Texas State University: San Marcos - The School of Family and Consumer Sciences - Fashion Merchandising Program and Career Services
Where: LBJ Student Center
When: February 05, 2014
Time: 8:30 - 5:00
Michael leads the Merchandise Presentation and Visual Merchandising teams at Kohl’s.
Michael joined Kohl’s in 2007 as Vice President of Merchandise Presentation for the home division. Michael is a 30-year veteran in visual merchandising and has held multiple creative roles in department and specialty store sectors, owned a retail home furnishings business and spent five years in design sales for a visual merchandising and fixture manufacturer based in New York. Michael is a native of California.
Based in Menomonee Falls, WI Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) is a family focused, value oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1155 stores in 49 states.
Join us for the 5th annual Fashion Merchandising Career Forum. Last year we had over 400 attendees.
We have planned a full day of career planning and networking activities:
· 2014 Keynote Address by Michael Donohue, SVP of Merchandise Presentation, Kohl's
· Luncheon Presentation
· Breakout sessions and Career seminars by industry experts
· Afternoon Internship and Career Fair
Companies that are attended last year's forum:
Burlington Coat Factory
and many more!
Mr. Tim McLarty is currently Territory Manager/Senior Vice President of Kohl’s Department Stores responsible the South Central and Southeastern parts of the United States. He oversees 185 stores with revenues approaching $3.0 billion.
Mr. McLarty’s career began with Macy’s Department stores. He has held various store line positions throughout his 15 year tenure. He joined Kohl’s 8 years ago as a District Manager and has also held the position of Regional Vice President. In 2011, he was promoted to Territory Manager/ Senior Vice President based in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. McLarty earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of the South in 1989 and a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University in 2000.Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,146 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $208 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program.
Dave Eske is Senior Vice President, Transformational Initiatives for jcp. He began his career at Target Corp. as the manager of a $60 million store in Culver City, California, and was quickly promoted to District Manager, Regional Merchant, and finally to Regional Vice President. He headed up the 65-store, $1.8 billion region covering Northern California and the Central Valley. He was given the responsibility to manage the $400 million district covering the East Bay, Peninsula, and South Bay. Dave was promoted again to manage the region of Northern California, Southern California, and Nevada. In these positions he reduced shortages from 3% to 1.8%, achieved doubledigit sales increases, and reduced turnover substantially.
In November 2001 he was recruited as Regional Vice President for Kohl’s Department Stores based in Los Angeles, California. In 2004 he was promoted to senior Vice President/Territory Manager. In this capacity he managed the 279 store, $3.8 billion nine-state territory including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. He led a team of four Regional Vice Presidents and 27 District Managers, oversaw operations and merchandising stores; and managed recruitment, staffing, development, and retention. Pushing for growth, he opened 300 new stores in nine years.
From 2008-2010, Dave transformed 35 Mervyns’ locations to Kohl's, while also driving initiatives in 277 existing Kohl’s stores to gain additional business and increase sales and profitability. He achieved double-digit sales increases and grew topline revenue by more than $400 million in 2009, improving profits by $60 million.
In 2011 Dave joined jcp as senior Vice President of Region 3 leading 26 District Managers before taking on the responsibility of Senior Vice President for Transformation with responsibility of helping transform the company into America’s favorite store. A leader in the community, Dave served on the Board of Directors for San Jose State University from 2005-2008, a recruitment and education outreach for Kohl’s. He oversaw the creation and execution of 4,800 community events involving 28,000 Kohl’s associates and executives, and raised $2.6 million in donations to children's health and education initiatives.
Kelley Johnson is the director of diversity and emerging talent for jcpenney, one of America's leading retailers operating over 1,100 department stores throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. In this role, Kelley leads jcpenney’s college recruiting function focusing heavily on engaging emerging leaders to build a robust talent pipeline for future company growth. In addition, she’s responsible for leading the development and implementation of national diversity initiatives focused on talent acquisition, community partnerships, team member engagement and enabling a culture of inclusion that fosters innovation and exceptional business performance.
Kelley is a talent strategist with more than 15 years of experience in human resources and corporate communications. Prior to joining jcpenney in 2010, she was responsible for diversity and employee communications at Accor Hospitality, parent company of luxury and economy hotel brands such as Sofitel Hotels and Motel 6. She has been recognized with a Clarion award for her work in public relations, and was a recipient of the Bernache award, reserved for only 50 out of 140,000 global Accor associates each year.
A Dallas native, she is active in the community via professional and community groups such as the Society for Human Resources Management and the Allen Independent School District. Kelley holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University.
Follow Kelley on Twitter: @TheGenXpert.
Angela Swanner is the DVP, Divisional Merchandise Manager for Women’s Apparel at JCP. To her role as DVP, Angela brings over 20 years of retail industry experience. Throughout her career she has held multiple roles ranging from store leadership to planning & allocation and buying. She has bought areas and developed strategies with global branding partners, as well as worked on direct imports and coordinated assortments with design, product development and sourcing. Outside of work, Angela is an active member of the Executive Board for the University of Arizona’s Center for Retailing, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Economics.
Part of JCP’s mission is not only becoming America’s favorite store to shop, but also becoming America’s favorite place to work. Angela takes this mission seriously and is exhilarated to be a part of the JCP transformation!
Erin Busbee founded Busbee Style, a fashion consulting company specializing in fashion styling, personal shopping, closet organizing and now style video services. Erin serves as a regular style expert for WOAI TV’s “San Antonio Living,” and Tyra Banks’ fashion website.
Additionally, Busbee is a regular fashion contributor for several publications, including “The Society Diaries” and “San Antonio Magazine”, among others, and she writes her own fashion blog.
Prior to Busbee Style, Erin worked as an award-winning producer and reporter for WCBS-TV in New York, where she covered the fashion and beauty beat, interviewed countless celebrities and collaborated closely with top fashion magazines.