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Listed below are current candidates available through Executive Referral Services. For further information on these candidates who are seeking a new opportunity, please contact us at (847) 397-2000. Or, you may enter the Reference No. listed by each candidate and post on the "Contact Us" form, then submit by e-mail. We respond to all e-mail inquiries within 24 hours.

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES - A knowledgeable and versatile Human Resources Executive with extensive experience in all phases of human resources.  Strong strategic and leadership skills in planning and implementing business solutions.  Honesty, integrity, and the ability to develop trust and confidence have all contributed to a high level of involvement and impact within the business.  His expertise includes: certified diversity trainer, strategic planning, consolidation and restructuring, government relations, benefits and compensation, analysis/design, and group facilitation to name a few.  All his human resources experience is with a worldwide known brand and Fortune 100 company.  Salary- $100K#RT081003*

ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER - Over 8 years of experience with excellent customer service and sales floor awareness.  He has managed staffs of over 40 sales people, and is responsible for daily sales audits, visual merchandising, mark ups and downs, and training of proper procedures.  He has excellent communication skills with his team, which retains his employees.  Salary $35K#RT081006*

MERCHANDISE PLANNER/ANALYST - Currently with this very high-end retailer, he supports the buying office and Divisional Manager with projections, financials, allocations and merchandise analysis.  Past experience as Merchandise analyst with Sears, where he analyzed merchandise level recap by sales-to-stock ratio, created assortment plans for future product buys, forecasting, allocation and gross margin and turn.  Bilingual.  Salary $50K - #RT081016*

PRESIDENT/COO - This executive was responsible for a national chain of 350 stores, selling $1.2 Billion annually in farm, general merchandise.  He strengthened his company management team and retained all the management members as the company entered a difficult restructuring, which included a chapter 11 filing.  He reduced operating expenses by $60 Million and oversaw their rapid growth of customer loyalty database (300% in 18 months) showing increases in ticket and shopping frequency.  Salary- Negotiable - #RT081001

DISTRIBUTION MANAGER - Proven professional in logistics, transportation, distribution, international business, structural pricing, marketing solutions, and growth direction.  Some of his accomplishments include setting up regional marketing/supply depots which increased fleet utilization by 60+%, buildup of 2nd shift with 160 employees after 4 months, which out produced the 1st shift by 16% per work hour, and merging intransit program, crossdocking with DC’s of carrier terminals which saved $685K of $11 Million budget.  MBA.  Salary- $60K       #RT081009

HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR - Dedicated Human Resources Executive with over 17 years experience in recruitment, training, and generalist roles.  Accomplished at designing, developing, and implementing strategies, programs, and initiatives.  He has directed many successful recruitment initiatives.  Strong associate advocate, leads groups and teams to resolve issues and improve their relationships and interactions.  Prior 16 years with Sears Roebuck and Company as Regional HR Manager and National Manager of Recruiting and Staffing. SPHR and PHR.  Salary $75K - #RT081010

VISUAL MERCHANDISING DIRECTOR - For this well-known U.S. retailer she ensures their message is communicated and developed consistently in merchandising opportunities, through creative development of vendor shops, prototype shops/ fixturing, graphics programs and plannograms.  She developed the 1st private label shop presentation for the company.  Excellent experience with a well-known East Coast jewelry company as well as being Senior Visual Merchandising Director for one of Macy’s highest volume stores.  Salary - $115K #RT081018

DISTRICT MANAGER - Over fifteen years of retail experience with a proven history of top line results and accomplishments.  Her abilities and strengths are executing selling strategies, exceeding corporate expectations, and developing winning teams while maintaining an element of excitement and fun.  She manages a $40 million, three state district and has produced a 26% increase in volume over a 1 ˝ year period.  B.S. MarketingSalary - $85K - #RT081011

GENERAL MERCHANDISE MANAGER - Responsible for merchandise content, in-store presentation, sales promotion and product allocation for this sixty store $350 Million national big box sporting goods retailer.  Direct reports included three merchandise Vice Presidents, one Marketing and one Distribution Vice Presidents.  He grew comp store sales by 8.5%, net income was $ 21M (versus minus $3.6M) in prior year and end of year debt dropped to $500,000 (versus $38M in prior fiscal year).  Salary- $120K -  #RT081008

FINANCIAL PLANNING & INVENTORY MANAGER - Responsible for financial planning, forecasting and performance measurement for catalog retailer with annual sales exceeding $600 million.  Prepared and reported schedules indicating variances of sales, service and inventory turn to merchandise and financial senior management.  Acted as liaison between the merchandise groups and the warehouse facility forecasting received, shipped and returned units.  Also assisted the Financial Director in the preparation of the monthly operating report to senior operating management.  Salary $65K -  #RT081029

