JD Sparks

JD Sparks

Project Management / Corp Communications / Marketing / Govt Relations

Location
Louisville, Kentucky Area
Industry
Management Consulting

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JD Sparks's Overview

Current
  • Program Manager / Global Communications at Public Equity Group
  • Magistrate at Oldham County Fiscal Court
Education
  • Seneca
  • Delta Sigma Pi
Connections

500+ connections

JD Sparks' Summary

Project management, public relations and community affairs professional with experience in both the public and private sector. I cover a wide range of areas including media relations, community outreach, communications, marketing and government and legislative affairs.

I have worked with various customers including community organizations, state, local and federal officials, business owners, international corporations, various business networks and the media. Goal oriented proactive professional, a fast learner with ten-plus years of project management, team building, compliance and business development experience in a variety of sectors. History of managing complex and cross-functional projects to completion. Proven ability to gather and synthesize complex data and communicate meaningful insights. Highly motivated team player with strong written and verbal communication skills and a track record of earning the respect of others.

Areas of Expertise: Project Management • Strategic Business Planning & Execution • Team Building/Recruiting • Corporate Vision & Strategy • Mergers & Acquisitions • Compliance and Reporting • Due Diligence & Financial Analysis • Product Launch & Positioning • Strategic Partnerships • Channel Development • Training • International Communications • Contract Review • Government Relations • Public Relations • Agency Management • Media Buys • Media Interviews • Sales Training Programs


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My Contact info: JD@jdsparks.com or 502.693.8022 c
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JD Sparks' Experience

Program Manager / Global Communications

Public Equity Group

March 2009Present (5 years 7 months) Louisville, Kentucky Area (and Internationally)

Magistrate

Oldham County Fiscal Court

January 2011Present (3 years 9 months) LaGrange, KY

JD Sparks' Education

University of Louisville College of Business Forcht Entrepreneurship Center & Nucleus

20142014

Seneca

19821988

Delta Sigma Pi

JD Sparks' Courses

  • Magistrate

    Oldham County Fiscal Court

    • Continuing Education (Over 120 hours)
  • Program Manager / Global Communications

    Public Equity Group

    • Project Management ((Project Hours complete))
    • Project Management Professional ((working towards cert))
  • Independent Coursework

    • Lean Six Sigma (Yellow Belt (Black TBD))
    • Ky Substitute Teacher (Certificate)

JD Sparks' Languages

  • Spanish (limited wording and past proficiency)

  • Japanese (only minor wording and cultural awerness)

JD Sparks' Additional Information

Interests:

• Computer Software Proficiency: o Mastery of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, Visio, Access, SharePoint, Project o Adobe Creative Suites, Photoshop o SAP – CRM o Microsoft Dynamics – Great Plains (GP) – familiarity with operations, P&L statements, budgeting and reporting o Mobile Call Center Programs – general knowledge and experience running call center campaigns o Grassroots & Non-Profit (NPO) databases: Voter Vault, Razor’s Edge o Information Systems knowledge of databases, SaaS, XBRL tagging, HTML, C++ (familiarity, basic programming skills) • Certifications: o Lean Six Sigma, Yellow Belt (Black belt expected Sept 2014) o Project Management Professional (PMP) (project hours complete, estimated certification date Oct ’14) o Certified Substitute Teacher, KY Education Professional Standards Board o Certified Instructor/Trainer, KY Dept of Criminal Justice Training

Groups and Associations:

Delta Sigma Pi, alumni chapters: Louisville, Chicago and Japan, American Red Cross, committee, KIDS Center, Louisville, KY, American Legion, Marine Corps League, Kentucky Motorcycle Association, American Legion Riders, Junior Achievement, Teacher, Young Republicans, Leadership Louisville, Focus Program Graduate, YPAL, Young Professionals Association of Louisville, Infragard, National Rifle Association, former Election Volunteer Coordinator for KY 3rd District, GLI (Greater Louisville Inc), TeN (the Technology Network of Louisville), The College Board - Advisory Council for Student Concerns, Venture Club of Louisville, Order of Kentucky Colonels

Honors and Awards:

Governor’s “Spirit of Kentucky” 2014 award for Kentucky Connected project • National Association of Counties (NACo) – Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee • Editor, awarded national “Best Newsletter” for Marine Corps League, 3 consecutive years • Metro United Way, Oldham County Program Review Team, Volunteer • Infragard FBI Homeland Security cooperative, member • Marine Corps League national newsletter committee, member • Leadership Oldham County, graduate • Leadership Louisville, Focus program, graduate • FBI Citizens Academy, graduate • Dean’s Service Key, Loyola University Chicago • Center for Nonprofit Excellence, member • The College Board, national Student Advisory Panel, Govt Relations committee, member • Toys For Tots Oldham County, liaison • Delta Sigma Pi, co-ed Business Fraternity, Alumni Contact, Japan • Oldham County Fiscal Court, member, 2010-2019.

JD Sparks' Skills & Expertise

  1. Program Management
  2. Six Sigma
  3. Management
  4. Leadership
  5. Training
  6. Compliance
  7. Public Relations
  8. Japanese business culture
  9. Public Speaking
  10. Fundraising
  11. Team Building
  12. Leadership Development
  13. Strategic Planning
  14. Social Networking
  15. Marketing
  16. Government
  17. Microsoft Office
  18. Analysis
  19. Research
  20. Nonprofits
  21. Social Media
  22. Budgets
  23. Contract Negotiation
  24. Product Marketing
  25. Team Management
  26. Data Analysis
  27. Sales
  28. Coaching
  29. Networking
  30. Social Media Marketing
  31. Mergers & Acquisitions
  32. Change Management
  33. Consulting
  34. Management Consulting
  35. Recruiting
  36. Advertising
  37. Entrepreneurship
  38. Business Planning
  39. Organizational Development
  40. Staff Development
  41. Sales Management
  42. Promotions
  43. Customer Service
  44. Microsoft Word
  45. Account Management
  46. Small Business
  47. Performance Management
  48. government relations
  49. Process Improvement
  50. Business Process Improvement

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JD Sparks' Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • American Red Cross

      Committee member
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      2005 2009 (4 years)
    • Regional Community Program Review Team, Volunteer

      Metro United Way
      • Social Services
      2007 2009 (2 years)

      Reviewed all aspects of program requests for MUW applicants in Oldham County, KY.

    • National Committee Member

      Marine Corps League
      • Social Services
      2005 present (9 years)

      National Newsletter Committee, volunteer.
      Recognized national editor, 3 consecutive years.

    • National Board committee - Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee.

      National Association of Counties (NACo)
      • Politics
      August 2014 present (2 months)

      In my role as Magistrate, Oldham County 5th District and member of KACo (Kentucky Association of Counties) I have been appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) National Board committee - Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee.

      Committee responsibilities: All matters pertaining to housing programs, community and economic development, and public works including the creation of affordable housing and housing options for different populations, residential, commercial, and industrial development, and building and housing codes.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Economic Empowerment
      • Education
      • Health
      • Human Rights
      • Politics
      • Science and Technology
      • Social Services
    • Organizations I support:

      • Marine Corps League
      • Boy Scouts of America
      • American Red Cross
      • Department of Veterans Affairs
      • Metro United Way
      • toys for tots

JD Sparks' Publications

  • Marine Corps League Monthly Newsletter

    • "Hard Charger" / Marine Corps League Det 729
    • September 2011
    Authors: JD Sparks

    Editor for nationally recognized newsletter, 3 years running awarded best large scale newsletter.
    Now sit on nationally committee.

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