Dillard's Creates Winning Formula for Recruiting UNT Merchandising Talent
September 02, 2009

Merchandising graduates at UNT are adding to the rich alumni legacy at Dillard's, one of the nation's largest fashion apparel and home furnishings retailers.  According to Dillard's Executive Development Coordinator, Kathy Payne, recent UNT graduates, Brooke Smith (BS 2008), Alyx Martinez (BS 2009), and Tracey Challinor (BS 2009), represent the caliber of employees that they seek to recruit and hire. "UNT provides a wealth of talented individuals who are outgoing, energetic, and reliable, just the type of employee we need to grow our business."  Read below to learn about some of the exciting career paths for UNT merchandising alumni.

Alyx Martinez started working as a sales associate for Dillard's during her junior year at UNT to gain retail experience.  Energized by the challenge of increasing sales, Alyx applied and was accepted into the Manager-in-Training (MIT) program, where she continued to excel at Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville.  Currently, Alyx serves as the Edge Shop Business Manager at The Parks Mall in Arlington.

Tracey Challinor began her career at Dillard's in the MIT program developing her leadership skills locally at the Golden Triangle Mall location in Denton.  Her MIT experience unveiled her passion for the cosmetic business, and she was recently promoted to Estee Lauder Business Manager.


Brooke Smith is no stranger to retail with boutique experience in women's contemporary branded merchandise.  Dillard's quickly seized the opportunity to leverage Brooke's retail savvy as their Edge Shop Manager at Stonebriar Center in Frisco.

These are just a few of UNT merchandising alumni at Dillard's making a difference and charting their career success.  With over 315 Dillard's locations spanning 29 states, opportunities extend well beyond the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

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