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About Us
The growth of Career Management is driven by our commitment and passion to our Clients and Candidates by consistently providing unparalleled service and results. 

A Letter from Lloyd Lippman, President of Career Management

Dear Executive,

Career Management was founded in 1978 in New York City for one reason, to cultivate strong business relationships in support of finding talented executives and managers for the retail and direct mail industry. In more recent years, we've added e-commerce, wholesale and a host of business and professional services that include legal, hospitality, financial and new entries into the medical diagnostic field to our areas of expertise.

Over the years our company has grown. We now support an active client base with a significant national presence. I'm also happy to be joined by highly experienced account executives and a substantial team of researchers.

Our role is to serve as an active partner in the recruitment, restructuring and the rebuilding of both existing and start-up businesses.

As our clients' businesses expand and change, we continue to serve their increased demands and changing objectives by adapting our own business practices and technology to meet those changes and challenges. We successfully manage the recruiting process from beginning to end, and adjust our approach to the needs and demands of our clients as the process evolves.

Cultivating one-on-one professional relationships among clients and candidates contributes to the success of the search. Our clients are continuously impressed with our ability to understand their needs and find the right talent to fill an opening in a timely manner.

We couldn't provide this service without a great team. Each of our account executives has an extensive business leadership background and success. Our staff is professional, knowledgeable, tenacious and committed -- as a result, successful.

It's our privilege to serve the needs of our clients and our candidates. We look forward to serving all of your hiring and recruiting needs.
Thank you,
Lloyd A. Lippman, President

 

Our current database has over 100,000 talented candidates. Many of these individuals have experience with today's best and leading businesses across a myriad of industries. This allows our account executives to consistently and quickly attract the right executives for any management positions your company may have.

 

Career Management's Areas of Expertise

 

To serve you best, you will work with the appropriate account executive, but share the resources of our entire team.

Senior Management Group: Chief Executives, President, Vice Presidents
Merchandise and Product Group: Merchandising, Buying, Product Development, Design
Store Group: Store Management, District Management, Regional Management

Business Services: Legal, Financial, Social Media, Digital Marketing, IT, Facility Management
Support Group: Operations, Human Resources, Marketing, Logistics, Credit, E-Commerce, Visual Merchandising, Planning and Allocation, Loss Prevention

 

Our Executives

Lloyd A. Lippman
President
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Lloyd has spent his entire career working for and with the retail industry. He has worked for Abraham & Straus, K-mart Corporation, Canadians (Pants Place Plus) and for Casual Corner as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Allocation.
In 1978, Lloyd founded Career Management and made the retail, direct response (catalog & e-commerce), product development and the design industries the focus of Career Management.
Lloyd serves as President of the Retail Marketing Society, is an Adjunct Professor and is on the Board of Alumni of Fashion Institute of Technology. Lloyd and his team's prior retail experience, perspective and commitment to the retail industry have enabled them to play a significant role in the success and growth of many organizations. Career Management's approach is direct and hands-on. His personal relationships with industry leaders has built Career Management to be one of the major main stays of the executive search industry for retailing and direct response.


"I have worked with Lloyd for over 14 years and three different organizations. He has been not only an excellent resource for top industry talent, but has proven to be a strong business partner truly working with his clients to help set strategy and to chart the right course toward achieving corporate goals and objectives.He maintains an extremely professional demeanor which allows him to work closely with the Talent Acquisiiton team but also be able to present to both the C-suite executives and Boards of Directors as necessary. I highly recommend Lloyd and his team to support any size company's hiring objectives." Personable, Expert, High Integrity
Ray B. VP/HR


"I have had the pleasure to have worked with Lloyd and his firm for many years and am delighted to provide this recommendation.
From a business perspective, Lloyd is the search partner we all want. He is focused, thoughtful and committed to bring the best "world class talent" to an organization. This was evidenced in his support of the growth of Bath and Body Works as well as most recently Tween Brands. I could count on Lloyd and team to deliver quality candidates who met or exceeded the expectations of our organization. His knowledege of retail and of specific functions due to his prior life's experiences make him a great partner.
On the other side, I have come to know Lloyd personally and trust his judgenment and counsel. He is committed to his family and his support of the community. He also gives back as a teacher and mentor with his work at FIT, where I have had the priviledge of addressing his students.They learn much from Lloyd, and he learns much from them.
It is a pleasure and honor for me to provide this heartfelt recommendation for Lloyd and I look forward to working with him in the future."
Roy C. VP/HR



