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Work experience

Jan 2004Feb 2015

Product Development Manager 2015 Purchasing Manager (2004-2015)

ARTISAN SPECIALTY FOODS, INC

ARTISAN - LYONS, IL Reduced costs and increased margins. Sourced 80% of products. Instrumental in achieving 25%-40% average total contribution margins while maintaining a high turnover. Developed private label and repackaging programs. Labelling management: Created bar codes, nutritional labels and recipes for over 50 products. Improved labels, packaging & printing supplies & equipment. Developed systems over 20 years to monitor market pricing and supply levels for spices, fruits, nuts oils and vinegars. Used forward purchase orders & regional transfers to lock in inventory at lower costs and higher levels of supply stability. Imported products from France, Spain & Australia by ocean & air freight. Documented USDA recalls and various licensing & inspections. Experienced in multiple enterprise resource management. Primarily Great Plains. Experienced in database management, warehouse organization including bin location creation, deployment & cycle counting. Fluent in sales report creation and analysis. 30 years experience in sales, marketing and purchasing. Trained many team members in various departments. Streamlined structure of receiving & purchasing with different ERM programs.

Jan 2000Jan 2004

Night Manager

GOURMAND SPECIALTY FOODS, INC
NIGHT MANAGER - BROADVIEW, IL Worked independently, opening office and managing 3 order pickers. Purchasing, Marketing&warehouse management. I was also the database administrator and managed computers and software. Integrated the successes of Gourmand & Dechoix Speciality Foods into Gourmand's Midwest division. Trained and managed purchasing assistant. Managed inventory transfers from east cost divisions into Midwest division.
Jan 1992Jan 1995

Sales Representative

OAK BROOK FINANCIAL GROUP

Sold interest in Past Time Inn Tavern in due to health. SALES REPRESENTATIVE - OAK BROOK, IL Series 7 and 63 licensed. Sold personal and business insurance. Excelled in Variable Life policies, buy/sell agreements and mutual funds. Developed prospecting & relationship building skills to build a book of business

Jan 1984Jan 1989

Vice President

VALENTINE INC
VICE PRESIDENT - WILLOWBROOK, IL Successfully led key projects which resulted increased sales. Prepared correspondence, accounting and financial documents for analysis. Streamlined Purchasing, Database Administration, Sales, Marketing, Warehouse & Office management. Developed a herpetology and industrial supply line. Instrumental in tripling sales from. 7 to 2 million dollars. Developed and managed a bin location inventory control system. Developed several mail order catalogues. I was also database administrator and managed computers and software. Prepared for, set up and manned trade shows across the country. Won GSA contracts and managed GSA order fulfilment. Researched & Developed new products. Trained warehouse & sales staff.

Education

Aug 1980Aug 1986

Economics

Northern Illinois University  ,College of Dupage & Ramsey College  London