My CV

Experienced Tourism & Destination Management Specialist 
English & French Proficiency - Based in Athens, Greece

Mobile: +30 697 185 4540          Email: s.denizot@gmail.com

Accomplished tourism & destination management specialist, with over 10 years of global experience, seeking exciting new opportunities in the Greek market. Specialized in event management and business development. 


Fluent in English and French, and learning Greek. Currently based in Athens. 

Sales and Business Development & Travel Designer                                                                                                         Seez Travel at Algean Group

May 2017 to January 2018                                                                                                                                                                         Athens, Greece

  • Greek DMC & International Travel Agent specialized in luxury and bespoke travel & lifestyle design

  • VIP Client Travel Designer

  • Sales and Business Development Manger 

  • Focus on building new B2B, B2C, and supplier relationships; developing and implementing new organizational systems and structure; head of marketing and company communication; training and development of team; developing and implementing business & sales strategies.

Project Development                                                                                                                                                               Tertsa Yoga / Tertsa Retreat

Ongoing                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tertsa, Crete, Greece

  • Development and Construction of Sea View Suites and Sea View Yoga Shala in Tertsa, Crete. 

  • Organizing and selling Yoga Holiday Retreats

  • Co-teaching yoga classes in Ierapetra, Mirtos and Tertsa, Crete. 

  • For more details on Tertsa Yoga - click here.

Communications and PR Manager                                                                                                        Cumbancha & Putumayo World Music Labels
October 2014 to August 2015                                                                                                                                                  Charlotte, Vermont, USA

  • Manage relationships with and service press and radio for both labels.

  • Pitch and schedule interviews, features and performances highlighting Putumayo & Cumbancha artists and releases.

  • Maintain and expand extensive contact database; includes both internet and phone-based research.

  • Utilizing database to maximize label outreach for concerts, tours, album releases, and artist promotion.

  • Maintain and update label and artist website

  • Create content for and coordinate both labels' social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Write press releases, artists bios, and website blog posts.

President & Founder                                                                                                                                                                                     Barefoot Liberia
November 2008 to April 2014                                                                                                                                                                 Monrovia, Liberia

  • Created first tour company in post-conflict Liberia.

  • Tripled our minimal initial investment in profits in 2 years.

  • Built and drove all branding and marketing including social media, web development, and design.

  • Designed and delivered training course for local hired tour guides.

  • Featured in the BBC World Service, Washington Times, NPR, and Voice of America.

  • Hosted first cruise ships to stop in Monrovia, including the inaugural visit of the National Geographic Explorer, marking the largest number of tourists in Liberia at any one time since prior to the civil war. Responsible for inviting and coordinating the visit of Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai on the ship.

  • Hosted celebrity, VIP, and diplomatic guests in Liberia, including actress Emma Thompson and business mogul Robert Johnson.

  • Developed, organized, locked in sponsorship for, promoted, sold, and oversaw all logistics for three major river rafting events, large weekend beach parties, mini music festivals, organization team building days and many other events that welcomed over 150+ residents of Monrovia, expatriates and Liberians.

Head Consultant & Co-Founder                                                                                                                                                          In Country Experts
September 2013 to April 2014                                                                                                                                                                 Monrovia, Liberia

  • Co-Founded private consultancy firm in Liberia that focused on communications, marketing and unique problem solving in the dynamic environment of West Africa

  • Worked with a variety of clients including: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Waves 4 Water, Action Aid, United States Agency for International Development, Building Markets, Maersk Group, Cellcom Telecommunications, Monrovia Visitors Map.

On Ground Logistics and Operations Project Manager                                                                                                                           PartnersGlobal
September 2012                                                                                                                                                                                          Monrovia, Liberia

  • Assisted in the 2 year process of design and budget development of a US Department of State funded West African regional conference on the security sector reform and human security to be held in Liberia in September, 2012

  • Won contract as sole on ground logistics and operations manager for entire planning and implementation of conference in Liberia, which also included booking and coordinating 58 international flights, hosting with hotels and transport all 84 participants, etc.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Media Consultant                                                                                                              APM Terminals
September 2010 to August 2011                                                                                                                                                              Monrovia, Liberia

  • Head hunted for position

  • Managed relationships with local media

  • Built one year CSR plan and planned $80,000+ budget

  • Communicated to stakeholders and Liberian residents on the benefits of the privatization of the Freeport of Monrovia.

  • Event and CSR project planning and implementation, including a large football tournament for the all the port communities (most overpopulated and underprivileged neighborhoods in Liberia).

  • Design and management of the Employee and Community Training Center – involved initiating a unique partnership with APM Terminals and an international non-profit organization  focused on Small and Medium Enterprise development.

