Gloria Mellinger is editor-in-chief of Independent Retailer.com and FleaMarketZone.com, as well as Sumner Communications’ printed publications, Independent Retailer, Web Wholesaler and the Merchandiser Group magazines. With 25 years experience driving content creation as a writer, editor and project manager, Gloria is dedicated to bringing flea market professionals, small business operators and Web wholesalers the news, information and insights they need to succeed. Prior to joining Sumner Communications, Gloria was Managing Editor of hudsons magazine—everything kids, a trade publication for wholesalers and retailers, for which she coordinated article submissions, and penned features and briefs. Previously, Gloria was with Survey Sampling International (SSI). As Communications Strategist with SSI, she conceptualized editorial calendars, crafted newsletter, press release and advertorial content, and directed marketing efforts. Gloria began her career with Gorman Publishing, a producer of publications for the food industry. Along with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Jose State University, Gloria has a Master’s degree in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut. Gloria welcomes editorial content ideas as well as freelance article contributions.
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 »
Jay Buerck is the COO of the Online Rep Management company, Online Rep Management.com and has worked as an online marketing specialist for over 8 years including stints with 3 Inc. 500 Award Companies in the industries of Event Tickets, Internet Marketing, and Mortgages. You can find more great tips and strategies by following him on Twitter (@jaybuerck) or Google+.
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CEO, Richard Hearn, launched and built Crown Partners on the idea that technology and marketing can work together to create transformational solutions. In the ten years since he co-founded Crown Partners, Hearn has led the company to success year after year with its commitment to creating rapid, transformative growth for clients through digital eBusiness solutions, including General Motors, the U.S. Army, STEricsson and Capezio. Crown Partners has been honored with numerous awards and has the distinction of being named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500/5000″ fastest growing private companies for 2006 – 2010. Richard Hearn’s articles »
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 »
Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Twitter @deborahsweeney and @mycorporation. Deborah Sweeney’s articles »
Eric White leads the retail strategy practice at Wren Solutions, providers of physical security solutions used by some of the world’s most innovative and respected retailers. White has 20 years of experience in loss prevention, asset protection and physical security, having served at Walmart and The Home Depot. He has been awarded Fellow status for innovative work and leadership in the private sector and serves as Chair for the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS). Eric White’s articles »
Jay Wilner is managing partner at Out of Bounds Communications, a digital marketing agency specializing in ecommerce marketing for small and medium sized online retailers. Jay has helped numerous companies grow their online businesses with strategically designed digital marketing programs. He previously started and ran a venture capital backed ecommerce agency, partnering closely with IBM and other large companies on ecommerce projects during the 1990′s dot com boom. Jay has an MBA from the University of Kansas and an M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Missouri. Follow Jay and Out of Bounds on Twitter, Facebook, and the company’s digital marketing blog. Jay Wilner’s articles »
Andrew Wren serves as chief executive officer of Wren Solutions, a loss-prevention technology provider helping LP professionals reduce loss, increase profits and rise as heroes in their companies. Wren is responsible for corporate and product strategy, leveraging his more than two decades of security technology expertise. Andrew Wren’s articles »