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12:00 noon-1:00 pm EDT on Zoom


August 24, 2022


The Back-to-School Question


The kick-off to the Fall season begins with Back-to-School, celebrated by parents and reviled by kids. With COVID relatively under control, school will be mostly in person for the first time in three years. Accordingly, that raises a number of questions:


  • With consumers increased spending on travel, entertainment, and dining out, what does that bode for the Back-to-School selling season?

  • What impact is inflation having on the consumer, manufacturer and retailer?

  • Will Back-to-School be more or less promotional than last year?

  • What merchandise categories are expected to show positive/negative trends vs last tear?

  • Will the Back-to-School season be a precursor for Holiday sales?

Join us for an overview of the Back-to-School season so far, predictions for how it will play out, and perspectives on the market from the manufacturing, wholesale, and retail sectors.


Our webinar will kick off with a short, up-to-the-moment summary of the latest goings-on in retail. Our Subject Matter Expert is Patrick McKeever, President and Founder of The Daily on Retail.



Katherine Cullen

Director, Industry & Consumer Insights

National Retail Federation

Katherine Cullen is director of industry and consumer insights for the National Retail Federation’s research team. In this capacity, she leads NRF’s research on consumer spending and emerging retail trends and develops new research initiatives and partnerships.

Prior to joining NRF, Katherine worked in customer strategy and intelligence at Macy’s Inc., where she developed customer-centric strategies to inform assortment, marketing and distribution decisions for Macy’s womenswear brands. Katherine also spent six years in fraud and programs analysis for the Department of Justice and Department of Education.

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Larry DeParis

COO, CFO & Managing Director

LT Apparel Group

Larry DeParis is a fashion industry veteran who has served in numerous C-level positions during his 40-plus year career including President & CEO of Escada (USA), SVP & CFO of Calvin Klein, and President & CEO of Nat Nast Luxury Originals.



RMS Members: $10 

Guests: $50*

Date: Wednesday, August 24

Time: 12:00 noon-1:00 pm EDT


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Benefits of membership include: reduced rates on webinars, meetings and conferences; complimentary attendance at our Roundtable online discussions; "Top Takeaways"-capsule summaries of most meetings and webinars; Membership Directory for networking purposes; and Face to Face Fridays, a bi-monthly online networking session for members only.

Larry currently serves as COO, CFO and Managing Director of FT-Direct at LT Apparel Group, a New York-based, family-owned company founded in 1958. It is known for its design, manufacturing, and distribution of the highest quality children's clothing. Its portfolio of brands includes adidas kids, Carhartt kids, and its owned brand, French Toast, the leader in schoolwear for kids.

Larry began his career in public accounting and was an Audit Manager in the Emerging Business Practice at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). He has particular expertise in business strategy, business planning, finance, restructurings and turnarounds, operations and human resources.

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Lynn Husum



Lynn Husum is the co-founder of Appaman, a leading boutique children’s apparel company founded in 2003. Harald and Lynn Husum looked to stretch the conventional barriers of what children’s clothing could be, targeting a line that 

kids and adults would love; they created a collection with a range of influences, including their love of nostalgia and pop culture. Since launch, Appaman has since enjoyed tremendous exposure from A-list high-profile customers, won numerous unique recognitions and awards, and enjoy a “cult-like” following amongst celebrities and key influencers worldwide.


Nick Woodhouse

President & CMO

Authentic Brands Group

Nick Woodhouse is a marketing and creative thought leader with a proven ability to launch, reposition and transform iconic consumer brands. With over three decades of experience, Nick’s background spans the retail, branding, digital, sports, 

fashion, entertainment, and marketing industries. Relentlessly results-driven, he continues to be at the forefront of business and brand growth for Authentic Brands Group and its $21+ billion portfolio of global brands.


As President and CMO of ABG, Nick has forged a path alongside CEO Jamie Salter, establishing the company’s point of marketing differentiation early on, with a digital-focused strategy prior to the advent of social media into mainstream marketing. Through his innovative approach to brand development and commitment to the end consumer, Nick has transformed ABG’s owned channels into powerhouse media platforms.



Richard Baum

Managing Director

Consumer Growth Partners

Richard Baum is the Managing Partner of Consumer Growth Partners (CGP), a private equity investment/independent sponsor and advisory firm with an exclusive focus on middle-market specialty retail and non-perishable branded consumer products companies.

Prior to co-founding CGP in 2005, Richard spent more than fifteen years as a sell-side equity research analyst at Sanford Bernstein, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse where he was consistently ranked among the industry leaders in the annual Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates polls. Previously, Richard spent six years in the merchandising organization at Bloomingdale’s. He began his career as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Richard currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Harris Originals, Inc. and as a Board Director for Factory Connection, Inc. He is President of the Retail Marketing Society, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on leading edge topics of interest for the broad retail community.



Patrick McKeever, Jr.

President & Founder

The Daily on Retail

Patrick has followed retail for more than 20 years. Prior to founding Wall Street 313 LLC and The Daily on Retail in late 2018, he spent 11 years as a managing director, senior analyst and consumer sector head at MKM Partners. He has received a number of professional awards, including 2nd place in Multiline Retail for both 

stock picking and earnings estimation in the 2016 Thomson Reuters poll. He was awarded Top Stock Picker in Multiline Retail in the same poll, has been recognized in the Greenwich survey and has performed well in the institutional money manager voting process. He appears on CNBC and other networks to discuss retail and has been quoted extensively by industry publications and the financial press. Patrick started his career in equity research at Credit Suisse in New York. 

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