The Grayson Company team is made up of successful retail and consumer industry executives who draw on their deep experience and expertise to provide best of class consulting services to our clients. The team is led by founder Bob Grayson and CEO, Kevin Mullaney who together have over 75 years of industry experience. Their styles and specific experience are complimentary and they share an obsession with delivering measurable results to our clients quickly and with high payback on the investment in our engagements.
Kevin has extensive retail experience in the department store, specialty chain and wholesale channels. His ten years in merchandising leadership experience at Burdines’s (now Macy’s), his CMO experience with a menswear specialty chain, and his seven years at Hilfiger leading the expansion of the brands presence in department stores during the brand’s extraordinary growth period, have prepared him to offer The Grayson Company clients exceptional advice, and hands-on assistance in improving the productivity and profitability of their businesses. Kevin, as CEO, leads The Grayson Company practice but brings particular expertise to store and shop in shop development, assortment planning, inventory planning and control, as well as in store visual merchandising and marketing. Read Kevin Mullaney’s full bio.
Our Team Members
Elaine Hughes is simply the most trusted and successful professional in the consumer products executive search industry. For almost 25 years, the world’s largest retailers and consumer product companies have turned to her both in management crises and for her expertise in long-term management team building strategy. Elaine’s credentials include years of real experience both on the inside and on the consulting/executive search side of the industry. This combination of experience has honed Elaine’s well-known ability to grasp the real needs of a business and match the executive candidate who has both the style and experience needed to create a winning fit. Elaine is regularly quoted in a number of publications, including Women’s Wear Daily, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Read Elaine Hughes’ full bio.
Steve has over 30 years of senior management, marketing and merchandising experience in retail, e-commerce and direct marketing as well as extensive experience in global brand and business development. Steve began his career at Allied Stores (now Macy’s), and became the Senior Vice President of the Home business. At American Express, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Merchandise Services Group for ten years. Steve also served as President of the Lifestyles Group of Redcats, a $1.6 billion catalog and e-commerce division of PPR, Paris. Steve has also held leadership roles with other key retailers and marketers such as Bloomingdale’s and ABC Home, and was a Partner with a leading business development and licensing firm in New York City. Read Steve Goldberg’s full bio.
Amanda Davenport leads the market and consumer research team at TGC and has produced highly actionable research data for our clients which has been critical to their forward strategies. She joined TGC with experience at UBS Investment Bank where she conducted extensive research and developed forward outlooks for companies including AVON, Procter & Gamble, Sports Authority and Wal-Mart. Amanda also brings to TGC consulting experience in the restaurant industry, focusing on expansion through franchising strategies.
Chris’s superior analytical skills and retail knowledge have enabled him to play critical roles in the development of highly leverageable analyses of company data for our investor clients as they consider investments in the consumer sector and analyze performance of existing portfolio companies. He has exceptional experience and expertise in the planning, management, and control of inventories, as well as assortment planning. During his seven years with our group, Chris has led the implementation of TGC planning and allocation processes with retail clients which have produced substantial performance improvement.
David brings over three decades of retail industry experience to his TGC engagements. Having worked in senior positions with Neiman-Marcus and Marshall Field during intense periods of corporate change, he acquired a unique, broad range of experience and expertise which he applies in projects focused on merchandising processes, systems development, assortment and inventory planning, as well as overall strategy development. David has consulted with, among others, Charlotte Russe, Time Warner, American Express, Giorgio Armani, and Sony Corporation. Read David Ball’s full bio.
Carrie Barclay is a seasoned real estate industry veteran with substantial expertise in identifying strategic business opportunities and site selection for commercial real estate on a national basis. Having worked for global retailers in the industry, she now advises major retailers and investors seeking to make informed decisions about real estate. A noted expert, her intuitive, precise research provides managers, CEOs, and board members with the right tools to effectively build and refine their real estate positioning and strategic planning to optimize their return on real estate decisions, while helping to avoid potential real estate pitfalls. Read Carrie Barclay’s full bio.
As a Partner and Executive Creative Director, Siobhan Barry spearheads upscale retail and restaurant design projects, infusing her passion and creativity into every dining room, storefront, and showroom she dives into. Prior to joining dash design, Siobhan was a Partner and Lead Designer at ICRAVE, where she was the design lead on numerous keystone projects for the firm such as Le District market, STK, Catch, and the JetBlue T5 terminal restaurants. Read Siobhan Barry’s full bio.
Jennifer’s background and skill sets span merchandising, planning, analysis and allocation, and budgeting. Her career began at Bloomingdales where she advanced to lead the budgeting, planning and analysis, and sales forecasting functions for a $500M business. She provides hands-on leadership and assistance to TGC clients, ensuring that inventory plans are developed on solid assumptions and that performance analysis provides reliable decision making support to merchant teams. Read Jennifer Benerofe’s full bio.
Barry is a highly qualified and respected financial and operating executive who has served as EVP/CFO of Express, COO of J. Crew, COO of Ann Taylor and President/COO of Build-A-Bear. He has served as a director of Bluefly and serves as an advisor and member of the TGC retail consultant team, through which he served as interim CEO of FAO Schwartz prior to its sale to Toys “R” Us. He also serves on the Board and audit committee for Destination Maternity. Read Barry Erdos’ full bio.
Amy is a seasoned executive and strategy consultant with deep expertise in aligning business growth strategies and brand strategies, and delivering the insights and innovation needed to create and build compelling brands. Having begun her career at Bain & Company and further developing her brand acumen at brand consultancies, Amy’s approach to strategy formulation is deeply rooted in data analytics and customer research. Amy designs and leads data analysis and market research programs that bring new insights to the table for brands and companies. Read Amy Giddon’s full bio.
