Brent ArakawaMerchandise BuyerWal-mart Stores, Inc.

Brent is a first year MBA student in the Center for Brand and Product Management.  He graduated in 2001 from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. 

Brent began his career as a Pricing Analyst with Safeway Inc. determining retail pricing strategies for a variety of non perishable products.  He was soon promoted to the position of Procurement Specialist where he managed $2.1 MM in inventory and ordering for regional warehouses across the country.            

After two years with Safeway Inc., Brent accepted the position of Category Manager with Advantage Sales and Marketing, the country’s leading sales and marketing agency serving the consumer packaged goods industry.  Using syndicated data, he provided fact based analysis to manage the retail business of clients including Del Monte, Unilever and Dial. 

Most recently, Brent worked as a Sales Analyst with Pernod Ricard USA, a leading spirits and wine company, where he analyzed regional sales and financial performance and collaborated with sales and marketing teams to develop strategies and promotions for iconic brands such as Absolut Vodka, The Glenlivet, Chivas Regal and Jameson Irish Whiskey.