Mr. Sklar is an outside advisor who serves as a sounding board for new consumer investments and, where appropriate, as a consultant or board member for consumer portfolio companies. He and Mr. Steiner have worked together for 20 years. Mr. Sklar has enjoyed a long and successful career in Direct Marketing, Internet, Catalog, apparel, home products and retail businesses. His experience as an entrepreneur, executive, investor, consultant and board member is highly complementary to the Webster branded consumer team.
Early in his career, Mr. Sklar was the Vice President of Merchandising with Smith and Hawken and a senior Merchant with L.L. Bean. He is the co-founder of TravelSmith Outfitters and he guided the company as Co-President, and then President from its founding in 1993 thru 2005. Mr. Sklar was involved with Cornerstone Brands, from its inception in 1993 and its early investment in TravelSmith through the sale of Cornerstone to Interactive Corporation (IAC) in 2005. Cornerstone Brands included TravelSmith, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, The Territory Ahead, Ballard Designs, and Smith and Noble. Mr. Sklar has also invested in early stage companies including Pinterest, Revel Touch, Wello and Gump’s.
Mr. Sklar previously served on the boards of two Webster portfolio companies, Full Beauty Brands and Sundance Catalog and currently serves on the board for Mondetta. Mr. Sklar is also the Board Chair for Gump's. He is a graduate of Cornell University and earned a Masters in Management from Yale University.