Dennis is one of the industry’s leading supply chain and operations experts. His extensive experience over a 20 year period with Target, as the company was experiencing extraordinary growth and rapidly changing demand for support services, has allowed him deep experience in addressing all aspects of the supply chain, from replenishment systems, to inventory and warehouse management, to overall supply chain strategy. His clients have included, among others, BCBG Max Azria, Gymboree, Levi Strauss, Nordstrom, and Trader Joes. Read Dennis Green’s full bio.
Steve has 25+ years of experience working with leading retailers and technology companies in delivering high-value IT-enabled business solutions. As a past partner/senior executive in the retail practice of Accenture, Steve brings to our consulting clients hands-on expertise in procurement, merchandising, planning, direct-to-consumer, and supply chain. Steve has worked with several well-known retailers globally including A&P, Coles Myer, Foot Locker, Gap, The Home Depot, Limited Stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, J. Sainsbury, and The Sports Authority.
Jhipo’s exceptional expertise in the blending of functional structures of retail environments, with the aesthetics of branding elements, has created high impact, high performance retail stores for many clients including Godiva, Tempur-Pedic, Luxottica, Macy’s and Sony. He is a classically trained industrial designer, and over his 20 years in retail design, has become one of the outstanding leaders in the industry.
Madeleine is an authority on managing large-scale, complex systems delivery and IT organizations. Madeleine’s career spans over 30 years, holding prominent positions with IBM and Oracle before a successful consulting career. She has worked with numerous well-known brands such as Ann Taylor, Chanel, Coach, David Yurman, Marshalls, and Tiffany and served as the PMO Director at one of the largest food distributors in the US. Her experience also includes working with start-up and emerging growth companies. Madeleine excels in critical change initiatives including IT-business alignment, demand management, resource planning, strategic project assessments, and professional development.
Steve’s experience includes having served as CFO and CAO of the real estate and store planning group at Limited Brands during the company’s dramatic growth years, where he actively participated in the negotiation and management of thousands of retail leases. Since 2002, he has consulted with many retailers in assignments focused on market strategy and analytics, tenant representation, store design and construction, and lease administration, bill payment and audit. He has worked with over 70 specialty retailers, many on multi-year, multi-service long term engagements. Read Steve Morris’ full bio.
Carrie is responsible for day to day operations at The Grayson Company. As one of the most tenured members of the team, Carrie has an exceptional understanding of the clients and markets that we serve. Carrie is also responsible for oversight of TGC finances, as well as the TGC Website. Carrie previously worked at Pharmacia & Upjohn, Tarkett, Inc as well as San Francisco private equity firm Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe.
Mary Ellen is a seasoned, senior global supply chain executive with 27 years of experience working with specialty retail brands including 9 years as EVP for Limited Brands, now Mast Global, and 10 years at PVH, where she managed a global sourcing operation that included strategic sourcing and speed-to-market efficiencies in women’s apparel, footwear, swimwear and men’s apparel. She has a successful track record in long-range strategic planning, contract negotiations and best-in-class execution in direct-to-consumer, retail, wholesale and international businesses. Read Mary Ellen’s full bio.
With 20 years of experience, Larry is a strategic, innovative E-Commerce, Retail, and Omni-channel Marketing business leader who drives industry leading performance and builds high performing organizations and culture. Larry is currently a Digital/ E-Commerce Consultant and Advisor, providing brands, retailers and startups with global e-commerce strategy, digital marketing, mobile & omni-channel advisory services that deliver exponential growth. Previously, Larry was Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce for Vince Camuto where he was responsible for all e-commerce and omni-channel strategies, operations, and initiatives. Prior to Vince Camuto, Larry was Vice President of E-Commerce for Barneys New York, managing all aspects of Barney’s e-commerce division from its inception.
Barbara is a seasoned customer experience executive and design consultant with an extensive background in creating, building, and growing visual brand narratives for some of the top fashion houses. With over 25 years of fashion industry experience, Barbara is an expert in translating and implementing original designs through a comprehensive, marketing based strategy across store fronts in the U.S. and Europe. Barbara has led visual merchandising teams for brands which include Liz Claiborne, Henri Bendel, Burberry, The Limited Brands, and, most recently, Scoop NYC. Her passion and constant sourcing of inspiration keep Barbara on the pulse of the visual merchandising world.
Rebecca uses data analytics to create merchandise strategies and maximize results. She built her merchandising and planning expertise in the specialty, luxury and department store sectors. She has managed a wide variety of categories including women’s and men’s apparel, fine jewelry, accessories and home textiles. In addition to merchandise planning leadership roles, Rebecca has managed allocation and replenishment planning teams, forging strong collaborative relationships with senior leadership partners. Rebecca has also overseen the implementation of allocation and replenishment systems, guiding her teams and senior partners through change management.
Rob Smith is an intuitive merchant with a broad-based background in department store, specialty store, vertical, and online retailing. Throughout his distinguished career he has consistently achieved bottom line success by developing and building businesses up to $3 billion in annual sales, leading successful turnarounds in corporate cultures and small business environments, and managing multi-product classifications as well as individual brands.
With 22 years of experience, Steph is an outstanding operations executive with exceptional experience in multiple facets of retail / wholesale / omni-channel operational platforms. Steph’s areas of expertise include distribution and data analysis, supply chain process design, productivity improvement and project management. She has in-depth understanding of underlying business practices and requirements, which provides Steph with powerful insights into redesigning processes and logistics networks, enabling her to identify and implement precise and effective best-practices company-wide. Read Steph Thompson’s full bio.