Retail Profiles

November 2015
Gerry Ward

How many people in the plush toy industry were once an NBA first-round draft pick selection? Gerry Ward was back in 1963. Ward, who grew up in the Bronx, attended Boston College before playing four seasons for four different NBA teams in the 1960s. His former teammates include Bill Russell, John... more »

Fall 2015
Manager’s Corner: Tommy Lee Brown, Saint Louis Zoo

Tommy Brown, retail manager and buyer for the Saint Louis Zoo, has a history steeped in retail. Beginning as a division manager for Dillard's Department Stores, Brown began a career with Six Flags in St. Louis, as a retail designer before moving into the company's corporate design role. Remaining with... more »

Fall 2015
In-Port Stores

Gift shops at U.S. Naval Academy armed with merchandise

Fall 2015
American Keepsakes

Souvenirs celebrating American places made right here in America — that's a recipe sure to appeal to today's consumer. Here, we take a look at three new companies — Boundless Brooklyn, Michigan Shaped Adirondack Chairs and Zootility Tools, all less than three years old. The companies offer a diverse array... more »

Fall 2015
Resort Appeal

KeyLime Cove brings feel of Florida Keys to Chicago

October 2015
Joseph Hammer

MM: What is your retail background?I started in retail as a young guy, working in and managing/buying for small and medium gift stores. I was general merchandise manager for one of the country's largest college department stores for 13 years, and a small business consultant for five, helping people with... more »

September 2015
Colleen Manzi

Q: Could you describe your position at The Mountain?I work with our designers to create marketing collaterals and to put together campaigns for all our new products. ... I work with publications and media on press releases, but a big part of what I do is catalog production and new... more »

August 2015
Christa Simpson

MM: What is your retail background? I have worked in all aspects of retail for over 13 years, entering the world of nonprofit retail three years ago. My background includes visual merchandising, management operations, buying, customer relations and store design. I have specific expertise in supporting rebranding, store expansion and... more »
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