October 2010  

Community Service

On Sept. 15, 2010, the Houston Chapter of Nace donated time, effort and money to raise awareness and funds for the Houston Food Bank.  The following is a list of those companies and individuals that contributed. 

Avalon Music
Courtyard on St. James
Darryl and Co.
A Day to Remember
Perfect Touch Linens
Southwest Casino Productions
Casino Table Sponsors:
Avalon Music
DJs Unlimited
Elegant Beginnings
Adam Rineer, CMP
Silent Auction Donations:
A Finer Event
Bay Oaks Country Club
Bright Star Productions
Cakes By Gina
Crowne Plaza West
The Cookie Girl
Divisi Strings
Elegant Beginnings, Inc.
The Glacier Group
Hilton Americas
Hilton Houston Post Oak
Intercontinental Houston Near The Galleria
Houston Dynamos
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Howl at The Moon
Java Pura Coffee Roasters
Kingwood Country Club
Lia Sophia Jewelry – Patsy and Noel Wilson
Marriott Medical Center
Marriott Woodlands
Michael Lyndon
Moody Gardens
Northgate Country Club
SOK Salon On Kirby
S Factor
The Tasting Room
Trevisio Restaurant and Conference Center
Westin Memorial City
The Woodlands Resort

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Hermann Park Conservancy is a citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park—today and for generations to come. 


Job Description

The marketing and communications manager will have primary responsibility for all external communications, marketing initiatives, the Conservancy membership program, collateral content and printing management, e-communications, public relations, social media, and media relations. The marketing manager will oversee a multifaceted marketing program, to raise awareness of all Conservancy initiatives including the expansion of the membership program, and promotion of all events, programs and happenings among various constituencies, including community partners, corporate sponsors, donors, members, and public officials.

Primary Responsibilities

Membership Program

  • Manage the Conservancy’s membership program including major membership campaigns and all mailings, membership renewals, membership board committee, membership reporting, membership collateral, graphics, and marketing ideas to gain and retain members
  • Strategic plan for member communications and renewal program
  • Responsible for writing and managing content for membership renewal letters and acknowledgement letters
  • Prepare lists, generate, mail out, and code in Raiser’s Edge monthly membership renewal letters and emails
  • Prepare and distribute monthly membership list
  • Plan and execute all membership events and programs



  • Manage from start to finish three Parkside newsletters yearly and the annual report: including, but not limited to, requesting written articles and photos from staff, organizing and proofreading drafts, coordination with the graphic designer, printer, and mail house
  • Write, edit, or proof content of all Conservancy printed materials and collateral (including but not limited to signage, brochures, invitations, and sponsorship packages)
  • Develop graphic materials for grants, award applications, proposals, programs, initiatives and, other documents as needed
  • Maintain and update yearly communications calendar and overall communications and marketing strategy
  • Work with all Conservancy departments to develop applicable channels for the promotion and ticketing of programs and events
  • Approve all external messaging from various Conservancy departments according to brand and style standards
  • Write all Conservancy ask and acknowledgement letters, with the exclusion of letters relating to fundraising events


Public and External Relations

  • Act as HPC’s public relations and media coordinator including updating media list and contacts in Raiser’s Edge, sending out press releases to media contacts, trafficking general media inquiries and photo requests, coordinating and supervising all media visits in coordination with Houston Parks and Recreation Department, monitor press coverage and maintain press archives with intern help
  • Devise, implement, and oversee all media and external communications plans to promote all Conservancy initiatives, news, events, and programs
  • Coordinate event photographers and media as well as pre- and post-event media coverage, work with photographers at event to gather photo IDs and obtain desired photos for publication
  • Coordinate speaking programs for Conservancy events and write all talking points for public officials, event chairs, and Conservancy leaders
  • Work with community leaders by sending periodic updates on Hermann Park happenings and Conservancy achievements
  • Work to promote all Conservancy community events and programs, and identify potential community and media partners
  • Research, write, and submit award applications as needed


Website/Digital Content

  • Develop, implement, and manage the Conservancy’s online presence and strategies, including management and routine maintenance of Conservancy’s website using a content management system (CMS) and online giving webpages, working in conjunction with the community event and program managers when applicable
  • Update and maintain the Conservancy’s online giving pages in accordance with timelines for projects and special events, working in conjunction with the community event and program managers when applicable
  • Develop strategies for and manage presence on social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Write, edit, and prepare all content, including graphics and distribution lists, for electronic communications, including monthly e-news, announcements, invitations, and HPC events and programs through Blackbaud’s Online Express email system, working in conjunction with the community event and program managers when applicable



