Meet Our Team

Blacks' Team

With decades of combined experience in the retail sector, our team is well equipped to help retailers ramp up their businesses and overcome any challenges along the way.
Expertise in diverse retail sectors, including menswear, women's wear, footwear & accessories
Dedicated analysts who are also part of your team
Data-driven consulting, combined with real-world experience

Get To Know Us

Steve has over 30 years experience in the retail industry, and is a trusted advisor to leading independent merchants across the country.

He founded Blacks Retail in 2005 with the goal of combining inventory planning expertise with innovative technology for apparel retailers. He is also a lover of fashion and design, with deep knowledge of the vendor landscape.

Learn more about Steve’s experience here.

Connect with Steve on LinkedIn.

Matt Pruitt joined Blacks full-time in 2015, and quickly become a trusted consultant to many men’s and women’s wear retailers, both online and off. He also specializes in multi-store operations, creating store-by-store plans that roll up to unified goals.

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With more than 11 years at Blacks, Allan is a valuable and trusted member of the team. He’s planning expertise is what helps make our clients’ sales and inventory plans accurate and responsive to changes in the retail landscape.

Before joining Blacks, Allan was a buyer at Paul Stuart and a regional manager at Nordstrom, bringing years of real world retail experience to the table.

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Mike is a retail veteran who has spent decades doing trend analysis and business planning with retailers large and small. He has deep experience in inventory planning and supply chain management.

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Scott has over 30 years of experience in footwear and accessory sectors. He has been a senior-level executive of footwear companies that have ranged from the comfort sector, to Italian and Swiss Luxury companies in North and Central America. His resume includes Bruno Magli, Bally, Haflinger and Calvin Klein Footwear.

Scott has successfully taken under-performing brands, and brought new life to the products, while opening points of distribution which were previously closed.

Now he brings his extensive track record of success to Blacks’ clients who are looking to stay competitive in this space.

Connect with Scott on LinkedIn.

Shelley Genova has been a retail store owner since 1994, and currently owns a retail boutique in Poland, Ohio.  She has a bachelor or arts in mathematics and psychology from Youngstown State University, and over 27 years experience in business management, marketing, employee development, and small business ownership.

Connect with Shelley on LinkedIn or call (330) 261-4336.

Scarlet Sanschagrin leads marketing and research at Blacks, providing the latest trend and strategy information to our clients.

Blacks Retail has openings for Retail Analysts in major markets. This is a commission position. For more information, questions or inquiries please contact: info@blksretail.com or call (781) 325-6751.