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Creative, reliable, team player looking for Marketing/PR/Copy Job

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Date: 2008-03-04, 5:10PM PST

Melissa Grindstaff

Highlight of skills and experience:
Excellent qualifications in the field of communications with strong writing,
editing and research skills

• A team player known for initiative and reliability
• Detail oriented, flexible and well organized
• Quick learner with the ability to multi task
• Proficient in computer software programs such as the Microsoft Suite, Mac OSX Photoshop, and basic knowledge in HTML

Work Experience:
Content & Production Associate,, San Francisco, CA September 2007 – Present
• Produced and preformed data entry of content for web site
• Executed projects with a close attention to details and deadlines
• Worked with project managers to develop a comprehensive project schedule including data pushes
• Maintained master calendar of products and skus
• In depth knowledge of Basecamp

Freelance, Blu Creative, Salinas, CA, May 2005- Present
• Developed and edited original content for client web sites
• Created messaging sets and talking points for a range of different client assignments

Account Executive, Indigo Public Affairs, London, U.K.
January 2004- March 2005
• Developed and coordinated corporate events including trade shows, seminars and meetings
• Responsible for weekly progress updates and follow up reports on all events
• Created copy for fliers and marketing materials, as well wrote press releases
• Conducted campaign research and canvassed for client

Tickle, Inc., Production Manager, San Francisco, CA
September 2002- July 2003
• Responsible for the work product and adherence of deadlines of a team of eight people
• Implemented innovative work methods to improve team productivity while maintaining strong sense of team spirit and motivation
• Created and monitored creation of all new schedules
• Demonstrated consistent improvement in volume and quality of team output

Bluedot Software, Public Relations Manager, San Francisco, CA
January 2001- November 2001
• Managed day to day public relations activities, maintaining relationships with the media and key industry analysts
• Budgeted programs and project ideas including costs, timing and resources
• Assisted Marketing team with corporate marketing strategy, developed and carried out the overall marketing communications plan
• Aided in the development and production of marketing materials, which included company’s product releases, product documentation, white papers, and data sheets
• Member of Web site development team responsible for decision making of design, creation and editing of original content
• Coordinated quarterly Advisory Committee meetings and executed all logistics of company functions, travel and itineraries.
• Created and managed distribution of quarterly newsletters
and informational webinars

Associate Account Executive, Horn Group, San Francisco, CA
May 2000- December 2000
• Responsible for media outreach on behalf of clients, developing press releases and pitching stories to journalists
• Managed day to day contact with clients
• Assisted in the development of strategic communication plans on behalf of clients, programming activities, developing budgets
• Developed speaking and tradeshow programs

Account Coordinator, Interactive Public Relations, San Francisco, CA
August 1999 - April 2000
• Conducted ongoing analyst and media relations planning and execution of analyst and media tours
• Built continuous and growing media lists
• Familiarized self with all aspects of media production: deadlines, frequency, circulation, and editors/reporters beats
• Maintained team workflows, responsible for tracking deadlines and organization of team meetings

• 1996 – 1999 California State University, Chico – Major Journalism, Minor Sociology
• 1992 – 1994 Hartnell Community College, Salinas, CA – General Education

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