This page is totally self-serving. Okay, the entire blog is—I admitted that in the initial post. In any case, I’m a pretty decent marketer and writer and would be glad to do some freelance work to help your business succeed. My LinkedIn profile is at, but here’s my full resume for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to send me a note and we can talk about how my talents can be used to help your business.

Dawn Crowe
Location: Northern Virginia


Creative, energetic, results oriented marketing and communications professional with proven expertise in branding; strategic planning; copy writing; Web site management; customer relations; and new product research and development. MBA degree. 

  • Written communication      
  • Strategic planning   
  • Creative messaging
  • Event promotion and development
  • Devising innovative tactics
  • Branding     
  • Customer service
  • E-commerce initiatives
  • Leadership and mentoring
  • Marketing research and tactics
  • Social media           
  • Project management
  • Vendor management
  • Collaboration
  • Effective targeting                                         


    CSG Creative
    Senior Account Executive                                        2009 to present

    Provide account services and oversee management of projects for multiple clients including scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Develop marketing plans and tactics to increase revenue and attendance at annual conferences; write copy and messaging for direct and electronic mail campaigns; consult on Web site navigation and content; and oversee production of design collateral.


    • Developed messaging, recommended innovative tactics, segmented the audience for customized messages, and consulted on overall marketing strategy for the National Apartment Association’s annual conference. Registration numbers for the 2010 conference exceeded goals.
    • Wrote a strategic marketing plan for the conventions run by the American Association for Justice. The plan included background history and analysis, goals, metrics, and a comprehensive list of tactics. Developed messaging for electronic and direct mail campaigns.
    • Created innovative promotions for the International Dairy Foods Association. Collected lists from trade partners and coded them for detailed measurement. Oversaw the design and content of the client’s Web site and the e-mail and direct mail campaigns, and assisted staff with exhibitor sales.
    • Consulted on the brand development, Web site, and marketing tools of a new entity, the Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership (CEIL). Collaborated with CEIL’s President to create and implement a multi-channel plan for launching the organization’s Web site and conference.

    American Staffing Association                                                
    Director of Marketing                                                 2007 to 2009

    Responsible for generating revenue from events and products; developing and executing marketing strategies; writing electronic and direct mail promotional copy; supervising staff; assisting in product and event development and pricing; assisting membership team with marketing tactics; maintaining schedules; reviewing proofs; and budget planning.


    • Led a staff working group and created a strategic plan for branding and increasing awareness of ASA via social media channels.
    • Assisted in the implementation of and branded a new e-learning platform.
    • Oversaw the marketing initiatives for the annual convention as well as the other educational programs including two legal and recruiting conferences and a Webinar program.
    • Revised Web pages for all products, membership, and the certification program, added excerpts and additional resource links, and improved organization of information.
    • Developed a strategic marketing plan for the certification program, created new direct mail pieces, branded the program, and increased awareness among members and their clients. 
    • Instituted a system of source code tracking and used the results to improve tactics.
    • Decreased marketing expenses by negotiating with vendors.

    Community Associations Institute                    
    Marketing Director                                                        2002 to 2007
    Marketing Manager                                                       2000 to 2002

    Responsible for building the brand; developing marketing plans; analyzing research to make recommendations and formulate initiatives; generating revenue from and content for the Web site; drafting copy and developing effective promotional pieces; maintaining schedules and reviewing proofs; supervising staff; developing new products; developing and promoting events; and budget planning.


    • Developed marketing plans and led teams that implemented plans for the key areas of the organization.
      • Results of marketing initiatives for the educational program for managers include a 50% increase in overall registrations and a 420% increase in online revenue.
      • Results of marketing initiatives for national conferences include an increase in attendance of 17%.
      • Results of marketing initiatives for publications include a 19% increase in overall sales and a 240% increase in online revenue.
      • Wrote new membership brochures and Web site pages resulting in a 4% increase in overall memberships and a 382% increase in online membership revenue.
    • Key member and team leader of several task forces responsible for the elements of a new business model—the member value initiative—including devising a new membership structure, developing new products and services, implementing a new database, and creating a new brand image. Membership increased from 16,000 to over 28,000 as a result of the initiative.
    • As manager of the organization’s Web site, I increased Web site visits by more than 600,000 (163%) per year and increased Web site revenue by more than $521,000 (363%) per year by improving customers’ experiences, revising critical pages, optimizing tags and content for superior search engine placement, improving architecture, and responding to needs based on site usage reports.
    • Took the initiative to redesign the Web site of the company’s affiliate organization—The National Board of Certification for Community Managers. As project manager, I developed the architecture and navigation and wrote the content. The number of visitors to the site increased 35% after the redesign.

    Graduate School
    Full Time Graduate Student and Internships         1998 to 2000

    Cleveland Lumberjacks Hockey Team                       
    Assistant Game Operations Director/ Ticket Executive  1995 to 1998

    Accountable for the implementation and design of promotional activities for corporate partners and special events. Also, accountable for setting up, scheduling and supervising game operations; obtaining sales goals for season ticket holders; and providing superior customer service.


    • Created new programs, which led to a 130% increase in group revenue after the first year and was the first to reach individual sales goal in 1998.
    • Effectively conceived and implemented innovative promotional schemes that increased attendance and drove traffic to our corporate partners.
    • Organized and supervised a post game concert each season while decreasing the costs of the concert and increasing attendance.


    Master of Business Administration                                    2000
    University of Delaware, Newark, DE                                                        

    Bachelor of Science in Biology                                              1991
    Roanoke College, Salem, VA


    American Marketing Association Marketing Madness Awards:

    • Membership Retention Campaign—2006 Finalist

    Society of National Association Publications (SNAP) Awards:

    • Convention Publications, Convention Marketing Campaign—2003 and 2008 Gold Award

    American Society of Association Executives Gold Circle Awards:

    • Product/Service Marketing (Single Collateral)—2001 Winner

    American Marketing Association

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