About the Miller Center

The major objectives of the David F. Miller Retail Center are to stimulate student interest in pursuing careers in retailing, prepare students for entry level management positions, provide continuing education opportunities for individuals currently in retailing.

The objectives are directed toward finding ways to increase retailing productivity and uncover effective strategies for dealing with heightened competition and rapidly changing conditions in retail markets.

The Miller Center undertakes a broad range of activities which are are selected to meet the needs of a variety of retailers including:

  • developing educational programs in retailing for undergraduates
  • stimulating student interest in retailing careers
  • offering continuing education programs, hosting conferences, sponsoring workshops and seminars


  • The Center stimulates interest in pursuing careers in retailing and exposing students to the various opportunities that exist within the industry.
  • Prepare students for summer internships and placement of entry-level management positions upon graduation.
  • Provide unique educational and developmental opportunities for students outside of the classroom.
  • Provide continuing education opportunities for individuals currently in the retail industry.

Sponsoring Companies

Sponsoring Companies provide support for the Miller Center and are represented on the Executive Advisory Board which reviews the Center's activities and determines the strategic direction for future programs. For details about becoming a partner of the Center and to see the list of our sponsoring companies please visit our Sponsorship page.

Individual Miller Center Supporters

All of the services offered to students are funded through sponsoring companies and individual gifts. We want to thank individuals who have contributed to the Center in support of the activities we provide our students at the University of Florida. Your commitment to helping our efforts is sincerely appreciated.

If you would like to make a gift please visit the UF David F. Miller Retail Center, Warrington College of Business online giving page.

Individual Supporters

  1. David Berg
  2. Joe and Meghan Desprospero
  3. Jen-Lin Hwang
  4. Debra and Frank J. Kutch
  5. James F. Lewis and Lisa Maxwell-Lewis
  6. Nicole A. Panettieri
  7. Carolina L. Prieto
  8. Elaine Seltzer
  9. Lily C. and Jordan J. Siviglia

Executive Advisory Board

The Executive Advisory Board is comprised of executive representatives from each sponsoring company and academic members from the UF community. The Advisory Board meets twice a year to establish broad strategic directions for the Miller Center and review the present activities. The retail executive members help identify important problem areas, while the academic members provide input on the feasibility of developing effective programs to examine these problems. Committees consisting of specialists from supporting firms are established to select and review research projects and to develop and review educational programs.

Board Members

  1. Beth Angelo
    Board Member, The Paper Store
  2. Robert Beall
    Chairman & CEO, Bealls, Inc.
  3. David Berg
  4. Charly Boorom
    Group Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Holdings
  5. Taylor Caldwell
    Manager, College Relations, Macy’s Inc.
  6. Ellen Davis
    Sr. Vice President of NRF & Executive Director of NRF Foundation
  7. Read Hayes
    Research Scientist at University of Florida, Director of the industry group Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC)
  8. Truman Hyde
    Director of Consumer HR Business Partners, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
  9. Steve Knopik
    Chief Executive Officer, Beall’s, Inc.
  10. Doug Koch
    Chief Talent Officer, Caleres
  11. Chip Lane
    President, Sealane Marketing
  12. James E. Lewis
    Founder and CEO, Enhanced Retail Solutions LLC
  13. James McClain
    Director, Human Resources, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions
  14. Clara Miller
    Head of Operations, The Miller Group
  15. David F. Miller, Jr.
    Managing Partner, The Miller Group
  16. Andrew Moser
    Co-Founder, Managing Partner & CEO, Scargo Hill Capital
  17. Samantha Padgett
    General Counsel, Florida Retail Federation
  18. James R. Schneider
    President & CEO of Signature Brands, LLC
  19. Lary Sinewitz
    Executive V.P., Brandsmart
  20. Kelli M. Snell
    National Account Manager of Adult Nutrition brands, Abbott Nutrition
  21. Craig Thomas
    President GuideWell Connect and Chief Marketing Officer, Florida Blue
  22. John Thomas
    President & CEO, Pinch-A-Penny
  23. Kristen Vargas
    Regional Vice President – Pharmacy and Retail Operations, Walgreens
  24. Janet Wincko
    Senior Vice President of Human Resources, City Furniture

Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board consists of students who have recently completed retail management internships. The SAB is dedicated to the development of enthusiasm for retailing at the University of Florida. This prestigious group represents visiting retail companies as their ambassadors when at the University for recruitment, interviews, speaking engagements and workshops. The SAB actively educate their peers about retailing through public speaking, seminar support, assembly representation as well as assisting the Center with workshops, seminars and newsletters.

Board Members

  1. Melissa Christiana
  2. Amanda de Valle
  3. Haley Dierkes
  4. Alyssa Freeburg
  5. Morgan Ginn
  6. Elyssa Kemper
  7. Annalese Kraus
  8. Michelle Kunz
  9. Justin Lewis
  10. Joshua Mintz
  11. Kayla Moore
  12. Matthew O’Sullivan
  13. Amber Razzano
  14. Samantha Reitz
  15. Jazmin Rubido
  16. Elizabeth Stokes
  17. Nicole Tanski
  18. Mausam Trivedi


College Info

Warrington College of Business
BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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