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					             Betsy Kaufman                                            6209 ½ W. Olympic Blvd.
             betskaufman@yahoo.com                                    Los Angeles, CA 90048
                                                                      (310) 621-8558



OVERVIEW

       Past experience in apparel design, merchandising, overseas manufacturing, project management,
            branding, marketing, promotions, and customer management
       Capacity to think creatively and analytically
       Ability to work under deadlines, with extreme attention to detail while also seeing the big picture
       Experience studying and working abroad in several countries
       Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills
       Energetic and dedicated worker, who likes the satisfaction of a job well done
       Skilled with Mac and IBM systems, (Illustrator, Photoshop, Excel, Microsoft Office, etc)
       Fluent Spanish, conversational Italian, and Mandarin Chinese

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     MaCher, Venice, CA, February 2006 – July 2009
     Project Manager for an agency providing promotional items (e.g. tote bags, packaging, & accessories)
       Liaised between customers, sales, marketing, creative team, and overseas suppliers
       Increased sales by developing brand-relevant, well-merchandised promotional collections
       Screened new suppliers via email and on-site visits, negotiated pricing, issued all purchase orders
       Ensured that all timelines, budgets, and quality standards were met
     Warnaco Swimwear Inc, Commerce, CA, April 2005 – March 2006
     Associate Designer for mass-market swimwear label, Catalina
       Identified trends, helped merchandise product line, conveyed design information to spec writers
       Developed distinct collections for international lines including Brazil, China, and Japan
     Harkham Industries, Vernon, CA, June 2004 – March 2005
     Asst. Designer/Sample Room Manager for women’s contemporary apparel lines, Hype and Harkham
       Coordinated with sales reps to merchandise and price line, assisted in photo shoots and catalogue layout
     Anthropologie, The Grove, Hollywood, Nov 2002 - Nov 2003
     Sales Associate
     Nanjing Audit Institute, Nanjing, China, Feb 2001 - Jul 2002
     College Level English Teacher (English as a Second Language)


EDUCATION

     Stanford Graduate School of Business, Summer Institute, Palo Alto, CA, June- July 2005
       Courses included marketing, branding, leadership, negotiating, finance, and operations

     The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
       Associate of Arts: International Manufacturing & Product Development Advanced Study
            Program, GPA 4.0, March 2004
       Associate of Arts: Product Development and Merchandise Marketing, GPA 4.0, April 2003

     Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2000
       Bachelor of Arts: Art History, cum laude
       Study abroad programs: Madrid, Spain, Fall 1999, and Tianjin, China, Fall 1998

				
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