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Work experience

Apr 2004Present

Buyer - Mens Apparel Kmart

Sears Holdings
Responsible for a ten department area in Men’s apparel comprised of outerwear, sweaters, woven tops, workwear, swimwear, furnishings and accessories. Account for $180.0M in sales. Presented formal strategies of financial and merchandising plans to senior management for discussion, approval and implementation.
Sep 2000Apr 2004

Sr Merchandiser

Managed all categories in Men’s apparel. Traveled internationally four times per year visiting factories Improved initial cost of goods on brand remakes through negotiation, fabric sourcing, and challenging cut/make/trim. Increased production out of India in men’s wovens classification. Implemented a six week life cycle in fashion tops improving both turn and margin Developed a strong team of merchants.
May 1999Sep 2000

Buyer - Merchandiser

Ralph Lauren Footwear
Managed sales, inventory and store personnel in leased footwear departments for both Ralph Lauren Retail and Factory Outlet stores.
1988May 1999

Varied assignments leading up to Buyer

Buyer Men’s Footwear. Buyer Men’s Overcoats and Rainwear. Associate Buyer Men’s Polo Ralph Lauren and Knit Classification. Various experiences as an Assistant Buyer and Department Manager. Completed Executive Training Program.