I had the distinct pleasure today to visit with Eli and Jen Crane, the founders and owners of startup company – Bottle Breacher.  Two nicer and more genuine people you will not find.  It was absolutely wonderful to visit with them and be introduced to their products more thoroughly and their process from design, operations and marketing.  The passion in both of them is infectious.  It also reconfirms the entrepreneurial spirit that drives this country. Continue reading

I am the Director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona and the PetSmart Professor of Practice. I am very passionate about teaching, being a Dad, barbecue and chocolate – not necessarily in that order.

Terry Lundgren is much more than just the leader of an iconic retail brand like Macy’s.  He is a man with an incredible and genuine passion for the emerging leaders of the retailing industry.  That is not a fact that receives as much recognition but, in my humble opinion, will ultimately be his greatest gift to retailing. Continue reading

I am the Director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona and the PetSmart Professor of Practice. I am very passionate about teaching, being a Dad, barbecue and chocolate – not necessarily in that order.

When one is in college, summer is usually time to sit back, relax, go to beach, get a part-time job and fill up the tank for the next academic year.  That’s what I did except I headed to the mountains in Colorado instead of the beach.  But, for many students in the retailing and consumer sciences program, summer means heading off to a summer internship instead.  This summer, three of our students – Jason Knode, Savannah Whitehead, and Karlie Fisher – will be taking part in three such experiences.  And, for the first time this summer, these three amazing folks will be chronicling their journeys through our website – http://retail406.org/category/student-views/. Continue reading

I am the Director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona and the PetSmart Professor of Practice. I am very passionate about teaching, being a Dad, barbecue and chocolate – not necessarily in that order.

We visited a local First Watch – a breakfast and lunch cafe/restaurant – for Mother’s Day.  Besides waiting in line for about 50 minutes, which was expected on such a day, the server added a nice little touch to the day.  They gave a small box of chocolates – from Russell Stovers – to my wife at the end of the meal.  It probably cost them relatively little per box for as many boxes that they must have bought but certainly a simple but wonderful little gesture to make. Continue reading

I am the Director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona and the PetSmart Professor of Practice. I am very passionate about teaching, being a Dad, barbecue and chocolate – not necessarily in that order.

I love being a Dad.

Chatting with my daughter in the morning as we wait for her bus to arrive. Texting with her throughout the day about her drama at high school. Kissing her good night when she heads off to bed. Sending her a final “good night sweetie” text after she turns off her bedroom lights. Those are the things that I absolutely love doing. Honestly, I’m not sure if I do a very good job at being a Dad. I know I’ve made far more than my fair share of mistakes along the way. But I do love the moments we have together. In the end, I think she has had to forgive my many Dad faults than I have ever had to forgive her mistakes. Continue reading

I am the Director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona and the PetSmart Professor of Practice. I am very passionate about teaching, being a Dad, barbecue and chocolate – not necessarily in that order.

Augustine wrote “fallor ergo sum”: I err, therefore, I am.

Last night, when I got home from campus, my daughter came downstairs all in a mood. And, let me write, that’s always a great way to start the evening! Anyhow, she is taking an AP English class this year in high school. One of the assessments she has every week or so is a “timed write.” Her teacher gives the class an article, assigns a specific style of writing and then gives the students the entire class period to write their submission based on the article. Tonight she recounted how she made a “stupid mistake” on her most recent attempt. Apparently, as she told it, she used an example from “fiction” – some television show or movie – which is a major no-no for these timed writes. “Only real examples from the real world, not fake ones” she is told by her teacher. Fair enough. Continue reading

I am the Director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona and the PetSmart Professor of Practice. I am very passionate about teaching, being a Dad, barbecue and chocolate – not necessarily in that order.