Texas Tech University

Retail Management

Industry Board

  1. Hear from successful individuals in the fields of hospitality and retailing.
  2. Have opportunities to network with professionals so they develop poise and confidence in professional settings.
  3. Aspire to work with the best companies in the world.

Robert Brooks

Target, Chris Cahill, District Team Leader

Target

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Expect the Best. At Target, we have a vision: to become the best - the best culture and brand, the best place for growth and the company with the best reputation. We offer an inclusive, collaborative and energetic work environment that rewards those who perform. We deliver engaging, innovative and on-trend experiences for our team members and our guests. We invest in our team members' futures by developing leaders and providing a breadth of opportunities for professional development. It takes the best to become the best, and we are committed to building a team that does the right thing for our guests, shareholders, team members and communities. Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at stores nationwide and at Target.com. Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of EducationĀ®.




John Jameson

United Supermarkets, John Jameson

Market Street

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Now in its 100th year of operation, The United Family, a Texas-based grocery chain operates 67 stores under five distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, United Express and Albertsons Market across West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, and New Mexico. It was founded in 1916 in Sayre, Okla., by H.D. Snell. Following four generations of Snell family ownership, The United Family was acquired by Albertsons's L.L.C. in December 2013. The United Family is a self-distributing company with distribution centers in Lubbock and Roanoke. Our Store Support Center is located in Lubbock, with Regional Offices in Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Abilene, Frisco, and Midland/Odessa. More than 15,000 Team Members keep the company focused daily on its mission of Ultimate Service, Superior Performance and Positive Impact, a summary of the core philosophy of its founders: quality, value, guest service, and community involvement.




Chance Lyde

United Supermarkets, Chance Lyde

Market Street

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Now in its 100th year of operation, The United Family, a Texas-based grocery chain operates 67 stores under five distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, United Express and Albertsons Market across West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, and New Mexico. It was founded in 1916 in Sayre, Okla., by H.D. Snell. Following four generations of Snell family ownership, The United Family was acquired by Albertsons's L.L.C. in December 2013. The United Family is a self-distributing company with distribution centers in Lubbock and Roanoke. Our Store Support Center is located in Lubbock, with Regional Offices in Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Abilene, Frisco, and Midland/Odessa. More than 15,000 Team Members keep the company focused daily on its mission of Ultimate Service, Superior Performance and Positive Impact, a summary of the core philosophy of its founders: quality, value, guest service, and community involvement.




Michael Malouf

Michael Malouf

Malouf's

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Since 1949, Malouf's of Kingsgate Center has been considered a home for the finest men's and women's apparel collections and the highest level of customer service. Founded by John B. Malouf in Lubbock, Malouf's has always represented the most respected brands including David Yurman, Tory Burch, Trina Turk, Cole Haan, Samuelsohn, Robert Graham, Oxxford, Ermenegildo Zegna and more. With services ranging from personal shopping and expert tailoring to complimentary gift-wrapping and personal wardrobe consultations, Malouf's is dedicated to providing the ultimate shopping experience for each customer.




Bob Stanley

The Cotton Board, Bob Stanley

The Cotton Board

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The Cotton Board administers and oversees the activities of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. The Cotton Board contracts with Cotton Incorporated to conduct the activities of the Program. Cotton Incorporated works with all areas of the cotton supply chain from producers, mills, importers, brands and retailers to increase the demand for and profitability of cotton. The Program is financed exclusively by U.S. cotton producers and U.S. brands and retailers.




Mary Jane Buerkle

Plains Cotton Growers, Mary Jane Buerkle

Plains Cotton Growers

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An advocate for High Plains cotton growers since 1956, Plains Cotton Growers has been tackling the tough issues facing cotton growers for more than 50 years. Through the years PCG has been instrumental in bringing needed economic relief to High Plains cotton growers through beneficial legislative and regulatory changes. Knowing their situation is being clearly and effectively communicated leaves growers more time to devote to their farming operations. Learn more about PCG at http://www.plainscotton.org.




Jason Martinez

Buckle, Jason Martinez

Buckle

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Today, Buckle is known as a denim destination. Catering to style-conscious young men and women, we offer an ever-changing selection of apparel, accessories, and footwear. Buckle currently operates over 425 stores in 43 states. At Buckle, there are many opportunities for positive, high energy, team-oriented individuals. Whether you want to work part-time, full-time, get an internship, or pursue a career in management, Buckle provides you with ample opportunities to stretch your capabilities, enhance your skills, and contribute to the Company's success.




