Meet The Team

Our Team


Now’s not the time to be modest. You need the absolute best in the industry to grow your brand. You need someone you can trust and enjoy life with. Conveniently, that’s who we hire. Meet our team of CPG rockstars.

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Leslie Godwin


Most importantly I am a mom to my incredible daughters, Dia, Aria, and Evie and a wife to my hubby, Brad. I have had the privilege to work with worldwide brands and best-in-class teams throughout my career with Nestle, Kellogg, Chobani and Hain Celestial. After college, I began my career as a sales rep with Nestle in the Sales Leadership Development program in Chicago. Although not easy, understanding retail on the ground floor was foundational for my career as it also fueled my passion for global brands.

From Chicago, I moved to Northwest Arkansas on the Nestle Walmart team to learn high level analytics and support an esteemed group of sales leaders. After this role, I was given a promotion to manage a team of 10 highly regarded reps for the Nestle Military business and call on regional DECA buyers in the central US. My career in sales taught me many skills, however, I was given the once in a lifetime offer to do Shopper Marketing with yet another phenomenal global company, where I got to develop programs that make mom’s life easier.

In my time with Kellogg, I was promoted to Sr. Shopper Marketing Manager on the Kellogg Walmart team. I then was invited to work for a product and brand that changed the yogurt category forever. At Chobani, I became a National Account Manager on the Walmart team and enjoyed selling a product I was passionate about! I also managed the entire island of Puerto Rico working with a distributor and led a huge piece of ecomm growth. My next three years was at Hain Celestial where I helped turn around the company by selling in 200,000+ PODs in Walmart.

My career is important, but I want balance and flexibility and that’s something no corporate company can truly offer. So that’s why I decided to go into business for myself, helping you!

Oh yeah… For fun, I love to be outside and active with my family, adventure the world with my husband, invest in kids by coaching volleyball, and constantly try new things!

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Leah Ecker


Hello! I am a mom of 3 awesome kiddos, and the wife of a serial entrepreneur, none of whom ever let life get boring. I’ve lived in NWA most of my life and was raised in Walmart culture (my dad was an associate for 25+ years before he retired), and have loved retail from day 1. I love that every day is an opportunity to meet a consumer need and delight them with what we bring to the shelf. Pair that with my entrepreneurial nature, and supporting emerging brands at Walmart is a beautiful position to be in.

I started my retail career leading teams at Walmart HQ in pricing strategy and analytics, then merchandising, before transitioning into sales roles. My entire time at Walmart was in grocery, but when I left I managed the Nuk and Graco businesses at Newell brands so I’ve had the opportunity to manage hardlines businesses as well. As thankful as I am for that experience, my passion really lies in food, which is why after Newell Brands, I led the Takis team at Walmart for Barcel USA, where I had the opportunity to more than double their Walmart business in 2 years.

When I’m not working, I love to be doing anything active. I’m an avid crossfitter, traveler and foodie. I have Celiac, and learning how to live a GF lifestyle has inspired a lot of the love I have for food.

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Rachel Robbins


Hi I'm Rachel!

I'm new here at GRG however not new to CPG. I have 15 years of experience in the industry across analytics, supply chain, category management, merchandising, strategy, and sales. I've been a merchant,  a supplier and a broker/consultant.

I started my career in the outdoor living space and progressed to several roles across foods and consumables- all with a focus on Walmart and Sam’s Club. I have a deep understanding of category analytics, spending 4 years as a category advisor for Unilever. I most notably spent 6 years at Walmart across category management and as a merchandising director. During that time at Walmart, I collaborated with top CPG’s and co-created and launched over 10 exclusive brands- driving 3 years of consecutive sales and profit growth on a $2.8B business.

Most recently, I worked for a brand accelerator, channeling my desire to help emerging brands excel, driving an average +80% growth on brands I've partnered with.

I have a deep passion and talent for launching and supporting brands at Walmart and can't wait to help with yours.

In my free time, you'll find me hanging with my hubby Kirk and supporting my 4 kiddos with all their passions and hobbies.

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Eva Kirksey


Hi there! I’m Eva and I am absolutely thrilled to be working alongside you, growing your company and your brands, and building a lasting partnership together with Walmart and Sam’s Club. Here’s a little about me and what drives me personally and professionally.


