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Benjamin van Loon

Writer, Editor, Marketer, Graduate Student

Location
Chicago, Illinois
Industry
Writing and Editing
Current
  1. Cotter Consulting, Inc.,
  2. Anobium,
  3. Independent Contractor
Previous
  1. Guerrero Howe Custom Media,
  2. Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago,
  3. Johnny Sprockets
Education
  1. Northeastern Illinois University
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Cotter Consulting, Inc.

Cotter Consulting, Inc.

Marketing Coordinator

– Present

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Background

Summary

I'm a writing and communications professional with over ten years of experience across diverse fields, including publishing, marketing, nonprofit administration, archival research, and creative consultation. I currently work in marketing while studying to receive my master's degree in communication and media from Northeastern Illinois University, where I've won multiple competitive scholarships and am on track for spring 2015 completion. I also serve as the co-founder and executive editor of Anobium, an independent publishing outfit based in Chicago.

I have dozens of professional and creative publication and editing credits in my portfolio and am always interested in new freelance and contracting opportunities for grant and business proposals, ghostwriting, editing, proofreading, and content strategy.

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Experience

Marketing Coordinator

Cotter Consulting, Inc.
– Present (1 year 6 months)Chicago, IL

Marketing, PR, social media, and administrative services for architecture, engineering, and construction consulting firm. Writes and assembles business proposal and qualification packages. Manages social media and web content. Designs collateral materials utilizing Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. Secures and co-writes publication opportunities for senior and executive staff. Provides marketing administration and data entry support.

Executive Editor

Anobium
– Present (3 years 11 months)

Oversees national distribution, marketing, creative development, and social media management for independent publishing brand reaching over 4,000 unique readers. Plans, organizes, and promotes local literary and arts events by securing event sponsorship, writing and submitting press releases, and placing announcements in community calendars and networks. Manages 20-­member volunteer staff for developing unique social media, web and print content.

Editor & Writer

Independent Contractor
– Present (9 years 8 months)

Provides writing and editing consulting, production, and desktop publishing services for independent and agency clients.

Staff Writer

Guerrero Howe Custom Media
(1 year 3 months)Greater Chicago Area

Wrote feature articles and technical content for American Builders Quarterly, Green Building & Design, Profile, and other trade magazines. Produced over 220,000 words in 15 months for print and digital releases reaching over 50,000 international subscribers. Consulted with editorial teams to create comprehensive custom media campaigns.

Administrative Assistant, Financial Resource Development

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
(1 year 9 months)

Served as communications liaison and administrator supporting Senior Vice President of Financial Resource Development. Produced budget outlines, reports, and meeting notes for $80 million annual fundraising campaign. Organized 18 successful out-of‐state donor development events. Personally raised $21,000 in donations for annual campaign.

Marketing and Sales Associate

Johnny Sprockets
(2 years 3 months)

Directed and initiated online sales program to raise $20,000 in off-season profits. Utilized strategic sales techniques and advanced technical expertise to maximize yearly revenue. Educated and informed clients on advanced bicycle maintenance and athletic development needs.

Arts & Entertainment Director, Student Association

North Park University
(1 year 10 months)

Managed budgets and administration of extra­curricular student groups. Planned and promoted bimonthly campus events with faculty, scholars, and arts professionals. Consulted with student association and university administration for continuity of A&E programs.

Education

Northeastern Illinois University

Master's Degree, Communication, Media, and Theater
 (expected)

4.0 GPA. Studies focused on media theory, cinema, aesthetics, and cultural criticism.

North Park University

Bachelor's Degree, English and Philosophy

Double-majored in English and Philosophy. Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Activities and Societies: Phi Sigma Tau Co-President and Secretary, Teacher's Aide, Writing Tutor

College of Lake County

General Education

Activities and Societies: Phi Theta Kappa, National Dean's List

Honors & Awards

Individual Artists Program Cultural Grant

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Grant award for professional development at the 2014 Kachemak Bay Writer's Conference in Homer, Alaska.

Award of Merit

Northeastern Illinois University

Award of Merit in Recognition of Outstanding Research, 22nd Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium

Additional Honors & Awards

Scholarship, Brommel-Adams-Bell-Jordan Scholarship, 2014.
Scholarship, FFRF Graduate Student Essay Contest (Placed), 2014.
Scholarship, JVS Educational Fund/Avner & Joan Porat Scholarship, 2013 & 2014
Scholarship, NEIU Merit Tuition Scholarship, 2013 & 2014
Scholarship, Platinum Level Educational Scholarship, 2007-2009
Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa, 2007-2009
Scholarship, National Conference in Peer Tutoring and Writing, 2006
Scholarship, 1st Annual Symposium on Religion and Science, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, 2005

Certifications

LEED Green Associate

Green Building Certification Institute, License 10794300

Notary Public

State of Illinois, License 797345

Projects

Summer Research Assistantship

Grant-funded research assistantship at Northeastern Illinois University providing archival research and cataloging support for book project investigating the history of the HBO network.

Skills

  • Copy Editing
  • Editing
  • Press Releases
  • Newsletters
  • Creative Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Proofreading
  • InDesign
  • Publishing
  • Writing
  • Content Management
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Editorial
  • Social Media
  • Journalism
  • Fact-checking
  • Social Networking
  • Fundraising
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Editorial Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Proposal Writing
  • Proposal Support
  • Grant Writing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Chicago Manual of Style
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Volunteer Experience & Causes

Marketing & Communications Intern

Heart & Soul Youth Center
(2 years 4 months)Arts and Culture

Wrote and designed brochures, direct mail campaigns, and all associated promotional materials for suburban, youth-focused non‐profit organization. Booked and promoted concerts for local and touring rock, punk, and hardcore bands and musicians. Communicated with community sponsors to secure product donations and fundraising assistance.

Program Editor & Broadcasting Engineer

Northwestern University: WNUR
(6 months)Arts and Culture

Licensed by FCC for live broadcasting on volunteer-run university radio station (89.3FM). Engineered and edited weekly two-hour experimental music program, mixed live in the studio. Provided regular station identification and public service announcements.

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