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Kevyn J. Parenton 633 Tchoupitoulas Street Unit 2 New Orleans, LA 70130 kevynparenton@gmail.com

Cell: 504-495-4666

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY Experienced, driven event sales professional with a proven history of consistently meeting and exceeding client objectives while maximizing company profits. Skilled in conceptualizing client visions and creating an end product that meets and exceeds the client’s requests. Accomplished in handling major clients (Professional sports teams, large hotel chains, destination management companies), as well as small unique clients with specific needs. Effective in communicating design ideas, storyboarding, and costs versus budget to colleagues and customers. Strengths include:      

Consistent in maintaining large customer alliances. Ambitious and accountable. Decisive action based on analysis, experience and sound judgment. Initiative and flexibility to respond strategically to changing client needs. Detailed presentations, effective client communication, and strong logistical/spatial knowledge. Commitment to continuous improvement in customer relations and personal development. Experience in both sales and production management

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Event Rental, New Orleans, LA

July 2010- present

Event Designer: Responsible for generating daily sales from call in and internet requests as well as cold calling to potential new customers identified from business publications, upselling customers based on client needs, budgets, and available inventories, and complete event designing from concept to production.  Lead Designer/ Project Manager o Closing ceremony of LaQuinta National Convention (New Orleans, LA) o New Orleans Saints Patron Lounge o Tyrus and Jaime Thomas wedding rehearsal and reception (Baton Rouge, LA) o Deweezy (Lil Wayne) Skate Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony o Beau and Heather Billeaud’s wedding reception (Knight Oil Tools, Lafayette, LA) o Louise S. McGehee School Centennial Gala (New Orleans, LA)  Co-designer/ Project Manager o Multi-family debutante party (Reily and Boh families, New Orleans, LA) o Event Rental, Ralph Brennan Catering Group, and Mardi Gras World Industry Open House (New Orleans, LA)


KEVYN PARENTON

2

Hemline, Lafayette, LA

2009- 2010

Sales Associate: October 2009- May 2010 Responsible for day to day business operations including floor design layout, updating the displays with newest merchandise, guiding the customers in their purchases, creating and maintaining relationships with customers to develop customer loyalty, and designing advertising flyers and postcards for special events

Noesis Design Associates, LLC

2009

Intern: Summer Intern Responsible for drawing existing conditions of buildings as well as performing site visits to obtain needed measurements, compiling lease exhibits and lease plans for the properties, hand rendering, and interior elevations.

Tsunami Lafayette

2008-2009

Lead hostess: February 2008- May 2009 Responsible for compiling the schedule, controlling as well as confirming reservations, seating guests, and accommodating guests needs.

Besh Restaurant Group

2007-2008

Hostess: Summer, 2007- Semester Break 2008 Responsible for accommodating all guests needs, being flexible to work in the different locations, controlling and confirming reservations, seating guests, monitoring the progress of tables, and helping in other duties where needed.

Shula’s Steakhouse

2006-2007

Hostess: Summer, 2006- Semester Break 2007- Summer, 2007 Responsible for developing and coordinating optimal seating arrangements for high volume occasions, catering to both restaurant and hotel guests’ needs, controlling the reservations as well as seating the guests, informing guests of the history of the restaurant, and providing the managers with assistance in organization and guests services.

EDUCATION 

August 2006- May 2010: University of Louisiana; Lafayette, Louisiana, Bachelor of Interior Design o o

Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society Rho Lambda Greek Honor Society

May 2006: St. Mary’s Dominican High School; New Orleans, Louisiana, Cum Laude Graduate


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