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.
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2014 Kathleen Brown Outstanding Retail Student of the Year
Awarded to: Beth Thompson, Economics, May 2015
Interned with Macy’s 2013, 2014, Bradenton FL & Chicago IL
Beth Thompson is a fourth-year economics major, pursuing minors in French and retail. After almost committing to attend the Florida State University, she learned about the Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research. Go Gators.
Beth currently serves as the Retail Society president, working with the organization's leaders to help other students rethink the way they view retail.
She landed her first store management internship with Macy's, after connecting with a college relations representative during a Retail Society Meeting. After managing the intimate apparel department at Macy's in Brandon, Florida (and learning more than anyone would ever need to know about underwear), Beth was offered a second internship with the company.
This time, the internship was in Chicago, on Michigan Avenue, at one of Macys' top-earning stores. Beth spent her summer managing the fifth floor of the massive eight-story building, in women's traditional ready-to-wear.
During the school year, you'll find Beth drinking coffee in the Retail Center. However, if she isn't in the Retail Center, Beth will most likely be found leading the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event on campus. Her event leadership team of almost 100 students works year-round to put on University of Florida's second-largest student-run fundraising event, which raised almost $150,000 last year.
Upon graduation, Beth will be moving to Chicago to start her full-time career with Macy's! She is excited to start on her retail path and would like to thank all of the sponsors who, with their funding of the Retail Center, convinced her to come to the University of Florida.
With the Fourth of July just days away, Steve Kirn, Executive Director of the David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research, spoke to USA Today about patriotic-themed products made in foreign countries.
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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.