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Charissa Porter

Freelance Proofreader & Editor

Location:Birmingham, Alabama, United States
2 Skills
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Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida
Honors Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Mobile
Major of Business-Management, Minor of English-Journalism
High School Honors Diploma from Spain Park High School

SKILLS Skill Summary
• Excellent time management skills
• Leadership skills in managing support staff and in a self-managed environment
• Full knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, InDesign, Access, ImageRight, Exsight, Quickbooks, Outlook, Windows 2003 and Windows XP as well as the internet and standard office equipment
• Writing as well as editing skills from time spent on the UM Newspaper Staff, as an editor and co-producer at the Baldwin County Commissions Office and as a free lance editor

Free Lance Editor, various
2006 - Present
• Copy editing, producing and proofreading essays, books, short stories, newsletters, newspaper articles
• Assisting with the publishing and marketing process for multiple clients
• Detailed editing/proofreading of books and materials currently in the publishing phase
• Providing consultation for authors regarding writing, publishing and marketing

Procurement Specialist
February 2012 - Present
• Researching, contacting and comparing subcontractors and vendors and offering a recommendation
• Managing relationship with subcontractors and vendors
• Writing subcontracts and purchase orders and negotiating terms and conditions
• Writing and submitting subcontract and equipment / material change orders

Office Manager, Blackwell-Nelson Companies, Birmingham, AL
April 2011 - present
• Handling incoming fees and delinquents through Quickbooks as well as the A/R & A/P for multiple properties as writing / proofing correspondence and newsletters
• Working with the company attorney on delinquent and bankruptcy accounts
• Initial contact for clients and maintenance of work orders
• Reconciling Accounts and maintaining Board meeting documents for multiple properties
• Recording payments through online statements, ACH withdrawals and electronic checks

Account Service Representative, McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc., Birmingham, AL
June 2009 – February 2011
• Contact for multiple Fortune 500 and smaller companies in the Energy & Marine industry
• Marketing insurance program based upon each client’s individual needs
• Renewing client policies, producing Account Summaries, Binders, Proposals, etc.
• Preparing and submitting tax paperwork and handling A/P and A/R for each account
• Writing responses to Requests for Proposals (RFP) & managing incoming requests
• Having policies endorsed and coverage added / rewritten to fit clients’ changing needs
• Issuing accurate Certificates of Insurance and Auto ID Cards to clients

Editor and Business Manager, University of Mobile Student Newspaper, The Torch, Saraland, AL
September 2006 – May 2008
• Writing articles for the newspaper and editing the writing of other authors
• Choosing and supervising staff members
• Preparing check requests and balancing the account as well as selling ads for funding
• Collecting/ billing companies and creating invoices
• Designing newspaper layout using InDesign and working with the printing press
HONORS National Honors Societies
University of Mobile
Spain Park High School

Sigma Tau Delta – National English Honors Society
Fall 2007 – unconditional

Delta Mu Delta – National Honors Society for Business
Spring 2009 – unconditional

CERTIFICATIONS Alabama Commercial Property & Casualty Insurance Producer License
Renews September 2013

National Incident Management System
Certified under levels 100 and 700

ACTIVITIES The Charity League of Alabama
2010 to present
Vice President of Communications
Chair of the Yearbook and monthly Newsletter
Chair of Media Relations

Editing novels, fiction, non-fiction, biographies
Editing childrens' books
Preparing newsletters from scratch
Preparing brochures from scratch
Compiling, writing and editing magazines
Creating flyers and other marketing materials
Writing business plans
Writing business articles
Writing & editing website content
Please ask for details.
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