Retailing and Consumer Sciences Alumni

The best evidence of the Lundgren Center’s contribution to retailing and education is the success of the UA graduates who have passed through our doors. Having worked with more thousands of students since 1993, we’ve helped develop some of the most effective, innovative and energetic talent working in retailing today.  Read the success stories of some of our alumni below, and contact us to have your story featured here!  We would love to hear from you and highlight your success!

Owner & Founder, Uptown Grass, 2008
After graduation, Ashley moved to New York City to work for her dream company, Burberry, as an assistant menswear buyer. Experience gained and relationships formed, Ashley took a leap and joined a fellow free spirit in moving to Chicago to work for a menswear start-up called Trunk Club. A year later, Ashley moved to Dallas to help Trunk Club open their first expansion office.   After Trunk Club was purchased by Nordstrom, Ashley joined Mizzen+Main, leading the Dallas start-up as Vice
Senior Vice President, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., 2000
Nick Zager is a Managing Director at Evercore Partners. Before Evercore, he was at Raymond James and Citigroup.  Nick is a graduate of the University of Arizona in 2000 and he earned a MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in 2008. 
Read the stories of our Center Alumni  
Fashion Executive, Los Angeles, California
With over 20 years experience in the fashion and beauty industry Beth has been an executive for some of the biggest designers of our time including Ralph Lauren and Chanel. Beth was inspired to follow her passion in the field of fashion when she was just a freshman in college at the University of Arizona. Melinda Burke,  her mentor of 30 years, is now the Vice President of the University of Arizona. “Melinda has been an amazing partner in helping me broaden my career through the years
Talent Manager, Fullscreen, Inc., 2008
  Retailing and Consumer Sciences graduate, Michael Gordon, has landed a stellar career, following his 2008 graduation. Today, Michael is a talent manager at Fullscreen, Inc., the first media company for the connected generation. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Fullscreen powers the creation and sharing of video, and their services unite premiere online talent and the world's leading brands with more than 365 million massively engaged subscribers. Michael explains, “My everyday job
Director of Merchandising, Gilt Groupe, 2000
Numbers, fashion, and most importantly, consumer habits were always a passion for the 2000 Retailing and Consumer Sciences (RCSC) graduate, Matt Orosco, followed his goals and interests, landing him a dream career with the online shopping website, Gilt Groupe. Not only does he get to travel the world and visit renowned cities such as Berlin and Milan, but as Director of Merchandising for Gilt, Matt’s everyday life is filled with excitement and much responsibility. On a daily basis, Matt
Starbucks Corporation, 1997
Tara Boucher ’97, specializes in retail and technology and works as a Project Manager for the Global Loyalty team at Starbucks Corporation. Tara manages projects for a team of about 20 analysts in Bangalore, India to fulfill internal analytics and research requests. Supporting a US team of about 10 analysts and managers, her role includes interacting with all of the food, beverage and core business units of the company to generate revenue and growth through analytics. She also
Entrepreneur & Founder, Bling by Wilkening, 2008
As a graduate from the Retailing and Consumer Sciences Major, at the University of Arizona, I am exceptionally grateful for the career opportunity I have, which was only possible through the mentorship of my professors, and incredible knowledge gained in the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, both in the classroom, as well as extra-curricular activities offered by the Center. In the classroom, and during professors' office hours, excitement was instilled in me that I could start a company
Miss Daisy Flowers, Las Vegas, Nevada
Only six and a half years after graduating from the UA Retailing and Consumer Sciences program, Jessica Marshall, started her career at Macy's in the Executive Training Program in New York City. From there she gained experience with big box retail and later went to Ross Stores and gained a strong appreciation for off price retailing and price negotiating. After Ross, Jessica joined a start up at the time called where she was the 42nd employee and buyer for several product categories.
Macy's Inc., Assistant Buyer, 2013
It has been a year of growth, challenge and opportunity since I graduated from the University of Arizona and I want to share some of my experiences with you. Within a month of graduation, I moved to New York City to begin my career as an assistant buyer with Macy’s, Inc. I had previously interned with Macy’s between my junior and senior year of college and it was my goal to secure a permanent position with this outstanding company. After my move, I immediately entered the Merchant Executive
Because of the Lundgren Center I was given the education andthe tools to make the most out of the professional opportunitiesI’ve been given to help my company -- and those around me-- be successful. I gain as much from the exchange of ideas withthe faculty and students after these encounters, bringing freshapproaches to our work back to my leadership team.
