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EVENT PLANNING

  • Expert at generating unique event concepts and producing the ultimate participant experience. Event and program design expertise: from room layout, event flow and agendas, to marketing collateral. Talented on-site coordinator and rapid trouble-shooter. Dedicated evaluation and continuous improvement on ROI.

The Meeting Maximizer, President (16 years) 1996 to present 

  • Have produced and directed over 600 events, both corporate and social
  • Manage hundreds of professional meetings including: annual meetings, retreats , morale events
  • Present seminars “Meeting on Topic, On Time, On Task”, “Eliminating Distractions for Effective Meetings”, Streamline Agendas Meetings for Increased Impact”, The Meeting Survival Kit,” and “The Savvy Meeting Planner”

The Fun Specialist, President (13 years) 1996-2009

  • Produced trusting, supportive environments improving corporate communication
  • Entertained, engaged, and empowered thousands of people through team building
  • Created audience participation skits provoking indelible memories of the corporate story
  • Offered  game creation and facilitation, balloon twisting, dancing, and singing

International Special Events Society, Vice-President of Programs  2001-2004

  • Planned, promoted, and coordinated 24 events for event industry professionals
  • Designed and executed “American Graffiti” themed event resulting in record-breaking attendance
  • Secured venue, décor, catering, audio visual, entertainment, florists and other various vendors

NSA Northwest, National Speaker Association, President 2008-2011

  • Planned and facilitated 30 meetings throughout Greater Seattle  of 30-65 speaking professionals
  • Produced the largest fundraiser in the 25-year history of the chapter resulting in raised 23% of annual budget
  • Established annual Speaker & Meeting Planner Forum to help meeting planners and speakers collaborate
  • Reduced annual operating budget by 29% while increasing the quality of service to members
  • Led modern, action-oriented meetings with  relevant topics , strengthening membership engagement
  • Speakers’ Corner – Created a new convention activity for 2500 attendees to have a speaking opportunities
  • First Timer’s Orientation – Produced sessions to help “Newbies” understand and value of the National convention

 

BRANDING DEVELOPMENT

  • Create, revise and refresh brand by listening, processing and synthesizing the company’s essence and transforming to digital, print, and living brand that never sleeps.
  • Identify opportunities for professional speakers to improve their image and created brand strategies
  • Recognize clients goals and capabilities, produce optimal plans based on their goals and resources. This includes: identifying target markets, ideal clients and access to target communities, researching competitors, evaluating current image and changing it to meet the goals, coaching individual clients weekly on how to “live their brand” and teaching clients to manage their in person, on the phone and online presence
  • Coach clients through “Return on Image” process. This including: assessing the clients financial and workload availability, utilizing online tools, setting up accounts, integrating social media, designing printed corporate collateral (business cards, photo shoots, signs, etc), production of digital branded forms (headers, signatures, consistent online branding) and revising and building effective and functional websites
  • Brands include Personal Camera Crew, Route 2 Results, NSA Northwest, The Art of Floral, The Flash Badge, Total Effects Video, Return On Image, The Meeting Maximizer

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA APPEARANCES

  • 16 Years of experience as a spokesperson and motivational speaker ranging from hosting events, entertaining and promoting products.
  • Professional Speaker, Emcee, to “person on the street” interviews 1996 to present
  • Video personality including corporate, social and personal videos 2005 to present
  • Voice overs, Sleep Country Canada, Hummingbird Software 2011 to present
  • Disc Jockey on radio Show, KUPS 90.1 for 1992-1996
  • Author, Columnist in Professional Speaker Magazine, Sales & Marketing Magazine 2008 to present
  • “Interviewee” on television, radio shows and for print media. Featured on Oprah, Today Show, Good Morning America, KING TV, KIRO TV, KOMO TV, KCPQ TV, KIRO Radio, NPR, Sales & Marketing Magazine, Professional Speaker Magazine-Contributing Writer, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Northwest Meeting and Events Magazine, Seattle Times, and Northwest Asian Weekly 1996-2011

 

TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCE

  • Tech savvy with a focus and interest on internet social media technologies.
  • Social media: Facebook, Youtube, Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Plancast, Foursquare, Google+, Google hangouts, Hootsuite, Storylane
  • Favorite Mobile Tools: Glympse, Workflowy, Skitch, Square, Expense Manager, Tedair, Jefit, Photoshake
  • Video production: Editing, Greenscreening: Premiere, Photoshop, Soundbooth, Sony, Camtasia
  • Websites: Domain and hosting management, WordPress, Dreamweaver, Bluehost, Filezilla
  • Naming: Researching trademarks, claiming names on social media, creating tag lines
  • Creating systematic processes for automating routine tasks
  • Office essentials: Word, Outlook, One Note, Excel, Acrobat, Movie Maker, Project, Powerpoint, Central Desktop, Basecamp, Salesforce, Zoho, Google Docs, Google Voice, Skype, Dropbox, Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Publisher

 

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

  • Continually evaluating, developing, and training others to produce events and run their businesses.
  • Return On Image – Branding coaching, making sure their image is marketing their company 24/7
  • Coaching individual clients with weekly 1 hour sessions
  • Teaching clients to manage their in person, on the phone and online presence
  • SpeakerHowTos.com – Online Resources for Professional’s Speakers
  • Producing online tutorials for small businesses to automate their business tasks
  • Leading sessions on methods to systemize office operations
  • NSA Northwest, National Speaker Association
  • Hired, trained and managed a new administrator to fit the new chapter needs
  • Developed new standard operating procedures
  • Reduced operating budget from $21k to $15k while improving the chapter quality

 

TEAM MANAGEMENT

  • My leadership philosophy is to lead by example with open communication and accountability. 1996-2011
  • President of the National Speakers Association of the Northwest (NSA), 2008-2011
  • VP of Programs, International Special Events Society (ISES), Seattle Chapter Founding Board Member, 2001 -2004
  • Speaker Chair of the Women’s Business Exchange (WBE), 1998

 

EDUCATION

  • University of Puget Sound, Bachelors in Business Administration, Emphasis in Marketing

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