Gilbert Consult Group
Gilbert Consult Group

Advisory Services for Early Stage Consumer Product Companies


35 year experience 


in merchandising and retail executive management, he has focused on start up and turnaround situations.


As the Senior Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Stores, he was responsible for the initial design and roll out of the original stores concept as well as the expansion of the concept into 11 international markets.


As CEO of Miadora, Inc, he launched the number 1 visited luxury jewelry website in the U.S. and was one of the first ecommerce retailers to introduce a catalog. 


He architected the turnaround of The Sharper Image in 1996 and led the company to quadruple their share price during his tenure as Vice Chairman.


In 2001, Barry became CEO of multichannel retailer Smith & Hawken and led the company in a turnaround, that resulted in a sale of the company to Scotts Fertilizer in 2005. In this process, he created a new business channel to enable the company to successfully enter the wholesale channel.


Since 2005, an active angel investor,


working with both The Angels Forum and The Keiretsu Forum, where he developed his skills evaluating early stage companies.


His board experience includes Cleverset, Inc - New Vine Logistics - Informative, Inc - Therative, Inc - and Thos. Baker.

We work with funding sources 


in the evaluation and concept proofing of acquisitions, consulting for start-ups,  as well as his own start-up importing wine.


In his consulting practice, he has served as interim CEO at Informative, Inc - Relax the Back - and Le Gourmet Chef.


Barry’s career began in department stores,


rising through merchandise management at both Federated and May Department Stores where he merchandised a variety of categories from cosmetics, women’s accessories and ready to wear. He was EVP at music retailer Rainbow Music before becoming SVP of Stores for Warner Bros. Studio Stores.


Barry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and  his MBA in marketing from UC Berkeley.