Marvin Traub – Rest in Peace

I was saddened today to learn of the death of Mr. Marvin Traub, the former Bloomingdale’s executive and retail legend. He was 87.

I met Mr. Traub seven years ago, when I was trying to write a book called Defining Moments. He didn’t know me, but he was gracious enough to take two hours out of his busy day to tell me his life story. While I never published the book, I did write the chapter on Mr. Traub, which you can read here.

Mr. Traub’s professional success is without question, but what I will remember of him is the kindness he showed me.

Thank you Mr. Traub. Rest in Peace.

Defining Moments: Marvin Traub—The Man Who Made Bloomingdale’s Bloom

A few years ago, in 2005, I decided to write a book about the moments in successful people’s lives that really defined their destinies; what I called ‘defining moments’. Through a work colleague, I was introduced to Marvin Traub, the former CEO of Bloomingdales. I flew to New York, interviewed Mr. Traub, and wrote the first chapter of the book.

While I have not published the book yet, I’m posting Mr. Traub’s chapter because I think his story should be told. I hope you enjoy it!

Part 1 – Building the Foundation

Part 2 – Growing Up

Part 3 – A legendary retail career begins

Part 4 – Being Different—Bloomingdale’s Transformation

Part 5 – Retailing is Entertainment

Part 6 – A New Beginning

Part 7 – Defining Success

Many thanks to Peter Hart of Rideau Recognition Solutions and Ralph Destino, former Chairman of Cartier Inc. for introducing me to Mr. Traub.


Welcome to the MCG Media blog – the personal blog of MCG Media owner and founder Mike McGrath. What will you find here? My intention is to post some thoughts and articles on things that are of interest to me.

Posts in the Communications category will cover various topics related to business communications over the Web, including traditional websites as well as social media. Sports category posts will feature some content on my favourite competitive sports, hockey and motor racing. I will also post in the Health category, touching on things I think lead to better health and well-being. In particular, I intend to post about my family’s experience with changing our diet. I’ll also post a few thoughts on what it’s like to raise a child with autism and will be writing about my experience with Tony Robbins’ Ultimate Edge personal improvement program.

Finally, I’m posting a page called Defining Moments. A few years ago, it was my intention to write a book called Defining Moments. That hasn’t happened yet, but I thought I’d post what I’ve written so far to get some feedback.

I hope you enjoy your visit!