Brenda Newton

  • Santa Cruz CA

(831) 420-8983

Skills & Qualifications

Skilled and dedicated Business Manager with vast experience coordinating, planning, and supporting daily operational and administrative functions in various industries.

• Demonstrated ability to provide full service support for executive-level staff and customers alike.

• Very thorough research, reporting, information management, and marketing-support activities, often within deadlines.  Able to handle multiple tasks at one time.

• Highly focused and efficient in supporting complex, deadline-driven operations; able to identify goals and priorities and resolve issues in initial stages.

• Resourceful, intelligent problem solver.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2011 - Mar 2012

Owner/Operator

Main Street Diner

Owner/operator of a 3,500 sq.ft., full-service restaurant.  Handled all aspects of operation, including, ordering, purchasing, personnel, inventory, finances, payroll, scheduling, taxes, customer service, vendor relations, budgeting and much more.

Oct 2006 - Feb 2011

Resort Manager

Premier RV Resort

Operated and managed a110 space RV Resort. Rented space on a nightly, weekly and monthly basis. Took reservations, handled check ins and check outs, answered questions and used sales techniques to entice prospective guests. Balancing of daily accounting and responsible for monthly P&L. Handled all customer questions, requests and complaints with maturity and professionalism. Worked closely with the owner during a 21 space expansion, appeared in court proceedings on behalf of the company, developed budgets and business plan for the resort, and had personal relationships with many of the company's investors.  Market research and analysis, marketing and advertising, event planning, excellent customer service.

Jul 2004 - May 2006

General Manager

Black Bear Diner

Owner/operator of a 3,500 sq.ft., full-service restaurant.  Handled all aspects of operation, including, ordering, purchasing, personnel, inventory, finances, payroll, scheduling, taxes, customer service, vendor relations, budgeting and much more.

Jan 2002 - Apr 2004

Transaction Coordinator

San Jacinto Title Company

Functioned as a liaison between real estate agents, clients, and mortgage brokers during the process of a real estate sale and effectively manage the administrative tasks involved in closing a sale.

Provided consistent, quality-controlled system to ensure the smooth and efficient management of all relevant steps necessary to close a real estate sale.

Implemented a system  for all involved parties to follow, such as deadlines for loan and inspection contingency removal, scheduling required inspections, obtaining necessary information and conveying said information to the appropriate parties.

Provided consistent, quality-controlled system to ensure the smooth and efficient management of all relevant steps necessary to close a real estate sale.

Monitored and assessed the progress of the sale so that important deadlines are met and contingencies are released.

Jul 1994 - Dec 2001

Real Estate Investor

Self Employed

Acquired, maintained and managed 60 residential rental properties, single-family and multi-family.

Jan 2000 - Jan 2002

Real Estate Salesperson

ERA Nicholson & Associates
  • Assisted clients with property sales and development
  • Preparation of legal documents including listings and sales contracts
  • Provided economic and market advice to prospective clients
  • Liaise with lenders, home inspectors and pest controllers prior to contract negotiations
  • Ensured all terms and conditions of agreements were met
  • Maintaining and liaising with clients, building relationships with clients to encourage returning business
  • Coordinated property closings and overseeing document signing
  • Analyzed market trends to determine competitive market prices
  • Education

    Education
    1986 - 1988

    Business Administration

    Barclay Business College

    • Accounting • Business Law and Ethics • Economics • Finance • Management Information Systems • Marketing • Operations Management • Practical Managerial Skills • Communication skills and decision-making capability.