Summary

Experienced international business professional, offering administrative and business development support services and solutions to Executives, Entrepreneurs, Micro and Small businesses and non-profit organizations. All services are provided "virtually", on a contract basis, from my location in Atlanta, GA. I am your reliable, hardworking partner - a creative, self-starter bringing demonstrated expertise in event and project management, research and market analysis and client relations, leading to opportunities for lead generation and brand recognition. Let me relieve you of the administrative burdens that impinge on your already stretched time, and offer a helping hand in growing your company. Clients include: The Pont Group UK Trade & Investment K-9 Coach Bed and Bark Del Santro Photography Inc.

Work History

Work History
Oct 2008 - Present

Owner

Sheila Barrie - Business Services & Support
Offering administrative and business development support services and solutions to Executives, Entrepreneurs, Micro and Small businesses and non-profit organizations. All services are provided "virtually", on a contract basis, from my location in Atlanta, GA. I am your reliable, hardworking partner - relieving you of the administrative burdens that impinge on your already stretched time, and offering a helping hand in growing your company.
Apr 2006 - Jul 2008

Business Development Executive

UK Trade & Investment
Identify and maximise business opportunities for UK companies in the US market, and US companies seeking a presence in Europe. Facilitate improved business performance for a diverse clientele through needs assessments, market research and analysis and market entry recommendations. Enhance brand awareness of the UK in the US. Manage participation in targeted program of events, allied to corporate mission and objectives; recommend appropriate events and participation levels, create project plans, assist with development of event agendas and objectives, liaise with internal and external stakeholders, develop and conduct outreach activities. Manage overall marketing budget and internal charging procedures.
Feb 1999 - Apr 2006

Trade Development Specialist

UK Trade and Investment
Advised UK consumer goods companies on US market entry strategies. Designed and implemented custom services (needs assessments, research reports, visit programs and partner introductions), resulting in new business opportunities and partnership agreements between UK and US companies. Led and participated in the planning and development of high-level meetings, visit programs and receptions.
Nov 1996 - Feb 1999

Research Associate

UK Trade and Investment
Assist with provision of chargeable services and highlight potential business development opportunities for UK and US firms. Conduct research into US market and industry trends; identify and report on sales leads and information resources. Provide administrative support to management; organize visit programs.

Education

Education
2010 - Present

BA

University of Wales, Cardiff
2007 - 2008

International Business Certificate

The Open University
1988 - 1990

Associates

Reid Kerr College