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I’ve been on the Internet since 1991 using Prodigy’s dial up service on my 1200 baud modem. BBS was my first taste of social media and I knew back then that powerful communication tools were in the horizon. From 1997-2002, I worked with some amazing Internet start-ups including one of the first online casinos. I’ve been working from home the past few years, freelancing and working on various projects, including events and social media consulting. I’m also a travel planner for The Vacation Store in Mission Viejo, CA.
Current Projects Include:
- Launched BigTrain’s blog http://www.bigtrain.com/blog
- Produced BigTrain’s 20 year anniversary video http://www.youtube.com/bigtrain
- Launched TinyTechie’s blog http://TinyTechie.com
- Social Media Manager for the Maddie James Foundation | Twitter: @maddiejamesfdtn
- Fundraising events for SaveOurBeach.org and Maddie James Foundation
- Launched FoodTruckNoms http://FoodTruckNoms.com
- Sound Engineer for an elementary school in Irvine: mix live sound for musicals
Social Media Summary: (as of 1.28.2012)
- Active on Twitter for over 2 years @maryannewendt w/ 5,300+ followers
- Klout score 65
- Ranked #40 on Twitterholic on the Top 100 in Orange County list.
- Tweet Grader score: 100 out of 100.
- Facebook 1900+ friends
- Active on LinkedIn, Google+, Empire Avenue (e)MAPW, Yelp, Foursquare, YouTube, Posterous, DailyMile, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest – social media links at http://about.me/maryanne
- Blogger – Content about family, social media and technology: www.MaryAnneWendt.com
- Whrrl Rrcks! Reposted by Whrrl on their business blog: http://maryannewendt.com/2010/10/04/693/
- What Are QR Codes? http://maryannewendt.com/2011/01/29/what-are-qr-codes/
- Beach Cleanup: http://maryannewendt.com/2011/03/21/beach-cleanup-at-seal-beach/
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Act, MS Project, Visio, Social networking, project management, web producer, video production, travel & event planning, trade shows, public relations, marketing, WordPress, PhotoShop, anything Apple and techie, everything purple.
Travel Planner, Family Travel & Cruise Specialist at The Vacation Store
May 2011 – present
I decided to continue sharing my passion with travel and help others with their vacation planning. My favorite places that I’ve been to and love to help with plans are Oahu/Hawaii, Negril/Jamaica and Cancun & Riviera Maya/Mexico. I can also offer Sandals & Beaches and many other all-inclusive resorts for your next vacation! We specialize in cruises but I enjoy helping plan vacations everywhere, especially families traveling with small children. There’s lots to look out for when traveling with little ones. I can help! We have taken our kids on many trips.
Travel Planner, Group & Family Travel Specialist at The Travel Store
October 2008 – December 2010 (2 years 3 months)
I get to combine my passion for travel and event planning. I provide corporate travel and event planning services. I also specialize in family vacations and traveling with children. Whether it’s a quick trip or a complex event for thousands, I have the project management and event planning expertise to pull it off. Insured, creative, and experienced.
1 recommendation available
IT Recruiter at KoreOne IT Staffing
August 2007 – June 2008 (11 months)
Technical recruiter for KoreOne IT Staffing.
Event Planner at Accutrac Software
March 2006 – June 2006 (4 months)
Ochestrated event details for a conference held at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. Managed the event budget, conference registrations, travel arrangements, hotel room arrangements, audio/visual details and event program. Planned the banquet and handled all VIP arrangements.
2 recommendations available
Author/Publisher at Wendt Publishing
June 2001 – April 2005 (3 years 11 months)
Self published author of the BrideGuide™ Wedding Organizer, a ring-bound wedding planner for brides and was sold on Amazon.com for two years.
Operations Manager at Nirvana Wireless Solutions
April 2004 – November 2004 (8 months)
Managed all day to day operations for a wireless solutions provider. In addition to setting up the business, I managed all customer interaction, order placement, sales tracking, inventory management, purchase orders, and accounts receivable. Assumed Account Manager role, responsible for sales and customer service for key accounts. Also assumed Web Project Manager role, overseeing launch of website and ongoing maintenance.
Web Project Manager at Perks.com
March 2000 – June 2001 (1 year 4 months)
Worked with a team of artists, integrators and engineers to produce web solutions for a loyalty and incentives company. Worked closely with resources to meet deadlines. Participated in the QA process prior to every launch. Internal projects included producing the company Intranet and implementing a collaborative solution for all project managers. Responsible for the setup and administration of MS Project Central. Client projects included writing technical requirements, proposals and PowerPoint presentations. Exceeded expectations of clients such as Dr Pepper, Citicorp and many others.
