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Email delivery services provider names e-commerce exec as CEO

BY CSA STAFF

LAS VEGAS — SMTP, Inc., a global provider of email delivery services, has appointed Jon Strimling as CEO of the company.

"Jon is a proven executive and entrepreneur, with a track record of driving revenue and earnings growth," stated Semyon Dukach, chairman of SMTP. "His deep experience in operations, marketing and e-commerce will prove invaluable as he leads SMTP through its next phase of growth."

Strimling has 20 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur, largely focused on the commercialization of innovative products and services. He previously served as CEO of US Dynamics, a technology commercialization firm that spun out three new ventures during his tenure, including online retailer WoodPellets.com. As CEO of WoodPellets.com, Strimling is credited with growing revenue nearly 400% annually for two consecutive years.

Previously, Strimling served in a variety of senior operational, technical and financial roles with DEKA Research & Development, American Industrial Partners and General Electric. He has served as an active board member with American Biomass Corporation and UltraCell Insulation, and was a governor’s appointee to the Economic Strategy Commission for the State of New Hampshire.

"SMTP has successfully built a diverse customer base and a robust platform that has led to a history of profitable growth," said Strimling. "Leveraging that foundation, we see significant opportunities ahead to further capitalize on the growing e-mail delivery sector. Through improved operations, expanded sales and marketing initiatives, and ongoing product development efforts, I strongly believe we can generate ongoing shareholder value improvement."

Strimling is a graduate of MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations program, through which he earned dual master’s of science degrees in management and mechanical engineering.

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Von Maur adds Brooks Brothers to brands portfolio

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Von Maur has partnered with Brooks Brothers to sell the brand in its stores, making the retailer the second department store in the nation to carry the exclusive line.

The Brooks Brothers line will be available in six stores in fall 2013, and will expand to 13 in spring 2014.

The initial offering includes men’s furnishings and tailored clothing, as well as casual men’s sportswear, women’s sportswear and childrenswear. The assortment features signature items such as non-iron dress shirts, finely tailored suits, ties and accessories. Casual menswear, womenswear, and children’s offerings include knits and hand-woven sweaters.

"Brooks Brothers’ long-time commitment to quality, personal service and product value is reminiscent of the traditions and values Von Maur has upheld for more than 140 years," said Jim von Maur, president of Von Maur. "Customers know Von Maur for our first-in-fashion, high-quality merchandise. Our partnership with Brooks Brothers is an exciting opportunity for two venerable brands to come together to reach new customers as well as continue to impress our long-standing shoppers with new offerings."

Brooks Brothers joins Kate Spade, Coach, Hugo Boss and Eileen Fisher in the department store’s brand portfolio.

Von Maur is a family-owned company which currently operates 27 stores in 11 states, as well as an e-commerce site. The company also runs a new chain of women’s specialty stores under the nameplate Dry Goods.

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Follow the Leader

BY Michael Fickes

I think it’s exciting to watch retail going back downtown.

I remember shopping in big downtown department stores years ago, and I remember when the big retailers began their exodus to suburban malls leaving huge, sad-looking buildings behind.

But retail, as they say, follows rooftops, and the rooftops were springing up in suburbia and then further out in edge communities. Today, we all have a number of friends and acquaintances that commute for an hour or more in each direction every day.

I may have those long commutes to thank for helping to start a retail migration back downtown. Today’s up-and-coming generation of millennials hate the very idea of commuting.

Millennials want to walk to work or maybe take a 10-minute subway ride. After work, they want to walk to a restaurant or a grocery store and then home. They want to walk to the movies, theater, craft fairs, Little Italy and everything else cities locate within walking distance.

Millennials are moving their rooftops downtown, and retailers, as they always do, are following.

The new and rising generation of downtown retail won’t look anything like old downtown retail. It will have some new look that is beginning to evolve right now, thanks to millennials. Hey millennials: Way to go to town.


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