Michael Cortazzo

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Former Senior Director of Retail and Office Real Estate and Facilities for American Eagle and Aerie. Completed over 500 Retail real estate transaction throughout the United States. AEO, aerie, AE Kids, Martin and Osa. Street, Flagship, Mall, Outlet Mixed Use, Strip, Stand-a-lone. All major cities throughout the US. Completed over 2 Million sq. ft. of office and Warehouse transactions in Pittsburgh, NYC, San Francisco, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Category:
Michaels' Skill Sets:
  • Customer Engagement
  • Internal Store Design
  • Staff Training
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Store of the Future Concepts
  • Pop Up Stores
  • Project Management
  • Store Analytics
  • Inventory Control, Loss Prevention, Security
  • Merchandise Logistics
  • Store and Corporate Communications Design
  • Foundational Policies and Procedures
  • Business Analysis
  • Labour Management and Scheduling
  • Customer Service Analysis

Brief Bio:

A retail and office real estate, operations, technology and project management consulting firm for the brick and mortar retailer. Specializing in experiential projects that excite and energize the target customer. Total project management… Sales consulting, site selection, lease negotiation, design, construction, technology, POS, marketing. On time and under budget reputation.

Former Senior Director of Retail and Office Real Estate and Facilities for American Eagle and Aerie. Completed over 500 Retail real estate transaction throughout the United States.
AEO, aerie, AE Kids, Martin and Osa. Street, Flagship, Mall, Outlet Mixed Use, Strip, Stand-a-lone. All major cities throughout the US. Completed over 2 Million sq. ft. of office and
Warehouse transactions in Pittsburgh, NYC, San Francisco, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Has relationships with all National and Regional Landlords and Brokerage Firms, managed all
capital real estate projects totaling over $300,000,000. Total P&L responsibility for 900+ AEO and aerie stores with responsibility for a $250,000,000 payroll budget and 2 Billion in annual sales volume. Supervised the opening of over 400 AEO and aerie stores. Researched, Developed and implemented all operational initiatives and new technology infrastructure. Responsible for AEO’s entry into the Outlet business which comprises 200 stores and over 50% of annual profits. Spearheaded the aerie store format from its humble beginnings as a “category” within AEO stores.

As Senior Director of Store Operations with Candy/Gift Concept for the total operation of 150 candy and gift stores throughout the US with $75,000,000 in total annual sales volume.

Guesst

Opened 3 proof of concept pop-up locations for Guesst during the 2019 Holiday Season. Pop-ups were located in The Westchester Center in Software Inc. White Plains NY, Tysons Corner in McClean VA and Union Market in Washington DC. Project Management Services included site selection, lease negotiation, staffing, construction/permitting, fixturing, merchandising, POS, audio, visual, loss prevention, back office reporting and all operational infrastructure.

Todd Snyder
NYC

Todd Snyder NYC (a division of American Eagle Outfitters) is a successful on line brand that wanted to open a NYC flagship brick and mortar location in NYC. Concept includes a Café/Bar, Old Fashioned Barber Shop and a Tailor Shop. Crossroads Retail Advisors handled everything… finding a landmarked location in the Flatiron district of NYC, obtaining the liquor license for the Bar, implementing a totally mobile POS
environment, lease negotiation, construction management and staff acquisition and training.

American Eagle Outfitters

Project Manager of the major office renovation in NYC of the 6 floor 250,000 sq. ft. Fashion Design Center for AEO. This included Board of Directors approval, local governmental approvals for a landmarked
building, all aspects of design, layout, permitting, construction, temporary relocation of 500+ associates, technology infrastructure