Hilco Merchant Resources announced the promotion of Raymundo Armendariz to the newly created position of director of operations, Special Projects.

In this new position, Armendariz will be responsible for oversight of all retail special projects for the retail inventory disposition firm.

Specifically, Armendariz will be responsible for ensuring that Hilco Merchant Resources (HMR) maintains high industry standards on all retail special projects including Pop-up Store Programs, Progressive Markdown Programs and Field Due Diligence. In addition he will support all other ongoing HMR projects.

Michael Keefe, CEO of Hilco Merchant Resources said “We’re thrilled to promote Ray to this important position. Ray’s extensive retail operations experience, attention to detail, and overall passion to exceed expectations makes him the perfect leader for this new retail special projects assignment.”

To date, Armendariz has successfully managed numerous transactions during his tenure at Hilco Merchant Resources including Mothercare (Australia), Radio Shack (Mexico), Lacks Furniture, and Sam Goody-Musicland. Most recently, Ray held the position of chief operating officer for the Steele’s & Deals retail brand, an off-price retail concept which HMR acquired from Stage Stores in 2014. Armendariz has very substantial retail operations experience, including over 12 years of service with Levitz Furniture.