Retail has always been a part of Butch Blum’s life. He grew up in the family shoe business in Salem, Oregon. After college at the University of Washington, Butch went into the management training program at the Bon Marche in Seattle. That led to him becoming a buyer at the Bon. Later, he used his skills as a buyer and helped launch men’s stores for Jay Jacobs, a Seattle-based chain of junior women’s stores. Two years later, Butch opened his own men’s store in downtown Seattle, in the fall of 1974. The store was recently sold to a Milwaukee-based retailer. Now, Butch brings his strong retail experience to Professional Services at Management One™, as a mentor to other affiliates.