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Our principals are not only experienced consultants, but also have served as CIOs, VPs and directors for major retailers. Our team of retail consultants has the answers you need.

Team

Principals

  • Brian Brunk
    Brian Brunk
  • Walter Deacon
    Walter Deacon
  • Ken Morris
    Ken Morris
Brian Brunk

bunk-brianBrian is a leading retail IT strategist and architect, having worked as an executive and consultant for many prominent retailers, such as WalMart, TBC, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and ULTA. His experience includes strategy, selection, design, development and implementation of systems and processes across all retail channels. He specializes in the vision and realization of customer-oriented solutions that deliver strategic value and significant competitive advantage.

Walter Deacon

deacon-walterWalter has experience in both the retail and consumer packaged goods industries as an executive and consultant. His work as a partner at PwC Consulting earned him the Chairman’s Client Service award in his dealings with some of the firm’s largest clients. His experience includes planning, procurement, replenishment, logistics, allocation and customer marketing. He specializes in the strategic application of technology to retail and supply chain process.

Ken Morris

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Ken Morris is a well-respected industry thought leader with more than 40 years’ experience in retail technology. He has held IT leadership positions at leading retail companies and his consulting expertise has helped hundreds of retailers solve business and IT problems. Prior to founding Boston Retail Partners, Ken was CEO and President of LakeWest Group and founder of CFT Consulting and CFT Systems, a retail software company. Earlier in his career, he held retail information technology executive positions at Lord & Taylor, Filene’s (Macy’s), Talbots, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, and Sears. His retail expertise covers the strategy, selection, development and deployment of retail management systems and processes.

Team

  • Gene Bornac
    Gene Bornac
  • Chris Cahalin
    Chris Cahalin
  • Robert Cuthbertson
    Robert Cuthbertson
  • Mike Dougherty
    Mike Dougherty
  • Paul Dubie
    Paul Dubie
  • Steve Durant
    Steve Durant
  • John Eagles
    John Eagles
  • Beatrice Egan
    Beatrice Egan
  • Kathleen Fischer
    Kathleen Fischer
  • Ryan Grogman
    Ryan Grogman
  • David Hanselman
    David Hanselman
  • Hunter Harris
    Hunter Harris
  • Reynaldo Hernandez
    Reynaldo Hernandez
  • Betty Jarzobski
    Betty Jarzobski
  • Stephanie Joyce
    Stephanie Joyce
  • Perry Kramer
    Perry Kramer
  • Joe Lawlor
    Joe Lawlor
  • Donna Lekites
    Donna Lekites
  • David Naumann
    David Naumann
  • Jeff Neville
    Jeff Neville
  • Jonathan Portny
    Jonathan Portny
  • Joseph Romain
    Joseph Romain
  • Paul Ruccio
    Paul Ruccio
  • David Russo
    David Russo
  • Anthony Scardino
    Anthony Scardino
  • Mark Schultz
    Mark Schultz
  • Erin Smith
    Erin Smith
  • Laura Sossong
    Laura Sossong
  • Clark Totten
    Clark Totten
  • Paul Valle
    Paul Valle
  • Marty Whitmore
    Marty Whitmore
Gene Bornac

Gene Bornac PhotoGene has nearly  30 years’ experience and achievement within the retail and consumer products industries. His leadership experience includes managing individual specialty retail stores and a multi-unit chain at the district level. Gene also has extensive executive-level experience at consulting firms and retail technology companies. As a highly skilled project manager, he has created several product/project specific implementation methodologies and led many successful retail IT projects.

