Mindy Grossman is Chief Executive Officer of HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSNI) and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. She oversees a $4 billion direct to consumer retail portfolio that includes HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio of home and family lifestyle brands.
During her tenure she has positioned HSNi as a leader in boundaryless retail, offering customers a seamless shopping experience across multiple channels – television, catalogue, online and mobile. Over half of the company’s revenue is now generated through digital commerce.
A 38-year veteran of the retail and apparel industries, Mindy joined IAC, HSNi’s former parent company, in 2006 as CEO of IAC Retail. In 2008, she took the company public and became the CEO of HSNi. Since then she has transformed HSN into a lifestyle network offering an exciting array of products, personalities and experiences designed to engage, inform and entertain. She has pioneered visionary, industry-changing innovations such as Shop by Remote, HSN Arcade and HSN Live and formed unique partnerships with brands such as Disney, Ford and Universal. She has also reshaped the Cornerstone Brands portfolio by spearheading the digital transformation of the catalogue business.
Prior to joining IAC, she served as a Global Vice President at Nike, Inc., overseeing its $4 billion apparel business. At Nike, she led the development and growth of the global women's business and served as co-chair of Nike’s Women's Leadership Council. Earlier career highlights include serving as President and CEO of Polo Jeans Company, Vice President of New Business Development at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, President of Chaps Ralph Lauren, and Senior Vice President of Menswear for Warnaco, Inc. She also held senior positions at Tommy Hilfiger and Oxford Industries.
In 2014, Mindy was recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and Fortune’s Business Person of the Year. In 2013, Forbes magazine named Mindy one of the world’s 100 most powerful women, an honor she has received three times. In 2011, she was named Corporate Innovator of the Year at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Florida Awards. In both 2010 and 2011, Mindy was ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 women in world business.
Mindy serves as Chairman of the National Retail Federation Board of Directors. She also serves as Vice Chairman for The U.S. Fund for UNICEF and is a member of the Board of Directors of Bloomin' Brands. Additionally, Mindy is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors.
Judy Schmeling is President of Cornerstone Brands and Chief Operating Officer for HSN, Inc. HSN, Inc (NASDAQ: HSNI) is a $4 billion direct to consumer retailer that includes live content retailer HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio of home and apparel lifestyle brands – Frontgate, Grandin Road, Ballard Designs, Garnet Hill and Improvements.
Over Judy’s 22 year tenure at HSNi, she has contributed significantly to the company’s growth and development, including: taking the Company public in 2008; the recent credit facility refinancing that significantly strengthened HSNi’s financial position; the implementation of the Company’s operational centers of excellence across the organization; and the expansion of its experiential retail operations and distribution platforms.
Judy joined HSN in 1994 as Director of Investor Relations and Treasury. She was promoted to Vice President of Strategic Planning and Analysis in 1998, to Senior Vice President of Finance in 1999, to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2001 and to Chief Financial Officer of HSNi when the company went public. She became Chief Operating Officer of HSNi in 2013. Most recently, Judy was appointed President of Cornerstone Brands in August of 2016.
Prior to joining HSN, Inc., Judy was Managing Director for Tunstall Consulting Inc., a corporate financial planning firm. Before that, she held various management positions at Deloitte & Touche.
A native Floridian, Judy earned her bachelor of science in Accounting from Florida State University. She serves on the Board of Directors for Constellation Brands Inc. and on the Advisory Board for FM Global. She has been recognized numerous times by Cablefax Magazine as one of their Most Powerful Women in Cable.
Bill Brand is the President of HSN and the Chief Marketing Officer of HSN, Inc a $4 billion direct to consumer portfolio that includes live content retailer HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio of home and family lifestyle brands. Brand has been a transformational leader in the media, retail and entertainment industries for 25 years. Prior to HSNi, he served as Senior Vice President of Reality Programming at Lifetime in Los Angeles, and Vice President, Programming and Production, VH1 in New York.
Brand joined HSN in 2006 and has been instrumental in transforming the company into a lifestyle network. Brand’s comprehensive entertainment integration strategy has leveraged revolutionary partnerships with Univision, Disney, Universal, Sony, and Paramount studios.
