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Vineet Girdhar

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Summary

  • 20+ years of experience in sales & marketing, retail management, e commerce,  advertising and business development. 
  • Core Areas of Experience includes Franchisee & Channel Development; Fashion & Lifestyle Retail expansion & Management, eBusiness;Hotel Sales (Inbound and Domestic); Advertising Campaigns, SMM,Global Contracting & Supply Chain. 
  • Marketing Concepts uniquely introduced and implemented:Reciprocal marketing, Fashion merchandising, Wed Green Initiative, Franchising, Iambridal Retailer & Reseller Program, Women Entrepreneurship Program.
  • Brands Worked for : SUMAN MOTELS, FORTUNE 100, TATA HONEYWELL, IHG, THOMAS COOK, Hi! Tours, MecH Journeys,IAMBRIDAL.

Awards & Laurels 

  • “Top Performer” Award, 1998 & 2003.
  • Youngest representative registered in FHRAI ’99 @ Nepal. 
  • Strategic Selling Certification from IHG group in 2004.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt in Travel Process in 2004, one of the early birds in India to achieve this. 
  • Won Appreciation Award for Teamwork & Focused Performance in 2004. 
  • Core Team Member of the eBusiness team winning PRIDE of Thomas Cook Award 2009. 
  • Identified as member of Key Talent Pool –Thomas Cook in 2010. 
  • Certified from THAILAND TOURISM BOARD as Amazing Thailand Expert in 2011. 
  • One of the five Indians to be sponsored by Alberta Tourism, Canada for participating in CWM 2013 at Banff. 
  • Was chosen by the China National Tourist Office to represent Indian Delegation twice to visit South East Asia’s largest Trade Show—CITM 2012 in Shanghai and CITM 2013 in Kunming.
  • Special Invitee @ Vogue Wedding Show, New Delhi , India 2014 & 2015.
  • Nominated and Featured in CNBC Awaaz Masterpreneur Program 2015.
  • Proud achiever of ISO 9001:2015 for Iambridal Brand in 2016.

Work History

Jan 2014Present

Business Head & Chief Executive  |  Noida, Delhi NCR, India

I AM BRIDAL FASHION & LIFESTYLE PVT LTD.

Develop, Manage & Market an e-Commerce based marketplace in bridal & ceremonial  segment , responsible for overall functional and strategic development  with prime focus on  sales, marketing, supply chain and brand building worldwide.  

May 2013Dec 2013

CEO & Head -Consulting Businesses   |  New Delhi, India

MecH Journeys India Pvt. Ltd.

Responsible of entire launch and conceptualizing of the company in India with corporate office set up in South Delhi. Developed products and Global Contracting for the company.

Jul 2012Apr 2013

Vice President-Holidays    |  New Delhi, India

Hi! Tours India Pvt. Ltd.

Head of Outbound Holiday division -- a new business initiative in India; additionally responsible of Marketing & Advertising Campaigns including PR of the company. Took the business from 0.1 to 1.6 million INR in 09 months.

Sep 2006Jun 2012

General Manager-Franchisee & Channel Development  | Pune, Mumbai, Chennai & New Delhi.

Thomas Cook(India) Ltd

General Manager-Franchisee. Franchisee Development and Acquisition as a new business initiative; have spearheaded business development in West, Central India, North, East and South. Have created record opening streak of 19 offices in 11 months in 2011-12 in South India. Have held critical initiative roles and was also instrumental in setting up eBusiness portal -ThomasCook.in as key member of the core team during 2009-2010.

(Rejoined as ASM on 26 Sep.'06 under old staff recall process)

Oct 2005Sep 2006

Unit Sales Manager - India Market  |  Goa, India

Intercontinental The Grand Resort

Generating Sales thru MICE & leisure business, participating in travel -trade shows,managing operations during conferences and weddings. Instrumental in Inbound Charter Contracting and Film Shoots contracts. Completed Strategic Selling Level -I course conducted by IHG in New Delhi during this tenure.

Dec 2003Sep 2005

Travel Manager  |  Pune, India

Tata Honeywell Ltd

Managing the sourcing , contracting and operations related to Corporate Travel and Guest Houses. Completed SiX SIGMA Green Belt from Honeywell in Travel Processes.

