Prior to founding Eames Management Group (EMG) in 2006, Don spent over 16 years with Best Buy Company, holding various leadership positions as the company grew from $400 million to over $35 billion in annual revenue. During his tenure at Best Buy, Don’s responsibilities were diverse and included strategic and tactical roles related to growth, operational efficiency, customer experience, major markets, competition, and employee training / leadership development.
From 2012 to 2013 served as Senior Vice President for Sears Holdings, Inc. Don was responsible for the leadership and management of all 810 Sears retail locations in the US and Puerto Rico, accounting for total revenues of $21 billion. During his tenure at Sears, Don also had an active role in the development and implementation of Sears’ SHOP Your Way digital platform.
From 2010 to 2012 Don held the position of Vice President – General Manager of Retail at Brookstone, Inc. where his top responsibilities included the cultural and strategic transformation of the Retail Stores Group.
Don also worked with the Eldorado Company in Moscow, Russia. With over 800 stores in Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, Eldorado is the largest retailer in Russia with over $6 billion in annual revenue. As member of the Eldorado Board and Vice President of Operations and Business Development, Don was instrumental in changing the overall strategic direction of the company and the development and implementation of a comprehensive business planning processes. He also initiated the development of a retail services organization, transformed real estate growth methodology, initiated inventory and demand planning processes, developed retail sales and operational SOPs and improved the effectiveness of marketing, advertising and promotional strategies.
Earlier in his career, Don held leadership positions with May Department Stores, Federated Department Stores and the PA Bergner Company.
Don has also held board positions at Best Buy, Gov, LLC, The Eldorado Company, and Roma Worldwide.
Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University.