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RssDirector

A position where I can use my 27+ years of Store Planning, Design, Procurement, Operations and Visual Merchandising experience. Combined vision and creative talents with sound planning, construction project management, and general budget management strengths to consistently complete challenging projects—congruent with corporate identity—on time and within budget. Committed to staying on top of industry trends, products and processes to value engineer designs and fixtures. Expanding on LEED initiatives. Industry reputation for innovation and design talents.

Director

Dover, PA

About Me

Industry:

Arts, Entertainment & Gaming

Occupation:

Director

Highlights:

Projects Published in books: Great Store Design (1994); Stores of the Year #5; Visual Merchandising 3(2002), as well as several articles in Display & Design Ideas trade publication. Honored with National Association of Display Industries Award for Excellence in Store Planning & Design, 1990
 

Education level:

Trade School

Will Relocate:

Yes

Location:

Dover, PA

Work Experiences

8/2006 - 1/2009

Bon Ton

Director / VP

  • National department store chain with 280 stores in 23 states, operating under Carson Pirie Scott, Boston Stores, Bergner’s, Younker's, Herberger's, Elder Beerman, Parisian, Boston Store & Bon Ton nameplates. · Managed store planning and design of all department store divisions, including managing office operations, authorizing budget and expenses, and supervising 10 team members · Directed collaborations with outside designers, architects and engineers, as well as overseeing hiring, design, travel authorization and vendor bidding decisions · Managed $100 million budget for new and renovation projects; improved file security and management by implementing ADEPT file and document management software · Improved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design capabilities in store projects by selecting green products in lighting and utilizing recycled carpet, ceiling tile, and sheet rock · Provided excellent leadership to staff, promoting multi-tasking and efficiency to ensure maximum productivity and execution of in-house projects · Collaborated with FRCH Design Firm to target budget objectives for various store types, through the A-B-C store design plan for high volume, mid-range, and third tier production levels

10/2005 - 8/2006

Charming Shoppes

Director / VP

  • Charming Shoppes, Inc. is a leading multi-brand specialty apparel retailer including Lane Bryant, Catherine’s, Fashion Bug and Lane Bryant Outlets, operating over 2,236 stores in 2005. · Oversaw all store design for the Lane Bryant and Lane Bryant Outlets brand, providing assistance to the other brands as needed and directing 3 direct team members and outside design firms · Executed conversion design of 75 Casual Corner Outlet stores into Lane Bryant Outlets, with renovation beginning in April 2006 and completing July 2006 · Developed new prototype design for the Petite Sophisticate brand as well as new Intimate Apparel design for Fashion Bug brand, distributing to 50 locations in 2006

1/2004 - 10/2005

AC Moore

Director / VP

  • Regional Arts & Crafts retail store with 101 locations predominately in the Northeast and South. They were on a fast track growth of 20% each year. · Managed store design and planning, visual merchandising, signage and procurement of all new and renovated stores, including document production, expense and budget authorization. · Directed all store operations including security, maintenance, recycling, store supplies and managing ongoing P & L for store expenses. Supervised 2 team members · Simultaneously managed up to 18 store projects annually with average interior budgets of $2 million; handled all purchasing of interior components and approval of design

1/1986 - 5/2003

Saks Inc.

Director / VP

  • $5.9 billion department/specialty store retailer comprised of 240+ regional department store groups 60, luxury retailers and 2 international partnerships. · Directed 10 store planning and design staff members for all department store divisions as well as Saks Fifth Avenue division; managed two offices, budget, travel, and expense authorization · Managed and negotiated terms with outside designers, engineers and architects, as well as overseeing procurement of all internal components and performing all approvals for design and vendors · Managed up to 15 concurrent projects annually at an average budget of $12 million; designed, documented and constructed over 50 stores, consistently meeting all budget and schedule objectives · Traveled up to 80%; managed design process for project in Dubai, UAE in collaboration with Dubai-based franchisee · Concurrently managed up to 15 projects annually with average budget of $12 million per project · Created and implemented standard department design package, allowing for volume negotiation of and buying and minimizing operating costs; managed design process costs to reduce by up to 4% of budget · Developed prototypical store design for Parisian Store Division and McRae’s Store Division, boosting sales and allowing those projects to exceed their annual sales plan by up to 25%

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