Nora Sheahan

Freelance Event Planner & Public Relation Freelancer

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Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/norasheahan
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Kudos
4.0
2 Skills
$50
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NORA SHEAHAN

OBJECTIVE
To obtain freelance work where my hard work, dedication, network, experience, and accomplishments will contribute to the overall success of your organization.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
June 2013 – Present BR EVENTS, INC
Events Manager
Responsible for coordinating an experiential marketing campaign for AT&T U-verse in Detroit, Chicago, Nashville & Houston

Campaign includes a mobile marketing piece that travels throughout the various cities with event activations at local stores and community events that are designed to engage customers and sell the product

U-Verse sales in the areas of event activations have increased by 180%
Fundraising Coordinator

Coordinated fundraising events for a candidate for Cook County Judge and raised over $75,000 dollars in 3 months

2010 – 2013 COOK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Press Secretary & Events Manager – Department of Communications

Responsible for handling all media calls and inquiries for the Sheriff’s Office, as well as coordinating on-site film projects, such as the Chicago Fire season finale, writing press releases, coordinating media interviews, media jail tours, assisting in Special Projects and handling the overall day to day operations in the Communications Department

Responsible for the coordination of the Sheriff’s Employee Awards (staff of 6500 +) as well as the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Awards (600+ attendees). Duties include nomination solicitation and selection, logistical and on-site coordination, invitations, programming, room layout/design, catering and speech writing.

2008 – 2010 RSR & ASSOCIATES OF CHICAGO
Managing Partner

Provided fundraising via events and phone banking for several local political candidates including Illinois Governor, Chicago Mayor, Lieutenant Governor & Cook County Sheriff candidates

Provided fundraising for not-for-profit organizations in Chicago

Produced over 150 events throughout the Chicago land area including City Chase, weddings, galas and fundraisers that had guests lists of over 5000 attendees

2008 BLUE PLATE CATERING, LTD
Event Producer

Supported a sales team in the overall sales, production and management of off-site catered events

Responsible for creating and maintaining client relationships, proposal writing, custom menu building, staffing and logistical coordination of all services necessary on-site for each event

Assisted in the production of over 150 successful events

2003-2007 ILLINOIS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
Taste of Chicago, Assistant Restaurant Operations Manager

Assisted in all pre-event planning aspects and overall management of on-site restaurant operations for 65+ restaurants for a 10 day event in Grant Park each year

Produced a final report for the event each year which included sales, statistics and recommendations for upcoming Taste of Chicago events
Chicago Music Festivals and “Mini” Tastes, Restaurant Operations Manager

Restaurant Operations Manager for the five City of Chicago Music Festivals; Gospel, Blues, Viva, Jazz and Celtic Fests

Restaurant Operations Manager for Mini Taste of Chicago, Big Ten welcome Party, Taste of Chicago in Springfield, LaSalle Bank Post Marathon Party, Sweet Home Illinois in Los Angeles, Casual Furniture Show and Women’s Food Service Forum

Coordinated all pre-event logistical needs as well as acted as the on-site restaurant operations manager for each of these events

Produced a final report for each event which included sales, statistics and recommendations for future events
Miscellaneous Projects

Assisted the Special Events department with Restaurant Operations for the Annual Restaurateur’s Golf Outing and Annual Restaurateur’s Ball

INTERNSHIP
2002 ILLINOIS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
Intern – Special Projects Coordinator

Coordinated “Groundhog Job Shadow Day,” matching up various high school students interested in the culinary field with restaurants that allowed them to ‘shadow’ for one day

EDUCATION
WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
BA, Recreation Parks and Tourism Administration, May 2003
Emphasis in Special Event Planning
Skills (2) Rating
Event Planning
Public Relations