My family and Asian American heritage are an important part of my why. I relocated from Southern California to Northwest Arkansas in 2005 to work on Walmart with a CPG supplier. Like many before and after me, I expected to only stay for a few years to build my career. Life has a way of making unexpected, yet amazing, turns. Now my husband and I are raising 2 beautiful, strong-willed daughters. The weekdays during this season are as busy and full as you’d expect balancing dual careers, school age kiddos, fur babies, extracurriculars, all the things. So weekends are for disconnecting and reconnecting - walks, hiking, gardening, water fun, and just playing outside! Especially paired with yummy meals at our favorite restaurants!

I’ve had the honor of working in retail for 20 years, 19 of which were partnering to grow national brands and launch innovation at Newell Rubbermaid, Campbell Soup, Kellogg, and most recently, Ferrara. My journey started with 10 years in Walmart Category roles from Consultant to Advisor to leading a team, followed by Walmart Sales roles from owning the account to leading a team. I’ve had the incredible opportunity to impact 27 categories from HBA (Hair Accessories, Trial/Travel) to Food (Wet/Dry Soup, Italian/Mexican Sauce, Juice, Frozen Breakfast/Healthy Lifestyle, Cold/Hot Cereal, Portable Snacks/Bars, Salty Snacks, Fruit Snacks, Cookies/Crackers/OTG, Cones, Crusts, Baking) to H&W (Active Nutrition) to most recently, Confections (Take Home, Impulse, Seasonal).
 
Each piece of my career has shaped my how and my what:
  • People and team: Relationships are the foundation and people working as teams make it happen
  • Love for learning: Digging in to understand the “why” to build a great story
  • Strategic mindset: Connecting the dots on the business, insights, and trends to deliver recommendations
  • Creative selling: Identifying white spaces, then laying out a plan to chase the incremental growth
I’m excited to work with you to build a bright future together!
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Nuria Rizzo


Oi!! That's how you say Hi in Portuguese. My name is Nuria and I'm from Brazil and for the last 2 years I've been residing in Northwest Arkansas learning all about America. 

My journey in the business world began in 2015 when I launched my own business while pursuing a degree in law. However, in 2020, I embarked on a new adventure and moved to the United States as an exchange student. During this time, I discovered my love for retail and gained valuable insights into the industry. 

As an executive assistant at GRG, I am driven and passionate about my work. I am very excited about the opportunity to bring my skills, expertise, experience, and cultural background to GRG. I am dedicated to supporting the team and clients in achieving their objectives. 

During my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, meditation, hiking, and spending quality time with my husband Jessie and our adorable pups, Luna and Lilo.

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Brian Stormes


Hello, I’m Brian.

First and foremost, I’m a dad to 3 busy kids, Lillian, Jack, and Annie, alongside
my wife, Emily. I have almost 20 years of industry experience across multiple functions and
customers. I built my foundation with 3 years at Acosta Sales & Marketing where I gained
exposure to a wide set of suppliers and categories supporting Walmart. For the next 15 years, I
built a progressive career at Henkel across several consumable categories.


My Henkel career began as analyst for Walmart, and I learned the incredible impact of facts and
data in decision making. Emily and I made our first major career and life change in a move to
Cincinnati, OH where I took on a category management role on Henkel’s Kroger team and
learned the importance of understanding consumer behavior and category development. Next
stop with Henkel was Scottsdale, AZ for a Sales Strategy role. I learned more in the first six
months in this headquarter function than I had in my entire career up to that point. I started to
connect the dots on how the industry worked. My career then catapulted with the opportunity
to return to Henkel’s Walmart team to lead their laundry business and launch the Persil brand.
The success of the Persil launch afforded me the opportunity to move to Minneapolis and lead
Henkel’s Target team. Instant success on the business side turning 8 years of compound decline
into growth was equally matched with the incredibly humbling, mistake ridden but learning
laden start to leadership. I learned how to transition from individual contribution to truly
leading and steering a business. I returned to the Walmart account and led the team to market
share, topline, and bottom-line growth over a 5 year period. I finished my Henkel career in a
Commercial Excellence role focused on solving organizational problems and steering
commercial practices.


My absolute favorite parts of my career have been the moments of entrepreneurship. That is
why I am here at GRG! I am so excited to have the opportunity to support great brands to
commercialize with excellence at Walmart. I will bring 3 core values everyday…truth is critical to
successful business and partnership, I care deeply about my work, but my family is first and that
balance makes me better at my job!


In my spare time between all of my kids’ activities, I am addicted to progress in every part of my
life and have a deep passion for beach volleyball, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

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Godwin Retail Group exists to find the best brands in the market; we then relentlessly support, lead and grow these brands to their fullest potential in mass retail.