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Sep 2007Present

Communications Coordinator

United States Tennis Association

I am in charge of all our creative productions. From our quarterly magazine CrossCourt to our annual Yearbook, various advertising campaigns and web graphic support. I'm also in the coordinator of our Facebook and YouTube outreach efforts.

  • Directed the production of quarterly publication to 22,900 members
  • Reduced costs by 30% for printing with enhanced use of e-technology
  • Launched internal blog for staff announcements and information
  • Integrated our marketing messages across programs and events
  • Assisted in media relations and tracking efforts for a five-state region
  • Created an internal media archiving system
  • Managed Hall of Fame Ceremony & Committee Selection Process
  • Streamlined web content generation and management for section
  • Reduced costs by 7% from 2008 to 2009
Jun 2007Present

Inspirational Speaker & Leadership Trainer

Richard Dedor

I build keynotes and workshops to inspire people to achieve the impossible and to re-focus their lives to what is really important.

  • Developed and launched newsletters and promotions
  • Led workshops on stress management, networking, team building and life development
  • Presented keynote address called, “Anything is Possible”
  • Recreated brand images and websites including Kansas City PRSA
  • Presented to hundreds of people on the importance of leadership, taking control of your life and stress management
Jan 2009Dec 2009

VP - Communications

PRSA - Greater Kansas City Chapter
  • Launched new website in April 2009
  • Transferred our e-marketing efforts to a new company for an 80 percent cost savings
  • Designed brand-new blog and assisted in editorial planning
Jan 2006Sep 2007

Tennis Service Representative

US Tennis Association

Consult with various organizations about the various opportunities to offer tennis & education programs to their communities.

  • Created and hosted the Iowa Tennis Summit in three local Iowa communities
  • Increased organizational district membership by 10%
  • Developed training for customer management software
  • Planned and led the Iowa Tennis Summit
  • Impacted 5,488 players and 531 leaders in 2006


Aug 2002May 2004

A. A.


Photography (& editing)
Personal portraits, events and sports action photography and post editing
Video Editing
Proficient in iMovie and training on Final Cut Express
HTML, CSS, Word Press
Web, Ad, Promotional, Printed
Social Media (Web 2.0)
Public Speaking
Adobe Creative Suite3

Design Portfolio

Speech Videos

Mayoral Campaign


"The RU Leaders would like to sincerely thank you for spending time with us. You were all we were hoping for plus some. All of us were very impressed, and upon speaking to the students that attended the event, they definitely had great things to say about you. They all appreciated the way you related your points to our daily lives, everything made sense to them, which can be hard to achieve. Thanks again for all of your help, concern, and planning that went into this event. You made it successful!" -Lacey Leitner, Student Seminar Leader at Rockhurst University

"Richard was the closing speaker at our annual Family Planning Update in 2008. We were looking for a motivational speaker that would leave conference attendees feeling good about themselves and the work that they do and Richard delivered right on target! He was the perfect ending to a full two days of heavy duty topics. He made us laugh, he provoked us to think deep and overall energized us for the travel home." -Leila Schlenker, Training Coordinator - Family Planning Council of Iowa "Richard engages the audience from start to finish. His workshop presentations for us brought both young and old on a learning adventure with personal style. Participants left armed with knowledge and a 'can do' attitude!" -Mary Schissel, Director - Mason City Youth Task Force "Richard is sure to captivate any audience with his passionate inspirational message." -Asitha Jayawardena, Student

Professional Profile

Inspirational speaker. This is my passion: using words to cultivate positive emotions on everyone around me.

Creative thinker. Continuously seeking out emerging trends, design ideas, and technologies to cultivate new creative strategies and projects.

Publication development and management. This includes budgeting, editorial vision, promotion, layout and production.

Exceptional communication. Great organizational and presentation skills.

Solid design and layout skills. including conceptualizing art ideas, graphics creation, image manipulation, typography, scanning and color correction. Traditional art & illustration skills: PDF, HTML, FTP, blog tools, digital video and digital audio.

Living Web 2.0. As a 27-year-old, Web 2.0 is who I am, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others.


Passion and dedication can not be measured, but it is my life's motto, aside from "Anything is Possible." I have enthusiasm and a hunger to learn and grow as a person and a professional that will aid any company. Ultimately, I believe I will be an asset from day one because of my problem solving, passion, experience and attitude.


  • Beyond Rubies Women's Conference - 2008, 2009
  • Fort Hays State University
  • Iowa Family Planning Council
  • Kirkwood Community College (Staff Development)
  • Kirkwood Community College (Continuing Education)
  • Mason City High School
  • Mason City Youth Task Force
  • Rockhurst University
  • Worth County Republican Women
  • United States Tennis Association - Missouri Valley