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Summary

Someone once told me that faith is the bird that can see the light before the dawn breaks. In marketing and communications there is always a new dawn breaking. It is my mission to be on the cutting edge of my industry. I am a hard working, determined individual with clear goals. 

I have had many wonderful opportunities to build a varied portfolio of work, highlighted here. 

Thank you for visiting my VisualCV. Please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Work experience

Nov 2009Present

Staff Writer

Central Missouri Bride Magazine

Central Missouri Bride Magazine, a publication of the Central Missouri Bridal Association, is a bi-annual magazine with a physical distribution of 5,000 and an electronic viewership of approximately 2,500. As sole staff writer for the magazine I have the following job responsibilities:

  • Writing articles for bi-annual publication with distribution of 5000
  • Interviewing couples and vendors for feature articles.
  • Researching evolving trends in the wedding and special event industry.
  • Generating content ideas. 
  • Selling advertising space. 
  • Designing ads for vendors. 
Aug 2010Present

Catering Manager

Fresh Ideas Management LLC

Fresh Ideas is an innovative company offering creative and efficient food service management in the areas of dining services and catering.

Feb 2008Oct 2010

Event Specialist

Event Solutions, LLC.

Working at Event Solutions, the premier event planning and production company in Columbia, Missouri has been an incredible experience. I began as an intern and was hired on as an Event Specialist within six months, and now work on a project-by-project freelance basis. My responsibilities include:

  • Writing and negotiating vendor contracts.
  • Created content and design structure for website redesign (to be completed in Fall 2010), and established other social media outlets.
  • Writing an article appearing monthly in a local business publication.
  • Designing and writing content for a monthly eNewsletter sent to over 1,000 client leads.
  • Holding client meetings and vendor negotiations.
  • Creating and reconciling budgets for events.
  • Serving as lead assistant on events with budgets ranging from $1,000 to $200,000 and with 25 to 600 guests. 
  • Planning and executing events as lead coordinator with budgets ranging from $25,000 to $90,000. 
Dec 2009Aug 2010

Strategic Communications

Socket Telecom, LLC

Socket, named one of the fastest growing companies in the nation in Inc. Magazine, is a Missouri-based telephone and Internet provider. Working in the marketing department affords me opportunities to work in many disciplines. Some of my duties include: 

  • Writing and distributing news releases.
  • Writing copy for customer communications in the form of letters, e-mails, and social media. 
  • Researching and writing a series of press-ready technology articles titled Tech Talk.
  • Updating and creating key URLs on Socket's website using HTML programming code. 
  • Aiding in the planning and executing events (i.e. neighborhood parties, trade shows, festival sponsorships, volunteer opportunities)
  • Planning and executing company wide events fulfilling objectives such as increasing employee morale and team building. 
  • Building and maintaining media relationships. 

Education

Bachelor of Science

Stephens College

GPA 3.95/4.0

Minors: Special Event Planning and Graphic Design

References

Valorie Livingston

I worked with Valorie when I planned a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia. The fundraiser was a huge hit. It raised five times more than the previous year.

Natalie Merrill

Rachel Blunt

I wrote a Strategic Communications Plan for Les Bourgeois Vineyard's 25th Anniversary. I also planned Rachel's wedding in October 2009.

Susan Bartel

Stephanie Stroebel

Stephanie Rosskopf

Samples of my work

Skills

Microsoft Office
Typing Speed: 60 WPM   I am proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of programs:    Particularly:  Word Excel  Power Point Outlook
Adobe Creative Suite
I am proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite of design programs.   Particularly:  Photoshop InDesign Illustrator