Kurt Petonke

Kurt Petonke

Senior Merchant

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From concept to customer; I am an experienced merchant with demonstrated success leading a diverse range of product categories within specialty retail, department stores, ecommerce, catalog and wholesale. I possess a strong blend of analytical aptitude and creative vision. I am an effective communicator and cross-functional leader who enjoys building relationships and inspiring teams to achieve peak performance.

I thrive on the duality of the merchant role. The combination of creativity and analysis provides me with the variety of challenges I need. I am passionate about product and energized by collaborating with other creative minds.

Specialties: Brand Strategy, Apparel Merchandising, Footwear Merchandising, Men's Apparel, Stationery, Assortment Strategies, Line Building, Product Development, Product Management, Design Collaboration, Financial Analysis, Customer-focused, Building Relationships, Team Development, Cross-functional Leader, Vendor Negotiations