James Walewski

James Walewski

James Walewski, Principal - James Andrew Group, Inc.

Mr. Walewski, Principal of James Andrew Group, Inc., specializes in market research, location strategy, sales forecasting, and sales impact issues on behalf of retail, restaurant, and service industry. Walewski has an undergraduate degree in Financial Administration from Michigan State University (1985) and a Masters degree in Real Estate Appraisal and Commercial Valuation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990). Walewski spent 3+ years with the General Electric Company where he completed GE's fast-track Financial Management Program (FMP) and gained valuable experience in finance and accounting positions.

Walewski, prior to forming the James Andrew Group, Inc. in 2005, had been with Thompson Associates since 1990 (acquired by MapInfo in 2003), where he worked his way from Field Analyst to Equity Partner and served as Senior Vice President of Restaurant Location Research.

Mr. Walewski has, and consults with, some of America's best brands such as Chick-fil-A, The Home Depot, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Meijer, Panera Bread, Great Clips, Burger King, Del Taco, Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings and YUM!, Brands. In addition, Mr. Walewski has helped develop location and target marketing strategies for the National Luxury Jewelers Group, high-end landscaping and building materials industries, as well as providing guidance and direction on location and consumer targeting for a variety of national branded restaurants, developers, and shopping center management firms.

Mr. Walewski has been a keynote speaker to various retail, restaurant, franchise, and real estate professional groups such as International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the International Franchise Association (IFA) regarding site selection and location research. Mr. Walewski serves as an expert witness for the restaurant and retail industries regarding site selection and sales impact cannibalization litigation and is an 19 year member of ICSC.