For over 20 years, I've created superior value propositions for consumer products companies via new product development activities including opportunity identification, people and project management, and creative problem solving with a close link to manufacturing, marketing, retail, sales and global sourcing. I help companies understand their customers and markets better to beat their competition and deliver superior products and services while driving down costs. The Results? Increasing topline revenue growth while improving internal processes to drive down costs while maintaining quality, delivering increased bottom line profits. Adaptable, passionate, strategic thinker with strong technical and analytic skills. Dynamic communicator and team leader. Diverse and progressive experience with a focus on understanding all stakeholders including the customer, as well as discovering opportunities, solving problems and creating value with inventive, profitable solutions. Specialties: > Opportunity Identification > Competitive Analysis > Workflow Streamlining > Quality Improvement > Relationship Building > Team Leadership > Project Management > Design Management > Sales & Business Development > Merchandising & Line-building > Industrial Design > User-Centered Design > Ergonomics > Footwear design and development > Sourcing and Costing

Work Samples

  • Fashion Footwear

  • Comfort Casual Footwear

  • Athletic Footwear

Work History

  • Director

    • What Comes Next, Inc.
    • Jun 2010 - Present (4 years 3 months)

    Design, development, brand strategy, merchandising and sourcing for several footwear brands within cost, time and quality requirements. Identify opportunities, solve technical challenges, and reduce costs and timelines.

  • Women's Footwear Linebuilder, Designer, Developer

    • Sears, Roebuck and Co.
    • Mar 2009 - Jun 2010 (1 year 3 months)

    Consultant Design Director: Design, Development, Linebuilding for Sears and Kmart Womens footwear lines including comfort, fashion, dress, casual and sport categories. Focus on working with buyers to design to their Needs List / Buy plan while meeting cost targets within a tight calendar. Create drawings and specifications, correct prototype models.

  • Design Director, Mens and Boys Branded Athletic

    • ES Originals
    • Aug 2007 - Jan 2009 (1 year 5 months)

    I led the product design and develoment function for the branded Mens and Boys athletic and lifestyle footwear division, including AND1, AVIA and EVERLAST. I also designed for the STARTER brand for Walmart, with 2 SKUs placed.

  • Design Director

    • Nine West Group
    • Nov 2000 - Aug 2007 (6 years 9 months)

    Design Director for Easyspirit and Ninewest. I worked extensively with the head of retail building specific product to fill company owned retal and outlet buying needs, as well as working to develop the lines with the wholesale group for department store customers. The majority of my experience at Ninewest was designing and detailing new shoes with Easy Spirit.

    I had the great opportunity to work with several high profile fashion designers as the lead person developing their capsule lines for Ninewest, including Vivienne Westwood, Thakoon, and Sophia Kokosolaki.

    Part of my experience included the lead responsibility developing and feeding into the design for the Tara Subkoff for Easy Spirit collections.

  • Design Director, Easy Spirit

    • Jones Apparel Group
    • Nov 2000 - Aug 2007 (6 years 9 months)

    Design Director for Easyspirit and Ninewest. I worked extensively with the head of retail building specific product to fill company owned retal and outlet buying needs, as well as working to develop the lines with the wholesale group for department store customers. The majority of my experience at Ninewest was designing and detailing new shoes with Easy Spirit.

    Part of my experience included the lead responsibility developing and feeding into the design for the Tara Subkoff for Easy Spirit collections.

  • Design Director

    • Nine West
    • 2000 - 2007 (7 years)

    Design Director for Easyspirit and Ninewest. I worked extensively with the head of retail building specific product to fill company owned retal and outlet buying needs, as well as working to develop the lines with the wholesale group for department store customers. The majority of my experience at Ninewest was designing and detailing new shoes with Easy Spirit.

  • Designer, Project Manager

    • BPB
    • Oct 1996 - Oct 2000 (4 years)

    I represented the creative design function for this building products - architectural and interiors projects company. Also served as a project manager for research and development projects using the Stage and Gate Project Management process.The majority of my time was spent on developing new products for the accoustical ceilings division, including much collaborative work with marketing, sales, customers, chemists, engineers, manufacturing technicians and other scientists.

    3D Cad development including Pro/Engineer, Alias|Wavefront and rapid prototyping. Generate drawings, models, specifications and perform CAD system administration

    Trend research and color development, including working with Color Marketing Group.

  • Designer

    • Lazzara Yachts
    • Oct 1994 - Aug 1996 (1 year 10 months)

    Discovered needs, desires and opportunities; teamed with colleagues to develop user-centric spaces, furniture, and components for 76' yachts. Focus on embracing the customer’s lifestyle and delivering optimal user-experiences while reaching aesthetic, performance, and manufacturing excellence goals. Hand sketching and extensive use of AutoCAD.

  • Designer

    • Wellcraft Marine
    • Mar 1993 - Oct 1994 (1 year 7 months)

    Concept development and marine component design with an emphasis on ergonomics, aesthetics, profitability and ease of manufacturing. Provided an "ergonomic check-up" for all development work. Designed graphics and spaces, wrote production part specifications and assembly instructions. Served as Development Group Facilitator between design and engineering to ensure smooth
    transition from concept illustrations to engineering specifications Conducted Human Factors studies of cockpit and helm environments to maximize successful
    experiences for the user while minimizing injury, misuse and dissatisfaction among users

Education

  • State University of New York at Albany

    • MBA Business
    • 2011 - 2013
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Industrial Design
    • 1987 - 1990
  • University of Buffalo

    • 1985 - 1986

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