Located in the Warrington College of Business and working within the University of Florida community, the Miller Retail Center strives to develop tomorrow's leaders by stimulating interest in retail careers, preparing students for entry-level management, providing continuing education opportunities, facilitating communications between retailers and academics, and researching retail issues and opportunities.
Retail Smarter Conference
The annual Retail Smarter Conference brings together a diverse group of retail and industry participants for two days of speakers, panels, roundtables and networking. Find out more
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Events & Activities
The Retail Center undertakes a broad range of activities, including developing retail education programs in for undergraduates, stimulating student interest in retail careers, offering continuing education programs, hosting conferences, sponsoring workshops and seminars, serving as an international resource center for retailing and conducting research on issues of importance to the industry.
Retail Center Mentor Program a Success!
I interned this summer for Ross as a buyer in New York City. While I was on my internship, I learned so much about the position, but the real exploration started when I returned home, for my senior year at UF. Ross had extended me a full time offer and given me a two-month window to accept the offer, so we could figure out if this was a position we were sure we wanted. I took this time to start exploring, but I felt so overwhelmed by all the opportunities that were available to me after graduation. When I was given a mentor through the Retail Center and I began discussing my career goals with Susan, who gave me the insight and the tools to map out my post college plan more efficiently and make the best choices for my career path into the retail world. Through Susan, I have looked into other corporate retailing opportunities that may better suit my skills, explored options for cities in the United States to live and helped me narrow down where I wanted to start. We are given so many opportunities through the Retail Center for potential careers, having additional guidance from an Alum that is in the field already helped me find the opportunity that is right for me.
David F. Miller, Sr., CRER Founding Sponsor, Passes Away
Last Friday, November 20, we received the sad news that David F. Miller, Sr., had passed away during the night. Mr. Miller was the founding donor (and eventual namesake) of the Retail Center. His initial contribution over 25 years ago provided the resources necessary to establish the Center, which later grew and thrived under the leadership of Dr. Bart Weitz, and the hard work of many staff. We would not be here without Dr. Weitz' and Mr. Miller's shared vision and support.
Mr. Miller had a long and distinguished career with J.C. Penney, ultimately retiring in 1990 as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer. He began his career as a salesman for J.C. Penney 37 years earlier in Jacksonville, Florida and rose rapidly through a series of increasingly responsible roles including Merchandise Manager, District Manager, Director of Regional Operation, Vice President, Senior Vice President and Director of Stores, and Executive Vice President.
An Air Force veteran, he was also a proud and active Florida Gator (class of 1951) and a great fan of Gator Sports. He served as a member of the Retail Center's Executive Advisory Board for many years, and was a continuing supporter of the Center and other University programs.
Mr. Miller was also a leader in civic activities such as United Way and the Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County, in addition to serving in a wide range of professional service positions and Board memberships.
Two of his children, David, Jr. and Clara, continue Mr. Miller's tradition of support and service to the Retail Center. We send our condolences — and sincere thanks — to them and the rest of Mr. Miller's family. He will be sorely missed.