Mary Manning has a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon and a M.S. in Adult Education from Portland State. Her over 30 year business career started at Meier and Frank where she was a buyer for women’s accessories and intimate apparel. She then worked as a V.P of non-food merchandising at Fred Meyer. She supervised and trained buyers, merchandise planners, replenishment analysts, and store presentation specialists. She spearheaded the first automated merchandise replenishment system used by Fred Meyer. She traveled to Asia and Europe extensively sourcing private brand merchandise. She is an expert at teaching the skills necessary to source, develop, procure, replenish, present, and market apparel and home goods.