Luncheon with Adam Gromfin '03, President of ThreeSixty Group (owner of FAO Schwarz, Sharper Image, and other famous brands)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
11:45 a.m. to 1:30 pm
2040 Main Street 14th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614
Adam Gromfin is the President of ThreeSixty Group, one of the world’s only vertically-integrated cross-category general merchandise retail suppliers — with product lines including electronics, radio control vehicles, toys, wellness, home decor, men’s gifts/gadgets, and pet items. With this broad product portfolio, and a diverse array of in-house and licensed brands, ThreeSixty sells products to most major U.S. retailers (representing over 70,000 retail doors). The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Ningbo.
Adam joined ThreeSixty Group predecessor MerchSource in 2008 as General Counsel, immediately turning his attention toward building the department into a worldwide organization capable of servicing the Company’s diverse and rapidly expanding needs. In 2011, Adam quarterbacked the merger with its long-time sourcing partner ThreeSixty Sourcing — forming ThreeSixty Group.
While overseeing the company’s legal affairs, Adam also took an active role in the company’s growth by managing sundry post-merger integration projects, defining and managing key strategic development initiatives, managing the company’s relationships with its key licensors, and managing its international relationships with its lenders. Adam Gromfin was promoted to President in 2014.
Since assuming a full-time business role in the Company, Adam managed the Company’s successful 2015 sale to AEA Investors, one of the oldest private equity firms in the U.S. Assuming M&A targeting and execution responsibilities for the Company, Adam thereafter led ThreeSixty’s acquisitions of FAO Schwarz and Sharper Image in October and December of 2016, respectively.
Prior to his role at MerchSource, Adam practiced as an antitrust litigator and appellate advocate at Heller Ehrman in San Francisco. He has argued multiple appeals before the California Courts of Appeal and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has written multiple briefs filed with the United States Supreme Court.
Adam received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of California at Berkeley, where he received a dual B.A. in Political Science and Rhetoric (highest honors in both departments). Adam twice was nominated as General Counsel of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal. (Always a bridesmaid….)