Michelle Hoffman, a regional manager at The Buckle Inc. since 2008, has been promoted to vice president of sales in a series of executive shifts at the Kearney, Neb.-based teen specialty chain.

Hoffman succeeds Kari Smith, who last month was promoted to executive vice president of stores. She joined Buckle in 1979 and served as a store manager and district manager prior to her promotion to regional manager.

In other promotions at the chain, Patricia Whisler and Robert Carlberg, vice presidents of women’s and men’s merchandising, respectively, have been promoted to senior vice president. Whisler had held her most recent title since 2001, and Carlberg since 2006.

Karen Rhoads has been named senior vice president of finance after serving as vice president of finance since 1991. She continues as the company’s chief financial officer. Kyle Hanson, general counsel and corporate secretary, has added the title of vice president, and Brett Milkie, vice president of leasing since 1996, has been promoted to senior vice president of leasing.

Buckle currently operates 450 stores in 43 states, with its heaviest concentration in the Midwest.

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