Mr. Hoeppner has over 30 years of progressive experience in a variety of leadership roles spanning across Merchandising, Marketing and Operations in the restaurant, retail and consumer business sectors.
He has the proven ability to combine vision, leadership and creativity with a well-developed understanding of the marketplace to develop and execute business strategies which deliver successful customer-focused solutions.
He began his career in the restaurant industry gaining experience in customer service, supply chain strategies and P&L management. He then joined the Shopko retail business in store operations and then became a senior buyer, gaining deep strategic knowledge in product and market development, competitive positions and supply chain strategy and execution. Allen joined School Specialty in 2008 where he has held a variety of roles in Merchandising and Operations providing strategic oversight and business expansion execution. In his current role he is responsible for leadership and oversite of furniture and supplies merchandising, category assortment and supplier matrix management as well as proprietary brand manufacturing. Allen’s team keeps School Specialty relevant in the marketplace where our depth and breadth of product offering is unparalleled. Allen earned his BBA in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Mr. Hoeppner joined School Specialty in 2008 and serves as Senior Vice President of Merchandising.