David D. Chapman, MU*, USN, Retired
Rogers, AR 72758
OBJECTIVE: Seeking a position which offers growth and challenge in the audio visual production industry.
06/07 to 08/08 Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa & Convention Center, 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers, AR 72758
Audio Visual Director, AV Show Services Embassy Suites & John Q. Hammons Center. Responsible for overall operations management, revenue and profitability of AV department while ensuring the utmost in client satisfaction. Provide learning and development opportunities for employees. Focus on revenue maximization & cost control, in accordance with JQH standard operating procedures. Supervise security, inventory control, setup, tear down and maintenance of equipment. Ensure all employees are properly trained in all areas. Subcontract all required outside AV sources for setup and operation of high end equipment that was not available in onsite inventories while still maximizing revenue for the hotel sales team. Always developing and entertaining new ways of increasing revenues.
03/07 to 05/07 Celebrity Cruises Inc. 1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida 33132
Entertainer, Celebrity Orchestra Performed as trumpet instrumentalist and vocalist on cruise ship for 3 production shows. Sight read all music for backing up headline entertainment. Performed Combo and Big Band sets also throughout the cruises. Executed strong customer service skills through daily contact with ship board guests ensuring that all their needs were being met and exceeded.
12/05 to 12/06 Swank Audio Visuals, LLC 201 South Jefferson, St Louis, MO 63103
Technical Director, Swank Audio Visuals, Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City. Managed all conventions and shows maximizing revenues for the first year of operations onsite at the Cox Convention Center. The major focus of responsibilities included: Training a staff of professionals for the overall growing on-site operation of the audio visual department. Securing contracts with clients, supervising the audio visual staff, customer service, enhancing relations with convention center staff, training, scheduling and inventory control. Responsible for all selling activity to clients.
08/04 to 11/05 Grand Casino Biloxi 265 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39560
Audio Visual Manager Managed and oversaw the transition from Swank to in-house audio visuals. Purchased all inventory and office supplies needed to keep the AV department flowing smoothly with no effects on customer service. Wrote a database and invoicing system utilizing QuickBooks Pro. Trained one technician to run the department with me. Maintained all work ethics that Swank had put into place at the property putting hotel staff and clients at ease with the ever growing on-site operation of the hotel's audio visuals department.
01/99 to 07/04 Swank Audio Visuals, LLC 201 South Jefferson, St Louis, MO 63103
Assistant Director, Swank Audio Visuals, Grand Casinos, Biloxi and Gulfport. Managed the overall growing on-site operation of the hotel's audio visuals department. The major focus of responsibilities included: ensuring a profitable business center, securing contracts with clients, supervising the audio visual staff, customer service, enhancing relations with hotel staff, training, scheduling and inventory control. Responsible for all selling activity to clients. This included participation in on-site visits by prospective clients, solicitation of new business and ensuring that our customers received the proper equipment needed to accomplish their objectives. Planned and organized the technical requirements for all shows and meetings and trained and developed technical staff. Also, set-up and operated high end equipment as well as supervised technicians working on large events
07/98 to 12/98 81 MSS/DPCS Civilian Personnel Office Keesler AFB, MS 39534-2547
Office Automation Clerk GS-0326-04 Maintained all files, produced and generated reports. Supported the PALACE/COMPASS transition by reviewing over 2400 personnel records and ensuring that they were complete for shipment to Randolph AFB. Maintain timecards
04/98 to 07/98 81 MSS/SVML Inns of Keesler, Keesler AFB, MS 39534
Billeting Clerk/Night Auditor Process customer checkins and checkouts. Performed duties as switchboard operator and reservations clerk. Run the night audits and ensure all postings were correct. Assisted in training of new NAF employees for the transition of Civil Service to NAF for Keesler Lodging.
09/96 to 04/98 Grand Casino Theatre Biloxi, MS 39530
Stage Technician Setup, operate and maintain audio, video, lights, props, special effects as required for every event function. Cross trained and worked as a team to ensure every event was successful
05/76 to 05/96 UNITED STATES NAVY BAND Navy Music Program (PERS-64) Navy Personnel Command 5720 Integrity Drive Millington TN 38055-6400
Musician First Class E6/PO1 Personally responsible for the supervision, administration and accounting for an inventory valued over $200k and an annual operating budget of over $256k. Conducted rehearsals, supervised, counseled and planned work schedules for 25 band personnel. Performed as Bandleader for The Big Easy (an 8-piece rock band that performed concerts and festivals in conjunction with Navy Recruiting all through-out the southern US).
Florida Jr College, Jacksonville, FL-Human Relations 110, Algebra
Armed Forces School of Music, Norfolk, VA - Musician A School(77)
Musician C School(85)
OSHA Supervisor Safety Training(86)
Leadership & Management Education and Training(88)
Sales Training(Rainmakers) - Swank Audio Visuals, St Louis
Vice-President of the American Federation of Musicians local 777.
Performed as trumpet instrumentalist with the Four Tops, Temptations, O’Jays, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Bobby Vinton, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Tom Jones and Wayne Newton.
Met and exceeded all sales revenue goals for Swank at Grand Casino Gulfport and was awarded highest profit center award in 2001, 2002 and 2003 with an annual increase in revenues by up to 30% each year.
Awarded Associate of the Month Grand Casino Theatre Biloxi (08/97)
Awarded Navy Achievement Medal for superior performance as Unit Leader, Trumpet Instrumentalist, Supply/Fiscal PO and Leading Petty Officer of Navy Band New Orleans(05/96)
REFERENCES: Available on Request
I have performed with many of the casino shows including, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Four Tops, Temptations, Little Anthony & The Imperials, O'Jays etc........I know many of the musical directors along with their stage plots and many of their other requirements.........Being a professional in the business for over 20 years, I can relate to all of their needs. My experience with Navy Band has also enabled me to handle all aspects of supervision, planning, logistics etc….
DAVID D. CHAPMAN, MU1 USN Retired
Dates of Service: MAY 1976 - MAY 1996
MAY 76-AUG76 RTC, SAN DIEGO
SEP76-AUG77 USS SURIBACHI (AE-21)
SEP77-MAR78 MU”A”SCHOOL, LITTLE CREEK, VA
APR78-JUL79 NAVY BAND GUAM
AUG79-OCT82 NAVY BAND NEW ORLEANS, LA
NOV82-DEC84 NAVY BAND GUAM
JAN85-JUN85 MU”C”SCHOOL, LITTLE CREEK, VA
JUL85-MAR89 NAVY BAND CINCLANTFLT, NORFOLK, VA
APR89-MAR92 NAVY BAND ORLANDO, FL
APR92-MAY96 NAVY BAND NEW ORLEANS, LA