Bio: Mara Urshel, Co-Owner of Kleinfeld

With more than 30 years of experience developing and marketing luxury merchandise, Mara Urshel is one of the best-known and respected executives in the retail apparel industry. During her 20-year tenure with Saks Fifth Avenue, she served as senior vice president and general merchandise manager.

Recognized as an innovator in her field, Urshel is credited with identifying and introducing many designers, including Isaac Mizrahi, Donna Karan, Perry Ellis, Michael Kors and others. With her expertise in high demand, she was subsequently employed by Casual Corner Group and Geoffrey Beene Company in executive management positions.

Since Urshel purchased the famed Kleinfeld Bridal boutique with Ronald Rothstein and Wayne Rogers, the store has enjoyed surging sales and success under her hands-on management, which emphasizes unparalleled customer service. Urshel devotes her professional time to managing the business with Rothstein; she has been involved in all aspects of planning, building and launching the 35,000-square-foot Kleinfeld flagship store in Manhattan.