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JD Sparks

Project Management / Corp Communications / Marketing / Govt Relations

Location
Louisville, Kentucky Area
Industry
Management Consulting
Current
  1. Public Equity Group,
  2. Oldham County Fiscal Court
Education
  1. University of Louisville College of Business Forcht Entrepreneurship Center & Nucleus
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Public Equity Group

Public Equity Group

Program Manager / Global Communications

– Present

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Background

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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Experience

Program Manager / Global Communications

Public Equity Group
– Present (5 years 9 months)Louisville, Kentucky Area (and Internationally)

Magistrate

Oldham County Fiscal Court
– Present (3 years 11 months)LaGrange, KY

Education

University of Louisville College of Business Forcht Entrepreneurship Center & Nucleus

Seneca

Delta Sigma Pi

Courses

Independent Coursework

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

Public Equity Group

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

Oldham County Fiscal Court

  • Continuing Education (Over 120 hours)

Languages

  1. Spanish (limited wording and past proficiency)

  2. Japanese (only minor wording and cultural awerness)

Skills

  • Program Management
  • Six Sigma
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Training
  • Compliance
  • Public Relations
  • Japanese business...
  • Public Speaking
  • Fundraising
  • Team Building
  • Leadership Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Social Networking
  • Marketing
  • Government
  • Microsoft Office
  • Analysis
  • Research
  • Nonprofits
  • Social Media
  • Budgets
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Product Marketing
  • Team Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Sales
  • Coaching
  • Networking
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Change Management
  • Consulting
  • Management Consulting
  • Recruiting
  • Advertising
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Planning
  • Organizational...
  • Staff Development
  • Sales Management
  • Promotions
  • Customer Service
  • Microsoft Word
  • Account Management
  • Small Business
  • Performance Management
  • government relations
  • Process Improvement
  • Business Process...
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Volunteer Experience & Causes

American Red Cross

Committee member
(4 years)Disaster and Humanitarian Relief

Regional Community Program Review Team, Volunteer

Metro United Way
(2 years)Social Services

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

National Committee Member

Marine Corps League
– Present (9 years)Social Services

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

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Opportunities JD is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board
  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes JD cares about:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Politics
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Services

Organizations JD supports:

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

Honors & 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.

Publications

Marine Corps League Monthly Newsletter(Link)

"Hard Charger" / Marine Corps League Det 729
September 2011

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

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