Brand specializes in building strategic partnerships that create meaningful content that drive the business. He has created successful alliances with global companies such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Since 2014, Brand’s responsibilities at HSNi have expanded to include ecommerce & retail innovation strategies, video commerce, partnerships, corporate communications and creative development across all platforms, including developing key talent, all of which have contributed to new programming concepts, retail storytelling devices and customer loyalty strategies. In 2013, HSN posted unprecedented customer growth and a total customer file that is now at record levels.
Brand developed HSNi Cares, the philanthropic arm of the company. He is on the Board of Directors for the National Retail Federation Foundation and the GRMA Advisory Board. Additionally, he serves on the Foundation Board of Directors for the Moffitt Cancer Center.
Rod Little serves as Chief Financial Officer for HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSNI). In this role, he is responsible for all financial management, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, treasury, tax, investor relations and media affiliate relations across the $4 billion direct to consumer retail portfolio that includes interactive multichannel retailer HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio of home and apparel lifestyle brands. An accomplished finance executive, Mr. Little has significant public company and operational expertise in the consumer products industry.
Most recently, he served as EVP and CFO of Elizabeth Arden, Inc., where he was instrumental in a turnaround that restored revenue growth and profitability, ultimately resulting in that public company’s sale to Revlon, Inc. As CFO, Mr. Little led the company’s global finance and IT organizations with nine VP-level direct reports and more than 200 people globally.
Prior to that, Mr. Little served as CFO for Procter & Gamble’s multi-billion dollar global salon professional division, which offered him a broad, global perspective and valuable consumer insights across a wide product portfolio. Mr. Little played a broad role, leading a finance team of professionals in more than 20 countries where he had end-to-end responsibility for strategy development, business planning, financial reporting, and product development through to sales and cash collection.
Mr. Little holds a B.S. in Management from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa.
As Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for HSNi, Greg Henchel oversees all legal matters for the company’s $4 billion retail portfolio, including regulatory issues, litigation, employment, commercial, corporate governance, securities and intellectual property. He manages HSNi's legal team of more than 25 professionals.
Prior to joining HSNi in 2010, Greg served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Tween Brands, Inc., operator of the Limited Too and Justice retail brands, where he managed and directed all non-real-estate legal affairs for the company. Prior to Tween Brands, he was Assistant General Counsel at Cardinal Health, Inc. and a litigation associate at Jones Day.
Greg graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Bar of the State of Ohio and State of Illinois. Greg served a three year term from 2010 to 2013 as a member of the Board of Directors for the Electronic Retailing Association.
Maria Martinez serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSNI). In this role, she is responsible for talent acquisition and assessment, succession planning, leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, total rewards, and wellness programs across the $4 billion direct to consumer retail portfolio that includes live content retailer HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio of home and family lifestyle brands. An innovative and results oriented leader, Ms. Martinez has developed and spearheaded a number of internal initiatives that have made an impact across HSNi.
Ms. Martinez has more than twenty years of experience in strategic planning, organizational development and team building. She formerly held the role of Senior Vice President overseeing the talent management function for HSN and human resources and talent development for the Cornerstone brands. She first joined HSN in 1995 as Manager, HR Subsidiaries, advancing to Vice President by 2005
Prior to rejoining the company in 2010, she served as Vice President, Human Resources for the Laser Spine Institute where she established the company’s human resources function and supported the expansion of the organization’s business to multiple sites. She has also held several senior-level positions in human resources for Bausch & Lomb and Darden Restaurants.
Ms. Martinez serves as President of the Board of Girls Inc. of Pinellas and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Good360. She has also served as a mentor through the USF Corporate Mentor Program, and volunteers at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa.
Ms. Martinez earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and Psychology from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. In 2015 Ms. Martinez received the distinguished honor of being named by Cablefax Magazine as one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable.
As Chief Information Officer for HSN, Inc., Karen Etzkorn oversees all aspects of information technology, providing the vision and direction needed to support the company’s numerous strategic and business objectives.
A highly respected leader within the technology and IT industry for more than 25 years, Karen joined HSNi in January 2013. She is a driving force behind the multi-year systems transformation of core processes and technologies currently under way – which will not only increase efficiency but create a truly seamless integrated experience for customers. Karen also plays an integral role in the ongoing development and execution of a comprehensive technology roadmap across all of HSNi’s digital platforms.
