The Buckle, Inc. (BKE) announced today that Patricia K. Whisler, Senior Vice President of Women’s Merchandising, will retire from her position with the Company later this spring. Ms. Whisler joined the Company in February 1976 as a part-time sales person and later became the manager of a Buckle store before returning to the corporate office in 1983 to work with the growing merchandising team. She was named Vice President of Women’s Merchandising in May 2001 and Senior Vice President of Women’s Merchandising in March 2014.
Ms. Whisler has been an instrumental part of the Company’s success as she partnered with many branded vendors over the years to both market their brands and develop exclusive product for Buckle. Ms. Whisler also helped develop the Company’s private label brands, which have been a key complement to the strong selection of brands offered in the Company’s stores. Dennis H. Nelson, President and CEO, commented, “We would like to thank Pat for her 40 years of commitment and dedication to Buckle. We appreciate Pat’s passion for the product, her talent and creativity in identifying trends, and her leadership in developing such an outstanding women’s merchandising team.”
Offering a unique mix of high-quality, on-trend apparel, accessories, and footwear, Buckle caters to fashion-conscious young men and women. Known as a denim destination, each store carries a wide selection of fits, styles, and finishes from leading denim brands, including the Company’s exclusive brand, BKE. Headquartered in Kearney, Nebraska, Buckle currently operates 468 retail stores in 44 states, following the closing of one store this month in Holland, Michigan.