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Date Listed 28-Feb-17
Address 2044 Waters Edge Dr, Oakville, ON L6L 1A4, Canada
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Job Offered By Individual
Company John Serre
Job Type Full-Time
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JOHN SERRE
OAKVILLE, ON
(905) 599-4866, johnrobertserre@gmail.com

http://ca.linkedin.com/in/john-serre-9a565619

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
 Over 20 years B2B and B2C sales experience within various sectors: technology, industrial power products as well as retail; customer service focus, strong sales support, comfortable with negotiations, results driven, registered member of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada

 Marketing expertise in web site development, print design and conception, HTML marketing, Social Media, CD ROM/DVD profile creation, advertising and media buying, communications, presentations, and public realtions

 Strong business administrator, extensive project management, operations optimization, 10 years of logistics and technical purchasing; experience in budgeting, managing P&L, fundraising, trade shows and events management

 Excellent communication skills both oral and written; RFP and RFQ experience, contract and proposal writing, and technical writing; with Emcee, Trainer and Host experience; community relations and networking comprehension

 Flexible and versatile, poised under pressure, sense of humour, diplomatic and tactful, comfortable working on own, with professionals, non-professionals and volunteers

 Computer savvy; web site creator software, dBase, POS, Quick Books, Microsoft Office Suite, Business Plan Pro, SAP, CRM, Business Vision, inventory planning and management software

EMPLOYMENT
EVENT VOLUNTEER COORDIANTOR / EVENTS MANAGEMENT
BRONTE BIA – CANADA DAY FESTIVAL 2016

MARKETING SPECIALIST/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 2012 – 2014
ICT POWER CORPORATION, BURLINGTON, ON
 Performed role within Inside Sales selling component and power conversion assemblies before being promoted within a 6 month period into the Marketing role supporting ICT’s 6 industrial power companies; bought for sale, tracked and informed client from inquiry to time of arrival and account management
 Defined customer verticals and re-established contact with obsolescent customer accounts, closing new sales with more than one third of these customers
 Created marketing plan and managed all digital media, print collateral, product offering line cards, catalogues, multi-layered highly technical website and press releases; participated in industry trade shows
 Researched, created written components and launched an Electrical Counterfeit Awareness Program highlighting buyers questions and answers thereby strengthening the organization’s guarantee to customers and heightened the organization’s integrity

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 2010 – 2012
HUMM MUSIC CANADA, OAKVILLE, ON
 Developed business solutions for clients within the arts/music sector with respect to marketing, advertising, web design, audio systems, digital media, media buying, dBase development and events management. Clients included: RIVER16 Inc. Recording Studio and CJ’s Café

EVENT OPERATIONS COORDINATOR (CONTRACT) 2009
BURLINGTON SOUND OF MUSIC FESTIVAL, BURLINGTON, ON
 Managed various operations of one of the Top 10 music festivals in Canada; created a Logistics Operations Manual for use by subsequent event staff, operations liaison with volunteers and volunteer chair coordinators
 Supported the Marketing Manager by designing an HTML newsletter prototype and a broadcast email program; arranged, ordered and distributed all festival signage including road signs, sponsor assistance and vendor liaison for operational power requirements, direct volunteer logistics team for operations requirements,
 Liaised with City of Burlington officials regarding fireworks, police, fire fighter and EMS requirements  

PROVISIONING/LOGISTICS COORDINATOR 2006 – 2008
NETWORK CABLING SERVICE, OAKVILLE, ON
 Dispatched a team of 30 Technicians for both local and national cable installations
 Achieved better than contract compliance IBM installs with national key clients such as: McDonald’s, Wendy’s and KFC thereby saving both time and money
 Managed an inventory valued at $8M and involving over 1500 SKU technical inventories on a local, national and international level; instituted proper purchasing practices for model inventory and promotional buying thereby saving 12% on the bottom line
 Investigated and introduced a full barcode scanned real time inventory for all components which significantly increased the accuracy of inventory

GENERAL MANAGER 2002 – 2005
DATANET COMMUNICATIONS, BURLINGTON, ON
 Drove B2B sales for Information Technology products and services; liaised with key decision makers to present needs assessments and solutions to optimize performance. Customer relation focus, all clients
 Managed marketing programs including local mail-outs and incentive offerings which increased business by 34%; introduced 3 new product portfolios
 Performed installation, testing and verification of all components for large install projects including a project with MAGNA International
 Represented the company at industry trade shows and a client sites for seminars and product training

PROVISIONING/LOGISTICS COORDINATOR 1994 – 2002
BRANTTEL NETWORKS, BURLINGTON, ON
 Coordinated purchasing and management of a $10M inventory of technical products at 4 National and 1 US locations
 Instituted proper purchasing practices, JIT (just-in-time) provisioning which provided inventory control, reduced operational costs and increased profit margins
 Managed the design for a structural cabling project for the largest expansion on the Brock University campus
 Purchased product and coordinated the installation for a large project at Casino Windsor involving 1,000 devices
 Landed a Value-Added-Reseller (VAR) status of Lucent cabling which resulted in 22% cost reductions
 Acted as Team Lead and Trainer for the Master Parts List during SAP integration

EDUCATION/TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DIPLOMA, St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON, 1992

TECHNICAL CERTIFICATIONS: Structured Cabling Design & Engineering; Network Grounding & Bonding; Programming & Installation of AVAYA Advanced Communication System

SALES TRAINING: Unit Buying Control; ABC’s of Selling; Professional Sales; Time Management

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
 June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, provincial nomination – 2014
 Trout Unlimited Canada, Ted Knott Chapter board member, communications, media, marketing – 2014
 TV Cogeco, Community Producer and Host – Music production INASONG, 2008 – 2011. Winner of ‘STAR’ Award all Ontario. Contributed 40 half hour productions; established and coordinated all sponsorships and supporting partners
 Oakville Community ‘SPIRIT’ Award, nominee – 2010
 3 years in the Songwriters Association of Canada as a Volunteer Regional Coordinator
 Canadian Armed Forces, Veteran – CFB Petewawa, ON
 Burlington Sound of Music Festival – Various volunteer positions, Emcee/Host, initiated song contest into festival
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