Before joining HSNi, Karen served as Senior Vice President and CIO at Ascena Retail, Inc., where she was credited with integrating the IT functions of three brands and consolidating the company’s data centers. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and CIO at Tween Brands, Inc. and held senior technology positions at retailers such as The Home Depot, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Gap, Inc., and Limited, Inc.
Karen received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University.
Michael J. Attinella is Chief Financial Officer of HSN and Chief Accounting Officer of HSN, Inc. As CFO of HSN, Mike is charged with oversight of all financial matters, including strategic and business planning, financial reporting and analysis, credit and risk management. As Chief Accounting Officer of HSN, Inc., he is responsible for accounting, tax, internal and external financial reporting for the company.
Mike joined HSN in 2001 as Vice President and Controller. Prior to assuming his current role in May 2013, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of HSN, Inc. since the company’s formation as a publicly listed company in 2008.
Mike previously served as Vice President and Controller of Catalina Marketing Group, a publicly traded marketing services firm, and as Chief Operating Officer for CMB Capital, LLC, a private equity/venture capital firm. Earlier, he held positions of increasing financial and operational responsibility at Tech Data Corporation, a multinational publicly traded distribution company, rising to Vice President of Mergers, Acquisition and Corporate Performance. Mike began his career at Arthur Andersen, an international public accounting firm. He received his bachelor of science in accounting from Pennsylvania State University.
Mike serves on the boards of directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Tampa Bay, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. In 2014, he was named CFO of the Year in the public company category by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Rob Solomon is Executive Vice President, Customer Care and Operations Administration for HSN, Inc. In this role, Rob oversees all aspects of customer sales and service operations for HSN and the Cornerstone Brands portfolio.
Previously, Rob served as Executive Vice President of Operations for HSN from 2009. He joined HSN as Senior Vice President of Customer Care in 2003 and is credited with raising customer service levels to best-in-class status for the millions of customers who watch and shop HSN across multiple platforms. Under Rob’s leadership, HSN established new industry standards for a flexible workforce through its innovative Work-at-Home program, which eliminated the need for offshore call centers and greatly improved the overall customer experience.
Prior to joining HSN, Rob worked at Ticketmaster as Executive Vice President of Contact Centers and Retail Locations. In this role, he was responsible for the successful integration of call center operations across the company’s diverse array of businesses. Rob began his tenure with Ticketmaster as Vice President of Call Center Operations, where he was responsible for 13 U.S. call centers with more than 3,000 teleservice representatives.
Rob is from New York and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Management from Pepperdine University.
Robert Monti is the Executive Vice President of Supply Chain & Logistics for HSN, Inc. In this role, Bob is charged with overseeing all distribution and fulfillment activities for HSN and the Cornerstone Brands portfolio of catalogs, retail stores and e-commerce sites. Bob is responsible for creating company-wide centers of excellence within Supply Chain and operational support functions. This includes providing strategic oversight for Transportation, Fulfillment, Vendor-Managed Inventory Programs, Process Engineering, Quality Assurance and Product Information for millions of products a year.
Bob has accumulated 30 years of progressive leadership experience within retail supply chain operations. He joined HSN in 1998 as the Vice President of Transportation, and has steadily risen throughout the organization by successfully integrating the remaining Supply Chain functions. Prior to his current appointment in May 2013, he served as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for HSN.
Prior to joining HSN, Bob began his career with Bloomingdale’s, serving in a multitude of operational support services. He assumed a corporate position within the Macy’s Logistics Group and was instrumental in shaping a consolidated distribution network fueled by enabling technologies and the standardization of common best practices.
Bob grew up on Long Island and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pace University in New York City.
Carmen Bauza serves as Chief Merchandising Officer for HSN. In this role, Ms. Bauza is responsible for the comprehensive management and continuous development of HSN's cross-category product portfolio — including the ongoing expansion of proprietary offerings. As CMO, Ms. Bauza is focused on identifying strategic opportunities to enhance cross platform experiences and maximize HSN's vast customer reach through compelling events and partnerships that complement the company's experiential retail strategy and extend brand reach through exclusivity and product development capability.
