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Jeremy Houston

Sales Driven Venue Director

Work History

April 2016Present

Event Accounts Director

The NWBLK

The NWBLK is an applied arts gallery housed in an 18,000 sqft indoor/outdoor industrial space that moonlights as a top-tier venue for launches, activations, celebrations, and experience crafting.  

  • Negotiated and closed contracts worth an average of $25K.
  • Closed contracts with companies including  Google, Apple, Sherpa Capital, Sequoia Capital, Andreesen Horowitz, Uber, Acura, Lyft, MartiniBird, Robert Fountain, Skylight and more.
  • Led venue rentals business unit operating in a multi-industry company.
  • Supported producers by reviewing floorplans for feasibility and regulatory compliance for 18,000 sqft. indoor/outdoor venue.
  • Re-negotiated vendor contracts resulting in a 10% increase in vendor commissions.
  • Managed vendors including Stag Dining, Betty Zlatchin, Paula LeDuc, Impact Lighting, Got Light, Bright Rentals, Hensley Event Resources, and more.
  • Hired and led a team of contractors and created structure for contracting, payment, and expense tracking.
  • Coordinated SFFD permitting and cultivated relationships within the department to ease restrictions and increase rental value.
  • Managed venue needs from setup through cleanup for every event with an all-hands, team-based approach, reducing overhead by a minimum of $2,500 per event.
April 2015April 2016

Managerial Assistant

Steven Miller Design Studio/The NWBLK

Steven Miller Design Studio and it's team is known for producing sophisticated and stylish restaurants, hotels, residences, and products across the US. 

  • Elevated the office experience of 6 employees in 4 distinct business units.
  • Managed A/P and A/R for the interior design business unit.
  • Coordinated national and international travel, accommodation, meeting, and conference schedule for principal designer.
  • Organized and maintained sample library, project archives, and expense reports.
  • Created vendor database within FileMaker.
Aug 2012Sep 2014

General Manager

Ecru Salon

Charged with increasing sales and brand loyalty for a boutique luxury salon in downtown San Francisco. 

  • Oversaw daily in-store operations and on-line marketing to target demographics to achieve a 250% increase in core customer base.
  • Created client satisfaction metrics in order to track success of loyalty initiatives. 
  • Designated first point of contact for inbound vendors and clients. 
  • Excelled at and evangelized relationship-building, resulting in a returning client rate of over 60%.
  • Oversaw growth in product sales by developing a stylist sales training program resulting in a 40% increase in product ROI.
Nov 2010Nov 2012

Server

Hillstone Restaurant Group

Top-ranking server at a top-ranking restaurant group. 

Jan 20132016

Publicity Director

Bay Area Educational Theater Co.

Serving in a pro bono capacity to benefit a family-oriented theater non-profit.

  • Expanded publicity and marketing exposure by creating and implementing new tools to maximize outreach and public exposure.
  • Restructured small-business sponsorship programs to increase mutually beneficial community-to-community sales leads for the c2c sales team.
  • Oversaw creation and management of social media and on-line accounts.
  • Created participant  surveys to gauge community influence. These efforts lead to the vote for a brand overhaul which is currently underway. 
  • Led community networking efforts to facilitate an 11% increase in enrollment and % increase in ticket sales.
Aug 2008Aug 2010

Summer Programs Director

Bay Area Educational Theater  Co.

Worked with a staff of 20 to create a safe, fun, and engaging theater education and training environment for Bay Area children.

  • Initiated an organizational restructuring to ensure brand integrity through enhanced employee training, program restructuring, and brand communication. This led to the addition of two programs and the expansion of the existing four.

Education

Aug 2007Dec 2011

Bachelor of Arts - San Francisco State University

Aug 20032007

Bishop O'Dowd High School

Skills

Italian Fluency 

Conversationally fluent and proficient with reading and writing, having studied at Universita Degli Studi di Pavia, PV, Italy .

Circus Arts

Flying trapeze, juggling, trampoline, silks.