founder owner business artist resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - : - -

Extremely creative with charm, humor and an energy and drive that are rare & exceptional. I have been selling my entire life and am a natural. But as the Business Owner and as a Serial Entrepreneur. I am now ready to leverage my unique strengths/abilities to accumulate wealth, working for a business rather than continue to struggle to do so with my own.

Possess a unique and specific business background and skill set that puts me in a very small circle of peers.  As a veteran importer of hand crafted furnishings from India, Indonesia, China & Morocco, I have owned and operated several wholesale & retail businesses and a a Business Artist transitioned a fellow importer from a successful Wholesaler to the Fastest Growing Furniture Retailer in the U.S. With him describing me as "the most talented person he has met in the home furnishings industry". 


Core Strengths
  • Business Artist
  • Brand Visionary
  • Unlimited source for concept development
  • Talented resource for Investor or Business Owner to leverage
  • Dynamic Salesperson


  • Ability to not only create but continually tweak & refine a concept to stay ahead of the competition.
  • Idea Guy Extraordinaire 
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • Exceptionally Creative
01/2006 to Current
Founder/Owner/Business Artist Discoveries Furniture & Finds City, STATE,
  • Utilized many years of experience as a direct import furniture wholesaler & retailer to create & develop the Discoveries Furniture & Finds brand.
  • The direct import furniture store, with a max of 4 locations in downtown Hammond, New Orleans and Baton Rouge developed into the leading direct import retail store in Louisiana with over $4,000,000 in annual sales and over $25,000,000 of home furnishings sold.  
  • Oversee all aspects of the business and travel the world to curate, select and develop the furniture & accessory designs that we sell to the public at wholesale prices.
  • Continually tweak & refine the brand, with ease, as it is an extension of myself. As are all my business creations.
  • Over 40,000 facebook fans that are leveraged through strategic boosted posts.
01/2005 to 08/2005
Business Artist/Concept Development Consultant Nadeau-Furniture With A Soul City, STATE,
  • Consulted with Nadeau to orchestrate a "rebirth" program including establishing all new elements to allow the company to transition from wholesale to retail.
  • Secured prime showroom space at the High Point Furniture Market and created a first class showroom design.
  • Created the elements in my total rebrand to position the brand to become the fastest growing furniture retailer in the U.S. with 37 locations.
  • Possess the insight to grow in the same manner.
  • The company owner later told me "I have made him millions".
02/2004 to 07/2004
Business Artist/Concept Development Consultant Designer Editions City, STATE,
Identified the potential in a Client's artistic hobby as having potential as a commercial endeavor. Using his giclee printer to print gallery wrapped close up photos of flowers, we developed a collection and pitched Rooms to Go, Neiman Marcus, Horchow and Disney World. 3 out of 4 purchased a large volume of goods.
01/2004 to 01/2005
Founder/Owner/Business Artist Marrazil Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge City, STATE,
  • Created and operated a rodizio style Brazilian steakhouse and upscale lounge in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge.
  • It was the first upscale restaurant & bar concept in what was then an undeveloped downtown area.
  • Nonetheless, critics were proven wrong when it became unquestionably the hottest restaurant and bar during the time I was operating it.
  • The "International Lounge" interior, based upon the concept "Where Marrakesh Meets Brazil", was a work of art. It was created using direct import furnishings from 4 countries, with every detail thought through and executed perfectly.
  • Every step and sequence, from start to finish, was thought through and choreographed to give the Customer the ultimate "Marazil Experience".
  • Meticulous attention to detail to create a truly one of a kind unique experience. The Result: The customer loving the experience but not necessarily understanding what it is that made it so special.
01/2002 to Current
Co-Founder/Co-Owner/Business Artist Flambeau Lighting City, STATE,
  • Co-founded, created and acted as VP-Marketing for my family owned wholesale lighting business featuring licensed designs from four Louisiana artists that we have produced overseas and wholesale to high end boutiques, lighting showrooms, mail order catalogs and furniture stores throughout the U.S.
  • Participated in 10 wholesale trade shows as VP-Marketing throughout the U.S.and also acted as Sales Manager.
01/2000 to 01/2004
Founder/Owner/Business Artist Habitat Imports City, STATE,
  • Founded and created this innovative and unique furniture store concept in the Mid-city area of Baton Rouge.
  • Started in a 2500 sq.ft warehouse, open only one weekend a month.
  • This developed into a 22,000 sq.ft store that was in the top two in its niche in Louisiana.
  • It was in a "destination location", that was a challenge by any standard, yet during the period of my involvement it was a highly successful, exciting and popular retail store.
01/1995 to 01/2005
Co-Founder/Co-Owner Dauphine Mirror Company City, STATE,
  • Co-founded, Co-created and acted as VP-Marketing & Sales for my family owned wholesale hand carved mirror frame & furniture company.
  • We were the exclusive distributor for a factory in Indonesia and grew to be the third largest national wholesaler in our product niche with over $6,000,000 in annual sales.
  • We supplied high end boutiques, mail order catalogs and furniture stores throughout the U.S. and our products can be found in dozens of upscale hotels around the world.
  • Managed a two-tier sales force of 36 sales representatives, exhibited in 10 trade shows per year and worked with key accounts around the U.S.
  • Gained amazing Business Artist foundational experience working with the factory owner, that is now in the Furniture Hall of Fame-Christopher Guy.
  • Regularly won Best Showroom Design Awards. Including at the esteemed High Design Show-Decorex. 
Direct Import Experience
  • 23 Years Direct Import Experience
  • Clear insight on the right products, pricing & procurement for the brand & market
  • 10 years of leading 10 trade shows a year. With many best showroom design awards.
  • First Class catalog & marketing tool development
  • Managed a two tier rep force of 36 Sales Representatives calling on home furnishings retailers & interior designers. 
  • Targeted & worked with key accounts.
  • Developed and owned brands that have sold tens of millions of dollars worth of imported home furnishings.
Education and Training
Expected in 1993 to to
Bachelor of Arts:
Louisiana State University - ,

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  • Louisiana State University

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  • Bachelor of Arts

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