Kari has over 15 years of experience in the apparel retail industry. Prior to launching Apparel Resource in 2006 she was a Merchandise Manager for a fortune 500 specialty brand. She has held roles in Corporate Recruitment, Store Leadership and Visual Merchandising for department store and specialty retail employers. This experience gives her an excellent knowledge base for recognizing and recruiting talented candidates.
Kari has a vast knowledge of the apparel industry, from big box retailers to privately owned specialty businesses. She is detail oriented, responsive and values long term partnerships with corporate clients. Kari believes in integrity and doing the right thing for clients and candidates alike. Having serviced hiring managers internally, she understands the sense of urgency to fill positions with the right candidate. She is proud to have helped build teams for clients that have delivered record profit years. Many of the candidates Kari has placed have been promoted within a year of placement.
Kariís candidate network is focused on Merchants, Designers, Product Development professionals and the cross functional teams that build brands. She earned her Bachelorís degree in Merchandising and Management from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.
Prior to joining Apparel Resource, Leslie oversaw all corporate recruitment functions at Landsí End. She has an amazing network of industry contacts and prides herself on maintaining those connections. Having spent six years inside a fast-paced specialty retailer, she understands the pressures of having a position vacant and the impact it can have on your business. Leslie builds authentic relationships and consistently delivers results with her ability to identify strong candidates.
Her candid/honest feedback and personalized approach makes her a great partner to any corporate client or candidate. She is energetic, tenacious and stays abreast of the latest recruitment trends to better fulfill your recruitment needs. Leslie focuses her recruiting efforts on retail corporate positions including: merchandising, apparel design, product development and CAD/textile design.
Leslie received a Bachelorís degree in Public Relations and Journalism from University of Northern Iowa.