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BGJ Group adds Yakulis, Carter to team

BY DSN STAFF

Retail-focused management consulting firm Burke Gillis Juliano Group has added more than 25 years of industry experience with its two new hires. The Naples, Fla.-based firm has announced that Mike Carter and Alex Yakulis have joined the firm as associates.

Carter will focus on wholesale and retail distribution, as well as consumer good and marketing services, and Yakulis will be focused on retailer engagement, in-store retail execution and experiential marketing.

“Mike and Alex’s expertise in marketing, business development and operational execution will help our clients profitably grow their businesses,” said Jim Gillis, principal at BGJ Group. “They share our enthusiasm for our industry and we are fortunate to have them join the BGJ team. Mike will be continuing his relationship with TNG, which focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and has already brought in some important new business to BGJ. Alex is a unique resource in the industry and could have gone anywhere after Crossmark, but chose BGJ because of the potential of our team. We expect great things from both of these leaders in the future”

Alex Yakulis

Yakulis was most recently executive vice president of business development at Crossmark, where he led top-line growth efforts. He serves on advisory boards for such industry organizations as GMDC, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the National Association for Retail Marketing Services.

“BGJ Group does an amazing job of helping companies realize their full marketing and merchandising potential. I’m looking forward to bringing my skillset and my network of connections to strengthen that capability,” said Yakulis

Mike Carter

Carter was previously executive vice president and chief revenue for retail service and distribution company TNG, having also served as president of select media and select merchandising. He is part of the Global Marketing Development Center’s Retail Tomorrow advisory board.

“Vince, Jim and Rich have gathered some of the best minds in the industry at BGJ Group, so I appreciate their asking me to join the firm,” Carter said. “I’ll do my best to help retailers and suppliers address the challenges and opportunities present in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace.”

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