Å¸ Strong business and analytical acumen with highly developed problem-solving skills to improve business operations to cost effectively meet strategic goals.
Å¸ Demonstrated the ability to deliver products on schedule and within budget by partnering business and vendors to determine objectives, plans, and critical project deadlines.
Å¸ Build brand strength through strong customer relationships, merchandising effectively by knowing the wants and needs of the customer.
Å¸ Creative with a strong fashion sense, excellent leadership and communication skills.
Å¸ 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
Å¸ Manage and design sample line production and merchandising of knitwear collections for seasons.
Å¸ 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.
Å¸ Continuous innovation of knit fabric to up with new trends while remaining price conscious.
Å¸ Project all raw materials needed to produce and fill orders.
Å¸ Implemented marketing improvements via eCommerce, brochures, catalogs and print ads.
Å¸ Hire, develop and manage photo shoots for brochures, catalogs and print ad production, including editing and copy.
Å¸ Consult with major department stores on design selection and strategic merchandising across the United States.
Å¸ 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.
Å¸ Responsible for Design Quality Control in a 50,000 square foot main corporate manufacturing facility in the United States.
Å¸ Effectively communicate and maintain a strong relationship with customers.
Å¸ Oversee eCommerce for national customer base.
Å¸ Conduct sales meeting with teams to define design strategies and merchandising.
Å¸ Accountable for positive changes to the image and growth of the company.
LAKE FOREST ELEMENTARY, Hollywood, FL 1992-1994
Third Grade Teacher
Å¸ Enhanced and delivered well-received inclusion program incorporating special education students and teachers.
Å¸ Developed a grade-level appropriate curriculum and lead classroom instruction in all subject areas.
Å¸ Implemented whole language units that incorporated all subjects.
Fourth Grade Teacher 1990-1992
Å¸ Integrated reading chapter books into all subject matter, which gave students a diverse and solid understanding of the importance of reading.
Å¸ Played a key role in orchestrating the adoption of a new math program to better meet student needs.
Å¸ 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
Å¸ 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.
Å¸ 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
Å¸ Worked with an experienced 2nd grade teacher in an open classroom setting.
Å¸ Aided in all aspects and subject matters related to students, planning and parent communication
Math Superstars – Imagine School – FL, 2006, 2007
Å¸ Led an after school math program for all grades within the school.
Å¸ 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
Å¸ Led art appreciation program for all grades within the school.
Å¸ 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
Å¸ Teacher profile is featured in local newspaper honoring excellence in teaching.
Å¸ Nominated by Educational Specialist at Lake Forest Elementary.
Phi Alpha Honor Society – Florida International University – Miami, FL, 1987-1989
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, MIAMI, FL
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, May 1989