I have been asked, over the years, by various industry professionals to help on a variety of projects. I have had the chance, therefore, to learn a great deal more about our industry, and about business in general, than through my own career. I have been involved in projects related to products such as: house paint, fabrics, wall covering, furniture, hand crafted products, and lighting.
- Hired by a multi-unit independent decorative showroom company to help analyze their business and develop strategies to improve all aspects of their showroom business inside and out.
- Did the research and prepared a complete industry analysis, divisional structure, and proposed roll-out for a large textile company seeking to enter the health care textile industry.
- Assisted an international Consulting firm as an industry expert for a project involving the re-marketing of one of the world’s leading brands of interior paint.
- Developed & Executed corporate makeover for a luxury upholstery company in the Southwest.
- Hired by a design firm to help the principal develop a home furnishings collection utilizing the designs of a major UK fashion brand.
- Hired by a design firm to help with a business transformation resulting from a change in generational control at the firm.
- Hired by a textile editor to design fabrics & wallcoverings for distribution in 14 U.S. showrooms.
- Helped developed business, merchandising and marketing plans & materials for a luxury floor-covering design firm seeking to develop an artisanal textile collection for the US interior design industry.
- Assisted a US Decorative textile company disengage itself from its existing distribution and then eventually sell itself to a larger company.
- Worked with the owner of a luxury hospitality textile company to prepare 40 years of records and documents, and write proposals, in preparation for the sale of the company.
- Took on a two-year assignment to turn around an American furniture company to make it salable for an owner who wished to move and had to sell the company to do so.
Other Areas where I have been asked to help include:
- Furniture & Textile Manufacturing
- Corporate Turnarounds
- Marketing Planning
- Sales Planning, Strategies, and Training
- Merchandising, Line Assortments, margins, & product development
- Business within a business – finding growth within the existing company
- Developing new product categories for existing companies – line extensions