Mr. Lupo has over 35 years of retail merchandising, management, and operating experience in department and discount stores in the US and also internationally, having served as President, COO, EVP Merchandising and at the GMM level. John assisted in the development of the Bassett Furniture Direct stores. During his tenure with Wal-Mart, Mr. Lupo directed store operations worldwide, with stores in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, China and Germany. Previously at Wal-Mart, John served as SVP-GMM for the entire Wal-Mart apparel operation. He directed the establishment of the Wal-Mart private label apparel business in 1993, developing the Kathie Lee, Catalina, White Stag, Basic Equipment and Faded Glory lines. Mr. Lupo served as President of The Higbee Company, having progressed through the ranks from trainee through department manager, buyer, store manager, DMM, GMM, and EVP Merchandising. John is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio. He serves on the Board of Directors of AB Electrolux, Citi Trends, Inc., and Spectrum Brands and on the Advisory Board of Hinckley Lighting, Mercury Plastics and the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.