Russell Rucker


Russell R. Rucker
An experienced, accomplished product development and design professional
Pasadena, California /(626) 421-8995 /[email protected]

Executive Summary

An experienced, driven, creative and accomplished product development and design professional, with a wealth of experience and a track record of working with leading, high-profile companies.

Summary of Qualifications

More than twenty years of top experience, holding positions of increasing scope and responsibility.
Strong background in many areas including product category management, licensed product line management, concept development, Market research, product marketing, vendor management, team leading.
Team oriented worker, while highly-experienced in all aspects of product development, and is thoroughly familiar with product development process, Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Suite.
While working for many leading companies, has spearheaded a myriad of product development initiatives from concept, market and customer research trials, to sales presentations to store delivery, while consistently meeting the highest in product expectations.

Select Career Highlights

As Category Manager, led an entire licensed product category in kid’s outdoor products. In charge of entire product development process, Conception to product launch, Resolved product quality and liability issues through detailed investigations at the factory level. Documentation of license approvals with Disney, Marvel, Nick. And others. Direct negotiations with Disney, LucasFilm and others. Working directly with China staff and vendors. Travel to China offices and factories. Negotiations with factory, lowered overall product costs.
As Senior Designer, made recommendations which changed faulted designs into viable market ready products, with sale of designs to Target Stores of more than 125,000 units.
In Staff Designer role, designed the outer cover of the first prototype MRI scanner at USC, while also heading many successful color & graphic design initiatives for Yamaha Motor Corporation.

I am easy to work with. I believe that one must adapt to new situations constantly to be an effective worker. I am not bothered if I need to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty to get a job done. At my former jobs it would not be unusual to see me in the warehouse working with co-workers to finish a project.

Please look over my resume, and if you want to ask me any questions please do not hesitate to contact me! I would look forward to speaking with you!

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Russell R. Rucker