The Retail Minded Advisory Board

Retail Minded Magazine is honored to have the support of  some of the industry’s most distinguished professionals who contribute to the vast world of retail in their own, unique ways.

Their expertise and trusted insight helps support Retail Minded in delivering the best, most comprehensive knowledge so that we can support you as best we can.

Kizer & Bender

Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender are professional speakers, authors and consultants who have been trusted experts in the retail industry since 1989. Their expertise includes a vast understanding of generational diversity, consumer trends, marketing, promotion and everything retail. Widely known for their intensive research in all things consumer, Kizer & Bender are frequent contributors to various media outlets and have been recognized twice by The American Society of Business Publication Editors Award of Excellence (ASBPE). They maintain a popular blog,, that is a must read for anyone in the industry, as well as can be seen nationwide at a variety of trade and association events.  Retail Minded is thrilled to have them as trusted leaders and Advisers – but more so, as friends.

Christie Burris

An advocate for brick and mortar retail stores of all sizes, Christie has worked for the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) for over ten years overseeing the print and visual communication materials for the association. As the primary liaison for NCRMA and its affiliated companies to the media and general public, she works to give North Carolina’s retail industry a voice on issues ranging from seasonal hiring to tax reform. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Journalism School graduate, Christie began her career in Washington, DC, working in the communications and public affairs departments for national non-profits. She is married to Craig and has three children – Mason, Ben and Luke.

Curtis Picard

Curtis Picard, CAE, is the Executive Director of the Maine Merchants Association, the statewide retail trade association.   Previously he has worked with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the New York Road Runners / New York City Marathon. Picard currently serves as board chair of the Maine Society of Association Executives and serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Tourism Association, the Council of State Retail Associations and on the Northeast Board of Regents for the US Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management.  Picard is an avid runner and a former volunteer firefighter.  He is married with one son and lives in Topsham, Maine. Retail Minded is honored to have his expertise support our retail audience.

Cathy Wagner

Cathy Wagner of Retail Mavens proudly supports retailers nationwide as an expert retail consultant, offering them guided insight on how to achieve stronger profit in their stores. Having successfully owned three stores, Wagner knows first hand what it is like to work retail. For eleven plus years, Wagner now solely dedicates her time to help other retailers achieve more profit-building success.

Jef Buehler

Jef Buehler serves as the State Coordinator of Main Street New Jersey & Improvement District Programs within New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, overseeing 36 local Main Street programs statewide. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Downtown New Jersey and the New Jersey Transit Village Task Force, and has most recently created the NJ350 Pop-Up Stores, a first-of-its-kind statewide 12-month and 1,000 mile long temporary retail store program in celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary. In 2013, Buehler was elected to serve as a Councilman, and head’s up his community’s business recruitment and retention efforts as a citizen volunteer. Retail Minded is honored to recognize Buehler as one of our elite advisers.

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