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Career Tracks

  • Foundation and Non-Profit Management - directed the operations of two foundations for many years. One, a public community foundation, the other a larger private foundation. Both conducted large scholarship and granting programs. Managed a staff, worked with two separate boards of directors. Strong fiscal and financial management (total assets under management $39 million). Earlier was producer for professional opera company, founding executive director and later president of arts council.

  • Corporate Management and Administration - president of industrial rubber goods manufacturer, president of newspaper publisher, headed corporate advertising and public relations for consumer electronics company, marketing manager for high fidelity speaker manufacturer, headed corporate communications for musical instrument manufacturer, full-time management and strategic planning consultant for large and small companies. Degrees in management and law.

  • Communications, Advertising, Media Relations - headed communications and PR for nationally-known college, publisher of newspaper, headed public relations for agency with national clients, media relations for custom automobile manufacturer, full-time consultant in communications areas, taught mass communications subjects at college level. Degree in communications.

  • Fund Raising and Campaign Strategy - Part of development team for college major gift effort, helped start two different capital campaigns, have twice started full-time FR programs from scratch, consultant to non-profits.

Some Specific Career Accomplishments

* Helped a community foundation more than double assets under management during tough economic times

* Managed growing grant and scholarship programs for two foundations

* I helped a materials-handling equipment manufacturer cut nearly 2 years off the sales cycle by writing and producing targeted informational videos

* Began branding effort and expansion of nationally-known college's marketing and communications function

* Using a carefully positioned newsletter project I helped an internationally known university build needed rapport with 22,000 alumni in preparation for a successful large capital campaign

* I crafted a unique media and promotional campaign to help a company "hijack" a trade show, allowing my client, the quiet industry leader, to reassert dominance in a multi-million dollar industry

* Created an in-house agency that saved $30,000 in commissions the first year after becoming frustrated that outside agencies weren't doing a good job for a consumer electronics manufacturer

* For a Canadian paper mill, I generated major media coverage in their new ownership start-up year with a bylined 9-page feature story, a front-page interview of the CEO, and other successes in the paper industry trade press

* For a manufacturer of military trucks I successfully revived the employee newsletter as a critical component of a campaign to build better relationships with employees and their families

* Designed and implemented the new logo and corporate identity program for my $300 million corporate client

* Helped start department and organize $15 million national capital campaign, helped raise $5.8 million in cash and pledges in the first 18 months

Education

B.S., Management and Administration (Kelley School of Business, Indiana University)

M.A., Communication Arts (University of Notre Dame)

J.D., Law (Indiana University School of Law)

College teaching areas: business law, media law, public relations, communication skills, writing, public speaking.

Career Overview (abbreviated)

Community Foundation of Morgan County, Inc.
Kendrick Foundation, Inc., Morgan County, Indiana (2007-2014)

Executive Director managing staff and the work of two foundations with total assets under management of $39 million. Strong community leadership role, scholarship and granting programs, fundraising.
Director of Institutional Advancement (fundraiser). Opened department and planned national capital campaign for this education reform organization

Harmony Education Center, Bloomington, Indiana (2003 to 2005)
Director of Institutional Advancement (fundraiser). Opened department and planned national capital campaign for this education reform organization

Indiana University Foundation, and Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (2000 - 2003)
Development Director for Indiana University Press
Fund raiser for this internationally respected scholarly book publisher.

Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana (1998 - 2000)
Director of Marketing and Communications.
Added college-wide integrated marketing function in new macro-marketing position. Restructured and built up small department. Supported all college efforts. Reorganized goal-directed functions in marketing, communications, public relations, publications, in-house printing. Co-writer of larger development (fundraising) proposals for this top ranked nationally-known Catholic women's college.

Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, Indiana (1996-2000)
Adjunct and Visiting Asst. Professor
Taught subjects including business law, media law, management, writing, public relations and marketing, and other mass communications subjects.

Expanded resume available showing teaching, consulting, non-profit management, and corporate management experience.

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