Sarah Whitman

Communications professional seeking part time employment in the service industry where I can bring my experience working for food and beverage brands in a customer facing role. Passionate about cooking and has spent the past two years blogging about food and restaurants. Experienced with problem solving in fast paced environments.

Location 15h@2xGreater Chicago Area

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Summary

Graduate of Loyola University Chicago, city girl, wine drinker, pasta maker, PR enthusiast.
With experience working in advertising, marketing, event planning, merchandising, public relations and social media marketing I am most passionate about developing consumer brands and telling business innovative stories. Living by the work hard play ha... Read more

Graduate of Loyola University Chicago, city girl, wine drinker, pasta maker, PR enthusiast.
With experience working in advertising, marketing, event planning, merchandising, public relations and social media marketing I am most passionate about developing consumer brands and telling business innovative stories. Living by the work hard play hard motto seizing every opportunity to engage with the enriching Chicago community.

I am currently training in the Cicerone Certification Program and have started experimenting with craft beer innovations and home brewing. After calling Minneapolis, Chicago, Rome, Milan and New York home, I would like to share a diverse perspective on the things which are the most inspiring to me everyday. Through my blog topics you’ll find conversations on recipes, restaurants, travel, shopping and food and beverage trends.

My Dream Job is To assist with events, social media marketing, branding and reservations to ensure customers have the most enriching service experience.

Work Experience
  • Fellow

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies
    May. 2016 to Present (7 months)
  • Internship

    Olson Engage
    Jan. 2016 to May. 2016 (4 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Compiled weekly and monthly monitoring reports tracking key benchmarks and press coverage for Wrigley and SkinnyPop.
    Initiated a checklist to update the brand master tracker while being the first to flag coverage to be presented to the brand team.Coordinated social listening summaries and identified influencer outreach opportunities for MillerCoors beer brands.
    Secured coverage for the Extra Gum team’s Gallery Proposal pitching project which earned 87,175,863 total impressions. Formed media lists and drafted pitch materials and secured national, top-tier coverage for SkinnyPop and Leinenkugel’s earning 8,175,553 impressions. Conducted research on competitive industry landscape and category trends for Wrigley Media Bureau brands. Researched and organized event logistics for MillerCoors’ Henry’s Hard Soda nationwide event series.

  • Account Coordinator

    M Booth
    Sep. 2014 to Mar. 2016 (1 year and 6 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Developed relationships with media with in national media outlets for Lutron Electronics, Schwan’s and Kelley Blue Book. Facilitated the execution of PR campaigns by completing research, building media lists, writing pitch materials, monitoring, producing business materials, client relations and arranging events.Collected new business research materials for team brainstorms to develop forward thinking plans and marketing strategies for the agency’s new businesses.

  • Sales Representative

    Club Monaco
    Sep. 2013 to May. 2014 (8 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Worked to sell a line of women's clothing by arranging appropriate looks for the store's diverse clientele. Developed relationships with shoppers to increase customer's store loyalty, repeat purchases and sales of the rotating apparel lines. Earned top volume seller status at the women's store at 900 N. Michigan Ave reaching daily sales of $8,000. Engaged with customers and team members to make the shopper’s experience friendly and entertaining.

    Awards:
    Top Seller of the Week
Education
  • Advertising and Public Relations
    Aug. 2010 to May. 2014

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    Bachelor of Arts Degree

    Summary

    Minor in Italian and Marketing

Skills

Pasta Cooking

Pasta making

Food Styling

Ticket Management

Ability To Lift 40+ Lbs

Beer Knowledge

Regional Expertise - Italy

Inventory

List Creation

Conflict Resolution

Customer service

Event Management / Organization

Experience in a High Volume Environment

Accounting / Bookkeeping

Payroll

Budgeting

Conflict Resolution

Customer Service

Social Media

Marketing / PR

Merchandising

Writing

Microsoft Office

Certifications & Courses
Interests
Brewing , Food, Fashion , Musical Theater, Comedy, Flim
Languages
Italian Fluent
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