Robert (Bob) Grosskopf, former co-president of Gordon Brothers Retail Partners, joined Hilco Merchant Resources (HMR) as an executive vice president. Grosskopf is a savvy veteran of the inventory disposition industry and will focus on executing transactions in connection with retail mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and other strategic initiatives at Hilco Merchant Resources.
Grosskopf spent more than 25 years with Gordon Brothers and most recently served as co-president of its retail practice. In that role, he was responsible for orchestrating and executing some of the most complex, innovative and successful inventory acquisition and retail merger transactions in the industry.
“I have known and respected Bob for years as a competitor, transaction partner, and friend. His skill as a retail expert is unsurpassed”, Ben Nortman, CEO of Hilco Merchant Resources, said. “I am pleased to welcome Bob to the Hilco Merchant Resources team after so many years of working as colleagues. Bob will immediately contribute signicant value to our team, to our clients, and to the entire Hilco Global organization.”
Throughout his tenure in the industry Grosskopf successfully assisted many retail clients in developing and implementing custom strategies, including but not limited to, customer transition and migration to adjacent stores/e-commerce platforms, store closings and relocations, excess inventory solutions and mergers and acquisitions while protecting clients’ brand integrity, customers and distribution channels. His previous transactions include Comp USA, Totes and The Home Depot, as well as high-profile store disposition projects, including North American clients Circuit City, Borders Books, Sports Authority and A.C. Moore.
“I look forward to leveraging my 25-plus years of retail industry experience and working alongside the impressive Hilco Merchant Resource’s team to continue to grow the existing and future portfolio of retail and wholesale clients,” Grosskopf said. “I have admired Hilco’s approach to delivering a broad range of retail solutions across the extensive platform.”
Grosskopf will report directly to Nortman and begins his new role and responsibilities for Hilco Merchant Resources effective immediately.