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Mary Epner

Mary began her career in Dallas with the Saks Fifth Avenue Store Line Management Program. She was quickly promoted to management jobs, running Men’s and Women’s departments —carrying the most prestigious brands. After five years, Mary moved to New York to join the elite Macy’s Executive Training Program. The two experiences provided a foundation for more than 20 years of upward trajectory in retail management for Mary.  She ran businesses in Designer Apparel, Surf and Skate, Handbags, Jewelry, and Athletic wear, to name a few.  Mary was promoted to the GVP of Merchandising for the teen girls’ apparel at Aéropostale, during which time represented approximately $1 billion in sales while the brand was considered one of the top choices among teens.

Since 2010, Mary has channeled her retail expertise by providing timely trend analysis for many of the largest mutual and hedge funds in the U.S., and is a frequent guest on CNBC and Fox Business News. She provides insight on luxury brands, department stores, mall and e-commerce retail, and how emerging trends and current topics will impact retailers.

In addition Mary has served on the board of directors for retailers, as a consultant for distressed brands and as an advisor and mentor to startups across categories.

Mary holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and earned her undergraduate BBA from The University of Iowa.