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Wanda Best
xxxxxx Chandlee Mill Road
Xxxxxx, XXXXXX xxxxxx xxx-xxx-xxxx


Dynamic, articulate and ambitious Senior Level Conference Management Professional with a demonstrated track record of effectively planning, coordinating and executing high profile events for Fortune 500 and Federal Government clients. Proactive professional with the ability to successfully manage multiple, simultaneous projects and provide exceptional client relations results.  Eager to contribute solid interpersonal, communication and leadership skills toward optimizing the goals of a world-class employer.


Core Competencies


   Conference Management/Event Planning

   Logistics/Schedule Management

   Detail Oriented Problem Solver

   Coordinate Major/High Profile Events

   Budget Management/Cost Containment

   Vendor Relations/Contract Negotiations

   Project Management Oversight

   Marketing/Communications Messaging

   Navigate Complex Federal Contracts

   Coordinate Audio/Visual Requirements


Professional History

2010 to Present:  KRA Corporation, Silver Spring, XXXXXX 2010 - Consultant, Conference Manager

2006 to 2010:  KRA Corporation/Government Consulting Firm, Silver Spring, XXXXXX  - Conference Manger

   Spearhead project management and budget accountability for the strategic planning and execution of high profile events and conferences; managed budgets valued at $10K to $500K and led all efforts to coordinate conferences, meetings, events and fundraisers.

   Captured client loyalty and secured increases in task orders up to $1.5MM; maintained complete oversight for all pre, on-site and post conference logistics and speakers, coordinated registration and created custom designed marketing materials including program books, participant lists, bio s and agendas.

   Championed mass market marketing efforts for DOL convention and grew attendance by 40%.


2003 to 2005:  AFYA, Inc./Government Consulting Firm, Takoma Park, XXXXXX - Conference Coordinator

   Drove planning and development strategies for conferences for Federal Government agencies; effectively coordinated and responded to last minute requests and executed solid events on short notice as needed.

   Maintained compliance with conference objectives and strict budgets; reduced graphic and marketing spend by 50% through effective cost containment and negotiation strategies.

   Introduced next generation technology tools to increase communication results and provide an e-based platform for attendant response, increasing attendance by 35%.


2001 to 2003:  TONYA, Inc. /Government Consulting Firm, Washington, DC - Conference Manager

   Led planning, logistics and event coordination for 20+ events weekly; worked extensively with HUD to provide exceptional conference planning and support and ensured compliance with 24 hour turnaround requirements for meeting requests.

   Drove business development, client relations and sales strategies to secure new business opportunities and successfully managed 300+ low cost, high impact technical trainings and workshops.

   Trained and developed a high performance team of 6 Conference Specialists; monitored efficiencies and provided mentoring to enhance business results.


Additional Related Experience


1999 to 2001:  National Minority AIDS Council, Washington, DC - Conference Specialist

1994 to 1999:  EDS (Electric Data Systems), Herndon, VA - Conference Manager


Professional Development: Presentation Techniques, Leadership Development, Time Management, Culture Diversity, Financial Management, International Business Protocol, Quality Assurance

Affiliations:  Member, Association of Briefing Program Managers/Association of Meeting Professionals/Society of Government Meeting Professionals.

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