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Eager to coalesce a seasoned background in the Retail, Fashion & Beauty industry with experience in cancer awareness and support toward supporting a dynamic organization.
Fashion Buying ~ Product Development ~ Purchasing ~ Vendor Relations & Negotiations
Merchandise Management ~ Strategic Planning ~ Cancer Education, Advocacy & Awareness
Offer executive-level experience in retail buying and merchandising, budget administration, quality control, and vendor management.
Excel at trend analysis and identification, market research, competitive intelligence, and product development.
Well-versed in apparel and fashions specifically produced for mastectomy patients.
Empathic and tactful with advanced skills in supporting cancer patients on the path to wellness, with intimate knowledge of the mastectomy experience.
Skilled in patient advocacy, cancer education and public awareness initiatives, fundraising campaigns, support groups, and program development and administration.
Able to seamlessly liaise between patient population and product developers to meet defined needs.
Adept at collaborating with a broad range of groups spanning non-profit organizations, surgeons, nurse navigators, corporate partners, and breast cancer support groups to achieve a mutual goal.
Chosen and featured as Volunteer of the Month in The Rockland Essentials Magazine for outstanding community service and dedication to educating women in hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.
Teamed with select retailers during Breast Cancer Awareness month to orchestrate fundraising efforts.
Presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for exceptional performance in organizing "Tennis for Life" breast cancer support group.
MJC Management, Marin Equities & Chestnut Management, West Nyack, NY, 2003 to Present
President & CEO
Spearhead full-scope business operations for three real estate investment firms having $17M+ in assets, proficiently steering construction project management, contract negotiations, and portfolio optimization.
Concurrently serve as Senior Executive Director of Operations / Principal Broker for Hedgestone Associates, a real estate property management firm that exclusively manages inventory for MJC Management, Marin Equities, and Chestnut Management.
Hold full P&L accountability and drive asset management for retail, commercial, and residential properties including financial forecasting, budgeting, long-range financial planning, and business strategy development.
Ann Taylor, New York, NY, 1998 to 2003
Merchandise Vice President Career and Casual Divisions
Steadily promoted throughout a series of progressively responsible roles to manage several functional areas from product inception to in-store merchandising.
Masterminded brand strategy across Design, Merchandising, Product Development, Production, Planning and Visual teams, and navigated development and launch of seasonal collections.
Contrived long-range business strategies involving brand extensions and new channel opportunities and proactively partnered with design staff to create high-impact seasonal themes and color palettes.
Mobilized, empowered, and directed merchant team in determining product mix and pricing structure as well as cost-effectively managing investments.
Generated monthly floor set plans, visual merchandising strategies, financial plans, and business strategies.
As member of Client Advisory Team, actively participated in focus groups, in-depth client analysis, and profiling.
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Conceptualized, launched, and grew Relaxed Separates business from 70 stores to 365 within four years, capturing $150M in sales volume.
Influenced merchandising team to slash assortments by 30% and boost department sales and profitability.
Fueled gross margins for under-performing suit business to rank #1 company-wide in 2002 and 2003.
Increased Outerwear sales by 30% in 2002 by emphasizing and positioning department for holiday gift-giving.
Handpicked by GMM/President to devise marketing proposals according to seasonal merchandising goals.
Employed strong talents in staff development and mentoring to promote five associates into middle management positions and advance one staff member into a Vice President role.
Henri Bendel, New York, NY, 1995 to 1998
Advanced through a series of promotions to most recently governing purchasing for Tailored Sportswear, Woven Tops, Soft Separates, Body, and Outerwear segments.
Decisively determined product mix and assortment plans, researched and selected fabrics, colors and silhouettes, and structured pricing based on competitive market place and production costs.
Prepared sales forecasts and projections, conducted gross margin analysis, and established a factory base.
Oversaw all garment fittings and ensured consistent fit, vital to achieving quality goals and maximizing customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Expanded Outerwear business by adding private label assortment at higher margins than market goods.
Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 1993 to 1995
Associate Buyer Collection Handbags
Promoted from initial role as Assistant Buyer for Bridge Shoes based on exceptional performance and results.
Enhanced product mix by introducing Gucci and Prada handbags as well as small leather goods.
Analyzed sales trends to optimize inventory investment and allocation, and projected Open-to-Buy reports.
Persuasively negotiated costs and delivery schedules with suppliers to maintain budget compliance.
Leveraged sharp organizational skills toward participating in set-up tasks for new store openings.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons - Breast Reconstruction Awareness, 2015 to Present
Educate and enlighten patients in breast reconstruction options, insurance coverage, and post-mastectomy choices, products, and resources.
FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), 2014 to Present
Outreach Coordinator / Peer Navigator
Effectively facilitate group support meetings for breast and ovarian cancer patients and their families.
Foster, nurture, and maintain cohesive relationships with hospitals, physicians, surgeons, genetic counselors, physical therapists, health coaches, and nutritionists to optimize outcomes for cancer patients.
Promote and advise individuals in leveraging Peer-to-Peer program for additional support.
Pioneered Rockland County support group in partnership with Nyack Hospital's Breast Center.
Look Good Feel Better Program, 2014 to Present
Certified Patient Workshop Facilitator
Teach techniques for managing appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments to female cancer patients in program sponsored by American Cancer Society and Professional Beauty Association.
Bachelor of Science, Fashion Buying, Marketing and Merchandising Management
Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, New York, NY, 1992
Patient Leadership Certification
Beryl Institute, New York, NY, expected June 2016
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