Retail Profiles

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

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 »

Fall 2015
Manager’s Corner: Kathleen McLaughlin, Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

MM: What is your retail background? KM: My inventory history goes back to my 28-year career with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E, 1972-2000). As inventory coordinator, I was responsible for over $23 million in inventory. In the mid-1990s, my husband, John Hutchison, and I opened a seasonal Halloween store,... more »

July 2015
Iffat Khan

What is your retail background? My first retail career move was with Target Corporation as the head designer for product design and development. I worked with major manufacturers from around the world to launch brands that were exclusive to Target for domestics. From Target, I was recruited by Sears Holding... more »

Summer 2015
California Healin’ — Comforts Gift Shop meshes amid Monterey Peninsula surroundings

Most people would find California's gorgeous Monterey Peninsula therapeutic in itself. The popular tourist area features majestic scenery and unmatched amenities, including world-class golf, shopping and restaurants. People still get sick, however, and that's where the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula comes in, a facility that incorporates nature into... more »
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