Robert McNulty

Mr. McNulty is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 35 years of significant experience in specialty retail, eCommerce, branded consumer products, retail start-ups and developing new concepts and technology platforms for utilization in the retail industry. Mr. McNulty founded and served as its President and CEO. was the world’s first online retailer selling a comprehensive range of consumer brand name products on the Internet in 25 major categories, and offering 2,000,000 SKUs while utilizing comparison shopping engines to drive sales. was able to ramp up sales to $55 million in its first 12 months and was ultimately acquired for $220 million in an all cash transaction by Compaq Computers.

Mr. McNulty is a founder of Home Club and served as its Chairman and CEO. Home Club was a fast-growing chain of home improvement warehouse stores for contractor-trade and do-it-yourself customers, servicing U.S. western states with 38 stores and 14,000 employees, and delivering 1 billion dollars in revenue. Mr. McNulty was the first to institute and implement the “everyday low price strategy” in the U.S. Home Improvement industry. Mr. McNulty is a founding board member of the Home Center Industry Council for the City of Hope Cancer Research Center.

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Avid Open Ocean Sailor

Skipper: 1987 Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Yacht Race Blonde Winner: First to finish and a new record time for the race 850 miles.

Skipper and Owner: 1989 Cal Cup Regatta Chance winner with 3 first place finishes.

Skipper and Owner: 1990 Oakland to Catalina Yacht Race Chance winner first in class 475 miles.

Skipper and Owner: 1991 Transpac Yacht Race Chance winner first to finish, first in class and first in fleet, clean sweep 2250 miles.

Skipper and Owner: 2001 Transpac Yacht Race Chance third place finish 2250 miles.

Philanthropic Efforts

City of Hope National Medical Center (Cancer Treatment and Research Center)

“At City of Hope, we treat you as an individual whose life will be made whole again. We combine science with soul to work miracles.”


“Lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together.”

Global Leadership Conference

“Identifying young leaders in high school that will become future leaders of America.”

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Robert McNulty is the proud father of four talented children.





Guest Speakerships

Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Tulane Freeman School of Business

USC Marshall School of Business

University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

MIT / California Institute of Technology Keynote Speaker

Why I Do What I Do

I've got a passion for startups and love the retail aspect of the tech industry. I'm a student of retail's ever-changing landscape of the business and its evolutionary innovations. The creative, accumulative change will push your mind beyond critical thinking to sort out complex issues into finding relevant solutions that are made simple at their core, made simple. Challenging your mind and having fun at the same time at work is the purest form of staying young!

What I'm Doing Now

My latest dedicated journey is a new company I've created (ibuy,inc / ibuyrite) that will enable independent small brick and mortar retail businesses to not only compete, but to thrive in this brave new world of eCommerce online retail.