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Aug 2010Present


Holmes Enterprises

-          Wrote articles for SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) South Africa to further bridge the business relationship between the US and African Countries.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

-          Attended conferences, industry meetings, and other community outreach events related to global business development. <o:p></o:p>

-          Engaged in business development initiatives including business development meetings and presentations, requests for proposals/ qualifications, marketing material development, marketing lead tracking. <o:p></o:p>

Mar 2010Aug 2010

Consultant to the CEO

Randburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry

-Represented the RCCI in Mumbai, India with President Zuma’s trade delegation to enhance the organization’s profile.

-Provided strategic direction, business planning and advice to the CEO, Board of Directors, and staff.

-Identified and implemented initiatives and fundraising ideas to increase RCCI membership.

-Completed special projects including a survey and needs assessment that addressed organizational areas for improvement.

-Wrote articles and press releases profiling the RCCI and events for the Randburg Sun.

-Defined an internship program targeting partnerships with local universities. Participated in human resource functions to hire and train new staff.

-Designed peer-to peer networking program for member businesses.

-Attended seminars regarding doing business in Angola and the BEE (Black Economic Empowerment)

Aug 2009Mar 2010

Consulant and Speaker


-Provided membership services including mentoring, coaching, and development of over 100 member clients (executives and business operations professionals) with an average revenue between 35,000 and 1,000,000 USD annually.

-Conducted in-depth analysis of member business functions, assessed sales, service, and marketing capabilities using formal and informal methods and established specific action plans to generate sales and profits.

-Performed workshops focused on strategic planning and developing business plans.

-Coached members to use the Global Enablis Network and Information Exchange (GENIE), an Enablis member portal, linking members with each other and to tender information, business resources, and online experts.

-Developed, hosted, and implemented networking events on a regular basis including Global Entrepreneurs Week.Facilitated and planned meetings and events of Enablis members to share ideas, challenges, and experiences.

-Wrote press releases and articles for Enablis Network News.

-Led the submittal of a certification application through the National Empowerment Rating Agency (NERA).EmpowerDEX verifies an agency’s compliance with the Black Economic Empowerment Act (BEE) and Code of good practice.

-Judged Business Plan Competition for 2009 and planned Business Plan Competition for 2010.

-Supported funding proposal development to pair supply chain Enablis Members with top 100 South African Companies.

Jul 2008Jul 2009

Account Manager

Coca Cola Enterprises

-Responsible for achieving sales objectives through face-to-face advance selling of products/ brands and packages to over 200 accounts across the State of Michigan which valued over 5 million USD annually.

-Successfully managed additional accounts that had problems with other account managers and determined needed modifications and improvements.

-Executed and closed sales calls and focused on value-added selling activities in specified accounts.Maintained appropriate inventory levels, maintained company assets and point of sale, ensured account met merchandising standards, determined stores' product needs, placed and transmitted appropriate orders with sales routes.

-Provided critical and constructive feedback on market condition to District Sales Manager.Made recommendations to expand market share throughout the State of Michigan.

-Developed relationships, negotiated sales contracts, and supported contract renewals.

-Assisted in the coaching, training and development of new and current account managers.

-Entire business unit won regional awards including the NCAA Coke Zero contest and Vitamin Water contest.

Mar 2007Jul 2009

Chief Executive Officer

McKinley, Holmes, and Associates, LLC

-Founded an internet start-up company.

-Defined strategy for and developed, executed, and managed comprehensive marketing and brand management plans.

-Played integral role in product development activities.Analyzed client needs and responded to and acted upon client’s queries and/or complaints.

-Prepared service orders (national and international) and administered inventory system.

-Created strong lasting business relationships with new and existing customer base.



Dannon Holley

Sandra van Lingen

Kathryn Ossian



I have several interests during my down time including reading world biographies such as Mandela, Gandhi, and The Kennedys; swimming, jet skiing, ice skating, and travelling.  I also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Childline South Africa, and Luyanda Daycare.  I am a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and a former board member of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Eastern Wayne Chapter.

Published Articles

To India and Beyond

Randburg Sun | July 2010

THe history of the Randburg chamber of commerce

Randburg Sun | June 2010

The RCCI Youth Entrepreneurship forum

Randburg Sun | June 2010

RCCI Launch: the women’s event

Randburg Sun | June 2010

The benefits of belonging to a chamber

Randburg Sun | June 2010

RCCI – A Leading SACCI Chamber has served the randburg business community for 50 years

Randburg Sun | June 2010

The voice of world business

Randburg Sun | June 2010


Writing Business Plans for Small/Medium Enterprises

Enablis | 2009

Phoenix Style Fashion & Business Workshop | 2009

Business Forum | 2010

Providing Leadership in a Volatile Environment

Leadership Conference | 2010