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Mar 2015Present

Vice President of Business Development- Contractor

BAF Security Solutions, LLC.

Spearheads business development initiatives that are consistent with the company’s overall strategy.
• Actively leads the business development function in an effective, aggressive manner
• Plans, oversees and operationalizes achievement of BAFs' mission through capture of select opportunities in key markets
• Develops plans and budgets with Practice Directors to meet program and financial targets
• Facilitates understanding of program and financial risks in developing new business
• Facilitates BAFs' brand recognition and manages BAF's social media presence; an expert in all things related to content and channel optimization, brand consistency, segmentation and localization, analytics and meaningful measurement.
• Initiates, facilitates, manages and builds new and existing client and partner relationships
• Strengthens BAF's role as a thought leader in areas of emphasis
• Writes proposal sections (as needed); reviews draft proposals; writes and oversees all marketing content initiatives, both internal and external, across multiple platforms and formats to drive sales, engagement, retention, leads and positive customer behavior.
• Plans, manages, coordinates, strengthens and institutionalizes business development operations
• Leads, promotes and provides quality control oversight in all business development functions and operations
• Develops and revises BAF print and online marketing materials, making them concise, compelling and up-to-date

Jan 2014Jun 2014

Independent Contractor-Financial Text Editor

Thomson Reuters at Caption Colorado LLC

  • Clean, complete, and consistent writer with 98+% accuracy.
  • A writer who is conflict-free and uses prefixes, suffixes, etc. in your writing style.
  • A team player who is able to work within Caption Colorado’s policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Reliable and punctual person who is dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service.
  • Edits financial transcripts of quarterly conference calls for corporations nationwide and internationally.
  • Financial Text Editor for Thomson Reuters at Caption Colorado LLC
  • Edits financial transcripts from a rough draft to a verbatim state
  • Eliminates grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors
  • Follows Thomson Reuters Style Guide at all times 
  • Contractually obligated to perform at a specific quality level at all times
  • Records live webcasts of quarterly conference calls using audio software
  • Listens to audio playbacks for review and editing of financial transcripts
  • Completes final editing of transcripts before forwarding to clients
Mar 2011Jan 2013

Production Supervisor

Covidien

Written and verbal communication skills were vital in the role of a production supervisor. Communication skills were necessary to direct the activities of workers, communicate company policies, train employees and prepare written reports for upper management. Read and analyze charts, work orders, production schedules, and other records and reports to determine production requirements and to evaluate current production estimates and outputs.

• Enforced safety and quality regulations. Helped plant achieve world class safety with a TRIR of .78 in FY 11.• Completed a Milk Run Lean Event that generated $120, 054 soft savings. Surgical Solutions winner of Bringing Home the Gold 2012, Covidien’s Operational Excellence competition which recognizes employee efforts to accelerate improvements and drive down costs. • Interpreted specifications, blueprints, job orders, and company policies and procedures for workers.• Reviewed operations and conferred with technical or administrative staff to resolve production or processing problems.• Planned and established work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals.• Conferred with other supervisors to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments.• Recommended and implemented measures to motivate employees and to improve production methods, equipment performance, product quality, or efficiency.• Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions.• Inspected materials, products, or equipment to detect defects or malfunctions.• Directed and coordinated the activities of employees engaged in the production or processing of goods, such as inspectors, machine setters, and fabricators.• Conferred with management or subordinates to resolve worker problems, complaints, or grievances.

Jun 1995Feb 2011

Commissioned Officer

United States Army
  • Theater Antiterrorism and Force Protection Officer (1999, 2010-2011): Prepared and briefed technical and non-technical presentations on Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection and other applicable topics to audiences of varied skill and knowledge levels. Assisted in the execution of force protection-based solutions to enhance the security of military personnel. Reviewed, analyzed and resolved difficult and complex security issues or concerns.Requested, received and scrutinized numerous records and information sources. Reviewed files. Provided briefings, training, advice and guidance related to personnel security reporting requirements; i.e., outside employment. Prepared communications which set forth security policies and related requirements.  Independently planned, scheduled, coordinated, carried out and monitored the effectiveness of the operation of security programs. Interpreted, designed, developed, evaluated and sometimes installed protection systems and devices. Developed new approaches and techniques for use by others.
  • Brigade Operations Officer (2009-2010): Served as a staff officer to the brigade S3 and brigade commander responsible for planning, coordinating, integrating, and synchronizing operations, force protection, force structure, and employment of a brigade consisting of over 1200 soldiers. Prepared and published operations orders, taskings, and standard operating procedures covering the full spectrum of military police and chemical operations in Hawaii. Prepared, assimilated, synchronized, and published the brigade near-term calendar coordinated with 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 25th Infantry Division, and United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) for all military police and chemical operations in support of the Overseas Contingency Operations.
  • Battalion Executive Officer (2009-2010): Ensured accountability and maintenance of $4,000,000 of equipment Responsible for criminal investigative support to 170,000 personnel on 101 installations in Hawaii, Korea, Okinawa and Japan. Coordinated Criminal Investigation Command support to Army, Joint and Combined Forces war plans and exercises. Managed a battalion staff of 27 personnel, to include Department of Defense Civilians, Japanese and Korean National Civilians, and Korean Army Augmentees.
  • Battalion Training and Intelligence Officer (2006-2008): Directed, supervised, and coordinated the planning, collection, evaluation, fusion, analysis, production, and dissemination of all-source intelligence and counter intelligence at all echelons. Performed multi-disciplined collection management and coordination of surveillance activities, and advised on the use and employment of intelligence resources at all echelons. Processed background/security related investigations. Provided oral security briefings. Reviewed records and information on investigations. Advised on methods to handle, store, and destroy classified information. Ensured the safety and integrity of all facilities, equipment, and personnel. Experienced with specialized security assignments related to Information and Industrial Security.  Provided guidance on established security policies and procedures. Analyzed security procedures to provide clarification to office personnel.
  • Research Analyst and Special Projects Officer (2003-2004): Supervised research and program evaluation functions as they relate to the Provost Marshal Operations Training Initiative. Managed activities and functions of the team, established work groups, defined short-term and long-term objectives and goals.
  • Battalion Human Resources Officer (2001, 2007-2008): Planned, developed, and directed administrative activities and services to include publication, document reproduction, classified document control, courier services, records and files administration, postal, and the employment of sophisticated administration techniques such as word processing and micrographics.
  • Battalion Logistics Officer (2003-2004): Directed, planned and implemented the multi-functional areas of materiel management and their integration into the overall Department of Defense logistics system as well as the support interface between the Army in the field, wholesale logistics, and industry.
  • Company Commander and Platoon Leader (1998-2005): Commanded military police, physical security, correctional, and criminal investigation activity.  Supervised  the development and operation of criminal investigation programs. 

