Meaghan Brophy

Meaghan Brophy, Managing Editor
Meaghan Brophy is the Managing Editor for Sumner Communications, the parent company of Independent Retailer. With an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University, she has a broad knowledge of the publishing industry and passion for polished editorial. Meaghan is a featured member of RetailWire’s BrainTrust. She has been quoted in Forbes, RetailDive, and other industry publications. Meaghan is also an educational speaker for the Independent Retailer Conference at ASD Market Week. Before joining Sumner Communications, Meaghan worked in content marketing and business management. Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedInMeaghan Brophy’s articles »

Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans, Editorial/Audience Development Director
Lisa Evans is the Editorial / Audience Development Director for Sumner Communications, the parent company of Independent Retailer and A publishing industry veteran of 25 years, Lisa has been responsible for every area of magazine fulfillment, circulation, production, and marketing for both B2C and B2B publications. Lisa contributes regularly to Independent Retailer and helps define the editorial direction of upcoming issues. Lisa Evan’s articles »

Ron Fisher

Ron Fisher, Trade Show Editor, National Trade Show Association
Ron has been in the industry for 19+ years covering the trade show circuit. With his myriad of contacts in the trade show world, Ron provides IR with an in-depth look into the wholesale and retail show industries. A frequent contributor to the magazine, Ron’s experience provides an insider’s look for our retail audience. Ron Fisher’s articles »

Kristina Morgan

Krystina Morgan, Staff Writer, Digital Media and Marketing Associate
Krystina Morgan is the Digital Media and Marketing Associate for Sumner Communications, the parent company of Independent Retailer Krystina is a recent grad of Southern Connecticut State University. Most of her writings were published in the Valley Independent Sentinel, New Haven Independent, and her campus’ paper, the Southern News. She enjoys playing video games and staying out of the sun. Krystina Morgan’s articles »

Mikaela Kornowski

Mikaela Kornowski, Contributing Writer
Mikaela is the Marketing and Public Relations Executive for the OFFPRICE Show, a retail trade show in Las Vegas, and Off-Price Retailing magazine. A proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, Mikaela enjoys combining her love of all things retail with her passion for print and online writing.

Katy Albrecht

Katy Albrecht, Contributing Writer
Katy Albrecht is the Publishing Editor of Off-Price Retailing magazine, a B2B retail publication providing retailers with the best tools and resources to build and grow successful businesses. With three years under her belt at OFFPRICE, Katy has developed a deep understanding of the off-price sector, retail strategies, and merging digital media with real-world consumer behavior.

Erika Jolly Brookes

Erika Jolly Brookes, Contributing Writer
Erika Jolly Brookes is chief marketing officer for Springbot, an eCommerce marketing platform, where she leads lead all aspects of marketing. Erika can be found actively engaging on a wide-range of topics including digital marketing and e-commerce on Twitter @ebrookes. A strategic technology-marketing veteran, Erika has held numerous executive-level marketing positions with leading technology companies like Oracle, Vitrue, MindSpring, Earthlink and Rackspace.

The Lease Coach

The Lease Coach, Contributing Writer
Dale Willerton and Jeff Grandfield are Commercial Lease Consultants who work exclusively for tenants. Dale and Jeff are professional speakers and co-authors of Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES (Wiley, 2013). Got a leasing question? Need help with your new lease or renewal? Call 1-800-738-9202, or visit

Steve Rowen

Steve Rowen
Steve Rowen is a partner at Retail Systems Research, as well as an emerging markets specialist. In addition to having been a pioneering analyst in the field of customer data security, Rowen’s areas of focus include environmental sustainability within retail, loss prevention, cross-channel and eCommerce applications, as well as merchandising and workforce management technologies. His analysis and insight have made him a frequent source to the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, ComputerWorld, Chain Store Age and many others, as well as a sought-out presenter at high-level and educational industry events. Steve Rowen’s articles »

Rebecca Dowden

Rebecca Dowden, Contributing Writer
Rebecca is the Director of Marketing at CrownTV, a company specializing in digital signage CrownTV creates the most modern and easy-to-use digital signage software and devices with constantly evolving apps that enable businesses to access the largest variety of content. She has had previous experience working in visual merchandising for fashion retail as well as in advertising. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn

Elena Penati

Elena Penati, Contributing Writer
Elena Penati is a contributing freelance writer for Independent Retailer. As a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she was Chief Business Officer of the Johns Hopkins University student-run newspaper. In addition, she has prior experience in strategic communications and marketing.

Catherine Perry

Catherine Perry, Editorial Intern
Catherine Perry is an intern for Independent Retailer. She is currently a student at the College of Charleston, majoring in communications. As well as contributing weekly to the Independent Retailer, she enjoys submitting pieces to one of her school’s online magazines.