Career Management was founded in 1978 in New York City to cultivate strong business relationships in support of finding talented executives for the retail and direct mail industry. In the coming years we added E-commerce, legal, finance, accounting, sales, and manufacturing.
Over the years our company has grown. We now support an active client base with a significant national presence. I'm also happy to be joined by highly experienced account executives and a substantial team of researchers.
Our role is to serve as an active partner in the recruitment, restructuring and the rebuilding of both existing and start-up businesses.
As our clients' businesses expand and change, we continue to serve their demands and objectives by adapting our own business practices and technology to meet those changes. We successfully manage the recruiting process from beginning to end and adjust our approach as processes evolve.
It's our privilege to serve the needs of our clients and our candidates. We look forward to serving all of your hiring and recruiting needs.
Lloyd A. Lippman, President
Lloyd Lippman, President & Founder
Lloyd has spent his entire career in the retail industry. He has worked for Abraham & Straus, K-mart Corporation, Canadians (Pants Place Plus) and for Casual Corner as VP of Strategic Planning and Allocation. In 1978, Lloyd founded Career Management and made the retail, direct response (catalog & e-commerce), product development and the design industries the primary focus.
Lloyd serves on the Board of Directors of the Retail Marketing Society, was an Adjunct Professor and was on the Board of Alumni of Fashion Institute of Technology. He and his team's prior retail experience, perspective and commitment have enabled them to play a significant role in the success and growth of many organizations. Lloyd's personal relationships with industry leaders has built Career Management to be one of the major main stays of the executive search industry for retailing, E-commerce, legal finance, accounting, sales, and manufacturing.
David Gelfman, Executive Vice President
David has held executive management positions within the Home Furnishing, Specialty and Big Box Industries. Since joining Career Management in 1993, David has had a proven track record of success with clients throughout the United States in all areas of retailing and e-commerce.
When not communicating with clients and candidates you can find David trying to break 80 while still picking up those important calls..
Lenny Kalb, Executive Vice President
Lenny joined Career Management in 1994 and prior was a senior executive in big box and specialty retailing. Lenny’s experience in hiring, evaluating and developing talent has given him the unique ability to understand and react to our clients’ needs with incredible speed.
Lenny has an extensive success in recruiting and placing senior executives from CMO, EVP GMM to Buyers/Planners, Operations and Sr Field and Store Executives, Human Resources and Finance.
When not recruiting you can search for Lenny enjoying and teaching boating and photography, traveling and enjoying his family.
Sharon B. Pommer, Vice President
Sharon is a recruiting professional with expertise in placing mid to senior level executives in the Wholesale and Retail industries covering all functions within Merchandising and Buying, Sales and Marketing, Design, Sourcing and Product Development. Her background includes President of Merchandising at Alloy (a publicly-traded marketing, media, and merchandising company), General Merchandise Manager at G + G Retail Inc. (a national specialty chain), VP Merchandise at The Children's Place, and Buyer at Macy's New York.
Sharon's experience provides clients with extensive industry knowledge and the ability to identify, attract, and assess and connect talented candidates.
Terry G Pritikin, Vice President
Terry has served as a Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President and President for businesses including The Limited (L-Brands), Tommy Hilfiger-Specialty, and Sunglass Hut. He has led businesses from start-up to over 1750 stores and sales volumes in excess of $1 billion.
As a consultant, Terry's broad business experience has provided the needed foundation to serve clients in any and all areas of their business. Most recently, Terry successfully developed and manages our legal dept. where his clients range from small to large law firms in the tri-state area. Additionally, Terry serves as an adjunct professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology taking an active part in helping students expand their careers. In his spare time, Terry enjoys his guitar collection by loudly playing “OLD ROCK-and-ROLL”.
Robert Smolowitz, Vice President
Robert began his career in retail management working with McDonald's and Boston Market Corporation. Joining Career Management in 2000, he has placed executives in all facets of retail management including store management, district management and merchandising. Robert's background in retailing and as an Executive Recruiter enables him to understand how to successfully bring to our clients the candidates needed for their growth.
Carrie Gennuso, Vice President
Carrie began her career at Gap Inc. in stores where she became Regional Vice President and was instrumental in growing the business for the Gap and Gap Kids Brands. She oversaw 175 stores at a volume of over $300 million. Carrie moved to The Children's Place as a Zone Vice President where she oversaw 375 stores with a volume of over $450 million. As an executive recruiter, she uses her connections and experience to identify, attract and qualify excellent candidates for any management position in not only retail but finance, property management and ecomm positions as well.
Arden Graham, Vice President
Arden Graham spent 25 years at Gap Inc. in various management positions culminating in her becoming the Regional Director at Old Navy managing 110 stores in the northeast. Arden also spent time as a Market Leader at the Hallmark Corporation
Arden's passion for connecting the right talent with the right opportunity has led her here to Career Management as an executive recruiter. Utilizing her broad experience in the field, she has an innate ability to find, assess and match the experience and talent of an individual to the position that fits the need of every client in the retail sector. When she's not recruiting, Arden is running with her 2 Golden Retrievers.
Susan Tukaczynski, Vice President
Susan has had an extensive career in the Retail industry. Susan began her career at J. Crew where she was instrumental in launching several new businesses, with a strong focus on growing the E-commerce business. She has held various Merchandising positions at The Children's Place and Gap, Inc. Her experience in leading global omni-channel merchandising teams and driving businesses, with volume exceeding $350M, gives her a leading edge in understanding what companies are looking for in their search for talent. This background has given Susan what it takes to find top quality candidates within all facets of retail and be a focused and dynamic partner to clients across the industry. She provides exceptional service to customers and clients, and when she is not recruiting Susan enjoys outdoor adventure like climbing Mt. Fuji and skiing the Rockies.
Debra Maroon, Vice President
Prior to joining CMI, Debra was Regional Director at Ralph Lauren for the East Coast and Canada. Debra’s executive management knowledge lends itself well to assisting organizations from start-up to high-growth and reinvention. Debra’s experience spans from department stores, specialty retail, designer outlet and training & development. Debra began her career at Macy’s NY, and held executive positions at Saks Fifth Avenue and Liz Claiborne Retail Group. Debra’s leadership capabilities enables her to identify the competencies and critical success factors that drive high-performing leaders and teams. Debra work hard to play hard with her family and friends. One of her most life impacting trip was Machu Picchu, it solidified for her that the impossible is truly possible!
Nissa started as a recruiter with Career Management in 2004. She has has extensive experience as a business development manager in retail, accounting, finance, banking risk & compliance as well as clinical positions. Nissa's clients have ranged from local businesses to global institutions. She has proven results in procuring the top talent in many industries.
Lesley joined Career Management in 2004 and has kept us organized ever since! Her responsibilities include being our Director of First Impressions, as well as oversight of all administrative processes. This includes coordinating all systems, keeping our operations functioning smoothly and making sure every client has all of the information they need in an efficient and timely manner. Lesley keeps track of our entire team and most importantly leads by example with a great attitude and energy.