Rick Rommel

Rick Rommel

Principal at The Sprosty Network

Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

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Rick Rommel's Summary


I’ve built innovative technology businesses throughout my career. These range from satellite simulation and control software businesses at Hughes, to Kiosk and photofinishing solutions at Kodak, to most recently Best Buy’s private label Consumer Electronics business.

Each of these businesses has “stood the test of time”, and leveraged my years of product development and business leadership experience. And while in each business a great team has delivered exceptional financial results, I think of each business as a “startup” within a large company that moved the needle for both the company and my teams.

Along the way I’ve developed an extensive global network of corporate, venture capital, and university relationships which are essential to creating new and innovative businesses.

So whether I’m advising a startup company, or working within a large corporation, creating or remaking businesses is what I do, and enjoy the most.

Rick Rommel's Experience

Member Board of Directors


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Sports industry

March 2014Present (8 months) San Francisco Bay Area

SenseLabs is a brain-based biosensor and software innovation company that develops technology to measure and train your brain's activity, driving sports and academic performance improvements.

Partnership; 11-50 employees; Consumer Electronics industry

May 2013Present (1 year 6 months)

The Sprosty Network is a group of best in class operators and disruptive innovators, who help clients build consumer technology businesses. We use lean start-up approaches, a maniacal focus on consumer insights, and broad industry knowledge to rapidly commercialize technology and build differentiated retail store and online experiences. Our clients range from early stage start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.

Distinguished Visiting Scholar

mediaX at Stanford University

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

October 2013Present (1 year 1 month)

Managing Director

Rommel Ventures, LLC

April 2013Present (1 year 7 months)

Consulting Services for rule breaking companies that are Reinventing Retail.

Advisory Board


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Investment Management industry

February 2013Present (1 year 9 months)

Gramercy Latin America Private Equity Fund. Invests in Latin American middle market companies in the technology and technology-enabled sectors that have limited access to financing and global markets.

Board of Advisors


Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Hospital & Health Care industry

March 2013Present (1 year 8 months)

Embrace's mission is to advance maternal and child health by delivering innovative solutions to the world’s most vulnerable populations. We do this by catalyzing the creation of new products with strong potential to improve health outcomes in developing countries, and then working to get those products directly to the people who need them most. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every woman and child has an equal chance for a healthy life.

Consumer Advisory Board

Intel Corporation

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; INTC; Semiconductors industry

2012Present (2 years) Santa Clara, CA

Multi-Industry Executive support for Intel’s consumer facing business interests.

Rick Rommel's Skills & Expertise

  1. Digital Marketing
  2. Product Management
  3. Strategy
  4. Merchandising
  5. Marketing
  6. Business Development
  7. General Management
  8. Product Development
  9. Software Development
  10. Global Sourcing
  11. Private Label
  12. Management
  13. Mergers
  14. Manufacturing
  15. Entrepreneurship
  16. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  17. Sales Management
  18. Leadership
  19. Mergers & Acquisitions
  20. Business Strategy
  21. Start-ups
  22. Retail
  23. Outsourcing
  24. P&L Management
  25. Program Management
  26. New Business Development
  27. Strategic Partnerships
  28. Mobile Devices
  29. CRM
  30. Marketing Strategy
  31. E-commerce
  32. Sales
  33. Forecasting
  34. Sales Operations
  35. Training
  36. Supply Chain
  37. Product Marketing
  38. Business Planning
  39. Customer Satisfaction
  40. Pricing
  41. Vendor Management
  42. Executive Management
  43. Analytics
  44. Consulting
  45. Strategic Planning
  46. Team Leadership
  47. Wireless
  48. Venture Capital
  49. Competitive Analysis
  50. Account Management

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