Meaghan Brophy

Meaghan Brophy, Editor
Meaghan Brophy is an Editor for Sumner Communications, parent company of Independent Retailer. With a M.S. in Publishing from Pace University, she has a broad knowledge of the publishing industry and passion for polished editorial. Before joining Sumner Communications, Meaghan has worked in content marketing, and business management. Meaghan Brophy’s articles »

Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans, Editorial/Audience Development Director
Lisa Evans is the Editorial / Audience Development Director for Sumner Communications, parent company of Independent Retailer and A publishing industry veteran of 25 years, Lisa has been responsible for every area of magazine fulfillment, circulation, production, and marketing for both B2C and B2B publications. Lisa contributes regularly to Independent Retailer and helps define the editorial direction of upcoming issues. Lisa Evan’s articles »

Ron Fisher

Ron Fisher, Editor, National Trade Show Association
Ron has been in the industry for 19+ years covering the trade show circuit. With his myriad of contacts in the trade show world, Ron provides IR with an in-depth look into the wholesale and retail show industries. A frequent contributor to the magazine, Ron’s experience provides an insider’s look for our retail audience. Ron Fisher’s articles »

Kevin Zimmerman

Kevin Zimmerman, Professional Writer
Kevin Zimmerman is a professional writer, editor and journalist with over 20 years of experience writing for the media, business and arts executives, public relations and corporate communications departments, celebrities, entrepreneurs, website developers, and more, with a commitment to the highest possible editorial quality. Kevin Zimmerman’s articles »

Jon VanZile

Jon VanZile, Contributing Writer
Jon’s writing has appeared in national media properties including Crane’s B2B Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Los Angeles Times, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Better Homes & Gardens publications, and many others. Jon VanZile’s articles »

Mike Auger Pinnacle Cart

Mike Auger is chairman of the board and chief strategy officer of Pinnacle Cart, a hosted shopping cart and eCommerce software application that allows you to create, manage and effectively market your business. Mike Auger’s articles »

Eric Leuenberger is an ecommerce expert, founder of Ecommerce Amplifier

Eric Leuenberger is an ecommerce expert, founder of Ecommerce Amplifier and owner of Voom Ventures, LLC, whose products and services help storeowners and operators increase traffic, maximize ROI, decrease expenses and increase revenue. He can be contacted online at, or by phone at 866-602-2673. Eric Leuenberger articles »

Nikki Baird

Nikki Baird is Managing Partner at Retail Systems Research, an industry market intelligence firm specializing in the impact of technology on the extended retail industry. She focuses on trends impacting the consumer-retailer relationship, along with their supply chain and marketing implications. Previously, Nikki was an analyst at Forrester Research and Retail Systems Alert Group, covering extended retail industry topics. Nikki has an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin, focusing on operations and IT. She also holds a bachelor of arts in political science and Russian, with a minor in physics, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Nikki Baird’s articles »

Paula Rosenblum

Paula Rosenblum of Retail Systems Research is widely recognized as one of the top analysts in the retail industry. She formerly served as Vice President of Research & Content at Retail Systems Alert Group (RSAG), and as Vice President of Aberdeen Group’s Retail Research practice. She was also retail research director for AMR Research. Paula spent over 20 years as a retail technology executive and CIO, and received her MBA in 1991 from Northeastern University, with a major in management of High Technology firms. Paula Rosenblum’s articles »

Steve Rowen is a partner at Retail Systems Research, as well as an emerging markets specialist. In addition to having been a pioneering analyst in the field of customer data security, Rowen’s areas of focus include environmental sustainability within retail, loss prevention, cross-channel and eCommerce applications, as well as merchandising and workforce management technologies. His analysis and insight have made him a frequent source to the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, ComputerWorld, Chain Store Age and many others, as well as a sought-out presenter at high-level and educational industry events. Steve Rowen’s articles »