Arick is a versatile writer. Yes, he knows retail – midway through his career, he started and ran the largest fashion mall in Angola. And way, way back, when he was still completing his Master’s degree in economics in Brazil, he worked as a sought after fashion, runway and television model for some of the biggest brands across South America including Gatorade, General Motors, Hugo Boss and countless others.
Over the years Arick has racked up an amazingly diverse array of experiences and accomplishments that span many sectors and industries. He helped Mike Bloomberg get elected mayor of New York City in 2001, running his campaign’s field operations. He later became a film and TV producer, creating content for PBS and NBC which earned him 29 Emmy nominations and 6 Emmy Awards. He worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan and as a political consultant to several heads of state and even a pair of monarchs. Nowadays he is often on TV at CNN where he offers his takes on global and domestic political issues, or you can check out his regular column that he writes for Newsweek Magazine. Arick keeps retailers tuned in to the macroeconomic, political, cultural and technological shifts that move the industry, oftentimes in unexpected ways. He is based in Minneapolis.