Accomplished executive with demonstrated ability in program management, strategic communications, and employee relations.
•Market six incentive and training programs via paid, earned and social media
•Substantiate early education initiatives through measurable outcomes
•Educate legislators and public at large on the need for early childhood programs
•Establish and maintain community partnerships to extend the grant impact
•Produce quarterly newsletter to nurture unity amongst area childhood development programs
•Participate in trainings and forums to improve knowledge of early education and nonprofit administration
•Facilitate meetings to promote collaboration and efficiency
•Observe and evaluate child care environment and develop plan for quality care improvement in accordance with state regulations
•Monitor grants available and assess future needs that can be addressed through grant funding
Accomplishments: Conceptualized and produced an early childhood development panel discussion for local television and webcast; pitched and produced a weekly early childhood development newspaper column for Smart Start and community partners; developed a collaborative early literacy initiative targeting 2500 children ages zero to five; funded the collaborative effort with the successful completion of two grant applications; reduced duplication of services by successfully negotiating the merger of two early childhood councils tasked with the same mission; served as chair-elect for the merged council; wrote and received a grant for $168,000; utilized community partnerships to extend Smart Start initiatives through 2013.
•Managed, scheduled, and evaluated a team of 18 company drivers and 3 office staff
•Established and maintained contractual relationships with more than 100 companies and freight brokers
•Exercised immediate problem solving skills and risk management before, during and after load transit
•Implemented incentive program and principles of performance evaluation
•Redesigned transportation schedule and routes to reduce transit costs by minimizing deadhead miles
•Cultivated customer relationships and maintained service satisfaction
•Analyzed operational policies and procedures and implemented efficiency improvements
•Administered office systems and computer network
•Formulated and negotiated rates to remain competitive while maintaining the necessary profit margin
•Assessed industry growth patterns to develop strategic operations plan
•Coordinated with maintenance department for routine and over the road truck & trailer repairs
•Maintained knowledge of and compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulations
Accomplishments: Maintained profitability after losing primary customer which constituted an 85% loss of business; reduced turnover rate from 40% to 5% by improving employee relations; improved efficiency by modernizing antiquated operating practices; absorbed a 50% increase in the price of fuel without increasing the operations budget; maintained excellent customer service to be awarded 2006 “Best of the Best” and 2008 “Most Reliable Carrier” by C.H. Robinson Worldwide; positioned company to be awarded 2007 Minority Business of the Year in the Service Industry by the Kansas Department of Commerce
•Worked with four other commissioners in the allocation and administration of $16 million city budget for a town of 6800 residents
•Prioritized budget allocations based on citizen input as well as current and future community needs
•Evaluated and sustained core city services within the parameters of actual and projected revenue
•Set city policies and determined long-term municipal priorities
•Managed and evaluated the city manager and the administration of policies and budget
•Reviewed and approved contractual agreements and construction change orders
•Maintained accountability with citizens and co-commissioners by being approachable; listening to concerns; and finding resolution
•Promoted community growth and quality of life to a diverse mix of audiences
Accomplishments: Championed redesign of city website to be an effective marketing and communications tool; provided leadership in the expenditure of a .35% special sales tax for completion of a new pool and library; implemented an infrastructure capacity study for planned growth; established a partnership with the local TV station to improve government transparency; initiated the restructure of the Abilene Economic Development Council to improve efficiency and re-engage council members; addressed local government officials and appointees from around the state of Kansas at the League of Kansas Municipalities Diversity Breakfast as keynote speaker and received a standing ovation
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