I've been stumbling, falling, and picking myself back up for more than half a century. My knees have been skinned, my pants have been torn, my pride has been hurt, and my heart has been broken. Other than that, I really can't complain.

Experience

  • On Site Coordinator

    at Aramark Uniform Services

    November 2015 - at Present

    Illinois

    Embedded in Mondelez International's Loves Park, Illinois, facility to oversee a recently contracted uniform-rental program serving 600 permanent and 100 temporary employees. The facility manufactures Trident, Dentyne and Bubblicous chewing gums. Coordinated the development and installation of the program while seamlessly transitioning from the previous supplier. By working closely with the embedded representative of a local staffing organization, who supplies the temporary employees, the program is estimated to save Mondelez $150,000 in the first year. All garments are electronically tracked and inventoried, vastly reducing the amount of previously unsubstantiated loss of garments due to quits and terminations, thus reducing costs for Mondelez and Aramark.

  • Director of Sales, Marketing and Communications

    at Empline Technologies/Poisar Development

    January 2015 - at Present

    Illinois

    Directing the sales, marketing and communications efforts of a cutting-edge partnership developed to turn innovative ideas and concepts into viable products and services while making current internet-based technologies affordable to budding organizations. Empline is currently preparing to market a number of high-tech products that reflect the viability of its innovative concepts. It intends to make those concepts, which can clearly determine the viability of a new product, available to other entrepreneurs. Poisar Development provides small to mid-size enterprises with a cost-effective way to market themselves through the development of websites and blogs. Poisar currently hosts, maintains and provides creative content for numerous websites.

  • Parental Caregiver

    at Parent's Residence

    June 2014 - November 2015

    Illinois

    I resigned from a 20-year career in management and returned to my hometown to become a caregiver for my father. My mother was already living in the dementia unit of a local nursing home. After he began to display the onset of dementia, followed by the loss of sight in one eye, I couldn't leave the 86-year-old WWII veteran on his own. In November of 2015, he agreed to move into the same nursing home with my mother, although she no longer recognizes him..

  • Associate District Manager

    at Aramark Uniform Services -- Arlington Heights, Illinois

    October 2013 - June 2014

    Illinois

    Assisted the management team in meeting or exceeding company-established metrics, such as business retention. As a result, a high-profile, at-risk customer chose to not only retain their current level of service, but to award Aramark with an additional $40,000 a week in business by serving additional locations.

  • Fleet Manager

    at Aramark Uniform Services -- Arlington Heights, Illinois

    June 2010 - October 2013

    Illinois

    Managed a fleet of 30 step vans, one bulk truck, and eight company cars, while assuring that 40 drivers obtained and maintained the mandated licensing and medical certifications. Rallied high-level corporate support to significantly reduce downtimes by requiring contracted repair facilities to increase service at no additional cost throughout the Chicago area.

  • District Manager

    at Aramark Uniform Services -- Arlington Heights, Illinois

    March 2010 - June 2010

    Illinois

    Directed the efforts of six Route Sales Representatives and one District Manager Trainee toward meeting or exceeding company-established metrics within a specific geographical area, such as sales and business retention. Molded a recently re-organized district into a cohesive unit while re-establishing strained customer relationships. Regained the trust of a high-profile, at-risk customer by resolving on-going issues and proving that Aramark could sustain a high level of service.

  • District Manager Trainee

    at Aramark Uniform Services -- Rockford, Illinois

    February 2008 - March 2010

    Illinois

    Assisted the District Manager in driving new and existing sales within a specific geographical area while managing and coaching a team of eight Route Sales Representatives. Developed route-assistance schedules to increase time devoted to advanced sales training and follow-up sales calls. Recorded and tracked sales activity for weekly reports and to maintain a focus on sales.

  • Route Manager

    at Aramark Uniform Services -- Tampa, Florida

    November 2005 - February 2008

    Florida

    Monitored customer feedback, resolved customer issues and assisted in the installation of new accounts. Completed a corporate seminar on Targeted Selection, which outlined the company's best practices for selecting, interviewing and hiring of new Route Sales Representatives.

  • Route Sales Representative

    at Aramark Uniform Services -- Rockford, Illinois

    January 2001 - November 2005

    Illinois

    Managed an $11,000.00-a-week bulk route while increasing growth through new and existing sales. Earned the Service All Star Award for two consecutive years. The award represents being in the Top 10 percent of Route Sales Representatives nationwide.

  • City Editor

    at Freeport Journal-Standard -- Freeport, Illinois

    July 1991 - October 1994

    Illinois

    Directed, assigned, and edited the copy of six full-time reporters and a few part-time correspondents while writing columns and editorials. Assisted in the operation of a four-person copy desk in addition to assuming the responsibilities of the Managing Editor in his absence.

  • Regional Editor

    at Freeport Journal-Standard -- Freeport, Illinois

    May 1989 - July 1991

    Illinois

    Directed, assigned, coordinated, and edited the copy of three regional reporters. Wrote columns and editorials while assisting in the operation of a four person copy desk.

  • Regional Reporter

    at Freeport Journal-Standard -- Freeport, Illinois

    February 1989 - May 1989

    Illinois

    Covered the northwest section of the circulation area, which represented the largest portion of readership outside of the city. Reported various city and county governments and wrote weekly special interest stories

Education

  • Brand Ambassador

    at beBee, Inc.

    2016 - at Present (2 years) Illinois

  • Co-Administrator of Business Hub Hive

    at beBee Inc.

    2016 - at Present (2 years)

  • Leadership Institute

    at Highland Community College

    1991 - 1992 (1 year) Illinois

  • Public Relations Role in Business Ethics and Creditbility

    at Northern Illinois Univesity

    1987 - 1988 (1 year) Illinois

  • Master of Arts Journalism/Public Relations

    at Northern Illinois University

    1986 - 1988 (2 years) Illinois

  • Bachelor of Arts Mass Communication

    at Western Illinois University

    1976 - 1982 (6 years) Illinois

Services offered

  • Product Development/ Patent Attainment/Web and Blog Creation and Hosting

    It's one-stop shopping at Empline Technologies and Poisar Development. We can transform your innovative ideas and concepts into viable products and services or simply customize your website or blog to be inviting, informative, rewarding and lucrative all at the same time.

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