Executive Director Non-Profit and Economic Development Organizations: Strategically lead the organization in fulfilling the mission and vision as established by the Moffat County Tourism Association and the Board of County Commissioners. Developed and implemented goals, objectives, policies, programs and priorities by providing operational direction to board, staff and partners. Pursued grants through grant writing, development of corporate fundraising using Sage Fundraising software. Partnered with governmental, public organizations, and private enterprises. Adopted Federal, State and local government operating methods to ensure financial stability and accountability in all areas of the organization. Fortune 100 Sales Director: Lead team of 20 sales representatives driving superior marketplace execution and customer service. Cultivate relationships and manage multiple priorities to make a positive business impact with both large and small format customers. Responsible for $3.6 million in sales across 108 stores with an 8% year-over-year growth in Colorado and Wyoming markets. Fortune 1000 National Sales Director: Co-led development and launch of digital signage sales within the media division of organization. Developed new business resulting in the company’s six largest accounts spread over five verticals with a revenue stream of $4 million over two-year timeframe, locking out competitors through C-Level consultative listening and differentiation methods. Directly responsible for the implementation of three affiliate partner agreements with gross revenue of $2.25 million with year-over-year projected growth at 12%, respectively. Fortune 100 Program Director: Led the development and launch of new diverse product line while reducing $17 million budget to $7.3 million through the elimination of unnecessary application development and creating fast-track implementation process. Spearheaded product launch plan from development through to execution, disseminating market share results, and overall customer satisfaction.
How I can contribute
I am a late comer to the Hemp Fiber world, only stepping into the space in October 2018, but wind me up and watch me go! I am the Co-founder of Planet Nurture, a company in Colorado developing hemp fiber solutions to build affordable housing communities and modeling to be replicated around the world.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
Goodness, we are coming down to the wire on submitting concise technical testing standards for adoption for the upcoming publication of both the ICC and ATSM appendices; therefore, it’s ALL-HANDS-ON-DECK time, folks, and this is but one of the many projects the USHBA is working on! A broad spectrum of work takes place behind the scenes, benefitting members and non-members alike. We’re vigorously studying both anecdotal and science-based benefits of this wondrous plant, and therefore we need to firmly keep our heads down on the hempstone to listen to what the hurd is telling us. Okay, enough play on words; I am trying to say that we need to listen to the plant and each other, and together en masse, we will overcome all obstacles. There is a saying about the future/past and learning from it to be productive in the present; well, I don’t know if that is a saying, but I use it often. We always need to start with the end in mind when developing a product, but we cannot pop into the future to see what lies ahead, however, we certainly know how hemp was used in the past, well more than just a smidge in the past eight thousand years, and therefore we have some solid knowledge to move the ball forward here in the present. Folks, it all comes down to education to effecting change, and change drives collaboration of constituents. So now the dull side of the story and what this education and collaboration come down to and is that the USHBA needs money to lead the way for responsible growth of the entire hemp building industry. The consumer will not embrace a product unless it is functional, has a real purpose, is not overpriced so that the concept is out of reach of the average consumer. Might I add in hemp’s situation, many don’t know it’s a plausible option to fulfill their product requirements. In the future, hemp will touch almost every product; unfortunately, snapping our fingers won’t make this happen; we must educate everyone, and therefore this monetary component will always be an ask from its membership. As demonstrated in a couple of paragraphs above, my strength does not lie in comedy but lies in almost two decades of work in the non-profit sector. These opportunities include running extensive fundraising campaigns, as well grant and technical writing. Additionally, I have worked both as an Executive Director and Board member and understand the only way to succeed was to ask for help from our constituents. I would humbly request that after learning a bit about my background that you will lend me your vote so that I can help the USHBA succeed in all its endeavors through the creation of successful fundraising campaigns, grant proposals/management; gifts, and the development of fundraising events ensuring the USHBA financial sustainability for years to come. Cheers!