owner resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Uniquely talented Marketing & Event Planner with a successful 20+ year record of managing key initiatives, partnerships and fundraising efforts from conception to completion. Consistently meet timelines and budgetary goals through effective resource management, negotiations, and creative problem solving. Personable communicator, known for building valuable long-term partnerships with donors, sponsors, clients, and complex volunteer structures. 
  • Global marketing
  • Account management
  • Quality leadership
  • Start-up background
  • Non-profit expertise in strategy & fiscal responsibility
  • Project management
  • Creative solution based
Owner | Event Architect, 11/2015 to Current
Milwaukee CountyMilwaukee, WI,
Clever Little Fox Event Company is comprised of passionate, independent designers specialized in working with small businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals devoted to making a positive, impactful and memorable experience through planning unforgettable events, Affordably.
Director of Events | Fundraising Initiatives, 03/2012 to 11/2015
Dover CorporationRoseville, CA,
  • Masterfully implemented best practices to surpass fundraising goals in both 2013 and 2014 events by 220% Exceeded expectations with managing Denver's largest women's conference "Women's Success Forum" held at the Colorado Convention Center.
  • Oversee all fundraising efforts, event ideation, event budgets, implementation and logistics, vendor negotiations, national speaker bureau needs, contracts and directives while also managing the needs of over 100 volunteers who assist in achieving TLI's objectives.
Owner | Event Architect, 2007 to 2012
City Of Chicago, IlChicago, IL,
  • Full-service boutique marketing, event, fundraising and concierge service company; provide expertise in the areas of Fundraising opportunities and implementation, budget management, creative event planning / design, committee support and management.
  • Design custom marketing campaigns, advertising, in-house sales materials, press releases and experiential events to assist clients in achieving goals.
  • Collaborate with clients, vendors, and complex volunteer structures.
  • Secured clients including; Kilowatt Bikes, Boston Scientific, NBKA of Denver, Plum TV Vail, Sonnenalp Real Estate / Christies Great Estates, Maggie's Promise, Fresno Ice LLC, Eastern Junior Hockey League, etc.
  • Hired to oversee author Tom Clancy, family and staff during his extended stay in Vail, CO; organized all arrangements, including; accommodations, daily chef prepared meals, and other requests to make trip a success.
Special Events Manager, 2005 to 2007
Vail Valley Medical Center's FoundationCity, STATE,
  • Raises valuable funds through events and annual appeals to support several programs, purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, training, and offer invaluable patient services at the Vail Valley Medical Center.
  • Designed and sustained sound development plans through donor and community-driven event management.
  • Collaborated effectively with elite business leaders, board members, donors, community leaders and organizations to partner with and contribute to the advancement of medical needs in the Central Rockies.
  • Exceeded fundraising and participation goals for all events by increasing yields 200%+; generated the highest donor participation rate and charitable contributions in Foundation's history to date.
  • Oversaw operations of 38+ unique events per year.
  • Worked with influential volunteer base to achieve financial and logistical objectives.
  • Reported directly to the Board of Directors on all event news; tracked contributors and gift amounts.
  • Crafted all press releases, psa's and printed materials related to events.
Marketing Director, 2004 to 2005
KZYR- The Zephyr RadioCity, STATE,

  • Directed all aspects of marketing for 2 resort radio stations.
  • Managed creative branding and key sales accounts.
  • Launched successful new marketing platform; exceeded monthly sales and marketing objectives for top accounts.
National Director of Marketing, 09/2003 to 05/2004
Untraditional MarketingCity, STATE,
  • Company conceived, developed, and facilitated partnership event marketing plans for a wide variety of clients including the Teva Mountain Games & First Descents Kayak Camp for Young Adults with Cancer.
  • Developed and managed key sponsorship alliances for events and clients.
  • Successfully fulfilled sponsor objectives, marketing directives, and media needs for largest outdoor adventure games competition in the U.S.Teva Mountain Games- now known as the GoPro Games)
  • Secured clients including Volkswagen, Teva, Sports Illustrated Adventure, Outlast Technologies, and FSN.
  • Awarded 2002 "Best Small Business Marketing Creative Campaign" by the Vail Tourism Bureau.
Marketing Consultant - Volant Ski Division, 2002 to 07/2002
GenX SportsCity, STATE,
Integrated US based marketing to new platform based in Toronto, Canada and Altenmarkt, Austria.  Oversaw all implementation plans and development for highly complex and successful global market re-launch of the Volant Ski brand
National Marketing Director, 2000 to 11/2001
Flying Dog BreweryCity, STATE,
  • Managed multimedia marketing, packaging, and branding campaigns.
  • Drove a 46% sales increase in first year of national distribution through successful new integrated and creatively diverse branding and packaging.
  • Executed branding guidelines to "Gonzo" artist Ralph Steadman & worked directly with Hunter S. Thompson for copy concepts.
Director of Marketing, 1997 to 2000
Volant SportsCity, STATE,
  • Coordinated all North American consumer and retail marketing initiatives.
  • Specialized in brand building, developing comprehensive marketing and communications strategies, sponsorship marketing and sales assistance, event and promotions marketing, strategic partnership development, consumer research and insight initiatives.
  • Managed athlete recruitment, contract negotiations, agency direction and team management.
  • Successfully re-established and revitalized Volant brand following acquisition by Gen X Sports in 2002.
  • Facilitated introduction of 2 new ski lines which including the most successful financial product launch in Volant's history yielding a profit over budget of 32%.
Bachelor of Arts: Corporate Communications, Expected in 1992 to Roger Williams University - Bristol, Rhode Island
Corporate Communications | Minor in Photography
Awarded Top Resident Assistant Award | Headmasters Award | Coaches Award for Women's Soccer | Active Student Planning Committee Member
Ambassador Dine Out for Life, Habitat for Humanity Builder, First Descents Kayak Camp for Kids with Cancer, Board Emeritus Women's Global Empowerment Fund, Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, ThinkFirst Head Injury Prevention Program.  
Dedicated to growing old in a healthy way by filling my days with family, skiing, hiking, nature, travel, photography and doing what I love for a living.
  • Agency management
  • Brand Development
  • Budget management
  • Contract negotiations
  • Event management
  • Fundraising Initiatives
  • Leadership development
Most excellent in: Microsoft Word, ​Excel, Powerpoint, Sales Force, Haiku
Additional Information
I'm a passionate individual who is highly motivated, creative and inspired to bring an affordable alternative to planning exceptional events and programs.

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School Attended

  • Roger Williams University

Job Titles Held:

  • Owner | Event Architect
  • Director of Events | Fundraising Initiatives
  • Owner | Event Architect
  • Special Events Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • National Director of Marketing
  • Marketing Consultant - Volant Ski Division
  • National Marketing Director
  • Director of Marketing


  • Bachelor of Arts

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