Director of Special Events

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Thi Cribley

thi.cribley@gmail.com | (304) 554-7191 |

Summary


Experience


Director of Special Events at The Knot, IAJun 2022 - Present

  • Led a team of 15 event planners in executing 100 events annually, with an average budget of $500k per event.
  • Successfully increased attendance by 20% year over year for the organization’s signature fundraising gala.
  • Negotiated vendor contracts resulting in cost savings of 10% or more on all major events.
  • Implemented new policies and procedures that streamlined the event planning process and reduced overall costs by 5%.
  • Managed a departmental budget of $5M+.

Assistant Director of Special Events at WeddingWire, IASep 2019 - May 2022

  • Led a team of 15 event planners in executing over 100 events annually with an average budget of $50,000.
  • Successfully negotiated room blocks and contracts with hotels resulting in cost savings of 10-15%.
  • Redesigned the department's website which increased online traffic by 25%.
  • Implemented new software that streamlined the event registration process and saved 200 man hours per year.
  • Wrote proposals that secured $1.5 million in corporate sponsorships for special events.

Event Coordinator at Brides, IAJul 2015 - Jul 2019

  • Successfully coordinated and executed 100 events in one year.
  • Managed a team of 5 event coordinators who successfully executed 250 events total.
  • Successfully stay within budget for 85% of all events Coordinated.
  • Negotiated vendor contracts resulting in cost savings of 15%.
  • Worked with clients to develop creative solutions that met their objectives while staying within their budget 95% of the time.

Education


Bachelor of Science in Event Management at Iowa State UniversitySep 2010 - May 2015

I've learned how to plan, design, and execute events while studying for my Bachelor of Science in Event Management.

Skills


  • Event Planning
  • Event Coordination
  • Budgeting
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing

Carlyann Scruby

carlyann.scruby@gmail.com | (749) 989-2541 | 350 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

Summary


Experience


Director of Special Events at Boston Symphony Orchestra, MAApr 2022 - Present

  • Successfully planned and executed 100+ special events with up to 500 guests in attendance.
  • Collaborated with clients to develop creative and innovative event concepts that met their objectives and budget.
  • Managed a team of 15+ staff members and contractors to ensure all elements of the event were executed flawlessly.
  • Negotiated contracts with vendors to secure competitive rates and terms.
  • Created detailed timelines and budgets for each event which ensured efficient use of resources.

Assistant Director of Special Events at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MAAug 2020 - Mar 2022

  • Planned and executed 10 successful special events with an average attendance of 250 guests.
  • Increased departmental budget by 20% through creative cost-saving measures.
  • Negotiated contracts with vendors that resulted in savings of 15% on average.
  • Hired, trained and supervised a team of 5 event staff members.

Event Coordinator at The Boston Globe, MASep 2015 - Jul 2020

  • Successfully planned and executed 10 events with over 200 attendees each.
  • Created successful partnerships with vendors that resulted in cost savings of 20%.
  • Managed a team of 5 event staff and volunteers to execute all aspects of the event.
  • Received positive feedback from 97% of survey respondents regarding overall satisfaction with the event.
  • Increased attendance at events by 15% on average through creative marketing campaigns.

Education


Bachelor of Science in Event Management at Boston University, MAAug 2011 - May 2015

I have learned how to manage events, how to work with clients, and how to negotiate contracts.

Skills


  • Event planning
  • Event management
  • Budgeting
  • Contract negotiation
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Customer service
  • Project management