Great experience overall
Store Manager/Buyer, Smugglers' Notch, Vermont - January 3, 2014
Supervised a staff of 20 to 25 employees year round, Managed 2 store locations during the winter seasons, Member of Smugglers’ Notch Corporate Marketing, Safety and Training teams, Implemented and achieved annual budget requirements, Responsible for purchasing, establishing costs and margins of products, Performed annual and bi-annual inventories, control audits and cycle counts, Established Profit and Loss statements and presented to Board of Directors.
The experience at Smugglers' gave me the chance to have complete control of the stores' payroll, budgets from their creation to implementation, buying, and pricing.
I worked with a truly diverse group of employees. Their ages ranged from high school students to retired business persons. We were a very tight knit group.
The hardest part of the job was that in having complete control of the operation was it was difficult to find time for my wife and son. Nonetheless it was incredibly rewarding. Many other managers in my position at other resorts were not also sales personnel on the floor or cashiers on a daily basis.
The resort was a real estate driven business. When the housing market crashed it financially it affected virtually all mid level managers such as myself. A restructuring of the business occurred and myself as well as my management peers were let go.