Rock climber and former Build-A-Bear Workshop executive to headline PANELS 2019

SalesPad announces Manley Feinberg as keynote speaker for annual PANELS conference

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – SalesPad, a Grand Rapids-based software company, today announced Manley Feinberg, rock climber and former Build-A-Bear Workshop executive, will be the keynote speaker for PANELS 2019. The annual conference attracts manufacturing, distribution, and warehousing professionals from across North America, and will take place Aug. 5-7 at the JW Marriott and the L.V. Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

“Running a successful and efficient business can be an adventure, which is why we’re excited to announce ‘Embark on Your Journey’ as this year’s PANELS theme and host adventurer and leadership expert Manley Feinberg,” said Jeremy Boogaart, vice president of business development at SalesPad. “PANELS 2019 will teach attendees how SalesPad can help them climb the mountains they may face in their business and build stronger connections with their teams to achieve new goals. Between Manley’s insights and our sessions, we hope attendees walk away from PANELS feeling inspired to take their businesses to new heights.” 

Feinberg, an award-winning keynote speaker, business leader, author and adventurer, is known for leading Build-A-Bear Workshop from 40 stores to over 400 worldwide, and generating revenue growth from $55 million to over $474 million, as well as holding a successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Feinberg’s leadership also contributed to a workplace culture that landed Build-A-Bear Workshop on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List four years in a row. Leveraging more than 20 years of business, professional speaking and adventure experience, Feinberg helps professionals break through mindsets to reach their next summit.

“I’ve spent more than 15 years of my career implementing point of sale merchandising, CRM and ERP tools at Build-A-Bear Workshop and other retailers, both large and small, so I’ve been in the trenches with many integrations and ERP systems,” Feinberg said. “I’m looking forward to sharing the lessons I’ve learned in business and my adventures with PANELS attendees, and showing them ways they can apply the adventure mindset to their work and build momentum every day.”

PANELS provides an in-depth look at the latest tools and insights to help businesses streamline operational processes. Participants will take part in panel discussions, hear from industry leaders and learn about the latest features in the SalesPad product suite. New this year, the keynote will be delivered during breakfast on Monday, Aug. 5. For more information about the PANELS 2019 schedule, visit

PANELS will also host its Operational ERP track, open to the public, which provides educational insights for anyone in warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing. The Operational ERP track includes a two-day pass to attend the conference and keynote address. Other three-day conference tracks are open to SalesPad software users.

Registration is open and attendees who register before May will receive $50 off their registration. Register for PANELS 2019 at