rick amari


rick amari
Chairman & Founder

email: ramari@columbusconsulting.com
phone: +1 614-775-0092


Richard Amari is the founder of Columbus Consulting, which is currently recognized as the largest boutique consulting firm in North America that serves retail. Rick focuses on the Strategic IT practice, assisting retailers with IT Assessments and Strategy. The practice also includes Interim CIO services and working with Private Equity groups on Merger and Acquisition assessments and positioning.  Rick has 30+ years of experience in the retail industry, specifically in the Information Technology discipline.

Prior to starting Columbus, Rick held various positions over a 12-year career with L Brands (nee The Limited, Limited Brands) including CIO at Victoria’s Secret Stores and Group CIO with responsibility for cross-company Information Technology functions; including Express, Lane Bryant, Limited Too, and Lerner NY. Rick spent 9 years in both Information Systems and General Management leadership positions at Food City Stores in Virginia during the 80’s.

Relevant Experience

  • Conducted IT Assessment and Strategic Roadmap project for numerous retailers including; specialty apparel, global multi-channel jewelry brand, specialty shoe retailer, pet supply company and a CPG specialty retailer.
  • Assisted in merger and acquisition work as well as advised on IT Strategic Roadmap for a men’s specialty apparel retailer.
  • Evaluated IT capabilities of current investment for Guggenheim Partners
  • Defined Planning and Replenishment processes and conducted system selection for a specialty jewelry retailer.
  • Defined and established a transition plan for a specialty retailer spin-off.  Plan consisted of hardware, software systems and organizational requirements.
  • Held interim CIO title for large shoe retailer.
  • As Group CIO, replaced all corporate systems, completing 20 conversions in 16 months on time and within budget parameters.

Client List

  • 7 For All Mankind
  • 99 Cent Stores
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • American Eagle
  • American Signature
  • Ann Taylor
  • Big Lot Stores
  • Charming Shoppes
  • Chico’s FAS
  • Claire’s Stores
  • Cylande
  • David’s Bridal
  • Disney Stores
  • dressbarn
  • DSW
  • Express
  • Guess
  • Guggenheim Corporate Funding
  • Guitar Center
  • Hallmark
  • Limited Stores
  • Longaberger
  • Macy’s
  • Pet Supplies Plus
  • Pure Beauty
  • Ralph Lauren
  • RedEnvelope
  • Sheplers
  • Sports Authority
  • Sterling Jewelers
  • Syms
  • Talbots
  • Target
  • The Men’s Wearhouse
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Tory Burch
  • Transamerican Auto Parts
  • Vera Bradley
  • Sears
  • Vitamin Shoppe Industries
  • Wet Seal

Education and Certification

Georgia Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management
East Tennessee State University – MBA