Our Professional Team

Stephen Fingerman founded Avalon Retail Consulting, Inc. in 1996 out of a desire to assist retailers in growing a successful business. His vast experience in the retail, wholesale and corporate sectors includes successes as a buyer for a 22-store retail chain, managing customer service and distribution for an apparel manufacturer and as owner of a company providing turnkey computer systems for retail businesses. His knowledge in the industry combined with a keen eye for problem solving, deep understanding of financials, and ability to communicate and motivate others, led him to retailers who needed help increasing sales and profit, were experiencing stress over how much to buy and were looking for ways to turn their stores around. Steve’s expertise in the retail industry has brought in clients from around the country and Central America who recognize his talent for creating solutions for the specific needs of their business. Many clients view him as an integral part of their staff and Avalon has grown rapidly, primarily through word of mouth recommendations. A lifelong resident of New Orleans Steve earned an undergraduate degree from Tulane University, and an M.B.A. from Loyola University.

Katie Barton is an accomplished member of the Avalon team with an expertise in the fashion industry. She worked with California based contemporary designer Cynthia Vincent for seven years expanding the brand across the globe. Katie launched her New York showroom and managed department store business working closely with buyers and store managers. She was responsible for all regional markets as well as promoting the brand during fashion week. In addition to her wholesales experience Katie has worked in small business and corporate retail. Katie is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing.

Julia Hays is a seasoned account executive with 23 years of experience within the fashion industry. She has represented a number of designers by selling and marketing their collections in all regional markets. She also worked as a retail buyer and assisted in the opening of three Manhattan boutiques in the late 90’s. She brings her vast knowledge and industry experience to the Avalon team. Julia is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology with an associates degree in Fashion Buyer and Merchandising.

Terryn Mann is a member of our consulting team with over fifteen years in the retail industry. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelors in Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising. She went on to study public relations in New York, and manufacturing in China. Terryn settled in to retail sales at Saks Fifth Avenue as a brand ambassador for Marc Jacobs, continuously reaching high honors as top sales in the company. From there she went on to open a children’s boutique which has blossomed into four locations in three states. Terryn brings her sales, customer service and retail expertise to our team.