Corporate Team

Meet the talented corporate team behind Scout & Molly’s. Learn more about each member and what they bring to the partnership.

Ed Samane

Successful Entrepreneur & CEO of Franlogic Scout Development, LLC

Ed Samane

Successful Entrepreneur & CEO of Franlogic Scout Development, LLC


In addition to his role with Franlogic, Samane is recognized as an expert with a proven track record in planning, launching, and growing successful businesses and franchises, both nationally and internationally.

After discovering Lisa Kornstein Kaufman’s Scout & Molly’s boutiques Samane recognized that they could be developed into a great franchise system. With exceptional relationship management skills, a solid background in core business functions including leadership, training and development, marketing / sales, customer service management and business operations and project management, Samane had the ability to expand the brand into a national system.

His core belief is that franchising success comes from franchisee and franchisor transparency and alignment.

John Simon

EVP of Operations & CFO

John Simon

EVP of Operations & CFO


John Simon comes to us with over 35 years in Franchise Operations and Senior Management. John has gained vast experience and knowledge in Senior Management with Mailboxes Etc who he then sold to UPS, Maaco Auto Painting and Tyco Inc. John will be responsible for overseeing the growth of our franchise operations, budgeting, store performance, vendor and franchise relationships to a state of profitability. John has extensive experience in budgeting, finance, data analyzation & profitability. We’re excited to have him here to take our franchise to the next level!

Lisa Kornstein Kaufman

Founder

Lisa Kornstein Kaufman

Founder


Lisa Kornstein Kaufman is the original founder of Scout & Molly’s and now also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Scout Franlogic Development, LLC. Lisa opened the very first Scout & Molly’s boutique in 2002. The store was named after her beloved Labrador retrievers, who for many years, could be found lounging in the store. Lisa has over a decade of experience in owning and operating a successful boutique business. She has a proven ability to pick out trend styles and also to make her customers feel as though they are shopping in the comfort of their best friend’s closet. Lisa is passionate about incorporating philanthropy into her business model. She is an active volunteer with the National MS Society. That particular cause is one she holds close to her heart since her own diagnosis with the disease over 6 years ago. She is also involved with Saving Grace Animal Rescue as well as various other charitable groups throughout the community. Lisa has a drive unparalleled by many and her desire to take Scout & Molly’s nationwide is propelling her forward with great enthusiasm.

Steve Pruitt

President of Blacks Retail

Steve Pruitt

President of Blacks Retail


Steve Pruitt currently serves as President of Retail for Scout & Molly’s. Steve is a retail industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in merchandise planning, leadership coaching, and retail financials. Steve began his career at a national merchandising planning firm, and has worked with some of the most successful independent apparel stores across the country as both an analyst and trusted consultant. In 2004, he founded Blacks Retail, offering merchants highly specialized planning and consulting services based on innovative technologies. Steve is now considered one of the top retail industry analysts in the U.S. and brings with him a solid understanding of retail best practices, sales strategies, and merchandise and financial planning. He oversees all retail activities for Scout & Molly’s with a focus on helping franchisees grow their businesses.

Marisa Garcia

Senior Director of Operations & Strategy

Marisa Garcia

Senior Director of Operations & Strategy


Marisa is our Senior Director of Operations and Strategy. Marisa comes to us with over 10 years experience in building start ups from the ground up. Marisa has a proven track record of consistently exceeding objectives through forecasting, strategic planning, competitive analysis and presentation skills. Marisa is an agile, strategic thinker with extreme problem solving and listening skills. Her prime responsibility at Scout & Molly’s is overseeing Corporate Operations across the franchise while also working with franchisees to achieve profitability after establishing a financial strategy with tangible metrics. Marisa is focused on ways to drive profitability through lowering costs, managing/hiring the right staff, customer experience/sales, operational process, eCommerce and Digital Marketing. Marisa oversees all Scout & Molly’s Operational vendor relationships, Operational process and procedures, Marketing and Corporate Strategy. Marisa is a fashion lover of all things chic and monochrome! When she isn’t brainstorming ways to drive the franchise forward, Marisa can be found either online shopping or dancing.

Lindsey Ulmer

Marketing & Operations Coordinator

Lindsey Ulmer

Marketing & Operations Coordinator


Lindsey serves as our Operations & Marketing Coordinator. Lindsey is responsible for coordinating all things Springboard & Marketing. With a degree in Communications, Lindsey graduated from Bloomsburg University and immediately entered the fashion industry. In the past Lindsey has worked to build & organize data for eCommerce sites, manage social media fashion focused accounts and trained customers on system platforms. For Scout and Molly’s, Lindsey manages the creation of advertisements and promotions, oversees the marketing of grand openings and manages the relationships with our marketing partners. When she isn’t working, Lindsey can be found reading celebrity gossip blogs and hanging out with her cats!

Lody Azar

Vice President of Merchandising

Lody Azar

Vice President of Merchandising


Lody is our Senior Buyer and has an extensive background in buying and merchandising. She began her career in luxury at Nordstrom in buying where she learned all the fundamentals of assortment planning, vendor negotiations and relationships, store presentations, brand marketing and customer focus. She honed her merchandising skills at Liz Claiborne as the Director of Merchandising for Lucky, Juicy and DKNY. In addition, she has successfully worked in specialty retail, wholesale, and value across all categories. Her prime responsibility at Scout & Molly’s is working with franchisees to deliver a cohesive and trend right assortments. Build vendor relationships and drive business through strategic planning. Lody loves to travel, hiking and photography. When Lody is not on calls with the franchisees, Market or setting up a new store. She is on Instagram and Snapchat with friends and family.

Katie Lederer

Jr Assistant Buyer

Katie Lederer

Jr Assistant Buyer


Katie is our Junior Assistant Buyer. Katie graduated from Philadelphia University, where she majored in Fashion Merchandising. At Scout & Molly’s, Katie works on our buying team where she researches vendors to determine which one best represents Scout & Molly’s and supports our Senior Buyer and store owners with day to day merchandising and buying tasks. In addition, Katie attends markets, helps manage merchant vendor data organization and image collection, as well as assists franchisees with our buying tools. Apart from fashion, Katie is an animal lover and has two fur babies Ollie and Jameson.

Larry Barto

Real Estate Manager

Larry Barto

Real Estate Manager


Larry Barto currently serves as Real Estate Manager for Scout & Molly’s. Larry Barto brings credentials as both a commercial real estate professional and as a multi-unit food service executive. Larry has completed leases / opened new store locations for hundreds of franchise retail and restaurant locations throughout the country for companies such as Rita’s Italian Ice, K9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel, United Financial Services Group, Popeye’s Chicken ‘N Biscuits, Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, and The Gravity Vault – indoor rock climbing. As an independent owner, Larry operated a five-unit restaurant company. Larry coordinates with franchisees and suppliers on Scout & Molly’s real estate, pre-open checklists and store fit outs.


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