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Buyer Design

Hamilton, OH
February 27, 2020

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JAMES GOODING Graphic Design Major Illustration Minor

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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

Community Volunteerism

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

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