Summary

Seasoned senior executive with a consistent history of increasing profits, business turnaround and sales/marketing development. Offering 20+ years in operating complex businesses. Extensive experience with multi-million dollar negotiations, merger/acquisition integration, financial evaluation, and ensuring viability despite weak markets. Excellent results achieved via a pragmatic approach that incorporates comprehensive business evaluation, developing innovative strategies, maximizing resources, and cutting costs while maintaining optimum efficiency.

Organizational Leadership · Operations Management · Financial Planning/Turnaround ·Negotiations · Resource Optimization · Cost Savings · Process Improvement · Strategic Planning · Project Management· Safety Compliance · P&L Management · Sales/Marketing Operations · Corporate Restructuring · Acquisitions/Mergers 

Work History

Work History
Apr 2008 - Present

Principal

ManGo Entertainment

Develop domestic and international clientele to market consultation services. Perform operational audits.Evaluate and recommend acquisition targets. Conduct feasibility studies. Develop strategic business plans, including master plan design. Perform high impact presentations of business plans and new products/services launch. Develop network and contact relationships to maximize resources.

Notable Accomplishments

·Relaunched water park in the Dominican Republic, collaborating with investors to grow from bankruptcy to a projected annual revenue of $350K < 12 months. Opened new advertising markets within malls, city and government parks and multiple attraction-related businesses to drive consumers and increase viability during a highly depressed market.

·Performed an effective environmental analysis at a water park in Egypt, recommended cutting edge marketing improvements and operational streamlining.

·Spearheaded feasibility and conceptual plans for a water park in Las Vegas and animal park in Mexico, both accepted by investors and currently in development.

·Led business development plan to launch rides and attractions in zoological parks.

Dec 2007 - Apr 2008

President and CEO

The Zoologocal Society of Florida

Led relationship development of new and existing donors including TotalBank and MBF Healthcare. Served as liaison between city government, community, and investors to expand business resources and maintain future viability. Supervised construction and all capital projects including a $55MM "Amazon and Beyond" exhibit. Maintained expert P&L and financial data to ensure proper budgeting.

Notable Accomplishments

·Slashed operating costs 18% while increasing sales +5% within 1st quarter.

·Created a more active and supportive administration via expert business re-engineering.

·Achieved on-schedule, on-budget completion of a $55MM capital project.

Aug 2005 - Dec 2007

Vice President and General manager

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Brought complete financial turnaround from a 5-year deficit to record EBITDA via restructuring finances and introducing a budget monitoring system. Led outside-the-box thinking to create a results-centered and more financially conscious culture. Championed changes in organizational structure to create a “mega zoo” that became the best regional attraction and the nation’s #1 ranked zoo. Initiated a more proactive work order system, reducing outstanding work orders by 75%. Achieved zero budgetary overruns by creating and implementing a purchase order program. Increased revenue by bringing in additional retail, food and beverage outlets. Raised sales figures by improving and increasing menu items, cutting labor costs and developing merchandise. Partnered with board to author and implement a master plan resulting in building a golf course, water park and theme park targeting diverse demographics and greatly increasing number of tourist/customers, time and money spent within facility.

Notable Accomplishments

·Saved $1MM+ in expenses by introducing and integrating budgetary reporting/monitoring systems.

·Increased attendance by 20%, breaking records for day, month, and year via improved marketing.

·Achieved record-breaking $3MM+ gross revenue due to business growth and turnaround efforts.

·Re-engineered SOPs, raising per-capita and gross revenues $500K+ in less than 12 months.

Feb 1987 - Sep 2004

Vice President and General Manager

http://www.sixflags.com

Managed a high-traffic theme and water park with 800K annual visitors and $18MM in revenue. Supervised Operations, Marketing and Finance departments. Served as liaison between park and community. Led development of marketing and sales operations. Maintained effective finance monitoring and budgeting. Analyzed P&L to recommend and implement changes for increased viability. Streamlined operations to cut costs, reduce waste and maximize resources. Authored and implemented a proactive global training program. Led the training and opening transition team for Warner’s Movie World Spain. Oversaw and completed profitable negotiations in Argentina for the acquisition of a killer whale.

Notable Accomplishments

·Launched improved guest service initiatives, breaking records for EBITDA (increased 15% YOY)

·Slashed downtime 55% through creating programs for preventive maintenance and inventory management.

·Rolled out new revenue programs, increasing per capita income 35% YOY.

·Lowered service complaints 50% by utilizing cutting edge marketing and image enhancing skills, improving personnel client service skills, and raising QA, safety and productivity.

Education

Education
Aug 2002

MBA

Oklahoma Christian University

•MBA (Leadership) – Oklahoma Christian University – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jul 1995

BA

University of Oklahoma

•BBA (Minor in Advertising) – University of Oklahoma – Norman, Oklahoma