Maureen has been in integral and valued part of our non-profit organization for the last three years. I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job of planning and executing our annual fund raiser, which is critical to our organization’s success.
From negotiating with the venue for the menu, hours and services to recruiting and managing the volunteers to executing the actual event, her negotiating skills and attention to detail seem to be effortless, but always perfectly executed. Key to our success in our annual fundraisers has been her involvement with our sponsors and live and silent auction donors. Not only does she get them all lined up for the event, within days after the event she sends out “Thank You” notes. That kind of attention to detail is hard to find. Maureen has also handled our social media posts on Facebook and Instagram. Say, did I mention that she listens, adapts quickly and is easy to work with? You can tell I’m a fan. I am. I highly recommend her to your organization.
Maureen had an extensive background in marketing for nonprofits. She brought this skill to the planning for the May 2019 Derby for Dogs event. I was a member of the event committee and worked closely with Maureen during the planning period. She had set up a completely functional online silent auction on her own. Her mastery of customizing the GG website interface went beyond anything I had ever done. The 2019 Derby for Dogs was a highly successful gala and fundraiser. The event itself and the silent auction component exceeded expectations. I was quite impressed by Maureen’s skill and dedication throughout the process.
I can’t say enough good about Maureen. In addition to being an awesome talent, she is a delight to work with. Maureen is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.
Maureen has demonstrated strong organizational skills in demanding leadership roles. With attention to detail and an infectious can-do attitude, Maureen has worked diligently to foster community spirit through special event coordination. She was the creative genius behind the City of Hermosa Beach Centennial Celebration… a year-long series of events, of multi-generational appeal, that celebrated one-hundred years of beach culture. Maureen initiated creative fundraising activities to ensure that expenditures for the celebratory year were completely offset by donations and corporate sponsorship. She truly has a Midas touch!
Maureen and I partnered together when we worked on our respective Virgin Unite projects. I always remember her passion with Virgin Unite and other volunteer projects. While most people check out at the end of the day ... this is when Maureen went above and beyond. I distinctly remember her valuable contributions to her Virgin Unite project, raising awareness and revenue for a great cause.
Maureen has been instrumental in devising and implementing a strategic fashion/accessories business plan for the Virgin brand. Through her strong work ethic and drive she has increased awareness and visibility for the brand as a fashion retailer. She has also been an excellent interview for the trade and and consumer press - which helps differentiate the Virgin brand from other well known retailers.
Maureen is one of the most dynamic merchandise professionals I've ever worked with. She has an incredible knowledge of her industry, is very creative, and works tirelessly at improving her business. She is a tenacious and diligent manager who can assess and improve her ROI with little to zero resources through her knowledge of category management, attention to detail and retail savvy.
Maureen is a strong merchant who thinks strategically, conceptually and creatively –she has a vision. Maureen thrives on taking on new projects and confidently leads a department to success through developing and driving a long-range business plan that meets or exceeds the company's financial goals. She prioritizes cross- functional initiatives to ensure resource efficiency and effectiveness. She manages the trend curve to optimize sales and profitability. Maureen provides clear and timely communication throughout the company, Maureen is a positive and solution-oriented role model who demonstrates strong management and leadership skills. She can drive change when appropriate – she is a change champion.