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Work experience

Oct 2011Present

Interim Executive Director

Florida International University Alumni Association
  • Reorganized staff responsibilities and hired new personnel to address inefficiencies in some key areas including financial and budget reporting, membership processing and online communications.
  • Provided leadership and worked collaboratively across departmental lines to host FIU's largest out of town tailgating event in St. Petersburg, Florida with over 1,000 in attendance.
  • Developed alumni chapter strategic plan to expand the Panther Network and increase FIU's visibility outside south Florida (Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Tampa, Orlando).
Dec 2006Oct 2011

Associate Executive Director

Florida International University Alumni Association
  • Managed a 1.4 million dollar budget increasing revenues through sponsorships, affinity royalties, ticket sales, and membership by 161% from $557,000 to $1,456,000 over a five year period.
  • Developed strategic goals, objectives, action plans, hired and evaluated professional staff, led weekly meetings and facilitated annual planning sessions for the department.
  • Led successful 2009 Presidential Panther Pride Membership Challenge Campaign of recruiting 2,000 new members in 2 months in close collaboration with the Alumni Association Board of Directors resulting in 2,782 new members or 39% above goal.
Dec 2003Dec 2006

Senior Director of Membership & Marketing

Florida International University Alumni Association
  • Built membership program from the ground floor by developing policies and procedures, implementing recruitment and retention strategies and expanding member benefits resulting in total membership growing from 1,600 to 12,000 over a four year period.
  • Conducted best practice research and implemented a new membership dues sharing program for FIU alumni chapters.
  • Supervised the development of marketing and communication materials to bring visibility and awareness to alumni about FIU's membership program.
Feb 2001Dec 2003

Director of Club Relations, Special Interest Groups, and Young Alumni Programming

University of Florida Alumni Association, Inc.
  • Established a young alumni club initiative within the Gator Club Network resulting in the creation of new board positions and targeted events for young alumni.
  • Managed a network of 120 Gator Clubs worldwide providing institutional training, leadership development and scholarship fundraising opportunities.
  • Organized and hosted UF's first ever Black Alumni Reunion resulting in 250 alumni in attendance and the establishment of an Association of Black Alumni group that's still active to date.
Jan 1999Feb 2001

Director of Chapter Relations

University of Nebraska Alumni Association, Inc.
  • Provided leadership and managed a team of regional representatives nationwide.
  • Conducted market research to determine alumni needs and University support in preparation for capital campaign.
  • Provided institutional training to a network of more than 200 volunteers.


Video Clips


THE HIGH POTENTIAL LEADER PROGRAM - Center for Leadership 2011

PRESIDENTIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD - Office of Alumni Relations 2009

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD - University Advancement 2004



“Duane and I had the opportunity to work together in building programs and opportunities for our young alumni and alumni chapters. It was a pleasure to not only work with Duane on these initiatives, but to also learn from someone with expertise in the areas of alumni relations, marketing & fund-raising. His honesty, integrity, positivity and enthusiasm motivated me to find new & exciting ways to connect our alumni with the University. I enjoyed working with & learning from him and would highly recommend his work.” October 1, 20111st Vanessa Baldomero, MBA, Assistant Director of Chapter and Young Alumni Relations, Florida International Universityreported to Duane at Florida International University“Leadership and Excellence are two words I use to describe working with Duane on development of Social Media Marketing Strategy for Florida International University Alumni Association. Duane communicates his vision with integrity, respect and passion. You are moved to take inspired action for a common cause and provide excellence to clients, colleagues and partners.” September 7, 20111st Brenda Leguisamo - Social Media Event Systems, Founder & CEO, Social Biz Memberswas a consultant or contractor to Duane at Florida International University“Duane is a a highly effective advocate for the FIU Alumni Relations Office.He is outgoing, gracious and open to new ideas, while at the same time probing closely to determine if what is being proposed meets the litmus test of adding value and maintaining the integrity of the FIU brand.I have worked with Duane for some time and can say that it is a pleasure to work with someone who is so professional, purpose driven and supportive.” September 6, 20111st Kenneth Orr, President, Benefits Resource Groupwas a consultant or contractor to Duane at Florida International University“I've known and provided Duane direct marketing assistance for over 6 years. Based on that history, I realize that he is not only an elite university alumni association director, but the best I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Duane’s drive, honesty, and motivation have allowed the FIU Alumni Association to succeed and grow at a time when most are just struggling to survive.” September 6, 20111st Kirk Lehtomaa, Vice President Nonprofit Fundraising, Perrone Groupwas a consultant or contractor to Duane at Florida International University  “Duane is an individual that understands the purpose of the mission and has the ability to chart the course.” January 10, 20081st Jose Perez de Corcho, President, Financial Insurance Brokers, Inc.was with another company when working with Duane at Florida International University“Mr. Wiles is a self-motivated conductor of human energy. His enthusiasm and excitement are infectious. He keeps his staff and his colleagues motivated by constantly pushing new ideas forward and innovating the alumni experience at Florida International University. He is always very organized and professional in every situation.” July 2, 20071st Eduardo Merille, Assistant Director, Marketing, Florida International Universityworked directly with Duane at Florida International University


"Duane is an individual that understands the purpose of the mission and has the ability to chart the course." 

Jose Perez de Corcho, President, Financial Insurance Brokers, Inc.

Professional Accomplishments

  • Recipient of the Robert G. Forman Fellowship sponsored by the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE); a prestigious honor bestowed to two individuals annually to conduct industry research
  • Received GOLD CASE Award for Alumni Relations Programming "Reach for the Stars Leadership Conference" while working at the Nebraska Alumni Association
  • Restructured successfully the Gator Club (R) Network to eliminated local membership dues at the University of Florida
  • Responsible for a 43% average growth rate of dues paying members over a three year period resulting in FIU being #1 in the nation for membership growth in 2007
  • Instituted Grad Pack program with Barnes & Noble campus bookstore equating to approximately 3,500 new dues paying members per year at FIU
  • Received BRONZE CASE Award for Collaborative Programming "Grad Send-Off Event" at FIU
  • Negotiated affinity royalty deal with GEICO worth more than three quarters of a million dollars over a five year period in support of FIU alumni programs and services
  • Served as keynote presenter representing FIU at California State University System (CSUS) quarterly meeting and the University of West Indies --Kingston, Jamaica annual leadership conference

Professional Memberships

CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Current Member --Presented at 2007 CASE District III Conference in Nashville, TN

CAMMP, Inc. (Council of Alumni and Membership Marketing Professionals) Current Member--Serve as Diversity Committee Chair and assisted with Welcome Committee

WCMG (West Coast Marketing Group) Current Member --Presented at WCMG 2007 Conference at University of California-Berkeley


Gerald Grant, Jr

Stewart Appelrouth

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