact Allison at our office. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a great success.