THE LIST: Accessories Magazine’s Merchants Hall of Fame

In What's New, People, Merchants Hall of Fame by Accessories Staff

New York–Accessories Magazine continues its tradition of honoring the best of the best merchants in the industry with its annual Merchants Hall of Fame! Below, a list of all the inductees and their respective stores:


  • Saks Fifth Avenue–Lincoln Moore, SVP GMM, Women’s Footwear, Jewelry, Handbags, Accessories
  • Lord & Taylor–Stephanie Solomon, VP and Fashion Director
  • Macy’s–Heather Schmidle, GVP Omni DMM – Handbags, Accessories & Gifts
  • Charming Charlie–Elizabeth White, VP DMM Fashion Jewelry
  • Sears–Diane McKnight, DVP, Accessories, Beauty and Intimate Apparel
  • Neiman Marcus–Terri Gold, Omni Channel Designer Jewelry Buyer
  • Bloomingdale’s–Carly Horwitz, Omni Buyer, Trend Fashion Jewelry
  • Gabriel Brothers–Maile Raske, DMM Ladies Accessories and Intimates
  • JCPenney–Ellen Minga, Senior Buyer, Handbags & Wallets
  • Von Maur–Caitlin Pachuta, Buyer of Accessories
  • Hudson’s Bay–Miranda Stoyko, Buyer, Ladies Accessories
  • Beall’s Department Stores–Carey Hofle, Buyer, Jewelry & Watches
  • Stein Mart–Dee Gallagher, Buyer, Handbags and Watches
  • Burlington Stores–Casey Rehfuss, Buyer, Branded & Boxed Jewelry


  • Hudson’s Bay/Lord & Taylor–David Law, SVP/GMM Center Core & Intimate Apparel
  • Belk–David Neri, EVP/GMM Center Core
  • Nordstrom–Lori Marten, VP/DMM Accessories & At Home
  • Saks Off Fifth–Teri Gakos, VP/DMM Center Core
  • Charming Charlie–John Ruggieri, VP/DMM Fashion Accessories and Gifts
  • Lord & Taylor–Christine Merrick, VP/DMM Ladies’ Shoes and Handbags
  • Francesca’s–Jacquelyne Maddox, Divisional VP, Jewelry and Gift
  • Von Maur–Kristy Luerkens, DMM Jewelry
  • Kohl’s–Megan Seitz, Senior Buyer, Handbags & SLGs
  • JCPenney–JoAn Velasco-Pineda, Senior Buyer, Fashion Jewelry
  • Target–Anna Thompson-Sexe, Buyer, Fashion Jewelry
  • Stage Stores–Nanette Saha, Buyer, Fine Jewelry
  • Burlington Stores–Katie Huffnagle, Buyer, Costume Jewelry
  • Gordmans–Patti Hall, Buyer, Handbags, Footwear and Legwear
  • Fred Meyer/Kroger–Jeanie Nguyen, Buyer, Ladies Socks & Hosiery, Backpacks, Watches & Sunglasses
  • Boscov’s–Katie Shields, Buyer, Handbags and Small Purse Accessories


  • Macy’s–Nancy J. Pastor, GVP, Fashion Jewelry, Handbags, Dress Accessories & Hosiery
  • Burlington Stores, Inc.— Sophia Chen, VP/DMM Ladies Accessories
  • Dressbarn–Lisa Raia, VP, Merchandise Manager, Accessories, Jewelry, Footwear
  • Von Maur–Lou Ann Talbi, DMM, Woman’s Accessories, Handbags & Hosiery
  • Bebe–Jennifer Wesch, DMM Non-Apparel
  • Belk–Pamela McElroy, Buyer, Designer Handbags
  • Bloomingdale’s–Elizabeth Foster, (former) Buyer, Jewelry, Hosiery, Leggings and Socks
  • The Bon-Ton Stores–Becky Jaeger, Buyer, Fashion Accessories
  • Boscov’s Department Stores–Evelyn Fisher, Senior Buyer, Bridge and Branded Fashion Jewelry
  •  Dillard’s–Melissa Sanders, Buyer, Handbags
  • Gabriel Brothers–Angie Lindsley, Buyer, Handbags, Athletic Bags, Small Leather Goods and Luggage
  • Hudson’s Bay Company–Destiny Shaw, Buyer Watches and Fashion Jewelry
  • Nordstrom Rack— Selena Egert, Sr. Product Merchandiser, Jewelry & Soft Accessories
  • Neiman Marcus –Jennifer Dow, Buyer, Fashion Accessories
  • Shopbop–Aroom Han, Buyer, Handbags


