Director of the Consumer Insights & Analytics (CIA) Program and Instructor of Marketing
Steve Sharkey was most recently an AVP of an Enterprise Center of Excellence for Ascena Retail Group, a $7 billion international women’s clothing conglomerate including Maurices, Justice, Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant, Catherines, and Dressbarn. He has successfully implemented initiatives to improve customer service, expand customer loyalty, enhance customer feedback, increase customer traffic conversion, and maximize omni-channel sales opportunities. Steve has also led local non-profit boards and consulted with several local small business start-ups to help build their marketing and business plans. Since earning his MBA at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2007, he has taught Principles of Marketing and Advertising and Marketing Communications. Steve brings over 30 years of real-world experience working in retail, broadcast television, and national magazine publishing.