Jack Mitchell


Executives in Residence Program

Jack Mitchell

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Jack Mitchell is Chairman and CEO of Mitchells/Richards/Marshs and Wilkes Bashford, a three-generation family business that operates men's and women's specialty stores in Connecticut, New York and California. After completing a BA at Wesleyan University in 1961 and an MA at the University of California-Berkeley, Jack joined the family business, Ed Mitchell, Inc., which was founded by his parents and later became Mitchells of Westport. Mitchells went on to acquire Richards of Greenwich, CT, Marshs of Huntington, Long Island, and Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA. In 2003, Jack launched a second career as a speaker and author, keynoting at events for corporations including Morgan Stanley, Conde Nast, Payless, Nike, Starbucks, and Harvard University, addressing audiences with Hug Your Customers/Hug Your People presentations. Jack has appeared on The NBC Today Show, and Kudlow & Cramer TV show as well as numerous radio interviews and online and print articles. Jack has been quoted in national magazines as a customer service and management leadership expert. In April 2005, INC Magazine listed Jack as one of the 26 Entrepreneurs We Love. Jack shares with his family a number of Community leadership Awards from the Anti-Defamation league, The Menswear Division of UJA-Federation of New York, and Sacred Heart University. Jack is on the Yale Cancer Board and Greenwich Hospital Board of Trustees. Areas of interest: management of family businesses and retail, and customer service.

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