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The NeverEnding Search for Peace Inside Myself... The Continual Follies of Bruce Becker

Bruce A Becker

4 School Street

Bellows Falls, VT  05101

 bbecker@sover.net

 

Top performing senior manager with a business development track record.

 

OBJECTIVE :

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.

 

EXPERIENCE :

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 of 2002-03.

 

            * Wrote and managed successful Federal grants totaling more than

                $500,000:

                        - Vermont Agency of Transportation (Vtrans) sets formula for

                           the 5311 Rural Area Formula Funds used for operating

                           assistance.

                        - 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

               by:

                        -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.

 

EDUCATION :

5/2003 The Grantsmanship Center US-CA-Los Angeles

 Certification

 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.

 

AFFILIATIONS:

6/2003 - Present Falls Area Community Television Vice President and Board

              of Directors

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