Chris Cahalin

Chris CahalinChris is an accomplished information technology professional with demonstrated industry recognized achievements and cost saving strategies managing and supporting diverse technical environments spanning hospitality and retail environments for over 25+ years. He was named a Network World All Star (Security category) and Computerworld Honors Program Laureate (virtualization). His experience and expertise covers all aspects of enterprise operational readiness and compliance; procurement, deployment, maintenance, remediation, monitoring, support, vendor selection and relations, quality assurance, security, networks, telecommunications, business continuity, disaster recovery, pandemic planning, change control, risk mitigation, policies, PCI, virtualization, unified communications, enterprise mobile device management solutions and data center. Chris has end-to-end hands on experience from POS selection and deployment, Corporate infrastructure strategic planning and architectural design and implementation, Networks (LAN, WAN, MAN, POS), Web vendor selection and support. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

Robert Cuthbertson

cuthbertson-robertRobert has spent over 15 years as a retail manager and consultant having worked for some of the largest retailers in the industry. He has worked with a diverse group of retailers across: Fashion Retail, Specialty Retail, Home Furnishings, Hospitality and Gaming, Food and Beverage, Transportation, Books, and Sporting Goods. Robert’s areas of work include strategy development, project management, business process design and optimization (merchandising, warehouse management, planning and allocation), software system selection and implementation, e-commerce management and more.

Mike Dougherty

Mike Kayak Cropped.jpgMike has more than 26 years experience developing business and advocating for his clients in the retail, consumer products and distribution vertical sectors. Earlier in his career he managed the aftermarket inventories for Chrysler Service and Parts Division, and was the Controller for both a heavy duty truck manufacturer and an automotive service and parts retailer. Client satisfaction is both his passion and his number one priority

Paul Dubie

dubie-paulPaul has more than a decade of experience in retail IT. His experience includes strategy, systems evaluation and selection, design, deployment and implementation of retail process systems. His focus is on infrastructure, systems integration and business process.

Steve Durant

durant-steveSteve has spent his entire 30-year career in the retail store systems space with a heavy emphasis on POS, and payment technologies. His experience includes time on the retailer, vendor and consultant sides of the business. He has managed and directed store systems teams for numerous retailers across multiple retail segments. He specializes in the strategy, selection, development, deployment and service delivery of retail store systems.

John Eagles

eagles-johnJohn has experience in both retail and restaurant as an executive and consultant. John has held executive positions at Bradlees Department Stores, Ames Department Stores, and Papa Gino’s Pizzeria and D’Angelo’s Grilled Sandwiches. He specializes in strategy, POS, merchandising and mobile solutions. John has consulted on a wide range of retail and restaurant enterprise applications, from selection through implementation.

Beatrice Egan

Bea_EganBeatrice Egan is a Consultant for Boston Retail Partners with core competencies in developing retail strategy and processes, merchandising, inventory management, and store operations and omnichannel. Before joining BRP, Bea was a trainee in the Retail Management Program at Gap Inc. where she rotated through three core product functions: inventory management, merchandising, and production throughout three Gap Inc. portfolio brands. Bea also brings to BRP experience in private equity, due diligence, and retail store operations. Bea received a BA from Wellesley College. 

Kathleen Fischer

fischer-kathleenKathleen brings more than 20 years of retail experience to BRP, having worked with a number of retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, J.Crew, L.L. Bean, and Sports Authority in marketing, store systems and operations, and public relations both as a retailer and a consultant. She has been a member of the team surveying retailers and analyzing responses to BRP’s industry-leading POS Benchmarking Survey since its inception more than a decade ago.

Ryan Grogman

grogman-ryanRyan is a respected advisor in the retail technology industry. His diverse background includes several senior positions both as a retail executive as well as a consultant. Ryan has worked with a variety of retailers across home entertainment, luxury goods, apparel, specialty hardware, book publishing, tires & batteries, consumer goods, and wholesale goods. He specializes in developing technology strategies that align with corporate and customer objectives, along with technology selection and implementation projects for in-store, mobile, and e-commerce systems.

David Hanselman

hanselman-david-bwDavid is a leader in the retail industry with more than 25 years of retail IT implementation experience. He designs and deploys retail systems and defines business strategies and processes, ranging from store operations, inventory management and pricing systems. He has worked directly for major retailers such as The Home Depot, and as a consultant for many more, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Hunter Harris

Hunter Harris-BWHunter has 20 years of experience assisting retailers achieve improved performance through strategy development, operations improvement and business process reengineering enabled by information technology. His experience includes large-scale transformation projects spanning demand planning, core merchandising and supply chain optimization. Hunter has managed projects in multiple retail lines. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University.

