Strategic and creative thinker with combination of event management and marketing expertise; uncompromising ethics and integrity; ability to thrive in fast-paced, intense and demanding environments; excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship management skills; proven ability to manage multiple, concurrently running projects with aggressive deadlines; and proven success in facilitating cooperation among others to move projects forward. Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and Cvent working knowledge. Knowledge of the hospitality industry and seasonality in dealing with hotels and corporate event related vendors Well developed and professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effective with people at all organizational levels. Proven ability to problem-solve with creative thinking. Currently working towards CMP certification
Event Manager01/2008 to Current Latham & Watkins, LLP
Working with firm's Attorney Development and Marketing Departments, planned and managed more than 95 local, national, and global events annually, ranging in size from 10 to 2100 attendees.
Managed the event process from initial planning to event execution, aligning each project with firm's business and strategic objectives, while developing a best practice approach for all Latham & Watkins events to aid in the ROI development for the firms marking initiatives.
Oversaw the firm's annual multi-day Partner Retreat of over 700 VIPs and a budget of $6.5 million; coordination included site selection, contract negotiation, outside speaker offers and multiple off-site events.
Manages end to end requirements for mid-to-large sized meetings including contract negotiations, accommodations, transportation, location, catering, displays, and special need requirements.
Designs, implements, and manages the logistics for all firm meetings and events, including but not limited to Annual Partners Meeting, Executive Committee Meetings and Retreats, Practice Office Retreats, Department and Practice Group Retreats, Training Academies, and Administrative Department Meetings.
Leads firm wide meeting and event projects to completion by overseeing all phases of the project from initial concept through execution and follow-up.
Directs all logistics for events including venue research and recommendations, researching available travel schedules, negotiating venue and vendor contacts, arranging appropriate transportation, pre-event meetings and scheduling.
In collaboration with relevant departments, prepares and maintains event communications including electronic invitations, websites and attendance lists.
Also collaborates with graphic design department to design event materials and maintenance of the meeting agenda.
Conducts post-event evaluations by maintaining detailed notes of event proceedings.
Makes recommendation on how to future events may be improved.
Destination Manager11/2005 to 01/2008 Scottsdale, AZ
Developed and coordinated multiple special event programs for various clients and assisted in each project from inception to final event production.
This included multimillion dollar customer accounts and following through on delivery of the product Planned and research logistics and activities for special events, conference, meeting and conventions, drawing on the Internet, trade association publications, database management and networking activities.
Organized and implemented various conventions, included exhibitor trade shows, large receptions and sit-down dinners, entertainment and production events, tours and creative learning experiences.
Coordinated with hotel/vendors on making selections and placing orders for food and beverage, timely room set-ups requirements, and proper staffing needs.
Ensuring a high level of executive care with special attention to travel logistics, room requirements, ground transportation, security services, and fulfilling special requests.
Collaborating on stage design, AV, lighting, graphics and banners, room décor, and overall production requirements.
Brainstorming to develop improved event planning processes, systems, and strategic approaches to continuously create successful events that make a positive impact on the organization.
Senior Account Manager
M.S: Hospitality, Administration ManagementAugust 2013L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CAHospitality, Administration Management
B.A: CommunicationMay 2003Hugh Downs School of Communication
Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZCommunication