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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1976-2013 Owner/Operator/Corp. President/ S. Ross Co., Inc. Purchased existing business. 946 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Responsibilities: Sales (in store and in home). Ordering, advertising, marketing, keeping financial books, buying, coordinating and training installation and office personnel; coordinating manufacture of finished custom-made home furnishings. Sold business and retired in 2013. 1973-1976 Partner/President of Corporation/ Textile Associates 139 NE 40th St., Miami, FL 33139 Responsibilities: Startup of new business.Head of sales. Setting up of fabric showroom in Miami Design District. Hiring and training of office personnel, Dealing with a multitude of clientele, both of a residential and commercial ilk. Sold successful wholesale business in order to open a retail business. 1971-1973 Manager Trainee/Store Manager/ Food Fair Stores, Miami, FL. Responsibilities: Managed store, did ordering, supervised 25 employees. Scheduling and banking. 1967-1973 Petty Officer 2nd Class/U.S. Navy/ Responsibilities: U.S. Navy Diver Captain of River Patrol Boat in the Mekong Delta Region of the Republic of Viet Nam. Numerous combat experiences. Responsible for the lives of the crew members and making decisions to that effect. EDUCATION Broward College AA Degree 1985 Miami Norland High School Grad. 1965 Numerous U.S. Navy Schools: US Navy First Class Divers School, Subic Bay, Philippines Atomic Warfare Survival School, San Diego, CA. Basic Electronics and Electricity School, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA Inshore Undersea Warfare School, Coronado Island, San Diego, CA US Navy SERE Training (Survival, Escape, Resistance, Evasion) Warner Springs, CA. ASSETS Excellent communication skills, handling stress very well, accustomed to dealing with emergencies and solving them in a professional manner with desired results; superlative people skills. Full knowledge in start-up requirements for new businesses, and everyday operation of a small business.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Plan
  • Customer Service
  • Management & Operations
  • Marketing

Industry Experience

  • Professional Services
  • Retail

Richard Kirshen

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