My professional career started as a Special Education teacher
in Tucson with a degree from the University of Arizona. I then
taught just outside New Orleans before moving to Oahu, Hawaii.
Being in school in Hawaii is as hard for the teachers as it is
for the students. I decided that a strategic move to an outside
sales position was perfect.
As an Account
Executive for various magazines on Oahu, including Hawaii TV Digest,
This Week Magazines and Honolulu Magazine, I reaped the rewards
of numerous training seminars on marketing and sales. Consulting
with large advertising agencies and strategizing my clients campaigns,
collaborating with the in-house graphic designers and brainstorming
with direct clients, I learned what works and what doesn't.
A brief career in retail sales in Sarasota, FL provided perspective
from the other side of the equation.
Small Mom & Pop organizations require one to wear many hats.
All One Tribe Drum company in Taos, NM, an exciting, growing company
allowed me to expand into increased responsibilities as World-wide
Sales Manager. Again consulting with our ad agency, working with
a partner on photo shoots, and purchasing ads in magazines in
three distinct markets.
As owner of
the Golden Group Speakers Bureau, I represented over 20 motivational
speakers, athletes and musicians, getting them gigs in various
genres including schools, conferences and prisons. I wrote copy
for all marketing materials and correspondence.
In Wilmington, DE, I was a recruiter for a year and was involved
in the construction industry for two years.
A few writing
courses at Fort Lewis College and work with personal writing coaches
provides the background to practice my craft.
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