Reynaldo Hernandez

Reynaldo_Hernandez2With over 25 years of retail and software development experience, Dr. Hernandez has been a senior leader and innovator in the retail industry. He brings a great level of expertise with emerging technologies used in the retail industry, in addition of an impressive track record of successfully delivering insight solutions and implementing strategies in multiple areas of retail such as mobile, ecommerce, ERP, supply chain, store systems, and business process improvements. Prior to joining BRP, Reynaldo held leadership positions with Under Armour, Petsmart, nGagelabs, Gabriel Brothers, Hypercom, UETA, and Humatronics Corp. Reynaldo is currently involved in several research studies in areas of retail technologies, leadership, emotional intelligence, mobile and digital technologies.

Betty Jarzobski

jarzobsk-bettyPrior to consulting, Betty worked in the retail industry in various line management positions for 25 years. She has successfully implemented many projects for multi-billion dollar retailers, and with her international retail experience, she is well equipped for project management, business process improvement, cost/benefit studies, system implementations and more.

Stephanie Joyce

joyce-stephanieStephanie is responsible for administrative services at BRP. Her background includes experience working for retailers such as Casual Corner, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, where she provided high levels of customer service. As part of The Fur Vault’s management team, Stephanie opened new locations, performed merchandise resets and relocated stores.

Perry Kramer

kramer-perryPerry Kramer is a leader in retail information technology, with more than 20 years of extensive experience across several types of retailers, including department stores and specialty retailers. In addition to VP and leadership positions with retailers, he has held the CIO position with a technology company and was co-chairman of the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) board of directors. Throughout his career, Perry has managed selection and implementation projects within store systems, logistics, finance, HCM, e-commerce and merchandising.

Joe Lawlor

lawlor-joeJoe has extensive experience in strategic brand development and marketing through his prior role as the managing partner of Stillwater Consulting. Along with an acumen for market research, his experience pivots between retail survey design and implementation, CRM and communication strategy. Through hands-on experience with green initiatives, employee training, merchandising and loss prevention at major organizations such as Wal-Mart, Joe has accrued an in-depth knowledge of the best practices of some of the leading retailers in the nation.

Donna Lekites

Donna_Lekites_Photo_BWDonna Lekites has spent her extensive career successfully leading strategic retail initiatives. Her background includes a broad spectrum of roles within several retailers, roles with software solution providers, and across a wide variety of retail client-partners while working with consulting firms. Donna specializes in Merchandising, Planning, Allocation, Forecasting, and Replenishment software solutions and process improvement initiatives as well as implementations. Donna is known for her delivery excellence and is highly regarded by clients, partners, and co-workers. Her experience spans across all retail models including department stores, mass merchants, big box and specialty stores, grocery, drug, off-price, multi-channel, and e-commerce business models.

David Naumann

David NaumannDavid has more than 20 years of experience marketing to retail and hospitality companies. His broad marketing experience is focused on designing and executing successful strategic marketing plans, demand generation, public relations and branding through customer-centric messaging. He has significant experience marketing retail technology and services with an emphasis on POS systems.

Jeff Neville

Jeff_NevilleJeff is a business focused technology strategist with a passion for generating company results through process change and technology innovation. His experience includes both managing e-Commerce and SaaS businesses and consulting with clients on their growth strategies, business and operating models, customer and market strategies. Jeff also has extensive experience in helping IT and Engineering organizations make the transition to agile development and DevOps methodologies.

Jeff’s combination of consulting and operating experiences in North America, the EU and China enables him to bring a unique perspective to business challenges when partnering with his clients.

Jonathan Portny

Jonathan PortnyJonathan brings extensive experience in retail and general technology/project management and consulting to BRP. His previous work leading professional services for a leader in the retail store systems technology space has exposed Jonathan to a vast array of retailers and technologies. Some areas of specialization include traditional and mobile point of sale, customer relationship management, payment systems, loss prevention, business intelligence and analytics and business process/operations.

