Hospitality and Event Planning Network (HEPN) for 1 December 2008


Hospitality and Event Planning Network (HEPN) for 1 December 2008

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Welcome to the Hospitality and Event Planning Network, a career and

relationship building newsletter network for all who work in the

hospitality and event planning industries, published by Sonja Johnson.

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This week's edition includes:

*** The Short Self-Pitch (SSP)

*** Upcoming Conferences

1. Chapter Business Manager; Meeting Professionals International;

Dallas, TX

2. Meetings and Continuing Education Manager; Connecticut State Dental

Association; Southington, CT

3. Senior Manager of Event Marketing; Booz Allen Hamilton; McLean, VA

4. Director of Catering; Holiday Inn Golden Gateway; San Francisco, CA

5. Event Sponsor & Meeting Coordinator; National Investment Center;

Annapolis, MD

6. Senior Event Manager; Washington Convention Center Authority;

Washington, DC

7. Sales Manager-f / T; The Holiday Inn Georgetown; Washington, DC

8. Sr Dir-Creative Projects; MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL; Bethesda, MD

9. Dir-Operations Development, Lifestyle Brands; MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL;

Bethesda, MD

10. Field Manager, Hotel Sales; Choice Hotels International; Silver

Spring, MD

************* The Short Self-Pitch (SSP) *********************

Hi. I am Shyanne Robinson, a very eager event professional currently

residing in Atlanta, GA. With little formal training, but an abundance

of on-site experience in the event management industry, I am looking to

assist a trained professional in the field. My most recent position was

with the 2008 Democratic National Convention where I helped plan the

convention from start to finish working directly under the Chief of

Staff and the Director of Housing as their Assistants, and was

eventually promoted to an Associate Director. I have a degree in

Political Science and am currently seeking positions to assist in the

overall event management, catering or décor areas. Although my formal

training is in Political Science, event management is where my heart

lies. I have a very small home-based company where I plan social events

for friends and associates but I would desperately love to jump head

first into large-scale events like I managed while working for the

Convention. If anyone knows of an event professional looking to hire a

seasoned assistant, one who is dedicated and passionate about planning

events of all kinds, please think of me. My resume is available on the

following link:

http://www.jobfox.com/people/ShyanneRobinson

Thank you.

Best regards,

Shyanne D. Robinson

shyannerobinson@gmail.com

************

The HEPN offers a special feature: the Short Self-Pitch (SSP). If you

are looking for a job opportunity or offer free-lance services, send a

brief paragraph to sonjahepn@comcast.net. One SSP will be included each

week.

************* Upcoming Conferences *************

Do you know of an upcoming conference that the HEPN readers should be

aware of? Send the details to sonjahepn@comcast.net for inclusion in the

next newsletter.

*************

1. Chapter Business Manager; Meeting Professionals International;

Dallas, TX

http://www.mpiweb.org/cms/mpiweb/JobBank/DisplayJob.aspx?JobId=7533

2. Meetings and Continuing Education Manager; Connecticut State Dental

Association; Southington, CT

http://asi.careerhq.org/jobdetail.cfm?job=3035747

**** From George Farrar ****

3. Senior Manager of Event Marketing; Booz Allen Hamilton; McLean, VA

Sonja,

Here is an events job post.

Please give my regards to Ned.

George

Senior Manager, Media Relations

Booz Allen Hamilton

Senior Manager of Event Marketing, McLean, VA

Provide strategic leadership to Booz Allen Hamilton's conference,

tradeshow, and event programs in the U.S. government market. Work with

multiple internal and external stakeholders to set overall firm event

strategy and evolve event processes and operations to optimize

cost-effectiveness and strategic value of events. Work with stakeholders

to ensure alignment of the overall events program with brand and

business goals, from show selection to individual event strategy.

Educate and provide counsel on event and exhibit marketing best

practices for planning, execution, and measurement. Establish

quantitative and quantifiable metrics to determine ROO and ROI of event

participation. Manage the daily operations of four event services

professionals, including staff supervision and development, budget

management, and procurement. Manage relationships with key vendors and

marketing partners. Serve as a member of the firm's Marketing &

Communications management team.

· 15+ years of experience with developing, overseeing, and

executing strategic conference and trade show programs, with 8+ years in

direct supervisory and matrix management roles

· Experience marketing to federal markets through trade shows,

conferences and summits including strategic planning and logistical

management

· Knowledge of ROO and ROI measurement techniques; preferably

with first hand experience measuring event performance. Excellent budget

management skills

· Track record in brand building and lead generation programs at

events

Professional presence and ability to work effectively with all levels of

stakeholders, from senior-level executives to junior staff, and from

exhibit industry vendors to show services personnel.

Send resumes to: sagawa_carolin@bah.com

*************

4. Director of Catering; Holiday Inn Golden Gateway; San Francisco, CA

The Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel is a newly renovated 26-story

high-rise hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco which presents a

breathtaking alternative to the everyday hotels in downtown San

Francisco California. Our meeting facilities feature 13 Meeting Rooms

with over 18,000 square feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate

board meetings for 10 or conventions for 650.

