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Work experience

vPublished Freelance Writer – For Various Publications, 2003 – Present

vCopywriter and Web Designer – Skyabove Marketing, August 2000 – March 2007

vDirector of Development – Alzheimer’s Association, 1997 -- 2000

vCommunications Representative – Rodriguez & Associates, 1995 – 1997

vPublic Relations Specialist and Account Coordinator – The Summit Group, 1993 -- 1995

vTechnical Writer and Executive Assistant – Ernst & Young, 1988 – 1995

Education

University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College

References

Frank Pavone

The following is an endorsement for my children's book:

"Because You Loved Me fulfills this evangelic counsel by appealing to children’s natural sense of wonder.  In so doing, this beautiful book imparts the value of human life from conception to natural end.  Just as Dr. Seuss’ Horton reminded us that, “a person is a person no matter how small,” so does Gigi Fotou illustrate that, “life is just simply a matter of degree.”  I encourage all parents to share Because You Loved Me with their children to teach them about God’s gifts of life and love."

Steve Gibson

". . .Gigi  not only has  the unparalled talent and skills, but also the necessary motivation and drive to succeed in all facets of the marketing and communications industries. . ."

Portfolio

Community Service

Member of The Ladies Auxiliary --Knights of Columbus

Created the St. Nicholas Chaplet of the Divine Mercy prayer group

March of Dimes

Alzheimer's AssociationUnited Way of Salt Lake City

Accomplishments

Web Development, Copywriting and Marketing.Responsible for all facets of planning, design and implementation of complete web sites. Prepare contract proposals and administer major contracts while negotiating contractual provisions with potential partners.Write strong, results-oriented website copy and print collateral and craft clear, creative, award-winning copy for interactive and print communications.Design with standards-compliant code with emphasis on browser compatibility, accessibility, and search engine optimization.Collaborated with advertising vendors for product launches to write customer-focused product brochures/letters and conducted competitor and market research.Implemented pricing strategies, costing models, and ways to bundle products profitably; made profitability and pricing review recommendations.

Director of Development.Consistently procure grants for all levels of development, including an award-winning grant from sponsor, J.C. Penney.Responsible for senior level fundraising and negotiating more than $1 million in contributions and services utilizing a series of protocols such as organizing telephone appeals, special events, pledges, annuity appeals and direct mail campaigns.Train board of directors in campaign preparation and manage public relations interns and administrative staff.

Communications/Account Coordinator.Client public relations, including meeting with clients and media, writing, distributing and placing press releases and articles.Telephone marketing and initiating cold calls.Coordinating liaison between all agency and client-related special events.Responsible for fundraising, negotiating contributions of more than $100,000, services and items and then procuring bids as needed.Providing status reports and communications to both agency and clients.Coordinate customer survey programs and organize out-of-state research.

Freelance Writer.Consistently published writer, creating articles on a number of diverse subjects and issues.Accomplished interviewer, able to easily bring a story idea to life from concept to deadline. My talent lies in my ability to conform writing style to the present challenge and successfully achieve the desired goals.

Technical Writer/Executive Assistant.Plan and prepare technical reports, memoranda and instructional manuals relative to the establishment and functioning operational systems.Prepare seasonal seminars and presentations.Manage capital purchases, direct vendor relations, generate and maintain equipment tracking records.Develop and implement companies’ various policies and procedures.Responsible for research and development of various national programs.Develop staffing plans for support staff and establish work plans and schedules for each phase of each project in accordance with time limitations and funding.Produce proposals, technical data and correspondence and update and maintain intricate filing system.Prepare and write speeches, briefings and other documents for key executive corporate positions.

At A Glance

Award-winning professionalwith more than 15 years of significant, progressive and diversified experience in public relations, grant/proposal development, copywriting, editing, marketing, communications and web development.

Highly-organized, detail-oriented  and able to cultivate strong business relationships, make real-time decisions and resolve issues in a way that propels innovation and growth.

Excellent team player who listens, thrives on collaborating with diversely talented team members, and integrates their divergent thoughts, opinions, and perspectives into meaningful action.Adept at training, developing, counseling and coaching team members and clients.

Highly-effective verbal and written communicator also fluent in French.

Published writer with more than six years’ experience freelancing for various publications and institutions, including a national weekly.Nominated for national writer’s award for first article written.  Created children's book which is in the process of becoming published and which has been endorsed by a national public figure.

Computer-proficient performer with expertise in Microsoft Office applications, as well as Adobe Photoshop. Image Ready and Front Page.