JAMES L. BURNS
104 LADYSHIRE LANE, #104
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND 20850
Phone: (202) 525.7140
Political Consultant/Communications Specialist
Chicago, Illinois/Washington, D.C.
? Accountable for various operations of United States congressional/statewide campaign offices along with Campaign Manager, such as 50% + 1 campaign strategy, performing as campaign spokesperson, with 62% win rate.
? Concentration and specialization in speech writing, policy research, foreign policy and press work; holding the positions of Communications Director, Senior Political Director, Deputy Campaign Manager and Campaign Manager.
? Instrumental in crafting campaign message, scripting/distributing all campaign press releases, event planning, and other duties as needed for the purpose(s) of acquiring U.S. congressional seats for the Democratic Party.
? Worked to establish relationships with U.S. congressional/senate elected officials and staff and secure potential endorsements from local/state/national organizations.
January, 2005-May, 2006
Associate Student Manager
Career Education Corporation (CEC)
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
? Managed team of thirty-five (35) admissions advisors; assisting them in servicing enrolled students to start class at a 68% rate.
? Promoted three (3) times within one (1) year of tenure at CEC.
? Responsible for all training of admissions advisors on meeting needs of newly admitted students.
October, 2003-August, 2004
Loan Officer/ Interim Manager
AmeriGroup Mortgage Corporation (AMC)
? Accountable for various day-to-day operations of Chicago AMC office along with Regional Manager, such as lead distribution, training of new loan officers, tracking daily appointments, etc.
? Concentration and specialization in government-backed mortgages: Federal Housing Administration loans and Veterans’ Administration loans (FHA/VA).
? Responsible for generating approximately twenty (20) new clients per month, writing nine (9) of every ten (10) prospective clients.
September, 2002-August, 2003
Financial Accounts Manager
American Capital Group (ACG)
? Primarily involved in the establishment of savings/investment plans for federal employees and military personnel.
? Involved in the planning and operating of marketing events for the purpose of developing qualified ACG leads from these individuals.
? Meeting w/ an average of 18-20 persons per week, w/ a closing ratio of approximately sixty-five percent (65%).
? Ninety percent (90%) of initial clients remain current/renewed clients.
August, 1994-December, 1998
University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign
Democracy for America Campaign Academy Training; Wellstone Action Training: Politics the Wellstone Way; Democratic GAIN Workshop Training