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Yake & Associates, Inc. is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Lawrence Siff to our Board of Advisors. Mr. Siff’s knowledge of the retail industry combined with his senior management experience at Gordon Brothers where he worked with many troubled retailers will aid us tremendously as we continue to grow and advance our notion of corporate governance and our unique services of protection to the retail industry.


Lawrence A. Siff

Lawrence Siff is the Managing Director of Neptune Advisors, LLC, an advisory firm focused on strategic and transaction services. Mr. Siff works closely with senior management to create strategies that increase revenue and profit growth leveraging his industry expertise. 


Previously, Mr. Siff was a Principal and Managing Director and Director of Strategic Acquisitions for Gordon Brothers Group.  Mr. Siff created the consumer products business for Gordon Brothers Group, and co-developed the branding business. Mr. Siff has extensive transactional and advisory experience and was an advisor to GBMP, an equity and debt fund. Mr. Siff has been actively involved in acquisitions ranging from $5 million to $1.2 billion.


Over the 25-year career, Mr. Siff led consumer, manufacturing, wholesale and retail businesses.  Mr. Siff was the President and CEO of Babystripes, Inc. an online retailer of luxury baby gifts.  Previously, Mr. Siff was the President and CEO of Cherry Tree Products, Inc. a manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of high-end children’s clothing.  Prior to that, Mr. Siff was the President and CEO of Ambassador Shoe, B-W Footwear Inc. and B/W/A International, with operations at 38 factories in 9 countries where he successfully built and sold the company.  Mr. Siff began his career at Procter and Gamble where he created the Wholesale Club Division, which today accounts for over $3 Billion in sales.


Mr. Siff is the Chairman of the Board of Brimmer and May School, a Trustee of the Museum of Science, a Director of the Two-Ten International Footwear Foundation, and a Director of the Asia-America Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Siff currently serves on numerous private company boards and is an Industry Advisor for Silverwood Partners.


Mr. Siff is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and is a past Director of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). Mr. Siff graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and completed the Executive Program at Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck Business School.  Mr. Siff has been a frequent lecturer at Harvard Business School and has been featured in Forbes Magazine.

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