We are seeking an experienced Catering professional who is looking for

an exciting opportunity with an established Bay Area property!

Below is our brief description and expectation for the Director of

Catering position.

BASIC PURPOSE: Plan and create catering programs and manage the

banquet/convention services operations to assist sales and achieve

customer satisfaction, quality service and compliance with

corporate/franchisor policies and procedures while meeting/exceeding

financial goals.

ORGANIZATIONAL SCOPE: Position is responsible for long and short term

planning, creation of catering programs, and the day-to-day operations

of the Banquet section in large catering operations of 18,000 square

feet. This position recommends promotional ideas and procedural

changes. Recommends, implements, and monitors the section's budget and

manages expenses within the approved budget constraints.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1. Manage the Human Resources in the department in order to

attract, retain and motivate the employees while maintaining the optimal

department schedules/labor costs; hire, train, develop, empower, coach

and counsel, conduct performance and salary reviews, resolve problems,

provide open communication vehicles, discipline and terminate, as

appropriate. (20%)

2. Analyze the Banquet Event Orders, communicate effectively

with customers, managers and associates to ensure that all room set-ups,

equipment, supplies, staffing and menus meet/exceed customer's

expectations. (25%)

3. Manage the daily operations resolving daily operational

problems, and implementing company programs through consistent

monitoring of banquet operations to ensure compliance with safety and

security regulations, LSOP's and SOP's and to ensure an optimal level of

service, quality, and hospitality. (25%)

4. Recommend, implement, monitor and control the Banquet budget

(i.e. labor costs, beverage costs, supplies and equipment) and

coordinate with event budgets to maximize revenue and minimize expenses

while providing quality guest service. (13%)

5. Develop and implement in conjunction with Catering Sales,

special packages and create new menus and themes within corporate

guidelines, while keeping abreast of the competition's products,

strengths and weaknesses to continually improve revenues and profit

margins while maintaining quality. (10%)

6. Monitor and control the maintenance of the meeting space and

equipment to protect hotel assets and ensure a safe work environment.

(5%)

If you are able to meet these qualifications, please send us your

resume.

Please send your resume to mhyde@sfhigg.com

*Holiday Inn Golden Gateway is an EEO employer.

5. Event Sponsor & Meeting Coordinator; National Investment Center;

Annapolis, MD

A small but growing not-for-profit organization is seeking a

self-motivated, detail-oriented individual to coordinate sponsorship

follow up and onsite logistics for major annual events and to manage

various smaller meetings in support of the organization's larger events

and initiatives. The candidate will be the post-sales liaison

responsible for sponsorship paperwork, related promo items and signage,

meeting rooms/suites, and onsite floor management for the two major

annual events held by the organization. Additionally, candidate will

coordinate services and finalize function details for some smaller

meetings throughout the year (includes F&B, AV, transportation and

preparation of meeting packets). Other functions of this position

include management of an onsite directory, event calendar maintenance,

trade show coordination, assisting in the review of marketing programs,

agendas, budgets, event bills, etc. Ideal candidate must be a team

player willing to work closely with VP of Events & Marketing, other

meeting staff and organizers to ensure the success of all events – from

administrative support to event management.

Must have at least 2 years of meeting management experience and

experience with event sponsors/affiliates. Must have strong knowledge of

MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Excellent oral and written

communication skills are essential. Ability to travel and work increased

hours at event crunch time is a must.

Submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to

efreeman@nic.org in order to be considered.

6. Senior Event Manager; Washington Convention Center Authority;

Washington, DC

The Washington Convention Center Authority is seeking a Senior Event

Manager to provide responsible professional customer services in the

Event & Convention Services Department of the Convention Management

Division. Employees in this classification must have professional work

experience in planning, organizing and controlling events to allow them

to assume substantial responsibilities with minimal orientation. At this

level, the Senior Event Manager manages the success of meetings and

conventions requiring facilities of the Washington Convention Center by

independently coordinating and directing the delivery of services to

large conventions, exhibitions and consumer shows. The Senior Event

Manager may also be assigned to stand alone meetings, banquets and

consumer shows.

Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited

college or university with major coursework in Business Administration,

Public Relations, Hospitality or Hotel Management, or a related field;

AND 4+ years of significant customer-oriented hospitality industry

experience preferably in a convention hotel, conference or convention

center, or significant operating experience with multi-management of

meetings and/or expositions.

To apply, qualified applicants should email their resume and cover

letter to careers@dcconvention.com or fax it to 202-249-3116.

EOE

7. Sales Manager-f / T; The Holiday Inn Georgetown; Washington, DC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27466646&jobSummaryIndex=0&agentID=

8. Sr Dir-Creative Projects; MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL; Bethesda, MD

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27460801&jobSummaryIndex=2&agentID=

9. Dir-Operations Development, Lifestyle Brands; MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL;

Bethesda, MD

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27452861&jobSummaryIndex=4&agentID=

10. Field Manager, Hotel Sales; Choice Hotels International; Silver

Spring, MD

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27460186&jobSummaryIndex=3&agentID=

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