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THOMAS BAKER

2935 Talaga Drive, Algonquin, Illinois 60102-6849


847.458.5808
tjb1953@comcast.net

QUALIFICATIONS PROFILE
Performance-driven, articulate and highly competent professional with progressiv
e career experience in providing management and purchasing expertise within ware
house and shipping environment. Equipped with comprehensive exposures in sales a
nd marketing, contract negotiation, product development and high-end products pu
rchasing. Demonstrate verifiable record of accomplishments in cost reduction and
process enhancement. Capable of meeting client needs, increasing overall servic
es and boosting revenue. Manifest competencies in developing and executing effec
tive purchasing strategies and plans; streamlining growth opportunities; and cap
italizing operations. Excellent negotiations and inventory management skills com
plemented with materials selection ability. Equipped with familiarity in invento
ry/buying program. Diligently work in obtaining knowledge and skills necessary i
n performing all the job requirements. Highly proficient in utilizing WoodWare S
ystems’ inventory and buying software used within the wholesale building products /
millwork industry combined with knowledge in using Microsoft Word, Excel and Out
look.

CORE COMPETENCIES
- Business Management and Operations
- Purchasing Plans and Forecasting
- Territory and Account Management
- Creative and Strategic Planning
- Outstanding Customer Service and Relations
- Competitive Market Research and Analysis
- Product Knowledge and Implementation
- Persuasion, Negotiation and Closing Skills
- Budget Control and Implementation
- Problem Resolution and Decision Making
- Articulate Oral and Written Communication
- Unique Prospecting Technique

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Streamlined the purchasing process and enhanced inventory system of a $1
2M company.
- Obtained approximately 30% overhead labor expense reduction by implement
ing more efficient procedures and providing millwork facility relocation assista
nce to a smaller facility.
- Seamlessly reduced company’s expenditures by efficiently negotiating strateg
ic product pricing with competing vendors.
- Cut down the expenditures of company’s glass and component hardware from $25
0K to $150K by diligently negotiating competitive price range to new and existin
g suppliers.
- Minimized the turnaround times by tactically replacing depleted inventor
y..
- Contributed $750K in sales volume by initiating business with a new door
supplier, in cooperation with another sales manager, during a time of business
down-turn.

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE
BUYING AND PURCHASING
- Worked in purchasing major product lines, including Taylor doors, Plastp
ro doors, Rouge Valley doors, Illinois Flush doors, TruStile doors, Woodfold doo
rs, Hager hardware, Philadelphia and Tempo hardware, ODL and RSL glass, as well
as AWSCO and Acan vinyl windows manufacturers.
- Managed the majority of non-inventory special orders quotations.
OPERATIONS AND PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
- Diligently functioned as warehouse supervisor for more than 10 years.
- Managed routing and loading of shipments from the warehouse to Chicagola
nd area with an estimated 100 mile radius, including the Southern Wisconsin and
Western Indiana.
- Assigned to supervise an area with four to six drivers.
- Efficiently performed within a FIFO environment; coordinated the proper
storage and processing of all incoming shipments.
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AND INTERACTION
- Provided expert advice to sales staff regarding product changes and lead
times.
- Supervised both vendors and customers’ billing accuracy.
- Regularly informed the IT Department in regard to cost alteration in ord
er to sustain desirable and appropriate profit margins.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
MIDWEST JOBBERS, INC. ~ St. Charles, IL
Buyer 2003-2009
Warehouse Supervisor/Shipping Supervisor 1991-2003
HUDSON MILLWORK ~ Elgin, IL
Warehouse Supervisor/Shipping Supervisor 1985-1991

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Microsoft Word and Excel Training

ACHIEVEMENT
Recipient, National Honor Society Award