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Scott Shapero

Northville, MI 48167 Phone: 248-767-4706 E-mail: sshapero@comcast.net

WORK EXPERIENCE
PARTY CITY Livonia, Michigan June 2010 - February 2013 Buyer 2013 Planned and finalized accessory purchases for Party City Web/Internet for 2013. 2011-2012 Planned and finalized accessory and decoration purchases for 404 Halloween City stores. Total sales responsibility $ 50,000,000 Traveled weekly to corporate office to work with buying team and planners to complete category buys. Explored new products and negotiated prices and terms at national gift shows. Developed and maintained relationships with independent vendors. HALLOWEEN CITY Livonia, Michigan March 1996 - June 2010 Senior Buyer Responsible for purchasing and replenishing merchandise for 13 departments. Established and maintained positive relationships with vendors, resulting in cost savings for the company. Attended and purchased from national gift shows. Worked with sales representatives identifying new trends and items. Utilized computer skills to effectively manage purchase orders, data entry and accounts payable. Assisted accounts payable department in reducing backlog of invoices. Approved, audited, and detected errors on invoices. Coordinated the return and credit of defectives resulting in recovery of investment for the company. Worked extended days and hours during peak times of year. Displayed flexibility in job assignment by taking initiative to fulfill roles as needed. These roles included: transferring merchandise, working various jobs in the warehouse, utilizing carpentry skills to create fixtures, working at store level in whatever capacity was needed Traveled effectively with co-workers and accomplished goals set forth by owners. Utilized cost saving skills to coordinate travel arrangements for groups and individuals within the company. Initiated and planned company team building events such as: golf outings, out-of-town dinners and social events. Responded to and fulfilled the needs of district managers and managers as requested through emails, faxes and phone calls. Worked many nights and weekends to complete jobs as needed. Maintained confidential information.
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Halloween Inventory Manager Worked with store managers, district managers and regional managers on merchandise and inventory issues. Conveyed all store-specific concerns to inventory management team and district manager. Helped train store managers and associates on company merchandise guidelines. Transferred merchandise between stores. Ensured all price changes were done correctly at store level. Evaluated inventory mix and levels, took steps to correct concerns. Participated in end of season inventory, pack-up and store tear-downs. Drove, loaded and unloaded trucks. Performed multiple job responsibilities as needed during Halloween seasons. WILD CARDS Novi, Michigan October 1991 - March 1996 Owner / Operator Opened and operated a “ROCS” Recycled Paper Concept Store. Completed all aspects of the business. QUAEL CORP. Detroit, MI June 1982 - October 1991 District Manager / Buyer Traveled throughout the country setting up new stores and training managers. Purchased non-pharmacy categories for 150 store chain. CUNNINGHAM DRUG STORES October 1976 - August 1978 Sales / Store Clerk

Detroit, Michigan

EDUCATION
Central Michigan University 1978 – 1982 Bachelor's Degree Business and Managerial Economics, Mathematical Statistics and Probability Grosse Pointe South High School 1975 - 1978

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ADDITIONAL SKILLS
Proficient in Excel. Detail orientated in all aspects of business. Money saving strategies with regard to invoice accuracy. Strong computation ability to negotiate terms accurately and independently with vendors. Knowledgeable and conservative with resources in coordinating domestic and international logistics. Extensive hands-on experience with all aspects of merchandising and buying.
Attentive to trends and fads. Ability to develop and maintain personal and professional relationships. Personal and professional integrity with a strong work ethic.

REFERENCES
John McIntire, former owner of Halloween City Number of years known: 17 Email: jsmcintire@gmail.com Phone number: 734-891-6053 Chris Bearrs, Senior Vice President, Party City Number of years known: 17 Email: chrisbearss@partycity.com Phone number: 734-891-6047 Jonah White, owner Billy Bob Products Number of years known: 12 Email: jonahwhite@billybobproducts.com Phone number: 618-576-8061

Interests
Golf, Fishing, Traveling, Entertaining, Family

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