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US Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain


Captain on either Casino Boat, Passenger Cruise Boat, or Hotel Water Shuttle Service; independent contractor for vessel delivery service



GUITAR CENTER, INC., Westlake Village, CA 1980-2008

Retail Leadership Trainer, Nationwide (2008)

• Conducted instructor-led classroom “Train-the Trainer” sessions for Assistant Managers at selected locations across the U.S.

• Developed all learning content and materials for training sessions including product knowledge, advanced sales skills and techniques, assessment, general business content and company initiatives.

• Delivered all classroom data results including assessment scores, product sales results, attendance logistics and role-play scenarios.

• Coordinated and coached vendors in development and delivery of product-specific learning content that conveyed vendor market position within Guitar Center’s selling strategies.

District Product Specialist, Great Lakes/Upper Midwest Region (2004-2007)

• Supported up to thirty-two retail locations in ten states instructing, training and motivating staffs in sales techniques, product knowledge, customer satisfaction, communication and negotiation.

• Coordinated with store management to assess and offer recommendations for inventory placement, merchandising and product assortment/offering.

• Attended vendor sponsored product training presentations on a quarterly basis to remain current on product features and benefits and maintain positive relationships.

Store Manager, Roseville, MI (2002-2004)

• Managed, directed and led up to thirty associates in commissioned sales and operations responsible for annual sales of $900K - $1M per year.

• Hired and trained sales staff to promote sales growth and positive vendor relations.

District Sales Manager, Great Lakes Region (1998-2002)

• Supervised and managed district sales for sixteen stores, with 320 associates representing $10M in annual sales for the Great Lakes Region.

• Conducted daily, weekly and monthly audits to assess and review store performance.

• Developed and implemented performance reporting tools for corporate management.

Store Manager, Covina, CA (1992-2002)

• Managed, directed and led up to eighteen associates in commissioned sales and operations with average monthly sales of $500K.

• Earned “Presidents Award” recognized for store turn-around efforts.

• Earned “Founders Award” for exemplifying founding values of Guitar Center.

Sales Associate/Asst. Manager/Sales Manager, Santa Ana, CA (1980-1992)

• Developed product sales strategies and trained employees. Established and monitored sales goals.

• Managed daily store and financial operations responsible for customer support and satisfaction, product merchandising, sales tracking and goals.

• Earned “Salesman of the Year” 1983-1990.


2 Yr Degree Graduate, Liberal Arts, Macomb County Community College, Macomb, MI

Leadership Development, Management Coaching, Customer Service, Fred Pryor Seminars

I worked for Michigan Marine Salvage Co. on Lake St Clair, for Don Schmidt US Coast Guard retired, owner and operator


Grammar School-St Veronica’s

High School- Grosse Pointe South

Associate Degree in Liberal Arts/ Macomb College / MS Windows, XP, Vista, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

College- Macomb College-2 years

Great Lakes Charter School, 50 Ton Great Lakes US Coast Guard License,

With an 80-Hour/Master 100GT Renewal, Towing Assistance endorsement.


Great Lakes Charter School, 50 Ton Great Lakes US Coast Guard License,

With an 80-Hour/Master 100GT Renewal, Towing Assistance endorsement, and TWIC Card.

CPR, Basic First Aid


Windows, XP, Vista, Word, Excel, PowerPoint

(please see resume for documentation of People Skills)


My family and I are planning to relocate to Stuart Florida area soon

I do not drink or smoke,

I have not ever been convicted of alcohol or drug abuse,

I have never been on probation or parole,

I have owned and operated my own boats without an incident

Harrison Township, MI,
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