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Melia Hoston

Cell:(208)599-4018 · [email protected]

Buyer / Purchasing Manager

Consumer Product Experience / Strategic Planner / Effective Communicator / Creative

Cost Reduction / Vendor Management / Highly Motivated / Creative Innovator

I have directed and managed all aspects of purchasing, including the purchasing and negotiating of materials, equipment and supplies from vendors. I show exemplary talent at identifying customers’ needs and customizing innovative solutions. Having researched new trends and advances in product lines, I have a developed a keen instinct for what will sell. I have experience with both market leaders and small businesses, and have achieved outstanding results in both private and public organizations. And in addition to my MBA, I ran my own successful consumer product business for many years. Ask me about my entrepreneurial experience.

  • Strong Negotiator
  • Exceptional Relationship Building & Networking Skills
  • Incomparably High Work Ethic & Commitment to Excellence
  • Solid Entrepreneurial Experience

Key Skills:Strong autonomy with a proven record of success.Able to adapt and contribute to a variety of organizations. Constant learner, and quickly becomes a subject matter expert. Conceptual thinker. Highly competitive. Consistent in dependability, quality and productivity. Thrives in a fast-paced environment, meeting demanding objectives with quick deadlines. Expert at generating both revenue growth and cost savings by promoting new ideas, new approaches and winning people’s confidence through genuine relationship building.

M.B.A. in Business Administration/Global Management, University of Phoenix, Boise, ID

B.S. in Biology, ArmstrongAtlanticStateUniversity, Savannah, GA.

Selected Accomplishments

Negotiation– Nearly seven years robust negotiation experience with both small and large contracts. Easily disarms people and puts them at ease. Improved profits by up to 15% by negotiating effectively with distributors. Negotiated contract price for up to a 30% discount, leveraging information gained through market research. Solid in both written and verbal persuasion to clients with different backgrounds and from different levels.

NetworkingBuilds relationships with vendors and suppliers by respecting their business, allowing extended purchases on margin. Enjoys being a network resource and assisting people through known resources. Also effective at dealing with the public, having presented to large audiences (up to 500+ people).

Work Ethic – Constantly self-challenged to do better, and thereby inspiring others to do better. Maintained a 3.4 grade average with MBA courses while working full time and raising a family. Commitment of excellence preserved a quality and accuracy rate of work consistently 97-100% for multiple employers.

Entrepreneurship – Practiced in all aspects of running a successful sole proprietor business for 4 years, with an emphasis in consumer goods sales. Business thrived on nearly 100% referrals, and became profitable in 8 months, maintaining 250% net profit throughout the life of the business. Maintained exceptional customer loyalty by providing exemplary customer service. Served the Southeast region of the U.S.

Career Summary

Child Care Provider & Full Time MBA Student, Child Development Center/University of Phoenix, Mountain Home, ID, 2009-Present.

Lab Technician, BASF Chemical Company, Savannah, GA, 2007-2008.

Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Savannah, GA, 2005-2008.

Lab Technician, SNF Chemtall, Riceboro, GA, 2003-2005.

Owner, Small Things, Savannah, GA, 1999-2003.


Cynthia Barnes

Cynthia Barnes former Gulfstream Manager, started her own Mediator service, Divine Justice. She and I met at Church and she can attest to my work ethic.

Bernard Gracey

Bernard Gracey is the owner and operator of a cleaning business. He and I become acquainted when we both were in college getting our undergrad degree. He can attest to my work ethic, entreprenuer spirit, networking skills and desire to help others using my network resource.

Cynthia Jones

Cynthia Jones and I became acquainted at a Realtist meeting. She and I have worked closely togather on several real estate contracts. She can reference my negotiating and networking skills.