McCardel Restoration - East Lansing, MI                                                                                                  2014 - 2016

Consultant/Business Manager & Chief Operating Officer

  • Marketing - hired and trained sales team. Created marketing collateral. Networking, trade groups and philanthropy.
  • Employee Development - created standardized hierarchy, titles, wage & performance reviews.
  • Customer Service - implemented system to get feedback from end user.  Trained staff on how to avoid common missteps.
  • Reporting - launched rhythmic meetings to get updates on pending sales, works-in-progress and accounts receivable among others.  Assisted in the redevelopment of P&L to reflect divisions and set gross and net profit margin targets.  All designed to hold the staff more accountable for performance.

Meridian Township - Okemos, MI                                                                                                         2017 - current

Economic Development Director

  • Connecting developers, land owners, business owners and commercial realtor to drive vibrant business districts.
  • Certified Redevelopment Ready Community via the MEDC in November 2018 - the first Township in MI to do so.
  • Stay tuned - Meridian's best days are ahead!

Experience

Fluid Salons, LLC - East Lansing, MI                                                                                                           2015 - 2017

Owner

  • Discovered a network of stylists who were unsatisfied with salon ownership
  • Developed a strategic plan where the owner, stylists and customer can all thrive
  • Sold the business to my Lead Stylist in August 2017

CJBuck Consulting - Okemos, MI                                                                                                           2013 - current

Owner & Consultant

  • Realized that Michigan, mid-Michigan in particular, has fantastic resources to assist business owners and start-ups.
  • Identified that my philosophies shaped in Corporate America transcends industries.
  • Decided that economic recovery is hinged on making existing businesses more successful.
  • Launched CJBuck Consulting as a win-win effort to support the local business owner.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                 1990 - 1993

Branch Manager, Assistant Manager, Management Trainee

Education

Gettysburg College - Gettysburg, PA                                                                                                                   1990

B.A. in Liberal Arts

  • Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity
  • Study Abroad - Cologne, Germany - Fall 1989

Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Toledo, OH                                                                                                          2004 - 2008

Regional Vice President

  • P&L and daily operations to 23 neighborhood locations yielding $27 MM revenue in fiscal 2008
  • Grew profits each year totaling 594% Operating Profit growth (2008 vs. 2004)
  • Decreased Employee turnover by 9% over a four year period.
  • Exceptional Achievement Award winner for: Group Daily Rental (2008), Risk Management/Vehicle Repair (2005, 2006) and Business Management/Accounting (2005, 2007)

Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Seattle, WA                                                                                                          1993 - 2004

Regional Rental Manager, Area Rental Manager, Branch Rental Manager

Enterprise Holdings - Lansing, MI                                                                                                              2008 - 2013

Regional Vice President (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, Alamo Rent-A-Car)

  • Full P&L and daily operations to 56 neighborhood and 7 airport locations yielding $65 MM revenue in fiscal 2013
  • Hired, Trained and Developed over 150 college graduate, management-track employees + 250 support staff
  • Grew profits each year totaling 488% Operating Profit growth (2013 vs. 2008)
  • Decreased employee turnover by 16% over a three year period
  • Increased customer service scores by 7% over a four-year period
  • Exceptional Achievement Award winner for:  Group Daily Rental (2011), Human Resource & Talent Acquisition (2012) and Corporate Account Development (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)