Sr. Executive - Business Development

Kevin Easton

Sr. Executive - Business Development

An experienced executive with a record of generating profit and long-term growth in consumer focused retail and wholesale companies. Possesses both strategic and tactical skills to develop businesses, drive sales, build brand equity, establish strong partnerships, and develop future leaders. Consistently exhibits proactive and collaborative leadership style along with a strong financial discipline.

SKILLS/EXPERTISE

 Strategic Planning
 Sales Management
 Marketing / Advertising
 Merchandising
 Business Development
 World-Wide Sourcing
 Brand Management
 Product Development
 Inventory Management
 Coaching/Mentoring
 Building Partnerships
 Negotiation


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

TENNESSEE STATE PARKS, NASHVILLE, TN
Director of Marketing, Product Development & Retail
Leads the marketing, advertising, product development, retail sales and event sales effort in 56 State Parks across Tennessee.

JES APPAREL LLC, NASHVILLE, TN
President/ Partner
Founded and grew a $50 million international joint-venture; designing, manufacturing, and selling private brand apparel to major U.S. retailers. Established multiple partnerships with US retailers offering Design and Product Development services along with factory-direct Sourcing in Asia and Central America.

DOLLAR GENERAL, NASHVILLE, TN
Vice President – General Merchandise Manager
Led a team of 25 merchants in Softlines and Home divisions, developing private brand assortments sourced worldwide. $2 billion in revenue

SHOPKO INC., GREEN BAY, WI
Executive Vice President – Chief Merchandising Officer
Vice President - General Merchandise Manager
A $2.5 billion revenue retailer with 141 stores. Responsible for total company buying, advertising, product development, sourcing, and financial performance. 250 Team Members. 

TARGET CORP., MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Vice President Merchandise Manager, Men’s Division
Divisional Merchandise Manager, Jewelry/Accessories/ Cosmetics
Senior Buyer, Ladies Apparel
Developed and sourced private brand assortments in Mens and Ladies Apparel along with Jewelry, Accessories, and Cosmetics divisions. Managed a team of 20 buyers with $800 mil in revenue.

FEDERATED / MACY’S DEPARTMENT STORES
Divisonal Merchandise Manager / Buyer / Asst. Buyer


EDUCATION
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio B.A., European History

INTERESTS – Family, travel, hiking, golf, reading, antique trucks

 

Reach out to Kevin Easton at kevin.easton@comcast.net to learn more.