Christine Cahill

Freelance Event Planner & Project Manager

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Location:Los Angeles, California, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/christinecahill
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Kudos
4.5
2 Skills
$30
Rate/Hr
CHRISTINE CAHILL
? Christinetcahill@aol.com

Resourceful event professional with proven capability of launching and orchestrating a variety of high profile events which are within budget and increase customer engagement. Combines expertise across project management, creative planning, marketing and board relations. Excels in managing multiple elements, balancing priorities and executing seamless events from start to finish.

OBJECTIVE
To obtain an Event Planning position

QUALIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

• 12 years event planning experience
• Budget management up to $1M
• Contract negotiation, vendor management
• Personable, customer service oriented
• Strong work ethic, highly organized, passionate
• Completion of Event Planning Certificate Program 3/2012

Events include: NHL Stanley Cup Parade, UCLA Award Ceremonies, Alumni Summer Camp, National Fundraising Events, Interactive Trade Organization Conference, Golf and Poker Tournaments
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE EVENT PLANNER August 2010 to Present
Los Angeles, CA
• Manage multiple events from inception to conclusion including a Walk-A-Thon, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, company receptions and dinner parties.

EVENT DIRECTOR October 2007 to July 2010
ACADEMY OF INTERACTIVE ARTS AND SCIENCES
Los Angeles, CA

D.I.C.E. Summit and Annual Interactive Achievement Awards
• Produced annual multi-day event for 800 attendees. Successfully managed $1M budget.
• Negotiated contracts for host hotel, talent and vendors totaling $500K. Secured and managed 11 vendors.
• Directed all program logistics, daily events including golf, poker tournaments and BEO’s.
• Managed a team of 28. Travel and technical management for 25 speakers.
• Led hotel pre-con meeting. Point person for all hotel departments.
• Built on-line registration system. Promoted event and related activities to members.
• Collaborated successfully with venue staff, board members, sponsors and vendors.

Into the Pixel- Video Game Art Exhibition
• Directed annual video art competition and budget. Managed 8 jurors and 16 artists. Oversaw art gallery and all shipping of collections to international conferences.
• Designed and led annual receptions for up to 500 guests.
• Managed multiple convention centers’ exhibitor services staff for 5 gallery installations.

PROJECT MANAGER February 2006 to June 2007
UCLA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
• Managed select alumni programs and 6 annual events for up to 350 guests. Designed and led staff from multiple departments on 2 new events. Responsible for all logistical arrangements and marketing.
o Events included annual awards ceremony, 50th class reunion, alumni summer camp, women’s conference and alumni receptions
• Successful administration of 8 event budgets totaling approximately $122,000.
• Secured and managed 4 volunteer committees (62 participants).
• Collaborated with key campus executives, high level donors and vendors.

CONTRACT EVENT COORDINATOR January 2005 to September 2005
MARCH OF DIMES/WALKAMERICA and GOLF CLASSIC
Los Angeles, CA
• Coordinated all Walk-A-Thon logistics for more than 8,500 participants, including onsite direction of 50 vendors, sponsors and volunteers. Event raised $2.6 million.
• Designed layout of Festival Area.
• Secured all necessary permits and insurance.
• Managed coordination of event signage.
• Coordinated with L.A. City Officials and volunteer committees for site-related and “day of” tasks.
• Collaborated with Event Sponsors.
• Coordinated golf classic programming and foursomes.
• Successfully secured sponsorship for Hole in One competition. Procured 2 automobiles. Event raised over $125,000 and resulted in 120 participants.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR January 2003 to January 2004
AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER
Los Angeles, CA
• Managed all aspects of annual Expo to include venue selection, program, securing of speakers and volunteers. Event resulted with participation of over 200 Walkers.
• Coordinated staff meal logistics with local vendors and restaurants.
• Presented event information at companies and other venues to recruit volunteers and participants. Managed 200 volunteers.

CONTRACT EVENT/OFFICE MANAGER September 2001 to February 2002
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE/NHL ALL-STAR WEEK
Los Angeles, CA
• Coordinated Stanley Cup Parade with Los Angeles City Department of Transportation and LAPD. Managed four Parade vehicles and sixteen participants.
• Administered multiple Volunteer Orientations for 500 participants.
• Initiated cross promotion marketing with local restaurants and represented the event at local hockey- related venues.
• Managed entire volunteer process from inception to completion.
• Responsible for daily operations and represented the NHL onsite.

TECHNICAL SKILLS
• Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word, Power Point)
• Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator CS2, CS3, Adobe Photoshop
• Online attendee registration programs (Cvent, Certain)

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Arts, Radio-Television Broadcasting, California State University, Northridge