Student Challenge Mentors

KPMG LLP is supporting this year’s NRF Foundation Student Challenge by providing mentors to work with the student teams. The mentors are senior KPMG retail industry professionals who were hand-selected based on their experience in and commitment to the retail industry.

Mentors participate in the student team calls over the course of the competition, sharing with and advising the teams as they develop their business plans and pitch videos. This partnership reinforces the commitment both KPMG and the NRF Foundation have to cultivating the next generation of retail leaders.

“KPMG is proud to be the sponsor of the NRF Student Challenge. As the leader of KPMG’s retail industry practice and a board member of the NRF Foundation, I feel strongly that cultivating the next generation of retail leaders is absolutely critical to a growing and vibrant retail industry,” says KPMG US and Global Retail Leader and NRF Foundation Board Member Mark Larson. “We salute the student teams that have entered the competition and look forward to announcing the top team at this year’s NRF Foundation Gala in New York!”

2019-2020 Mentors

Sam Abouzeid
Sam Abouzeid
Director, Financial Due Diligence
Gregory Brunner
Gregory Brunner
Partner
Laura Christal
Laura Christal
Audit Senior Manager
Stephanie Chung KPMG
Stephanie Chung
Senior Associate, Customer Solutions
Kelly Comb KPMG
Kelly Combs
Director, Emerging Technology Risk Services
Kerri Drozd
Kerri Drozd
Director, Customer Advisory
Alexander Elias KPMG
Alexander Elias
Senior Associate, Ignition Center
Will Garman
Will Garman
Director, Strategy
Kyle Goldich
Kyle Goldich
Director, Strategy
Elisa Holland
Elisa Holland
Director, Innovation Labs
Renee Howard
Renee Howard
Audit Partner
Scott Kelsey
Scott Kelsey
Audit Senior Manager
Jeffrey Liss
Jeffrey Liss
Director, Management Consulting
Sadaf Majahid KPMG
Sadaf Majahid
Manager, Financial Management
Justin Miller KPMG
Justin Miller
Senior Manager, Audit
Vera Nieuwland
Vera Nieuwland
Director, KPMG Innovation Lab
Swetha Ramjee
Swetha Ramjee
Manager, Customer Solutions
Kristen Randolph
Kristen Randolph
Manager, People & Change
Colleen Schohl Headshot
Colleen Schohl
Manager, Financial Management
Leila Shin
Leila Shin
Managing Director, Advisory
Ali Wampler
Ali Wampler
Director, Customer Solutions
Alana Widdess Headshot
Alana Widdess
Director, Product Operations & Procurement
Shehtaaz Zaman
Shehtaaz Zaman
Director, Management Consulting