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I have twenty years of experience, planning, coordinating and executing special events for four Detroit area non-profits. I am skilled at developing, cultivating and maintaining strong relationships that lead to long term support of the organization and people that I work for. I am looking for a position that allows me to use these talents and skills, preferably in the event planning, sports marketing, trade shows or sponsorship arenas.


Eastpointe, MI

About Me


Marketing & Advertising



Education level:

High School/GED

Will Relocate:



Eastpointe, MI

Work Experiences

11/2001 - 4/2009

Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

Director / VP

  • Planned, organized, directed and coordinated ongoing special events and funding programs. Developed and maintained relationships with groups and organizations known as Third Party Events to raise funds for the organization. Initiated and cultivated new and existing relationships with companies resulting in cash and in-kind sponsorships. Established and cultivated relationships with local, major media outlets (radio and television) for the purposes of fund raising, promotion and visibility for the organization. Establish and maintain budgets for all special events for the organization with the exception of one gala event led by the President of the organization. Wrote designed and produced requests, proposals and collateral materials for all special events for the organization. Served as representative for the organization at public speaking forums to present the mission of the organization and to engage new supporters. Organized, recruited and trained volunteers for various events and activities for the organization. Organized direct mail campaigns and distribution plans to reach other potential donors and participants.

8/2000 - 8/2001

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan

Director / VP

  • Supervised a development staff of six working to produce special events and funding programs. Developed and maintained relationships with corporations and individuals to provide funding to the organization.

9/1998 - 8/2000

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Individual Contributor

  • Hired, trained and supervised staff required for registration in cities where Exposition was held. consulted with registration firms in order to determine objectives and requirements for registration process for Expositions. Developed layout, staffing and registration process for Expositions. Conferred with staff at a chosen event site in order to coordinate details. Coordinated services for events, such as transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements and printing. Reviewed event bills for accuracy and approved payment. Arranged the availability of audio-visual equipment, transportation, displays and other event needs. Organized registration of event participants. Conducted post-event evaluations in order to determine how future events could be improved. Evaluated and selected providers of registration services.

7/1990 - 9/1998

National Multiple Sclerosis Society


  • Planned fund raising events and contacted individuals and establishments to solicit funds and gifts-in-kind. Wrote, designed and produced, requests, proposals and collateral materials for special events. Contacted potential contributors securing funds or gifts-in-kind through sponsorship requests. Served as a representative at public speaking forums to present the mission of the organization and to engage new supporters. Accepted pledges and funds from contributors. Recorded expenses incurred and contributions received, maintaining established budgets. Trained volunteers to perform duties to assist fund raising.