Results-orientedretail industry professional skilled at analyzing market trends, merchandise presentation and overall company growth.
Proficiency with spreadsheet applications and publisher.
Ability to work well alone or as part of a group.
Strong communication and analytical skills.
Knowledge of store merchandising, store planning and SKU balancing.
Flexible and able to multi-task while meeting deadlines.
Ability to mentor, lead and challenge team members.
New Store Opening Team Member, 04/2012 to 07/2016 Belk Department Stores – Charlotte, NC Planned and executed new store openings.
Implemented plan-o-gram design layouts.
Installed fixtures and set up merchandise according to store flow.
Hired and trained store staff.
Maintained open communication with corporate office, within the planning and merchandising departments.
Operations Manager, 04/2009 to 10/2011 White House Black Market – Nashville, TN Responsible for the management of store recruitment, payroll, special events, merchandising and inventory levels.
Hired, trained and developed team members.
Oversaw the payroll matrix system.
Organized and executed in store and off site events.
Implemented and managed floor sets and visual changes per corporate directive.
Oversaw and managed the flow of red line goods throughout the southeast region.
Store Manager, 07/2005 to 04/2009 Kate Spade New York – Nashville, TN Managed a highly operational 1.5 million dollar business with a staff of 10 employees.
Drove and maximized store sales to achieve goals, minimize shrink and maintained payroll according to set budget.
Established, taught and demonstrated exceptional customer service.
Executed company directives for product placement.
Recruited trained and developed store team.
Regional Merchandising Director, 06/2003 to Current Karen Kane – Nashville, TN Serves as a liaison between the corporate office, showroom and accounts. Leads and manageseight merchandise coordinators in NY, NJ, IL, GA, AL, NC, SC, TN.
Works closely with account executives, buyers, design team and shop teams in the overall management of brand awareness and growth.
Involved in market appointments to cluster and suggest product line for each delivery based off store size, current/past profitability and climate/demographic.
Work with shop team on designing and implementing newstore layoutdesigns for accounts.
Organize, train and conduct in store fashion shows and events with coordinators across the country.
Manage and develop a team of coordinators to drive and promote business within their assigned territory.
Bachelor of Science: Fashion Merchandising, 2003 Carson-Newman University - Jefferson City, TN