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Barry Gilbert - Managing Director

VinAccess International

Barry Gilbert 210Barry Gilbert has spent more than 25 years in the retail industry. He currently serves as the Managing Director of VinAccess International. He has also been the the CEO of luxury goods retailer Prior, he served as Vice-Chairman of The Sharper Image, directing its Stores, Catalog and Internet divisions. During his tenure, Sharper Image stock tripled in price.  Mr. Gilbert spent 6 years as a Senior Vice President of the Warner Bros. Studio Stores where he started the stores group in 1990, helping to create the first 100 stores. As Senior Vice President, International, he took the Warner Bros. Studio Store concept to international markets, including Australia, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. During this time he developed a sourcing network spanning 14 countries to create products for international markets.

Mr. Gilbert has experience in a broad range of merchandise categories including ready to wear, fashion accessories, video, music, outerwear, and pharmaceuticals. He was Divisional Merchandise Manager of Fashion Accessories the May Company and DMM of Ready to Wear at Federated Dept. Stores. He received an MBA in Marketing from the University of California at Berkeley and earned his BA in Philosophy from Berkeley in 1973. Mr. Gilbert sits on the board of Reading Revolution Inc and is an advisor board member for NextLeft Inc and Santa Clara University Retail Management Institute.

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