JAMES GOODING Graphic Design Major Illustration Minor
EDUCATION Morehead State University
The Art Academy of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Communications-May 1981
Experience Accessory Buyer, Store Merchandiser with O.K.I. Furniture Fair
Buyer of lamps, wall art, table top, area rugs and accent case goods for 11 locations.
Procured fixtures, floor coverings and assisted in design and installation of 5 locations.
Implemented protocols for sign standards and appearance. Maintained and increased
the category business. March 2008 – July 2019
Accessory Buyer with Morris Home, Ashley Furniture Homestores, Thomasville
Buyer of lamps, wall art, table top and area rugs for 10 locations with different venues.
Involved with the buying and installation of 6 new locations. Maintained and increased
the category business. March 2004 – February 2008
Container Buyer, Store Planner with Jones the Florist and Wholesale Division
Gift and container buying for Cincinnati’s largest florist establishment. Floor planned
and visual merchandised the retail locations. September 2003 – March 2004
Accessory Buyer, Visual Merchandiser with Globe Furniture Galleries, Globe Rentals
Buyer of lamps, wall art, table top and accent case goods and was responsible for all
showroom remodels. Assisted with the rental division in Ohio and Michigan locations.
October 1987 – March 2003
Instructor with Antonelli College
Part time instructor for studio beginning design students. Responsible for revising
and updating the class curriculum. Received very good class ratings from students.
August 1998 – April 2003
Visual Merchandiser with Lazarus Department Stores, Cincinnati, Ohio
Maintained corporate standards, protocols and followed trend assignments.
Assisted in regional store renovations and installations of trends. July 1984 – September 1987
Activities Renovated 5 Properties
Proficient in electrical, plumbing, drywall, carpentry and painting. Changed, enhanced
an entire block in Cincinnati. July 1984 – June 2014
Currently serving on the board of trustees for the Franklin Area Historical Society overseeing
2 museums. January 2017
Elected president, vice president and treasure for one of Cincinnati’s 52 communities, a non-
paid position. Communicated with past Cincinnati mayors, vice mayors, city council members,
county commissioners and the police departments. I was also responsible for organizing and
implementing many community wide events. Served on many non-profit boards.
April 1985 – April 2013
References available upon request