About TheRetailPlanet.com

The Founders

The Retail Planet was founded by an experienced team that specializes in the development of forecasting models and databases to serve the retail industry. Led by Dr. Richard Fenker, a retail forecasting guru with over 35 years of experience, the team consisted of Dr. Lynn Cherry (system design and development), Ambika Srinivasan (database and analytics design), Marc Sternhagen (sales and program management) and Vadim Kovalenko (programming). Most of these individuals continue to support the company today as consultants or advisors.

The Management Team

Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla, CEO: Alex joined the TRP team in March 2013 as the CEO. He was formally COO of APJet, Inc. and currently serves on the Board of the Santa Fe Business Incubator and New Mexico First. He was a former business leader and pioneer in the telecom industry during his time in Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and a Baird Scholar.

Mark Vollinger

Mark Vollinger, VP Sales & Client Services: Mark joined TRP in 2014. His background includes twenty years of IT enterprise system sales, strategic planning, development and product management, most of it with Oracle. He currently serves as TRP's principal consultant for strategic planning, project scope development and implementation on complex projects. Mark Vollinger is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

Diane Bardall, VP Marketing Services & Product Development: Diane joined TRP in 2014. She is our operational generalist with a variety of skills ranging from database design to marketing and development. Diane has served as Marketing Director and Interim COO of Bluenergy Solarwind, LLC and was Founder/Designer of Adora Fibers. Diane manages TRP's marketing programs and lead generation for the sales team in addition to being the business interface on TRP's technical requirements team.

The Advisory/Consulting Team

Richard Fenker, PhD: Founder and Retail Analytics Expert
Vadim Kovalenko: Lead Programmer and Developer of the TRP Platform
Lynn Cherry, PhD: Internet and Database Expert and Consultant
Tom Lopez: Investor and Leading Advisor for 20+ Start-Up Companies
Jim Torcivia: Cracker Barrel VP of Development and Advisor
Chris Taylor: President Flywheel Ventures Inc. and Advisor
Rick Sanders: Investor, Business Expert and Board Member