Bridgette D. Bello

Highly Motivated and Driven President & CEO - Relationship and Consensus Builder

Work History

Work History
Feb 2007 - Present

President & Publisher

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Lead the strategic visioning and mission with responsibility for the overall operations of the organization; most importantly achievement of financial objectives, long and short-term planning, as well as advocating with a shared business community agenda and voice. Complete P&L responsibility for $4.5M operating unit; where I work collaboratively with stakeholders to identify and achieve mutual goals. Increased bottom line profitability to just under 30%, up more than 200%. Developed systems to allow effective assignment, prioritization and monitoring of work against current strategy. Oversee and negotiate results driven contracts for employment, event partnerships and overall business operation. Lead, hire, train and motivate up to 32 full-time employees and 6 department heads . Network and build relationships with potential partners and identify new business opportunities. Transformed customer service strategy for readers, advertisers, subscribers and sources.

Aug 1999 - Feb 2007

Director of Advertising

Jacksonville Business Journal

Increased sales from less than $1.5M to over $4M prior to being promoted.  Achieved this success through leading and motivating a staff of 9 full-time employees.  Consistently delivered over-budget performance through thought leadership and innovative, trail-blazing ideas.  Increased revenue by a minimum of 10% every year, and more than 20% annual growth was delivered consistently.

Sep 1995 - 1999

Senior Account Executive

Southern Star Communications

Consistent top performer out of ten account executives - challenged with leading and training all incoming Account Executives.  Received multiple “Salesperson of the Month” awards.  Consistent 30%+ sales increase year over year.  Awarded for new business development and relationship maintenance, including lowest "churn" in the company.

Aug 1993 - Sep 1995

Senior Account Executive

Eagle Broadcasting

Established top billing position in record time and was recognized  Salesperson of the Year”.  Became the lead trainer for all incoming Account Executives at the age of 24 and relied upon as “Team Leader” during Sales Management transitions.  Tripled the previous account list billing and was awarded for new business development, as well as client retention.

Jan 1991 - Aug 1993

Senior Account Executive

Gillen Broadcasting

Senior Account Executive Consistently top-biller. Rapidly promoted through sales ranks. Team manager and trainer involved in all sales personnel decisions. Implemented incentive programs and increased team sales.

Education

Education
Jan 1990 - Jul 1993

University of Florida

College of Journalism and Communications

Aug 1988 - Dec 1989

Associate of Science

Brevard Community College
  • Self-financed college education
  • All terms dean’s list, 3.7 cumulative GPA.
  • Attended President’s Leadership Conference, by invitation only
  • Graduated with honors
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Skills

Skills
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Smart fiscal leader

Generated profits of almost 30%, more than $1M annually.

10
Fundraiser

Raised more than $3.5m for American Cancer Society.  Have raised $400,000 for American Diabetes Association - Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes as chair.  Spearheaded fundraising activities for political campaigns. 

10
Strategic Influencer

Generated new boating laws through legislative leadership as advocacy,  relating to towing in Pinellas County.

Continue to evolve the Domestic Violence discussion nationally, more specifically with the NFL in Tampa Bay. 

10
Innovative Trail Blazer

Awarded Trailblazing Award from ACBJ for programs that started locally and traveled nationally. 

10
Proactive

First in ACBJ to exceed previous peak revenue points after the 2008-2010 economic downturn.  I reinvented the TBBJ after key categories were desecrated and developed new revenue from non-traditional industries.

10
Collaborator

Work together with both state and local government to ensure the achievement of the current Governors agenda and legislative priorities. 

10
Results Oriented

Consistently deliver 20%-30% profit margins; awarded multiple times for sales excellence; audience development and overall business results.

10
Entrepreneurial

I have lead this organization through the ultimate peak and dreariest valley by taking strategic risks that ultimately delivered the desired results.  

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High energery

I am a 24/7 professional who leads by example and does what it takes to get the job done.