Committed and dedicated to the benefit of academia. Highly skilled in budget and program development and adherence to meet university objectives and drive growth. Eager to utilize in-depth knowledge of alumni affairs, development and events to promote the University within the community for the benefit of the students.
Extremely motivated professional with many years of entrepreneurial and management experience. Capable of creating and maintaining professional and loyal relationships with co-workers, staff and clients. Extensive experience in managing administrative staff and program employees. Comfortable working independently as a manager and leader and as a collaborative team member. Excellent training, educating, motivating and supporting skills. Competent in applying years of business acumen and experience, exercising decisive judgment to meet and exceed organizational goals.
Event planning and logistics
Enthusiastic team player
Focused and driven
Exceptional problem solver
Knowledge of market trends
Articulate public speaker
Contract negotiations and administration
Go-to-market strategy development
Public relations expert
CASE Dental Donor Brunch Event ProducerCWRU | Cleveland, OH | Aug 2019-Oct 2019
Managed program from initial concept to completion.
Organized venue, budget, guest list, nametags, catering and event timelines.
Recommended money-saving strategies.
Managed catering services, audio-visual services and housekeepers.
Negotiated with vendors and subcontractors to maintain event budget.
Designed and maintained spreadsheets documenting vendor, facility and guest information.
Developed timeline for project and for future planning.
Handled any problems or issues during project implementation.
Updated event plans based on changing objectives, specifications and staff availability.
Oversaw budgets for project, tracked expenses and timelines and communicated with key stakeholders on milestones.
Produced event collateral within University design standards.
Event Specialist / Fundraiser / ConsultantCleveland State University | Cleveland, OH | Nov 2014-Aug 2019
Comprehensive program and event design for the University - Presidential Events, Commencement, Fundraising and Development Events, Alumni Events and Programs, Building Dedications, Grand Openings, Ribbon Cuttings, Lecture Series, Homecoming, Nationwide Donor Events, Cocktail Parties, Galas, Conference and Symposiums. Responsible for - Conception, Creation, Development, Marketing, Event, Planning, Design and Decor, Program, Budget, Profit and Loss, Outreach and Follow-up, Volunteer Management, Registrations, Lodging and Transportation, Program Design and Management.
Responsible for - Alumni programming/events, Volunteer engagement, Student programming, Alumni initiatives, Out of Town Chapter activities, College-based outreach, Board recruitment, Athletics support, Alumni travel, Vendor relations, Reunions, Alumni networking, Alumni awards programs, Homecoming and Campus events.
Dramatically increased the volume and variety of activities to engage alumni at different life stages with diverse life interests.
Developed programs to incorporate alumni engagement strategies in all divisional and campaign planning/operations.
Designed, refined and coordinated focused, award winning programming
Implemented award winning programming, reaching alumni/friends at different life points, including "Passport Cleveland," "Viking Days for Viking Families," the Young Alumni Council, "CSU2U," "On the Road," the "Women's Leadership Symposium, "Viking Travelers," "Exclusively Yours," "Then and Now", "2nd Act", Viking Alumni Recruiters, faculty outreach programs and athletic-related alumni events.
Annually produced University-wide Homecoming with representation from across campus.
Showcased "Fascinating Alumni" with remarkable life achievements.
Partnered with deans of colleges to revitalize chapter organizational structure engaging alumni volunteers in regional, corporate, affinity, and college-based chapters.
Successfully led and directed key events which result in increased giving by participating alumni
Monitored and managed each project's bottom line to ensure that maximum benefit was realized for each expenditure.
Negotiated with vendors and subcontractors to maintain all event budgets.
Presented, attended and participated in industry events.
Assessed event success and uncovered room for improvement through client feedback.
Coordinated vendors, timelines and budgets for events.
Managed catering services, audio-visual services and housekeepers.
Organized venues, budgets, guest lists, catering and event timelines.
CEO / Fundraiser / Consultant /Freelance Event ProducerHMP Events | Cleveland, Ohio | Jan 1994-Jan 2014
Produced Cleveland's largest event, Cleveland's Bicentennial, with attendance of 1.1 million
Marketed and promoted business successfully for 20 years
Coordinated hundreds of fundraisers
Wrote and received grants for a variety of nonprofit organizations
Founded an IRS 501c3 non profit organization
Provided destination management services
Designed and decorated high profile gala affairs
Produced large scale outdoor festivals
Sold sponsorship and events
Created giving opportunities
Developed in kind partnerships
Developed corporate event programs and celebrations
Coordinated and implemented parades
Conceived and implemented yearlong Bicentennial Celebrations for governments
Managed budgets and negotiated all services
Created comprehensive media marketing campaigns.
Celebrated grand openings
Organized thousands of volunteers
Trained and managed staff
Designed and Produced Team Building events and Murder Mysteries
Assessed all aspects of business operations to implement a realistic annual budget
Leveraged social media to expand market reach
Created and implemented marketing and advertising strategies for strategic growth and to support company's revenue goals
Maintained up-to-date knowledge of all statutory requirements and regulations
Owned and managed daily operations of business, including supervising employees and providing onsite training and continuing education to staff
Maintained records for event and project production, inventory, income, and expenses
Developed favorable relationships with vendors and contractors, facilitating contract negotiation and the implementation of marketing and sales strategies
Managed all financial functions such as operations budgeting, accounts payable and accounts receivable, and payroll
M.Ed.: Sports, Facility and Event ManagementCleveland State University | Cleveland, OH
B.S.: Interpersonal CommunicationOhio University | Athens, Oh
Certificate in Fund Raising Management
Certificate in Project Management
Certificate in Social and Mobile Marketing
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), 2014 - current
Green Ribbon Coalition / Lakefront Board, Activation Chair and Board Member
Parma Chamber: Member
PAX: Peace For Animals Pet Food Bank: Director and Volunteer
Cleveland Zoological Society: Member
Great Lakes Science Center: Member
Cleveland Aquarium: Member
St. Bridget of Kildare PTA: Member
St. Charles Sports Boosters: Secretary, Board Member and Volunteer