Leadership Team

ELIE Y. KATZ

President & CEO, Serial Entrepreneur

With many years of experience as an executive, at various companies in diverse industries, Elie’s interpersonal and organizational skills, bundled with ambitious tenacity, have helped him succeed in various c-level leadership positions. Prior to founding National Retail Solutions (NRS), he served as President of Fabrix Systems which was subsequently sold to Ericson for 100 million dollars. Before that, he was Founder, President and CEO of Citizens Choice Energy. He was formally mayor and is currently Deputy Mayor of Teaneck, NJ. He also manages and invests in real estate properties and food establishments.

ELI KORN

COO, Retail Expert

Eli, one of the most prominent young professionals in the CPG Industry, is a proven leader across the Grocery, Media, and Technology Industries. A practical visionary, Eli is data-driven and guides the organization to efficient execution. Prior to joining NRS as COO, Eli spent 5 years at Jetro, Restaurant Depot responsible for buying and category management decisions for U.S. and Imported brands that profitably served Jetro’s independent customer base. Additionally, Eli held multiple management positions in Grocery Retail and Wholesale operations.

SUZY SILLIMAN

SVP, Data Strategy and Sales
Industry Insider

Suzy is a trusted CPG Industry leader with broad and deep demand-chain experience from both the client- and supplier side. Her tenures include Managing Director and SVP at MSAi as well as a variety of posts at both IRI and Heinz. Through leveraging data and analytics to achieve profitable growth, Suzy has worked with the leading CPG companies in the world and has gained an unparalleled understanding of the nuances of the Convenience/Small Format channels over two decades.

VANESSA STRAIN

VP, Data Sales
Multicultural Consumer Specialist

As prior Vice President of Multicultural and E-Commerce Growth and Strategy at Nielsen, Vanessa developed verticals to drive growth for Fortune 500 companies and is recognized for her deep multicultural expertise. While at Nielsen, Vanessa also served as a Region VP, responsible for the relationship with the third-largest Retailer in the world. With over 30 years working in the CPG Industry, Vanessa also gained experience earlier in her profession at Miller Brewing Company and has maintained her deep understanding of the BEVAL Industry throughout her career.

KARL NEMITZ

Director of Data Sales

Karl has worked in the CPG industry for over 15 years, with an extensive analytical background, leveraging best-in-class data platforms to gain actionable insights and competitive advantages. While working with many of the world’s industry-leading CPG manufacturers & US retailers across all major food channels, Karl has developed a deep passion for helping deliver consistent, annual revenue growth and team-oriented success.

BRANDON THURBER

Director of Scan Data Insights

Brandon joined NRS from MSAi, where he spent several years helping CPG leaders in the Tobacco, Confectionery, Snack Food and Beverage Industries, leverage data and analytics to drive sales and profit growth. He is immersed in the nuanced dynamics and the operational processes of the Convenience Channel including innovation launch strategy, trade program management, SKU optimization, and competitive analysis. Brandon brings a partnering, consultative approach to NRS, which is aligned with our vision and will enable us to continue to expand and evolve as we bring visibility to the retail “blind spot” of the Independents.