SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Experience in editing, AP style, writing, marketing, and public relations. Extensive background in business administration and database management. Excellent communication, and problem solving skills.
PIONEER PRESS, Glenview IL October, 2005 to March 2013.
Edit and enter all press releases for numerous communities using the Digital Technology International (DIT cloud) system, and the AP styles for print and online.
Maintain and update weekly community calendars
Reformat obituaries, birth, wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements.
Attach photos to stories and calendars from email attachments.
Reformat high school honor rolls, college awards, graduations.
Confirm letters to the editors, and respond to numerous customer service issues.
Write feature articles and essays.
MOLITOR COMMUNICATIONS, Des Plaines, IL June-October 2005
Designed company newsletters, wrote articles and press releases, and provided administrative assistance to various Public Relations and Marketing firms.
ELLIOTT M. BLACK & ASSOCIATES, INC. Northbrook, IL May 1995 – June 2005
Oversaw the development and distribution of press releases,
Editor of the quarterly, four-page company newsletter, EMBA MARKETEER, distributed to 3,000 clients, prospects and businesses.
Edited proposals, articles, advertising material for clients.
Designed all company presentations on PowerPoint
Designed exhibits for Chamber trade shows, and talked to potential clients
LIFESOURCE BLOOD SERVICES, Glenview, IL Oct. 1991 - Oct.1992
Created and developed VOLUNTEER VOICES, LifeSource’s first volunteer quarterly, four-page, newsletter. Served as Editor, Writer, and Photographer. Received letter of commendation from President of the company for newsletter excellence.
Wrote articles for two other LifeSource newsletters, public service announcements, press releases; created promotional flyers for blood drives.
EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION, Oshkosh, WI 1983 - June 1989
Marketing /Communications Assistant.
Hired, trained, and supervised approximately 30 retail sales personnel for annual EAA Convention and Fly-in.
During the 1988 Convention increased video sales 400% over previous year bringing sales to over $100,000 for an eight-day period.
Wrote advertising copy for promotional brochures; assisted in photography.
Served as production assistant for the creation of annual convention videos.
PUBLISHED WORKS-- PHOTOGRAPHY, ARTICLES AND BOOK REVIEWS
Schaumburg Review, (Pioneer Press) Interviewed a Napoleon scholar for article.
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, newspaper Wisconsin, travel articles/photographs
Community Magazine, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh publication, articles
Sport Aviation, Experimental Aircraft Association articles, photographs, book reviews,
Light Plane World, EAA publication, photographs
Midwest Flyer, Madison, WI, articles and photographs
World Air Show News, international publication, Madison, WI, articles/photographs
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Handbook (Larson Series) Assisted author
Life Source Blood Drives, and public relations, Glenview, IL
Public Relations agent for Illinois Institute of Martial Arts, North Aurora, IL
Glenview Writers Unlimited, edited yearly anthologies, Glenview, IL
Trinity Episcopal Church, Oshkosh, WI, sang in choir and organized dinners, etc.
Associate’s Degree in Journalism, and Art, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 1982.
Specialty classes: PowerPoint 97, Excel, etc Seminars for writing press releases, at Columbia College, Chicago; creative writing classes Oakton Community College., Des Plaines, Northwestern University, Evanston.