Work experience

Work experience
Jan 2004 - Feb 2015

Product Development Manager 2015 Purchasing Manager (2004-2015)


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 2000 - Jan 2004

Night Manager

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 1992 - Jan 1995

Sales Representative


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 1984 - Jan 1989

Vice President

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.


Aug 1980 - Aug 1986


Northern Illinois University  ,College of Dupage & Ramsey College  London