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Executive Assistant, Project Manager

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
February 07, 2018

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Tamara L. Vander Lugt, MBA

**** ******** **. *******-*****, NC 27104 Email: Phone: 336-***-****

Professional Profile

Over 15 years in leadership roles, with a strong drive, effective communication and organization skills.

An enterprising individual who combines outstanding talents in marketing, business development, project management and strategic planning. Able to establish a lasting presence in new markets, identify growth opportunities and build strong business alliances, as well as the ability to develop partnerships to drive bottom line profits.

Talents Include:

Start-Up Ventures

Project Management

Strategic Planning

Business Plan Development

Marketing Plan Development

Brand Positioning

Marketing Strategies

New Product Launches

Product Placement Concepts

Public Relations & Speaking

Sales & Lead Generation

Consumer Behavior Analysis

Key Account Management

Vendor Relations

International Relations

Import & Export Logistics

Trade Show/Event Coordination

Database Management

Supply Chain Management

Financial Management

Leadership Development

Teaching & Training

Industry Research


Master of Business Administration Specialization: Marketing 7/2012

American InterContinental University Schaumburg, IL

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 5/2005

Pfeiffer University Misenheimer, NC


Executive Assistant (Project Manager) 7/2017 – 01/2018

MIG USA/ High Point Clinical Trials Center High Point, NC

Sole support to the founder and CEO of 16 companies between North Carolina and Palestine; Industries include clinical research, alternative energy, retail manufacturing, land development, agriculture, educational foundations, marketing/advertising, public relations, import/export, and financial exchange

Prepare and handle confidential business and personal information

Review business contracts and suggest amendments when appropriate

Review business and personal financial statements for discrepancies

Management of start-up needs for a holding company, an alternative energy company and a retail company; Includes the legal processes, web presences, product marketing strategies, creating work-flow processes with colleagues and vendors, product import and export, as well as domestic and international wire transfers

Ship items internationally: donations, vehicles and regulated items to occupied territories

Calendar management including scheduling appointments, conference calls and meetings

Manage logistics for domestic and international travel: charter and commercial flights, luxury hotels, and ground transport

Assist with preparing and coordinating scientific presentations and conference registration

Support CEO’s family and business colleagues when requested, with personal and business needs, both domestic and international

Financial Representative 12/2016 – 7/2017

Northwestern Mutual Winston-Salem, NC

Financial planning

Business Planning, Employee and Executive Benefits

Estate, Retirement and Special-Needs Planning

Lead generation and sales process management

Insurance assessment needs: Life (whole and term) and Disability

President / Owner 1/2014 – 1/2018

Adroit Business Consulting, LLC (dissolved company) Clemmons, NC

A consulting company offering a variety of services:

Business and Marketing Plan Development/Execution (written for financial institutions)

Aviation Consulting

Waste Reduction

Event Coordination

Leadership Development

Project Management

Adjunct University Instructor /Developer 4/2013 – Present

Synergy Learning Institute (A non-profit) San Diego, CA

Course design and instruction

Marketing & Branding Strategist (2 Month Contract) 6/2013 – 8/2013

A Health Insurance Company Greensboro, NC

Designed a full scale strategic marketing plan for a small start-up company and implemented phase one

Developed a public relations campaign, website, SEO strategy, along with a comprehensive electronic web presence to include appropriate social media, blogs, newsletters, podcast's and other distribution channels of opportunity

Developed seminar PowerPoint presentations on specific topics of concern and interest

Marketing & Branding Project Manager 6/2011 – 6/2012

Joyce Foods, Inc. (Now called Joyce Farms) Winston-Salem, NC

Managed and developed brand awareness, worked on the marketing team to rebrand and create a unified company brand

Leader in sales, working with distributors and their restaurant and retail customers

Oversaw quality control of retail relationships with Lowes Foods throughout North and South Carolina. Along with Whole Foods throughout the southeast

Supported VP of Sales with client food shows, cooking demonstrations or trade shows involving customer contact, as well as, project management

Restaurant & Bar Operations Manager 12/2008 – 5/2011

Bavarian Brathaus of Cary Restaurant (company went out of business) Cary, NC

Managed bar operations

Built clientele from the start-up phase and increased profits, promoted and created brand awareness

Event coordination and project management

Managed staff, operating cash and alcohol inventory, trained new employees

Project Procurement Manager 3/2007 – 11/2008

Atreus Homes & Communities (company went out of business) Morrisville, NC

Produced weekly production reports, ordered materials/paperwork for permit submittal process, reconciled discrepancies and managed progression; submitted projects to three cities for residential building projects

Issued VPO’s (Variance Purchase Orders), managed vendors and managed projects

Assisted executives and office personnel; liaison to 12 superintendents in 12 different communities and maintained accuracy of 30 house plans, utilizing a database management system created from scratch

Chief Operations Officer 7/2005 – 6/2006

America DIY Walkertown, NC

Managed the day to day operations of four companies: America DIY, APII, Prime One, and America Security First and assisted with Five Star Flight (a flight training school)

America DIY required the management of four office assistants, 15 field agents, A/P, A/R, HR, CS, IT, QC, problem solving, training, weekly payroll (QuickBooks), assisting the President

Managed the President’s personal and business finances\records

Event planning, project and database management

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