3 recommendations available
Executive Assistant at eSystems Design
October 1999 – March 2000 (6 months)
Assisted key executives. Managed schedules, made travel arrangements, created Power Point presentations, took Executive minutes, created and implemented operational policies and procedures. Assisted web development group with graphic design for web, collateral and major proposals. Scheduled projects and arranged executive meetings. Also served as the company’s Event Coordinator, managing all trade shows and company parties.
Project Coordinator at Lockheed Martin
October 1998 – October 1999 (1 year 1 month)
Maintained Project Schedule for the software development team. Provided assistance with technical writing of software modules to documentation. Created Power Point presentations and Visio diagrams. Conducted software demonstrations & training sessions for new users. Updated online documentation for company Intranet. One year contract position.
Sales Coordinator at Epoch Internet
March 1998 – October 1998 (8 months)
Provided administrative support and generated leads via Internet research for the sales team of a major ISP. Prepared weekly forecasts and regional sales reports for management. Performed competitive studies on the Internet for marketing strategies. Created manuals to introduce new Epoch Agents to company program. Created and maintained the department’s Intranet to provide
team info and events calendar.
Executive Assistant to CFO and PR Coordinator at World Wide Web Casinos
January 1997 – March 1998 (1 year 3 months)
Provided administrative support to the CFO of one of the first Internet casinos. Composed meeting agendas, memos, meeting minutes, and status reports. Responded to daily email from investors and inquiries on company web site. Provided technical support to customers requiring assistance with CD-ROM. Served as media contact during boxing events promoting World Wide Web Casinos. Handled all ticketing through TicketMaster and managed VIP arrangements.
Learning Tree University (LTU) Certificate, Microsoft Project 2000/Project Central, 2000 – 2001
California State University-Fullerton 1988 – 1990
Technology, gadgets, iPhone, editing movies on my MacBook Pro, photography, arts & crafts, event planning, surfing, hanging out at the beach with my family and travel.
“Mary Anne shows creativity and dedication to any project given. She excels at working with many different types of personalities in the business. I have trust and confidence in her work.”
— Adrianne Fredricks, Benefits Administrator, The Wet Seal, Inc., worked indirectly for MaryAnne at Accutrac Software
“Mary Anne is an awesome event planner. The national user group conference she did for Accutrac was the best we’ve ever had. Her attention to detail and her great personality made this a memorable occasion for our clients.”
— Jim Wendt, was MaryAnne’s client
“I had the pleasure of working with MaryAnne at Perks. MaryAnne’s work ethic is professional, experienced, and contagious. She has a passion and flare that exceeds expectations and brings about success on any project she tackles. Her leadership abilities are fueled by experience and her dedication to continued learning within her industry. It was inspiring working alongside MaryAnne, who’s consistent commitment to the clients success was paramount. I would highly recommend MaryAnne, and would be happy to provide more details on the many projects we worked on together.”
— Len Morales, Jr., Director, Website Production, Perks, Inc., managed MaryAnne at Perks.com
“Without hesitation I would recommend Mary Anne to work on your web production team. As a web producer she is technically savvy and highly creative. She has an excellent work ethic. She is always on time and on target with the project. To each project she brings her passion, commitment and excellent interpersonal skills.”
— Alison Cook-Ross, MA, LMFT, Project Director, Perks.com, managed MaryAnne at Perks.com
“In the time I worked with Mary Anne I found her to be very well organized, a great problem solver, someone who was very focused on building strong relationships, with customers and also with the internal marketing, account management, creative and software development groups. I found her very effective and a pleasure to work with.”
— Kevin Boulas, Chief Technology Officer, Ongain, managed MaryAnne at Perks.com
“You’re truly A Class Act!!! From beginning to end, everyone in the ‘group’ felt the personalized service as you would find only in a World Class Travel Agency. The added care you had for my people of returning every phone call or text ever so quickly, to accommodating last minute changes, was a tribute to your ‘passion to make every trip a heavenly experience’. Without a doubt, you’ve separated yourself from almost ALL so-called Group Travel Agencies out there because of your Pride in Personalized Service. Our company’s travel future just became brighter because of our Association with you and your firm…”
– Jun Dela Cruz, Senior Vice Chairman, WFG, MaryAnne’s travel customer at Travel Store