About CRA

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People

Retail and restaurant industry veterans. Now your strategic partners on key projects from strategy to selection to implementation and beyond.

Marty Whitmore

Managing Partner

Sarah Pelton

Partner

As a partner at Cambridge Retail Advisors, Sarah leads strategic, technology, and process solutions for retail clients across various channels. With over six years of consulting experience, she has a proven track record in managing complex projects and driving profitability. Leveraging her 20+ years of retail experience and MBA degree, Sarah applies best practices in project management, quality assurance, and agile methodologies. She has extensive knowledge in strategic partnerships, business intelligence, unified commerce, and customer experience. Passionate about transforming retail businesses, Sarah is a committed leader and problem solver, inspiring teams to achieve ambitious goals.

Joe Romain

Partner

Joe has years of experience on the front-line of retail operations, serving more than 20 international companies in a senior consultant capacity. He is always pursuing opportunities to enhance the customer and employee experience and has a history of success in implementing solutions that increase transparency, promote sales, and surge revenue for each of my clients.

Ken Belanger

Vice President, Sales

Ken is a seasoned and versatile IT sales professional with more than 25 years in areas of retail software sales, business development, strategic alliances, and client management roles. He is responsible for Sales focusing on expanding CRA’s software solutions, retail and restaurant consulting services, and ensuring long-term partnerships. Prior to joining CRA, Ken was a Sr. Sales Director at Theatro as well as ERP providers 4R Systems, Mi9 Retail, Aptos/Epicor, and JDA/Blue Yonder. In these roles, he created value around all aspects of the retail and restaurant enterprise and store software solutions while building a solid reputation through his customer-focused approach.

Mike Powell

Vice President

With over 20 years of leadership experience in large retail organizations across the US and UK, Mike has held pivotal roles in supply chain and information technology. Additionally, he has 15 years of consulting expertise in the retail, consumer packaged goods, and distribution industries, successfully completing over 60 projects. Mike specializes in supply chain optimization, distribution center process improvement, systems selection and implementation, logistics outsourcing, transportation management, distribution network design, and multichannel distribution.

Laura Mulcahy

Vice President

Laura is an astute retail strategist with an outstanding record of performance in business technology executive roles including SVP at a major U.S. retailer and Fortune 150 company. She is an expert at assessing a retail company’s IT strengths and weaknesses, building technology roadmaps, and providing high-level consulting oversight.

Paul Valle

Vice President

Paul brings over 40 years of experience in the restaurant and retail industries, having served as Chief Information Officer for Tijuana Flats Restaurants and Papa Gino’s/D’Angelo’s Restaurants. His IT leadership extends to Rainforest Cafe, Ryan’s Family Steak Houses, and other notable brands, with consulting roles including Vice President at Boston Retail Partners (BRP). As a strategic and tactical senior IT executive, Paul excels in IT and Digital Strategy, Business Intelligence, ERP Systems, Data Privacy, POS Networks, Payment Technologies, and Operations Management. He has been a C-suite executive, advisor, consultant, and expert witness, earning accolades such as IBM’s BI Vision Award, InfoWorld’s 25 Best CTOs, and CRN’s Top 100 Mid-Market CIOs. Paul’s select engagements include major brands such as Ahold USA, Burlington Coat Factory, Dunkin’ Brands, Estee Lauder, Fortunoff, Hyatt Hotels, Proctor and Gamble, Coach, Roche Brothers, RAZ Imports, Spencer’s, Tapestry, Tuesday Morning, Weight Watchers, Yankee Candle, Raising Cane’s, SeaWorld, Shake Shack, Smith & Wollensky, Sodexo, and Togo’s Eateries.

Sue Olsen

Sales Director

Sue has extensive and diversified experience in tech for the retail and restaurant industries, including account management, business development, and consultative sales. Working at Oracle, Micros, Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions (a Yum! Brands co-op), CKE Restaurants, and Taco Bell, Sue built successful relationships with clients, internal peers, and leadership.

Regan Pasko

Sales Director

Regan has deep experience connecting retailers and other industry experts with the technology and service that can truly boost results. Clients have included globally recognized retail, restaurant, and supply chain brands—with projects ranging from strategy to infrastructure to process design and implementation. She manages client relationships and strategic partnerships, focusing on adding value and supporting new and ongoing initiatives.

Grant Cohen

Project Manager

Grant is a consultant and strategist with more than five years’ experience across varied retail, restaurant and CPG engagements.

Joe Lawlor

Project Manager

Joe is a business and technology strategist specializing in retail project management, selection and integration, customer engagement, merchandising, marketing, business process modeling, research, quality assurance, and IT strategy.

Max Ballarte

Practice Lead

Max is a UKG Pro implementation project manager with a consistent, ten-year track record of implementing UKG solutions for retail clients around the world. Some of the clients that Max has implemented solutions for include globally recognized retail brands such as Whole Foods Market, Disney Parks and Resorts in Paris and Hong Kong, Universal Studios Beijing, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Gabriel Brothers. By leveraging his background in computer science, business, and UKG product knowledge, Max delivers implementation solutions that accelerate a client’s Time to Market (TTM) with the product.

Arjune Ramdan

Project Manager

Arjune is a senior consultant with over seven years of retail and restaurant experience, including five of management consulting and three years of managing store logistics and sales teams. Arjune brings a blended experience from successful management and execution of technology and process improvement initiatives in operations, supply chain and customer experience. He has a strong knowledge of store systems, software selection, testing and implementation, and digital commerce, as well as RFID applications and inventory management. He has supported clients as project manager, business/technical analyst and subject matter expert. Arjune strives to build and maintain interpersonal relationships within teams to facilitate client success through collaboration, visual and verbal communications, and by being organized, detailed, and proactive.

Linda Mason

Project Manager

Linda is a dynamic and enthusiastic change agent with a track record of developing and sustaining operations through assuring excellence in service delivery. She has improved operational performance over multiple engagements through strategic implementation of technology, process enhancements and performance metrics.

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