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Debi's Profile

Experience Summary

A take-charge, self-confident, versatile professional, team oriented, quality focused management style and comprehensive knowledge in all phases of meeting planning, event management and hotel administration with an excellent record of performance. Highly skilled in evaluating, organizing, and communicating for optimum results with an unique combination of intuitive and analytical abilities, astute at recognizing areas in need of improvement plus the vision to develop structured steps and follow them through to achieve specific measurable results. Entrepreneurial, creative manager with strong leadership and motivational skills, extremely service oriented. View my contact details, availability, and stats.

Experience

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CORPORATE EVENT STRATEGIST – 2001 – Present Clients include: Promote "LONG ISLAND” NY, Inc., Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Event Pros Group, New York Institute of Technology, Action Long Island, US Open • Prepare and execute pre and post planning to include: vendor and client contact, negotiation, tours, staff guidelines, billing reconciliation and document production • Work daily with account team to manage client expectations and coordinate on-site logistics • Handle site selection, on-site coordination, contract and budget negotiations, food & beverage and client presentations • Coordinate all travel arrangements, property selections, rooming lists, documents budgets, meals and special events • Execute large events from movie premieres, HBO LIVE to commencement with 15,000 attendees DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, SENIOR MEETING PLANNER 1994 - 2001 EVENT MOMENTUM, Port Washington, NY Clients include: Merck & Co., Bristol-Myers Squibb, GD Searle, Forest Labs, and Johnson & Johnson • Managed up to 346 corporate meetings & events per year with 10 to 3,000 participants attending • Coordinated 216 dinner meetings in 13 days for Merck’s rollout of Singular asthma drug in over 200 U.S. cities • Handled 54 dinner meetings in 4 days at 19 different restaurants in San Francisco for Serone’s Gonalf fertility drug • Arranged 34 golf outings and 2 cruises in 15 days for Searle’s Ambien in 36 different U.S. cities ASSISTANT MANAGER 1992 - 1994 RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL, New York, NY • Personally assisted hundreds of VIPs, high profile and political guests, celebrities and entertainers • Implemented successful procedural revisions to increase productivity thus maximized efficiency • Conducted motivational instruction to increase staff performance OPERATIONS MANAGER 1990 – 1992 RADISSON PLAZA HOTELS, Melville, NY • Troubleshot, retrained, reorganized and conducted operations in [2] 400 room hotels • Wrote training and procedural manual for Night Audit functions • Supervised public relations policy and promotional exhibits on Long Island & in NYC FRONT OFFICE MANAGER 1989 – 1990 GURNEY’S INN INTERNATIONAL RESORT & SPA, Montauk, NY • Compiled first ever Front Office training manual • Excelled in cross departmental integration and cost containment through efficiency reviews • Maintained, modified and trained staff to increase work performance and decrease stress through stress management

Skills

Other Skills

I am a Certified Meeting Professional with over 25 years in the industry; I have achieved renewal twice. I am also a Certified Consulting Hypnotist.

Languages

First language: English

Extra Information

  • Assistant Event Manager

    • Event/Program Design Development/Logistics/Execution • Customer Satisfaction & Service • Process Implementation/ Improvement • Cost Avoidance / Budgets / Fiscal Planning • Project Management • Brand Awareness / Corporate Image • Relationship Management • Performance Metrics • Contract Negotiation • Team Building/Motivation • Computer Skills

  • Auditing

    Ran accounting office for Radisson Melville Hotel

  • Brand Ambassador

    currently for Issimo and Converted Organics

  • Concerts & Sports Event

    AIDS dance-a-thon, movie premieres & HBO Live besides others

  • Costume and Character

    work with Chez-Zam Event Group for several years in the early 80's for social events

  • Data Capture

    all prep work for events/meetings

  • Demonstration

    various products

  • Event Management

    events with 12 to 35,000 attendees from one night to 10 days

  • Exhibitions

    hundreds including an international congress in Sweden mostly in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Flyering

    for several mostly non-profit clients

  • Greeter / Host(ess)

    Several conventions, events and restaurants

  • Hospitality

    Former Assistant Manager of a 4 star all suite hotel in NYC

  • In Store Demonstrator

    Ba for Issimo Caffe

  • Mall Events

    Verizon Holiday promotions Walt Whitman Mall & SmithHaven, Walt Disney Vacation World Grand Opening & Simon Fashion Show in Roosevelt Field Mall

  • Market Research / Surveys

    several focus groups

  • Merchandising

    with BA experience

  • Modelling

    Former professional dancer and contestant in several shows including Miss America's Miss New York 1983

  • Mystery Shopping

    limited experience; interesting however not well compensated

  • Presenting

    Former professionally trained dancer with an associates in arts Dance Major; danced with Chez-Zam Entertainment

  • Roadshows

    I'm not afraid of breaking a nail if need be to set up or breakdown for an event; I can lift approximately 40 lbs without a problem

  • Sales

    Former Regional Manager of Mr. Tux's Formal Wear, former Ski Haus employee, former Ski Stop employee, Event sales

  • Sampling

    currently BA for Issimo Caffe and various others

  • Security

    Worked security at AIDS dance-a-thon at Jacob Javitts in NYC along with my duties at movie premieres and while working at various hotels

  • Set Up / Labor

    I have spoken in front of 8,000 +/- people at one time

  • Technology

    Proficient in ACT, Access, Filemaker Pro, SalesForce and MS Office including PowerPoint on both MAC and PC; MYOB and Adobe Photoshop on MAC, Meeting Matrix on PC; 50 WPM along with MIAB [Meeting in a Box]

  • Tradeshows / Conferences

    hundreds including an international congress in Sweden mostly in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Acting

    Have performed on stage since High School

  • Computer Skills (Advanced)

    Proficient in ACT, Access, Filemaker Pro and MS Office including PowerPoint on both MAC and PC; MYOB and Adobe Photoshop on MAC, Meeting Matrix on PC; 50 WPM

  • Dancer

    Associates in Arts in Dance; performed with Chez-Zam Entertainment Group [now Event Group] among others

  • Driving License

    Clean record since I was 16

  • Own Car

    A mini-van and I have driven a 12 passenger van also

  • Public Speaking

    Have spoken in front of 8,000+ at one time plus several smaller venues

  • Qualifications

    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, 1989 STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, Cortland College, Cortland, NY CERTIFICATE IN MEETING, CONFERENCE & EVENT MANAGEMENT, 1997 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY CERTIFIED MEETING PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION, 1997, RE-CERTIFIED 2002 AND 2007 THE CONVENTION INDUSTRY COUNCIL, Washington, DC

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