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 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.
- David Berg
- Joe and Meghan Desprospero
- Jen-Lin Hwang
- Debra and Frank J. Kutch
- James F. Lewis and Lisa Maxwell-Lewis
- Nicole A. Panettieri
- Carolina L. Prieto
- Elaine Seltzer
- 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 Member, The Paper Store
Chairman & CEO, Bealls, Inc.
- David Berg
Group Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Holdings
Manager, College Relations, Macy’s Inc.
Sr. Vice President of NRF & Executive Director of NRF Foundation
Research Scientist at University of Florida, Director of the industry group Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC)
Director of Consumer HR Business Partners, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Chief Executive Officer, Beall’s, Inc.
Chief Talent Officer, Caleres
President, Sealane Marketing
James E. Lewis
Founder and CEO, Enhanced Retail Solutions LLC
Director, Human Resources, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions
Head of Operations, The Miller Group
David F. Miller, Jr.
Managing Partner, The Miller Group
Co-Founder, Managing Partner & CEO, Scargo Hill Capital
General Counsel, Florida Retail Federation
James R. Schneider
President & CEO of Signature Brands, LLC
Executive V.P., Brandsmart
Kelli M. Snell
National Account Manager of Adult Nutrition brands, Abbott Nutrition
President GuideWell Connect and Chief Marketing Officer, Florida Blue
President & CEO, Pinch-A-Penny
Regional Vice President – Pharmacy and Retail Operations, Walgreens
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.
- Melissa Christiana
- Amanda de Valle
- Haley Dierkes
- Alyssa Freeburg
- Morgan Ginn
- Elyssa Kemper
- Annalese Kraus
- Michelle Kunz
- Justin Lewis
- Joshua Mintz
- Kayla Moore
- Matthew O’Sullivan
- Amber Razzano
- Samantha Reitz
- Jazmin Rubido
- Elizabeth Stokes
- Nicole Tanski
- Mausam Trivedi