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Jun 1996Jul 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 1995Jan 1996

Technical Writer / Editor

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


Sep 1980Dec 1982


University of Chicago

Library & Information Management

Aug 1975May 1979


Georgetown University



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.


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