David Gelfman
Vice President
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During his years in the retail industry, David held executive management positions with Scandinavian Design Home Furnishings, Workbench Furniture and Ames Department Stores. Since joining Career Management in 1993, David has placed numerous candidates into executive positions on the store side at the VP/Director, District Manager, Regional Director and managerial levels. He is also very successful on the corporate side securing qualified candidates for the Merchandising, Operations, Human Resources and Logistics areas. While experienced in all facets of executive search, David has specialized in the home furnishings, mass merchandising, specialty store and sporting goods industries. He continues to help companies grow by his understanding of the client's culture and priorities. The goal is to save the client time and money in obtaining the highest quality candidates to match their needs. His tenacious and creative recruiting skills have resulted in the placement of numerous executives who have "made a difference".

 

"I am pleased to provide this letter of reference for David Gelfman. First of all, I want to make it known that I only use recruiters on a very occasional and sparing basis. As an HR Executive with over 30 years of experience, I typically only go to a recruiter to assist me with filling a sensitvie position where my efforts have been unsuccessful. Therefore, given the nature of these assignments, I look for a recruiter who can do much more than just "email resumes." I am looking for a true "partner" who can be an extention of my process and department. David is the only recruiter I have used during my five years with Art Van Furniture. I use him because: He has a great perspective on retail and retail furniture. He took the time to come to Michigan and get to know our company, our culture and our philosophy. He wants to make sure that he is placing people who can do more than just add their technical expertise...he wants us to have great people that can help us carry forward our mission and vision. David is a great partner. He is responsive; detail oriented and takes the time to personally get involved with the search. Having had negative experiences with the "major firms" I appreciate David's personal attention to every search and every candidate. Finally, and most importantly, when I go to search it is always an urgent search where I need results in a hurry, David can get those types of results. He is very responsive and can get the job done in a hurry...without sacrificing quality." Gary D. VP/HR

 

"It is a genuine pleasure for me to recommend David Gelfman of Career Management. As CEO of Domain Home Fashions, I worked with David on search assignments in our retail organization for over 8 years. David was very effective at capturing the essence of our requirements, and worked diligently to define the job description and role to ensure that the individual would fit into the position and the culture at Domain.
David worked not only as a vendor, but as a partner to our management team. Our executive team would ask him for advice or to do a project simply because it would help Domain become a better company. We knew that he was available 24/7 and considered us a high priority retained client. David was extremely responsive to phone calls and would help, when asked, in counseling a candidate who was undecided about a job opportunity. From speaking with candidates, it was evident that David was very attentive to their and Domain's needs, making sure that both sides were ultimately satisfied with a job offer. Lastly, when there was a need for implementing our guarantee on a candidate due to their leaving the company within the guarantee period, he was very dependable in refilling that position in a prompt manner. We found David to be consistent, extremely effective and timely, with excellent resources." Great Results, Personable, Expert Judy G. CEO


"I hired David to work on a few niche positions within the furniture/retail industry. David is a resilient, consistent, professional recruiter that focuses on building strong relationships with his clients in order to better serve their needs. He is a great networker and is well connnected in the industry. He was able to identify quality talent quickly and keep candidates engaged when things were moving slower than expected. I highly recommend David to anyone that is looking for a business partner that focuses on quality candidates versus quantity of candidates." Personable, High Integrity Aaronita R. Talent Acquisition Specialist


Leonard Kalb
Executive Vice President
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Lenny was Vice President of Operations with Vornado Inc. a multi-billion dollar mass merchandising retailer and was Director of Operations for Master's Inc., a specialty and off-price apparel chain where he helped both companies during their aggressive growth years.
Lenny had 10 years experience in executive recruiting prior to joining Career Management in 1994.
Although Lenny is an integral part of the store operations division primarily placing Regional, District and Store Managers he also has an extensive history of successfully placing Sr. VP GMM, Sr. VP Regionals, Merchandise Managers, Planning Executives, Buyers, Human Resource Executives and Loss Prevention Directors. His extensive experience in the retailing and search industries has earned him a well deserved reputation for getting results where others have failed.


