Talented professional with 20+ of experience in the retail industry. Proven track record in strategic and financial planning, marketing, negotiating, and building win/win partnerships. Team leader with a can do attitude. Strengths include inventory management, maximizing key items, coaching, team building, and project management.
Feb 2005 - Apr 2009
Sr. Buyer Mens Traditional Sportswear and Seasonal Classifications. Grew private brand related sportswear +14% over the last two years. Drove key item polo + 80% over LY through constant analysis and communication with MMG..
Mar 2003 - Mar 2005
Buyer Mens Slacks. Aggressively drove sales +6% to plan, +12% LY. Achieved #1 rank in HDQ for sales trend to plan. Beat profit planby .96 delivering a 41.74 GM%, achieving #1 ranking in HDQ. increased AUR to $30.73 ranking #1 compared to HDQ $27.24,by simplifying pricing and staying focused on strategies.
Apr 2001 - Mar 2003
Buyer - Girls 2-6x/ Accessories/ Furnishings. Strategically worked with market and Private brand to merge girls 2-4 with 4 -6x to create cohesive assortment and reduce skus.
Sep 1998 - Oct 2000
Buyer Girls 7-16 Sportswear and Collections. Grew business by 14% maximizing key items and rolling out collections into the girls business. Served on Federated Steering committee and Kids Reinvent Corporate Committee.
Jun 1996 - Sep 1998
The Walt Disney Company
Developed and bought product Kids 2-20 for Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. Shopped national market for sportswear, swimwear, and private label manufacturers. Ran $35.0 M business through sales and budget planning, negotiating vendor contracts, and resourcing product achieving best prices and highest quality.
Nov 1992 - Jun 1996
Buyer Girls 4-16 Sportswear. Served on Federated Steering committee. Buyer Boys 4-7 Sportswear, Collections, and Furnishings