Work History

Work History
Jun 2009 - Present

Trainer, Consultant, LinkedIn Profile Engineer

Social Media
LinkedIn Profile Engineer, coach, and help others in transition to improve and enhance their Social Media and LinkedIn Profiles. Mentor teach and educate job seekers on the networking power of LinkedIn, Twitter, and other Social media.
Apr 2011 - Present

Area Product Service Lead

Lowe's

Lead for area(district) stores for new product introductions and product line resets. Innovative problem-solver who can generate workable solutions and resolve complaints. Raised customer service levels by employing strong listening & communications skills. Helped reduce shrink levels to the lowest this year by analyzing mark down reports.

Apr 2009 - Present

Owner, Retail Buyer, & Manager

Evan Andrews
Internet Sales - EBAY on line selling. Retail Buyer of wide variety of products, manager of sales.
Aug 2005 - Apr 2009

Divisional Installed Sales Asst

The Home Depot

Audited Service Providers costs, established that Product vendors were overcharging for materials, brought costs back to signed negotiated amounts saving the Home Depot more than $500,000 over the course of a year. Functioned as point of contact between two regional Service directors (12 states) and District Service Managers, Stores Managers, & Stores.

2000 - 2005

Divisional Retail Buyer (Merchant) Assistant

The Home Depot

As a retail buyer assistant developed and executed resets, identified needs & changes to products and displays in assigned categories; coordinated and directed multi-functional teams - service groups & manufactures reps, and people - Import Buyer & Global Merchant that generated a 20% increase in sales for over 250 stores. Successfully opened over 150 New stores on time and under budget.

Aug 1999 - Aug 2000

Allstate Insurance Program Assistant

The Home Depot
Maintained vendor and customer database for Insurance purchases of carpet by Allstate claimants and The Home Depot stores for the Midwest Division. Expedited carpet purchases on claims presented to The Home Depot by Allstate Insurance Co. insurance claims adjusters to provide exceptional customer service to the Home Depot customer.
Aug 1997 - Aug 1999

Department Sales Manager

The Home Depot
Started career with Home Depot as sales associate, after 6 months promoted to department PRO, then promoted again after 6 months to Department Manager. Trained, developed, and mentored store associates into a cohesive team. Successfully increased sales from $3,800,000 to nearly $6,000,000 in two years.
Apr 1985 - Jul 1986

Store Manager (Managing Director)

Carson Pirie Scott
Managing Director (Store Manager) for Carson Pirie Scott two Home Stores. Comprehensive managing of sales, personnel, advertising, display, deliveries, HR, and P&L. Successfully guided stores from deficit sales to profitable business units.
May 1983 - Apr 1985

Retail Buyer Department Stores

Carson Pirie Scott
Retail Buyer (Merchant) for Carson Pirie Scott flooring department all stores. Purchased and facilitated delivery of domestic and imported area rugs. Sourced and selected 2 imported skus that generated over $250,000 in sales for the chain over the period of one year.

Education

Education

Graduated

Waukegan Township High School

Liberal Arts

Northern Illinois University

Associates

Illinois Valley Community College
2009 - 2010

Green Belt

Six Sigma Green Belt Chicago Deming Assoc-Six Sigma Masters
2009 - 2009

Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certified

Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certified

Skills

Skills

LinkedIn 7 Social Media facilitator

purchasing

Public Speaking

Public speaker, presenter, and facilitator of LinkedIn and Social Media.

Summary

BruceBix49@gmail.com - invitations to connect are welcome, open networker. How you can help me, I am currently seeking opportunities in Social Media. SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINER, SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT, & LINKEDIN PROFILE ENGINEER Teacher and LinkedIn profile engineer, and presenter. Advise job seekers "In Transition" to utilize online resources for the purpose of gaining employment (or landing a job). Helping individuals to build and optimize their social media profiles.Train others to use the internet and Social Media to maximize their networking capabilities. RETAIL BUYER Extensive vendor experience with a strong network helping companies, both Carson Pirie Scott and the Home Depot, with buying and merchandise development. An expert problem-solver adept at finding better ways for businesses to develop and manage processes with cost savings of 5% to 8%. Delivering success with corporations through building relationships, driving sales, and collaborating with cross-functional internal and external teams to achieve results with sales increases over 20%. RETAIL MANAGEMENT Professional retailer experienced in vision building with an extraordinary record of moving companies forward as store manager for both Bixler & Johnson and Carson Pirie Scott. Bruce has a demonstrated skill in planning, executing, and merchandising with progressive advancement with The Home Depot. "Delivering more than expected" SIX SIGMA Trained to provide leadership and management of continuous and business improvement initiatives that support the retail corporate strategies. Able to identify, design and build innovative solutions that optimize the companies operating model and that are consistent with the retail strategic goals. Focus on Helping Companies Deliver Compelling Value OWNER Co-owner, store Manager, and retail buyer for Bixler & Johnson retail gift stores to successfully increase sales for 10 consecutive years with increases between 10% - 25%

Objective

High energy retail management executive with demonstrated accomplishments and over 20 years experience in merchandising, management, and purchasing. Proven success in sales, training, budgeting, and project management. Innovative and resourceful merchant that has significantly reduced costs, effectively improved customer service, and increased or exceeded all assigned targets for Fortune 500 Company.Skilled at delivering multi-million dollar retail infrastructure projects on time and within budget. Six Sigma trained for impacting corporate performance through skillful strategic planning, product positioning, and marketing of products, services, and solutions. “Delivering more than expected”

Certifications

Certifications
Dec 2009 - Dec 2010

Lean Six Sigma White Belt

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