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Manager Sales

San Francisco, CA
August 06, 2012

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Carla has over 32 years of experience in the confectionary business. She was instrumental in starting a new company (The Candy Jar) with her mother, initially with a small retail operation, which grew into a several million dollar company of manufacturing and wholesale distribution of chocolate products. Her responsibility at first was manager of the retail store, then later in charge of five Candy Jar retail stores. With the company’s diversification into manufacturing, she was responsible for marketing, sales promotions (including customer relations), and later managing the operations of the manufacturing facility.

After the merger of The Candy Jar with House of Brussels Chocolate, she assumed the responsibility as the Director of Operations for the San Francisco Facility and provided assistance in the relocation of the facility to Canada.

She founded a new company Candy Darling in San Francisco, with the concept of manufacturing candy products on site for retail and whole sale. She was responsible for operating this company.


Candy Darling, Inc San Francisco, CA.

Started a new candy company in retailing, and manufacturing.

2007 to date President and part owner.

In this position she was responsible for setting up the retail store and on-site production. She was responsible for both retail and whole sale, in addition to supervising the production activities and procurement.

House of Brussels Chocolates.

This company with operations in the US and Canada, manufactured and distributed chocolate products, and acquired the assets of The Candy Jar in 2003.

2004-2006 Consultant to House of Brussels

She reported directly to the President, Grant Petersen in various capacities.

2003-2004 Director of Operations.

As Director of Operations she was responsible for managing the operations of the San Francisco facility including purchasing, manufacturing, quality assurance, packaging, shipping, inventory, customer service, and sales, supervising a work force of 65 people. She assisted in the transition activities of relocating San Francisco facility to Canada.

Customers included Nordstrom, Safeway, Costco, Laura Secord, Walgreen’s and over fifty five companies.

The Candy Jar, Inc. San Francisco, CA.

1998 to 2003 Manager of Manufacturing Operations.

As operations manager, she was responsible for managing production, purchasing shipping, logistics, the customer relations and sales promotions. She was responsible for hiring, staffing, training, cost control and pricing.

Customers included Nordstrom, Russell Stover, Safeway, Costco, William Sonoma, Ghirardelli Chocolates, Cruise Lines and approximately 200 customers.

1977 to 1998 Manager of Retail Operations.

Managed the San Francisco downtown retail store. Her responsibilities included purchasing, hiring, training, sales and displays and marketing.

In addition, she set up in Macy’s San Francisco Cellar, a Candy Jar retail store, and managed its operation. In this responsibility she worked closely with Macy’s management in planning, hiring, training, staffing, sales promotions and miscellaneous operational issues.

Company wide

She managed the opening of three more retail stores, Beverly Hills (California), San Francisco Financial District, and Hillsdale Mall (San Mateo) and supervised their operations. As the company gradually transferred its activities to manufacturing and

whole sale, these stores phased out one by one.


Organized and attended various trade exhibits including the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Shows in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. Atlanta and San Diego.

Organized exhibits for gift shows in San Francisco, and Los Angeles

Coordinated all activities with brokers including and preparing samples and assisted in broker’s exhibitions

Assisted in the preparation of brochures, promotional and other sales materials.

Assumed Public Relations responsibilities both with customers and charity organizations.


1980 UC Berkeley Chemistry

1979 Mid-Peninsula, High School, Menlo Park, CA.

Convent of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco, CA.


English and Hungarian

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