Consumer Growth Partners leverages an extensive network of seasoned executives and other industry experts to add value for both advisory clients and investments.


Barbara Anderson

Ms. Anderson is Head of Underwriting at Yieldstreet Private Business Credit, former COO of i2B Capital, LLC., a specialty finance focused fund. Previously she held senior management positions at VION Receivable Investments, National City Retail Finance and Lasalle Retail Finance.

Michael Appel

Mr. Appel is a Board Director at Ashley Stewart, Inc.  He is the Founder and President of Appel Associates, which provides performance improvement, turnaround management and restructuring consulting services to retail and consumer goods companies.

Formerly he was a Board Director at Master Cutlery, Chairman/Interim CEO of Rue21, Inc., and Chairman of the Board of Loehmann’s Holdings Inc.  Previously, he served as Interim CEO of Baccarat Crystal, Caswell-Massey, Laura Ashley and MacKenzie Childs in helping to stabilize and turn around these businesses. He serves on the National Board of the Turnaround Management Association.

Maxine Clark

Ms. Clark is the Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW).  She is a Board Member at Big DOT OF HAPPINESS LLC; CEO and President of Clark-Fox Foundation; Executive in Residence, John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis, and Managing Partner at Prosper Women Entrepreneurs.  Previously, she served as President of Payless ShoeSource.

Steven Douglass

Mr. Douglass is the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Payless Shoe Source, Inc. Previously, he held several positions at divisions of The May Department Stores Company, including Chairman of May Company, Ohio and SVP and CFO of J.W. Robinsons.

Susan Engel

Ms. Engel is the former Chief Executive Officer of Lenox/Portero Luxury.  Previously, she was Chairman and CEO of Lenox/Department 56 and President and CEO of Champion Products.  She is a Board Director at Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) and Coolibar, Inc.

Robert Glick

Mr. Glick is the Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Dots, LLC, a women’s apparel specialty chain offering fashion trends at exceptional prices. The company was sold to Irving Place Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, in January, 2011.

Sue Gove

Ms. Gove is the President of Excelsior Advisors, LLC. Previously she was the CEO of Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. and EVP and COO of Zale Corporation. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Fresh Market (NASDAQ:  TFM), Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:  BBBY), IAA, Inc. (NYSE:  IAA), and Conn’s HomePlus (NASDAQ:  CONN).

Ken Hicks

Mr. Hicks is Chairman, President and CEO of Academy Sports + Outdoors (NASDAQ: ASO).  Previously, Mr. Hicks served as President and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), President and Chief Merchandising Officer of JCPenney (NYSE: JCP), President of Payless Shoe Source, Inc., EVP/GMM for the Home Shopping Network (NYSE: HSN) and SVP/GMM for May Department Stores.

Paul Hill

Mr. Hill is CEO of P.J. Hill and Associates, a Consulting and Board advisory practice for companies specializing in growth strategies, productivity improvement and transformational change. Previously he was the EVP of Supply Chain and Operations for Philosophy Cosmetics and Yankee Candle Co. Mr. Hill was also the Supply Chain Director and Sr. Plant Manager for Kraft Foods, in charge of some of their largest manufacturing facilities.

Stan Leibowitz

Mr. Leibowitz is President and CEO of the Park Highland Group, a professional services firm consulting to the direct marketing industry. Previously, he served as COO/EVP of Victoria’s Secret Direct and EVP and COO of Neiman Marcus Direct. He spent many years at Spiegel where he headed business development.

Margaret Mager

Ms. Mager is currently a Board Director at off-price retailer Gabe’s, owned by Warburg Pincus.  Previously a Managing Director and business unit leader in Goldman Sachs’ equity research department, she has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, consulting, and strategic communications as well as in the global apparel, footwear, accessories, handbags, sporting goods, luxury goods, retail, and textile industries.  During her years on Wall Street she led numerous high-profile consumer IPO’s including Ralph Lauren, Coach, J.Crew, Columbia Sportswear, Under Armour, Lululemon, and Maidenform, among others.

Kathleen Mason

Ms. Mason is a former Board Director of Genesco, Inc. (NYSE: GCO).  Previously she was President and CEO of Tuesday Morning (NASDAQ: TUES), President of Filene’s Basement and President of HomeGoods, Inc., a subsidiary of TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX).

Nancy Pedot

Ms. Pedot is the Creator and Founder of Salon Septieme Paris.  She is the former CEO of Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse tam tam as well as Fast Retailing’s Group Executive Officer.  Previously, Ms. Pedot was the CEO of Party City and Gymboree.

Jim Peters

Mr. Peters is the President and COO of Delivery Agent.  Delivery Agent is the market leader in turning audiences into customers for the world’s largest brands and media companies.  He is the former President and COO of Ross Stores (NASDAQ:  ROST).  Previously, he was President of U.S. retail operations of Staples.

Tom Slover

Mr. Slover is the former Chairman of Shoe Sensation Inc., a former CGP portfolio company.  Previously, he was President and CEO of Foot Locker Europe (NYSE:  FL), East Bay (now and a VP at Payless ShoeSource.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Wentworth Military Academy and College.

Laura Weil

Ms. Weil is the former EVP and COO of New York & Company, Inc.  (OTC  Pink:  RTW).  Previously she was CEO of Urban Brands, Inc., former COO and Senior EVP of Ann Taylor Corporation and former EVP/CFO of American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:  AEO).  She is a Board Member at Carnival Corp (NYSE:  CCL), Supervisory Board Member of Global Fashion Group, Independent Board Member of Bamboo Rose, Independent Board Member of Daniel’s Jewelers Limited and the Founder and Managing Partner at Village Lane Advisory.