March 14–16, 2018
Chicago, Illinois USA

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Understanding Forecasting Software and Big Data from the Ground Up
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Exciting Sessions and Discussions

Robin Simon

Bootcamp Event Workshop Leader
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning
Senior Consultant
Robin Simon has over 25 years of business experience, primarily in the consumer products industry. She combines top-notch analytic capability with excellent communication skills to help organizations make better decisions through the use of information. Robin enjoys sharing her knowledge and has provided training for IBF since 2003, addressing such topics as New Product Forecasting, Using Regression Models To Forecast With POS Data and Forecasting Issues: Shipments vs. Consumption, and more. During her 12-year tenure at Kraft Foods in both the U.S. and Canada, Robin managed the forecasting process for several categories, from building regression-based models to conducting cross-functional consensus meetings. She has extensive experience providing analysis and recommendations across a variety of business issues including pricing, trade promotion management, consumer promotion and advertising effectiveness and product portfolio management. In addition, she was responsible for training several hundred field sales people in the use of data as a fact-based selling tool with their retail customers. In addition to working at Kraft Foods, Robin has consulted such organizations as S.C. Johnson & Son, McNeil Labs (Johnson & Johnson), Alberto Culver, Tropicana Division of Pepsico, ConAgra Foods, Horizon Organic Dairy, Eight O’Clock Coffee Co., The Steak N Shake Co., the International Council of Shopping Centers, Chicago Architecture Foundation and the American Bar Association. She also spent time at Helene Curtis (now part of Unilever) and in the retail practice of the consulting firm, Booz-Allen & Hamilton. She has also conducted business forecasting training workshops for companies such as Nike, GlaxoSmithKline, Molson, GAP, and more. She received an MBA in Marketing and Statistics from the University of Chicago and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a BA in Applied Mathematics from the College of Arts and Sciences and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.

Arya Eskamani

Bootcamp Event Workshop Leader
Arya Eskamani
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Data Science Leader
With many years of data science experience across a variety of industries, Arya Eskamani is not only an accomplished professional but also a passionate mentor to analytics practitioners. His professional career began in 2012 as Project Manager for AssistRx, a healthcare technology startup. He secured the company’s first data science contract utilizing machine learning to predict patient conversion rates for one of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical manufacturers. In 2014 he joined Restaurant Services, Inc., the supply chain management cooperative for Burger King restaurants. Working his way from Senior Predictive Analyst to Data Science Manager, Arya implemented solutions to solve complex challenges related to new menu item forecasting, automated prediction algorithms and supply chain optimization. He also developed an internal data science training program for employees aspiring to expand their use of advanced analytics. Arya recently accepted a Data Science position with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines joining a team of data scientists and artificial intelligence specialists focused on delivering exceptional guest experiences. In addition to his professional vocation, Arya is also the Chief Analytics Officer of Str8 Studios, Inc., a boutique technology startup, overseeing the firm’s analytics consulting and training services. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus in Economics from the University of Central Florida and his Masters of Science in Economics with a focus in Econometrics from Florida Atlantic University.


Package Silver Gold Platinum Diamond Big Data Workshop Only Diamond Certify Package
Demand Planning & Forecasting Boot Camp (March 14-15, 2018)
Predictive Analytics & the Use of Big Data Workshop (March 16, 2018)
1 Year Subscription to Journal of Business Forecasting (Included With IBF Membership)
Accesss to 30+ Years of Articles and IBF Research (Included With IBF Membership)
Access to Cost of Forecast Error Template (Included With IBF Membership)
Continental Breakfast & Lunch
Significant Discounts at Future IBF Events (Included With IBF Membership)
Free Forecasting Tutorial at Select IBF Events (Included With IBF Membership, $1000 Value)
Benchmarking Research Reports (Included With IBF Membership)
IBF CPF Certification Exams
Fundamentals of Demand Planning & Forecasting Book
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