The people at the Stores Consulting Group make our company what it is. Our team is comprised of industry experts with a deep level of knowledge and experience. Working with tSCG means working with some of the most credible individuals in the field.
Richard Marino, Managing Director
Rick Marino is a Managing Director for the Stores Consulting Group, LLC. Prior to this, Rick built and ran both Accenture’s and Capgemini’s Store’s Improvement practice for North America. Rick is one of the premier thought leaders in the retail industry and has been featured on CNBC’s Black Friday’s retail winners and losers report. He has a dozen years of industry experience at retailers such as Limited Brands, Kohl’s and Federated/Macys Department Stores. Rick has developed and executed the industry’s leading retail store performance improvement practice. His stores and company transformation practice has assisted retailers to become profitable and remain viable for the long term. Over the past fifteen years, Rick and his teams have improved the industry’s profitability by over $8 Billion Dollars. Rick has a BA in economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MBA in marketing.
James Sweeney, Managing Director
Jim is a Managing Director for the Stores Consulting Group, LLC. He had a ten year career in the supermarket industry and then worked for 20+ years as a retail industry consultant, achieving leadership positions at Arthur Andersen, Capgemini and Accenture. Jim left his role as an Executive Partner at Accenture to found the Stores Consulting Group in 2009. He is recognized as a retail operations expert and has been a featured speaker at NRF, FMI, and GMA shows on numerous industry topics. Jim has an MBA from Rutgers University.
James Calabrese, Director
Jim is a Director for the Stores Consulting Group, LLC. Prior to consulting, Jim had a 22 year career operating and owning supermarkets. He has been consulting for 17 years in the retail industry with Macy’s, Ahold USA, Roundy’s and Toys R Us among his list of domestic clients. Internationally, Jim’s list of clients includes O2, Stat Oil, ATAC and Canadian Tire. Jim has performed extensive work in the areas of Store Operations efficiency, Change Management, Shrink Management and Omni Channel implementation. He leads the Selling Effectiveness and Manager Effectiveness solutions for the practice. Jim has been a professor of Management and Marketing at Manor College in Pennsylvania. He was a course developer and teacher for Wawa Convenience Stores. Jim has an MBA from Villanova University and is the author of “Are You the Store Manager? – A Guide to Retail Store Operations”.
Jeff McGovern, Director
Jeff McGovern is a Director with the Stores Consulting Group, LLC. He had a twenty year career in the supermarket industry and then worked as a retail industry consultant, serving key clients and managing projects for Capgemini. He is recognized as a retail operations expert and has been a featured speaker at FMI shows and quoted in national publications on retail subjects.
Greg Paris, Director
Greg is a Director with the Stores Consulting Group, LLC. He has over ten years of experience as a retail industry consultant with Arthur Andersen and Capgemini. In addition, he has 15 years of grocery retail industry experience. Greg has led numerous grocery and perishable profit improvement programs, focusing on production planning, process improvement, and workforce management. Greg has BA degree in Finance from Cleveland State University.
Tom Sinnen, Director
Tom is a Director with the Stores Consulting Group, LLC. He has over 10 years of large consulting firm experience and 18 years of industry experience working for various large volume food production, warehouse, and retail businesses. Tom was Vice President of Operations for Webvan, an eCommerce retailer in Chicago prior to working for Capgemini & Accenture for the past 8 years. Tom has lead numerous retail shrink, grocery/perishable business improvement projects and is considered a leading expert in perishable production planning tools and work processes. Tom graduated from Marquette University with a BS degree in Business Economics and Finance.
Rich Van Patten, Director
Rich is a Director with the Stores Consulting Group. He has over 18 years of large consulting firm experience and 23 years of industry experience working with a large regional grocer in the northeast where he was primarily focused on store process improvements and Workforce Management. Rich was the Director of Operational Engineering, responsible for all aspects of Workforce Management in a large grocer prior to his most recent experience in the consulting workforce. His experience in consulting has had him working with many of the largest retailers in the world to solve their most unproductive issues. Rich has spent the last 8.5 years with Accenture leading their Global Workforce Management offering delivering complex WFM implementations. Rich graduated from the New School for Social Research with a BS in Human Resource Management. Rich recently retired from the USAir Force as a Lt. Col. with over 28 years of service flying in LC-130H aircraft in the polar regions of the world.
Larry Foster, Managing Consultant
Larry Foster has spent his entire career in the retail industry spanning over 30 years where he served in a variety of roles with retailers such as Wegmans Food Markets and CVS Health, with professional consulting companies including Arthur Andersen/Senn Delaney and Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, and data analytics vendors Sysrepublic and Profitect. Larry is currently a Managing Consultant with the Stores Consulting Group, LLC. In addition to his broad knowledge of solutions, Larry’s experience includes several industry speaking engagements, both domestically and internationally, surrounding the integration of loss prevention and technology. He has been published, interviewed, and quoted in many industry trade publications on the topic of risk containment, profit improvement, and overall loss prevention counter measures. Larry has an MBA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York.
Jeff Hobert, Managing Consultant
Jeff Hobert is a Managing Consultant with the Stores Consulting Group, LLC. He has over five years of prior experience in management and operational roles, as well as over 12 years experience working as a Retail Consultant in his current role, and with Capgemini and Eastman Kodak. He has worked with 20+ retailers across the United States and in Europe in implementing solutions across a broad spectrum of areas. He has primarily focused on sales improvement, customer experience, and store operational process initiatives to reduce costs and improve profitability. Jeff has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.