Resume - Doug Blemker

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Allied Live Entertainment Marketing, Chicago, IL   March 2009-Present

Senior Manager, Creative Services, August 2011 - present    

  • Partnered with key decision makers from concept, direction and completion for local and touring shows nationwide
  • Spearheaded creation of branding and pitch deck earning 7 to 10 new clients through focused messaging and visually pleasing presentation deck
  • Created and developed concepts and elements for campaigns for multiple national clients
  • Served as art director and messaging/brand consultant for 32 national touring markets
  • Educated and created training materials on advertising technologies, social media distribution channels and cloud-based options for file delivery to ensure seamless communication channels with clients
  • Provided direction and leadership to partners, freelancers and developers
  • Developed, managed and consulted on integrated media buys including interactive, social and mobile advertising
  • Designed, directed and programmed interactive online advertising (Flash)

Press and Public Relations Director, March 2010 – August 2011

  • Arranged, developed relationships with and trained key talent on the media messages for shows to provide on-message interviews with news organizations around the country
  • Partnered with local press and public relations teams to ensure extensive local coverage of shows while in markets and ensuring all pieces are on message
  • Developed and edited pre-written/canned articles for shows to ensure flexible delivery of editorial information through e-blasts, PR magazines and other message-managed sources
  • Developed, managed and executed live performances and events for touring shows
  • Created group sales and education initiatives related to marketing touring shows

Press Manager and Marketing Associate, March 2009 – March 2010

  • Managed all press activities, special events and publications for touring Broadway shows
  • Developed, wrote, edited and approved news alerts and press releases for shows
  • Supported marketing efforts and planning for “Billy Elliot the Musical” and “STOMP”
  • Served as public relations manager / national press rep for touring Broadway shows.


Ball State University Department of Journalism, Muncie, Ind. (Grad school full time January 2006-May 2008

Public Relations Assistant / Instructor of Journalism

  • Designed, planned, art-directed, wrote and edited message-specific, targeted alumni newspaper distributed to 6,000 journalism alumni to build stronger relationships and funding opportunities
  • Taught visual journalism, graphic design and direction for journalism, advertising and public relations students
  • Selected as national speaker and trainer for journalism programs in storytelling, staff leadership, graphic design and writing for national journalism association and international yearbook corporation
  • Planned and publicized more than 50 departmental events for 100+ journalism students and faculty focused on communications-related topics by developing publicity, pitching to local media and ensuring seamless event management and staffing


Warrick Public Education Foundation, Newburgh, Ind. June 2005 – July 2007 (Project hire)

Marketing Director

  • Spearheaded first-ever web marketing and communications strategy combining web and social media technologies increasing sales by 500 percent during initial campaign
  • Re-aligned advertising and developed tiered levels of sponsorship for program resulting in a 355 percent revenue increase exceeding $25,000 focused on trade, promotional relationships and planned ad buys
  • Developed first strategic planning model for implementing brand awareness and identity, increasing corporate and media sponsorships and streamlining marketing and ticket sales processes for effective future growth and development within budgetary guidelines
  • Re-branded program and foundation by designing, creating, pre-pressing and negotiating print contracts for collateral materials including annual report, community engagement brochure and other materials

      

Phantom of the Opera, Third National Tour, New York, November 2004 – June 2005

Associate Company Manager

  • Managed and settled multi-thousand dollar advertising budget to ensure proper placement, schedules and advertising goals were met for each city media placement
  • Created internal communication pieces for more than 100 company members including monthly brochure focused on city services and location information for touring show

       

Congressional Youth Leadership Council, Washington, D.C., June 2003 – October 2004

Associate Director of Programs

  • Created, wrote and facilitated educational programs for 22 faculty advisers to teach and facilitate 200 middle school students about leadership and history using Washington, D.C., as a catalyst to learning aligned with national standards
  • Planned programs and continuous improvement events for successful group and team integration within nonprofit organization and for-profit umbrella
  • Developed, wrote and negotiated proposals to National Park Service, Smithsonian and similar entities in the Washington area for events and educational programming

       

Disney Theatrical Productions, New York, NY, July 2002 – April 2003

Guest Relations Manager, New Amsterdam Theatre

  • Responded to all guest communication pieces sent to the theatre ensuring providing high levels of guest service while focused on brand, company and financial results
  • Launched new internal training and branding program for ushers developing stronger Disney brand and corporate culture ties, including incentive and reward programs
  • Hired as first stand-alone Guest Relations manager at the theatre to communicate effectively with patrons, lead crisis communications programs and facilitate stronger brand connection programming with visitors to the theatre
  • Partnered with TicketMaster to train, communicate and implement new ticketing system

      

Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla. May 1998 - July 2002

Guest Relations/Education Coordinator, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla.

  • Certified as Disney trainer and facilitator for multiple positions within the Walt Disney World Resort – including entertainment, resorts and sales development
  • Presented and taught interdisciplinary, experiential learning experiences for middle and high school students using Walt Disney World resort as a catalyst for learning with Disney’s Youth Education Series.
  • Prepared internal training programs for sales coordinators developing team initiatives focused on increased sales and key messages about the Walt Disney World Resort products and services
  • Selected as spokesperson for Walt Disney World sales team for both internal and external clients about specific sales and marketing goals from partners at the resort
  • Arranged, planned, trained and facilitated group visits, ticket sales and packaged programs for massed choir program and education events at the resort reaching audiences of 2,000 nightly during the holiday season.

PROFESSIONAL TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

PC/Mac: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, After Effects, Premiere, Lightroom, Final Cut Pro, RAW, Quark Xpress, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Entourage, Keynote, FileMaker Pro

EDUCATION

Master of Arts, dual emphases: Public Relations and Journalism, Ball State University, May 2008
           Certificate in College and University Teaching

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism (public relations/advertising), Franklin College of Indiana, May 1998