Skills

Skills

Program Management

Sourcing / Purchasing

Budget Management

Contract Negotiation

Final Billing

Work History

Work History
Jun 2004 - Present

On-Site Meeting Manager

Freelance
  • Provide on-site support for small meetings and conferences at local area venues.
  • Oversee all on-site details including set up, greeting attendees, physician speakers and clients, troubleshooting issues, coordinating audio-visual services, registration, and food & beverage compliance.
  • Ensure that meeting adheres to client’s parameters and provide specific detailed reporting following the event.
Feb 2008 - Jul 2010

Accountant

MERIDIAN ENTERPRISES CORPORATION
  • Prepared sales & use tax returns for 17 U.S. states on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Streamlined the sales & use tax process by establishing online accounts to e-file returns.
  • Monitored company inbox and processed daily invoice requests in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Worked cooperatively with Account Managers to resolve any issues hindering the invoicing process.
Jul 1997 - Jan 2008

Group Incentive Travel

MERIDIAN ENTERPRISES CORPORATION

Travel Program Manager

  • Managed all logistical details of group travel incentive programs; transportation, food & beverage, meal guarantees, meeting space, room set-up, audio-visual, off-site events, activities and VIP requests.
  • Focused on budget management; kept track of spending and documented cost savings on program budgets from $150,000 to $2.5 million.
  • Adhered to all contractual deadlines, turn-around times and standard operating procedures.
  • Communicated in a professional manner with clients, program participants, vendors, upper management and internal team members.

Travel Purchasing Manager

  • Developed detailed travel proposals, budgets and PowerPoint presentations for new business opportunities.
  • Successfully sourced hotel space and negotiated contracts with hotels, cruise lines and DMCs for best pricing, concessions and payment terms.
  • Maintained positive relationships and a high level of professionalism when interacting with suppliers, account executives and internal teams.
  • Utilized my accounting background to reduce budgeting and costing errors, thereby increasing the accuracy of program budgets.

Group Travel Accountant

  • Prepared client billings in accordance with the parameters outlined in the client’s letter of agreement.
  • Reviewed hotel/supplier invoices and compared against contracted services to ensure accuracy.
  • Conducted a detailed variance analysis of budgeted vs. actual program costs.
  • Audited travel & expense reports to confirm that all spending followed company policies.

Education

Education

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Fontbonne University

Bachelor of General Studies

University of Missouri-St. Louis