Eric Cathcart - Resume

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ERIC CATHCART John Eric Cathcart720 Guilford Court Silver Spring, MD 20901 cell 202.957-4447. office 301.587.6267 eric@potomactalent.comCORPORATE EVENT PRODUCTION EXPERTISE PROMOTIONS PLANNING FLAWLESS EXECUTIONCreative and entrepreneurial leader with demonstrated record of achievement in planning and leveraging exceptional events that engage and entertain diverse audiences while insuring the smooth functioning of all logistical arrangements with meticulous attention to details and broad range of skills. Highly accomplished event-production expert with a verifiable record of working with both individual and corporate clients to conceive and facilitate innovative and strategic programs that meet or exceed goals and objectives. A personable and enterprising self-starter known for balancing priorities, stretching budgets and possessing an exceptional eye for detail and problem solving. Planned, produced and managed hundreds of events for corporate and social clients, as well as Local and Federal Government Agencies. Such events include galas, balls, fundraisers, annual awards, product launches, ribbon cuttings, and high-end weddings. Specialist and core competencies include logistics and event production, A/V, projection, video, multi-media, talent buying, and coordination of local, national and internationally known celebrities, entertainers and speakers. Known for strong communication and leadership skills with ability to establish a positive and trusting rapport with clients, staff and vendors at all professional levels to achieve our common goals. Regarded for exceptional flexibility, organizational and negotiation skills during the event-planning process through execution. Recruit, hire, and train staff, and provide on-site supervision during events to ensure flawless execution and exceptional customer service for a memorable event. An investigative problem solver thriving in dynamic, high-pressure environments meeting deadlines and goals. Business skills include risk management, budgeting, decision making, identifying and capturing new business and clients, up-selling, creating and implementing tactical and strategic marketing plans. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________Potomac Talent, LLC Silver Spring, MD 1995 - Present Event ProducerCREATION AND OPERATION OF POTOMAC TALENT, LLC Conceptualized, developed and executed an innovative business model, launching a music and event company serving clients from concept through execution and post analysis EXECUTIVE PRODUCERMANAGEMENTHighly skilled: offering event solutions while delivering on information and entertainment with authentic engagement!Congressman Chris Van Hollen presents a business award as President of Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Gigi Godwin looks onPROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Developed a roster of over 700 bands with hundreds of local, regional, national and international musicians, entertainers and keynote speakers Professionally serve as Talent Coordinator for Executives, Speakers & Keynotes, National and International celebrities Effectively create and negotiate contracts with vendors, suppliers, and sponsor partners. Develop and track budgets, produce agendas, obtain necessary permits and coordinate logistics Select and negotiate venues, dcor, catering, entertainment and other content Create enterprise documents, branding graphics, websites, press releases, and signage Assist clients and executives with public image consulting, scripted messages, appropriate attire, photography, and arranging video and press interviews Analyze proposals to identify efficiencies; in one case saved the client 150% in A/V costs from hotel estimates. Met budget while providing a show that exceeded all expectations Increased overall sales 65% by adopting Sandler Sales System as a lifetime memberFEATURED SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENTS Work with social media to introduce new-found talent and to promote local concerts and artists to a growing network, increasing concert attendance in one recent concert by 53% Produce winning Identity and Sales Videos, for a Community Non-Profit and County Conference & Visitors Bureau, respectively that garnered winning contracts and foundation funding Designed and managed launch of a large International informational and content rich website with partners in Scotland, Ireland and the United States Production Manager, Stage Mangeger and Director for a recent benefit concert at Cafritz Performing Arts Theatre, Montgomery College, MD featuring nationally known artists HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS As Lead, recently designed and developed a web 2.0 website with an International team from concept to successful launch and activation. Integrated Face Book and manage cross platform for a more engaging experience throughout both sites to drive traffic Recently produced an all green fundraising gala for Bethesda Green, a non-profit green technology incubator, using LED lighting, sustainable and recyclable consumables as well as procuring vendor partners who produce local and sustainable food and beverage offerings Recently produced a successful and highly publicized ground breaking event for a public-private partnership for a new Live Nation, Fillmore brand 800 seat entertainment venue working closely with Developer, Local County Government and Live Nation as Public Relations Specialist Implemented a program to stimulate economic revenue and build a sense of place for a new Town Center public plaza, programming public art and events in Prince Georges County. Served as liaison with developer, business community, local government and local arts organizations Planned and directed public relations event Purple Line Now! resulting in $50,000 in cash donations plus a commitment of millions of dollars by local and state governments, thus ensuring success of light rail transit project between Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties Produced and managed BlairFest, a full-day festival entertaining over 2,000 attendees with concerts, interactive-performances, dancing, food, games, activities and fireworks Produced County Executives Inaugural Ball. Also Executives Ball for the Arts & Humanities (annual fundraiser) 3 years consecutively for 1,000 attendees Produce numerous Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce signature events including Annual Dinners, Annual Business and Public Safety Awards Coordinated and resourcefully produced 25 back-to-back hospitality events within 3 days for an association of 400 international law firms in both Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia Plan and produce dynamic and memorable multi-cultural events celebrating diversity in the work force for Federal Agencies, such as Department of Treasury, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, and others Managed WireCon: An International Music Conference in October 2003 for private client, presenting lectures, workshops, concerts, and an academic tour at the Library of Congress for the attendeesPast Employment HistoryLenders Financial CorporationSenior Loan Processor / AnalystMortgage Companies (details upon request)Loan Processor / Originator Conroy, FitzGerald & Ballman Law OfficesReal Estate Settlement CoordinatorCareer as Professional Musician EDUCATIONNorth Texas State University, Denton, Texas; Music EducationHousatonic Community College, Bridgeport, Connecticut; Music EducationONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Lifetime Member of Sandler Sales Institute (sales training) 1999 Present COMPUTER SKILLS CRM and Contact Management ACT Windows and Mac operating systems Microsoft Office Adobe Creative Suite Sony Sound Forge, Sony Vegas, Sony DVD Architect Social Networking: Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, TwitterSELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS Voted Best Music Expert by Washingtonian Magazine ten years consecutively Certified Video Producer Field Production Small Business of the Year Award Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce Angel Award for community service Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Certificate of Appreciation and Participation from Montgomery County School Systems High school Intern program for two consecutive years Private music teacher (saxophone and flute) part time from 1992-1997 Professional career as a musician touring and performing throughout the United States, sharing the stage with well-known National and International artists Professional Experience Event ProducerCreation and Operation of Potomac Talent, LLCFeatured Skills and AchievementsHighlighted EventsCareer as Professional Musician