Adrienne Raiford -Paralegal Resume 7-2010

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					                                                   ADRIENNE D. RAIFORD
                                  1195 Milton Terrace SE, #5202      Atlanta, GA, 30315
                                            404- 964-4050

                                                        PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
Experienced, professional writer and researcher with ABA-approved proficiency in factual investigation, legal research and Blue Book
citation, drafting interrogatories, discovery requests, motions and memorandums. Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word,
PowerPoint, Excel, and Access, Publisher and Project Manager, AbacusLaw, Needles, LexisNexis, Westlaw, Tabs3, Summation,
SmartDraw and Time Map.

Dynamic, result-oriented Northwestern University trained marketer with more than 20 years of industry leadership. Extensive
experience driving corporate success and growth in corporations, startups and organizations, spanning Financial Services, Real
Estate, Civil Rights, Professional Services and Food Manufacturing. Demonstrated ability to exceed objectives in challenging
environments through development, implementation and integration of strategic marketing initiatives. Solid track record of success,
awards and accolades across advertising, sales promotion, design, vendor/recruiting relations, budget management, marketing
research, analysis and material development.

   Clayton State University, ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate, December 2010
        o Civil Litigation                               o Criminal Litigation                        o Healthcare Law
        o Business Organizations                         o Bankruptcy                                 o Real Estate Law
        o Computer Programs                              o Family Law                                 o Legal Research
   Real Estate Broker, Georgia, 2007-present
   Northwestern University, Professional Graduate Program in Advertising, 1986-1987
   Roosevelt University, Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, 1982 (News Editor of the Torch, student newspaper)

                                         HIGHLIGHTS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
THE ROTH FIRM, ATLANTA, GA                                              7-2010-Present
      Work with Sr. Paralegal on personal injury cases.

Independent Real Estate Broker/Owner
     Manage boutique firm specializing in comprehensive investor services. Client services include formation of business
        organizations, title searches, property assessment and cost/profit analysis, HUD 1, sales and marketing, rehab consultation
        and project and property management.

RAIFORD MARKETING CONSULTING, Atlanta, GA, Chicago IL                 1987 - 2007
Marketing/PR Consultant
Assignments included:
 SunTrust Bank – Commercial and Institutional Banking, Atlanta, GA, Marketing Communications Strategist Manager
 The Network, Norcross, GA, Marketing Director. Special projects included leading the trademark and copyright process for a
     Sarbanes-Oxley-compliant product. Managed staff of four marketing professionals
 Itasca Bank – Marketing Communications Copywriter Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) campaign
 Chicago Board of Education, Copywriter, 1995 Chicago Public Schools restructuring plan
 Citizens for Barbara Holt, Candidate for 5th Ward Alderwoman, Press Secretary
 I.S. Group, Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Program for development of a Multi-Media Cancer Prevention Database
 Target HOPE, Proposal Writer
 Campaign 95 - Re-election of Commissioner Joseph Gardner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Press Secretary
 Black Contractors United Contractors Journal, Author of articles of interest to minority contractors. Interviews included: Seaway
     National Bank Chairman Jacoby Dickens, former State Treasurer Patrick Quinn, former Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan
     Pier Authority James Reilly and former President of Stein & Company, Julia Stasch
  Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer, Speechwriter
 Prudential Insurance /Irie D. Grant and Associates /, Proposal Writer
 Meadow Farms, Inc., Marketing Researcher. Developed segmented marketing plan for the rollout of an all-vegetable, dairy
   product line for Illinois. Investigated minority/women business enterprise opportunities.
 Hill-Rawls Design, Copywriter of various projects for clients that included Baxter Healthcare and Elkhart Indiana Housing Authority

COMPUTERSHARE INVESTOR SERVICES, Chicago, IL                             1997-2003
US Senior Marketing Research Analyst (Reported to Executive VP of Marketing)
 Supported business achievement of double-digit, annual growth via strategic and tactical marketing activities;
 Successfully conducted market research and direct mail campaigns that generated new and client cross-selling business
    opportunities and qualified leads for Sales staff and Relationship Managers in five business units (stock transfer, mergers and
    acquisitions/reorganizations, corporate trust, employee benefits plan administration and analytics);
US Senior Marketing Generalist (Reported to Vice President of Sales and Marketing)
 Secured 90% retention and enhanced brand recognition within marketplace by launching a major corporate rebranding strategy;
 Developed new Request For Proposal (RFP) response procedures and managed response coordination;
 Drafted internal communications for CEO of North America and articles for client newsletter;
 Participated in selection of Public Relations firm and managed the relationship and work product.
Marketing Specialist (Reported to Harris Bank’s Vice President of Marketing)
 Project Manager of cross-department team that generated over $15,000,000 in new business and client cross-selling revenue by
    producing RFP responses and PowerPoint presentations;
 Developed communication strategies and collateral to announce the acquisition of Harris Bank’s Shareholder Services line of
    business, inform clients of conversion process and monitor client satisfaction;
 Drove greater accountability for marketing expenditures through review and renegotiation of vendor contracts.

CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY, CHICAGO, IL                             1995-1997
Marketing Communications Manager (Reported to Director of Public Relations)
 Led marketing communications efforts to turn around the third largest housing authority in the nation with 2,500 employees, 40,000
    public housing units and 120,000 residents;
 Managed eight, high-performance team members to develop innovative brand, marketing and communications initiatives;
 Developed integrated marketing communications strategies to promote the agency’s plan to relocate public housing residents from
    aging high-rise developments to new housing throughout the City of Chicago;
 Department generated over 3000 inches of print coverage in summer 1997.
Public Information Director – CHAC, Inc., the Chicago Housing Authority Section 8 Program (Reported to Executive Director)
 Increased landlord satisfaction by 18% in one year and achieved major success and public accolades for transforming the public
    reputation of the Landlord, Tenant and Community Relations Programs;
 Generated over 200,000 targeted and measurable impressions annually by creating program brochures, monthly newsletters and
    manuals, producing Public Service Announcements and training videos, conducting monthly Landlord Seminars and fielding calls
    from the Landlord Hotline;
 Solely designed and implemented a citywide, integrated marketing plan to re-open the Section 8 waiting list, which had been
    closed for 20 years. Attracted over 104,000 new applicants in two weeks using print and broadcast mediums and the Chicago
    Public Library for application distribution. Initiated Request for Proposals, negotiated terms and conditions for all vendor contracts;
 Served as Spokesperson for print, radio and television interviews, created Speakers Bureau and conducted media coaching for
    senior executives.

   Computershare Investor Services Mentor/Protégé Award, 2002
   Awards of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Community Relations Programs for
    Section 8 Community Relations and Marketing Program, 1996, 1997 (Public Information Director, CHAC)
   Ambassador Awards from United Way, 1990, 1991, 1992 (Public Relations Specialist / Executive Speechwriter, Chicago
    Urban League)
   Award of Excellence for executive speechwriting from the International Association of Business Communicators, 1990 (Public
    Relations Specialist / Executive Speechwriter, Chicago Urban League)
   Award of Merit for executive speechwriting from the International Association of Business Communicators, 1989 (Public Relations
    Specialist / Executive Speechwriter, Chicago Urban League)
   Emmy nomination for People to People television show on WGN-TV (Public Relations Specialist / Executive Speechwriter,
    Chicago Urban League)
   Roosevelt University Scholarship Award, 1981, 1982 (News Editor, TORCH student’s weekly newspaper)
   Better Boys Foundation, College Scholarship Award, 1976, 1977

                                          PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
   Georgia Association of Paralegals, 2010 to present                Co-Founder and Vice President of Imagine 7, Inc., a
   Gate City Bar Association – Paralegal Section, 2010 to             501c3 organization utilizing traditional golf training and
    present                                                            technology to advance the level of play for girls, women,
   Member of Atlanta Urban League, 2009 to present                    seniors and people with disabilities, 2008 to present
   Marquis Who’s Who in America 2009 to present
   Cambridge Who’s Who 2009 to present

                                     WGN-TV CHANNEL 9 SUPERSTATION TELECAST,
                                        PEOPLE TO PEOPLE, Producer May-August 1991
   Clarence Thomas                                               Bank Failures
   Credit Repair                                                 McCormick Place Expansion Project
   Lake Parc Place Public Housing                                Black Expo Chicago
   Chicago School Budget Crisis                                  Summertime Road Construction
   Freedom of Speech in Academic Institutions                    Gun Control
   Marketing Alcohol and Tobacco to Blacks                       Take Back Your Neighborhood: Prostitute Plagues
   Race Relations: Attitudes and Opportunities for Blacks           Community Near Chicago Stadium

   Crisis Management and Community Relations, Infocom Group Media Relations Forum, University of Chicago, 1996
   Monthly Landlord Seminar for Section 8 Housing Program, 1995, 1996
   United Way Campaign, 1991-1993
   Introduction of Lester Crown, Chairman, Material Service Corporation, Annual Employee Outing, 1985-1987

   Integrated marketing campaigns that included brochures, advertisements, newsletters, surveys, etc., 7-1997-Present
   CHAC OWNER NEWS, a monthly newsletter for Section 8 Housing Program landlords, 1-1996 to 7-1997
   CHAC CHAT, a quarterly newsletter for Section 8 Housing Program participants
   Focus on Children First, Education Improvement Plan for Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago
    Defender, November 1, 1995
   Chicago Urban League's President's Column, a monthly editorial appearing in Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago
    Defender, community newspapers and magazines, 1989-1993
   Cover stories and features for Chicago Urban League's URBAN TIMES, newsletter, 1989-1993
   Refocusing Affirmative Action Programs an interview with Julia Stasch, President of Stein & Company, 1992 BCU Contractors
    Journal, Volume 3, Number 1
   Giving Black Contractors the Credit They Deserve, an interview with State Treasurer Patrick Quinn, 1992 BCU Contractors
    Journal, Volume 3, Number 1
   Seaway Builds Partnerships with Black Contractors, an interview with Seaway National Bank of Chicago Chairman Jacoby
    Dickens, 1992 BCU Contractors Journal, Volume 3, Number 1
   Construction Plans for McCormick Place and Navy Pier, an interview with James Reilly, Chairman and CEO of Metropolitan Pier
    Association, 1992 BCU Contractors Journal, Volume 3, Number 1
   The State of Race Relations in America, 1992 Compton Report, a speech, February 12, 1993
   The State of Race Relations in America, 1991 Compton Report, a speech, February 7, 1992
   The State of Race Relations in America, 1990 Compton Report, a speech, February 8, 1991 (IABC Award of Excellence)
   The State of Race Relations in America, 1989 Compton Report, a speech, February 2, 1990 (IABC Award of Merit)
   Economy and Government Affect Recovery of Construction Industry, COMMERCE magazine, April 1986
   Marva Collins, educator and story of Kevin Ross, CLASS magazine, June 1983
   Harold Washington, Mayor of Chicago, CLASS magazine, April 1983
   CHICAGO DAILY DEFENDER newspaper. Over 60 articles associated with 1983 mayoral campaign, and current events during
    the period of January 1983 through April 1983
   TORCH newspaper, Roosevelt University. Over 40 articles and editorials authored during the period of 1980 to 1982
   Michael Scott, an interview with a Westside community leader, NIGHTMOVES newspaper, July 1980

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