VICE PRESIDENT GLOBAL BRAND MARKETING - This Marketing executive built brand equity and managed profitability for international brands as well as licensed properties (Nike, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Planters Nuts, and Life Saver to name a few).  He developed marketing budgets in excess of $200 Million.  His expertise areas include Channel Marketing where he strategically repositioned corporate emphasis and brand plans for the Drug, Mass, Grocery and Department Store channels of distribution.  If your company needs a marketing shot in the arm to capitalize on the potential of your consumer product, then you need this Marketing guru on your team.  Salary- Negotiable - #RT081023

REGIONAL HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER - This professional is responsible for providing support and guidance in all areas of Human Resources including employee relations, conflict resolution, coaching and counseling, grievances, salary negotiation, compensation and benefits.  His region encompasses 100 stores in 12 states working for 9 District Managers with 300 Managers and $200M volume for this well-known specialty retailer.  He has his National Certification (PHR) Professional in Human Resources and also with A.I.R.S. (Advanced Internet Recruiting Solutions).  B.S.- Business Administration.  Salary – $70K - #RT081024


DIVISIONAL MERCHANDISE MANAGER - She is looking to apply her entrepreneurial vision to a high level merchandising or product development position, combining her sourcing and cross function talents to offer the best assortments through trend, price and merchandising of product.  As D.M.M with Barnes & Noble she was responsible for product assortment/direction for apparel, handbags, backpacks, cosmetics, body care, prints, posters, frames and greeting cards.  She rolled out a new fixturing program and content direction for 500 stores, increased sales by 4% + reduced $ 8 Million in inventory in 2 years.  Salary- $95K -  #RT081028

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - A visionary, proactive retail executive with P+L accountability and experience in turning around under performing organizations, launching new businesses and positioning companies to compete in rapidly changing business environments.  Recognized for creating high personal value management cultures.  Some major accomplishments include:  Reversed declining gift and souvenir retail/ wholesale sales to breakeven point (30% improvement) resulting in capture of $1 million in sales, managed 360 stores generating sales of $1.7 billion for national mass-market retailer where he increased sales by 4.9% and grew margin dollars by 3%.   Salary - Negotiable - #RT081013

REGIONAL MANAGER - Results driven achiever with almost 20 years of extensive experience leading his teams, coaching, training and empowering his people.  He has had success in developing effective strategies that contribute results to the bottom line.  He has increased his Districts sales from $12 million to $14 million and was responsible for achieving a 36 consecutive monthly increase with an under performing store.  His education includes many Advanced Leadership Training classes.  Salary $80K -  #RT081002

DIRECTOR OF MERCHANDISING - A retail industry focused professional with a continued record of success.  He has reinvigorated current sales and created new business, improved margins, aesthetics and sales.  He has re-engineered product lines, merchandising and sales focus which resulted in 75% comparative advanced sales growth for this menswear manufacturer.  Past experience as a Tailored Clothing Merchandiser for a 15 unit upscale Men’s Specialty clothing chain.  Salary -$125K  #RT081022                           

VICE PRESIDENT STORE OPERATIONS - This self-motivating, hard working V.P. of Store Operations has been instrumental in the growth and turnaround of several major corporations during his 20+ years in operations.  He has successfully integrated two acquisitions and opened over 30 new stores within 4 years.  In a one-year period he helped in the contribution of a 16% reduction in planned expenses as well as a gain of 1.5 gross margin points.  He has worked for Marshall Fields and Gimbel’s Department Stores.  Salary $120K - #RT081031

MIDWEST REGIONAL MANAGER - Currently oversees 80 retail stores with over $170 Million in reserve in high profile malls in the Midwest.  Experience with Disney Stores, and Limited Brands.  Extensive Regional Operations experience, reputation as a great coach, people developer who has a track record of exceeding sales and profit targets.  Salary $100K++ #RT081007

HEAD DESIGNER - He designs and constructs in-house for couture, ready-to-wear, accessory and jewelry collections.  He has designed and developed two outerwear lines produced in Turkey and India and did image consulting for Large/ Plus sizes.  As Fashion Show Director and Coordinator he produced over 10 fashion shows at various NYC sites featuring up to 75 models.  He has also been a lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Salary – Negotiable - #RT081017

LOSS PREVENTION DIRECTOR - This LP candidate’s background encompasses more than 16 years of professional experience with the skills and accomplishment in the areas of security management, loss prevention, investigations, staff development and strategic planning.  With this specialty retailer he is responsible for loss prevention for 2 large divisions with over 2,500 stores and over $2 billion in sales.  Some accomplishments include: achieving a $3.5 million reduction in charge backs in 1 year through comprehensive investigations, developed awareness training programs resulting in $40,000 annual reduction in deposit differences and $36,000 reduction in returned checks.  B.S. Criminal JusticeSalary-$75K   #RT081012

