Product Design Consultant
2019 - Present (2 years)
Design development consultant for U.S. retailers' overseas' vendors and manufacturers. Coordinate with manufacturing representatives on product design and development, manufacturing materials, and processes. Identify sourcing solutions, and manage development documentation including tech packs and BOMs. * Strategically manage PD&D to drive growth in large-scale global businesses. * Develop strong supplier and manufacturer relationships and matrix to ensure uninterrupted workflow and continuous product delivery.
Senior Technical Developer
Jan 2019 - Apr 2020 (1 year 3 months)
Led PD&D of more than 10 hardline and softline products of women's and men's athletic and athleisure sportswear including fitness apparel, sportswear, accessories, protective equipment, duffle and equipment bags, sporting goods luggage. Delivered on strategic sales goals of more than $4m revenue from new headgear product line, $1m revenue in new apparel products, and $2m revenue in new gloves product line. * Mentored a team of three industrial designers in product construction and manufacturing, and aligned with CFT's to ensure quality consistency of each product. * Managed manufacturing, and specified material options and sustainability of the materials through recurring travel to Asia and building strong relationships with Asian manufacturers.
Industrial Designer Contractor
2020 - 2020
Led the product design and development for Home Gym Concept program with the sporting goods team. Defined the trend and demand for an innovative in-home gym solution in response to trends in consumers' shift to exercise from home needs. * Researched quantitative and qualitative guest data, and created user personas that identified customer needs in order to best inform strategic PD&D. * Led CFT's in executing trend direction, competitor strategy, sourcing partnership options, and overall product offerings for the sporting goods team. * Presented product proposal and strategy, with merchandising, to senior management and key stakeholders.
Product Design & Development
2016 - 2019 (3 years)
Led product design and technical development for hardline and softline products. * Created print and pattern development for textiles for children's furniture, and indoor/outdoor home furnishings including sofas, chairs, stools, and accessories. Sourced new vendor partners and fabric mills, and developed an effective vendor matrix. * Created and managed timelines for product development and production, and researched market trends to inform the direction for all owned brand product categories. * Grew overall profit margins in the product lines by 3% to 5% YOY.
REVO Brand Group
Jan 2015 - Oct 2016 (1 year 9 months)
Led product development and design for Zippo's new product line of camping stoves, 'fire-starting' products, and accessories for outdoor living. * Specified and managed sourcing of material substrates and technical specifications, and sourced manufacturers and vendor partners through a streamlined vendor matrix to achieve best pricing and uninterrupted production. * Achieved testing certifications with ANSI, NOCSAE, CSA, and UL. * Exceeded revenue expectations by 25% in the first year.
Senior Industrial Designer
Dick's Sporting Goods
2012 - 2015 (3 years)
Led PD&D and management of hardline and softline products, and a team of five designers, for owned brands including hunting, fishing, and camping products. * Concepted with merchandising on new products, and quantified ideas and scope based on trend analysis to ensure complete market coverage. Led technical product development, and expanded product and merchandising strategies to align with business goals. * Integrated design thinking strategies, defined seasonal guest trends, and identified new product opportunities to develop a strong new product line for Dick's. Strengthened merchant team relationships that resulted in strategic product line plans while significantly decreasing sample ratios.
Design Director, Product Design & Development
Sagittarius Sports Inc.
2006 - 2012 (6 years)
Led PD&D for brand product programs for Lowe's, Home Depot, Costco, Walmart, Academy Sports, Adidas, and others. Led the design and technical teams in the U.S. and Asia. Developed the Outdoor Living product line for large national retailers that included outdoor furniture, grills, and outdoor heaters. For Adidas, led PD&D for a line of lacrosse protective equipment, lacrosse sticks, and sports luggage. * Achieved all testing and safety certifications through UL, ANSI, and CSA organizations.
Senior Industrial Designer
2004 - 2006 (2 years)
Led the development of hardline and softline apparel, hats, beanies, protective equipment, multiple lines of gloves, luggage, and lifestyle and competitive footwear. * Managed design and manufacturing teams from product concept to product launch. * Developed new women's equipment and apparel lines to increase product offering by conducting ethnographic research and athlete interviews.