Gail Hurst

Visual Merchandiser

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Gail is a dynamic Visual Merchandiser, Stylist, and Marketing/Events Professional, with 17 years of corporate retail experience. Priding herself in empathetic leadership, Gail enjoys training and cultivating new visual talent. The details are what drives Gail to approach every project with a keen eye and a fun-loving disposition. Whether it’s driving the creative direction for a project, or being a part of a team, Gail prides herself in being a quick learner with a flexible personality in an often-changing environment.

 

Career Highlights:

  • Professional Stylist for Multiple Publications and Events, Including: USA Today/Teen People, and Macy’s (Alfani Show, Roc-A- Wear Collection)
  • New Store Openings for Over 100 Stores
  • Led Major Visual Merchandising Trainings
  • Designed and Conceptualized New Store Designs

Experience:

Visual Merchandiser

ZenGenius, Inc.

Visual Merchandising Manager

VILLA (Sneaker Villa, Inc.)

  • Directed, developed and managed the creation and implementation of a comprehensive visual merchandising strategy for 125 stores throughout 10 states
  • Developed creative training solutions to inform, teach and train store leadership on the visual standards to deliver execution, drive sales and consistency across the chain
  • Served as the liaison with store design and reviewed all store construction plans, providing input to improve merchandise marketing and overall store layout 

Senior Merchandise Trainer (International and Domestic)

FOREVER 21, Inc.

  • Developed and implemented training plans for all corporate visual merchandisers as it related to corporate standards and directives
  • Managed the development of training support team for continued product and industry knowledge
  • Conducted analysis to determine the training focus of domestic and international markets
  • Served as liaison between corporate visual and operational teams to ensure corporate store level visuals were trained to perform required duties and were knowledgeable of current corporate and industry visual strategies

Other positions held within the organization: 

Senior Merchandise Coordinator, Visual Expansion Merchandiser (Lead), and Field Visual Merchandiser

 

Lead Merchandiser

Bloomingdale’s

  • Maintained floor merchandising standards for various vendors
  • Worked with visual display team and junior department manager on re-setting the floor and maintaining consistency with commerciality throughout the department
  • Merchandised according to the anticipated needs of the customer and executed all merchandise markdowns, return to vendors, and damages