In 2002, Kendra Scott started her jewelry business in Austin, Texas with a modest investment to create jewelry from a spare bedroom. Since inception, Kendra Scott Design has risen to become a worldwide multi-million dollar brand, with Scott’s designs sold through its 17 retail stores, via its ecommerce site kendrascott.com, at more than 700 boutiques and at retailers such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
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Stage Stores brings brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and footwear for the entire family to small towns through its Peebles, Bealls, Stage, Palais Royal, and Goody’s branded stores. The Houston-based retailer operates nearly 900 locations in 40 states, mainly in small and mid-sized towns, with a significant presence in Texas and Louisiana.
Founded in 2006, CSID is a leading provider of global identity protection and fraud detection technologies for businesses, their employees, and consumers. With CSID’s enterprise-level solutions, businesses can take a proactive approach to protecting the identities of their consumers all around the world.
Luxottica Retail North America is a business division of Luxottica Group. Their retail portfolio offers a variety of differentiation points for consumers, including the latest in designer and high performance sun frames, advanced lens options, and advanced eye care. Every LRNA collection, every pair of glasses, is the result of an ongoing process of research and development whose aim is to anticipate and interpret the needs, desires and aspirations of consumers all over the world.
SunPower is a leading solar technology and energy service provider that produces the most efficient solar cells and panels on the market today. The company was founded in 1985 by Dr. Richard Swanson, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford who was among the first to explore solar technology. Over several decades, what began as a manufacturing company has evolved into a vertically integrated company that produces, delivers, installs, and monitors commercial and residential systems for clients around the globe.
San Francisco-based Benefit Cosmetics was founded in 1976 by twins Jean and Jane Ford. Benefit Cosmetics is conceived on the notion of making cosmetics and beauty fun and more approachable. The company slogan, “laughter is the best cosmetic” derives from this concept. What had been initially founded as a beauty boutique is today a global beauty brand, available at more than 2,000 cosmetics counters in nearly 40 countries. Benefit Cosmetics LLC is a $1B subsidiary of LVMH, with the majority of sales arriving through indirect channels, such as Macy’s and Sephora.
Founded in 2005, MapMyFitness is the leader in connected fitness, offering GPS-based tracking apps that have topped both Android and iOS stores’ fitness categories since their inception. The company has steadily grown and now boasts more than 22 million registered users.
Based in Miami, The Hackett Group is an intellectual property-based strategic consultancy recognized as the leading enterprise benchmarking and best practices implementation firm to Global 2000 companies. Services include business transformation, enterprise performance management, working capital management, and global business services. Founded in 1991, The Hackett Group has global offices in the United States, Europe and Asia/Pacific.
PlanetOne Communications is the IT channel and telecom industry’s preferred business partner for identifying and delivering cloud-based and connectivity solutions to small, midsize and enterprise businesses. Established in 1992 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona - PlanetOne is committed to providing sales partners with a broad portfolio of telecom solutions backed by the strongest agreements and top tier commission structure.
Mazda North American Operations thrives in an environment built on speed, agility and efficiency. Since 1970, when they began importing vehicles to the United States, Mazda has built its brand on providing the most thrilling vehicles, as well as parts and accessories, to its customers.
Tirebuyer.com is out to change the tire industry, letting customers purchase tires online directly from a nationwide network of some 10,000 professional tire shops. The Bellevue, Washington-based company offers more than three million tires and wheels, from all the leading brands. Featuring award-winning customer service, the site also promises 1-2 day delivery, via a North American network of 140 warehouses and its own fleet of 800 delivery trucks.
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