Joseph Romain

Joseph_RomainJoseph has over 15 years of combined experience in both the retail and restaurant industries. Coming to Boston Retail Partners from Verizon, Joseph brings a robust background in areas such as; store operations, mobile technology, inventory management, merchandising, human resources and store management.He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Devry University

Paul Ruccio

Paul RuccioPaul has significant retail experience, having held numerous roles at Apple. He has developed strong competencies in customer service, technology implementation, mobile POS solutions, workforce management, inventory management, and employee training and development.

David Russo

russo-davidWith more than 15 years of experience, David Russo assists clients with strategic systems planning, POS technology, merchandising, and business process optimization and implementation. He has conducted strategic reviews of executive reporting requirements for specialty retailers, resulting in operational efficiencies and profit improvements. David’s industry experience spans the specialty, discount, department, grocery, convenience and off-price retail sectors.

Anthony Scardino

Scardino-TonyAnthony has 20 years of experience in complex technology sales, account management, marketing and new business development. Prior to joining BRP he was at MICROS-Retail and Torex USA specializing in store systems, loss prevention and merchandise planning & allocation technologies. He also has extensive experience with network, systems and application fault & performance management solutions for global enterprises and Telco/service provider environments. He has successfully contributed to high growth start-ups as well as large software companies.

Mark Schultz

schultz-markWith 25 years of retail consulting experience, Mark Schultz brings an in-depth understanding of retail technology, strategy, and process solutions. His retail experience centers on the analysis, evaluation, selection, integration and enhancement of large-scale ERP systems for numerous hard-line and soft-line retailers. Mark’s application experience includes merchandising, planning, allocation, replenishment, price optimization, store systems, business intelligence, customer relationship management and finance.

Erin Smith

smith_erin.JPGErin has experience in both the retail and consumer packaged goods industries. She has held positions at Nordstrom and Kellogg Company. Her experience includes strategy, marketing and customer service.

Laura Sossong

Laura is an experienced business consultant with core competencies in merchandising and retail strategy, product optimization, technological innovation, corporate strategy, and team training. Her efforts have been instrumental in the execution of various organizational strategies and solutions. She has effectively introduced and implemented initiatives for a variety of large scale retailers in the apparel, consumer goods, and entertainment sectors.

Clark Totten

totten-clarkClark has more than 20 years of experience with retail systems and retail organizations such as Lilly Pulitzer, The Disney Store, Dollar General, and Ernest Jones and H. Samuel. He has worked on both sales and service sides of the industry, giving him special rapport with (and insight into) vendors and retailers. His experience stretches from retailers with a single storefront to those as large as 4,000 locations. He brings this experience into his collaborative engagement with clients and opportunities alike.

Paul Valle

Paul Valle photo_July_2015_BW_CroppedPaul Valle was chief information officer for Papa Gino’s Pizzeria and D’Angelo’s Grilled Sandwiches. He has extensive experience with IT strategy and transformation, business intelligence systems, ERP systems, data privacy, POS networks, operations management, and strategic solutions selection and deployment. He also held IT leadership positions at Rainforest Cafe and Ryan’s Family Steak Houses. Paul was awarded IBM’s BI Vision Award for Strategy Execution, and made InfoWorld’s 25 Best CTOs and CRN’s Top 100 Mid-market CIOs.

Marty Whitmore

MartyWhitmoreBWMarty Whitmore is a Vice President for Boston Retail Partners and is aligned with the BRP Strategy Practice where his broad customer and product experiences can be applied to a variety of clients and engagements. Prior to joining BRP, he was the Vice President Product Solutions and Services at Starmount. Previously, he spent 20+ years with the TJX as Senior Vice President Global Infrastructure Services and Vice President Global Store Systems. Marty enjoys spending time with his wife, five children and eight grandchildren, getting on the golf course whenever he can, and is an avid Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins fan.

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