association founder and executive director resume example with 20+ years of experience

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Professional Summary

Multi-talented Association Founder and Executive Director successful at managing any association role in order to maximize business success from initiation. Visionary Leader with exceptional history of raising capital and building membership. Thoughtful leader of workplace and employees with introduction of innovative office norms to boost productivity and worker satisfaction. I am committed to the causes that I represent and versed in public speaking. Director eager to contribute to team success through hard work, attention to detail and excellent organizational skills. Clear understanding of our mission and training in that mission. Motivated to learn, grow and excel.

  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Member acquisition
  • Financial administration
  • Business planning
  • Business Trends Training
  • Revenue Generation
  • Staff Management
  • Contract Management
  • Project Management
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Strategic Planning
  • Consulting
  • Budgeting
  • Business administration
  • Financial Management
  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Computer skills
  • New Business Development
  • Meeting planning
  • Events logistics management
  • Vendor and contract negotiations
  • Leadership
University Of Arizona Tucson, AZ Expected in 05/1979 Associate of Science : Business Management - GPA :
Work History
Nextfund - Association Founder and Executive Director
Sarasota, FL, 03/2018 - Current
  • Developed a strategic plan to align the independent meeting planners to understand their combined importance in the hospitality Industry. No organization had focused on this market in the past. Our effort over two years has been to bring 500 Million in Group Room Revenue to this Association.
  • Developed relationships with the major supplier hotel chains to understand the independent and how to develop promotions designed to entice this market.
  • Orchestrated positive media coverage and stakeholder relations as public face of The Alliance of Independent Meeting Professionals
  • Shaped solutions and approaches by leveraging trends in customer marketplaces and industries.
  • Orchestrated positive media coverage and stakeholder relations as public face of the Alliance of Independent Meeting Professionals.
  • Fostered new business through participation in trade shows and initiating communications with prospective clients via phone and email .
Car Gurus - Managing Partner/Meeting Professional
Detroit, MI, 04/1986 - Current

As one of the very first independent meeting professionals, I developed the commission based payment system for clients to utilize our services.

  • Established and implemented business procedures and process improvements.
  • Negotiated complex vendor contracts for hotel, transportation, entertainment, audio-visual and catering needs.
  • Fulfilled contractual obligations, including communications, vendor coordination, schedule creation, budget administration and rehearsal and day of event coordination.
  • Managed administrative logistics of events planning, including contract signing, fee collection, event booking and event promotions.
The Gregg Zaun Foundation - Executive Director (Non Profit)
City, STATE, 07/2002 - 05/2004
  • Worked closely with organizational leadership, including board of directors, to strategically affect direction of operations.
  • Exercised appropriate cost control to meet budget restrictions and maximize profitability.
  • Collected and interpreted key metrics to determine which programs met desired outcomes or required further streamlining for success.
  • Prioritized and allocated valuable resources to meet business targets.
  • Managed administrative logistics of events planning, including contract signing, fee collection, event booking and event promotions.
  • Developed and produced strong revenue producing events promoting the need for more Parkinson's research and treatment.
Doubletree Hotels - National Sales Director
City, STATE, 09/1984 - 03/1986

Developed the famous Doubletree Cookie Program.

  • Handled guest complaints and offered complimentary services to maintain high guest satisfaction rates.
  • Liaised with marketing and product development departments to maintain brand consistency.
  • Negotiated and closed agreements with large customers and monitored and analyzed performance metrics.
  • Worked diligently to resolve unique and recurring complaints, promoting loyalty and enhancing operations.
  • Directed work of efficient administrative team maintaining accurate sales, inventory and order documentation.
  • Established and adjusted selling prices by monitoring costs, competition and supply and demand.
  • Directed effective hiring, orientation, training, development, and retention of sales staff to maximize team performance.
  • Predicted shifts in regional and national marketplaces using current industry knowledge to stay ahead of competition.
  • Empowered and led driven sales team to build product awareness and exceeded revenue targets.
MHM Inc. - Pre Opening/Opening Sales and Operations Manager
City, STATE, 03/1979 - 02/1984

Opened and trained the sales teams for 6 different Granada Hometels (Embassy Suites today) in Texas.

  • Targeted prospects in other territories through careful research of competitor products, services, and trends.
  • Built deep relationships with local businesses and CVB partner sales teams by employing industry expertise and knowledge, retail strategies and sales tactics.
  • Identified opportunities for growth each location and collaborated with sales teams to reach sales goal.
  • Marketed our hotel to targeted audience at trade shows and events.
  • Coached and promoted high-achieving sales and account management employees to fill leadership positions with qualified staff and boost company growth.
  • Created and implemented new business opportunities by utilizing strategic networking strategies.

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School Attended

  • University Of Arizona

Job Titles Held:

  • Association Founder and Executive Director
  • Managing Partner/Meeting Professional
  • Executive Director (Non Profit)
  • National Sales Director
  • Pre Opening/Opening Sales and Operations Manager


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