Director of Marketing and Business Development, Simon Property Group, 2010
I graduated from the RCSC program in 2010. Throughout my college career I interned for General Growth Properties twice; once as a mall management intern (Tucson Mall) and once as a marketing intern (Park Place).  Right out of college I worked for about 2 years as a marketing manager for Remax Majestic Realty in Tucson. I moved to Atlanta, GA in 2012 and became the Assistant Director of Marketing and Business Developement at Lenox Square for Simon Property Group. 18 months later (Feb
Old Navy, 2008
Leah Scherotter graduated from the Retail and Consumer Sciences program in 2008 with a Minor in Business Administration and Consumer Theory. During her time as an RCSC Major, Leah served as Chair of the Terry J. Lundgren Student Advisory Board, and was passionate about spreading awareness of the UA Retail Major across campus and throughout the retail industry. Between her Junior and Senior year, Leah completed a Summer internship in Merchandising at Gap Inc. in San Francisco, where she helped
Site Merchandising and Event assistant Merchandise Manager, Macy',
I am a Site Merchandising and Event assistant Merchandise Manager at Macy' The retailing program helped me so much in my career: With focusing on customer interaction and sales through e-commerce in my current role, classes such as Customer Behavior have been brought to life for me upon graduating. RCSC was able to help define how to build a brand and the importance of recognizing who your customer is. At Macy', I have taken these lessons into account by being challenged on a daily
Senior Regional Marketing Manager, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, 2003
Stephanie Rothery Cross graduated from the University of Arizona in 2003, and is a proud alumni of the RCSC program. The education she learned from the Retail and Consumer Sciences department provided the foundation needed to embark on a career in retail management. Stephanie started at Michael Kors as the Visual Merchandise Coordinator of Southern California. “I remember sitting in Melinda Burke’s class and John Eaton advertising courses learning the ropes of the retail and marketing
Area Sales Manager, Dillard's, May 2013
I started out as an intern with Dillard's in summer 2012. I had full 3 months of the internship, learning a lot about management, how to run the department. After the internship, the Store Manager want me to come back and work for Dillard's when I am done with school. During my last year of school, my Store Manager asked me to come and work as a part-time sales associate while finishing up with school. I graduated last May, 2013. Had 2 days off and start my full-time job as an Selling Business
Men's Stylist, Trunk Club,
I'm a Men's Stylist at a company called Trunk Club headquartered in Chicago. I make sure guys across the country look their best while they put in little to no effort either because they don't have time to shop or because they simply don't know how to. I do a little bit of everything. From analyzing my sales to see where I can improve (Retail Math), to networking and trying to build my book of business (learned from many career expos and other events held by the Lundgren Center), Visually
Publicis Healthware International, May 2011
Less than a month after graduating from the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing in May 2011, Nolan found himself in the heart of the advertising world: Madison Avenue in New York City. He hit the ground running at Publicis Healthware International, a digital healthcare advertising agency, where he served as a strategist for multiple pharmaceutical brands. From there, he’s expanded his skillset at powerhouse digital shops, IOMEDIA and Carat, where he served the agency’s biggest client:
, May 2014
Entrepreneurial spirit has always been in my blood. As a kid I would spend my play hours creating jewelry, toys, and other crafts to sell to the neighborhood kids. In every job I’ve had that entrepreneurial itch would be there, and I’d spend my time at home thinking up businesses and dreaming of one day being on my own. At first I wasn’t sure about what major could take me there, but the retailing program sounded promising. To sum it simply, picking this major ended up being one of the best
Account Manager, Chuck Latham Associates , 2007
Not many people have a job is where their dog runs away with the client samples! I work for CLA which is the largest pet products broker firm in the USA for pet specialty. My day to day is working with clients on their pet products to create strategies for merchandising, planograms, inventory management, sales, and marketing. I then present these strategies to Petco Corporate to help create a store full of solutions & innovations that include my client’s products. This unique, fun job
IREX, May 2010
Danielle is a Program Associate for the Iraq University Linkages Program and the Kurdistan Rural University Partnership Program with IREX. Danielle's Retailing and Consumer Sciences degree has proved to be invaluable in her career. Before working at IREX, Danielle spent 2 years serving in the United States Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development volunteer. While in Cameroon, Danielle implemented a number of on the ground development
Neiman Marcus, Men's Fashion Director
Matthew Singer is the Founder of M.Singer Consulting, having held the position since December 2013. M.SINGER Consulting focuses on brand positioning, merchandising, and product development. Most recently, Matthew was the Men's Fashion Director at Neiman Marcus Group (Neiman Marcus & Bergdorf Goodman),from January 2012 to December 2013. In addition, he was the Men's Fashion Director of Tailored Clothing,  Classic Designer, and Private Label at Bloomingdale's, from October 2008 to
Merchandise Operations Leader for JCPenney in Goodyear, 2008
Hello, my name is Rochelle Gardner and I am a Merchandise Operations Leader for JCPenney in Goodyear, Arizona. I graduated from the RCSC program in 2008 where I was in top 10% GPA for my graduating class. My success with JCPenney is a direct result of the experience I had in the Retailing and Consumer Sciences program. My career with JCPenney dates back to my senior year at UofA. I spoke to JCPenney at the fall career fair and was hired to start upon graduation in May. I started 6 years ago as