Ms. Bauza comes to HSN with more than 30 years' experience in retail and merchandising. She spent the past ten years as a senior leader at Walmart, most recently serving as the senior vice president for their consumables, health and wellness merchandising division, with oversight of innovations and systems in that role. Her previous time at Walmart included serving as vice president and divisional merchandise manager for their beauty and personal care business, and was credited for the transformation for the category at Walmart. Ms. Bauza was also on the Board of Directors for Walmart de Mexico. Prior to joining Walmart, Ms. Bauza oversaw seasonal retail for L Brand's Bath and Body Works division, and was responsible for the launch of the new beauty store concept, C.O. Bigelow. Before joining L Brands, she was with Five Below, Inc. where she led all merchandising initiatives for planning, pricing, distribution and sourcing. During her time at the Walt Disney Company, she served as a senior merchandising executive, creating and expanding business opportunities for the company based on emerging market trends, guest demographics and psychographics and synergy opportunities.
Ms. Bauza is a graduate of Seton Hill University, where she received a BS in fashion merchandising and business management. She is a past member of the board of directors for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Network of Executive Women and the Literacy Council of Benton County. She also served as executive sponsor of the Hispanic and Latino Associate Resource Group.
Jennifer Cotter is the Executive Vice President of Television, Content and Programming for HSN and a member of the executive team. She oversees all touch points of HSN’s live 24-hour/day broadcast including programming, talent relations, host development, production and engineering. She is also responsible for the HSN’s YouTube channel and video commerce strategy across all platforms.
Ms. Cotter joined HSN in 2005 as Vice President and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Television & Content in 2008. Under her leadership, Ms. Cotter and her team have developed highly engaging cross-platform content and executed all launches and partnerships, including: HSN’s signature HSN Live concert series; movie partnerships and brand launches for celebrities and industry influencers. She has been instrumental in developing successful fixed programming for HSN such as The Beauty Report, HSN Today and the The List with Colleen Lopez. She recently launched HSN’s first turnkey studio space called The Loft dedicated to creating digital-first video content. Her passion for employee development is reflected in the strong and dedicated team she has built that brings the HSN experience to life 24/7.
Prior to joining HSN as a Vice President in 2005, Ms. Cotter served as a Senior Vice President of Development for Oxygen Media where she oversaw talent procurement, program development and production for all original programming for eight years. At Oxygen, she created the highly-popular shows Girls Behaving Badly and Snapped for the network. She also did award-winning work with The Late Show with David Letterman where she won an Emmy.
She has been recognized by Cablefax magazine numerous times as one of their Most Powerful Women in Cable and was recently named as one of Cablefax’s Most Innovative People in Multiscreen. Under her leadership, her team has won close to 20 Telly Awards for outstanding programs.
Ms. Cotter serves on the Board of Directors for All Children’s Hospital Foundation and Committee Chairperson of their Marketing & Communication Trustee Committee. She is an active member of the Global Retail Marketing Association and Women in Cable Telecommunications.
Ms. Cotter grew up in New Jersey but now lives in Tampa, Florida. She has been married for 13 years and has two sons. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Television and Communications from Seton Hall University.
Ryan Ross is the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Digital Commerce for HSN and a member of the executive team. In this role, Ryan oversees marketing, creative and digital commerce.
With the retail industry undergoing a transformation—one that revolves around creating a seamless customer experience across all platforms—Ryan brings the leadership necessary to articulate, develop and execute in this new world of distributed commerce. Today, nearly half of the company’s revenue is generated through digital commerce, offering customers a frictionless shopping experience across multiple channels. Under Ryan’s direction, his team is instrumental in finding new and innovative ways to strategically accelerate HSN’s business while continuing to focus on delivering enhanced customer experiences.
Since joining HSN in August 2013 as Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce, Ryan has driven significant growth across digital platforms with a focus on optimization, personalization and enhanced experiences.
Prior to joining HSN, Ryan served as the Chief Creative Officer at Stylus, where he worked with global brands developing comprehensive strategic identities and cross-platform customer experience best practices. Ryan’s 20 year retail tenure has included companies like Gap, Pottery Barn, and Harrods where he specialized in brand building, product positioning and strategic marketing. The cornerstone of Ryan’s career has been his relentless focus on customer centricity - deeply understanding customer behavior and remaining agile to the ever-changing link between customer, product, and channel preference to drive meaningful business results.
Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. As a member of the board, Ryan leverages his marketing, communications and branding expertise to support their mission of building homes, communities and hope. He is an active member of the National Retail Federation, passionate about inspiring young talent to think out-of-the-box regarding careers in the evolving retail industry. Ryan also regularly volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul serving the hungry, homeless and working poor in St. Petersburg.
