Mr. Brugliera has extensive retail industry experience delivering strategic, tactical and financial management leadership to growth and financially troubled retailers. Gary has served as a member of senior management in several retail concerns including Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations. He has worked in profitable growth environments as well as companies in need of strategic redirection. Gary has had direct responsibility for all aspects of a business, including strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, accounting and reporting, distribution and logistics, loss prevention, real estate and information systems.
In his thirty two years of experience, Gary has worked with multi-unit retailers and has also worked with venture capital backed start ups, franchise operators, real estate developments, hotels and financial services.
Prior to joining Fort Dearborn Partners, Gary had served most recently as CFO for a group of Harley-Davidson dealerships. Prior to that, he had been the CFO for Uptons, a 75 store chain of family department stores operating in the Southeastern U.S. Gary has worked on the corporate staff of Household International as a senior financial analyst with responsibility for a $5 billion retail portfolio, including Vons Grocery Company. Gary began his professional career with Laventhol & Horwath as a senior auditor for the national accounting firm.
Mr. Brugliera received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and his Masters in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. Gary has his CPA certification, has been a member of the Financial Executives Institute and an advisor to The Nat Nast Company.