• Mark Cohen

    Mark A. Cohen has been in the retail business since 1971. Of his 35 years’ experience in the industry, more than 20 were in president/chairman, chief executive officer level positions. Most recently he was Chairman/CEO of Sears Canada Inc., Chief Marketing Officer and President of Softlines of Sears Roebuck & Co., Chairman/CEO of Bradlees Inc., and Chairman/CEO of Lazarus Department Stores. He has also held positions with Abraham & Strauss, The Gap, Lord & Taylor, Mervyn’s, and Goldsmith’s Department Stores. He currently serves as a Professor by Contract at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, and as an independent consultant to retailers, as well as marketing, manufacturing and technology partners serving the retail industry. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia’s Business School.

  • Pam Danziger

    Pamela N. Danziger is an internationally recognized expert specializing in consumer insights for marketers targeting the affluent consumer. She is president of Unity Marketing, a marketing consulting firm she founded in 1992. Pam received the Global Luxury Award for top luxury industry achievers presented at the Global Luxury Forum in 2007 by Harper’s Bazaar. Luxury Daily named Pam to its list of “Women to Watch in 2013.”

  • Marie Driscoll

    Marie Driscoll is a highly experienced equity analyst focusing on apparel brands, apparel retailers, and luxury goods stocks. She has served in key analytical and business development roles in leading financial research firms. Access to industry leaders, financial acumen, and analytic insight support her actionable investment advice. Marie was recognized three times in The Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” analyst survey, capturing the first place ranking for stock selection in the Clothing & Accessories industry in 2009. Marie started Driscoll Advisors late in 2011 providing consulting services to academia, industry, and non-profits. Previously (2003-2011) she was with Standard & Poor’s equity research department as Director of Consumer Discretionary Retail.

  • Grace Ehlers

    Grace Ehlers is a trend forecaster, Gen Y consumer expert and freelance consultant in digital media strategy. She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where she often finds that everyone in the grocery store is under 30.

  • Len Lewis

    Len Lewis is editorial director of Lewis Communications, Inc., a New York-based editorial planning, research and consulting firm. He is a contributor to several retail publications and trade groups in the U.S. and Europe and the author of The Trader Joe’s Adventure – Turning a Unique Approach to business into a Retail and Cultural Phenomenon. He has been a speaker and moderator at numerous industry events. He can be reached at lenlewis@optonline.net or via his website www.lenlewiscommunications.com

  • Robin Lewis

    Robin Lewis has over forty years of strategic operating and consulting experience in the retail and related consumer products industries. He has held executive positions at DuPont, VF Corporation, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), and Goldman Sachs, among others, and has consulted for dozens of retail, consumer products and other companies. In addition to his role as CEO and Editorial Director of The Robin Report, he is a professor at the Graduate School of Professional Studies at The Fashion Institute of Technology.

  • David Merrefield

    David Merrefield is principal of DRM Initiatives, Inc., a retailer consulting group. He is the former Vice President and Editor of trade publication Supermarket News. He is based in New York City.

  • Max Montgomery

    Maxwell Montgomery is a born and raised New Yorker with a love for architecture and design. He is a loyal subscriber to Uber and is slowly collecting a bespoke wardrobe, online and off.

  • Anthony Robins

    Anthony Robins has over twenty-five years of experience in the global retail industry in executive, consulting and advisory roles. He has lived in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific working with top-tier global brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, DFS, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co. As an architect with real estate, branding and business development expertise, he also founded a company responsible for the design and construction of award winning and widely published luxury boutiques, shopping centers, hotels, offices and private residences. He has held operating, strategic and creative roles, and as a board director and consultant, advises consumer goods, retail and private-equity companies.

  • Judith Russell

    Judith Russell is a marketing and strategic planning consultant specializing in the retail apparel industry, and writes for several apparel and retail trade publications.

  • Warren Shoulberg

    Warren Shoulberg is editorial director of several home furnishings magazines and has been reporting on the home business for a long time. He is currently working on his next book, Stupid Business.

  • Jane Singer

    Jane Singer is a consumer product marketing consultant specializing in branding and marketing strategy. She began her career at Grey Advertising, has held senior executive positions at BBDO, Bozell Worldwide, and Marc USA, and has worked with clients including Kmart, Neiman-Marcus, Rite Aid Drug Stores, Office Depot, The Sports Authority, Visa, Liz Claiborne, VF Corporation, Gold Toe, and others.

  • Paco Underhill

    Paco Underhill is the CEO and Founder of Envirosell, a behavioral research and consulting firm with 10 offices globally. Paco and Envirosell’s work has been featured in The New York Times, 20/20, National Public Radio, Smithsonian Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and other major news media. Paco is also the author of What Women Want, which was published in soft cover edition by Simon & Schuster in July 2011; Call of the Mall, a walking tour of the American shopping mall; and Why We Buy, the bestselling book about retail in history. In addition, Paco’s columns include regular features in major trade publication DDI Magazine, as well as Goldman Sachs’ in-house publication.

  • Dana Wood

    A beauty journalist for 20+ years, Dana Wood has served as Beauty Director for BRIDES, Cookie and W magazines, has written for numerous national publications, and is an author and a blogger. She also spent several years in the Luxury Products Division of L’Oreal, as AVP Strategic Development. She recently relocated to Florida, and is embracing high-speed, expressway driving.

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