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Work experience

Oct 2007Present

Marketing Director

Paragary Restaurant Group
  • Develop and implement localized marketing strategy for ten restaurant/bars
  • Manage Marketing Coordinator, student interns and in-store social media contacts
  • Aid in the inception and development of new PRG brands; maintain current knowledge of national and local restaurant and food trends
  • Identify and develop partnerships to pursue from branding, PR, sales and community perception standpoints; notable partnerships include Whole Foods Market, Arden Hills Resort & Spa, Sierra at Tahoe
  • Plan, market and execute events, ranging from intimate wine education classes, to large-scale outdoor events that require extensive city permitting; managed all marketing and PR for Sacramento’s first New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, which brought 10,000+ people to K Street
  • Plan, negotiate and implement an effective, efficient Media Plan; experience with print, television, outdoor, radio and online advertising
  • Develop PR plan, write and distribute press releases; build strong relationships with members of the media in order to maximize PR opportunities
  • Develop and direct all creative including ads, promotional materials, identity packages, etc;  includes direction and coordination of graphic design, photography, video production, printing and production
  • Manage corporate and individual store social media profiles; develop specific promotions and ad campaigns for Facebook and Twitter
  • Manage and develop content for company blog
  • Manage web site, as well as individual store sites; manage SEO consultant to maintain a strong online presence
  • Maintain email database; duties include increasing subscribers, creating store-specific email blast as well as developing content for a monthly newsletter
  • Develop and create content for monthly employee newsletter
  • Maintain a strong presence in the community in order to contribute to a positive image of the company and maximize networking opportunities
Sep 2006Oct 2007

Account Executive

Merlot Marketing
  • Knowledgeable in national consumer and trade media types, specializing in products that cater towards an upper-middle class demographic
  • Planned and implemented effective media plans based on client marketing objectives; worked with budgets ranging from $100,000 - $2,000,000
  • Delivered media plan performance reports to clients
  • Involved in the creation and implementation or promotions and events, including trade show experience
  • Worked closely with Creative Department to design ads and promotional collateral
  • Maintained strong media and client relationships through effective, frequent communication
  • Created a PR Report template in Excel that was used by all employees at the company
Feb 2006Sep 2006

Account Executive

Clear Channel Radio
  • Became an expert in the radio industry, as well as other forms of media
  • Prepared and presented proposals to decision makers, including personally writing copy and developing schedules to achieve maximum results for the client


  • Experienced Marketing Director for Sacramento’s largest privately owned restaurant group
  • 2011 Winner of Sacramento Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’; one of three winners under the age of 30 to receive the award
  • Ability to communicate on various levels with business colleagues, media and corporate partners
  • Extensive network of business contacts, ranging from peers to top-level executives
  • Creative thinker built upon years of experience; self-taught graphic designer and photographer

Community Involvement

Metro EDGE - 2011 Chair of Events & Networking, 2010 Chair of Communications

www.metro-edge.orgThe program offers young leaders the opportunity to Engage, Develop, Give and Empower in order to build a strong base of future business leaders for the Sacramento Region.Chair of Communications

  • Led a team of 10+ peers from varying professions and industries
  • Led a team to conceptualize and develop the organization’s first (and current) website
  • Created content and executed weekly email blast and monthly newsletter
  • Led a team to develop and implement the first marketing plan for the organization
  • Coordinated communication needs of other committees within the organization

Chair of Events

  • Lead a team of 10+ peers from varying professions and industries
  • Plan and execute monthly networking mixers and Trivia Nights; work with local venues to host events
  • Created, planned and executed the first annual “Young Leaders Connect” event, a large-scale networking event that drew 400+ qualified young professionals and garnered 50+ new members for Metro EDGE
  • Plan and execute large-scale “EDGE Insight” event which features the opportunity for young professionals to connect with the region’s top CEOs
  • Identify key local organizations to partner with, including Sacramento Kings, Sacramento River Cats and the Crocker Museum
  • Provide expertise and support to other committees within Metro EDGE, including professional development, regional action and philanthropic events

SACTO - Marketing Committeewww.sacto.orgSACTO is the Sacramento Region’s leading facilitator of economic development. It brings together the organizations, information and resources in the pursuit of jobs, talent and investment needed to ensure regional prosperity and global competitiveness.  As part of the Marketing Committee, I provide input and support to the SACTO marketing team, attend monthly meetings and help with specific projects.

Midtown Business Association - Marketing Committee  www.mbasac.comMBA is a volunteer group relying on the energies of the local business community that makes up its membership.  The marketing committee is responsible for the development of a marketing plan focused on the branding of Midtown Sacramento, which is presented to the Executive Board.NeoCrocker - Logistics Committee  www.neocrocker.comNeoCrocker is an annual event put on by the Crocker Art Museum that is aimed at attracting a diverse and younger demographic to the museum.  The event in October 2010 attracted over 3,000 attendees and raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Crocker Art Museum.  As part of the logistics committee, I was responsible for the planning and execution of the event layout, including staging, lighting, sound, tables and seating, portable bars and much more.  I also aided in the marketing and promotional efforts for the event.


Debi Hammond

Debi Hammond was my supervisor at Merlot Marketing.  She is a well-respected business woman and an invaluable mentor.

Sonny Mayugba

Sonny Mayugba is the former Marketing Director of Paragary Restaurant Group.  He was my supervisor for 1 year.

Erika Bjork

Along with working together on the Marketing Committee for Hope Productions, Erika has contracted me to do graphic design work for her clients.

Susan Harris

Along with being the VP of Sponsorship & Events, Susan Harris is the advisor for Metro EDGE, the young professionals program of the Metro Chamber.


Letters Of Recommendation


Sep 2001Jun 2005


California Polytechnic State University


Microsoft Office
I am proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access.  I have utilized Excel to create complex forms, databases, mail merge documents, and more.
CMS Software
I have worked with a number of CMS systems in order to create content and/or edit websites.  I also have a basic understanding of HTML coding.
Adobe Creative Suite
Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.  I have used all three in various ways:   Develop and design new logos Design and maintain restaurant menus Design print and web ads, including animated .gifs Develop and design promotional materials such as posters, flyers, brochures, etc. Edit photos to be used for website, ads, etc.