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Melissa A. Grindstaff (415) 786-2578 et mg823d24@westpost.

net 127 Jersey Stre San Francisco, CA 94114

Detail-oriented and accomplished professional with exceptional people skills, ve rbal and written communication abilities and works effectively with cross-functi onal teams Multi-faceted with international experience, consistently projecting a personabl e and professional image able to interact effectively through diverse teams, cli ents, and vendors with commitment to delivering top quality projects and assignm ents within schedule and budget requirements. * Public & Media Relations * Marketing & Business Development * Event Planning & Management * Budget Management * Account Management * Client & Business Relations Professional Experience Hahn & Paraiso Wineries June 2009 January 2010 Seasonal Tasting Room Representative Soledad, California * Greeted all visitors and poured wines for tasting while informing and educatin g customers. * Conducted sales and outreach of wine and maintained relationships with clients . * Assisted with wine events, luncheons and holiday celebrations and other duties and responsibilities as assigned. * Updated all social media outlets, (Facebook, Twitter, etc) Artemia Communications Aug 2008 Feb 2009 Public Relations & Project Manager San Francisco, CA * Planned and managed projects ensuring successful completion within the given d eadline and budget specifications. * Coordinate with cross-functional teams to manage account services including al l reports, correspondence and project materials. * Composed and edited press releases, pitches, save the date, biographies, radio spots and messaging documents * Managed all aspects of event planning with focus on every detail of the projec t to ensure successful execution. * Maintained relationships with clients and team members; developed new business es and accounts; and handled all aspects of RFPs (Request for Proposals).

Infinite Public Relations Jul 2008 Sept 2008 Public Relations Contractor San Francisco, CA * Provided writing services on a freelance basis to create content for client we b sites, company newsletters and executive biographies. * Executed all media outreach and wrote press releases, pitches, save the dates and radio announcements * Interfaced with clients and developed and executed messaging sets and talking points for a range of different assignments/projects. Sephora.com Sept 2007 Mar 2008

Content & Project Associate Contractor San Francisco, CA * Provided support to content/production projects across internal and external t eams and assisted in overall product development. * Organized and maintained master calendar of products and Skus while utilizing Basecamp web-based project management tool to efficiently share files, administe r workflow and meet project deadlines on time. Indigo Public Affairs Jan 2004 Aug 2007 Account Executive London, U.K. & Brussels, Belgium * Managed clients to develop plans or campaigns and coordinated corporate events such as trade shows, seminars, and meetings. * Maintained in contact with clients at all stages of projects/events to provide weekly progress updates and follow up reports. * Tracked all media coverage and built relationships with key influencers and jo urnalists. * Created copy for fliers and other related marketing materials while writing pr ess releases, conducting campaign research, and canvassing for clients. Tickle, Inc. Sept 2002 Jul 2003 Content & Project Manager San Francisco, CA * * Directed planning, coordination and control of production processes to include product development and completion in adherence to deadlines and budgets. * Oversaw work processes; managed all new schedules making adjustments as needed ; and supervised a team of 10 people to ensure efficiency and productivity. * Enhanced work procedures by devising and implementing innovative techniques to maximize output through motivation and teamwork. * Improved volume and quality of team output while monitoring product standards and implemented quality control with content management systems. Bluedot Software Jan 2001 Jun 2002 Public Relations Manager San Francisco, CA * Bridged between the company, media, and other organization while handling full responsibility in managing day-to-day public relations activities. * Handled program budgets and project ideas such as costs, timing and resource a llocation. * Supported Marketing team with corporate marketing strategy and overall marketi ng communications plan to include development and production of marketing materi als such as product releases, product documentation, white papers, and data shee ts. * Participated in the Website Development Team to facilitate development, design , creation, and editing of original contents. * Interfaced with multiple teams and coordinated quarterly Advisory Committee me etings while managing company logistics, travel arrangements, and itineraries. * Drafted quarterly newsletters and informational webinars while ensuring proper distribution and receipt for information dissemination. Horn Group May 2000 Jan 2001 Associate Account Executive San Francisco, CA * Organized and implemented media outreach activities on behalf of clients and d eveloped press release materials to include pitching stories to journalists. * Interfaced and communicated with clients on a daily basis to meet requirements on assignments/projects. * Developing speaking opportunities for client executives and tradeshow programs .

Interactive Public Relations (Division of Porter Novelli) Aug 1999 May 2000 Account Coordinator San Francisco, CA * Planned and executed analyst and media relations to include media tours while developing networks and following media lists and contacts. * Assisted in all aspects of media production encompassing deadlines, frequency, circulation, and editors/reporters beats; maintained efficient team workflows; monitored deadlines; and organized team meetings for successful project completi on. EDUCATION & TECHNICAL SKILLS California State University, Chico Journalism with option Public Relations & Minor in Sociology, 1995 1998 Hartnell Community College General Education, 1992 1994 Salinas, CA Trainings/Seminars SFSU, Introduction to Online Journalism, 2007 Public Speaking Seminar, 2000 Cunningham Communications Public Relations Internship, Summer 1999 Palo Alto, CA Chabot Observatory Public and Donor Relations Coordinator Intern, Summer 1997 & 1998 Oakland, CA Software & Services: Microsoft Suite * Mac OS * Google Apps * Photoshop * Web 2.0 * Content Management Systems: Cision * ACT! * Newswire Services * Basecamp * Fogbugz * Social Communities: Twitter * Facebook * Myspace * Gowalla * Foursqu are * LinkedIn * Yelp * Digg * YouTube * Blogz * Industries: B2B * B2C * Softwar e, (SaaS) * Security * Gaming *Government * Patent * Intellectual Property * Anti-trust References Gladly Provided Upon Request