About The Retail Center
The major objectives of the Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research 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, improve communications between retailers and academics so that academics are more familiar with problems facing retailers, and so that retailers can take advantage of new perspectives and insights arising in the academic community, and undertake research on retailing issues, opportunities, and problems.
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 Retail Center undertakes a broad range of activities which are are selected to meet the needs of a variety of retailers (international, national, regional, and local), including:
- developing educational programs in retailing for undergraduates
- stimulating student interest in retailing careers
- offering continuing education programs, hosting conferences, sponsoring workshops and seminars
- serving as an international resource center for retailing
- conducting research on issues of importance to the industry
Sponsoring Companies provide support for the Retail Center and are represented on the Executive Advisory Board which reviews the Retail Center's activities and determines the strategic direction for future programs. For details about becoming a partner of the Retail Center and to see the list of our sponsoring companies please visit our Sponsorship page.
Individual Retail 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 Center for Retailing 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 Retail 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.
Retired Vice COB, COO - Stores & Catalog, Office of the Chairman, jcp
Board Member, The Paper Store
Chairman & CEO, Bealls, Inc.
Chief Operating Officer, Carlson
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)
V.P., Store Operations, Walgreens
Director of Consumer HR Business Partners, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Michael P. Kercheval
President, International Council of Shopping Centers
Chief Executive Officer, Beall’s, Inc.
Chief Talent Officer, Brown Shoe Company
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
President/CEO, Salus Capital Partners
General Counsel, Florida Retail Federation
Director of Internal Communications & Talent Development, Chico’s
Sr. VP Merchandising Services, The Home Depot
Executive V.P., Brandsmart
Vice President Marketing, Florida Blue
President & CEO, Pinch-A-Penny
Regional Vice President – Pharmacy and Retail Operations, Walgreens
Director, Corporate Giving, Macy's Inc.
Director of College Relations, Macy’s Inc.
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.