phone: (847) 359-6711 brucebixler firstname.lastname@example.org retail professional www.linkedin.com/in/brucebixler49 SUCCESSFUL & CLASSICALLY TRAINED RETAIL PROFESSIONAL executive summaryHigh energy retail management executive with demonstrated accomplishments and management experiencein big box and large specialty retail environments. Strong business analysis as well as proven success in teamleadership and merchandising skills. Innovative and resourceful merchant that has significantly reduced costs,effectively improved customer service, and increased or exceeded all assigned targets for Fortune 500Company. Skilled at delivering multi-million dollar retail infrastructure projects on time and within budget. SixSigma trained for impacting corporate performance through skillful strategic planning, product positioning, andmarketing of products, services, and solutions. critical skill set• Purchasing management – Buying planning – Budgeting – review product assortments• Process Improvement – Change Management – drive sales – maximize profit• Talent Management – Training – Performance – Hiring – Mentoring – developing staff• Leadership development – Sales Training – Product Knowledge – entrepreneurial drive professional employment historyLOWES – Area Product Service 2009- Present • Successful team player focused on the continuous delivery of top quality initiatives • Raised customer service levels by providing exceptional service for custom orders. • Improved business performance and reduced annual markdowns by 10%HOME DEPOT - Merchandising and Services 1997 to 2009Divisional Installed Sales AssistantCommunications between Northern Plains and Central Region Services Directorsand the Market Managers, District Managers, Store Managers, Service Providers,& over 265 stores. • Implemented inventory control process that reconciled $10,000,000 in inventory • Organized line reviews for service providers for Northern Plains and Central Regions, which resulted in a cost savings of 5 to 8 per cent. • Created a new installation program Microsoft ACCESS that reduced errors in ordering and generated 20% increase in department salesDivisional Sales Merchant (Buyer) AssistantAll Hard Surface Flooring products, Captained Ceramic Tile and Natural Stone
BRUCE BIXLER Page 2 • Directed cross channel organizations that increased in-store foot traffic between 15%-20%, and sales increases between $2,500,000 to $4,000,000 • Designed department program with Global Product Merchant to select inventory for all divisional stores, including product sourcing and vendor negotiations • Spearheaded reset program for 265 stores that generated a 20% increase in Same store sales • Organized multi-functional teams to create effective store displays which Increased market share from 3.2% to 4.5% for departmentDivisional Installed Sales Assistant Home Depot, Arlington Heights, ILHome Depot & Allstate Insurance Program Assistant, Arlington Heights, ILDepartment Manager Carpet and Flooring Home Depot, Darien, ILMIDWEST TOMAR IND, West Chicago, IL 1986 to 1992 & 1995 to1997Regional product manager for distributor of Industrial packaging supplies.BIXLER & JOHNSON, Glen Ellyn, IL 1988-1998Multi-unit gift store • Manage and direct retail company operations to meet budget and other financial goals, 20% increase in sales for 10 consecutive years • Develop and direct the execution of operating policies to support overall company objectives • Create the strategic five-year plan and implement new processesCARSON PIRIE SCOTT & CO., Chicago, IL 1981-1986Retail department storesHome Store Multi-unit Store Manager, Chicago, IL • Lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against goals. • Oversee all administrative functions, ensuring smooth daily operations. • Manage and over-see all sales, operational, financial, and business activities.Corporate Merchandise Buyer, Chicago, IL education, accreditations, and affiliations Six Sigma Green Belt Trained – Chicago Deming Assoc - Six Sigma Masters Program, Naperville, IL. Six Sigma White Belt Certified – Kinduz
BRUCE BIXLER Page 2 Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, IL A.S.