Nathan O'Groske

Nathan O'Groske

Work History

Work History
Sep 2012 - Mar 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 2012 - Aug 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 2010 - May 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 2010 - May 2012


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 2003 - Aug 2011


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.






99 percent of my current job, and I've been developing this for the last 4 years.



I used this editing program to complete the episode of MSU News about the campus-wide smoking ban.


I have the tenacity to get things done. I love a challenge and will not quit.


I started a blog last year, and it includes everything from my first look at search engine optimization to a news story I created.


InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel


Technical Writing

press releases, media alerts, broadcast writing and more



Dean's List

MSU - Mankato
Sep 2011 - Sep 2013




All things music, sports, communications and philanthropy.


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