Susan Negen

Retail Management Consultant

Susan Negen has a knockout one-two punch of sophisticated “big business” skills and street-smart small business experience.

She has worked as a senior executive for retailing giants like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Lord and Taylor, has been on the leadership team of a small retail business, and now sees business through the eyes of an entrepreneur and business owner. Susan quickly discovered that the problems of operating a multibillion-dollar company and the problems of the entrepreneur are not that much different!

In her more than two decades of business experience Susan has effectively managed groups of over 150 employees, used her expert analytical skills to purchase inventory for both large and small stores, and has brought a keen sense of organization to her fast-growing training company.

As the Director of Merchandising at the Mackinaw Kite Co., Susan was instrumental in helping create a nationwide yo-yo boom. She maintained outstanding flow of merchandise to their “Yo-Yo Universe” kiosks during the volatile yo-yo craze. This minimized the out-of-stock position most retailers across the country were experiencing and allowed them to sell over two million dollars worth of yo-yos in just over 6 months!

This yo-yo adventure forced Susan and her business partner Bob to boil down 35 years of hard-earned experience into a fun, but no-nonsense, only-if-it-works outlook on business.

Her “make it fun, but get it done” attitude has given Susan an expert edge in marketing, in practical, proven customer service practices, solid common sense employee management, super-efficient operations, and an understanding of the entrepreneurial spirit.

Susan Negen, Retail Expert