Retail TouchPoints and design:retail Reveal the 40 Under 40 Class of 2021 - Sachse Construction
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Retail TouchPoints and design:retail Reveal the 40 Under 40 Class of 2021

Retail TouchPoints and design:retail have selected the next class of the 40 Under 40 — the top 40 professionals in the retail industry under the age of 40 who are paving the way for the next era of retail. This year, the publications expanded nominations to include all roles and job functions in the retail ecosystem — from ecommerce and marketing to innovation and store design.

After receiving the largest nomination pool in the competition’s seven-year history, the editorial team culled down the list to the top 40 young professionals in the retail community who met the following criteria:

  • Shining stars in their company and in the industry;
  • Have completed innovative and remarkable work; and
  • Contribute greatly to education or associations supporting the retail community.

The 2021 class of impressive leaders is comprised of founders, CEOs, creative directors, design managers, marketing executives, ecommerce gurus, VPs and many more changemakers rewriting the rules of retail in unique and exciting ways.

“We are proud to continue the legacy of the 40 Under 40 Awards program, recognizing the achievements and outstanding work of the retail industry’s next generation of leaders,” said Jessie Dowd, Senior Editor of Retail TouchPoints. “Elevating those individuals who have used their brilliant minds and dedicated drive to propel retail forward is essential to fostering continued innovation across the industry at large.” 

The 2021 winners of Retail TouchPoints’ and design:retail’s 40 Under 40 are:

Liz AielloSenior Associate, MG2

Lauren BaytonDirectorCreative Presentation, Ralph Lauren

Robert Timothy BlairManager Retail Operations: Customer Experience, White House BLACK MARKET

Brendan Blume, VP, Store Development, Green Thumb Industries

Kevin CalabreseAVP, Brand Design & Experiential, AT&T

Kelly CoffeySenior Manager, Brand Store Marketing, Ariat International Inc.

Mia CroftCreative Director, Native

Devin DardanesRegional VP, Sales, Noa Brands

Christiana DiMattesaSenior Director Marketing, DTC Channels and Experience, The Americas, Under Armour

Richard Thomas EberleOwner, Brick & Bridge

Lizzy EllingsonChief Digital Experience Officer, David’s Bridal

Jeff FolinoDirector of eCommerce, Marathon Sports

Christa ForteProject Executive, Shawmut Design & Construction

Joseph A. FulcoSenior Associate, Design Manager, Gensler

Tori GerbigCo-Founder and CEO, Pink Lily

Samantha GoodmanAssociate, Senior Architectural Designer, Bergmeyer

Patrick HallbergMarketing & Merchandising Executive, Apple

Katie KeilSVP of Omnichannel Marketing, Madison Reed

Alexandria LairdManager, People Development and Communications, Crocs

Stacey Robert LandinoSenior Project Manager of Décor and Design, Whole Foods Market

Kellie LarsenDirector of Omnichannel and Delivery Operations, Party City

Randi LawrenceSenior Associate, CallisonRTKL

Ryan LupbergerCEO and Co-Founder, Cleancult

Jill MadisonSenior Brand Experience Manager, Sleep Number

Zak NormandinFounder/CEO, Iris Nova

Ari PeraltaCEO & Founding Partner, Arigami

Jessica RaaschSenior Design Manager – Store Design Guest Experience Team, Target Corp.

Phill ReesDesign Director, Landor & Fitch

Liz RinaldiVP Design Director, Retail Design Group, Arc Worldwide

Amanda SafferChief Technical Officer, SuitShop (formerly The Groomsman Suit)

Jonathan ShokrianFounder & CEO, MeUndies

Jon SicaChief Strategy and Development Officer, Batteries Plus

PJ SinghVP – Store Strategy & Product Management, Macy’s Inc.

Somia Farid SilberVP, eCommerce, Edible Arrangements

Reyes VarelaGlobal Brand Designer, Taco Bell

Brian WehrleDirector, Store Experience, Rite Aid Corp.

Jaimie WeissCOO, Jean Dousset

Sheena WildeVP of Philanthropy, Kendra Scott

Noah WolfsonDirector of Program Management, Sachse Construction

Santiago Zabala TraversCo-founder and CEO, Trafilea Group/Shapermint

Get to know the winners next month and dive into our full coverage, which will be unveiled in Retail TouchPoints in late May 2021. This year’s winners — as well as the 2020 winners — will be recognized at a future awards celebration (details to be announced).

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