Jesse Ma

Event Manager

Location 15h@2xNew York, NY

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Summary

It was by chance that I entered the world of hospitality as means to put myself through college. I pretty much fell in love right away. I thrived in the ever changing, fast paced atmosphere, the hustling and bustling energy fueled my passion. Being able to interact with so many different types of people, having the ability to put a smile on someone... Read more

It was by chance that I entered the world of hospitality as means to put myself through college. I pretty much fell in love right away. I thrived in the ever changing, fast paced atmosphere, the hustling and bustling energy fueled my passion. Being able to interact with so many different types of people, having the ability to put a smile on someone's face was an intoxicating perk. I've pretty much done it all in the industry, hostess, server, cocktail server, bottle service, reservationist, coordinator... With more than 10 years in the industry, I find myself still eager to learn more.
My passion is what drives me. I take my responsibilities very seriously, and always strive to better myself.

My Dream Job is Director of Events for a major global hospitality company.

Work Experience
  • Event Manager
    VitaeNew York, NY, US
    Apr. 2018 to Present (Less than 1 year)
  • Restaurant Manager
    L'AmicoNew York, NY, US
    Dec. 2017 to Present (Less than 1 year)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - Ensured high standards of service for the restaurant thru training, development, and motivation.
    - Responsible for adhering to the labor budget, staff training, general restaurant maintenance.
    - Monitored daily manager notes/ logs and take action on all key issues and opportunities.
    - Responsible for daily floor service and financial operations.

  • Operations Manager
    Strip HouseNew York, NY, US
    Nov. 2016 to Dec. 2017 (1 year)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - Ensured high standards of service for the restaurant thru training, development, and motivation.
    - Responsible for adhering to the labor budget, staff training, general restaurant maintenance.
    - Directly lead and managed the host/ Maitre'd Department.
    - Monitored daily manager notes/ logs and take action on all key issues and opportunities.
    - Assisted GM and AGM with all administrative tasks as needed.
    - Responsible for daily floor service and financial operations.
    - Maintained weekly beverage inventories.

  • Events Manager/Office Manager
    520 Happy Times Inc.
    Sep. 2013 to Nov. 2016 (3 years and 2 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - Developed, managed and implemented all marketing/promotional activities and strategies.
    - Researched markets to identify opportunities for events and client outreach.
    - Responded to all client/event inquires.
    - Prepared detailed proposals and secured contracts for all private events.
    - Coordinated/managed all aspects of special events.
    - Handled staff hiring/scheduling, light book keeping duties.
    - Performed daily clerical and administrative duties.

  • Front Desk Coordinator
    13th Street Entertainment
    Mar. 2013 to Oct. 2013 (7 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - Managed and scheduled reservations and special events for all three venues.
    - Managed social media for all three venues.
    - Assisted Marketing Director with devlopement and execution of marketing/promotional
    events.
    - Coordinated concierge programs and all other outreach programs.
    - Designed marketing and promotional materials.
    - Provided all general administrative support to all members of the company.

  • Maitre D/ Coordinator
    Jumierah Essex House
    Jun. 2010 to Oct. 2012 (2 years and 4 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - Supervised new personnel: scheduling, training, evaluting staff performance.
    - Coordinated dining reservations and any speical restaurant functions. (i.e. NYE parties, Halloween parties, Fashion Week parties, etc)
    - Prepared coorespondence, reports, forms, vouchers, and various specialized documents.
    - Created all marketing and promotional materials: menus, flyers, press kit, posters, etc.
    - Managed multiple phone lines and handled all guests inquiries.
    - Performed a variety of administrative support duties, and any additonal support to the
    executive team.

  • Reservationist/ cocktail server
    PrannaNew York, NY, US
    Jun. 2009 to Jul. 2010 (1 year)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Coordinated multiple phone lines and scheduled dining reservations.

  • Cocktail/Bottle Server
    2010 to 2010 (Less than 1 year)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Provided excellent service to upscale clientele.

  • Host / Reservationist
    AquavitNew York, NY, US
    Feb. 2008 to Nov. 2008 (9 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Scheduled dining reservations and provided excellent customer service.

Education
Skills

Classic Food / Wine Service

Hospitality / Management Degree

Classic Wine Service Knowledge

Menu development

OpenTable or other

Customer service

POS Systems

Event Management / Organization

Experience in a Fine Dining Establishment

Staff Management of 20

Experience in a High Volume Environment

Staff education / motivation

Staffing / scheduling

Accounting / Bookkeeping

Budgeting

Business Management

Purchasing / ordering

Recruiting / hiring

Customer Service

Reservation System Management

Social Media

Staff Education / Motivation

Hospitality / Management Degree

Vendor Management

Marketing / PR

Web Maintenance

Writing

Microsoft Office

Off-site Event Management

On-site Special Events

Scheduling

Food Safety Knowledge

Staff education / motivation

Inventory

Conflict Resolution

TIPS Certified

Food Safety Knowledge

Basic Floor Service

Spirits/Cocktails Knowledge

Tips Certified

Glassware Knowledge

Inventory

Wine Knowledge

Payroll

Profit And Loss

Conflict Resolution

Interests
Food, wine, dance, yoga, hiking, climbing, singing, traveling
Languages
Mandarin Chinese Fluent
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