Senior Product Manager
INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE COMPANY
2013 - Present (8 years)
Primary point of contact between customer base, sales representatives, manufacturing and suppliers for product quality and performance. * Foster and maintain strong communication and grow business relationships with customers and suppliers. * Determine, implement and oversee in-house quality procedures, standards and practices. * Assess customer's needs and requirements and assure that these are met to increase customer satisfaction, retention and sales. * Record, track, analyze and distribute product quality reports and recommend procedures to facilitate improvement and maximize profitability.
Freelance Design Consultant
2011 - 2013 (2 years)
Worked with various clients in the home furnishings, craft and apparel textiles industries. * Helped to inspire new collections with targeted trend research and presentations. * Targeted research and presentation of US and global styles, color and trends. * Created specialized original collections via sketches, hand-painted artwork and CAD software including designs, repeats and color combinations.
Director of Product Development
2005 - 2011 (6 years)
Responsible for the research and presentation of upcoming trends and color in home furnishings and apparel textiles. * Created and presented targeted trend and color stories for sales force and customers. * Traveled to various trade shows for research throughout the US and Europe. * Color specialist liaison for off-site manufacturing facility.
Director of Design
1998 - 2005 (7 years)
Managed, educated, and provided design direction for creative staff of 15. * Trained sales force in product and trend presentation * Played key role in the growing of international markets with the styling of a targeted export line. * Implemented and oversaw the production of digitally printed samples. * Designed and created new product line that resulted in a 23% increase of sales. * Responsible for all creative and organizational aspects of two lines per year for the velvet/print division, from initial creative conception, to final introduction. * Created and presented customer specific projects and for major furniture manufacturers such as La-Z-Boy, Broyhill and Flexsteel, among others. * Consistently met goals to complete product lines on time, and within budget.
Studio Manager (Bloomcraft/Anju-Woodridge)
1993 - 1998 (5 years)
Assisted the Design Director in all phases of styling a home furnishings print line. * Extensive vat and pigment mill strike-off styling experience (domestically and internationally). * Nurtured and improved working relationships with out-sourced mills to ensure timely and quality production. * Promoted from Colorist, to Lead Designer, to Studio Manager.