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Diane E. Collins • Norco, California • (909) 319-4256 • Diane@DianeECollins.com
Highly accomplished, multitalented business leader seeking opportunities to provide administrative support, event and meeting planning, and association management as an independent contractor or employee.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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Owner

Norco Area Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director

Plannernet & GCG Event Partners
Meeting Manager

SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association)
Council Relations Director
Trade Shows Specialist
Show Coordinator
Show Coordinator (Show Management)
Marketing & Communications Assistant


Wes-Coast Marketing
Outside Sales Representative

California-Nevada Section,
American Water Works Association
Interim Program Manager

Truckin' Magazine
Editorial Assistant

University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors
Operations Assistant

By Dizign, Norco, California

Owner

  • Under the company name of By Dizign, I provide administrative support, event planning, meeting management, and association management services as an independent contractor.
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Norco Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, Norco, California, www.norcoareachamber.org

Executive Director

  • Provide management, administrative, event planning, and marketing services to the Chamber, under the direction of the Board of Directors.
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Plannernet, www.plannernet.com
GCG Event Partners, www.gcgeventpartners.com

Meeting Manager

  • Provide meeting management services as an independent contractor.
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SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association), Diamond Bar, California (1998-2007), www.sema.org

Trade association representing more than 7,000 companies in the specialty automotive aftermarket.

SEMA: Council Relations Director (2004-2007)

As association liaison to industry volunteer leadership, managed individual trade groups (councils), representing motorsports manufacturers; light-truck accessory, sport compact and automotive restoration industry companies; and women in the automotive aftermarket.

  • Produced three-day "Media Trade Conference," increasing growth of exhibitor participation by 30%, and media participation by 15% each year. Responsible for all aspects of the conference, including exhibitor and attendee promotion, sponsorship sales, registration, meeting scheduling, all on-site logistics, coordination with facility staff, and supervision of additional on-site staff.
  • Consistently exceeded sales goals for membership, event/program participation and sponsorships. Grew membership in each group annually from between 4 to 12 percent.
  • Developed annual council and event budgets; executed projects and programs within each group's individual budget, under strict timelines.
  • Produced receptions, breakfasts, networking events and meetings. Responsible for all aspects of each event, including themes, setup, promotion, script writing, coordination with facility staff, and acting as emcee.
  • Produced seminar program to educate consumers and promote council-member companies.
  • Hosted focus groups and panel discussions, providing valuable industry insights to members.
  • Published a printed guidelines manual designed to help new companies succeed in the industry, ensuring the document's ease-of-use, grammatical accuracy and compliance to legal requirements and anti-trust laws.
  • Participated in the development of a departmental manual governing the policies and procedures of councils.
  • Wrote and edited council-related articles in the association's and external publications.
  • Provided regular reports on council activities to executive management team and board of directors, communicating accomplishments and potential challenges.
  • Launched program to communicate with race sanctioning bodies regarding technical rules.
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During my employment at SEMA, I spent three years in the show department, first as a member of the show management team, then as a coordinator for the projects produced in-house when show management was again contracted to an outside company, then was promoted to specialist with different duties and additional responsibilities.

SEMA: Trade Shows Specialist (2001-2004)

  • Managed the production and content of exhibitor directories and other printed materials for association-produced trade shows, ensuring on-time publication and content accuracy.
  • Collaborated with the electronic communications department to develop new trade show website, including content and functionality.
  • Participated on the development team of show-related exhibitor and attendee marketing collateral.
  • Managed multiple special projects on behalf of the Vice President, Sales & Marketing.
  • Provided content for exhibitor manuals and coordinated production with show management team.
  • Managed photography of more than 1,200 new products showcase entries over a 3-day period.
  • Assisted Special Events Administrator with the production of meetings and banquets.

SEMA: Show Coordinator (2001)

  • Provided telephone and email assistance to trade show attendees, fielding as many as 80-100 calls and 50-75 email messages per day.
  • Managed special events ticket order entry and fulfillment with 100 percent accuracy.
  • Assisted with exhibitor directories and other show-related materials, including all copy editing.
  • Assisted with exhibitor contract processing, space assignments and floor plan modifications.

SEMA: Show Coordinator/Show Management(2000-2001)

Member of the show management team for the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and other association trade shows during the time when SEMA produced its shows in-house rather than outsourcing to a show management company.

  • Directed all aspects of media registration promotion and approval.
  • Coordinated all exhibitor press conferences.
  • Performed floor management duties on-site, including enforcement of display rules and regulations, and providing assistance to exhibitors as requested.
  • Oversaw setups of various show features, including media centers and new products showcases.
  • Executed additional special projects and events as needed.
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SEMA: Marketing & Communications Assistant (1998-2000)

  • Provided administrative support to the Vice President, Marketing & Communications, and other department managers.
  • Served as editor of the association's weekly electronic newsletter.
  • Contributed editorial and photographic content to the association's printed magazines.
  • Proofread and copyedited association's annual Membership Directory and show directories.
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Wes-Coast Marketing, Upland, California

Outside Sales Representative (2007-2008)

  • Outside sales representative of twenty lines of specialty automotive equipment, primarily for light trucks, promoting sales and providing service to warehouse distributors and jobbers.
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California-Nevada Section, American Water Works Association, Rancho Cucamonga, California

Interim Program Manager (2008)

  • Managed planning and coordination of educational offerings.
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Truckin' Magazine, Anaheim, California

Editorial Assistant

  • Researched and wrote feature and technical articles, buyer's guides, and a monthly column.
  • Served as calendar editor and new products editor.
  • Attended, photographed and reported on special events.
  • Responsible for grammatical accuracy and consistency of each issue.
  • Provided secretarial support to magazine staff, including directing departmental mail, answering telephones, general correspondence.
  • Served as relief receptionist for publishing company, operating a 15-line switchboard with approximately 50 extensions.
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University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Anaheim, California

Operations Assistant

  • Provided clerical and administrative support to Project Managers, including correspondence, contract change estimates, billings and lien releases, purchase orders, submittals, creating and maintaining spreadhseets, and maintaining job files.
  • Assisted Accounting Department with payroll and accounts payable.
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