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Knox Information 40 Underneath 40 awards: Victoria Holland, KARM Shops

Victoria Holland, 35, vp of operations, KARM Shops

Victoria Holland began working at KARM Shops as a newly married 24-year-old and has made her approach as much as vp of operations in 11 years.

Holland helped flip the thought of ​​thrifting at KARM Shops into an expertise. Her modern methods of merchandising hundreds of distinctive donated objects has shifted the procuring tradition from simply procuring on the thrift retailer to a procuring expertise that pulls individuals from different states.

She additionally created the imaginative and prescient for the KARM Shops Christmas retailer, rising the shop to a 40,000-square-foot facility bringing in 600% over what’s was doing 5 years in the past.

While you replicate in your profession to date, which achievement stands out most?

I began as a head cashier, labored my approach up, pursued my diploma all whereas being a spouse and new mother. I by no means anticipated to search out my ardour and goal in thrift, however I get to stroll in my strengths on daily basis. My paternal grandparents got here to America from Greece by the use of Ellis Island. I’ve to think about they by no means dreamed their granddaughter could be residing this wonderful “American Dream.” I’m now in a position to lead, encourage, practice and affect an organization that has 600-plus staff and supplies life-changing companies to the homeless in Knoxville.

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