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  • Maria Buonagura

    Marketing Executive

    New York, NY

Maria has spent her 20+ year career developing & selling fashion accessories, beauty products & gifts for some of the largest retailers in the US such as JCPenney, TJMaxx, Macy's & Charming Charlie. Being pretty comfortable in the fashion world, she has also worked as a fashion stylist, a buyer and a fashion photographer's assistant at Victoria magazine. In combination with her successful sales record, she has also created publicity for companies as well as individuals. In representing an inventor with a new trendy beauty tool, she was able to market the item to teen specialty stores like Hot Topic, Delia's & Wet Seal. Editorially, the item appeared in publications such as Women's Wear Daily, Allure & Teen People as well as on Fox News. With a unique combination of creative & business skills, she has brought together individuals like a celebrity manicurist & a new nail polish line & partnered them with a retail event for Henri Bendel in New York. Currently, she is representing a new European jewelry designer who creates designs using an old 17th Century method. Maria has once served as a member of The Board of Directors for New York Fashion Cares-an organization that supports AIDS charities and as a long-time volunteer for The Fresh Air Fund and Share our Strength, a yearly charitable event to fight hunger.

Work Samples

  • Entertainment Weekly/Spiffer

  • The NYTimes/Henri Bendel

  • Promotional Item/ MGM

Work History

  • Owner

    • The Creative Scout
    • Edgewater, NJ
    • Apr 2014 - Present (3 years 2 months)

    A marketing, sales & promotions company specializing in the search for unique.

    Representing new upscale handmade jewelry designer in sales & publicity.

  • Sales Manager

    • Carole Inc.
    • New York, NY
    • Sep 2006 - Apr 2013 (6 years 7 months)

    Tripled sales in one year with Charming Charlie from $500,000 in 2010 to $1.7 million in 2011 by opening 4 more new departments.
    Established at least 10 new major wholesale accounts such as Ross Stores, Charming Charlie & Delia's which expanded NY customer base 50% & doubled sales volume.
    Implemented special sales program with Burlington Coat Factory & Dots that led to additional yearly sales of $1 million per account.
    Independently handled & maintained Fifth Ave. NY showroom with 100% responsibility for all NY sales & marketing on low to mid-tier fashion jewelry.

Education

  • FIT

    • Continuing Education- Publicity
    • 2014 - 2015
  • Brooklyn College

    • BA English
    • 1900 - 2000

    Concentrations in literature, journalism & psychology courses.

Specialties

Affiliations

The Int'l Guild of Miniature Artisans The American Craft Council

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