Bruce A Becker
4 School Street
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Top performing senior manager with a business development track record.
Successful leader with demonstrated expertise in strategic planning and innovation led development. Strong, effective writer, able to "get it done" in both the non-profit and profit arena through creative and resourceful analytical problem solving skills.
11/2002 - Present Town & Village Transportation Services, Chester, VT
Director of Development and Community Relations - Identify and secure funding from a variety of public and private sources to attain targeted annual financial goals. Write Federal, state, and private grants (5310, 5311, JARC, United Way, etc.) and administer all aspects of grant requirements. Work with local human service providers to ensure that the needs of target clients are being met.
* Worked with local businesses to donate more that $40,000 in the
last ½ of 2002-03.
* Wrote and managed successful Federal grants totaling more than
- Vermont Agency of Transportation (Vtrans) sets formula for
the 5311 Rural Area Formula Funds used for operating
- Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) for improvement of
employment transportation for low income workers.
- Dept.of Aging and Disabilities 5310 funds are flexible to
supplement transportation programs of the elderly and
disabled through local human service providers.
* Negotiated and wrote (6) local agreements with human service
providers in Springfield, Bellows Falls, Townshend, and Brattleboro
(VT) outlining description of service, billing rates and requirements,
standards of service and dispute settlement.
4/1999 - 11/2002 Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bellows Falls, VT
Executive Director - Oversaw, managed, and coordinated all day-to-day activities of Chamber including events, membership growth, attainment of revenue goals, web page, and newsletter.
Became a presence on local boards and organizations to involve the Chamber in the revitalization of the area and give members pride in their Chamber.
Responsibilities included but were not limited to: coordination of the program of work as laid out by the Board of Directors, organizational structure and procedure development, motivation of volunteers, income and expenditures management.
* Handled community outreach, service and promotion, maintenance
of memberships, employment, training and supervision of staff,
interpretation of policy, and vision planning.
* Expanded membership from 80 to 179 members with a 100%
growth in revenue in two (2) years increasing visibility and expanding
chamber presence in community.
* Wrote articles on the changes happening in the Connecticut River
Valley for Vt. Business Magazine on the economic growth and
revitalization of Bellows Falls (Aug 1999, 2000, 2001).
* Wrote and published a monthly newsletter and oversaw updating of
website (www.gfrcc.org). Put together a membership packet and
developed relocation materials.
9/2000 12/2002 Connecticut River Valley Workforce Investment Board, Windham County, VT
Workforce Coordinator - The WIB's mission is to foster collaboration among area businesses, agencies, service organizations and schools, in order to prepare youth and adults for future careers and life. To enhance the education and training opportunities available to them and to foster workforce development that meets the needs of local employers.
Coordinated local and statewide activities with other state board coordinators. Ensure the development and implementation of a short and long range strategic plan to stimulate job and economic development in Vermont.
* Wrote and administered an ADA grant to organize and conduct a
Community Collaborative Forum to establish a community resource
map identifying service gaps. Once those gaps were identified
worked with local providers to fill them and ensure a more integrated
and complete service system.
* Initiated, designed and implemented the first (1st) Connecticut
Valley Education Expo bringing together: colleges, trade schools,
local tech centers, and armed forces to show high school graduates
that there are many choices after graduation.
6/1996 12/1998 Osea Skincare, Malibu, CA
Owner-VP Operations - Start up operation making naturally derived skin care products. Set up and managed all aspects of operation, i.e. formula development, manufacturing plant and quality standards. Created warehousing, inventory, shipping and billing procedures. Worked with sales representative to start up and when revenue reached pre-determined figure brought sales function in-house.
* Developed Skincare line of eight (8) products from start-up to being
sold in 60+ stores in 2 years.
3/1989 12/1995 Williams Associates, Walnut Creek, CA
Project Manager/Senior Consultant - As Project Manager oversaw up to five (5) jobs and consultants. Wrote Job Action Plans and advised consultants for successful completion of work.
As Senior Consultant implemented projects of between 3-5weeks in organization development and financial controls. Started with writing a plan of work scope and working employees through any change management that was necessary. Some activities:
* Led organizations through business and organizational development
-Generating organizational charts with job descriptions
clarifying responsibility and authority.
- Designed procedures and wrote employee manuals to give
organization and training help.
* Compiled and administered budgets from $1M - 60M.
* Restructured financials and instituted long-range growth plans from
$475K to over $1M at the end of two (2) years.
* Directed organizational re-structuring resulting in a 25%
manpower/hour improvement and an increase in production.
* Put systems in place for profit and expense management,
performance measurement and oversight that resulted in a substantial
increase in profitability.
* Trained management in goal setting, communication, problem
solving, decision making, and interpersonal relations.
5/2003 The Grantsmanship Center US-CA-Los Angeles
Grantsmanship Training Program covers all aspects of researching grants, writing grant proposals and negotiating with funding sources.
6/2001 Norwich University US-Vermont
Certification Performance Outcome Measurement Model (POMM)
A model of strategic planning that stresses outcomes as goals for attainment. Used by the United Way.
6/1991 Union Institute US-CA-San Diego
Some College Coursework Completed
Coursework in public administration and business development.
9/1965-6/1968 University of Illinois US-IL-Champaign
Some College Coursework Completed
Coursework in political science and history.
6/2003 - Present Falls Area Community Television Vice President and Board
6/2000 - Present Leadership SE Vermont Steering Committee and graduate
class of 2000
3/2000- Present Three River Valley Business and Education Partners
President and Board of Directors
1/2000 - Present Great River Market Coop Board of Directors
8/1999 - Present Bellows Falls Rotary Member
4/1999 - 11/2002 Southern Vermont Regional Marketing Organization
Director and Board Member
4/1999 - 11/2002 Vermont Association of Chamber Executives Member