Drew Garske

Drew Garske

Category Manager at Tri Star Marketing, Inc.

Champaign, Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Area)
Marketing and Advertising

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Drew Garske's Overview


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Drew Garske's Summary

I am seeking a challenging opportunity where I will be able to utilize my strong organizational, analytic, creative, and communication skills, my educational background, and my ability to work well with people to grow personally and professionally. I am self-motivated and able to work independently and as a collaborative team member. I am able to adapt to rapid changes in marketing objectives from planning to execution of promotions in a dynamic work environment.

I hold experience in key retail categories, including tobacco, alcohol, and general merchandise.

Drew Garske's Experience

Category Manager

Tri Star Marketing, Inc.

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Retail industry

June 2013Present (1 year 5 months) Champaign, IL

I grew sales for all of my categories by a combined total of 13.7% in my first year with the company to a total of $43.3 million in annual sales at a total of 55 stores.

Notable first year accomplishments:
Grew sales and margin for cigarette category products by 12.01% and 55.49% respectively.
Grew sales and margin for beer category products by 15.97% and 15.88% respectively.
Grew sales and margin for merchandise category products by 19.4% and 27.13% respectively.

Internet Research Assistant

Wolfram Research

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Computer Software industry

May 2012May 2013 (1 year 1 month) Champaign, IL

Assistant Manager

Family Video

Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; Retail industry

September 2011May 2012 (9 months) Mattoon, IL

Drew Garske's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Intern

      Undertow Music Collective
      • Arts and Culture
      January 2011 August 2011 (8 months)

      Assisted with mailings and website maintenance.

Drew Garske's Skills & Expertise

  1. Microsoft Office
  2. Merchandising
  3. Retail
  4. Customer Service
  5. Data Analysis
  6. Analysis
  7. Microsoft Excel
  8. Research
  9. Marketing
  10. Marketing Strategy
  11. Product Management
  12. Brand Management
  13. Contract Negotiation
  14. Project Coordination
  15. Marketing Communications
  16. P&L
  17. Marketing Research
  18. Market Analysis
  19. Space planning
  20. Mobile Marketing
  21. Social Media Marketing
  22. Consumer Products
  23. Events
  24. Promotions
  25. Social Media
  26. Sales
  27. Social Networking
  28. Analytics
  29. Event Planning

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Drew Garske's Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Media Studies


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