Caryn Neary is the Managing Principal of CFN Collective and brings 20 years of executive level experience in developing and managing successful retail businesses. Caryn worked for 12 years with Saks Fifth Avenue where she held buying positions in women’s apparel, accessories, men’s and children’s businesses. Caryn’s last five years at Saks was the VP and Chief merchant of the Ecommerce division overseeing all buying categories of business, where she fostered vendor relationships growing the business from $14m to a profitable $85million. For the past 10 years Caryn has been a serial entrepreneur growing her first company, a children’s education and retail business to $1.1m in it’s first year. Her consulting business, Enspire consulting with brands in the luxury consumer market building their business strategy, ecommerce, product launches and growth strategies. In 2013 Caryn developed an innovative shopping platform with the launch of PopShops, where she created multichannel shopping experiences in unique glass walled mobile shops who popped up in heavily trafficked areas of NYC and online with the goal of exciting & inspiring it’s customers. PopShops was named 4th in the SIBL Start Up program. Her 25 years of entrepreneurial, retail and ecommerce experience culminated with the creation of Bene Rialto, where Caryn continues to disrupt the fashion start up segment by creating New York City’s first and only retail incubator and hub for fashion start ups.
Caryn is a visionary leader, a strategic thinker with a proven record of building successful businesses. Caryn is known for her ability to develop creative solutions, identify key market trends and opportunities, with a strong eye for identifying tomorrows talent. Caryn prides herself on her ability to build dedicated and effective teams and in leading her team with honesty, integrity and inspiration.