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Robert is a Board of Advisors member to Griffin Strategic Advisors, and the Timothy W. McGuire Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing at Carnegie Mellon University. His primary research is in the areas of database marketing, retailing, customer equity, and sales promotion. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Professor Blattberg consults to leading retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, and database marketers. He is also a frequent speaker at Direct Marketing Association and American Marketing Association events. He has over 60 publications in books, industry reports, and articles. His books include “The Marketing Information Revolution”.


John has over 25 years of corporate experience in both strategy and operations and also has five years of consulting experience. John formerly led Product Development, Business Development, and Strategic Planning at the Divisional and Corporate level for Baxter, Allegiance and Cardinal Health. In these roles John was responsible for identifying key acquisition targets, forging new business alliances, and identifying new, profitable growth platforms. After his successful corporate career, John became a co-founder of Excel Marketing partners and has spent the last 5 years consulting with mid-market companies helping to develop and implement growth strategies.


Milind is a Board of Advisors member to Griffin Strategic Advisors, and the Managing Director of SLC Consultants, Inc., a strategy-consulting firm based in Chicago, Illinois. He was previously associated with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as a Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Strategy. Dr. Lele was also previously a Visiting Associate Professor of Marketing at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is the author of “Creating Strategic Leverage and Monopoly Rules”.


Harvey is a Board of Advisors member to Griffin Strategic Advisors, and is the chief executive officer of Optimer Brands, a textile technology company. The former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hartmarx Corporation, he has more than 35 years experience in the apparel industry. He has served as a Director of Syms Corporation; a Trustee of the Glimcher Realty Trust; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University; an Academic Director in the Kellogg’s Executive Development Program; a visiting Executive Professor at the University of North Florida School of Business; and a Director of the National Retail Federation’s Foundation Board.

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