  • Managed and organized first visit to concessioned port by President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

  • General fixer including setting up meetings with other major international concessions, finding apartments.

Founding Editor In Chief/Marketing Director/Writer                                                                                        Baker Pearson Communications Inc.
March 2009 to June 2010                                                                                                                                                                        Monrovia, Liberia

  • Founding Editor In Chief for Business Liberia Magazine, a quarterly full-color glossy international publication.

  • Conceptualized and executed initial editorial platform, creating the first business magazine in Liberia.

  • Designed content, proofed editorial and final layouts, controlled and managed budget. Featured columns from well-known New York Times writer Jonathan Hicks, and interviews with American billionaire Bob Johnson and Liberian telecommunications giant Emmanuel Shaw.

  • Marketing Director for Business Liberia and Liberia Travel & Life Magazine; focused on international readership, web development, social media, event planning, and public relations.

  • Wrote for both travel and business publications, including research-based, travel, and interview-based writing.

Communication and Management Consultant Volunteer                                       Self Help Initiative for Sustainable Development  (SHIFSD)
September 2008 to December 2008                                                                                                                                                    Monrovia, Liberia

  • Volunteered with local non-profit organization.

  • Organized and developed donor relations and partnerships with international NGOs and the United Nations. Resulted in a contract signed with international non-profit organization, IBIS West Africa at the end of my three month volunteer period.

  • Directed the development of strategic short-term and long-term plans of action, including internal delegation of responsibilities.

  • Developed brochures and portfolio for marketing.

  • Improved website to match current situation; resulted in increase of volunteers working with the SHIFSD.

Villa Sales Specialist                                                                                                                                                                                Luxury Retreats Inc.
December 2007 to September 2008                                                                                                                                                   Montreal, Canada

  •  Vacation sale rentals

  • Dealt directly with high end clients, making individual sales from $1500 to $40,000.

Senior Account Executive                                                                                                                                                                                Marcus Evans
May 2007 to December 2007                                                                                                                                                               Montreal, Canada

  • Business to Business cold calling sales to European and North American Defense, Aerospace, and Military Markets.

  • Generated leads through extensive internet research.

 
 

Volunteer Yoga Teacher                                                                                                                                                                                        The World

Continuous                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Global

  • Teacher of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga to all ages including senior citizens 

  • Led free classes five mornings a week for 6 months to locals and expats in Monrovia, Liberia

  • Led and assisted with free chair yoga for senior citizens from the local community in Tertsa, Crete; once per week for three months. 

Career Coach                                                                                                                        Career Ready Program - STARZ College of Technology

January 2014 - April 2014                                                                                                                                                                       Monrovia, Liberia

  • Weekly office hours training students one on one to prepare their CVs, how to look for jobs, how to prepare for interviews, assist planning their career goals. 

  • Invited and Organized local entrepreneurs to speak to students on career and dream building. 

Marketing Director                                                                                                                                                                          Liberia Marathon 2013
9 Month Project Period 2013                                                                                                                                                                  Monrovia, Liberia

  • Volunteer position. Led all marketing efforts for second international marathon in Liberia. Designed all marketing material including banners, billboards, posters, and t-shirts.

  • Supported fundraising efforts and securing corporate sponsorship


Adaptive Program Ski Instructor                                                                                                                              SNAP Program, Smuggler’s Notch
November 2011 - February 2012                                                                                                                                                 Jeffersonville, Vermont

  • Taught skiing to children and young adults with disabilities (autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and physical handicaps)


Event Organizer                                                                                                                                                                                     First Fridays Liberia
 January 2010 - November 2011                                                                                                                                                             Monrovia, Liberia

  • Along with 3 other team members, we planned, organized, and secured corporate sponsorship for quarterly Business Networking Events in Monrovia Liberia in order to facilitate a healthy and inclusive business market in the developing country's capital. 

VOLUNTEER & EXTRA CURRICULAR

English Written and Spoken
French Written and Spoken

Currently learning Greek

 

Website Design
Basic Graphic Design
Advanced datebase knowledge including in house CRM softwares and Filemaker
Advanced Web Research Training
Strong social media skills
MS Office

 
COMPUTER SKILLS
Education

Bachelors in Commerce                                                                                                                                                                     Concordia University
2003-2007                                                                                                                                                                                              Montreal, Canada

  • Major in Marketing at John Molson School of Business

  • All electives focused on art history, including history of music, visual arts, and dance. 

Certificate in Arts and Graphic Design                                                                                                                              Burlington Technical Center
2001 to 2002                                                                                                                                                                                                 Vermont, USA

 
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