For more than 15 years, retail sales professional Anthony Paniszczyn has ascended through a series of management positions with Staples, Inc. The U.S. office supply chain, which has more than 2,000 outlets in 26 countries, hired him as a sales manager for a single store in 1994. Today, Anthony Paniszczyn works as Director of Labor for U.S. Retail Store Operations at Staples corporate headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts. A graduate of St. Bernard High School, a private Roman Catholic institution in Uncasville, Connecticut, Anthony Paniszczyn studied for several years at the University of Connecticut. He completed his undergraduate education at Eastern Connecticut State University, which awarded him a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 1988. While still in school, Mr. Paniszczyn started working for Sears Roebuck and Co. as a management trainee and eventually earned a promotion to Sales Development Manager. In 1990, he accepted a position as Commissioned Sales Manager with Lechmere, a New England retail chain for which he worked the next three years. After gaining experience as a Sales Manager, Assistant General Manager, and General Manager with Staples, Anthony Paniszczyn moved to Divisional Training Manager for a Staples regional division that comprised 350 stores. In this position, Mr. Paniszczyn devised training strategies that would increase sales and service as well as improve mid-level and top management performance. In subsequent years, he also held two other positions with the regional division, including Divisional Operations Manager and Divisional Sales and Service Manager. He then moved into corporate management roles supporting Staples US Retail: Project Manager of Inventory Management Process Improvement, Senior Manager of Labor Planning, and his current role as Director of Labor - US Retail.