CORPORATE CONTROLLER - Excellent retail experience with several well known companies with responsibility for directing all accounting and financial functions including internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, cash management, and banking relationships.  With a former billion-dollar specialty retailer with over 1200 stores some of his accomplishments include reducing the monthly closing cycle from 4 weeks to less than 2 weeks and also improved cash flow by reducing days sales outstanding from 82 days pre acquisition to 38 days. B.S. – Business Administration and CPASalary-Negotiable - #RT081005

REAL ESTATE DIRECTOR - This professional has over 15 years experience in corporate development with an emphasis on real estate site selection, lease purchase options, and construction management.  Currently working with a mid-size retailer where he is negotiating 25 new stores and renegotiating 30 existing leases.  He also has franchise and business development experience.  Salary - $100K  #RT081030

BUYER - Dynamic merchandising and buying career with expertise in merchandising, inventory control, staff supervision and training, and budget management.  Over 14 years of buying experience including menswear, shoes and gifts.  She has bought menswear for a 200-store chain and has increased sales by 10% while reducing average inventory by 30%.  Salary $75K - #RT081014

DISTRICT MANAGER - A highly qualified retail professional with extensive experience in franchise and multi-store operations, merchandising, product management, promotional campaigns, sales and marketing.  With Blockbuster she was responsible for a 12-store district where she successfully implemented 2 major company’s initiatives.  She opened a new 14 store market in Chicago for 7-11 where she worked with community leaders to change city ordinances in to order to sell a new range of products and which resulted in a 20% profit increase. Salary $75K -   #RT081021

SENIOR REGIONAL DIRECTOR - This former Old Navy regional manager was responsible for 16 stores in the Northeast market where he recruited and developed management teams to effectively open 4 new stores in a 2-month period.  He knows how to maximize sales and maintain high quality merchandising and operations standards.  Currently he is responsible for a 12 region territory with almost 250 stores through out the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic for this well known specialty retailer. Salary $150K - # RT081027

MANAGER OF SPACE PLANNING - His expertise is space planning applications; including MarketMax Space Productivity Manager, Intactix Pegman HG, Intactix Intercept, and Apollo Professional.  He is proficient with D-Sign Retail Sign Software, Lotus, Word, Excel, and various graphic applications.  His experience is with retail stores in the 10,000 – 20,000 square foot size to up to 26,000 items merchandised.  Companies include Factory Card Outlet and Petcare Plus.  Salary - $75K #RT081015

GENERAL MANAGER - Currently working for a nationally known retailer overseeing over 100 employees and $11 million in sales.  This General Manager has a proven track record of exceeding store sales plans by as much as $300,000.  She has increased net store contributions by 39%.  She is inspiring to work with because of her passion for excellence in customer service and her ability to develop the strengths of her employees.  B.S. Marketing in Apparel  Salary – $80K - #RT081004                   

FACILITIES/MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR - A bottom line, results oriented manager.  Excellent record of accomplishments in the reduction of worker’s compensation claims, general liability claims, shrinkage and maintenance costs.  He has implemented a variety of programs resulting in the reductions of energy usage, which included but is not limited to the installation of PM-10 meters for load shedding and lighting retrofits to energy efficient T-8 fixtures.  Responsible for managing and developing the repair and maintenance program for 140 stores where he directed 60 associates and numerous outside vendors.  He has also been the director of safety and environmental health programs.  Salary- $90K - #RT081020

REGIONAL FRANCHISE DIRECTOR - Formerly with Wicks ‘n’ Sticks where he consistently and effectively advised, guided and assisted over 50 store owners to increase sales volume and profits.  He also has received development and training in selling skills, merchandising and store design when he was with Hallmark Cards.  His specialty store knowledge and experience has included creation and presentation of workshops for franchises to improve their bottom line.  Salary- $60K -  #RT081026

BIG BOX STORE MANAGER - He managed Home Depot’s largest outlet at 130,000 square feet, 450 associates and $120 Million in annual sales, where he exceeded sales plan and met all expense budgets.  A strong people person, who knows how to get results and bring profits to the bottom line.  He also managed General Electric’s major appliance consumer electronics sales division where he made thousands of presentations to groups in excess of 5,000 sales personnel. Salary $85K   #RT081019

GENERAL MERCHANDISE BUYER - Extensive experience in purchasing, marketing, advertising and merchandising for Housewares, Hardware, Automotive, Grocery, Beverage, Tobacco, Candy and Seasonal Products.  Merchandising in the stores and training her managers is also her expertise.  She has coordinated co-op buying for a major drug store chain of almost 30 stores and was oversaw advertising, pricing, for print ads, radio, and TV.  Salary- $60K - #RT081025