Fireside Chat with Erik Nordstrom, Co-President, Nordstrom Inc.
Erik Nordstrom has been a Co-President of Nordstrom, Inc. since 2015 and has also served on the Nordstrom Board of Directors since 2006.
From 2000-2014 Erik was president of full line stores and from 2014-2016 he directly supported Nordstrom.com. In 2016, Erik assumed his current role supporting the teams at Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, Trunk Club, strategy, marketing and supply chain.
Erik began his career in the stockroom of the downtown Seattle store in 1979 and worked as a salesperson in the shoe department through high school and college. After graduating from the University of Washington, Erik went on to hold numerous positions in buying and regional management at Nordstrom.
Louise Camuto is the Co-Founder and former Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, a company she co-founded with her late husband, footwear pioneer Vince Camuto. Camuto Group was formed in 2001 as a footwear design, development and distribution resource for retailers. Over the next eighteen years, the Camutos diversified the company, acquired licenses and partners, introduced new brands and built Camuto Group into a global business. Today, the company has over 5,400 points of distribution in more than 70 countries. Vince Camuto retail locations are approaching 100 global outposts and can be found in more than 45 countries.
In 2005, the company launched the Vince Camuto collection, expanding over the next ten years from footwear into more than 30 categories, including accessories, apparel, fragrance, home and menswear. In 2012, Louise Camuto developed her own collection, Louise et Cie®, a cultivated line of shoes and jewelry and handbags.
As Chief Creative Officer, Louise directed the creative vision and managed design for the Vince Camuto lifestyle brand as well as Camuto Group’s additional brands across 30 categories, including footwear, sportswear, dresses, handbags, jewelry, fragrance and home.
Louise lives in Connecticut with her 15 year old son.
Between January 2002 and November 2013, Stephen I. Sadove held positions of increasing responsibility with Saks Incorporated. In January 2002, Sadove joined the management team of Saks as Vice Chairman. In March 2004, he assumed the additional post of Chief Operating Officer of the Company and in January 2006 he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer. He held the post of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saks between May 2007 and November 2013. In November 2013, Saks Incorporated was sold to Hudson's Bay Company for a price of $16 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.9 billion.
Prior to joining Saks, Sadove built a distinguished marketing and consumer products career spanning over 25 years. Between 1975 and 1991, Sadove held various positions of increasing responsibility with General Foods USA, including Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Desserts Division.
Sadove joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in 1991 as President of Clairol. In 1994, he was appointed President, Worldwide Clairol, having direct responsibility for the Clairol business in the United States as well as all of the consumer businesses in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. In 1996, he was appointed to the post of President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Worldwide Beauty Care, with responsibility for Clairol Worldwide and Matrix Essentials. In 1997, he was appointed President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Worldwide Beauty Care and Nutritionals, adding Mead Johnson Nutritionals to his duties.
During his tenure at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sadove led Clairol to become the number one hair care business in the United States, relaunched the Herbal Essences brand into a $700 million business, and completed the sale of the beauty care business to Procter & Gamble for approximately $5 billion.
Sadove is a graduate of Hamilton College and holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is also a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science Degree from LIM College. He currently serves on numerous community and civic boards including Hamilton College as Chairman of the Board and the National Retail Federation as Chairman of the Board as well as the public company boards of Colgate-Palmolive, JCPenney, Aramark and Ruby Tuesday.
Allan is a strategic advisor to numerous owners and CEOs of fashion and consumer products companies and has successfully closed hundreds of M&A transactions and corporate restructuring assignments. Prior to establishing MMG, Allan was President and CEO of Basco All American Sportswear; President of multiple divisions of Biderman Industries; a Founder and Partner in Alan Flusser Inc.; and a Corporate Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman of Intercontinental Apparel, a forerunner and leader in the men’s designer apparel business.
Allan is a member of the AAFA Board of Directors, the former President of the Designer’s Collective and a former Executive Committee member of both the Men’s Fashion Association and the Fashion Roundtable. He has taught courses and lectured at fashion universities and has written numerous articles regarding the state of the apparel industry. Allan is the Founder and has served as the Chairman of Fashion Delivers until it was merged to form K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, now known as Delivering Good where he serves as the current Chairman. This charity has distributed over $1.8 billion of donated products to serve the poor and disadvantaged worldwide.
