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My resume encompassing over 20 years of meetings management experience with the association, corporate and 3rd party fields. I am open to relocation at my own expense.
ANDREA SIMON MEETINGS MANAGER/DIRECTOR Hollywood, FL • Tel 954.925.7145 Mobile 646.732.5050 • email@example.com Combines innovation and budgetary considerations to launch exciting, cutting-edge events and corporate meetings for a variety of industries, most notably in the medical and pharmaceutical industry. Brings more than a decade of experience navigating challenges and complex logistics to ensure the timely delivery of all projects, and creates a recurring theme of sustainable success through expert negotiation skills, and cultivating robust business relationships. Ability to expertly manage high-profile projects with budgets of up to $7M. Specialized experience coordinating multiple, concurrent projects under aggressive deadlines, negotiating contracts, vetting vendors, and soliciting sponsors. Core Competencies Association Expertise Meetings Management International Expertise Corporate/3rd Party Expertise Preparation and Presentations Troubleshooting Staff Management Budgeting/Financial Mgmt Vendor Selection/Supervision Marketing CAN- DO Attitude Client Satisfaction Customer Service Problem-Solving Negotiating/Contracting Destination Management Project Management Team Leadership Logistics Planning/Mgmt Quality Assurance Detail-oriented Strategic Planning Tradeshow Sales/Management Committee Liaison Key Accomplishments Extensive experience coordinating meetings and programs for clients in a wide variety of industries, including developing programs for pharmaceutical companies’(advisory boards, product launches and incentives) on-site management, and facilitating educational seminars for a major New York-based medical association. Delivered association and pharmaceutical programs of up to 500 people in international locations including Madrid, London, Dublin, and Buenos Aires. Achieved a 200% improvement in meeting attendance as well as a 150% increase in productivity and profits by enhancing the exhibitor-return ratio to more than 45%. Professional Experience Independent Contractor Hollywood, FL, Alexandria, VA and New York, NY 2011- 2012; 2008 – 2010; 2005 – 2007 CONSULTANT / FREELANCE MEETING PLANNER Coordinated all facets of meetings and conventions to ensure seamless delivery. Worked with client stakeholders to determine the purpose/message of the meeting; planned and executed site selection, meeting/exhibit space, lodging, food/beverages, telecommunications, and audio-visual requirements. Negotiated contracts with facilities and suppliers, ensuring optimal ROI for clients. American Art Therapy Association, Alexandria, VA 2011 DIRECTOR OF MEETINGS Engaged in this six-month position to lead all aspects of meeting planning including site selection/negotiations, vendor selection/management, room logistics, food/beverage planning, art supply preparation, registration, and on-site management. Key highlights Andrea Simon, continued firstname.lastname@example.org Overcame the challenge of an extremely tight budget to successfully coordinate and execute the logistics for a 1,000-member meeting. American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC 2007 – 2008 DIRECTOR OF MEETINGS Delivered performance-focused direction in the facilitation of the organization’s annual educational program, encompassing 12,000+ abstracts, 2,500+ sessions, and 200 program committees. Coordinated all facets of the event, including site selection, negotiations, vendor selection/management, room logistics, food/beverage planning, housing, registration, and development/administration of budgets up to $7M. Key highlights Exceeded all expectations in concurrently mastering a complex, on-line abstract management system, scheduling sessions, and preparing materials for the publication while managing all programming and logistics for the Annual Conference. Streamlined the management and retrieval of information by converting the association presentations from overhead projectors to computer-generated graphics. Coordinated the on-site logistics for the 2008 Annual Meeting in New York, with a $7M budget, 16,000 registrants and more than 125 concurrent sessions. American Association for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, PA 2000 – 2005 DIRECTOR OF MEETINGS AND EXHIBITS Expanded brand awareness and enhanced organizational messaging by facilitating meetings and exhibits, including site selection, negotiations, vendor selection, rooms, food/beverage planning, housing, registration, budget development/management, and final reports. Hired, trained, and mentored a high- performing staff of six employees in the best practices and strategies to consistently meet expectations. Managed the annual meeting of 16,000 attendees, six special conferences, board meetings, and pop-up meetings in the US and globally. Key highlights Identified and secured a highly effective network of external vendors, enabling the meeting staff to concentrate more on core activities. Successfully reorganized the annual meeting in less than three months following its cancellation in Toronto due to the SARS epidemic: negotiated 25 contracts, hired local vendors, established a house bureau, and developed a new meeting design to ensure seamless execution. Streamlined the operation of the department by redesigning annual meeting planning procedures and introducing timelines, facilities charts, and specific job assignments for a more cohesive operation. Additional Experience Meeting Manager, Current Medical Directions/Healthways Communications, New York, NY Conferences and Conventions Senior Manager, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY Director of Meetings and Exhibits, American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, VA Meeting Planner, Price Waterhouse, New York, NY Education & Professional Development Master of Arts, Education / Media Ecology, New York University, New York, NY Bachelor of Science, Education, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
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