Experience


Ironbridge Golf Club & Mountain Community
Director of Marketing & Sales
2015 – Present

  • Responsible for all marketing and public relations initiatives for the golf course, restaurant and real estate properties.
  • Oversee all member relations and communication.
  • Create annual marketing plan and manage all subsequent marketing and public relations efforts and implementation.
  • Create print and marketing collateral materials, including advertisements, brochures, flyers, posters, direct mail pieces, rack cards, newsletters, and other items as necessary.
  • Develop all electronic communications, such as newsletters and eblasts.
  • Update and maintain website with fresh copy and imagery.
  • Maintain all social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Book and oversee the coordination of major events, including weddings, holiday parties, and golf tournaments.
  • Lead new Member orientations and process all contracts and paperwork. Open Member House Accounts and train new Members on how to read their billing statements.
  • Oversee the Member accounts receivable, collecting monies owed to the Club.
  • Act as the General Manager of the Club’s “right hand” in helping to create and train staff on Club policies, procedures and HR initiatives.

Keister Communications – Glenwood Springs, CO
Owner                              
2011 – Present

  • Provide marketing and public relations solutions for businesses throughout the Roaring Fork Valley on an as-needed basis.
  • Currently providing all marketing, graphic design, writing, and social media efforts for YouthZone, a non-profit on the Western Slope of Colorado that supports and helps at-risk youth and their families.  (YouthZone has been a client since November of 2014)

Roaring Fork Business Resource Center – Glenwood Springs, CO
Marketing and Operations Manager/Counselor                              
­ 2011 – 2013

  • Developed, managed, and executed all marketing and public relations efforts for promoting the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center (“the Center), including:
    • Wrote and designed (through InDesign) newsletters, press releases, advertisements, e-blasts, and other collateral materials.
    • Maintained and updated content on the Center’s website.
    • Administered social media efforts, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and the Center’s blog.
  • Established and cultivated relationships with the Center’s clients, advisors, and sponsors.
  • Researched various grant opportunities and assisted in the grant writing process.
  • Solicited donations from potential supporters of the Center.
  • Planned, developed, and executed various workshops and seminars (including all promotional initiatives).
  • Maintained the Center’s contact management systems, client database, and administrative files.
  • Provided clients of the Center with one-on-one counseling to help them gain a better understanding of how marketing and public relations can help their businesses.
    • A registered counselor with the Small Business Development Center Network of Colorado

L.L.Bean – Freeport, ME                  
Marketing and Promotions Manager
2008 – 2011                                                                                           

  • Managed and executed all marketing and public relations efforts for L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery.
  • Directed, managed and oversaw the annual marketing budget to ensure costs were kept in check, while also ensuring the best ROI was received.
  • Worked with internal partners in corporate marketing, retail, e-commerce, and public affairs in the creation of all marketing collateral, including website, catalog, brochures, and advertisements.
  • Wrote copy for website, catalogs, advertisements and other collateral materials, while also completing the graphic design work for some of these pieces.
  • Negotiated and placed all media buys specific to promotion of L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery.
  • Wrote and disseminated press releases to appropriate media outlets and worked with writers and editors to place L.L.Bean in the forefront of print, television, and radio consumers.
  • Utilized Social Media when appropriate, such Facebook, Twitter, and other online forums.
  • Established and cultivated relationships with external partners for maximum exposure – including Maine Tourism Office, area Convention and Visitor Bureaus, and various tourism-related businesses.
  • Reviewed analytics to ensure marketing and sales efforts are on target with reaching performance goals.
  • Worked closely with L.L.Bean Special Events Manager to help coordinate and execute various external promotional events and internal meetings and retreats.
  • Managed and oversaw the Outdoor Discovery sales efforts, including:
    • Provided sales goals, direction, and training to Sales Specialists
    • Generated and pursued sales leads
    • Developed sales presentations and strategic plans
    • Coordinated and attended tradeshows
    • Negotiated final contracts and sales agreements

Schmueser Gordon Meyer – Glenwood Springs, CO
Director of Marketing
2006 -2007

  • Created and implemented the firm’s marketing plan.
  • Worked closely with SGM’s shareholders and engineers to carry out the long-term vision and goals of the firm. Sought out potential new projects and coordinated business development opportunities, including to creation of formal proposals and business-to-business marketing initiatives.
  • Maintained and updated the firm’s website.
  • Assisted the Human Resource Director with recruiting initiatives, including attending career fairs, coordinating advertisements, and networking with engineering trade organizations.
  • Led all employee relations efforts, such as benefit communications and internal newsletters.
  • Reviewed the firm’s charitable contributions and sponsorships and made recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Planned and executed all of the firm’s special events, such as public forums, seminars, and employee gatherings, including company-wide meetings and social functions.

Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association – Glenwood Springs, CO
VP/Director of Tourism Marketing
2005 – 2006

  • Created and implemented the 2006 annual marketing plan for the City of Glenwood Springs, including:  Placement of all advertising and media buys; Wrote and edited copy for brochures, press kits, and website; Attended tradeshows to promote Glenwood Springs as a premier Colorado destination; Worked with travel writers and other media for positive media mentions regarding Glenwood Springs; Partnered with a tourism board of 11 local business owners
  • Helped generate a 25% increase in tourism for Glenwood Springs in 2006.
  • Managed the city’s Tourism Promotion Fund – $700,000 in tax revenue used for the annual marketing budget.
  • Led all group sales efforts.
  • Mentored and managed the Assistant Director of Tourism Marketing.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. – St. Louis, MO
Corporate Writer
2001 – 2005

  • Wrote copy for all of the firm’s marketing materials, such as press releases, brochures, newsletters, advertisements, newspaper articles, interview responses, and the annual report.
  • Responsible for drafting key communication pieces from the Chairman, CEO, CFO, and President.
  • Worked closely with members of senior management and executive staff to effectively execute public relations initiatives, both on an internal and external level.
  • Helped develop and execute corporate special events, including non-profit partnerships and the firm’s annual broker meetings.
  • Successfully passed the NASD Series 7 and Series 65 exams within first year of employment in order to best understand the industry and financial products.

Bank of America Private Bank – St. Louis, MO
Officer/Communications Specialist
1999 – 2001

  • Participated in work groups and teams to develop, coordinate, and implement various projects for the Private Bank’s communication and marketing efforts.
    • Often acted as team lead or project manager for these initiatives – ensuring projects remained within budget and timelines
  • Wrote and edited copy for press releases, direct mail pieces, newsletters/-publications, sales presentation material, letters, and other marketing tools.
  • Led all direct mail efforts for the Private Bank within a designated geographical region.