Download PDF

Summary

Over 25 years in Chamber of Commerce leadership, strategic planning, Economic Development and Not-For-Profit management.

With my training, experience and life knowledge my strengths would lead me to look for a position in strategic planning, government affairs,  training, development and organizational development.

Community

Board of Director, Oklahoma League of the Blind 2009-2012

Chairman, Inaugural and 2nd Statewide Economic Development Summits, October 2002 and October 2004 with over 800 attendees

President, Oklahoma Economic Development Council, 2001-2002 and increased membership by 150%

Governor's Economic Development Team, 2000-2010

Twice served as Chairman of the Governor's Conference on Tourism, 1994, 1995

Central Oklahoma Regional Leadership Graduate 1999 

Oklahoma Economic Development Council - Executive Committee 1999-2001

Oklahoma Travel Industry Association - Board Member 1996 - 97

Oklahoma Delegate - White House Conference on Tourism - 1995 selected as one of the 15 attendees out of a candiate group of 100

Chairman, Oklahoma Community Development Conference - 1994

Leadership Mesquite, Grand Prairie and Midland

Leadership Canadian County

Graduate, Institute for Organizational Management, a six year program equal to 12 hours of Masters level curriculum

Graduate Community Development Institute, one of the first 50 to be Certified Community Developer

Work History

2011Present

Director of Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships

Alzheimer's Association

Manage and direct the OKC, Lawton, Enid and Ada offices of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.  Also serve as Lobbyist for Oklahoma for ALZ.

Was responsible for Walks to End Alzheimer's which reached/surpassed goals five years in a row placing the Walk in OKC in the top 25 of all 600 Walks in the United States.  Responsible for direction of staff responsible for goal reaching/surpassing $600,000 Gala and Longest Day events .

Responsible for 7 person staff in OKC and outreach offices in Enid, Lawton and Ada.  Responsible for Physician Outreach management for entire state.

20092011

Grassroots Organizer

SmokeFree Oklahoma
  • Acted as grassroots organizer and work with the American Lung Association the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association to develop and implement initial and ongoing plans for Client's issue advocacy campaign, including but not limited to developing and managing a grassroots organization of over 100 volunteers designed to build and demonstrate support for the SmokeFree Oklahoma effort, and leveraged their organizational communication channels for educating and mobilizing supporters.
  • Identified key volunteers, get coalition groups involved in the statewide efforts, and served as liaison between local coalitions and SmokeFree Oklahoma.
  • Built and maintained the client's Smokefree Oklahoma alliance's database of supporters and coordinate successfully SmokeFree Oklahoma Co-Campaign Managers to recruit 20 new alliance members.
  • Coordinated, attended over 25 volunteer trainings across Oklahoma and community events to recruit supporters and promote SmokeFree Oklahoma, as needed for the execution of objectives.
  • Monitored and maintained the SmokeFree Oklahoma website and correspondence.
May 2006Oct 2009

Director, Special Projects

The State Chamber of Oklahoma
  • Worked with new and existing members to enhance the revenue by 15% for The Chamber.
  • Managed the Oklahoma 21st Century Research Foundation including creation of the ACE Book of rankings, website along with Twitter and Facebook pages
  • Raised over $600,000 to facilitate the operation of the Oklahoma 21st Century Foundation
  • Secured grants of more than $35,000 for the Oklahoma Prosperity Project.
  • Assisted Lobby staff on issues during the legislative session by meeting with Legislators and monitoring information
  • Facilitated leadership retreats and Board of Director retreats for other organizations and Chambers of Commerce.
20042006

Director, Institutional Advancement

Redlands Community College
  • Established long-range strategic plans and development of marketing plans for the Institutional Development Office and Communications Department of Redlands Community College. (February of 2004 to March 2006 - reporting directly to the President while reworking their marketing strategy and re-direction of website, advertising and Foundation operations.)
  • Developed funding and development plan of over $6 million for new housing project on Redlands campus
20022004

Consultant

City of Weatherford, Oklahoma

Consulted with the Weatherford Economic Development Foundation concerning strategic planning, industrial park development, job creation and the development of a 25 million dollar wind energy farm.

19962001

Executive Director

El Reno Chamber of Commerce and El Reno Industrial Development Corporation
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of this public/private economic development office, including financial, staff and strategic planning.
  • Recruited new industry to locate within the employment area, and marketed El Reno through the use of public relations and development of current demographic data.
  • Developed and implemented Internet presence for the organization.
  • Results of activities were over $12 million of investment in the community, 1900 new jobs, and the establishment of the El Reno Venture Capital Corporation and $5 million of Federal assistance for affordable housing.

  • Led effort to secure a 10 year community wide exclusive soft drink contract, the first in Oklahoma, which benefits the El Reno Public Schools, El Reno Community College and the City of El Reno Parks and Recreation system.
  • Created the Leadership El Reno program and Legislative and Community Development activities.
19891996

Vice President

Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
  • Maintained and updated the Oklahoma Certified Cities program, a statewide training program for communities. Program began with 4 pilot communities and grew to over 75. Focus of the program was on training volunteers and resource people in the creation of long term plans for economic and community development.
  • Developed marketing and development material for the program.
  • Oversaw the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives Association and Oklahoma Economic Development Council (trade association for economic development professionals). Served as a direct liaison with all local chambers of commerce through training programs for local Chamber Managers.
  • Direct responsibility for the "Paul Revere Legislative Network", a grass roots information network providing legislative information to local members via printed material a coordination of weekly conference calls growing the call from 4 participants to over 50 which included the Oklahoma Governor's office.
  • Created a five year strategic and development planning program for The State Chamber.
  • Provided facilitation services for over 30 local chamber of commerce board retreat and planning sessions.
  • Developed strategic planning curriculum and taught at University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University as a visiting speaker.
  • Taught graduate classes in Planning and Community Development at the University of Oklahoma.
19871989

Director of Convention and Visitors Bureau and Economic Development

Mesquite Chamber of Commerce
  • Promoted Mesquite special events, including interaction with attractions, media, and group tour operators. Increased city hotel occupancy, enhanced the image of Mesquite, and increased opportunity for further hotel development.
  • Responsible for Annual Mesquite Balloon Festival - largest hot air balloon event in Texas with a budget of over $300,000.
  • Other responsibilities Included Transportation Committee staff position, Certified Hospitality Trainer (Texas A&M Extension Service in cooperation with State of Texas Department of Commerce.)

Education

19751979

BA

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Double major in Speech and Theatre

Skills

Proficient in all Microsoft programs
Microsoft Office Suite:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access Adobe Software

Certifications

Dec 2006Dec 2009

Certified Community Development Professional

International Community Development Society