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Melissa Reiff  

CEO at The Container Store

Founded in 1978 and based in Coppell, Texas, The Container Store is the nation’s originator and leader of the storage and organization category of retail. With over 5,000 employees and reported sales of close to $800 million, The Container Store continues to dominate the category they created.

Melissa was named Chief Executive Officer in July 2016, having previously served as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. The company has 5,000 employees and experiences an industry-defying average turnover rate of around 10 percent (the industry average approaches 100 percent annually). It’s for these reasons and more that The Container Store has been named by FORTUNE magazine to its annual list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, 17 years in a row.

She is a member of the Dallas chapter of the American Marketing Association, International Women’s Foundation and C200. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Etsy, Inc., SMU's Cox School of Business Executive Board and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas. In 2012-2013, she was honored with the SMU Cox School of Business Distinguished Alumna award. In January 2015, Melissa was named by the National Retail Federation as one of 25 individuals on “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future,” in the Power Player category, and in August 2015 she was honored as one of the Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business. D CEO Magazine has recognized Melissa twice, once in 2014 as one of the top 5 “Wonder Women”, and then in December 2016 as one of four finalists for CEO of the Year.

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