Mr. Robert Erk

Robert Erk
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Mr. Robert Erk's Biography

Type Of Business:
Merchandising and supply company
Marketing Area:
Regional
Expertise:
Store merchandising; Equipment; Design; Retail; Inventory Management; Forecasting; Pricing; Strategic Planning; Sales; Leadership; Merchandising; Marketing; Management; Transforming spaces into convenience stores
Major Product/SVS:
Supplies for convenience stores
Hobbies/Sports:
Fitness; Bodybuilding
Education Degrees:
Coursework in Business Administration and Management, Community College of Allegheny County; Diploma in Workplace Safety & Health; Diploma, North Catholic High School
Affiliations Awards:
International Society of Business Leaders
Industry:
Merchandising
Date of Distinction:
10/21/2016
Number Of Years In Profession:
30
Number Of Years In Current Position:
30
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
He attributes his success to his hard work and eagerness to learn the ins and outs of the industry.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
He was hired in 1987 and has worked his way up from receiving.
Extended Bio Profile:
Since 1987 when Mr. Erk joined Liberty USA, he has become highly adept in all aspects of merchandising, marketing, inventory management, logistics and purchasing. He has strong interpersonal skills allowing him to collaborate effectively at all levels of an organization and build long-term professional relationships. He is also known for possessing a unique talent for tracking emerging industry trends and the ability to optimize retail distribution and space-planning designs to facilitate maximum sales and profits. He has played a senior strategic role in the expansion and consistent year-over-year growth of Liberty USA, leading to its current rank as the 13th largest convenience store wholesaler in the company. Liberty USA has since been acquired by Eby Brown LLC, and is now the 3rd largest convenience store distributor in the United States with sales approaching 6 billion dollars per year.

Some of Mr. Erk’s key relationship management accomplishments include extending market share by cultivating meaningful relationships with suppliers and stores in order to extract valuable insight into market and customer trends that the business needed to improve upon to grow; positioning the company for success by hiring, mentoring and supervising internal leaders responsible for developing and executing comprehensive business growth plans across the eastern United States and building strong relationships with architects, project managers and contractors to ensure accurate, on time and on budget project construction. Mr. Erk also gained the trust of the company President, CEO, CFO and COO to obtain buy-in on all proposed customer service, marketing, logistics, operations and human resources recommended improvements.

In the area of strategic analysis, Mr. Erk maximized sales potential across all key markets by developing product placement and measurement plans to capitalize on heavy traffic areas and in-demand products. He also collaborated with stores to optimize the usage of demographic studies and traffic counts to refine operations, and identified improvements to architectural plans by effectively determining the best store flow and spacing to support Liberty customers.

Key accomplishments Mr. Erk achieved in the area of revenue growth include consistently generating sales by proactively providing customers with equipment quotes, models, and specification sheets while coordinating ordering in response to quarterly RFP opportunities.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Handling merchandising, as well as store layout and design
Education Certifications:
Sarbanes-Oxley Trained Professional, Management and Strategy Institute (2016); Certified Conflict Manager, Management and Strategy Institute (2016); Diversity Management Certification, Management and Strategy Institute (2016); Certified Kaizen Facilitator, Management and Strategy Institute (2016); Six Sigma Black Belt Professional, Management and Strategy Institute (2016); Diploma in Workplace Safety & Health, ALISON – Free Online Learning (2015); Total Quality Management Professional, Management and Strategy Institute (2016); 5S Concept Certification, Management and Strategy Institute (2016); Distribution and Logistics Management Certification, Cengage Learning (2016); Project Management Professional, Simplilearn (2016); Supply Chain Management Certification, Corexcel (2016); Project Management – Lean Process Certification, Management and Strategy Institute (2016); Six Sigma Champian Certification, Management and Strategy Institute (2016); Key Leadership Skills Certification, Management and Strategy Institute (2016); Innovation and Critical Thinking Certification, Corexcel (2015); Strategic Organizational Leadership Certification, Management and Strategy Institute (2015); Certified Team Supervisor, Management and Strategy Institute (2015); Change Management Specialist, Management and Strategy Institute (2015); An Introduction to Behavior Based Safety, ALISON – Free Online Learning (2015); Executive Management Certification, Management and Strategy Institute (2015); Certified Ethics Associate, Management and Strategy Institute (2015); Introducing the Art of Negotiation, ALISON – Free Online Learning (2015); ServSafe Food Protection Manager, National Restaurant Association (2015); Project Management Qualified, Management and Strategy Institute (2015); ServSafe Food Handler, National Restaurant Association (2015); Six Sigma Lean Professional, Management and Strategy Institute (2015)
Awards/Honors:
Honored Member, The International Society of Business Leaders (2016)
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Mr. Erk hopes to become a vice president of the company and expand his career. Recently, his current employer sold the company to a larger supplier, so he hopes to move up with them.
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