Stacy Lewis

Freelance Writer/Retail Merchandiser

Work History

Work History

Freelance Writer

May 2015 - Present
Coffee News - McKinney, TX

Writing "What's Happening" content. Research local events and write relevant content on a weekly basis.

Inventory Manager Assistant/Bookseller/Buyer

Aug 2011 - Dec 2014
Half Price Books - McKinney, TX
  1. Purchase used and collectible books and media from the public.
  2. Order new gifts and stationery product from Distribution Center.
  3. Research value and pricing of collectible items.
  4. Research the availability of rare books as requested by customers.
  5. Stock and track both used and new merchandise in book sections to ensure sell-through.
  6. Create and maintain visually stimulating displays, track customer reaction and reorganize when necessary.
  7. Restructure and continuously update all Gifts and Stationery displays throughout the store.
  8. Work with Store Manager and Merchandising Manager to plan and execute section improvement and floor resets.
  9. Assist Merchandising Manager in carrying out corporate changes and requests.

Merchandising Team Lead/Bookseller

Sep 2009 - Apr 2011
Border's, Inc. -Lewisville, TX
  1. Work with Sales Manager to organize and perform weekly store merchandise changes according to sales department directives.
  2. Research the availability of out of print items for customers.
  3. Design and maintain store displays that drive traffic and are visually appealing.
  4. Plan and execute floor redesigns.
  5. Manage all aspects of gifts and stationery department.

Merchandising Supervisor/Bookseller

Jun 2006 - Jul 2009
Border's, Inc. - Houston, TX
  1. Keyholder to $8 million store
  2. Research the availability of out of print items for customers
  3. Work with Sales Manager to organize and perform weekly store merchandise changes according to sales department directives
  4. Work with management team to maintain daily store operations. 
  5. Design and maintain store displays that drive traffic and are visually appealing
  6. Plan and execute floor redesigns
  7. Manage all aspects of gifts and stationery department
  8. Reorganize gifts and stationery department, increasing sales by 33%. 
  9.  Redevelop merchandising team's standard practices for greater efficiency and more precise execution
  10. Train and develop staff.

Receptionist/Office Assistant

May 2004 - Apr 2006
The Mid-Continent Companies, Ltd. - Houston, TX

1. Primary company contact for vendor and client relations
3. Proofread and edit all correspondence 
4. Provide research and information for company owners
5. Continuous assessment and updating of company office policy to better address client needs and increase productivity. 
7. Provide administrative support for all departments.

Education

Education

BA English and History

Jan 2000 - Aug 2003
University of St. Thomas - Houston, TX
  1. Studied Literature and History with a focus on Medieval and Ancient social history.
  2. Minored in Philosophy and Medieval Studies.
  3. Assisted in development of AIDS educational program that also served as a GLBT and GLBT friendly support group.
  4. Member of Literary Society (Vice President), History Society, Philosophy Society, RAAVE (Raising Aids Awareness via Education), French Club
  5. Graduated with honors in English, History, Social Sciences, and Philosophy.
  6. Earned Aquinas Honor Society membership for general academic excellence.
  7. Awarded several academic based scholarships.

Transfer/Studio Arts

Aug 1997 - Dec 1999
San Jacinto College North Campus - Houston, TX
  1. Participated in the Studio Arts program (Graphic Art, Sculpture, Mixed Media).
  2. Entered several gallery shows.
  3. Completed core requirements for future University education.

High School Diploma

Aug 1993 - May 1997
Incarnate Word Academy - Houston, TX
  1. Excelled in college preparatory core curriculum.
  2. Honors English and Honors History.
  3. Member of French Club, Science Club and Drama Club
  4. Worked for IWA Corps, an invitation only recruiting and outreach program.
  5. Graduated in top ten of class.

Skills

Skills

  1. Writing
  2. Research
  3. Customer Service
  4. Visual Merchandising
  5. Inventory Flow
  6. Training
  7. Leadership
  8. Increasing Staff Morale
  9. File Maintenance
  10. Process Improvement
  11. Problem Solving
  12. Customer Satisfaction and Retention
  13. Self Starter
  14. Resale Purchasing
  15. Inventory Management