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

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.

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 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.

Board Members

  1. Beth Angelo
    Board Member, The Paper Store
  2. Robert Beall
    Chairman & CEO, Bealls, Inc.
  3. David Berg
    Chief Operating Officer, Carlson
  4. Ellen Davis
    Sr. Vice President of NRF & Executive Director of NRF Foundation
  5. Read Hayes
    Research Scientist at University of Florida, Director of the industry group Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC)
  6. Truman Hyde
    Director of Consumer HR Business Partners, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
  7. Steve Knopik
    Chief Executive Officer, Beall’s, Inc.
  8. Doug Koch
    Chief Talent Officer, Caleres
  9. Chip Lane
    President, Sealane Marketing
  10. James E. Lewis
    Founder and CEO, Enhanced Retail Solutions LLC
  11. Courtney McAbee
  12. James McClain
    Director, Human Resources, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions
  13. Clara Miller
    Head of Operations, The Miller Group
  14. David F. Miller, Jr.
    Managing Partner, The Miller Group
  15. Andrew Moser
    Co-Head,Retail and Consumer Products, Asset Based Lending Group, Monroe Capital LLC
  16. Samantha Padgett
    General Counsel, Florida Retail Federation
  17. Jamie Petter
    Director of Internal Communications & Talent Development, Chico’s
  18. Lary Sinewitz
    Executive V.P., Brandsmart
  19. Craig Thomas
    President GuideWell Connect and Chief Marketing Officer, Florida Blue
  20. John Thomas
    President & CEO, Pinch-A-Penny
  21. Kristen Vargas
    Regional Vice President – Pharmacy and Retail Operations, Walgreens
  22. Joe Vella
    Director, Corporate Giving, 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.

Board Members

  1. Nakisha Behi
  2. Kelvin Dominguez
  3. Matthew Fergusson
  4. Victoria Hernandez
  5. Megan Hutkso
  6. Melissa Mainelli
  7. Evan Morris
  8. Matthew O’Sullivan
  9. Taylor Phillips
  10. Elizabeth Purvis
  11. Danielle Richmond
  12. Kendall Williams
  13. Callie Wilson


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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