Jun 2000Nov 2003

Executive-Sales, Travel|  Pune, India

Thomas Cook India Ltd.

Corporate Sales, New account acquisitions & handling credit control. Responsible for selling forex, travel and leisure/MICE products.

Aug 1997Mar 2003

Territory Manager - Marketing Support & Promotional Activities  |  Goa, Pune & Mumbai, India

Suman Motels Ltd.

Hotel Sales portfolio and customer service at Goa -Victorian heritage Resort -(managed property).Was transferred to Pune in 1998 to generate FIT sales for Motels and event Management at Pune, Khopoli, Mahabaleshwar & Panchagani Resorts. In Aug.1999 shifted to Mumbai to work on India's first budget chain hotel franchising concept and assist then COO & CEO as Project Co-ordinator -FORTUNE 100.

Jul 1996Jul 1997

Executive-Sales, FIT |  Raipur-CG & Ahmedabad-Gujrat, India

Dalmia Resorts Pvt.Ltd.

Generating FIT Hotel Sales thru Travel agents and Corporates in Raipur, Bhilai & Bilaspur Regions.Have worked two months on deputation in Ahmedabad also during this tenure.

Education

19941996

   Master of Tourism Administration 

Capt. APS University, Rewa, M.P.

Dual Specialization in Tourism marketing & Adventure Tourism. Stood 4rth position in Merit List. First Student in India to get scholarship from GMVN-UP TOURISM and completed successfully certificate courses in Rafting, Kayaking, Wild-Life Safari & Adventure Sports Complex Development in 1995.  

19911994

B.A.-Management | St. Thomas College , Bhilai, India.

Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University

Management, Economics and Psychology as major subjects. Stood 3rth in College.Was selected as Secretary of the College for 1993-94 session.

IT Skills

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SMM & Digital Publication Tools

Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram,ISSUU, YUDU,BLOGGING, Forums, SKYPE,WEBINARS, PODCASTING & Online Music Streaming.

8
Analytical Tools 

Minitab; Pivot Tables, Flow Charts & Dashboards based on Windows 10 & MAC platforms.

8
ecommerce Skills

Prestashop Version 1.6.0.1 and above -- developing marketplace and online stores.Handy knowledge of HTML, Visual Composer,CANVA online banners,Payment gateway integration, LAMP technology, WHM, cpanel, App making platforms, advertising & customer service modules/plugins.

Personal Achievements

  • First poetry book "Afsana" published by BookSurge - an Amazon company in USA in 2008.Now also available on amazon.in and Kindle.
  • Member of Film Writers Association -2004-2008.
  • Artist Manager of KOOL KNIGHTS band.
  • Worked as Music Assistant in FTII produced Movie directed by President Award Winning Director -Shilpi Dasgupta.
  • Anchored and performed in more than 200+ shows during 1999-2015  
  • Conceptualized multiple corporate events/seminars,engagement and weddings,birthday parties, and fashion shows.
  • Completed Digital Music Production and Pro DJ Courses in 2010-11 from Work Station Academy - India's first DJ institute. 
  • Written Jingles and created signature Tunes.
  • Published Articles and Blogs on Fashion, Styling, marital Relationships and many more topics.
  • Featured in Media Interviews and news - The Hindu | National Seminar on Indian Tourism-Rohtak | For my Music

Campus Connect

Have been associated with Institutes from time to time as visiting faculty, guest lecturer at Rohtak university,APS university, Indira Institute of Management, Pune, Kirloskar Cummins management Institute, Pune  & TASMAC, Pune to name few. Have participated/conducted training programs & Seminars  on Destination Training , Customer Service,Sales & Marketing, Retail management, Visual merchandising, Internet as a tool for promotion and off-late on entrepreneurship, women empowerment & startups. Currently promoting myself as a Wedding Consultant, Stylist & a Relationship Counsellor as my remaining life motto and goal. Knowledge increases only by sharing, hence I intend to have a connect with the new and fresh minds to educate and nurture them & create new opportunities for them . A firm believer in Learn, Unlearn and Relearn.

Declaration 

I hereby certify that The Above Information Is True to Best of my Knowledge and I look forward to hear from your end.