Robert Arend

CEO and Principal

As President of RGLA Solutions, Bob has overseen the design and implementation of numerous successful concepts and thousands of stores for many of the nation’s leading specialty brands.  With more than 20 years of experience in retail operations, merchandising, technology and marketing, he is uniquely qualified to assess each of these areas for the client and then lead the development of the strategy and an integrated solution. Bob has worked closely with leading companies and brands including Ariat, Vans, Carhartt, Samsonite, Orvis, Barbour, Ulta Beauty and Mars Retail. Prior to joining RGLA, he served as head of the retail division for the Florsheim Group, where he oversaw all sales, operations, merchandising, marketing, technology, real estate and human resource development for more than 250 company-owned retail stores and as Vice President of Merchandising for Hartmarx Corp.

Breakout Session: Wholesale to Retail: Why the Brick-and-Mortar Experience Matters