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Posted March 26, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Beauty + Fashion + Style
 
 

[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Sherri McMullen (Retail: Clothing)

Sherri McMullen
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In 25 Words or Less

Posted: March 9, 2016

Editor’s Note: Sherri is in a category of one, being the only African American owner of a luxury designer women’s clothing boutique in the San Francisco Bay Area.

THE BASICS
Name: Sherri McMullen
Age: 40s • Status: Single • Kids: Yes
Place of Birth: Edmond, OK • Raised: Oklahoma City, OK
Professional Background: Owner of a luxury designer retail business in Oakland called McMullen.
What achievement or position are you most known for? Owning a high end women’s retail business for almost a decade in Oakland.
Contact/Follow: WebsiteEmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterInstagram
25 WORDS OR LESS: WORK
Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: I was an accountant in my prior career. I studied Business and majored in Accounting in college.
Field: Retail
Yrs of Experience: 20
Title: Owner and Buyer
Company: McMullen • Oakland/Piedmont
What it does and what I do: McMullen is a luxury designer women’s retail business. We focus on supporting emerging designers from all of the world.
Current Big Project: Store expansion and our 10 year anniversary celebration.
Staffing/Resource Needs: We are always looking for talent in sales or marketing.
25 WORDS OR LESS: PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: Opening a store in 2007 during a recession and in Oakland was my biggest challenge. It worked out well.
Significant Mistake/Regret: One year, I had about 8-9 people on payroll. I grew quickly and thought I needed that kind of staffing. Turned out, I didn’t.
Significant Accomplishment: Opening my store, McMullen, watching it grow and being able to be a part of a community of women business owners in Oakland.
Biggest Strength(s): Juggling it all- buying, finance, marketing, selling. I work in 4 seasons at one time. I have to live 3-6 months out.
Biggest Weakness(es): When I achieve a goal, sometimes I don’t sit to enjoy it. I’m on to the next goal.
Career Advice: Do only what you love in life. Anything else is a waste of time.
25 WORDS OR LESS: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: Running my first marathon in 2005.
Significant Accomplishment: I just gave birth to a precious baby boy. By far, the biggest personal accomplishment.
Life Advice: Do what comes natural for you and don’t live by anyone’s standards but your own.
25 WORDS OR LESS: OFF THE TOP
Trait(s) most admired in others: Honesty, integrity, sense of humor and passion.
Some causes/organizations I support: Oakland Ballet, Oakland School of Arts, Wardrobe for Opportunity.
Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 10
Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: The Dailey Method, Running.
Some of my favorite local hangouts: Boot & Shoe, Lake Merritt, Penrose.
Some of my favorite TV shows: Blackish, The Good Wife, How to Get Away with Murder.
Favorite Vacation Spot(s): France, Spain, Mexico.
Place(s) I would like to visit: Morocco, Egypt.
Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): The Ballet – watching, not performing!
Favorite Book(s): What to Expect when you are Expecting, The Alchemist.
Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Beth Ann Hardison, Robin Washington.
Something about me that may surprise you: I work all of the time. Actually, would that surprise people?
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