  • Manage 1-2 Membership/Marketing Interns, who work on anything from membership recruitment at the membership tents in the Park to help with social media, writing needs, special events, and mailings
  •          Work with venue manager on an annual marketing and advertising strategy to meet revenue goals and promote awareness of the rentals space(s)
  •          Work with director of development to create the annual budget to support marketing and community outreach initiatives and membership  
  • Participate as a member of the Urban Green Steering Committee, the Conservancy’s young professional’s group
  • Design presentations for sponsors/donors, general public, and bi-monthly board meetings
  • Fulfill photography needs for Conservancy events and Park/scenery images by working with the photographers and Conservancy employees to ensure coverage
  • Bi-weekly reports to director of development and president, including web and social media analytics and progress against annual goals
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 years’ experience in marketing and communications/non-profit or related field
  • Proven ability to be highly organized and able to initiate, prioritize, and manage multiple, varied, and detailed tasks; ability to be flexible with work schedule, projects, and tasks
  • Strong attention to detail in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Ability to interact successfully with staff members, volunteers, donors, and board members
  • Proven ability to create and manage budgets
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office, particularly in MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge
  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency with social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Ability to work weekend and evening hours, as required


How to apply:

Mail, fax or email cover letter and resume to:

Hermann Park Conservancy

Attn: Meghan Miller

1700 Hermann Drive

Houston, Texas 77004

Fax: 713.524.5887


No phone calls please.


Hermann Park Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.



Position Name – Event Sales Consultant (Houston, TX)

The Company: 

AFR Furniture Rental has grown to be one of the nation's large independently owned companies because we treat our employees right. We offer opportunities in many careers throughout the country.

AFR Furniture Rental is a national company with five divisions including Residential, Commercial, Special Events, Trade show and Clearance Centers with 27 distribution centers across the United States. We are a company with big goals and the ability to deliver them.

We value teamwork. Teamwork is about creating an environment that works to elevate everyone on the team from Executives and Support Staff to Sales and Operations. It is about building a community where everyone thrives.

The Position: We’re looking for an Event Sales Consultant located in our Orlando, FL market. The pay range we’re offering is between $25,000 - $30,000, plus commission and benefits. Candidate must pass a Drug/Alcohol Test and Criminal Background Check.

Basic Function: A self-motivated and self-directed team player that will join our sales support team.


  • Preparing and processing proposals from start to finish. Handle every proposal data entry with extreme attention to detail, organization and double check every proposal before sending to client.  As well as communicate all information in proposal in the email sent to client.
  • Act as main point-person on select proposals, communication and follow-up.  These will entail a client list as well as new incoming clients and wish lists.
  • Selling strategically; acting as an information center for sales
  • Responsible for sales calls coming into the office, web-generated wish-lists and emails that include but are not limited to:  requests for general information, requests for basic proposals, questions concerning services & products offered, and initial follow up. 
  • Assist with the coordination of outbound/inbound orders and all related inter-station communication.
  • Coordinate with Operations all request for inventory beyond current inventory levels.
  • Order and track custom items, pillows and logos, including filling out related forms, communicating with outside vendors, tracking the ordering and follow-up and noting these in the internal system.
  • Responsible for processing payments, and update and accurate record keeping.  Will notify Account Executive immediately of any deviation from company policy for additional support.
  • Communicate rental policies to clients and manage client expectations with clear and consistent communication.
  • Handle confirmation on all shows two weeks or more out.  Use immediate and proactive means (email, phone call, social media, in person, engage co-workers, etc.) for jobs less than one week out – everything discussed in regular weekly Sales/Ops meeting.
  • Attend all Sales/Ops weekly meetings and act as the main coordination point to disseminate necessary sales order information to the operations and delivery teams.
  • Act as the mailing/shipping point person for the office (FedEx, USPS).
  • Maintain marketing packets stock for outside sales team member.
  • Assist in researching new leads for the sales team via LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
  • Send out monthly thank you cards for orders/quotes as well as feedback emails.
  • Track FAM/Sponsored events in Sales Force.


  • Candidates must be dedicated, passionate, committed, quick learners who are great at multitasking
  • Candidates must also be very organized, detail-oriented, strong communicators with excellent customer service skills and problem-solving ability
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Customer service skills a must!
  • General knowledge of database management and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Previous sales administration and event experience preferred

We offer the following benefits:

    • Excellent Medical, Dental and Vision benefits.
    • Life, AD&D and Employee Assistance Program at no cost to the employee.
    • Flexible Spending (FSA) and Dependent Care Account.
    • Additional Supplement Benefits including Short Term Disability, Accidental, Whole Life and Term Life coverages.
    • Retirement Plan where AFR matches 50% up to the employees 4%.
    • Vacation and PTO.

AFR Furniture Rental provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. AFR Furniture Rental complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

AFR Furniture Rental expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of AFR Furniture Rental's employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

AFR Furniture Rental will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.

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