• Clearwater FL

Sonya Holley

Work History

Work History

Retail Recruiter/search Consultant

Jun 2014 - Present
Management Recruiters International
Clearwater, FL PenDraw 4 Fashion and Retail Recruiter/Search Consultant Full-cycle retail, technology, and manufacturing recruiter for management and executive level candidates-clients: US and international corporate companies Authentic approach: 80% of all business comes from satisfied repeat clients Developed and maintained employer relationships with companies through cold calls, social media, in-person meetings and professional networking

Management Professor

2006 - 2013
Berkeley College and LIM College

 New York, NY

Fashion Business and Management Professor Professor of Corporate Management, Retail and Fashion, Product Development, Marketing, Merchandising and Buying Developed effective educational and learning materials and presented to students On-campus education and career advisor for students within Business and Liberal Arts bachelor degree programs

Director of Denim

2008 - 2012
Ralph Lauren Corporation 

New York, NY

Director of Denim Product Development/R and D Managed multi-million dollar denim business of four major brands increasing business sales by 7% YoY by developing lower cost raw materials while maintaining good quality Developed new innovative product through sourcing, researching and extensive travel to industry tradeshows and factories in Asia, Europe, Africa and Mexico Reduced production calendar lead times by 20% annually by introducing more efficient suppliers through extensive global contacts with factories and vendors Worked extensively with cross-functional teams of Design, Merchandising, Sales, Production and Marketing to ensure cohesive product offerings Presented seasonal trend updates to all cross-functional teams focused on newness and innovation in manufacturing and product development Communicated daily with merchandise vendors overseas to monitor production, samples, and fabric mill lead times, while adding adhering to time and action calendars Directed all denim wash, fabric and aesthetic information to factories daily

Denim Development Project Manager

2005 - 2008
Icer Brands LLC

New York, NY

Denim Development Project Manager(Asia) Managed $200 million denim business for multiple licensed apparel brands Traveled to China extensively to develop product and maintain lean production times Worked together with Production and Design teams to ensure consistent high quality Presented cross-functional teams with industry trends in the denim apparel business Negotiated lower costing consistently with suppliers increasing revenues 10% YoY

Development Assistant

2002 - 2005
Tommy Hilfiger Corporation

New York, NY

Denim Development Assistant Assisted Denim Director with mill and supplier costing negotiations which resulted in +$1. 3 million of additional revenue for company second year in role Promoted to manage own denim department's development due to fabric and wash expertise and chosen to assist with new prestigious Karl Lagerfeld denim line Coordinated delivery of fabric, hardware, threads, and all raw materials to overseas factories ensuring on-time deliveries through daily communication and follow-up Traveled to industry trade shows in Spain, Denmark and France, also attended local tradeshows in NY for research of innovation in denim manufacturing

Education

Education

M.B.A

2002
Schiller International University Madrid

International Business

B.B.A

2001
Schiller International University

International Business

A.S

1997
International Academy of Merchandising and Design

Fashion Merchandising Management