Jim Stathis, Vice President of Merchandising
Jim Stathis serves as Vice President of Merchandising and brings over 33 years of experience in the consumer products industry. Jim has served other companies in various managerial positions, both with Fortune 500, as well as privately owned firms.
As Vice President of Sales with Imperial Schrade Corporation, a $75M privately owned hardware/house wares company, Jim was responsible for increasing sales by 65%, while reducing direct sales organizational cost by $1.1 million in the seven years he worked there. During this period, Imperial Schrade was selected as ‘Vendor Of The Year in Sporting Goods’ by Wal*Mart. Additionally, through his responsive programming, Imperial Schrade made “breakthroughs” with Home Depot and Lowes, resulting in the company becoming the market share leader in the cutting/multiple tool category, an $850 million retail market.
Previously, Jim spent 19 years with Energizer Batteries, where he held management positions in both sales and marketing. As their Marketing Director, Jim was responsible for creating new merchandising point of purchase initiatives, which expanded the business by $75 million, surpassing the company’s major competitor Duracell as the category leader in the United States. Mr. Stathis also initiated trade channel segmentation, resulting in improved revenues by 28% (approximately $51 million).