KIMBERLY A. GARCIA
CELL PHONE: (713) 254-1972
COMMUNICATIONS / PROFESSOR
An award-winning college professor and communications professional with outstanding credentials and a proven record of strong business relations, ethics, creativity, and project management skills. Bilingual (English/Spanish) with excellent oral, written, presentation, teaching, analytical, conceptualization, organizational, and research skills. Quick and enthusiastic learner with the drive and ability to succeed in any situation. Expert in internal and external corporate communication.
DEVRY UNIVERSITY - FACULTY 4/2008 - Present
Teach classes in communications including public speaking and interpersonal communication, as well as facilitate self-paced Algebra labs.
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX - FACULTY 8/2005 - Present
Teach classes in communications, including public speaking, virtual communication, writing and grammar courses, critical thinking, media and culture, and general introductory courses. Conduct writing and computer labs as well as various Student Success Workshops. Academic Success Coach. Conduct Diversity Training for Houston Faculty members. Assess incoming faculty sand participate in the hiring process. Mentor for new professors. Won Honorable Mention Award for Houston Faculty in 2008, and Faculty Leadership Award in 2009. Named Area Chair for Communications and General Studies Departments – July 2009 – Present.
FREELANCE WRITING /PR/MARKETING PROFESSIONAL 1/2007- Present
Working on various projects including press releases for the Houston Comets and the American Cancer Society, PowerPoint Presentations for various small businesses, and developing PR and Marketing strategies for small businesses to increase sales.
USON L.P. – PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR 6/2006-2/2007
Hired as a public relations contractor to handle the company’s public relations initiatives, including, but not limited to: writing press releases and other company announcements and collateral as needed, media placement, research vertical markets and possible opportunities for relationships within new industries, branding/name recognition initiatives for new/acquired products, and facilitating communication, both internal and external, regarding products and services.
CONOCOPHILLIPS – ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVE 8/2004-3/2007
Contract through The Creative Group Administrative Account Representative in the Creative Services Department at ConocoPhillips headquarters in Houston, TX. Duties include, but are not limited to, entering print and production jobs for creative projects within ConocoPhillips, as well as outside Point of Purchase promotions for Conoco and Phillips stores nationwide. Assist Account Representatives in all phases of project management as well as manage my own projects and clients. Team leader for SAP integration. Responsible for reviewing/training those in my group on SAP processes.
FREELANCE PUBLIC RELATIONS 2004
Created Value Card and corresponding brochure for real estate service / tax service; Created brochure for Houston Restoration Church which communicates the church’s mission and involvement with the community; Created new brochure for Houston area orthodontist; Wrote Articles for online magazine
TC COMPUTER SERVICE, INC. – CONTRACT - MARKETING 12/ 2002-1/2003
Responsibilities: updating the company web site, including writing copy, incorporating branding into the web site so as to become consistent with printed materials, aiding in conceptualization and layout of site, working in conjunction with web designers to achieve end goal of a new, more high-tech site, collecting input from employees regarding components of the site, and gearing portions of site toward specific target markets.
MAXVU – CONTRACT – MANAGER OF MARKETING AND PR 7/2002-9/2002
Responsibilities: drafting user guides, conducting competitive analysis, testing and reviewing web site, drafting white papers, aiding in deal structure and business development, spearheading marketing and public relations initiatives, meeting with PR firms, consolidating information and research collected by interns, aiding in the creation of a marketing plan and public relations plan, writing copy for web site, designing sports “streaming shell” for streamed Internet football games, contributing to the development of ideas and content for web site, managing marketing assistant and providing direction and research topics, researching target markets, meeting with various sports celebrities, distance learning directors, etc., in order to gain knowledge of how our product was working for various markets, completing a brief media training for the purposes of interviewing with the press/media regarding our organization.
SINGLEWEB.COM – MANAGER OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 2/2002-4/2002
Responsibilities: copy writing for web pages, editing and proof reading, managing / coordinating web development activities of designer and programmer, identifying various affiliates, administrative functions such as coordinating merchant processing and travel arrangements, project coordination and management, creating marketing plans and objectives, coordinating promotional projects, managing web site in all phases, negotiating purchase pricing, research of Hispanic market.
