Forward-thinking and organized Product Designer/Development Manager with more than 15 years of experience in creating innovative products and managing cost-effective operations. Extensive experience in managing the complete development lifecycle – from inception through final product release, including partnering with inventors and vendors – for soft and hard goods in the Apparel, Toy, Seasonal Home and Commercial Décor industries. Utilize extensive art education and current trend expertise to create fresh looks while maintaining cost-effectiveness. Resilient with a creative vision to drive product aesthetic and high-tech innovation into future product lines. Skilled at communicating and working with head designers, engineers, model makers, buyers, packaging and planners to execute concepts and then with offshore operations on production. Detail-oriented and skilled at working rapidly but effectively and at devising cost- and time-saving ideas.