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Polsyn, Lonnie Resume 2009

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  • 1. LONNIE POLSYN 9319 West Sunrise Blvd. • Plantation, Florida 33322 Home: (954) 452-5009 • Cell: (954) 610-0373 • polsyne@bellsouth.net SENIOR BUYER Retail expert with formidable record of revenue growth and #1 rankings for gross margin overachievement in diverse lines of business. Seasoned buyer with 20+ years’ experience in product buying and store operations management. Well-established ability to identify market trends, negotiate pricing and vendor support, and ensure near-flawless execution at the store level. Proven expertise in assortment planning, buying, and product development. Highly collaborative leader selected to lead challenging and high-impact enterprise projects. Possess extensive network of retail and vendor contacts and resources. Strategic Planning • Retail Operations Management • Financial Planning • P&L Management Market Trends • Buying • Assortment Planning • Inventory Management • Merchandising • Execution Negotiations • Project Management • Team Leadership & Development • Process Improvement PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE MACY’S FLORIDA, Miami, Florida • 2001-Present $1.4B department store chain with 49 locations in the state of Florida and Puerto Rico. Senior Buyer − Men’s Traditional Sportswear and Seasonal Classifications, 2005-Present Buyer − Men’ Slacks, 2003-2005 Buyer − Toddlers/Girl’s 2-6x, 2001-2003 Maximize sales and profitability of $20M sportswear line by creating sales strategies and tactical plans. Devise and implement financial and marketing plans, pricing, profit negotiations, assortment planning, merchandise procurement, and inventory management. Partner with Planner and Associate Planner to determine/drive sales plans at location level. Special emphasis on employee development for 2 direct reports, an Assistant Buyer and a Merchandise Assistant. Member of HQ Merchandise Steering Committee, 2001-2003. • Drove up Private Label Sportswear business by 16% over 2 years (from $4.3M to $5M). • Achieved 106% of plan and 112% LY in Men’s Pants in 2004achieving company’s #1 ranking for trend improvement to LY. In same year, also attained #1 ranking for Gross Margin Percentage and Average Unit Retail improvement. Beat profit plan by 1.79 basis pointsdelivering 41.74% GM vs. plan target of 39.95%. Edited assortments and improved merchandise turnover to 2.31 from 2.02 LY and 2.05 Plan. • Created seamless transition in merger of Girl’s 2-4 and Girls 2-6x through exceptional team leadership, project management and assortment planning. MACY’S EAST, New York, New York • 1998-2001 One of the nation’s leading department stores. Buyer − Girl’s 7-16 Sportswear and Collections Drove $30M line of business, including pre-shopping girl’s 7-16 market, choosing key items, and determining seasonal corporate strategies and pricing. Created and implemented financial plans and strategies, marketing, pricing, profit negotiations, assortment planning, merchandise procurement, inventory management, and people development. Managed 1 Associate Buyer, 1 Assistant Buyer and partnered with Planner. Member of Federated Department Stores’ steering committee. • Increased sales by 14% (from $25.7M to $30M) in fiscal year 1999. Launched collections business while maintaining sportswear volume.
  • 2. LONNIE POLSYN • Page 2 • polsyne@bellsouth.net • MACY’S EAST, continued: • Initiated and directed process to enhance steering committee effectiveness by incorporating corporate-driven assortment review, pricing strategy, and management walk-through and approval prior to delivering strategy to buying divisions of Macy’s East, Macy’s West, Rich’s, and Burdines. • Honored as only Buyer to participate in corporate initiativeKid’s Reinvent Strategywhich resulted in a new merchandising strategy for Kid’s apparel in the Danbury, CT store. WALT DISNEY WORLD ATTRACTIONS MERCHANDISE, Orlando, Florida • 1996-1998 Retail arm of entertainment leader providing tangible memories of experience. Kid’s Product Manager Led $35M business, including product management, sourcing, vendor negotiations, team building, networking, financial planning and analysis, and quality control. Managed 2 direct reports and operating budget of $15M. • Delivered 108% of plan, 122% LY, and a 5% improvement to our cost of goods sold objective. • Collaborated with sourcing managers as well as the domestic and international markets to enforce consistent merchandise sizing specifications across all Kid’s apparel. • Maximized the use of different inks to add excitement and texture to our $20M kid’s screen print tee shirt business. Learned the screen printing process from start to finish. BURDINES, Miami, Florida • 1988-1996 Leading department store chain in Florida. Buyer − Girl’s 7-16, Boy’s 4-7, Liaison Men’s Sportswear, 1991-1996 Associate Buyer − Men’s Dress Shirts, 1990-1991 Group Merchandise Manager − Intimate Apparel/Juniors, Men’s Furnishings & Suits, Men’s Sportswear & Depot, 1988-1990 Fast-track promotions through progressively broader roles culminating in buyer position managing $15M line of business. Directed financial planning and analysis, inventory management, and vendor negotiations. Executed strategic plans in marketing and merchandising as member of Federated Store’s steering committee. • Achieved #1 ranking within Federated Stores for gross margin, turnover, and GMROIproducing a 5% increase in sales over LY as Buyer for Girl’s 7-16. • Drove highest sales increase in Federated Stores and ranked #1 for gross margin, turnover, and GMROI as Buyer for Boy’s 4-7. Recognized for achieving margin goals for all core vendors. • Played key role in launch of the Tommy Hilfiger collection and achieved #1 sales volume company wide as Buyer for Boy’s 4-7 through focused marketing and negotiating strong vendor support. • Orchestrated the implementation of the Men’s Sports Forum shop concept in all 43 Burdines locations as Merchandise Liaison for Men’s Sportswear. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Psychology University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Retail Industry Professionals Group ALLRETAIL Retail Execs

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