Marian Sheeran

Marian Sheeran

Summary

I have over eight years experience as a Community Relations Manager. My goal is to take those transferable skills to a non-profit organization/college/retail environment.

Interest

Reading, gardening, Walking. Volunteering at my local library and the Red Cross.

Work History

Work History
Jun 2008 - Feb 2009

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

Jun 2005 - Jun 2008

Assistant Store Manager

Barnes & Noble

·Developed new business opportunities and maximized book sales to contribute to the financial goals established for an $8.5 million store

·Planned and optimized payroll budget to achieve the sales per hour (SPH) goal while ensuring compliance with all integrated Store Operations (ISO) standards

·Interviewed, hired, trained and developed a team of qualified and dedicated booksellers

·Maintained standards of operation for total store including visual presentation, security/shortage control and human resource operations

·Coached and counseled all booksellers on performance issues and took appropriate corrective action in partnership with the store manager. Created and maintained a bookselling environment that was fun, educational, professional and provided consistent high standards

Apr 2002 - Jun 2005

Community Relations Manager

Barnes & Noble

Community Relations Manager (2002 – 2005 & 2008 – 2009)

·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

Oct 2001 - Apr 2002

Catering Sales Assistant

Woodcliff Lake Hilton

Assisted Catering Sales Managers with selling and packaging their corporate and social clients

  • Conducted tours of hotel and banquet space to potential clients
  • Addressed their questions and concerns in person and on the telephone
Jun 1999 - Oct 1999

Public Relations Coordinator

Couristan Carpets
  • Spokesperson for Couristan Carpets for press inquiries
  • Developed ad copy for print and broadcast media advertisements and sell-sheets
  • Wrote press releases for media release
  • Attended market trade shows
  • Pitched stories to trade publications
  • Established relationships with editors and clients
  • Assisted with advertising functions
Oct 1995 - Jun 1999

Director of the Manhattan Campus

1996-1999

Director of the Weekend/Evening program at the Manhattan Campus

  • Managed day-to-day operations for 190 student adult education campus in New York City
  • Created an Adult Consortium of 12 area colleges to service corporate employees
  • Assisted the Advancement Office of the College with media placement
  • Coordinated and acted as spokesperson at Open House sessions for prospective students
  • Designed campus brochures and flyers
  • Wrote and edited a student newsletter

1995-1996

Assistant Director of Recruitment

  • Recruited adult students for the Business, Nursing and Organizational Management programs for the Manhattan Campus
Oct 1992 - Oct 1995

Cosmetic Counter Salesperson

I staffed the Clinique and Estee Lauder cosmetic counters for three years, part-time. I sold a variety of make-up and skin care products. I attended classes every three months to learn about the new product launches and how to sell them. I consistently met or exceeded my sales quota.

Jan 1982 - Jan 1985

Group Sales Manager

Fiesta Americana Hotels
  • Facilitated Group Sales for business travelers to Fiesta Americana Hotels in Mexico and Caribbean
  • Scheduled meeting rooms, banquet functions and all Food and Beverage requests

Education

Education
Jan 1997 - May 1999

MS

Iona College
Sep 1976 - May 1978

BA

City University of New York-Herbert H. Lehman College
Sep 1973 - May 1975

AAS

Skills

Skills

Operation/Project Management

  Key skills include:   Product Lifecycle Management   Payroll Staff Scheduling & Supervision   Purchasing   Store Presentation Time Management Workflow Planning  Inventory Management  Customer Service   Satisfaction/ Customer Complaint Resolution     Community Affairs/Outreach Event Management Meeting Planning   Promotions/ Special Events/Public Relations   Marketing/ Sales