Nicole Bitzan

Nicole Bitzan

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especially important in sales understanding personality DISC . my energy is contagious especially important when working with emotional homeowners through the eviction process

Highly Self-Motivated

As the REO Specialist, I was required to be available at all hours of the day, seven days a week. I was 

Proficient in SPSS

I have used SPSS and become very familiar with the interface for use in quantitative research and  survey analysis

Collaboration skills

I have gained experience in collaboration and teamwork through experiences with aiding Virginia Tech’s Multicultural Alumni Advisory Board by discussing my experience at Virginia Tech for the promotion of future diversity on the campus, as well as from my opportunities with the sorority, class assignments, previous jobs, and Upward Bount/Trio. More recently managing our REO department at Kris Weaver Real Estate Team, I learned the importance of teamwork and delegation. In order to maintain progress from good to great, I was required to trust others with my work and create a safe environment where opinions and criticisms were welcome. I also built and maintained close relationships with banks and asset companies -in turn growing our business. 

Proficient in Microsoft office

Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel  Microsoft Publisher

Organizational proficiency

Organization was necessary as a philanthropy Co-Chair Supervisor for Kappa Delta Sorority and as the coordinator for a mentoring program. I had to forward information as necessary, which required that all of my documents and business transactions be accounted for and easily accessible. As the REO Specialist, I managed multiple properties from the foreclosure/eviction process to renovation/contracting and finally listing/selling the home. I was required to maintain all financial details and submit for reimbursements, as well as communicate regularly with our asset managers. I was required to know every property and each detail on the fly. 

Leadership skills

I gained leadership skills as a coordinator and mentor for Upward Bound as well as through my experience in Kappa Delta sorority as a Philanthropy Chair. The two unique opportunities informed me of the difficulties and pleasures of collaborative and adaptive leadership. No two days were alike, and therefore I had to be open to many ideas and malleable with my thoughts and processes without losing sight of the shared goal. 

Analytical skills through research experience

From personally led research to mandatory class assignments, I have learned the necessary analytical skills necessary to produce a well thought out research document. 

Proficient in survey processes

I gained this experience from personally conducting surveys in my undergraduate research and independent research, as well as from my time at CONCA, where I administered various surveys for the cooperation from its website. In addition, I have taken two courses at Virginia Polytechnic Institute on how to analyze and make inferences on the data recovered. 

Proficient in Intermediate German

My degree required a language, therefore, I chose German. I continue to learn new vocabulary and read german books. 

Proficient in Intermediate Japanese

Japanese was my first language. I continue to speak and read moderately.

Work History

Work History
May 2010 - Present

substitute teacher

Montessori Academy Chesapeake

I worked at various locations for the Montessori Academy of Virginia as a “transition teacher” and taught 1st-4th grade various curriculum, provided support to the children and interacted with other teachers to provide the best learning experience for my students. Since July 2010, I serve as a seasonal substitute teacher and summer camp counselor for all age students (age 2 to 4th grade). Recently (July 2013-August 2013), I supported the Montessori Academy as they opened their third location in Suffolk, Va by organizing and preparing lessons, creating lesson cards, as well as offering assistance in the summer program. 

Sep 2011 - Apr 2013


Trio/Upward Bound Mentoring

  As a Coordinator for Trio/Upward Bound, I worked collaboratively with a team of undergraduate mentors in order to promote a supporting and helpful environment for high school students pursuing a college education. 

A few of my tasks were as follows:

  • organize and developed monthly themes for the tutorials 
  • conduct training sessions for the mentors
  • act as a liaison between the director, mentors, and high school students
  • create minute-by-minute agenda for the tutorials
  • manage mentor portfolios 
  • hold interviews for new mentors
  • research helpful team building brochures and mentoring brochures
May 2012 - Feb 2013

Research Assistant

Concerned Citizens of America (CONCA)

In my time with CONCA, I provided data for various projects of interest with political reform, education reform.  I created and managed website surveys and analyzed results. 

May 2011 - Sep 2011

Store Retail Associate

On A Whim

At On A Whim, I provided customer support in order to provide customers with excellent personal shopping experiences. I also helped to log incoming merchandise, worked with invoices, custom orders, and opened/closed the store.

May 2009 - Aug 2011

Campus Sales Representative

TOMS Shoes

I collaborated with a team as a liaison of TOMS to help publicize TOMS shoes on the Virginia Tech campus. We coordinated events on the campus to help promote and educate the TOMS cause as well as held a shoe sale. 

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Store Retail Associate

Coastal Edge Surf shop at 21st street

I learned the motto, mission, and goal of the store in order to provide each customer with a fun "beach" experience. The store is open from 9am to midnight where retail associates are required to fold and keep the store in top shape. At my time at Coastal Edge Surf Shop, I was awarded top sales during my first few weeks of employment and also was acknowledged for selling a required amount of Oakley sunglasses to be rewarded a free pair. 

Mar 2009 - Aug 2009


Paradocks Bar and Grille

I upheld the hospitality promised of Paradocks Bar and Grille by serving customers with excellent care, accomplishing duties asked of me in a promptly manner, quickly adhering to the pace of the kitchen staff, understanding the computer system, and promoted to open and close the restaurant. 


Aug 2013 - Present

Global Planning and International Development Certifcate
Aug 2013 - Present


Virginia Polytechnic Institute

GPA: 3.6

Courses taken that relate to International Development, public policy or global issues:

  • Advanced International Development Planning and Policy
  • Food Microbiology and Sanitation
  • Nonprofit Leadership and Governance
  • Quantitive Techniques in Planning
2011 - May 2013

Undergraduate Research Institute at Virginia Tech

My self led undergraduate research and senior seminar project investigated the intangible Japanese cultural development through the lens of Shinto. Using my personal experience and research, I felt confident in answering "What was quintessentially Japanese?" Shinto's ever-developing role in Japan paved the way for a unique history un-identical to any other state's history. However, as inspiring as Japanese re-occuring redevelopment throughout history, many brand the Shinto Japanese identity as negative and continuously do today. I further investigate these implications and surface how prevalent Shintoism was throughout the making of Japan as it is globally seen today. (The final paper can be seen under portfolio).

Jan 2013 - May 2013

Independent Research

At the start of the spring 2013 semester, I began an independent research with Dr. Jocelyn Widmer in the Urban Regional and Planning department where I contextualized Haitian cultural communities by environmental characteristics in order to better implement water retrieval practices. This research study has provided me experience with how to critically assess data from field surveys, apply data to the research question, and support the analysis with scholarly journals. 

Aug 2009 - May 2013


Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Degree 1: International Studies

Focuses: Environmental Affairs, Global Development, World Politics and Policy

Degree 2: Humanities, Science, and Environment

GPA: 3.27

Courses taken that relate to International/state development planning, public policy or global issues:

  • Humanities, Science and Environment
  • Global Environmental Issues
  • Global Economy and World Politics
  • World Regions
  • Intro to World Politics
  • Global Econ and World Politics
  • Global Ethics
  • Principles of Economics 
  • International Relations 1 and 2
  • Modern Asian Cultures
  • Asian Religions
  • International Studies Seminar
  • International Development
  • Principles of Fishery and Wildlife (state/intl.)
  • Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife (state/intl.)


  • Elementary Japanese
  • Accelerated Elementary German
  • Accelerated Intermediate German
  • German Oral Proficiency 1 and 2
  • German Gram/Comp/Convers