Gary Brugliera


Gary has extensive retail industry experience delivering strategic, tactical and financial management leadership to growth and financially troubled retailers. Gary has served as a member of senior management in several retail concerns including Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations. He has worked in profitable growth environments as well as companies in need of strategic redirection. Gary has had direct responsibility for all aspects of a business, including strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, accounting and reporting, distribution and logistics, loss prevention, real estate and information systems.

In his 35 years of experience, Gary has worked with multi-unit retailers and has also worked with venture capital backed start ups, franchise operators, real estate developments, hotels and financial services.

Gary had served, most recently, as CFO for a group of Harley-Davidson dealerships. Prior to that, he had been the CFO for Uptons, a 75 store chain of family department stores operating in the Southeastern U.S.  Gary has worked on the corporate staff of Household International as a senior financial analyst with responsibility for a $5 billion retail portfolio, including Vons Grocery Company. Gary began his professional career with Laventhol & Horwath as a senior auditor for the national accounting firm.

Contact Information

Direct: (312) 201-8210



  • Value Creation & Turnaround Consulting

Industry Experience

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Transportation


  • University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business - MBA, Finance and Marketing  
  • Northern Illinois University - BS, Accounting 



Certifications and Memberships

  • CPA
  • Member, Financial Executives Institute




Marketing Director

Direct: (312) 683-3746

vCard Download

Read More

FDP News

Jul - 21

Brian Hartford joins Fort Dearborn Partners

Fort Dearborn Partners is pleased to announce that Brian Hartford has joined the firm as a Senior Director.

Read More

May - 21

Fort Dearborn Advises Kanaflex Corporation, USA

Kanaflex Corporation USA (“Kanaflex” or the “Company”) is an industrial hose manufacturer with operations in Vernon Hills (IL), Compton (CA), and... Read More

Feb - 21

2020 Year in Review

Chicago, IL - Despite the rollercoaster ride that was 2020, we at FDP are proud to say that, thanks to our resilient and trusting clients, hard-working and talented staff,... Read More