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JC Thurman

All I want to do is change the world!

Summary

For over a decade "bartender" was my job title, and I am now looking to change that.  I earned a degree in communications and in psychology for the purpose of understanding how to market myself (as a writer), and to help grow other businesses through marketing and public relations.  I hope to find a position that will give me a something to look forward to tomorrow.  I want to be ability to look forward to going to work tomorrow and to feel that I have a made a difference in peoples' lives.  I hope I am the type of person that you want working for you.

Education

Jan 2007May 2013

Bachelor of Science

Drury University

Drury University is an independent, church-related, liberal arts university in Springfield, Missouri. 

Skills

Writer
• “$5 Lunch” article for Tag Magazine:Article featuring local lunch specials around Springfield, MO • “Bringing You Branson”for Joplin Globe: Written for Joplin, MO market featuring Branson shows, attractions and happenings in the Branson area • Web Content: Taney County Development project • Blogs: Content for Branson Chamber of Commerce/CVB • Creative works for college courses
PR/Marketing
• Scripting for Small Business Awards dinner in September 2014 • Mentoring process with Pam Critchfield, President: Pamela Kay Critchfield Marketing & Public Relations • “Do Good” and “Happy Birthday SGF”: Public events hosted by Tag Magazine  
Office/Computer Skills
• Completed computer training courses in Microsoft Office at Ozarks Technical Community College • Theatrical and hotel reservation systems • POS and other restaurant sales systems • Created filing systems and organization systems
Customer Service
• Over 10+ years working in hospitality industry as a bartender • Experience in generating repeat business • Customer service experience in call center setting

References

Scott Jacobson, Vice President of Consumer Loans, Ozark Mountain Bank

(417) 230-0921 | [email protected]

Lynn Berry, Director of Communications, Branson Chamber of Commerce/CVB

(417) 334-4084 | [email protected]

Candlestick Inn Media Strategy

For a Fall 2012 Media Strategy course, I created a mock media strategy for Candlestick Inn, a restaurant that had been severely damaged during our "Leap Year" tornado in Branson. It was convincing enough that when it leaked onto the internet, customers were calling me trying to get an opening date.

Introducing Bobble!

Media Strategy for a new product called "Bobble" which is a water bottle equipped with a built-in filter. This project was a mock media strategy for a Spring 2012 Advertising/PR class.

Tag Magazine

$5 Lunch Articles written for magazine.

Additional Skills

In addition to my office and writing experience, I have over twelve years’ experience as a bartender.  This field taught me about customer service, creativity, and communications.  I can make everything from simple drinks, and pouring beer, to making martinis, and other odd concoctions, while also being able to properly pour a bottle of wine.  The following is a list of establishments that I have worked at in my career. 

Blue Man Grill, Branson, MO | Skye Bar & Grill, Branson, MO

Sullivan's Steakhouse, Branson, MO | Texas, Land, & Cattle, Branson, MO

Candlestick Inn, Branson, MO | Shake It Up Show Club, Branson, MO

Backstreets Atlanta, Atlanta, GA | 1st Ave Night Club, Minneapolis, MN

Red Lobster, Branson, MO, Roseville, MN, Kennesaw, GA, Pinellas Park, FL

Work experience

Mar 2015Present

Administrative Assistant

Deals on Branson

Run day-to-day operations for a sales company specializing in discounted show tickets and hotel stays.  Data entry, order processing, invoicing, and customer service duties are included.

Nov 2014Mar 2015

Data Entry

Richmond Monroe Group

Data entry, file review, and order Processing for a company that processes Lien Releases and Mortgage Assignments (among other things).  Have to demonstrate typing and clerical skills. I also have to stay organized and be thorough in processing files.

Mar 2013Aug 2014

Reservations Agent

Branson Travel Office

Branson Travel Office is a ticket company that builds packages for those intending to vacation in Branson.  I process reservations and also work on customer service issues.  

Jun 2014Present

PR Staff Assistant

Branson Chamber of Commerce/CVB

My internship for the Branson Chamber of Commerce/CVB consists of writing a weekly article for the Joplin Globe called "Bringing You Branson", along with web content, script writing, and general office assistance. 

Jan 2013Jun 2013

Intern

Tag Magazine

At Tag Magazine, I am working on a writing internship covering local events, festivals, and simple human interest stories.  I am also writing articles geared towards local bars and nightclubs, along with a "Foodie Review" that I write each week.

Mar 2008Aug 2011

Reservations/Administrative Asst.

Branson Getaways

Branson Getaways is a marketing company that sells vacation packages to Branson at a discounted rate.  The discount for these packages are contingent on the completion of a sales presentation at one of the resorts we are affiliated with.  I worked in the corporate office tracking the progress of these packages from booking the packages to customer service.  I also worked in their OPC Office (Off Property Contact).  In this office I had more of a time sensitive role.  These packages are booked when people are already in town, so reservations and scheduling sales presentations are more immediate.  

Jan 2000Jan 2013

Bartender

Various Bars

Experience is all-encompassing in the bar industry. Responsibilities include cash-handling, inventory responsibilities, having the ability to communicate, and being able to handle a room full of people; all in accordance with local and state liquor law.