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B4B Presents: Karen Goracke
11/07/2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm| $20
Appointed President and CEO in 2013 by Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., Karen Goracke is a long tenured associate at Borsheims. Ms. Goracke holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Organizational Communication from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She began her career at Borsheims in 1988 as a Sales Associate in the Gift department.
When Berkshire Hathaway acquired Borsheims in 1989, Ms. Goracke was promoted to Inventory Supervisor. She led several new initiatives in this department, including converting the inventory to a controlled system that allowed data analysis and one-on-one interaction with the merchandise buyers. Ms. Goracke continued her career path with Borsheims as the Watch Buyer until 1998, when she put her professional career on hold to tend to her growing family.
She returned in 2004 as the Ladies Jewelry Buyer where she made a significant impact on the bottom line by reducing the inventory. Shortly thereafter she became Director of Merchandising, overseeing all buying functions, including the Fashion Jewelry Buyer, Diamond and Bridal Buyer, Assistant Buyer, and Gifts and Home Accessories Buyer. Ms. Goracke is well respected for her business pragmatism. Her experience holding many different roles across the company gives her an extremely broad retail background. As a result, she has an intricate depth of knowledge not just of Borsheims, but of the worldwide jewelry industry.