  • Lord & Taylor–Robin Lee, VP, DMM Handbags, Watches & Jewelry
  • Kohl’s–Ramin Mozafari, SVP, DMM
  • Macy’s–Garth Leas, GVP, DMM Fine & Fashion Watches, Fashion Jewelry & Millennial Accessories
  •–Stacie Borteck, OVP/DMM, Women’s Accessories, Handbags, Shoes, Intimate Apparel, Cosmetics & Fragrance
  • Belk–Kathy Thomas, VP, DMM, Accessories and Fine Jewelry
  • Charming Charlie–Dawn Harris, DMM, Fashion Jewelry & Watches
  • DSW–Brittany Moeller, Senior Buyer, Handbags and Small Leathergoods
  • South Moon Under–Tai Camper, Buyer, Fashion Jewelry and Women’s Swimwear
  • Irresistibles–Kelsey Doub, VP of Merchandising and Marketing
  • Boscov’s–Rebecca Harper, Buyer, Watches and Unbranded Fashion Jewelry
  • Dressbarn–Donna Szabo, Jewelry Buyer
  • Christopher & Banks/CJ Banks–Kelly Griffin, Accessories Buyer


  • Lord & Taylor/Hudson’s Bay Co.–Liz Rodbell, EVP Chief Merchants
  • Macy’s Merchandising Group–Michele Breslin, EVP Center Core
  • Payless ShoeSource–Tim Byrket, VP/DMM
  • Bon-Ton Stores–Paula Lewandowski, VP/DMM
  • Shopko–Melanie Wempe, VP/DMM
  • Century 21 Department Stores–Jamie Barry, DMM Handbags
  • Ross Stores–Saundra Rieszer, DMM Designer and Better Handbags & Small Leathergoods
  • Piperlime–Makiko Tada, Merchandise Manager, Jewelry/Accessories/Handbags
  • Bloomingdale’s–Erica Russo, Buyer, Women’s Trend Jewelry
  • Fred Meyer–Leslie Dorfler, Ladies Accessory Buyer (Costume and Kid’s Jewelry, Watches, Fashion & Seasonal Accessories)
  • QVC–Lauren Smith, Buyer
  • Stage Stores–Laura Nelson, Buyer
  • Nordstrom Rack–Rachel Lopes Dias, Buyer, Handbags, Small Leathergoods & Belts
  • Lord & Taylor–Kate Keifer Tracy, Buyer, Ladies Accessories


  • Lord & Taylor–MaryAnne Morin, SVP/SMM Shoes, Handbags, Jewelry, Watches, Accessories, Coats, Suits, Swim
  • Charming Charlie–Kasia Romo, SVP/GMM
  • JCPenney–Janet Nickerson, VP, DMM, Jewelry and Watches
  • Dillard’s–Kay White, VP, Handbags, Belts, Coldweather, Sunglasses
  • Sears–Michelle Vlahoyiannis, DMM, Handbags, Jewelry, Accessories & Hosiery
  • Zappos–Eileen Tetreault, Direction of Fashion Strategy
  • Payless ShoeSource–Seana Kimzey, Merchandise Manager, handbags, Socks/Shoe Care & Children’s Accessories
  • Charlotte Russe–Sheila Sciocchetti, Merchandise Director, Accessories and Jewelry
  • Henri Bendel–Ariane Braverman, Senior Buyer, Jewelry, Hair & Soft Accessories
  • Belk–Cathie Wrona, Buyer, Fashion Jewelry
  • Julian Gold–Cheryl Ernst, Buyer, Jewelry
  • HauteLook–Dana Hauser Levey, Director of Shoes & Handbags
  • DSW–Darcie Reeping, Senior Buyer, Handbags, Small Leathergoods
  • Chico’s–Doreen McFadden, Senior Design Development Manager-Jewelry
  • Saks Fifth Avenue–Jennifer Asatur, Buyer, Women’s Advanced Designer and Contemporary Handbags
  • The Bonton Stores–Karen McGuire, Product Manager, Jewelry, Small Leathergoods and Ladies Gifts
  • HSN–Marjorie Griffith, Buyer, Sterling Silver, Silver/Gemstone Collections


  • Belk–Ginny Johnson, VP/DMM
  • Bloomingdale’s–Joyce Packman, VP, DMM Handbags, Small Leathergoods, Jewelry and Watches
  • Bealls Outlet/Burkes Outlet–June Ley, Accessories Buyer
  • Buckle–Stacey Manary, Buyer, Jewelry, Hair Accessories, Sunglasses, Watches
  • Dillard’s–Stephanie Mourao, Product Coordinator/Buyer
  •–Nancy Behrendt, VP of Merchandising
  • JCPenney–Laura C. Martinez, Buyer, Fashion Jewelry
  • Lord & Taylor–Helen Cain, Buyer, Designer and Trend Jewelry
  • Marmi–Risa Alper, Buyer, Footwear and Handbags
  • Rue21–Lynne Lindley, Director, Accessories
  • Saks Fifth Avenue–Marnie Newkirk, Senior Buyer, Soft Accessories
  • Stein Mart–Lorrie Milligan Cassidy, Buyer, Costume and Sterling Jewelry
  • Von Maur–Gretchen Deutmeyer, Buyer, Handbags and Small Leathergoods

For more information on past Merchants Hall of Fame awards, click here.

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