Walter Loeb

Loeb Associates, Inc.
Walter Loeb, the president of Loeb Associates, Inc.

When it comes to providing an experienced eye, no one comes close to Walter Loeb. Now in his 90s, Loeb began his retail career after graduating college in 1949, working for giants such as R.H. Macy & Company, the May Department Stores Company and the Allied Stores Corporation. Analysis and consulting came next, and today, his sharp perception and pointed critiques of the retail landscape are delivered through a weekly Forbes blog. Loeb’s acumen has become a must-read for those who want to stay on top of the strategies and trends affecting the business of retail.

But life experience also is at play; the son of a wholesaler, Loeb was born in Germany, fled the Nazis and lived in Italy, Cuba and the United States before being drafted into the Army and landing in Normandy on D-Day. In business and elsewhere, Walter remains full of fight.