A professional headshot of Mark Blanco

Current

I work on an advanced analytics team for Unilever within the category management function at our Rogers, AR sales office. My specialty within the team is data analysis and visualization. I work in a collaborative effort across multiple functions, including: sales, supply chain, and category management.

I have experience and expertise in a wide variety of business intelligence tools listed below.

I am a co-lead on our diversity & inclusion business resource group within our AR office. The goal is to not only engage and educate within the office, but participating and engaging with the local community. Alongside that, I am leading the effort to make our office more sustainable.

Previous

Previously, I managed a retail store: Name Brand Clothing. We sold discounted and/or returned goods from department stores. Not only did we have to merchandise clothing, but housewares, shoes, and electronics. I was responsible for hiring, training, and managing 10-12 full and part-time employees.

In the summer of 2014 I was part of a team that founded and started a local chocolate company: Markham & Fitz. I initially helped out by developing the branding and packaging. Eventually I moved into both a financial and operational role. I mainted and evaluated the financials of the company, as well as, established operational procedures and protocols.

Tools Expertness

Tableau
Microsoft Power BI
Alteryx
RetailLink
JDA Space Planning
Nielsen AOD & OVT
IRi
Numerator

Where I Dabble

HTML/CSS

I set up this site by taking a prefabricated website template, customizing it to my specifications and publishing it through GitHub. If you want to check out the repository, you can find me on GitHub at boombranco.

C#

The tool of choice for the Data Architect on my team at Unilever is C#. I took it upon myself to gain some proficiency in C# so that in his absenses, I can create basic processes and run his processes.

Python

Python is one of the programming languages used by data scientists. Working in data analytics, the future is going to require a working knowledge of ML and AI. Data Science is a driving force behind that.

Entrepreneurship

Whether it is Entrepreneurship or Intrapreneurship, being able to build something from the ground up really sharpens skills you never thought you had. That is why I am proud to have been a Co-Founder of Markham & Fitz.

Sustainability

I have implemented a recycling program not only at our office, but at our entire building complex. Purchase Carbon Offsets for yearly energy consumption.

Diversity and Inclusion

I am a co-chair of a business resource group that focuses on creating a more diverse and inclusive workspace and community.

Mentorship

I am currently investing time by mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters and to a couple full-time MBA students at the University of Arkansas.

Travel

I love experiencing new places and cultures. It is so refreshing to get out of your daily rythm and try new things and meet people that are different than you.

Soccer

I have been playing soccer since I was in elementary school. It is just a fun sport that requires strategy, coordination, and teamwork.

Fashion Design

My undergraduate degree was in Apparel Merchandising. There is so much creativity that can go into the simplest of garments. My clothing of choice: basics.