Total Retail annually honors an individual and business with its Retailer of the Year award. The brand's editorial team considers candidates — including surveying its audience of retail executives for their recommendations — that have proven sustained excellence in their careers, including leading their companies to new heights.
Since founding Bluemercury 18 years ago with his wife, Marla, Barry Beck's leadership has helped the luxury beauty brand become one of the industry's fastest-growing retailers. Bluemercury now operates nearly 200 stores in more than 30 states (it grew its store count by more than 50% in 2016), and has 2,000 employees. In 2015, Macy's acquired Bluemercury.
"We've always adhered to the company's mission of being the best in the world at giving beauty advice," Beck says. "Our sustained competitive advantage has always been our expertise. It's what sets us apart from the pack. It's our secret sauce and enduring secret weapon, which has helped Bluemercury become an iconic luxury brand and household name. However, I'll never forget that it took us 18 years to become an overnight success."