Well-traveled executive project/program manager and leader, specializing in African markets, with a strong commitment to creating economically viable service organizations. Experienced in working with highly diverse groups in international and domestic markets across broad cultural boundaries to accomplish common goals. Record of success in developing leisure and hospitality venues, editing, writing for international publications, pr/social media, building recruitment and fundraising programs for nonprofit and service organizations. Skilled attorney with exceptional strengths in contract negotiations, broad knowledge of employment and immigration issues, excellent business skills.
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Director of Business Development01/2015 to 05/2016 Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club, Kaduna
Over saw all aspects of Business Development for the Polo Club as well as the Kangimi Resort side of the business.
Managed Resort; F&B, Accommodations; taking from 'friends and family' to operating destination resort, and corporate retreat facility, responsible for all event planning, design and staff.
Director of the Club's international level Polo Tournaments; Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield Tournament, African Patrons Cup, and Sallah Tournaments overseeing all aspects including press, social media, fundraising, of corresponding CSR initiatives - UNICEF projects in northern Nigeria and Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign/Pink Polo.
Edited and wrote articles for the Fifth Chukker Magazine, working with art director, printers, distribution across twenty plus countries worldwide in addition to on-line distribution.
Worked closely with title sponsor, led senior management team in negotiations to renew MOU, represented FC at all press conferences in conjunction with sponsorship.
Oversaw team responsible for generating event sponsors and participants as well as generation of adverts for Magazine.
In-house producer for Access Bank documentary film and CNN/Inside Africa piece re polo in Nigeria working closely with CNN producer on script, interviews.
Responsible for revamp of social media platforms, coordinating with redesign of web site.
As member of executive team, wrote and presented for Kaduna State government meetings as stakeholder in Resort.
Legal Counsel01/2007 to 01/2014 Southern Hemisphere Development PartnersNew York
Provided legal expertise and negotiating support for the senior principals in the early stages of a 10-year project to develop a petrochemical manufacturing facility in Nigeria and an associated non-governmental organization (NGO) that will support the development and community through job training, education, health and social services.
Lived and worked extensively in Nigeria working with an international team to develop business opportunities.
Represented senior principal at President of Mozambique Advisory Board's yearly conference in Maputo.
Created formation documents for the parent corporation and the associated NGO.
Led negotiations with the National Nigerian Petrochemical Company regarding permitting and site selection.
Consulted with principals on issues of employment law and staffing.
Planned and hosted cultural exchange events including trips by American Work to Ride youth polo program to competitions in Nigeria.
01/2000 to 01/2014 Terri M. Brennan, Immigration ServicesNew York, New York
Provide legal consultation and administrative law services on immigration and employment issues to corporate clients including Bertelsmann, the international multi-media entertainment company.
Research and advise on immigration and employment issues, ultimately managing more than 100 visa and Green Card holders.
Manager10/1996 to 11/2000 BMG EntertainmentNew York, New York
Drafted and negotiated employment contracts and settlement agreements for the RCA Music Group and other business units.
Managed litigation and coordinated with outside counsel on a wide variety of issues, including employment law, immigration law, employee tax issues, hiring, and terminations.
Planned and presented seminars on sexual harassment for 4,000 managers, supervisors, and employees.
Successfully represented the company during collective bargaining with multiple unions.
Paralegal01/1993 to 01/1996 Haythe & CurleyNew York, New York
Drafted settlement agreements and contracts and assisted the Managing Partner in business development.
Edited and authored sections of the Federal Publications' Personnel and Employment Law Manual, drafted business plans and financial projections for joint venture projects in China.
Director01/1989 to 01/1991 Edward Bilous Music Productions / RK Music ProductionsNew York, New York
Directed sales and marketing programs for two leading commercial and industrial music houses.
Produced and organized new business presentations, including audio and video demos, identified targets, and coordinated creative design and production.
Introduced prospecting, presentation, and incentive programs that significantly increased sales.
Director01/1989 Morris & Associates, IncNew York, New York
Consultant to advertising agencies on strategies for identifying prospective clients and achieving objectives for new business development.
Developed target firm profiles and outreach strategies that increased sales opportunities.
Production Associate01/1988 National Artists Management CompanyNew York, New York
Represented a Broadway production firm to artists and venues.
Drafted artist and venue contracts, reviewed and evaluated scripts and scores, initiated contacts with potential investors.
Marketing Manager01/1984 to 01/1987 Revlon/FabergeNew York, New York
Managed launch and marketing of national brands, preparing copy and package designs, analyzing competitive data, and identifying new product opportunities.
P&L responsibility for a major product line.
Paralegal01/1981 to 01/1984 Perkins CoieSeattle, Washington
June 1997Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawNew York, New York J.D.Accelerated Entry Program; completed in 2.5 years Honors Journal of International and Comparative Law; Honorable Mention 1996 Cardozo/ABA Negotiation Competition Clerkships / Internships / Paralegal Service Sotheby's; Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
BA: Anthropology Public RelationsUniversity of WashingtonSeattle, WashingtonAnthropology Public Relations
The Downtown Association. Board of Trustees / Chair, Event Committee. All for Africa. Associate Board UNIFEM New York Chapter Board Women's Prison Association. Board of Directors, Chair of Audit Committee. Working Harbor Committee. Steering Committee / Awards Gala Dinner Co-chair Interests Cross-country riding and Polo; Shooting; Marathons (New York City Marathon 1989, 1993, 1995; London, 2009); Ski Instructor, PNSA (Pacific Northwest Ski Instructor Association) Associate Ranked; Statistician Seattle SuperSonics; Seattle Youth Symphony Training Orchestras.
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Volunteer Services The Downtown Association. Board of Trustees / Chair, Event Committee. All for Africa. Associate Board UNIFEM New York Chapter Board Women's Prison Association. Board of Directors, Chair of Audit Committee. Working Harbor Committee. Steering Committee / Awards Gala Dinner Co-chair Interests Cross-country riding and Polo; Shooting; Marathons (New York City Marathon 1989, 1993, 1995; London, 2009); Ski Instructor, PNSA (Pacific Northwest Ski Instructor Association) Associate Ranked; Statistician Seattle SuperSonics; Seattle Youth Symphony Training Orchestras.