Polished, accomplished Catering Manager with exceptional experience and success managing catering in top-rated establishments in social and corporate markets. Blends passion for customer service and knowledge of event planning with compelling and articulate presentation skills. "Big-picture" thinker and highly organized with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. First class client relationship reputation with a dynamic personality that closes the sale.
Microsoft Office proficient
Private Events ManagerJan 2011 - Dec 2013 ClubCorp, The Houston ClubHouston, TX
Received Top Performer, Business and Sports Division Award, 2013; achieving 138% of sales plan.
Created and developed outside catering and food delivery program, generating annual sales in excess of $60K; program is now implemented by Business and Sports Clubs nationwide.
Advisor of event trends and equipment recommendations, including audio visual, linens, and decor during $3.5 million renovation.
Identified and qualified customer needs, developed sales strategies through a comprehensive Competitive Market Analysis.
Built strong client relationships and recommended high value-adding services, resulting in a 119% check average increase year-over-year
Catering and Restaurant ManagerDec 2009 - Jan 2011 Shade RestaurantHouston, TX
Managed and directed all aspects of outside catering operations, including staff management, expense control, menu selection, and equipment rental generating annual sales in excess of $550K
Promoted the restaurant through participation in and sponsorship of community events.
Managed daily restaurant operations generating annual sales in excess of $1.5 million.
Catering Sales ManagerOct 2008 - Dec 2009 French Corner CateringHouston, TX
Listed as #6 caterer according to the 2009 Houston Business Journal Book of Lists, with annual sales in excess of $4.5 million.
Created winning proposal for a city bid for a satellite storefront inside the Houston Community College Colman Campus; opened January 2010.
Manor House Assistant ManagerMay 2007 - Jun 2008 The Houstonian Hotel, Club & SpaHouston, TX
Directed and organized daily operations of all food, beverage and banquets generating annual sales in excess of $1.2 million.
Organized special events in the restaurant, including receptions, promotions and corporate functions.
Promoted the business through participation in and sponsorship of community events.
Catering ManagerAug 2005 - Dec 2006 River Oaks Country ClubHouston, TX
Served as creative advisor to the Wine Committee to plan monthly themed wine dinners, including a Chateau Haut Brion dinner and a Chevalier du Tastevin ceremony and dinner
Provided exceptional coordination of upscale events serving two to 400 guests.
Bachelor of Arts: public history1996 Texas Lutheran UniversitySeguin, TX
Elite Diploma: Culinary Arts2002 The Culinary Institute, Alain & Marie LeNotreHouston, TX
International Special Events Society (ISES)
Meeting Planners International (MPI)
Les Dames d'Escoffier, Houston chapter Co-President 2008-2010