Intermediaries Gary Van Sistine, Josh Phillips and John Foster specialize in the Retail/Service sector.

Description of the Retail Industry

Retail Overview – To be considered ‘retail,’ the place of business typically

  1. Sells to customers for personal or household use
  2. Engages in activities that will attract people to buy
  3. Buys or receives merchandise as well as sells merchandise
  4. Is considered ‘retail‘ in the trade

Generally, retail establishments are classified by ‘kind of business’ according to the things that are sold or by their trade designation. Segments in the retail industry include:

  • Apparel Stores
  • Building Materials
  • General Merchandise
  • Restaurants
  • Automotive & Gas Stations
  • Food Stores
  • Home Furnishings

As an intermediary, Gary Van Sistine has chosen ‘retail’ as his niche because of his experience and proven success record in the retail advertising industry. As the 25-year President and General Sales Manager of an advertising agency where programs were created to maintain and improve sales for retail businesses throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, he worked side-by-side with owners and managers to understand their operations and needs. Over 100 restaurants, car dealership groups, and mobile home franchises saw increased traffic and sales because of the ad programs and campaigns Gary’s agency produced.

He gained exceptional understanding of best marketing practices for retail establishments through his experience with the advertising agency. Creating sales partnerships and ideas to increase traffic in the front door is not only necessary when an owner is trying to grow a business, but also when the time comes to find buyers for that business. This is the understanding Gary brings to the table as an intermediary.