Jim Hertel, managing partner at Willard Bishop, Barrington, Ill., said Martin and his team have a strong willingness to experiment that helps drive the company’s learning and contributes to its success. They also collaborate with suppliers very effectively to arrive at pricing and assortments that drive sales and profitability, he explained. “They are very sharp, and they are very willing to engage in very rigorous debate with the supplier community,” Hertel said. ...

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