Director Sourcing / Product development
Robert J Pushay
email@example.com • (614) 545-8248
LinkedIn • Sandusky, OH 44870
Accomplished and resourceful professional with 15+ years of global experience directing all facets of brand development with focus on product, garment, marketing strategies, and visual events to launch new products.
Areas of Expertise
Strategic Brand Planning
Project & Product Management
Budget & Department Growth
Product Design & Manufacturing
Raw Materials Selection
Team Training & Leadership
Issue Identification & Resolution
Sourcing & Cost Negotiating
Product & Graphic Direction
Quality Assurance & A.Q.L Standards
Improved cost savings by 60% in trims and raw materials to develop brand identity and merchandising.
Established over 20 associates and technicians for merchant as well as sourcing support.
Ensured product savings of over 50% to standardize costing for domestic and overseas by region.
Ensured timely delivery of product from all of Asia, Central/South America, Turkey, and all of the US.
Optimized brand identity, quality, and material as well as ensured timely delivery of product by providing training for domestic and overseas factories.
Improved costing, ensured timely project/product delivery and quality as well as design and approvals by traveling to all domestic locations within the US Internationally Hong Kong, China, Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh Vietnam, Phnom Penh Cambodia, Indonesia, Saipan Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia Turkey, and Bulgaria.
Dyenomite Apparel, Hilliard, OH 05/2021 – 05/2022
Director Brand Development
Oversee multiple activities, such as Garment Decoration and Embellishment. Garment sourcing & development, Q.A.
Energetically negotiated pricing and timing to manage outsourced screen print and embroidery.
Perform key role in product R&D, Tye-Dye development, garment dye development reactive, pigment, pattern development, lab dip development, shade band, and SOP for bulk.
Lead M.T.L. testing and Q.A. approval range to scaled for bulk production.
Maintain raw material and trims for overseas garment factories.
Execute procedure and Q.A. Standards for tech pack development, fabric development, and fitting.
Apply A.Q.L on inbound and outbound products.
Improved $110K+ in initial six-month audits.
Improved margin by 40% and reduced turn time by 75% due to exceptional performance.
Delivered best customer service to spearhead projects for clients, comprising J-Crew, Abercrombie, Atrium
Innovative Creative Solutions, Groveport, OH 10/2010 – 12/2020
Owner / President
Planned and developed contract marketing and production facility in graphic design, screen print, and embellishment.
Identified and resolved complex issues by proposing effective recommendations for customer solutions.
Administered all facets of technique and trend development for organizational growth, while ensuring company profit throughout years.
Directed end-to-end production art and solutions for bulk speed to market, such as finishing, ticket, UPC, fold, pre-pack, and store maintenance.
Headed internal QA procedures for direct drop ship and overseas DC shipments.
Supervised all aspects of Abercrombie as well as Hollister, PINK, Express, GAP, Under Armour, Chubbies, and Foot Locker.
Steered team members up to 30 associates for performance enhancements.
Extended to 30K sq. ft. with production volume of 1,320K to 2M units per year.
Enhanced development of brand identity with art & technique solutions.
Led entire facility compliance, including:
Oeko-tex compliance and adherence with customer Audits.
E.D.I. compliance and Inventory compliance.
M.T.L. testing compliance with Bureau Veritas and certification.
Senior Director of Graphic Development, Abercrombie & Fitch, New Albany, OH 01/2001 – 10/2010
Developed R&D / Innovation Design Center at Corporate Office, A&F & R&D center at the Corporate Office, New Albany, OH
Commercial Arts Degree
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
The Ohio State University, Board member of the Fashion & Retail Studies, 2015- Current
MAGIC Fashion Trade Show & Market place, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2018 & 2021
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Commercial Arts