ENRON ENERGY INFORMATION SOLUTIONS – MARKETING SPECIALIST 5/1999-11/2001
Responsibilities - created marketing plans for 2000 and 2001, prepared new product launches, coordinated the design of marketing collateral and tradeshow booth graphics, coordinated creation of demo CD, composed letters for customer relations and other professional purposes, researched various projects and marketing initiatives, created presentations and other materials for EEIS deals, coordinated tradeshows and sponsorships, managed all forms of advertising including scheduling ads for trade publications and Internet sites, created forms for sales use; conducted direct mail efforts, directed internal and external marketing collateral efforts, coordinated and created changes for the EEIS web site and EnergySense Portal, maintained marketing collateral files, directed efforts to produce training tapes for EEIS software products, assigned task of Training Coordinator, assigned to the Help Center, performed sales functions, received the EES Bronze Certification which entails education on the energy industry and energy related services and products, received three Advertising Excellence Awards from Energy User News for Outstanding Reader Response, member of the “Make A Difference” Club for the United Way.
ENRON ENERGY SERVICES– MARKETING AND PROPOSALS – EAST REG. SVCS 2/1999-5/1999
Responsibilities: fulfilled marketing requests, including some in-house projects, coordinated and maintained web site content, implemented and maintained a document control system for Project Control Office, researched possible avenues for introducing EES’s name in the public arena, implemented and maintained library of slides and current Enron facts for presentations, developed presentations, participated in the Student Shadowing initiative, campaigned for the United Way.
ENRON ENERGY SERVICES– ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT 9/1998-1/1999
Responsibilities: generated expense reports, performed clerical initiatives such as typing and filing, event planning, prepared business travel plans, conducted Internet research, involved in the Student Shadowing initiative, campaigned for the United Way, member and 1999 Publicity Coordinator for the Enron Travel Club.
PROSTAFF/ ENRON 1997- 1998
Temporary personnel in various departments that utilized my administrative assistant skills. Receptionist for Enron International for most of this period. Responsibilities: created and maintained filing systems, supported the Human Resources and Legal Departments on various projects Answered ROLM switchboard phone, coded electronic invoices, maintained the EI phone list, wrote rejection letters for HR, performed data entry tasks, co-chaired the Cleaning Committee at SEARCH for the 1998 Enron/United Way “Day of Caring”, participated in the “March into May” health promotion on team Endless Energy
VARIOUS CONTRACT POSITIONS 1992-1997
Temporary assignments in corporate administration, fitness, film production and catering.
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION– (INTERNSHIP) HOUSTON, TX 1992
Runner for ABC National News. Responsibilities: performed organizational tasks and sound checks for Sam Donaldson, Ted Koppel, Peter Jennings and George Will.
Member of MENSA 2006 – Present
CAMBRIDGE WHO’S WHO AMONG PROFESSIONALS AND EXECUTIVES 2011-2012
HOUSTON NETWORKING NEWS (HNN) 2007 - 2009
Windows Vista, ME, XP, 2000, NT, 98, 95, 2003, 2007, 3.1, DOS, Some Macintosh
Administrative applications: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Lotus 123, Lotus Notes, Lotus
Organizer, cc:Mail, Paradox, Macola, Expedition, P3, Infomaker, Microsoft Money, Organizer Plus, iBuyit Payables, Visio Pro, Microsoft Outlook, SAP
Graphic applications: Basic Flash 5, Paintbrush, Corel Draw 8, HP Photo Project, Front Page,
Desktop Publishing: Microsoft Publisher, Adobe PageMaker, Printmaster Gold, Broderbund
Database applications: ESP32, Access
Research Tools: Dow Jones Interactive, Lexus Nexus, Various Search Engines, Internet
Internet: Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, CENTRAL CAMPUS 2000-2003
Master of Arts - Major: Mass Communication
Concentration: Public and Community Relations, Communication
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, CENTRAL CAMPUS 1991-1993
Bachelor of Arts - Major: Communications/RTV
Concentration: Electronic News.
Dean’s List – 1993
INTERESTS / HOBBIES
Play various instruments including saxophone and piano. Compose music. Enjoy listening to live music as well as playing for an audience.
Tae Kwon Do – Involved in practicing tae kwon do. Currently a Black Belt.
Dance – Studied dance for many years and enjoy dancing both as a fitness regime (Jazzercise) and socially.
Enjoy writing both on a professional and personal level. Published, award-winning poet. Have written stories, articles, marketing collateral, public relations pieces, poetry, web pages, and more. Enjoy linguistics.