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Martin Haese MBA
Founder and Managing Director

Strategic Retail Advisor
University Lecturer and Facilitator

Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Australian Retailer’s Association (ARA-SA), Retailer of the Year 2003
Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the Year, Central Region Finalist 2004
Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO) SA Chapter, Co-Founder and former President

Having founded Retail IQ in 2005 with a vision to create a specialist retail services firm, Martin believes that retail experience and on-going education are pre-requisites for the provision of effective retail advisory and education services. With over 15 years of hands-on prior experience as the owner of his own retail company, Martin brings a wealth of retail strategy, management and operational experience to Retail IQ.

Having founded the multi-award winning Youthworks retail business in 1993 and the Sole Shoes retail business in 2000, Martin and his team built those businesses to annual sales of AUD$25m, employed over 200 people and operated 16 retail stores throughout Adelaide and Melbourne. Martin sold Youthworks and Sole Shoes in 2005.

Working closely with the Rundle Mall Management Authority (RMMA) Board of Directors, the Adelaide City Council, property owners, retailers and numerous stakeholder groups, Martin lead a team which provided for the management, marketing, events, promotions, operations and advocacy of the Rundle Mall precinct in South Australia. In doing so, Martin played a key role in implementing the Board's strategic imperatives that are now rapidly transforming the precinct into a highly successful CBD retailing district.

Martin is an inspirational public speaker whose knowledge is sought after by the retail, entrepreneurial and property communities. He is a founding member of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation (EO) SA Chapter, Board Member of the Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB), founding Committee Member of the Property Council (SA Division) Mainstreet Committee and Chairman of the largest historic motoring event of its type in the world today, the Bay to Birdwood. Martin is also a part-time lecturer for the Australian Institute of Business (AIB) and formerly for the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong (UOW).

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Genevieve Theseira BA(Hons)Communications (UK)
Media Director

Advertising, Branding and Marketing advisory services
Product and Media launches
Book a Retail IQ partner to speak at your next Corporate Retail event in Australia or SE Asia


As Media Director, Genevieve oversees various aspects of the Retail IQ business including marketing, publishing, event management, public speaking and the provision of client advisory services.

With a highly accomplished track record of senior creative, media and management experience gained working for global advertising agencies in London and Singapore, Genevieve is now advising Retail IQ's corporate and shopping centre clients on how to best maximise their brand equity, product positioning, corporate advertising, marketing and communications strategies.

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Lincoln Schultz
Project Manager

Retail and Consumer Research
Project management
Retail strategy


Lincoln has over 20 years experience in retailing from sales, single store management, multi-store management, buying and senior category management. Lincoln has worked with notable retailers including John Martins Retailers Ltd, Youthworks and National Pharmacies where he has held senior roles.

With a relentless consumer orientation, Lincoln's retail experience and depth of understanding of retail management process provides Retail IQ's clients with a uniquely consumer orientated approach. His early adoption of emerging technologies is indicative of the imperative for retailers to compete in an omni-channel environment. As an accomplished amateur photographer and blogger, Lincoln is fascinated with mainstreets and the unique role they play in defining the cultural and civic identities of cities. As Project Manager for Retail IQ, Lincoln coordinates many facets of the company's projects including research, project planning and writing.


Sam Donato

Sam Donato
Senior Training Consultant

Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF)
Certificate and Diploma level qualifications
Individual, Group and Corporate Training solutions


Sam Donato has 20 years of experience in leadership, management and business development. Sam brings his extensive knowledge to the forefront to help people grow both personally and professionally by helping them to respond more positively to the challenges of today’s workforce.

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Meagan McLaren
Senior Training Consultant

Retail Sales & Service Training
Retail Recruitment

Sales & Service Training Programs
Retail Management Training Solutions
Train the Trainer and Leadership Coaching

Meagan’s passion lies in retail sales, service and leadership training. With 12 years experience in the retail sector and having held senior positions including that of National Retail Manager, Meagan is vibrant, energetic, results orientated and definitely memorable. Meagan is dedicated to providing a professional yet fun team training environment that supports your company culture, standards and expectations.

Meagan has the patience to listen and mentor managers, whilst showing them how to identify problems, overcome objections and bring the best out of their team. Meagan has the talent and proven track record to get you and your team excited about service!

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Nicole Nicolai
Administration Manager

Head Office Adelaide Australia

Nicole is Retail IQ’s Administration Manager and manages accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and various administrative functions.

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