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Student Challenge Mentors
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KPMG LLP is supporting this year’s NRF Foundation Student Challenge by providing mentors to work with the student teams. The mentors are senior KPMG retail industry professionals who were hand-selected based on their experience in and commitment to the retail industry.
Mentors participate in the student team calls over the course of the competition, sharing with and advising the teams as they develop their business plans and pitch videos. This partnership reinforces the commitment both KPMG and the NRF Foundation have to cultivating the next generation of retail leaders.
“KPMG is proud to be the sponsor of the NRF Student Challenge. As the leader of KPMG’s retail industry practice and a board member of the NRF Foundation, I feel strongly that cultivating the next generation of retail leaders is absolutely critical to a growing and vibrant retail industry,” says KPMG US and Global Retail Leader and NRF Foundation Board Member Mark Larson. “We salute the student teams that have entered the competition and look forward to announcing the top team at this year’s NRF Foundation Gala in New York!”
2018 KPMG Mentors
2017 KMPG Mentors
Brett Benner, Greg Brunner, Kamy Devaguptapu, Mike Eddy, Will Garman, Adam Goodliss, Brian Griffith, Renee Howard, Ray Kansal, Eugene Kublanov, Dan McNevin, Sunder Ramakrishnan, Joel Rampoldt, Scott Rankin, Leila Shin, Priyesh Upreti, and Ali Wampler.
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