Highly creative and focused leader, with roughly twenty years of management experience who thrives in a creative and fast paced environment.
For the last five years, I have been working as a fine artist and have grown both professionally and personally in this area. I have founded many relationships with retail venues, galleries, associations and other fellow artists and have become a vibrant and prolific member of the art community.
I have been improving upon both my technical skills and knowledge, manifesting in a cohesive and relevant body of work, that has received very positive reviews by both galleries and viewers. Throughout this timeI have exhibited in numerous group shows and many solo shows throughout the New York/New Jersey area and have several shows booked for the upcoming year.
My client base is consistently growing and I am currently developing several commissioned pieces.
While in this position, I utilized a staff of fourteen people to effectively and efficiently implement the company's merchandise presentation plans.
From the starting point of merchandise receipt through the visual presentation process, finalizing with point of sale, tasks were delegated, organized and implemented with a team-focused mindset.
I manged and oversaw all business operations while in role, including, but not limited to, sales driving, employee coaching and counseling, new hire orientation and training, and customer satisfaction.
While managing the store I oversaw all operations, sales, employee relations and customer satisfaction. I effectively trained and developed a staff of three assistant managers and two management trainees by utilizing a track-proven succession plan
My team drove sales to a level of 12% over plan and maintained a conversion rate of 7.6%.
My staff was trained to be customer-centric, well learned in merchandise and sales driven.
Payroll and shrink were consistently within or above company standards on a weekly basis.
Hired as an associate manager, my leadership skills and acute business sense were quickly recognized, becoming store manager in less than one year.
I utilized my creative talents and chocolate making skills to increase sales and diversify product at each location.
I trained and developed store managers, assistants and sales associates, using a track-proven succession plan.
I was selected three times to take over failing stores and rebuild the business with staff changes, strict adherence to retaught standards and creating a culture of customer satisfaction.
My teams were top ranked in sales, contests and shopping reports.
Art Teacher K-12, NJ, 2012
French Pastry Arts, The French Culinary Institute, 2004
Completed a year-long teacher certification program terminating with dual NJ state certification in Art K-12 and Elementary K-5.
Observed and taught in four separate locations teaching children from grades K-12.
Utilized art history, fine art, child development and pedagogical knowledge to create relevant and engaging lessons that focused on assessed skill levels and targeted students' zones of proximal development.
Finished program with a 3.5 GPA.
Completed a nine month program mastering all necessary skills in French baking, sugar work, chocolate work and cake decorating.
Completed program with a 3.7 GPA.
Trained with master chefs such as Ron Ben Israel, Jacques Torres, Jacues Pepin and Bobby Flay.
Classical drawing and graphic design/illustration concentration paired with critical studies in contemporary art.
Intensive studies in Classical Roman, Christian and Greek art.
Modern studies in art history, focusing on Surrealism and DaDa.
Exhibited in student group exhibits and fashion shows.
Completed program with 3.3 GPA.
Achieved Dean's List status three semesters.
Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Red Bank, NJ
Guerrilla Galleries, Newark, NJ
Public Space for Art, NJ Resources, Wall, NJ
Gallery Paquette, Boonton, NJ
Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Certificate of Achievement, High Score on Miller Analogies Test, 2010
High Score on Elementary Praxis Exam, 2011
Honorable Mention, Art in the Park, Drawing, 2010
Artist of the Month, June, 1999, Edison Arts Society
Artist of the Month, July, 2000, Edison Arts Society
Deans List, three semesters, Rutgers University
Joyce Strawser, 2011-2013, finished pieces
William Fishkin, 2011-2013, finished pieces
Tom VIlla, 2012, finished piece
Beth Rowan, 2012-finsihed piece
Jennifer Gambino, handmade cards and stitch work
Nicole Gary, mixed media composition
Through the Moongate, Highland Park, NJ, limited edition printed cards
Main Street Cottage, Verona, NJ, hand made cards and ink drawings
Rock Paper Scissors, Montclair, NJ, finished pieces on consignment
United States Air Force, May 1987-August 1990
USAF Honor Guard, 1990
New Jersey Air National Guard, 1990-1992
Honorable Discharge at rank of E4, 1992
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