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Brian Gott

Accomplished Fundraiser & Relationship Manager

Work History

2017Present

Communications and Events Specialist

IKEA Charlotte

Responsible for communications, events, and developing relationships with community leaders to drive the business of IKEA Charlotte.

Decision-maker on fullfilling community donations to charities and leading company projects in the community with a focus on homelessness.

Accomplishments included partnering with more than a dozen charities, strengthening IKEA Charlotte's FAMILY program, and creating loyalty programs for IKEA Charlotte employees.

20152017

Community Relations Manager

Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center

Responsibilities included strategic planning, fundraising, internal and external communications, and community relations.

Accomplishments included starting 'Dine, Donate & Dash' fundraising event with honorary co-chair Stuart Watson, which raised more than $30,000 over two years, along with recruiting WBTV's Dedrick Russell and former NBC Charlotte anchor Beth Troutman to emcee Anuvia's annual luncheon.

20142015

Marketing Specialist

IKEA Stoughton (Boston)

Responsibilities included Driving visitation and top of mind awareness, generating earned media, managing owned media, building community partnerships, and manager on duty shifts.

Accomplishments: Created homeless initiative, partnering with homeless support agencies in the Boston area to provide IKEA products to homeless people moving out of shelters and into permanent residences.

20112014

Marketing Specialist

IKEA Charlotte

Responsibilities Driving visitation and top of mind awareness, generating earned media, managing owned media, building community partnerships, and manager on duty shifts.

Accomplishments: Created and executed monthly 'Life Improvement' events that included co-worker engagement, product donations, community and media partnerships. Pitched activities to local media and generated more than 2 million total impressions.

20062011

Corporate and Media Partnerships

Mecklenburg County

Responsibilities included managing enterprise-wide corporate and media partnerships plan; worked with department directors to find corporate and media partners for department activites and events; co-chaired Harris Teeter/Purina Bark in the Park, managing relationships with sponsors Harris Teeter, Purina, WSOC-TV, and CBS Radio; raised more than $1 million in cash and in-kind sponsorships during tenure. 

Education

20092009

Business Management Certificate

Harvard Business School of Charlotte at Queens University

Read and discussed Harvard Business School case studies in classes led by Harvard Business School graduates.

19861990

B.A.

Ashland University

Majored in political science, graduated with 3.3 GPA.