Ryan holds a B.S. in management and marketing from the University of Oregon.
A leader in the cable television industry for over 25 years, Peter Ruben oversees cable and satellite distribution for HSN. In this role, he has been instrumental in launching and leading distribution efforts for HSN Shop by Remote®, the first and only 24-hour interactive TV service in the U.S. Peter also has led initiatives to launch and distribute HSN in high definition, as well as the launch of the HSN2 television shopping channel. He was involved in the development of HSN on Demand®, which allows consumers to view multiple video product presentations.
Peter joined HSN in 1994 from IAC/InteractiveCorp, where he started as Vice President of National Accounts at the former USA Networks, Inc. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Vice President of National Accounts and the Western Region, and also served as Executive Vice President of Affiliate Relations. Prior to IAC, Mr. Ruben had various sales and marketing roles at Paragon Cable, a partnership between Houston Industries and ATC (now Time Warner Cable).
Peter has won several Mark Awards for Excellence from CTAM, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing. In 2011, he was selected for the CableFAX Sales Hall of Fame. And in 2010, the HSN Affiliate Relations team, led by Peter, received the CableFax Launch Team of the Year Award for their introduction of HSN HD.
Peter earned his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University.
Joy Mangano is regarded as one of today’s most-successful product inventors. She is the President of Ingenious Designs LLC, a company that she founded in 1990 and was later acquired by HSN, Inc., parent company of direct-to-consumer content retailer HSN. Fueled by the breakout success of her first product, the Miracle Mop, she has spent the past 30 years pursuing her dream to simplify everyday challenges with innovative products that make a real difference. A busy working mom, Joy is inspired by real life, always looking for new ways to create smart, stylish products that serve a purpose, and bring a little more “joy” to women everywhere.
Joy began her career with The Miracle Mop, the first-ever self-wringing cotton mop, which reinvented the category and was a sales sensation in traditional and electronic retail. She followed that with her Huggable Hangers, the world’s first velvety non-slip hanger, and has since sold almost 700 million hangers nationwide. Joy also developed Forever Fragrant for HSN, a record-breaking line of long lasting, plant-based home fragrance solutions. In addition, she has also created a best-selling line of Better Beauty Cases, Jewel Kits and luggage, which have provided travel and storage solutions to millions of consumers. Most recently, Joy premiered her Memory Cloud Warm & Cool Pillow, and sold over 500,000 pillows in less than 24 hours for HSN.
In addition to her own line of high quality products for HSN, Joy also develops and manages a portfolio of celebrity brands, including collections with Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Chef Ming Tsai, Chef Lorena Garcia, and IMAN.
Joy has overcome incredible odds to experience great success. Press and business leaders alike have recognized Joy’s accomplishments as a product creator and innovator. She was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” alongside Marc Jacobs and Melinda Gates. Joy and her products have been profiled on 20/20, the TODAY Show, The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, USA Today, Entrepreneur, People, Glamour, InStyle, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many others. In addition, her products regularly earn the Good Housekeeping Seal and are trusted by consumers everywhere.
Joy’s products are sold in premier retailers such as Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and The Container Store, and her entire product portfolio can be found exclusively on HSN and HSN.com, where she appears regularly to launch new products, technologies, colors and assortments for her legion of loyal fans.
Geoff Brownrigg is the President of Improvements, assuming the role in October 2016. Geoff is responsible for the development of compelling and differentiated product, the execution and management of efficient supply chain operations, and all strategic marketing and digital efforts.
Geoff brings over 30 years of results-driven experience in business development, sales, marketing, product development, engineering and operations. Prior to joining Improvements, Geoff served as the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Arrow Shed. His career also includes seven years at Ames True Temper, where he restored and improved company profitability to record levels. Prior to that role, Geoff served as the President and General Manager at Huffy, where he led the Retail Services group, prior to its successful divesture to a Private Equity entity.
Geoff has extensive experience globally in mergers & acquisitions, sourcing, innovation, new market & business development, all while building and leading great teams and enhancing shareholder value.
A leader in the retail industry with 35 years of Department, Specialty and Direct to Consumer experiences, H.R. Harvey joined Frontgate/Grandinroad in 2005 and in November 2013 became President of Frontgate and Grandinroad. In this role, he is responsible for the development of the strategic direction of the brands, and leads all functional aspects of the businesses including Merchandising, Product Development/Design, Creative, Marketing, Inventory Planning, Digital and Retail.
