Special Events Planner Resume Sample by mplett


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Jesse Kendall                                                         Miami, FL 33183               jkendall@notmail.com

Creative and talented event planner with exceptional organizational skills focused on meticulous execution of highly
planned events. Skilled strategist with an eye for artful design, careful attention to the last detail, and an ability to
create highly styled arrangements. Cost conscious; develop solutions to stretch individual budgets and deliver
rewarding and memorable events. Proven ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and provide service excellence.
Key skills include:
►   Vendor Negotiations/Management        ►   Theme Design/Creation           ►   Talent/Transportation Management
►   Project Management                    ►   Budget Planning/Execution       ►   Venue Selection

                                       EVENT PLANNING EXPERIENCE
SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNER, ABC BUILDERS, Miami, FL                                                           20xx-20xx
Produced a wide variety of business/private events, intimate dinner parties for clients and staff, and team-building
meetings. Planned and coordinated annual company events such as a Christmas celebration, a summer carnival/picnic,
and a formal awards gala. Arranged birthday parties, wine-tasting events, and family holiday functions.
Selected Achievements:
►   Organized the overall event plans/executions. Collaborated in development of budgets, venue selections, invitation
    designs, and distribution of invitations.
►   Negotiated vendor contracts that focused on service, scope, and objectives. Supervised caterers, liquor suppliers,
    bands/DJs, florists, transportation vendors, decorators, and entertainers in the delivery of product and service
►   Provided creative design, styles, and themes for each event. Selected decorations aligned with event themes. Chose
    the best catering and dessert selections in accordance with the established budget.
►   Identified and maximized methods to spend budgets effectively; participated in the events as a hostess/greeter or
    bartender when necessary.

SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNER, BCD EVENTS, Miami, FL                                                                 20xx-20xx
Spearheaded programming and production of two new events, the Great Green America Fest Eco-Folk Festival, a
three-day event with a $35,000 program budget and 7,000 attendees, and the Miami Culinary Festival, a two-day event
with a $15,000 program budget and 6,000 attendees. Oversaw programming and broadened the scope for the
established Celtic Fling & Highland Games, a two-day event with a $60,000 program budget and 20,000 attendees.
Collaborated with key groups and agencies in development of engaging program content. Built vendor relationships
and maximized lucrative terms and conditions for speakers. Negotiated competitive housing, travel, food, beverage,
and audiovisual contracts. Arranged logistics and supervised meetings on-site.
Selected Achievements:
►   Exceeded expectations by delivering each event at or under budget and meeting rigorous timelines.
►   Organized events from conception to completion: sought out, negotiated, and contracted talent; arranged stage and
    program schedules; managed on-site logistics for up to ten concurrent stages of programming; and directed
    sound/technical services, production crew, and emcees.
►   Increased visibility and interest through radio, TV, and newspaper interviews.
►   Authored program content and stage manuals.
►   Scouted talent at industry conferences and festivals for professional development.

                B.A. ~ Journalism, Minor: Business/Marketing, University of XYZ, Miami, FL ▪ 20xx
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