Allan Levy is the CEO and founder of SellUP a multi-national agency focused on digital marketing for clients like Disney, Sirius XM + 70 retail brands. Allan is a serial entrepreneur and has built multiple, business over his career, raised venture capital and seen successful exits. He is a board member of The Exceed Network a Non profit business advisors organization and involved at the committee level with UJA and AIPAC.
Ayal Twik is the Co-CEO of Moose Knuckles Canada. Moose Knuckles is a premium and luxury Canadian sportswear brand, by and for the True North Strong & Free. Creating time-honoured garments tailored for contemporary living, Moose Knuckles builds Canadian attitude and grit into every fibre, stitch and zipper. Moose Knuckles uses the best materials in the world to build its products, which are sold only in the finest luxury retailers in Canada, Europe, the USA, South America, and Asia.
Ayal and Co-CEO Noah Stern, founded the company in 2007, and have since catapulted the Moose Knuckles brand into the forefront of the fashion world through their forward-thinking approach, edgy designs, and controversial ad campaigns. Moose Knuckles’ impeccable tailoring, luxury materials, hardware, attention to detail, and wild attitude have earned praise from the very best luxury retailers worldwide.
Carol Pennelli is the President of David Yurman, overseeing all functions outside of design and creative. She reports directly to David Yurman, cofounder, chairman and CEO of the brand. Pennelli joined the company in 2002 as Chief Commercial Officer where she oversaw all aspects of David Yurman’s commercial channels, profit & loss, and general performance including retail, wholesale, digital and outlet businesses. Prior to joining David Yurman, she served as Senior Vice President of sales, education, and global special events at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
ABOUT DAVID YURMAN:
David Yurman is the premier American luxury jewelry brand with a mission to share in life’s exceptional moments. Founded by two artists, David and Sybil Yurman, in New York in 1980, artistic inspiration, craftsmanship and unconventional yet elegant designs are at the core of the brand. The marriage of David’s background in sculpture with Sybil’s natural understanding of color and art yields signature jewelry designs; diamond, pearl, and gemstone jewelry and Swiss-crafted timepieces that are renowned for capturing the essence of relaxed American luxury. David Yurman collections are available at 47 retail and concession locations throughout the United States, Canada, and France and at over 350 locations worldwide, through their exclusive authorized fine jewelry and timepiece network of retailers, including in the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, UK, Russia and the Middle East.
David Oved is a co-founder and CEO of the Oved Group. Together with his brothers and partners, the company has grown from a small men’s apparel company to an industry leader in both menswear and children’s apparel. Mr. Oved has overseen growth through strategic partnerships with national retailers and global brands. Additionally, David is a partner in the family’s real estate businesses including the family’s immediate holdings and direct private lending business.
David is a Vice-President of Yeshiva of Flatbush, the largest Modern Orthodox Yeshiva. He enjoys scuba diving and spending time with his wife, his four children and his four grandchildren. And he is looking forward to his fifth grandchild arriving soon.
Lilla P Founder and Creative Director, Pauline Sokol Nakios, is a veteran of the apparel industry. Her retail roots run deep. Originally from Charleston, SC, her family owned a furniture store on the infamous King Street for close to a century.
In 1998, after years in the retail industry, Pauline set out to create the “perfect tee” and launched her brand that began with one simple style. In the years since the debut of that tee, the company has grown into a collection of understated luxury wardrobe staples that are timeless and unfettered yet full of subtle details. The brand can be found in high end specialty stores and retailers across North America as well as online and at Lilla P located in New York’s Meatpacking District.
Pauline and her husband and business partner, Thomas, reside in New York City with their two young boys. Together they continue to grow the business and are active members in the business community and serve on the boards of several non profit charities.
Having spent more than twenty years at Elie Tahari, one of only three founder-started fashion brands still in business after forty years, Rory has seen and done it all serving as a Board Member, President and CMO.
