Executive Vice President, Retail
Jill Pantano heads up the Retail Division. This is a natural progression after spending over 15 years in the corporate retail world. Starting as an Assistant Buyer at ABC Carpet and Home in NYC, Jill quickly rose through the ranks, assuming Buyer, Senior Buyer, Merchandise Manager, and ultimately VP of Merchandising titles.
Working with Retail Brand Alliance (Brooks Brothers, Adrienne Vittadini, Carolee Designs), as VP of Merchandising was the culminating position Jill held before having her two boys and enjoying the quiet crazy time with two small toddlers,
Through all of these incarnations, Jill continued in her quest for retail perfection handling both creative and analytical sides of the coin. Working with industry leaders in some of NYC’s top retail destinations: (Portico, Felissimo, ABC Carpet and Home) Luxury Direct Mail (Vivre) and E-Tail mavericks (Indulge.com), Jill has covered many classifications along the way: Fashion, Home Furnishings, Gifts and Personal Care.
Much time devoted to Product Development within these positions taught Jill the production ladder and the value of contacts at all levels of the production chain.
As a recruiter within the retail world, Jill is able to pull very specific skill sets, deliver quality candidates, and provide a pleasant environment to work within.
Having sat in the exact shoes of those hiring and being hired helps enormously in the process.. Knowing personally the requirements of each positions puts standards in place that might not be there otherwise.