sarah beth thornton
Vice President of Business Development
Birmingham, AL
Business Development

Sarah Beth Thornton

Sarah Beth is the Vice President of Business Development for Retail Strategies. She advises city leaders in Florida and Louisiana on their retail recruitment and business development initiatives. She brings a consultative background to Retail Strategies where she is passionate about helping communities reach their untapped potential.

Prior to Retail Strategies Sarah Beth work in the media industry selling TV advertising at both FOX and NBC affiliates. She utilized data and local drivers to assist small businesses in promoting their brands and services.  

Sarah Beth has been a featured speaker at numerous young women’s conferences speaking on the importance of building a personal brand.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama Huntsville. An active volunteer for her sorority, Delta Zeta, she serves on the National Recruitment team to help chapters across the country in their membership development. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and pup, working out, eating and traveling. Sarah Beth is a huge University of Oklahoma football fan. BOOMER!  

The people. I love meeting new people and discovering what makes them tick. When people talk about their passions their faces just light up. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know a diverse group of people through my career and it never gets old!
My dad grew up in Louisiana and has a book called the Cajun Night Before Christmas where ole St. Nick is pulled in a skiff by eight alligators and one is even named Tiboy. Every Christmas eve my parents, siblings, and I pass the book back and forth reading the story to each other complete with the Cajun accent.
Volunteer- there are so many organizations and groups of people that I am so passionate about helping. My dream is to one day start my own non profit that helps drug abusers find what they are passionate about and help them make it a reality.