Management One™ announces the retirement of co-founder Evan Wise. He and partner Marc Weiss oversaw the development and growth of Management One™ from an idea to become a substantial provider of merchandise planning services for small and middle-sized specialty retailers.

"I had a merchandise planning background. Evan had an engineering background. Together we were able to build Management One™ to be the industry leader in our market," co-founder Marc Weiss observed. "Evan was instrumental in growing this business. We will be forever grateful for his contributions over the years. I am pleased that he continues to be my friend."

Wise was primarily responsible for Management One™ sales, marketing, and business strategy. Evan says "I am proud to be turning over my share of the business at its peak with everything we built continuing to grow and get better. I am confident that the affiliates and Management One™ will enjoy continued success and growth." For the moment, Marc Weiss will assume the roles of marketing and business strategy. "It really is an opportune time for me to jump in. We've developed and are launching Retail Orbit™. This is our new technology platform for our merchandise planning business. It represents 25 years of field experience and technology development. We believe Retail ORBIT™ will change the way retailers access and use information critical to their success." Management One™ will launch the platform starting with its annual affiliate meeting later this month. "It has been beta tested. It is ready to roll""

The focus of the company is the delivery of quality merchandise plans to its retail customers through a network of highly trained and skilled affiliates. This is an area on which Marc has always had a particular focus and passion. To assist Marc, Fred Pylman will continue his role as Assistant Manager of Operations. "Fred has been working with our affiliates since he joined Management One™ three years ago. His background in entrepreneurial business management has been invaluable to our growth and the development of the organization. We are pleased to have him on board." Weiss continued: "Stability is important to us. Tom Licking is continuing in his current role as Manager of Planning." Tom leads a team of 14 well-trained planners. "Tom has been with Management One™ over 20 years. He understands the culture and the ongoing focus on the quality of our product."

The strengths of the organization, according to Marc, "are the incredibly talented affiliate base which numbers nearly 80 worldwide, our team of experienced and dedicated planners, and our core values that have guided our decisions from day one."

Marc believes that there is no ceiling to the future of Management One™. "We have a number of interesting ideas which we are researching. I see great things coming." It looks as though the company's motto of "Onwards and Upwards" is in capable hands.

About Management One™

Management One™ is the leading provider of merchandise planning, cash flow and retail consulting for small to middle-size retailers. Management One™ started in Chicago in 1990 and now has experienced business coaches in the U.S. and Europe supporting hundreds of clients.