Santa Clara University


RMI Past Advisory Board Chairman

James Famalette was the President and CEO of Gottschlaks from June 1999 to October 2008. He has also served in numerous executive roles, including President and CEO, at Liberty House and Village Fashions Specialty Stores. Throughout his career, he has been affiliated with the National Retail Federation and the International Council of Shopping Centers and numerous charitable organizations including Boy Scouts of America and the Boys & Girls Clubs. He received his B.A. in Economics from Kings College.

Bob L. Martin is well traveled (93 countries) and possesses direct operating experience in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Following his retirement from Walmart Stores, Inc. in 1999 he has devoted his experience and energy in both the public and private sectors, serving as a director on numerous public company boards, private equity investments and advisory roles across an array of industries including Hospitality Services, Manufacturing, Transportation, Technology and Retailing.

Michael Schriver (2006 - 2009) - Michael started his retail career at Macy's East where he held various positions from store manager, to divisional merchandise manager for home textiles for over 20 years. He began his career at DFS in 1997 where he held positions such as VP GMM, SVP Planning and Distribution, EVP Merchandising, President Merchandising and is currently the President of World Wide Store Operations for DFS Group Ltd. Michael is also currently an active member of the RMI Advisory Board.

Ted Upland (2002 - 2006) - Ted is a Santa Clara University alumnus. He has served as the CFO of Imposters, Inc., Supercuts, Inc. and Aca Joe, Inc. He served as Executive Vice President, COO, Senior Vice Presidet and CFO of Prints Plus, Inc. from 1990 to 1997. Chairman, CEO and President of Prints Plus, Inc. from 1997 to 2006. After Prints Plus, Inc. he served as acting CFO for Tippett Studies from 2007 - 2008. He moved on to acting CEO of Britanne Corporation from 2006 - 2008. Ted's current position is working as Vice President, CFO and Secretary of Design Within Reach, Inc. Ted is also currently an active member of the RMI Advisory Board. 

Howard Gross (1999 - 2002) - Howard started his career in 1966 with May Department Stores. He held positions such as training squad, buyer and merchandise buyer. In 1973, Howard moved on to Limited, Inc. as President and CEO. In 1994 he switched to work for Today's Man as President and COO. For a short year in 1995 to 1996, Howard worked as President and CEO for Aspen Retail Consultant. From 1996 to 2003 as President and CEO of HUB Distributing. He served as interim CEO for Eddie Bauer Holdings, Inc in 2007. 

John Shields (1997 - 1999) - John joined Macy's in 1958 as an executive trainee. He held various positions in buying, store management and operations. In 1972 he was named Senior Vice President of Operations. In 1978 he joined Mervyn's Department Stores as Vice President of Operations. In 1987 he joined Trader Joe's as the President and in 1989 he became the CEO. This was followed by him becoming Chairman & CEO of Trader Joe's in 1995. John has since retired as of 2001.

Walter Rossi (1990 - 1992) - Walter's career in retail started out as the director for Guitar Center. Followed by Chairman and CEO of Mervyn's, Chairman of the Retail Group at Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, CEO of Home Express, CEO of Naartjie Custom Kids and is currently serving as Director of Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. since 1993.

Jack Richardson  (1988 - 1990) - Jack started his retail career when he joined the Emporium Capwell executive training program with Emporium. He was buyer, store manager, general merchandise manager, before being appointed to general manager of Capwell's in 1972. Two years later, he was appointed president, and in 1975 became chairman. When the Emporium and Capwell divisions were combined in 1980, Jack was appointed vice chairman. He was appointed chairman in 1982 until his retirement in 1994.

Thomas Lyons (1985 - 1988) - Tom is a Santa Clara University alumnus from the class of 1950. After graduation Tom went to work for JCPenney in 1950. In 1970 he was named President and COO of JCPenney's Italian subsidiary. Tom continued to advance through the ranks and became the Chairman and CEO of the company's Belgian operation, Sarma S.A; Chairman and CEO of Thrift Drug; and Chairman of JCPenney National Bank. Tom retired from JCPenney after 38 years as the Executive Vice President and Office of the Chairman.

Philip Schlein (1983 - 1985) - Phil began his retail career with R.H. Macy's Inc. from 1957 till 1984 and went on to become President and CEO of Macy's California. Phil served on the Board of Directors of Apple Computer for eight years from 1979 to 1987. Phil joined and is currently working as a partner at USVP (US Venture Partners) in 1985 and is still an active RMI advisory board member. 

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