Education

Volunteer

Organizations in Which I  Volunteer:

Go Red For Women

Komen for the Cure: North Central Alabama Afilliate

March of Dimes: Alabama Chapter

Dove Self Esteem Fund

Girl Fest Hawaii

Languages

English, French, Italian, Russian and Haitian-Kreyol

Writing Samples

Certifications

2012

Lean Leader/Six Sigma Certification

Covidien

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • American MENSA
  • Central Alabama MENSA
  • Modern Language Association
  • Society for Technical Communication
  • The Academy of American Poets
  • The Dante Society of America
  • Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society (Scholarship Committee)
  • The Rhetoric Society of America
  • MELUS The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • The Linguistic Society of America
  • International Language and Law Association
  • The International High I.Q. Society
  • The Society for Textual Scholarship
  • College English Association
  • American Association for Italian Studies

Conference Papers/Presentations

"Language and Culture: The Valley Girl Phenomenon". Hawaiian International Conference on Art and Humanities. http://www.hichumanities.org/ . Jan 12, 2009.

Publications

"The Kiln Process of Becoming and Continuing to Be a 21st Century Finer Woman." Keeping It Finer: What It Means to Be a Finer Woman in the 21st Century-Anthology. Washington, D.C.: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, 2015. 196-204. Print.

 "Nevada Unclaimed Property Law". 11 Jul 10. eHow.

"Games of Deception". Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society. Ed. Rodney P. Carlisle. 2 vols. New York: Sage Publications, Inc. 14 Apr 09. ISBN 1412966701 / 1-41296670-1 EAN 9781412966702

"Grand Theft Auto". Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society. Ed. Rodney P. Carlisle. 2 vols. New York: Sage Publications, Inc. 14 Apr 09. ISBN 1412966701 / 1-41296670-1 EAN 9781412966702

"Play as Learning, Sociology of". Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society. Ed. Rodney P. Carlisle. 2 vols. New York: Sage Publications, Inc. 14 Apr 09. ISBN 1412966701 / 1-41296670-1 EAN 9781412966702

"Tic Tac Toe". Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society. Ed. Rodney P. Carlisle. 2 vols. New York: Sage Publications, Inc. 14 Apr 09. ISBN 1412966701 / 1-41296670-1 EAN 9781412966702

"19th MP Bn (CID) semi-annual Leaders Conference: South Korean military legend also attends conference". The Shield. United States Army Criminal Investigation Command Public Affairs Office. (5). April 2008.

Stage Left. Paperback: 74 pages. Publisher: Miriam D. Dufer (June 1, 2007). Language: English. ISBN-13: 978-0-6151-4796-3.

Confessions and Other Strange Impulses: A Book of Poetry in Two Acts. Paperback: 64 pages Publisher: Lulu.com (October 12, 2006) Language: English. ISBN-10: 1847283543. ISBN-13:978-1847283542

 The Image and Identity of the Black Woman in the Poetry and Prose of Toi Derricotte. (Proquest/UMI 2005 and 2006) Paperback: 94 pages Publisher: ProQuest / UMI (October 31, 2006) Language: English. ISBN-10: 0542039087

Zealous for Cooking: Recipes, Photos and Memories. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Pi Eta Zeta Chapter. Ed. 72 pages. Publisher: Pi Eta Zeta (2006). Language: English.

Professional Honors and Awards

Professional/Academic:

  • Marquis Who's Who of America, 2009
  • Marquis Who's Who of American Women, 2002-2007
  • Marquis Who's Who of Emerging Leaders, 2007
  • Chancellor's List, 2005 and 2006
  • Dean's List, 1995

The most effective way to contact Miriam:

The most effective means of contact is via e-mail at [email protected] This e-mail address is checked daily, often several times a day.