From the emergence of fast fashion and the domination of online and mobile shopping, Rory saw around these corners of change to help grow Elie Tahari into a global brand from $50M in yearly sales to $500M in just twelve years.
Today Rory is a co-founder of State of Mind Partners, a strategic branding firm that works with companies that are either self-disrupting or have already disrupted, and invests in business models that are reimagining how the fashion industry goes to market, with a focus on concepts like 3D printing and robotic sewing. These are businesses that endeavor to change and solve for how the fashion industry will brand, market, design and produce products both economically and ecologically. In addition, Rory sits on several corporate boards that focus on fashion, health, beauty, and nutraceuticals.
As a seasoned fashion entrepreneur known for her candor, Rory is an highly sought-after speaker at industry and investing conferences, as well as academic institutions. She is passionate about the changes and realities the fashion industry must confront, as well as issues on women’s leadership and mentorship.
She has been featured in numerous publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, and has appeared on various television programs on CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, and Martha Stewart.
She lives in New York City with her two teenage children.
Steven Odzer knows janitorial supplies don’t exactly make for sparkling conversation. But he’s certain they can make for good business. At the age of 18, Mr. Odzer set up shop in a corner of his parents’ basement and began selling paper cups, napkins and plates door-to-door in their Flatbush, Brooklyn, neighborhood.
In that regard, Mr. Odzer’s 30+ years in the industry give him an all too rare advantage. It began with the small packages of paper products that he sold in his community. Gradually, he began selling cases of paper goods, and then launched in the more lucrative direction of selling janitorial supplies. He worked his way up the customer food chain, ultimately rising to dealing with major institutions; such as hospitals, school districts, stadiums, and nursing homes.
As Mr. Odzer tells it, the key to his success was simple. “I’d never say, ‘We don’t have it,’ he says. “I’d go get it.” “Janitorial supplies are not sexy items, but it’s big business,” says Odzer. Now, he is launching an effort to catch a far bigger share of that market as he expands his successful business into California, Nevada, Arizona and beyond. Whether it is cleaning chemicals or cleaning paper products, Steven Odzen will ensure that you get what you need.
Uri Minkoff, a serial entrepreneur, is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Rebecca Minkoff, one of the fastest growing brands in the fashion industry, and the largest global fashion label led by a female millennial designer.
Uri is well known as the most forward thinking CEO in fashion, especially when it comes to the innovative use of new technologies and the omnichannel customer experience. In 2015, Uri was credited with leading the fashion industry towards a “see now, buy now” calendar for runway shows. Uri is also the driving force behind what Morgan Stanley describes as the “stores of the future.” He is a highly sought after speaker on the nexus between fashion, retail and emerging technologies.
Uri founded the company in 2005 with his sister Rebecca, and serves as the Creative Director for the Uri Minkoff men’s accessories, footwear and apparel line. As of today, Rebecca Minkoff is a full lifestyle brand distributing accessories and apparel in 900 wholesale doors, with retail locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago, and international retail stores in Korea, Hong Kong and Dubai. In 2019, Rebecca Minkoff is on target for substantial YOY growth and expansion in markets around the world.
Alicia Green has been making waves in the swimwear market for the past 11 years and is currently Vice President of Sales and Business Development at SwimUSA, a leading swimsuit manufacturer in North America focusing on branded, licensed, and private-label women’s, men’s, and children’s swimwear. Alicia began her tenure at SwimUSA in 2007 as a sales assistant and has grown her role each year within the organization. Currently, she is driving corporate brick-and-mortar and e-commerce strategies while managing key licensing partnerships and sales for Vera Bradley Swim, Caribbean Joe Swim, and Salt Life Swim. In addition, she is directing sales in the US and Canadian boutique markets in over 600 independent outlets, across the company’s 15 brands including Miraclesuit and Amoressa.
Having grown up on the beaches of Rhode Island and Martha’s Vineyard, and rowing on local rivers, Alicia has always had a passion for being on the water. In her free time, you can find her on the beach or traveling to new destinations with family and friends.
