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Design and Merchandising Professional

Ÿ   Strong business and analytical acumen with highly developed problem-solving skills to improve business operations to cost effectively meet strategic goals.
Ÿ   Demonstrated the ability to deliver products on schedule and within budget by partnering business and vendors to determine objectives, plans, and critical project deadlines.
Ÿ   Build brand strength through strong customer relationships, merchandising effectively by knowing the wants and needs of the customer.
Ÿ   Creative with a strong fashion sense, excellent leadership and communication skills.
Ÿ   Additional skills include: Microsoft Office, EDI Systems, UPS Worldwide, ACCPAC Plus, and Amazon Seller Central.


LAURA KNIT COLLECTION INC. - SAN REMO KNITS, Miami Lakes, FL      1994-Present
Director of Design & Merchandising
Ÿ   Manage and design sample line production and merchandising of knitwear collections for seasons.
Ÿ   Direct, execute, and train design team in all aspects of apparel production including the following: documenting specifications and fit, designing, selecting color palettes, fabrics, embellishments and trimmings.
Ÿ   Continuous innovation of knit fabric to up with new trends while remaining price conscious.
Ÿ   Project all raw materials needed to produce and fill orders.
Ÿ   Implemented marketing improvements via eCommerce, brochures, catalogs and print ads.
Ÿ   Hire, develop and manage photo shoots for brochures, catalogs and print ad production, including editing and copy.
Ÿ   Consult with major department stores on design selection and strategic merchandising across the United States.
Ÿ   Merchandise and develop pricing strategy for every collection, including developing travel plan for merchandising schedule, product knowledge training seminars and special events for all major department store accounts.
Ÿ   Responsible for Design Quality Control in a 50,000 square foot main corporate manufacturing facility in the United States.
Ÿ   Effectively communicate and maintain a strong relationship with customers.
Ÿ   Oversee eCommerce for national customer base.
Ÿ   Conduct sales meeting with teams to define design strategies and merchandising.
Ÿ   Accountable for positive changes to the image and growth of the company.

LAKE FOREST ELEMENTARY, Hollywood, FL              1992-1994
Third Grade Teacher          
Ÿ   Enhanced and delivered well-received inclusion program incorporating special education students and teachers.
Ÿ   Developed a grade-level appropriate curriculum and lead classroom instruction in all subject areas.
Ÿ   Implemented whole language units that incorporated all subjects.

Fourth Grade Teacher              1990-1992
Ÿ   Integrated reading chapter books into all subject matter, which gave students a diverse and solid understanding of the importance of reading.
Ÿ   Played a key role in orchestrating the adoption of a new math program to better meet student needs.
Ÿ   Introduced weekly parent newsletters and held frequent parent conferences to encourage open communication and enhance parental understanding of individual learning goals.

Third/Fourth Grade Split Class Teacher               1989-1990
Ÿ   Due to lack of available space, class was held in the library and still maintained a focused environment conducive to learning while other activities being held in same room.
Ÿ   Created a curriculum that would meet the needs of both grade levels with an appropriate and challenging environment for learning.

William Jennings Bryan Elementary, North Miami, FL             1988-1989
Student Teacher
Ÿ   Worked with an experienced 2nd grade teacher in an open classroom setting.
Ÿ   Aided in all aspects and subject matters related to students, planning and parent communication


Math Superstars - Imagine School -  FL, 2006, 2007
Ÿ   Led an after school math program for all grades within the school.
Ÿ   Held math competitions and classes for elementary school children in a volunteer program to strengthen skills in math.

Meet the Masters - Imagine School -  FL, 2006
Ÿ   Led art appreciation program for all grades within the school.
Ÿ   Held art history classes for elementary school children in a volunteer program to supplement the core elementary curriculum.

Sun-Sentinel - Teacher Profile Recipient, November 17, 1993 
Ÿ   Teacher profile is featured in local newspaper honoring excellence in teaching.
Ÿ   Nominated by Educational Specialist at Lake Forest Elementary.

Phi Alpha Honor Society - Florida International University - Miami, FL, 1987-1989



Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, May 1989