Flemington, NJ *****
Innovative, proactive and professional Event Planner with a high energy background in a fast paced wedding & corporate arena. Proven track record of planning and executing over 500 plus events annually. Outgoing and creative individual with the ability to think outside of the box to execute innovative and successful events. Consistently exhibits strong communication and sales skills.
Skills & Expertise
* Event Planning * Budget Management * Multi-Event Focus
* Contract Negotiation * Food and Beverage Management * B2B Networking
* Staff Management * Sales * Social Media Marketing
THE BERNARDS INN ~ Bernardsville, NJ
Director of Events and Planning (2016 to present)
Booked, executed and billed all clients. Rebuilt and re-energized sales force within the department, management, branding and business development.
Supervised budgeting and increased sales and bookings by 63% within the first year.
Served as the Somerset County’s spokesperson participating in industry panels, executing events, and communication initiatives for the county as well as The Inn.
Designed and coordinated major fundraisers for Heart Works (Roll with your Heart)raised $75k the 1st year
& Community in Crisis (Chef’s Unite) raised $66K the 1st year and $87k the second year.
Oversaw corporate events and accommodations for over 100 accounts with minimal of 500 employee per account.
Created menus for Social and Corporate events for very specialized dietary restrictions as well as budget conscience clients.
Sold all events as well as executed and billed them at over 4 million dollars a year.
Guided all banquet staff and managers for my department.
Wedding Coordinator: Designed all aspects of the weddings and social events from linens to food utilizing over 60 outside vendors.
Coordinated over 100 outside contractors for all specialized events and corporate team building events.
Implemented weekly creative meetings with 26 internal employees.
Preformed all Off Premise Catering food and logistics for over 30 party’s a year.
Over saw the banquets facility and maintained a clean working environment for the employees and guests.
Maintained relationships with over 300 corporate accounts.
Trained and managed 4 interns for future sales positions within the company
Knowledge of Maestro and Opera systems
MERRI MAKERS CATERING AT NESHANIC VALLEY GOLF COURSE ~ Neshanic Station, NJ
Property Manager/Event Coordinator (June 2013-August 2016)
The Event Specialist and Property Manager to support the company’s growth from a startup organization at Neshanic Valley Golf Course.
Handled all contracts and nonprofit planning for over 125 companies.
Managed all food and beverage for the Grill Room with 27 employees.
Organized & coordinated over 400 golf outings, weddings, corporate and social events per year.
Responsible for over 25 employees scheduling and training for events.
Maintained a relationship with over 1500 club member golfers and the club house employees.
Managed over 45 off premises events & maintenance of event space.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ~ Branchburg NJ
Assistant General Manager/Events Coordinator (September 2007-June 2013)
Oversaw all internal and external bookings while developing partnerships with surrounding corporate organizations to increase sales productivity. Executed all aspects of overseeing housekeeping, sales and front desk.
Handled all sales meetings for over 75 companies for the property.
Organized group blocks for over 1500 multi state athletic travel teams.
Managed 10 front desk employees, 35 housekeepers and 12 banquet staff for events.
Responsible for the daily ADR room rate adjustments.
Increased monthly sales by 25+% via personal corporate relationships with personal clients.
Elected board Member and Ambassador to Somerset County Tourism for over 1200 companies.
Active member of The Somerset County Business Partnership with over 2500 members.
Active member of International & Local NJ Chapter of Meetings International.
Active member of the Bernardsville Rotary Club
Active member of the Bernardsville Chamber of Commence
Elected board member of CIC
Volunteer for Heart Works
Volunteer for the Food Bank
Arizona State University Westfield High School
Hospitality Management General Studies