Our Analysts

Principal

Greg Buzek

Greg Buzek is the Founder and President of IHL Group and one of the Founders of the Retail Orphan Initiative (www.retailROI.org), a charitable foundation that seeks to help the 400 million orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. In 6 years, RetailROI has been involved in 80 projects in 17 countries helping an estimated 158,000 children through clean water, education, computers, language training and care. Noted by RIS News as one of the "25 Most Influential People in Retail" and the National Retail Federation in 2015 as one of "The List of People Shaping [...]

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Analysts

Jeff Roster

Jeff Roster is VP of Retail Strategy.  With nearly 30 years of retail and technology experience, Jeff oversees IHL's retailer engagement, vendor briefings, and strategic IT services practice.  Prior to IHL Jeff served as Vice President Industries – Retail for Gartner, Inc. where he was responsible communicating global IT trends in the retail, wholesale and consumer product industries, analyzes end-user requirements, and consulting on strategies with IT vendor clients. In his role at Gartner he was selected as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Retail by [...]

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Lee Holman

In addition to an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Lee has over 30 years of experience in a wide range of high technology. Beginning with his work on nuclear subs for the US Navy as an undergraduate, on through assignments with various defense contractors, Lee was been involved in the design, development, procurement and deployment of many projects used in various public and not-so-public settings. Since joining IHL in 1997, Lee has authored and co-authored many retail industry reports. [...]

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Jerry Sheldon

In addition to having a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, Jerry also has an MBA from the University of Miami with a specialty in Marketing and Marketing Research. He brings over 20 years of business experience in engineering and management through assignments with Pratt Whitney - United Technologies, Georgia Tech School of Mathematics, and Milliken & Company. Jerry is our resident rocket scientist. In his previous employment he was managing a stress testing laboratory on the Space Shuttle engines. [...]

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Partners

C-CORE Consulting Group specializes in evaluating and implementing retail technology with our RAPID Project Toolkit TM methodology. Our independence from any vendors ensures that your priorities drive the evaluation process and we are sitting on your side of the desk to select the right vendor solution to meet your priorities.  C-CORE’s principals have worked in retail our entire professional careers, in Store Operations, Merchandising and IT.

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Retail Systems Research (RSR) provides insight into business and technology challenges facing the retail industry ecosystem, and thought leadership and advice on navigating these challenges for specific companies and the industry at large. We cover all things retail: from store operations, to merchandise optimization, through cross-channel and multi-channel issues and private label management. From benchmark reports on the state of the industry, to analysis of breaking news, we turn data into easily digestible information.

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  Cathy Hotka & Associates is retail's only marketing and communications firm focused solely on retail technology decision-makers. We connect people who want to get closer to retail CIOs. We work closely with those CIOs, and with technology firms, magazines, associations and analysts to create results.

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  The next generation of retail loyalty solutions will be powered by social data, managed by CRM, implemented through mobile technology and tied to mobile payments. Power Thinking Media was built to help retailers and restaurant companies achieve success in the convergence of social media, mobile and retail technologies. We provide the subject matter expertise and industry experience that will help companies tackle their retail marketing and operations strategies with a heavy focus on information management and data analytics.

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