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Mendelson, Lee

phone: 516-359-3510
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Farmingdale, NY 11735
Results-oriented senior manager with a robust track record of over two decades in the retail industry,
demonstrating expertise in management, sales, rentals, purchasing, and relationship/team building.
Authorized to work in the US for any employer
Work Experience
Senior Product Manager/Lead Buyer: Band and Orchestra
Sam Ash Music Corp – Hicksville, NY
May 2009 to Present
• Spearhead company-wide inventory management of $3M-$4M in products across 45 stores and four
mail-order distribution centers
• Cultivate strong vendor relationships to develop cooperative promotional and pricing strategies for
customers and associates.
• Proactively monitor industry trends and changes to enhance sales forecasting plans and goals.
• Oversee institutional and educational sales and created, implemented, and maintained the school
rental program in use since 2012
• Head a management collective to devise chainwide advertising and promotion strategies.
• Collaborate with manufacturers to source and commission top-selling private label instruments and
accessories, contributing to increased sales.
• Attend trade shows to further vendor relationships and improve product selection
• Train and evaluate the performance of purchasing agents, as well as oversee department scheduling
requirements to insure adequate coverage and efficient fulfillment of responsibilities and distribution of
Purchasing Director and Web Merchandiser
Sam Ash Music Corp – Hicksville, NY
May 2007 to May 2009
• Acted as liaison between sales staff/store management and the buyer/product manager.
• Lead product sourcing and testing within the department.
• Coordinated product releases and promotions with vendors, stores, and management.
• Managed and processed all department customer special order purchase orders (POs)
• Collaborated with the buyer and VP of Purchasing to regulate inventory and stock POs, creating
SKUs for all merchandise.
• Worked closely with the management team to select catalog and promotional products, assisting in
setting inventory for all stores and warehouses.
Senior Department Sales Manager
Sam Ash Music Corp – Huntington Station, NY
May 2006 to May 2007
• Recruited, trained, and managed a team of store associates, keyholders, and managers. • Successfully managed and resolved customer concerns, ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction.
• Led departmental growth from C-Level to A-Level through increased sales and consistent training,
fostering a goal-oriented approach within the team.
• Responsible for opening and closing the store.
• Oversee the handling of cash, including petty cash, the opening/closing of cash drawers, and end of
day deposits
BA in English
Lafayette College – Easton, PA
September 2001 to March 2006
•Relationship building•Solutions-oriented•Data Management•Analysis•High regard for Communication and Interdepartmental cooperation•Budgeting•Core Team Development•Intimate knowledge and experience in all levels of the retail industry from storefront to corporate•Team Management•Product Management•Sourcing•Business Analysis•Branding•Pricing•Purchasing•Forecasting•Market Research•Employee Evaluation•Strategic Planning•Procurement•CRM Software•Research•Sales Management•Sales•Copywriting•Communication skills •Writing skills•Sales analysis•Staff training•Management•Conflict management•Negotiation•Vendor management•Recruiting
• English – Fluent
Administrative assistant/receptionist — Proficient
April 2024
Using basic scheduling and organizational skills in an office setting
Full results: Proficient
Management & leadership skills: Impact & influence — Proficient
April 2024
Choosing the most effective strategy to inspire and influence others to meet business objectives
Full results: Proficient
Attention to detail — Proficient
April 2024
Identifying differences in materials, following instructions, and detecting details among distracting
Full results: Proficient
Analyzing data — Proficient
February 2024
Interpreting and producing graphs, identifying trends, and drawing justifiable conclusions from data
Full results: Proficient
Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel — Proficient
May 2024
Knowledge of various Microsoft Excel features, functions, and formulas
Full results: Proficient Supervisory skills: Motivating & assessing employees — Proficient
May 2024
Motivating others to achieve objectives and identifying improvements or corrective actions
Full results: Proficient
Retail management — Proficient
May 2024
Managing staff, customer relationships, and finances in a retail environment
Full results: Proficient
Sales skills — Proficient
February 2024
Influencing and negotiating with customers
Full results: Proficient
Outside sales — Proficient
April 2024
Understanding and responding appropriately in sales scenarios, and performing common sales
Full results: Proficient
Recruiting — Proficient
April 2024
Managing the candidate sourcing and selection process
Full results: Proficient
Time management skills — Proficient
May 2024
Managing one’s own time to complete tasks quickly and efficiently
Full results: Proficient
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