Community Relations Manager
Barnes & Noble
·Built and scheduled a program of monthly events within the store, including author signings, writing workshops, poetry readings and children's events. Managed the planning, staffing and execution of these events. Oversaw celebrity book signings that generated over $100,000 in sales
·Drafted press releases regarding author events and in-store events and sent to developed media contacts.
·Facilitated donation requests from public; represented store at Mall merchant meetings; wrote copy for monthly calendar of events for customers; booked artists for “Art in the Café”
·Acted as the contact person for all community events and outreach. Organized annual Holiday Book Drive that placed books in the hands of needy children
·Increased sales by developing institutional and corporate accounts; created quality in-store bookfair programs with local schools and non-profit arts, literacy and literary organizations
·Initiated and conducted meetings with community representatives in support of schools, non-profit arts, literacy and literacy organizations to cultivate existing accounts and to generate new business