I'm passionate about building new ventures, structure, process, partnerships, and products within small and large organizations. During my 10+ years in retail I have grown businesses through both increasing revenue and reducing operational expenses. Never afraid of converting an opportunity, I began my career in sales at the age of 14, working under the table at a luxury boutique.
My pivotal successes include being recruited as a key member of startup brand Monika Chiang. We experienced fast growth in <2 years to encompass e-commerce, retail stores, and wholesale accounts. I sourced, nurtured, negotiated, and maintained relationships with 30+ vendors in diverse regions such as Europe, Asia, and South America. My strategic supply chain initiatives created +20% gross margin.
My robust tactical and strategic skills are complemented by an MBA from Columbia Business School & BS in Textiles and Apparel from Cornell University.
Specialties: startup, entrepreneurship, corporate, product development, production, manufacturing, global supply chain, sourcing, strategy, business development, partnerships, operations, vendor management, merchandising, buying, mentoring, retail, wholesale, fabric, color, apparel, footwear, handbags, accessories