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

Retail TouchPoints and design:retail have chosen the subsequent class of the 40 Under 40 — the high 40 professionals in the retail business beneath the age of 40 who’re paving the approach for the subsequent period of retail. This yr, the publications expanded nominations to incorporate all roles and job features in the retail ecosystem — from ecommerce and advertising and marketing to innovation and retailer design.

After receiving the largest nomination pool in the competitors’s seven-year historical past, the editorial workforce culled down the listing to the high 40 younger professionals in the retail neighborhood who met the following standards:

  • Shining stars of their firm and in the business;
  • Have accomplished modern and exceptional work; and
  • Contribute significantly to training or associations supporting the retail neighborhood.

The 2021 class of spectacular leaders is comprised of founders, CEOs, artistic administrators, design managers, advertising and marketing executives, ecommerce gurus, VPs and many extra changemakers rewriting the guidelines of retail in distinctive and thrilling methods.

“We are proud to proceed the legacy of the 40 Under 40 Awards program, recognizing the achievements and excellent work of the retail business’s subsequent technology of leaders,” stated Jessie Dowd, Senior Editor of Retail TouchPoints. “Elevating these people who’ve used their good minds and devoted drive to propel retail ahead is crucial to fostering continued innovation throughout the business at massive.” 

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

Liz Aiello, Senior Associate, MG2

Lauren Bayton, (*40*), Creative Presentation, Ralph Lauren

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

Brendan Blume, VP, Store Development, Green Thumb Industries

Kevin Calabrese, AVP, Brand Design & Experiential, AT&T

Kelly Coffey, Senior Manager, Brand Store Marketing, Ariat International Inc.

Mia Croft, Creative (*40*), Native

Devin Dardanes, Regional VP, Sales, Noa Brands

Christiana DiMattesa, Senior (*40*) Marketing, DTC Channels and Experience, The Americas, Under Armour

Richard Thomas Eberle, Owner, Brick & Bridge

Lizzy Ellingson, Chief Digital Experience Officer, David’s Bridal

Jeff Folino, (*40*) of eCommerce, Marathon Sports

Christa Forte, Project Executive, Shawmut Design & Construction

Joseph A. Fulco, Senior Associate, Design Manager, Gensler

Tori Gerbig, Co-Founder and CEO, Pink Lily

Samantha Goodman, Associate, Senior Architectural Designer, Bergmeyer

Patrick Hallberg, Marketing & Merchandising Executive, Apple

Katie Keil, SVP of Omnichannel Marketing, Madison Reed

Alexandria Laird, Manager, People Development and Communications, Crocs

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

Kellie Larsen, (*40*) of Omnichannel and Delivery Operations, Party City

Randi Lawrence, Senior Associate, CallisonRTKL

Ryan Lupberger, CEO, Cleancult

Jill Madison, Senior Brand Experience Manager, Sleep Number

Zak Normandin, Founder/CEO, Iris Nova

Ari Peralta, CEO & Founding Partner, Arigami

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

Phill Rees, Design (*40*), Landor & Fitch

Liz Rinaldi, VP Design (*40*), Retail Design Group, Arc Worldwide

Amanda Saffer, Chief Technical Officer, SuitStore (previously The Groomsman Suit)

Jonathan Shokrian, Founder & CEO, MeUndies

Jon Sica, Chief Strategy and Development Officer, Batteries Plus

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

Somia Farid Silber, VP, eCommerce, Edible Arrangements

Reyes Varela, Global Brand Designer, Taco Bell

Brian John Wehrle Jr., (*40*), Store Experience, Rite Aid Corp.

Jaimie Weiss, COO, Jean Dousset

Sheena Wilde, VP of Philanthropy, Kendra Scott

Noah Wolfson, (*40*) of Program Management, Sachse Construction

Santiago Zabala Travers, Co-founder and CEO, Trafilea Group/Shapermint

Get to know the winners subsequent month and dive into our full protection, which will probably be unveiled in Retail TouchPoints in late May 2021. This yr’s winners — in addition to the 2020 winners — will probably be acknowledged at a future awards celebration (particulars to be introduced).

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