Dick Seesel is the Manager and owner of Retailing In Focus, LLC. He was most recently a Senior Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager at Kohl’s Department Stores. Dick is proud to have helped Kohl’s grow from 18 stores to a national retail powerhouse, during an era of change and consolidation throughout the retail industry.

During his 24 years at Kohl’s, Dick managed the Women’s Accessory, Jewelry, Cosmetics and Intimate Apparel businesses. Prior to Kohl’s, Dick worked for Dayton’s Department Stores (Minneapolis, MN) and his family’s retail business.

Dick graduated from Harvard College (AB 1976, magna cum laude) and received a Master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (MM 1978, marketing major). During his years at Kohl’s, Dick enjoyed “continuing education” through several management training courses, with an emphasis on retail negotiation.

As a lifelong “student of retail,” Dick enjoys passing along his insight and experience. He was certified to conduct negotiation classes to incoming associates at Kohl’s. Speaking engagements include the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Marquette University and the Wisconsin Association of College Stores. Dick also teaches Retailing Management to undergraduate business students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


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