Renee Pepys Lowe, West Region Chair
Renee Pepys Lowe, founder of CoCaLo, Inc., an industry leading infant bedding and accessory company, has over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience starting and building market recognized companies. Today, Renee serves as a strategic advisor to companies and early stage entrepreneurs on creative and brand management, marketing and team building.
Renee started her company, CoCaLo, in 1998 and applied her extensive marketing talents and leadership to build her infant bedding and décor brand. She received numerous awards for outstanding products and customer relationships in the process. Renee successfully led her Company to the forefront of the infant bedding industry. CoCaLo products continue to be sold at specialty and independent retailers, as well as major accounts throughout North America. Renee sold CoCaLo to Kid Brands (NYSE) in 2008. In 2012, she was asked to re-join the company. During the next two years, Renee led the soft goods division of Kid Brands Company to fashion and brand leadership.
Renee began her career after graduating from the University of Denver, earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing with an emphasis in retail. She completed the Robinson’s-May Executive Training Program and was a member of the Robinson’s-May flagship retail store team. Renee joined NoJo, a globally distributed infant products company founded by her mother, Shirley Pepys, herself an industry entrepreneur. Renee progressed through several management positions within NoJo and contributed significantly to its growth before starting her own company. CoCaLo embodied many brand management, marketing and team building ideas that she brings to companies she works with today.
Renee is an active philanthropist and supporter of causes that make a positive influence in the lives of children. She is a board member of Orangewood Children’s Foundation in Orange County, California and one of the founders of the Advanced Studies Scholarship Fund, a program for former foster youth who want to pursue advanced studies. Renee has served as a board member of Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), All Baby and Child (ABC) and Kids in Distressed Situations (KIDS). She is an active member of the Committee of 200, an invitation-only organization of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.
A native Californian, Renee has a love for traveling and spending time with her family. She is married and the proud mother of two daughters, Courtenay and Catherine, and resides with her family in Corona del Mar, California.