Karen Waksman

President and CEO of Retail MBA

San Francisco Bay Area


University of California, Santa Barbara



Wholesale products

Company Info


  • Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine as "Ask the Pro" expert
  • Trained new members of the Consumer Electronics Association
  • Speaker at CES trade show
  • Presented workshops to companies including Alibaba.com, Global Sources, U.S. Patent Office, International Housewares Show, National Hardware Show, and Stanford University


Karen Waksman, President and CEO of Retail MBA, is a manufacturer's rep, author, speaker, and consultant. Waksman is a former writer for The Balance Small Business. She started her career as a manufacturer's rep for an accessory wholesaler in New York and wrote a step-by-step guide on selling products to major retailers. 

She founded Retail MBA, which helps entrepreneurs market and sell wholesale items to large retailers. Her workshops and training sessions have been highlighted on MSNBC, in Entrepreneur magazine, and other business publications. She consults and provides training to large organizations such as CES, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Alibaba.com.


 She has a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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