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  2. Venus R. Kent 1108 Inner Circle Drive Cincinnati, Ohio 45240 513-504-1611 E-mail: Skype: venus.kent

  3. Career Objective I recognize my talent for collaboration with groups of diverse people and I seek a position of responsibility and accountability that hones my management and leadership skills. I seek an opportunity will allow me to build upon my career experiences, tap into my personal passion, and allows use of my creative and organizational skills.

  4. Career Highlights Reached 90% of sales goal in first year of working in convention sales. Have reached 145% or more of sales goal 5 of 7 years. Secured the 2012 World Choir Games and 2016 American Legion National Convention for Cincinnati USA, the first and third largest conventions in the city’s history. The World Choir Games is the most significant and largest international event in the city’s history. Supervised the design and manufacture of the 2012 World Choir Games Peace Bell, medals, diplomas and covers. Supervised/managed volunteers responsible for the Participant Lounge, Choir Guides, Hotel Hospitality, and Airport Greeters and staff responsible for the main operations center. More…

  5. Career Highlights (cont’d) Managed the final construction phase and on-going management of the Cincinnati Visitor Center until it closed in 2005. Researched, evaluated, and secured technology to provide first-class amenities to the visitors. Developed strong working relationships with various vendors in the promotional products industry and created the Cincinnati USA line of merchandise and online store for the Cincinnati Visitor Center. Negotiated volume pricing for meeting planners and various conventions. Researched, developed, and launched the Downtown Ambassador Program under the direction of Downtown Cincinnati Inc. This delicate transition from City provided services to private sector increased services without increasing expenses. Program still exist and is a vital part of downtown Cincinnati services. More…

  6. Career Highlights (cont’d) Facilitated or assisted numerous events in the city of Cincinnati, which include: Southern States VFW Reception on Fountain Square, ATP Smash Tennis, NIKE – NCAA Woman’s Final Four promotions, Cuervo Beach City Challenge Volleyball Exhibition, Summer on the Square Lunchtime concert series, UjimaCinci-bration, Midwest Black Family Reunion, Sing Cincinnati, Pre Grand Opening of Kentucky Speedway at Turfway Park, Downtown Holiday Parade, Swifton Commons It’s Commonly Jazz Series, sidewalk sales, and fashion shows. Secured $214,000 in corporate sponsors for the implementation of various Fountain Square projects, which included public seating and vending programs and $50,000 in corporate sponsorships to supplement Swifton Commons’ marketing budget.

  7. Employment September 2005 – present Convention Sales Manager Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cincinnati, OH Service Cultural/Fine Arts/Library and Social Welfare markets by working with their meeting planners to find suitable housing and meeting facilities for hosting their meetings/conventions in Cincinnati USA. More…

  8. Employment (cont’d) January – July, 2012 Director of Participant Services 2012 World Choir Games, Cincinnati, OH Responsible for elements relating to the participants of the 2012 World Choir Games, which includes managing vendors, Friendship concerts, housing, transportation, meals and volunteers responsible for airport greeters, choir guides, venue information, and Friendship concerts. Also managed special projects related to participants awards and the official Peace Bell. More…

  9. Employment (cont’d) April 2001 – September 2005 Visitor Services Manager Manage the day to day operation of Cincinnati Visitor Center, hire and train personnel, manage online store, build relationships with Bureau members, service special events held at the Visitor Center. More…

  10. Employment (cont’d) September 1995 – February 2001 Environment Director Downtown Cincinnati Inc., Cincinnati, OH Manage Fountain Square Agreement contract and vending program, hire and train staff, promote and market Fountain Square for special events, maintain working relationship with various City of Cincinnati departments, and work as a downtown advocate. More…

  11. Employment (cont’d) August 1990 – July 1995 Marketing Director Various Shopping Centers, OH, MI Create and implement mall events which included sidewalk sales, concerts, fashion shows, holiday photos, coordinate collateral production, manage budgets, and hiring and training personnel.

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