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Nathan O'Groske

Minnesota State University, Mankato at Public Relations/Marketing

Work experience

Sep 2012Mar 2014

Marketing and Sales

Costco Wholesale

--Make 15+ cold-calls during any given day in the office 

--Develop new business relationships in an outside sales role.

--Become comfortable with negotiation, sales and marketing.

--Acquire skills in working under pressure, meeting quotas/deadlines and completing multiple tasks.

--Better skills in relationship management through open and honest communication.

--Strategically overcome challenges and obstacles associated with business-to-business sales.

--Understand lead generation and ability to connect with viable prospects.

--Repeatedly promoted within the first year based on merit, loyalty and outstanding work ethic.

--Obtain knowledge for the global market and forecasting.

--Responsible for a 50 percent increase in membership base.

--Contact local businesses in person, and by phone, to promote membership and foster sales.

--Complete daily log and track sales increases, sign-ups, appointments and incentive programs.

--Prepare periodic profit and loss statement for business development and marketing results.

--Assist Membership/Marketing Manager with formulating and carrying out marketing plan.

--Promote positive community relations by participating in community and charity events.

--Participate in weekly team meetings to ensure sales goals are met and exceeded.

--Adhere to deadlines while working independently, prioritizing and multitasking.

Apr 2012Aug 2012

Media Relations

MSU Athletic Communications

--Satisfied all responsibilities during 2012 NCAA Division II athletic events.

--Augmented skills involving media relations and cold-calling.

--Promoted different events throughout the community.

--Planned and managed events, recorded statistics and performed research.

--Gained experience in website maintenance and video production.

--Drafted and edited news releases and archived stories about athletes and team achievements.

--Communicated with the public via live chat, blog and phone.

--Maintained a team of 4 to 6 persons.

Aug 2010May 2012

Account Executive

Expertise PR

--Responsible for overseeing and maintaining current and prospective accounts.

--Sold tickets to local concerts and events through cold-calling and canvassing techniques.

--Increased client base 20 percent.

--Assisted in maintaining Expertise PR's brand.

--Obtained experience in marketing, philanthropy and leadership.

--Built and maintained mutually beneficial client and media relationships.

--Drafted, distributed and pitched to local media with successful publication.

--Planned, marketed and executed multiple benefit and fundraising events.

Sep 2010May 2012

Supervisor

Blue Bricks Bar and Eatery

--Recorded a 15 percent increase in client base.

--Garnered confidence and ability in business development.

--Responsible for overseeing a team of 35 employees.

--Perfected ability to effectively communicate with many customers in any situation.

--Constructed ability to respectfully and professionally defuse volatile situations.

--Augmented skills in positive public relations.

--Promoted different events throughout the community.

--Gained experience in providing excellent customer service.

--Developed understanding of general business practices.

--Bettered ability to positively adjust to changing assignments and responsibilities.

Jun 2003Aug 2011

Carpenter

Brand Framing

--Erected both commercial and residential buildings.

--Acted as a liaison between homeowners and homebuilders.

--Discussed blueprints and floor plans with homeowners.

--Built positive working relationships amongst supervisors, owners and vendors.

--Developed ability to use many different tools, both physically and mentally, to achieve goals and meet deadlines.

--Effectively communicated with landscapers, roofers, plumbers and homeowners to satisfactorily meet specifications and expectations.

--Improved ability to create quality, final products from scratch.

--Studied blueprints and building plans to determine materials needed and dimensions of structure being built.

--Excellent at building rapport with potential clients.

Education

Skills

Sales
99 percent of my current job, and I've been developing this for the last 4 years.
Negotiation
Audacity
I used this editing program to complete the episode of MSU News about the campus-wide smoking ban.
Perseverance
I have the tenacity to get things done. I love a challenge and will not quit.
Blogging
I started a blog last year, and it includes everything from my first look at search engine optimization to a news story I created.
Adobe
InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel
Teamwork
Technical Writing
press releases, media alerts, broadcast writing and more

References

Paul Allan

My internship supervisor in the Athletic Communications Office.

Raymond Betts

My boss and supervisor when I was a bouncer at Blue Bricks.

Charles Lewis, Ph.D.

Professor in the mass media department and my advisor.

Brock Edwards

Micah Dorfner

Co-Chair and founder of Expertise PR.

Certifications

Dean's List

MSU - Mankato
Sep 2011Sep 2013

Member

PRSSA

Expertise PR

Writing for Online Mutimedia

Effective Listening

Internship work

Feature story

Interest

All things music, sports, communications and philanthropy.

Objective

An entry-level position in sales, public relations, advertising or marketing.

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