Catherine DiMeco

Freelance Photo Editor & Graphic Designer

Location:Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
2 Skills

? Experienced Photographer and Photo Editor for a leading bridal publisher.
? Successfully published a number of magazines as the sole contributing Photo Research Manager and Production Manager. ? Adept at setting up and implementing photo shoots as the staff Photographer.
? Proven exceptional leadership, organizational, and problem solving skills.
While leveraging my experience attained while working in publishing, I seek to obtain a position which will allow me to utilize my photography skills and creativity.
Professional Experience
Production Manager, Photo Research Manager, Photographer
Hawthorn Publications
Print Media, Custom Magazines, Web and Graphic Design
?Executed photo shoots as needed for the magazines.
?Responsible for researching photography for the magazines’ various segments.
?Achieved and exceeded production goals.
?Routinely interacted with customers to enhance the design and effectiveness of their advertisements.
August 2008 - January 2011
?Responsible for the timeliness, quality and accuracy of advertisements placed in the wedding brochures and custom magazines.
?Proficient in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and InDesign CS5.
?Photographic equipment is personally owned and includes the NikonD7000, Nikon D90, and a portable studio including lighting and backdrops.
Sales Manager
Wentworth by the Sea – A Marriott Hotel and Spa
AAA Four Diamond Landmark Hotel on the NH Seacoast
March 2004 - February 2005
?Responsible for selling guest room blocks to maximize hotel occupancy.
?Achieved and exceeded individual sales goals in assigned market segments.
?Routinely contacted existing customers to foster additional business, repeat bookings, and referrals to partner hotels. ?Maintained close contact with target accounts through telephone calls, tours, appointments, and entertainment.
?Responsible for coordinating with various departments the customer’s goals to ensure customer satisfaction and property profit.
Social and Conference Services Manager
Le Meridien - Boston, MA March 2003 - March 2004 Langham Hotel - Boston, MA (Hotel renamed to Langham Hotel as of January 1, 2004)
A Four Star property in the heart of Boston’s Financial District.
?Achieved 194% of individual guest room sales goal for the social market in 2003.
?Improved hotel relationship with social market through effective marketing and social representation at wedding expos.
?Increased social guest room market revenue by 30% within 10 months of prospecting as well as maintaining local social function venue relationships leading to increased referrals.
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?Maximized food and beverage revenue by 22% of forecasted average check and increased overall revenues through effective negotiation of services and efficiently blocking meeting space.
?Managed the successful execution of pre and post convention meetings while providing direction to all affected departments. Project Manager
Newmarket International, Inc. - Portsmouth, NH September 2000 - June 2002 NI specializes in software solutions for the hospitality industry.
?Managed the roll-out of software solutions for hotel companies to include but not limited to Hyatt International, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Mandarin Oriental, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Universal Studios, and Ridgewood Properties.
?Consulted numerous hotels and hotel companies on best business practices as related to their sales and catering system in an effort to increase productivity and revenues.
?Developed and managed Microsoft Project plans designating steps, milestones, deliverables, and resources for both internal and external teams involved.
?Served as liaison between NI and the client in an effort to manage customer expectations, satisfaction, advocacy, and software functionality requests.
?Directly communicated to the Product Management and Development teams relative to product defects and enhancements as reported by customers.
Training Specialist
Newmarket International, Inc. - Portsmouth, NH
August 1998 - September, 2000
?Directly assisted hotel corporations such as Four Seasons, Hyatt, Marriott, Wyndham, and Starwood in developing, training, and implementing automated sales and marketing solutions.
?Traveled to and conducted on site training of Newmarket product and reporting tools to executive sales and catering teams on a national and international scale.
?Served as the lead training specialist for the Delphi software rollout for Remington Hotels. Duties included managing training specialist project team, training of hotel personnel, and liaison between NI Project Manager and Remington Hotel Corporate.
?Delivered customized software training, reporting, and documentation for executive, management, and line level employees. Education
Associates Degree in Business, Keystone School, Springfield, PA. October 1994 Hospitality Sales Course, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg VA. April 1998
References and Letters of Recommendation Available Upon Request
Skills (2) Rating
Photo Editing
Graphic Design