I am a creative and innovative furniture and accessories design and development professional that can bring added success to your company. My years of experience working with suppliers and factories, both foreign and domestic, creating new products, managing projects and negotiating prices improves quality and increases profitability. My retail experience makes me brand conscious and able to create products with real value for customer satisfaction. I have a record of identifying viable trends and translating them into innovative products with great success. Designing from the inside out and the outside in at the same time proves to avoid problems with manufacturing and insures on time delivery. I like to trouble shoot and find the better way to accomplish team goals. I enjoy building relationships, whether with merchandising, marketing or design teams, or with factory owners and managers, in order to build goodwill and produce the very best product. I have a passion for product development, bringing value and quality to the market, while building brand equity. Education: University of North Texas / Bachelor of Fine Arts – Art - Furniture / Industrial Technology Special Knowledge/Skills: Furniture manufacturing & finishing processes / Cost analysis / Market research / Benchmark Identification / Competitive analysis / Trend forecasting / Price negotiation / Cut and sew operations / Brand development / Innovative design / Raw material development / Quality Standards creation-enforcement / Sourcing / Factory capability analysis / Lean Manufacturing / Hand Sketching and CAD / Shooting from the hip - Hitting!
Furniture and accessories design, development and Far East sourcing. Brand development. Assortment planning. Competitive analysis. Cost analysis. Quality standards development. Supplier/factory assessments.
Emphasis on furniture design, furniture history, construction and finishing.