Work History

Work History
Jun 1996 - Jul 2015

Buyer / Retail Sales Manager

La Colonna Imports, Wilmette, IL
  • Driving sales and profitability with merchandise selection and visual merchandising
  • Customer-focused selling and follow-up
  • Coordinated open-to-buy meeting planned sales, margin and inventory turn goals for nearly 20 years
  • Slashed payroll and administrative costs by 30% via implementation of POS
Jan 1995 - Jan 1996

Technical Writer / Editor

Ameritech, Evanston, IL
  • Wrote “help” manuals for online software products 
  • Gained proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
Jul 1987 - Feb 1994

Senior Business Research Analyst

Kraft Foods, Glenview, IL
  • Researched and wrote in-depth analyses of consumer marketplace trends for brand management 
  • Articulated actionable steps for improving brand imagery

Education

Education
Sep 1980 - Dec 1982

MA

University of Chicago

Library & Information Management

Aug 1975 - May 1979

BA

Georgetown University

English

Summary

I am a retail buyer with a well-established sense of fashion. I love the ever-changing and creative world of women's clothing. I enjoy the merchandise buying, managing the open-to-buy budget, keeping current with the competition and emerging trends in the marketplace. Analyzing these trends along with inventory turn and sales performance allows me to anticipate customers' need with the most innovative and exciting designer lines. My experience developing marketing plans and merchandising strategies has driven sales and profitability for over twenty years. I am currently looking for a full-time position.

Interest

  • Literacy volunteering
  • Reading
  • Fashion trends
  • Music
  • History
  • Staying physically fit