Exceptional solutions plus the power to implement



The company’s four principals: Vince Burke, Mike Carter , Jim Gillis, and Rich Juliano represent a unique confluence of thought leadership and innovation, with a depth and range of experience that they use to successfully address initiatives in the retail supply chain.

Vince Burke

has more than 35 years of experience in the mass and specialty retail industry, developing relationships with the leadership teams at many of the most respected companies in the country. Most recently, Burke served as Vice President, Strategic Relationships and Business Development for Hallmark Cards, the world’s leading social expression company, where he was responsible for initiating, developing, and maintaining strategic relationships with the highest level of leadership at retailers, key licensors, CPG companies, industry trade groups and within the Hallmark family of companies. Also, Burke has been a very active member of the Global Market Development Center (GMDC) leadership team. He was on the advisory boards for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

Vince Burke was awarded the prestigious GMDC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 and MMR Seven Retailers that made a Difference in 2013.

Mike Carter

brings more than 27 years of operational, business development, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) professional experience. He is the founder and managing partner of an M&A advisory firm, helping buyers and sellers in their complex transactions. Carter was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of TNG, a retail service and distribution giant, and one of the largest divisions of the Jim Pattison Group. Prior to that, he was President of Select Media, and then President of Select Merchandising, having founded both companies, gaining wholesale, retail distribution, and merchandising functional expertise.

Carter currently serves on the Global Market Development Center (GMDC) Retail Tomorrow Advisory board, and formerly served on the GMDC's General Merchandise Advisory board. He is an 8-year veteran member of Vistage, the largest CEO peer group in the world.”

James R. Gillis

Is President and CEO of Gillis & Associates. He also sits on several corporate boards and works with private equity firms. Gillis retired as President, Chief Operating Officer and Co-CEO of Source Interlink Companies, a premier marketing, merchandising and fulfillment company of entertainment products, where revenues increased from $38 million to $2.5 billion during his tenure. He was previously President, CEO and Owner of Brand Manufacturing Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of retail display systems and was Managing Partner of Aders, Wilcox, Gillis Group, a global developer of trade relationships serving major brand marketers and retailers worldwide.

Rich Juliano

began his career with Giant Eagle Super Markets, becoming the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the GM/HBC Division and then Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing of the Phar-Mor Division. He then served as Executive Vice President at Thrifty Payless Drug and Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising at Genuardis Family Markets. Most recently, he was a senior executive at SUPERVALU, joining the company as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Services for the Central Region and then moving to the Corporate Retail group as Vice President, GM/HBC and ultimately Group Vice President of Center Store Merchandising. Juliano currently sits on a public and private corporate board.

Rich Juliano was voted PLMA retailer of the year and 1997 and awarded the prestigious MMR Seven Retailers that made a Difference in 2008.