Alison Sirkin is an international consultant to luxury and fashion brands expanding into new markets. Alison has spent much of her career as an international trade advisor and investment director, consulting on behalf of the British and Australian commercial divisions, specializing in retail, luxury, ecommerce, and technology. Alison is now a consultant, working with clients to drive growth as they develop strategies for new market entry, customer acquisition, and partnerships. Alison has led events in partnership with Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, Historic Royal Palace, Harper's Bazaar, and luxury brands including Alexander McQueen, GRAFF, and Burberry. Alison has degrees in business administration and international affairs from American University in Washington, DC and London School of Economics general course. She was named on Luxury Daily’s list of 25 Women to Watch.
Lee Karchawer is the National Sales Director at Emodo, the carrier-intelligence platform for digital marketers. At Emodo, Lee works with brands and agencies to create advertising campaigns that are tailored to meet each company’s marketing objectives. Previously, Lee worked for 10 years as the Head of Sales for Placecast, a location-based mobile marketing platform for retailers. In 2011, Lee founded the non-profit organization, Pay Away the Layaway, with the mission of inspiring hope and spreading kindness. The organization raises money to surprise families across the country by paying off their layaway balances with gifts and essentials for kids, throughout the year. Lee and his wife recently welcomed a baby girl to their family and more than anything, loves spending time with them.
Melanie moved from Chicago to New York City five years ago after graduating from Kent State University with a degree in Fashion. She started her career working for a family owned wholesale women's sportswear company as an Administrative Assistant where she got her foot in the door. She then moved up in the company to a Production Assistant after six months. Then six months after, that she got promoted to a Production Coordinator. Her organization skills and attention to detail allowed her to be such a huge asset and move up in the company so quickly. She also helped train new employees that got hired into her previous positions. After being with the company for 3 years, Melanie got the opportunity to work at Tahari as a Fabric Buyer managing five different women's Sportswear divisions within the company. Melanie is now a Production Coordinator at New York & Company. Her goal is to become a manager within the next coming year. On the side, Melanie manages the social media accounts for her husbands wholesale diamond and jewelry company Gems by Pancis.
Raphi Mahgerefteh is the founder and CEO of Allurez, a direct to consumer brand of fine jewelry that was born online. Raphi is an expert in E-commerce, retail, technology, and luxury goods with over 10 years of experience. Raphi has grown Allurez into a multi million dollar brand, and has been featured in Forbes magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, the Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. Besides running Allurez Raphi is also an avid investor having backed various startups.
After graduating Albany State with a degree in Communications, Stacy began her professional career at Bloomingdales, and afterward, spent two decades in the Wholesale/ Luxury Fashion marketplace, largely posing as Willy Loman selling schmattas on the road, in showrooms, at tradeshows and trunk shows for brands including Burberry. In 2004, Stacy joined 24 Seven, and it was a natural transition to be supporting the industry where her career began, as well as other exciting, creative lines of business. 24 Seven is an award-winning staffing and recruiting firm that connects high caliber talent for freelance, temp-to-hire, direct hire and executive search solutions for Digital Marketing, Creative Services, Content & Copywriting, Development & Technology, e-Commerce, Beauty, Fashion, Retail and Events.
Wendy is currently Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast for Diptyque and Byredo.
She is a creative dynamic people person grounded in Analytics with her biggest strength being Relationship Building. She keeps the big picture in mind while keeping meticulous attention to details. Moved from NYC to Miami. Trained by the best in class in NYC in Fashion and Beauty. Saks Fifth Avenue for Buying, Macy's for Planning, NARS and Perry Ellis for Account Management, Elie Tahari for Merchandising, Michael Kors for Selling, and NPD for Market Research.
This event starts on April 3rd at 6:00 PM.
YJP is proud to present an incredible evening of insights and discussion with Erik Nordstrom, Co-President of Nordstrom Inc.
Attendees will have the opportunity to dine with Mr. Nordstrom, join in a candid fireside discussion and Q&A session, and mingle with other rising stars in the fashion, merchandising, and luxury spaces over cocktails and gourmet bites.
Doors open at 6:00 pm, dinner and program will commence at 7:00 pm sharp.
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