"I've worked with and known Lenny for over a decade. In the search business, there are really only a handful of professionals that have the resourcefulness, thoroughness, and integrity to manage for the "long haul". Lenny builds long term relationships with his client and seeks to understand the culture of the organization first, the detail of the job second, and then make the appropriate placements. Consistent with that, Lenny knows how to close the deal with his candidates. Most importantly, Lenny does what he says he is going to do." Expert, High Integrity Tim B. EVP/HR


"I have worked with Lenny on both sides of the equation. As a Vice President of store operations with the Avenue, I contracted with Lenny to find us high caliber candidates for District and Regional Manager positions. Currently, he is helping me find a new opportunity as a Vice President of store operations.
On both sides of the equation I have been very pleased with the results of our relationship. Lenny has the abiltity to surface qualified and experienced candidates. He takes the open position on as a challenge and will give it his full attention until he has found a suitable successful candidate.
Lenny has been a tremendous help in my search for a new opportunity. Not only has he kept me notified of the opportunities within the industry but he has help mold a newly created postion with a retailer, so it matched my experience and skills. Basically, he not only found me a new opportunity but, he created one. You can not ask for more than that.
I would recommend Lenny on both sides of the recruiting equation." Great Results, Personable, Expert Patrick M. EVP Operations


"I have worked with Lenny on a search and found him to be an outstanding recruiter from many aspects. He understands his clients and knows how to bring value to the process. Lenny is a keen negotiator who keeps the lines of communications open and conitues to work towards a "win-win" solutions. It's clear his clients value him for both his knowledge of the retail industry and for his high intergrity. He gave me sound advice throughout the entire process. I also found him to add humor and perspective during the stressful times. I would highly recommend anyone looking to change positions to work with Lenny.
John L. SVP


Robert Smolowitz
Vice President

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Robert began his career in retail management working with McDonald's and Boston Market Corporation. Joining Career Management in 2000, he has placed executives in all facets of retail management inclusive of store management, district management and merchandising. Robert's background in retailing and as an Executive Recruiter enables him to understand how to successfully bring to our clients the candidates needed for their growth.


"I worked very closley with Robert for many years. At the time I was the Director of Recruitment and Training at Modell''s Sporting Goods. In fact, I worked with many recruiters and staffing agencies, however, most of my business was given to Robert. Why? It's real simple: he has the #1 skill that I feel is so critical in the staffing field. Robert works hard at learning what his clients want, both in terms of skills and personality, and finds the perfect candidate. He was "on the money" so many times, it was almost like he was able to read my mind. He knew what our company wanted - and delivered, time and time again. And he was thoroughly knoweldgable about the retail industry.
Robert also knows how to develop solid, trusting relationships with his clients. I trusted and relied upon him. And he never failed to find the perfect candidate for me. Robert's follow-up skills are extraordinary. He has an unbeleivable sense of urgency with a very strong attention to detail. Many times he would call me at home with updates, questions, or just to strategize on a search he was doing for me. That means he was reaching out to candidates in the evenings, when they are available to talk.The staffing business is filled with amateurs, folks who "talk a good game" but can't deliver. If I was researching a search firm, and Robert Smolowitz was working there, the decision would be easy. He is a thorough professional, who gets results. For all of these reasons, I am very happy to recommend Robert.
I would be happy to further discuss Robert's work to anyone who is interested.
Craig R. Director of Career Development & Technical Training Services


