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The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

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Student Challenge Mentors

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"Cultivating the next generation of retail leaders is absolutely critical to a growing and vibrant retail industry."
Mark Larson
KPMG US and Global Retail Leader and NRF Foundation Board Member

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

Brett Benner

Brett Benner

Advisory Director

Team: Purdue University

Gabrielle de Briey

Gabrielle de Briey

Manager, Customer Solutions

Team: University of Florida

Greg Brunner

Greg Brunner

Senior Manager, Audit

Team: Lasell College

 

Kerri Drozd

Kerri Drozd

Senior Manager, Customer Advisory

Team: Drexel University, University of Iowa

Will Garman

Will Garman

Director, Advisory

Teams: Auburn University, Indiana University

Kyle Goldich

Kyle Goldich

Director, Strategy

Teams: Georgia Southern University, Butler University

 

Elisa Holland

Elisa Holland

Director, Innovation Lab

Teams: Texas State University, FIDM

Renee Howard

Renee Howard

Partner, Audit

Teams: University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of North Texas

Ray Kansal

Ray Kansal

Director, Advisory

Teams: Bradley University, California Polytechnic, LIM College

 

Vera Nieuwland

Vera Nieuwland

Manager, Innovation Lab

Team: University of Wisconsin - Madison

 

 

Swetha Ramjee

Swetha Ramjee

Manager, Customer Advisory

Team: Texas A&M University

Leila Shin

Leila Shin

Director, Advisory

Teams: Columbia College Chicago, Iowa State University

 

Ali Wampler

Ali Wampler

Director, Advisory

Teams: Florida State University, University of Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Student Challenge
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