Retail veteran Rich Juliano helps form new global consultancy group

NAPLES, Fla. — Retail and consumer products industry veterans Rich Juliano, Vince Burke and Jim Gillis have founded Burke • Gillis • Juliano Group, a global consultancy focused on the supermarket, mass retail, convenience, drug and specialty retail trade channels.

Burke • Gillis • Juliano Group offers executive management, market strategy, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, business development, product marketing, trade relations and related services to retailers, suppliers and vendors in the United States and around the world.

At the core of the new company are partners with senior retail and supply leadership experience — Juliano worked at Supervalu, Genuardis Family Markets and Giant Eagle, and Burke comes from Hallmark Cards. Tying the group together is Gillis, who has consulting, P/L management, private equity and both public and private board experience.

Juliano began his career with Giant Eagle, becoming the SVP and GM of the GM/HBC division and then SVP of merchandising and marketing of the Phar-Mor division. He then served as EVP at Thrifty Payless Drug and VP of marketing and merchandising at Genuardis Family Markets. Most recently, he was a senior executive at Supervalu, joining the company as EVP of supply chain services for the Central region and then moving to the Corporate Retail group as VP, GM/HBC and ultimately Group VP of center store merchandising.

“Vince, Jim and I all know retail and CPG inside and out — we’ve been students of the industries for decades. We are now bringing that knowledge and connection base to select clients to help them profitably grow their businesses,” Juliano said.

Burke has more than 34 years of experience in the mass and specialty retail industry. Most recently, Burke served as VP of strategic relationships and business development for Hallmark Cards. Also, Burke has been an active member of the GMDC leadership team.

Gillis is president and CEO of Gillis & Associates, where his clients include TNG/Division of The Jim Pattison Group, Globalworx, Hudson News Retail, Rubicon Global, Synergy Systems and Park City Group. He also sits on several corporate boards and works with private equity firms. Gillis retired as president, COO and co-CEO of Source Interlink Cos., a marketing, merchandising and fulfillment company of entertainment products. He was previously president, CEO and owner of Brand Manufacturing Corp., a designer and manufacturer of retail display systems and was managing partner of Aders, Wilcox, Gillis Group, a developer of trade relationships serving brand marketers and retailers worldwide.

Login or Register to post a comment.