"Robert is a dedicated, diligent and resourceful Talent Acquisition professional that genuinely cares about his clients and his candidates. His communication and follow up are always timely, precise and relevant. Robert's industry expertise and customer centric personality make him a fantastic representation of our company in the marketplace. I look forward to continued partnership!" Personable,OnTime,HighIntegrity. Stella T. PHR



Sharon B. Pommer
Vice President
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Sharon is a recruiting professional with expertise in placing mid to senior level executives in the Wholesale and Retail industries convering all functions within Merchandising and Buying, Sales and Marketing, Design, Sourcing and Product Development.  A former retail executive with strong contacts in the Fashion and Home industries, her background includes President of Merchandising at Alloy (a public-traded marketing, media, and merchandising company), General Merchandise Manager at G + G Retail Inc. (a national specialty chain), Vice President Divisional Merchandise Manager at The Children's Place, and Buyer at Macy's New York.  Her experience provies clients with extensive industry knowledge and the ability to identify, attract, and assess talented candidates with the skills to effectively manage and build successful businesses.  She is dedicated, has a hands on approach, and works closely with candidates and clients from initial stage of the search process through completion of placement.

 

Terry G. Pritikin
Vice President
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Starting in retail, as a Store Manager and continually progressing through executive management roles. Terry has served as a Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President and President for businesses that included The Limited, Tommy Hilfiger-Specialty, Charming Shoppes, and Sunglass Hut. He led businesses from "start-up" to over 1750 stores and exceeding $1 Billion in sales. In addition to developing expertise across virtually all aspects of both retail and e-commerce, each role required the ability to recruit and build highly trained and motivated teams consistently delivering positive results. As a consultant,Terry's broad business experience has provided the needed foundation to serve clients in any and all areas of their business. In joining Career Management as an executive recruiter, Terry is committed and prepared to expertly deliver the unique and varied needs of each and every client.

 

Carrie T. Gennuso
Vice President
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Carrie began her career at Gap Inc. in stores where she became Regional Vice President and was instrumental in growing the business for the Gap and Gapkids Brands. She oversaw 175 stores at a volume of over $300 million dollars. One of Carrie's many responsibilities at Gap was the recruitment, hiring and training of managers at all levels as well as the promotion to other avenues of the business including merchants, planners, visual experts and International Country Managers. She was well known for promoting people across brands to Old Navy, Banana Republic and the Corporate Operations team. She moved to The Children's Place as a Zone Vice President where she oversaw 375 stores with a volume of over $450 million dollars. Her last position before she joined Career Management was at Brighton Collectibles. Carrie's extensive experience has well equipped her to be a great resource to clients and she will use her broad knowledge to identify, attract and qaulify excellent candidates for any management position.

 

Anthony Cheng
Account Executive
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Anthony has been working in the recruitment industry since graduating from Rutgers University. Initially, his focus was on the accounting and finance sector and has expanded his expertise in multiple areas since. Anthony has placed many talented candidates in numerous companies. His placements range from mid level to corporate executive level. Anthony's diverse recruiting experience has given him the tools necessary to meet the needs of our clients.

 

Dena Maisonett
Account Executive
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Dena has over 20 years of experience in retailing. Dena has held management positions with companies such as Christian Dior and Clinique at Nordstrom, Ulta Beauty, Michael Kors and It'Sugar. While in the retail field, Dena honed her expertise by recruiting top talent for her own teams as well as other teams in her districts. She has brought those talents to Career Management.  Dena's vast retail experience gives her the tools necessary to meet the needs of our clients. Dena's knowledge of what is needed for any position makes her a valuable partner for your recruitment needs.

 

Nissa Suriani
Account Executive
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Nissa Started as an Executive Recruiter with Career Management in 2004. Her skill set and expertise has broadened over the years. Nissa has extensive experience as both an executive recruiter and as a business development manager in several industries. Those industries include: retail, accounting, finance, banking risk & compliance as well as clinical positions. Nissa's clients have ranged from local businesses to global institutions. Nissa has proven results in procuring the top talent regardless of industry or the seniority of the position. Nissa has the knowledge, experience and desire to maintain both the candidate's and client's needs as a top priority at all times.

 

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