Scott Pettit

H-E-B, Scott Pettit

H-E-B

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For 105 years and counting, H-E-B has been known for its fresh food, quality products, low prices and commitment to providing the best Customer experience in the retail industry. Headquartered in San Antonio, with over 76,000 employees it calls Partners, H-E-B operates more than 335 retail stores throughout Texas and Mexico and ranks as the 12th largest privately held company in the country (according to Forbes, 2011). H-E-B annually contributes five percent of its pre-tax earnings to charitable programs with major contributions focused on hunger relief and prevention, education, diversity, disaster relief and recovery, health and wellness, the environment, and the arts.




Doug Hlavaty

4H Farms, Doug Hlavaty

4H Farms

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4H Farms has grown to become a 6,000 acre cotton producing operation located in southern Lubbock County and northern Lynn County near US Highway 87. Lance and Doug Hlavaty are owners and partners of 4H farms. They strategically manage production for 12 landowners. Their mission is to produce the most cotton per acre of the highest quality, while conserving the important resource of water and caring for the land.




Max Ludwig

Wal Mart, Max Ludwig

Wal Mart

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Max Ludwig is the senior director of prototype development for Walmart U.S. He is responsible for developing and optimizing the building prototypes used in the new store development process.

Max joined Walmart in 1992 and has served in many roles across the Walmart business. He has had many career advancement opportunities throughout the years. He began as an hourly associate in the stores performing such roles as cart pusher, stockman, sales floor associate, cashier, receiving associate, and department manager. Upon graduating from Texas Tech, he joined the internal audit team and over a six year period of time performed many different roles such as staff auditor, staff auditor II, and senior auditor over the Texas regional office. Max then transitioned into the role of district manager in the optical division. As district manager, he opened 38 vision centers in the states of Texas and Louisiana. After two years, he returned to internal audit as the Southeast division regional manager. In September of 2005, Max joined store layout and has held various roles within the department including director macro space, director category space, and his current role of senior director.

In 1993 Max received his bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in Business Administration. He currently lives in Rogers, Arkansas with his wife and two children.




Clara Ellison

Dillard's, Clara Ellison

Dillards

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Dillard's, Inc. is a mid-range to upscale department store chain in the United States, with 302 stores in 29 states. Dillard's is headquartered in Little Rock, AR. Dillard's is the outgrowth of a department store founded in 1938 by William T. Dillard. Many of its executives and directors are members of the Dillard family. Dillard's ranks among the nation's largest fashion apparel, cosmetic and home furnishings retailers with annual revenues exceed $6.2 billion.The company focuses on delivering maximum fashion and value to its shoppers by offering compelling selections complemented by exceptional customer care.




Lloyd Arthur

Lloyd Arthur


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Lloyd Arthur is a fifth generation farmer. Lloyd presently is an alternate board member for Cotton Inc. He is a Crosby County Farm Bureau board member and serves Southern High Plains/Caprock Eradication Zone Grower Committee. From 2003-2006 Mr. Arthur was vice-president of Texas Farm Bureau, and chairman of the TFB Resolutions committee. He has served on many committees and in many leadership roles for the purpose of promoting agriculture through Texas Farm Bureau.




Scott Huntington

Costco Wholesale, Scott Huntington

Costco Wholesale

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Costco Wholesale is dedicated to bringing its members the best quality merchandise at the lowest possible prices. The company began in 1976 in a converted San Diego airplane hanger under the name Price Club. The first Costco opened in 1983 in Seattle Washington. With more than 700 locations worldwide and sales of more than $115 billion, Costco has grown into the world's second largest retailer. The most important factor in Costco's success and growth, and its greatest strength is its people. The Company's accomplishments are tied directly to its ability to attract, develop and retain the very best employees in the retail industry. Costco accomplishes this by being an employer of choice that offers exciting opportunities for career growth in a friendly and supportive work environment. Costco is always seeking ambitious, energetic, service-oriented people who thrive in a fast paced team atmosphere filled with challenges and opportunities.



Hospitality and Retail Management