H.R. assumed the President role in November 2013, having previously served as VP Merchandising/GMM for Frontgate and Grandinroad since 2006. His accomplishments as GMM include leading both brands through periods of exponential growth, building significant proprietary product development/design capability, and developing a robust worldwide sourcing network.
Prior to joining the organization, H.R. was the SVP/GMM Kirkland during their IPO and transition to being a public company, and similar leadership positions at Homeplace of America, Saks Department Store Group, and Luria. H.R. began his career at Federated Department Stores, where he spent over 15 years and held a variety of leadership positions.
H.R. earned a Bachelor of Science/Finance from the University of Florida.
Jason Jones is President of Grandin Road, an omni-channel retailer of designer home furnishings & décor with a flair for colorful, exclusive and value driven products. In this role he is responsible for growing the reach of the brand through customer-relevant and engaging messaging, highlighting Grandin Road’s differentiation in the marketplace while balancing innovation with increased productivity and profitability. Jason is a proven leader in the retail industry with a focus on innovation, brand building and brand optimization.
The award winning retail executive leads through example with extensive experience in designing, developing and merchandising retail product assortments with an intense focus on quality and style. A robust knowledge of manufacturing, moderate/luxury goods, and artisan collaborations places him in a unique position to propel Grandin Road’s success through all aspects of the business. Jason most recently served as GMM at Land of Nod and holds a pedigree of excellence and experience at other top US retail brands.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
Ryan McKelvey is President of Ballard Designs, a multi-channel retailer of exclusive and timeless home furnishings of exceptional quality and value.
A leader in retail and product development for nearly 25 years, Ryan joined Ballard Designs in 2000 as Director of Quality and Sourcing and rose to the level of Sr. Vice President of Sourcing and Operations. He was promoted in 2005 to President of Improvements, he then returned to Ballard Designs as President in 2008. Under Ryan’s leadership, Ballard Designs has enjoyed accelerated growth for over five years.
Ryan began his career with L.L. Bean and served in many roles of increasing responsibility. He was the Business analyst on many systems development projects in various functional areas within the company. Additionally, he was the Project Manager for the L.L. Bean’s Japan retail expansion and the Product Development Manager in L.L. Bean’s manufacturing division. Following L.L. Bean, Ryan served as the President of L&A Molding, a manufacturer of injection molded footwear components.
Ryan graduated in 1991 from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Finance.
Claire Spofford is the President of Garnet Hill, Inc., assuming the role in April 2014. Claire is responsible for overseeing the entire brand, ensuring Garnet Hill has the strategic direction for future profitability and growth.
Over the past 20 years, Claire has had extensive experience in leadership roles with mature/profitable brands, turnaround brands as well as new business launches. Claire excels at leading and developing diverse teams to deliver superior operating results.
Claire’s management experience in the retail industry includes leadership roles at Timberland, Orchard Brands, and J. Jill Group. Before joining Garnet Hill she was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at J. Jill Group, where she successfully led the company’s direct marketing business, including web, catalog, customer relationship management, and contact center.
Claire graduated from the University of Vermont and has an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Patrick Vonderhaar is Chief Financial Officer of Cornerstone Brands, a subsidiary of HSN, Inc. In his role, he oversees all financial matters including strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis, corporate shared services and application of internal controls for the lifestyle brands of Frontgate, Grandin Road, Ballard Designs, Garnet Hill and Improvements.
Pat was promoted to the CFO position in March 2013. Prior to assuming his current role, he was Vice President and Corporate Controller for Cornerstone Brands, a position he had held since joining the company in 2009. During this time, Pat was instrumental in managing the upgrade of financial systems and internal processes to achieve improved efficiencies across the portfolio of brands. He has also played a prominent role in the Cornerstone Brands portfolio rationalization.
Previously, Pat was the CFO at Clopay Corporation, a $1B publicly held leading manufacturer of residential garage doors and international supplier of specialty plastic films. During his thirteen year tenure at Clopay, and prior to his promotion to CFO, he held several of the key financial leadership positions responsible for strategic planning, acquisitions, financial reporting and analysis, internal controls and international expansion opportunities for the business.
Pat received his bachelor of science in Accounting and Finance from the Ohio State University and is a current member of Financial Executives International.