Kelly Rose, Client Relations Manager 3/14/13

Kelly Rose
814 E. 167th Terrace Gardner KS ∙ Phone:  913.522.4774 ∙ Email:

Objective:  Obtain a challenging leadership position applying creative problem solving and project management skills with a growing company to achieve optimum utilization of its resources and grow market share.



Client Relations Manager:

            Mid-America Merchandising                                                    March 2012- November 2012
            204 W. 3rd Street
            Kansas City, MO 64105, Director Larry White 816/471-5600

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Support Sales Executives and play an active role as an inside/outside sales liaison by utilizing company systems, processes and merchandise; sourcing and selling products from our stock line and approved vendors. 
  • Facilitates internal paperwork accurately (orders, quotes, art forms, etc.).  Recognizes existing and potential problems with sales orders throughout the process and offer solutions to the Account Managers and customers.
  • Partner with Sales Executives on new product opportunities and new client RFP’s.
  • Prioritizes workload and meet deadlines for a variety of marketing "deliverables".
  • Work closely with clients Brand guidelines to find the best strategy to strengthen their Brand and Promotional needs.


Creative Sourcing Specialist:

            Staples Promotional Products                                     August 2007- March 2012
            7500 W 110th Street
            Overland Park, KS 66210, Supervisor Jenny McCarty 913/319-4424

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Project planning and Management- Ability to interact effectively with current and potential clients to manage expectations, develop new brand opportunities and strategic marketing functions/projects and market research.
  • Source promotional products that will fit each client’s needs.
  • Negotiate high dollar opportunities and working with sales force to ensure the customer response is creative aggressive and accurate.
  • Submit RFQ’s to overseas suppliers and analyze responses accordingly.
  • Order product samples for Sales Force to display and/or give away in each client presentation, custom product solutions with creative strategy from start to finish product.
  • Keep current regarding industry trends by traveling to tradeshows and communicating such to the department, as well as outside sales force.
  • Web and Program Merchandising, strategic Marketing Research.
  • Provide proactive, creative ideas to the department, as well as outside sales force on a regular basis.
  • Take lead role in implementing “the Configurator” and Product Information System (PIM) and includes weekly testing on a multiple range of items allowing for any errors to be surfaced and corrected.

 Business Development Analyst:

            Staples Promotional Products                                     August 2007-May 2005
            7500 W 110th Street
            Overland Park, KS 66210, Supervisor Shannon Davis 913/319-4736

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Market Basket Exercises, pricing import/domestic of various customers supplied items.
  • Working with suppliers to partner on these exercises to give Staples a competitive edge in RFP’s (Request for Proposal).
  • Large order opportunities, sourcing import and domestic items.
  • Negotiate high dollar opportunities and working with sales force to ensure the customer response is creative aggressive and accurate.
  • Identifying, sourcing and procuring items for outbound marketing objectives, Business Development supplies and gifts for client presentations.
  • Multi-task between 4-6 projects open simultaneously, deadline driven and detail oriented.


Inventory Expeditor:
            Staples Promotional Products                                     Feb 2002- May 2005
            7500 W 110th Street
            Overland Park, KS 66210, Supervisor Marilyn Harrenstein 913/319-4553

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Generate faxes to vendors for drop ship Purchase Orders (PO’s) that have been created by customer orders.
  • Follow up daily on PO’s via system reporting to ensure PO’s have been sent and are in process.
  • Point of contact for vendor communication on any drop ship PO including shipping information, pricing questions and art questions.
  • Communicate directly with vendors to follow up on PO’s, negotiate rush ship dates if necessary and resolve errors and problems.
  • Maintain information in the AI Linc pertaining to ship date and any discussion with vendor and /or customer.
  • Assist catalog buying assistants by generating PO’s for program inventory and providing follow up and expediting as needed.



Longview Community College                                                                                  August 1994 – May 1996
500 SW Longview Road
Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64081
Major Areas of Study:  Pre-requisites for Business Administration/Marketing & Communications

Raymore-Peculiar High School                                                                                 Graduated May 1994
20801 S. School Rd
Peculiar, MO 64078
Major Areas of Study:  Specialized in DECA, Marketing Education Program ∙ Vocational Technical Program for Skilled Nursing.


Proficient in the following computer programs:   2010 Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access, Power Point and Microsoft Excel, ASI Profit Manager, SAGE & ESP, Illustrator and various internet applications- as well as knowledge working with various spreadsheets and word processing.




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