Al Joyner - Senior Partner

Al Joyner is a results-oriented business executive with a varied background of proven skills. His skills range from profit/loss responsibility, cost analysis, operational leadership (manufacturing, distribution center, human resources, call center, freight management, facilities maintenance, off-shore procurement) to strategic planning, executive/organizational development, field sales development, contract negotiations, and continuous/quality improvement.

He has held hands-on leadership positions in a variety of organizations, both publicly and privately held, ranging from start-up to mid-sized (multi-million dollar annual sales) to large corporation ( @ $3 billion annual sales ). Some results that Al has been a part of accomplishing include a 10 multiple growth in profitability, business changing improvements in quality and organizational effectiveness, growth in sales, innovative cost reductions, and effective shut down of operations

Professional Highlights:

COO - S. King Collection, St. Louis, MO
May 2007 - October 2008

Direct seller, designer and sourcer of women's jewelry. Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Responsible for sales growth, inventory control, customer service/quality control, finance/accounting and strategic planning.

President - AJ Ventures, Rutherfordton, NC
May 2004 - December 2007

Self-employed in Business Consulting and Development.

Tanner Companies, LLC, Rutherfordton, NC
June 1992 - August 2004

Privately-owned multi-million dollar direct-seller, fixed retailer, designer/manufacturer/sourcer of women's fashion apparel and accessories. (Doncaster, Elana, and Tanner brands).
Partner in Apogee 21, Inc (94-04)
General Partnership Group established within Tanner Companies
Chief Operating Officer (4/03-8/04)
Responsible for call center, distribution center, customer services, quality control, strategic planning and human resources. President of Elana (women's plus size apparel and accessories division) (11/02-3/03)
Responsible for all aspects of sales and profitability of this multi-million dollar division as well as corporate responsibility for the distribution center and quality control.
V.P. of Distribution and New Business Development (9/98-10/02)
Developed and assured all operational processes and support for new divisions/brands. Responsible for process improvements on existing divisions/brands and corporate distribution center and quality control.
V.P. of Manufacturing (6/92-8/98)
Responsible for up to 4 plants, 700 employees and the corporate distribution center. Included total responsibility for the private label division with customers such as Lands' End catalog, J. Peterman catalog, and American Airlines.

General Manager - Sara Lee Knit Products, Winston-Salem, NC
May 1977 - June 1992

$3 billion manufacturer/distributor of men and women's apparel (previously Hanes Knitwear). Knit/bleach/dye/finish/cut/sew operation. @ 500 people. Growth and improvement situation.