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Work experience

Jan 2010Present

Product Manager

Gracious Living Corporation

Responsible for lighting , outdoor lighting, wine furniture, and storage furniture categories,  including product development, inventory and some account management for Canadian and US client base and sales teams.

  • Managed sales for inline lighting program 2010 to 2011 and inventory reductions from 2011 to 2012 for Zellers account to closing
  • Successfully presented and secured an inline lighting program with Lowes Canada as well as a listing with Sears Canada
  • New product lines developed in wine furniture, outdoor lighting and storage furniture
  • Set up and ongoing maintenance of company e-commerce website and social media profile
Jan 2008Jul 2008

Trade Marketing Manager

Artistic Innovations

Responsible for all marketing for the company including media, sales materials and presentations to

Canadian and US  independent and mass retailers and sales teams

  • Launched 3 new home decor product lines including catalogue/pricing preparation, distribution of marketing material, training of sales force, media announcements and advertising achieving 300% of sales performance target within 3 months.
  • Led licensed art program development and channel management for Disney, Nickelodeon, and Spiderman.
  • Established internal product line management evaluation methods including category and channel sales analysis to reduce product obsolescence and streamline product line and inventory to a manageable size.
Nov 2005Jan 2008

National Account Manager

Artistic Innovations

Responsible for sales support and customer service to national accounts,  attending customer meetings, product selection, creation of plan-o-grams and listings, sales presentations, sales tracking and analysis.

  • Directly contributed to 215% increase in total sales for the Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Zellers accounts over 3 years.
  • As Mirror Captain- Category Manager liaised with Home Depot rollout team, project managers, mirror vendors and merchandising companies and successfully transitioned 75 store resets in 2006 and 55 resets in 2007.
Nov 2004Nov 2005

Sales Support and Administration

Picture Depot

Responsible for the collaboration and integration of product information between IT and sales department resulting in the ability to create marketing and sales materials for Canadian and US sales teams.

  • Sales support to Canadian and US Sales Managers and Canadian sales team, all trade show preparation (10 shows annually), monthly sales reports and commission reconciliation.
Jan 2002Nov 2004

Sales Support and Administration

M. F. & Associates

Responsible for running the office and showroom for principal of the company and national sales force of 20 including customer service, communications with suppliers.

  • Handled the Northern Ontario territory via telemarketing.
  • Created all customer sales presentations, marketing materials, and tracked sales by rep, monthly commission reconciliation and payment
May 1993Dec 2001

Office Manager

Paperline Gift Sales

As Office Manager with two reports, I oversaw the daily running of the office including order processing and entry, accounts payables/ receivables, sales and customer service. I trained all staff on the computer systems, setup and maintained the computer network, and trained new sales reps on products and company procedures.


Sheridan College

Credit Valley School of Nursing

Retailer Presentations

Planograms and Displays

Professional and Skills Summary

  • Seasoned Consumer Goods Sales and Marketing Professional, with over 15 years experience working specifically in the giftware and home décor industries. Well versed in the strategic and tactical requirements for success in both the independent and the mass market retail channels
  • Successfully lead multiple projects in the product management, account management, trade marketing management and customer service management areas. Proven track record in setting up forecasting and tracking systems.

Personal Motto: “What needs to be done? What can I do about it?”

Core Competencies

Sales and Influence Skills | Account  Development |  Account Management

Marketing | E-commerce and Social Media 

Product Line Management | Product Promotion | New Product Development 

Communication skills | Analytical & Organizational Skills

Advanced Computer Skills | Presentation Skills | Relationship Skills

Referrals from Collegues

"I am pleased to write this recommendation for Janis as I had the pleasure to work with her as a vendor / service provider. Janis proved to be committed, consistent, reliable and result oriented. Even in the toughest of situations, Janis met the challenges head on and worked thru with her partners to take it to the finish line. Janis would be an asset to any company."  May 12, 2009

Top qualities: On Time , High Integrity , Creative

Dawn Landry, Impementation Planning Manager at The Home Depot Canada  hired Janis as a Vendor Services in 2004

"Janis is a very dedicated and competent person who works well on her own and as a member of a team. She is proactive with everything she does, offers great feedback and takes the initiative to make things happen. She takes direction well and is exceptional on the computer creating many of our catalogue sales sheets in house with little or no direction. Janis is a quick learner and always got the job done on time and in a very professional manner. She has a good marketing sense and creative mind and can also sell very comfortably.

Janis will always challenge herself to learn new things and continues to educate herself in new business practices which are very important for developing an employee.

Janis has a great sense of humour and makes people feel comfortable being around her. If I had the opportunity to add her to my team again I would certainly not hesitate to do so. She would be a true asset to any company."

Michael Trottman, VP Sales & Marketing Knape & Vogt Canada(business associate at M.F. & Associates)

"In the short period of time I have known and worked with Janis I have found her to be a dedicated and creative person with a strong focus on achieving goals. During the time we worked together at Artistic Innovations, as Trade Marketing Manager, Janis was responsible for the creation, development and maintenance of all customer marketing programs."

"On countless occasions Janis demonstrated her creative ability, effectively managed independently and always worked in the companies' best interest. I would recommend Janis to any organization that seeks a creative, dedicated and responsible person."

John Ridout, VP Sales and Marketing, Artistic Innovations (direct report)