Sarah Minnick

Sarah Minnick

ESPN Wide World of Sport - Sports Guest Operations Intern

Location
Orlando, Florida (Orlando, Florida Area)
Industry
Events Services

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Sarah Minnick's Overview

Current
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports - Sports Guest Service Management Intern at Walt Disney World
  • Event Services Assistant at Orlando Venues - Amway Center
Past
  • Workforce Director at Stephen C. O'Connell Center
  • Event Coordination Intern at City of Gainesville, Parks and Recreation
  • Catering Staff at Celebrations Catering
  • Workforce Supervisor at Stephen C. O'Connell Center
  • Student Assistant at Stephen C. O'Connell Center
  • Merchandise Cast Member at Walt Disney World
Education
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Sarah Minnick's Summary

I am a recent graduate of the University of Florida focused on beginning my career in Recreation and Event Management.

Currently, I am the Event Services Assistant at the Amway Center and the Sports Guest Operations Intern at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. This year, I hope to enter a graduate program in Sports Management. I believe my facility management experiences, leadership qualities, and client relationship building skills will allow me to play a positive role in furthering the success of a facility.

Sarah Minnick's Experience

ESPN Wide World of Sports - Sports Guest Service Management Intern

Walt Disney World

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; DIS; Entertainment industry

January 2014Present (9 months) Orlando, Florida

Event Services Assistant

Orlando Venues - Amway Center

September 2013Present (1 year 1 month) Orlando, FL

• Managed hospitality events from the initial client contact and booking through planning client needs and overseeing event day proceedings.
• Built and revised event set maps in AutoCAD to promoter specifications.
• Directed fellow staff and contractors in carrying out event needs through the creation of work orders.
• Lead groups of professionals, tourists, and students through building tours specified to each group’s specific interests.

Walt Disney World College Program Campus Representative

Walt Disney World

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; DIS; Entertainment industry

January 2011December 2013 (3 years) Gainesville, Fl

• Serve as Campus Representative Team Lead representing the Walt Disney Company and Theme Parks on the University of Florida Campus
• Create a detailed marketing plan, outlining the strategies and techniques used each semester to reach our target goals and numbers
• Communicate information about the Disney College Program Information Session to a 55,000 person student body through utilization of signage, email, social media, testimonial and other marketing tactics
• Coordinate tabling sessions, meetings and correspondence between the Campus Representative Team

Event Services Intern

Alamodome

May 2013August 2013 (4 months) San Antonio, TX

• Coordinated with clients to discern needs for event services, operations, telecommunications, food and beverage, security, and transportation.
• Assisted in executing events in stadium, football, arena football and Illusions Theatre configurations. Created event staff instruction guides and detailed prospectuses.
• Oversaw event day operations, load in, and load out of the Alamodome’s largest event to date, George Strait’s the Cowboy Rides Away Tour coordinating production, promoter, and catering needs.
• Created 100 page Event Planning Guide for clients detailing facility configurations, rules, and services.

Venue Management School and VenueConnect Intern

International Association of Venue Managers

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

June 2012July 2013 (1 year 2 months) Oglebay, WV, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and New Orleans, LA

Venue Management School
• Facilitated course needs according to the Seminar Instructor in a class of 40 venue management professionals
• Employ creative techniques in fundraising for the IAVM Foundation
• Assisted the IAVM staff in Registration, Dine around Wheeling, and Sports Night functioned

Venue Connect 2012 and 2013
• Constructed, operated, and broke down the IAVM Foundation's Fundraising Auction
• Served as set up and support staff for the VenueConnect Career Resource Center

Workforce Director

Stephen C. O'Connell Center

February 2013May 2013 (4 months) Gainesville, Florida

• Purchasing responsibilities including compiling a list of needed equipment, obtaining quotes, and following all mandatory purchasing and delivery requirements.
• Furthered the development of the Supervisor in Training program by streamlining training guidelines and creating detailed training documentation.
• Responsible for staffing usher and changeover supervisors, nominating employees for awards and distinctions, and general personal maintenance.
• Acted as a liaison to the administrative staff, security, technical, and floor divisions.

Event Coordination Intern

City of Gainesville, Parks and Recreation

June 2012May 2013 (1 year) gainesville, florida

• Assisted in coordinating nationally recognized events for the City of Gainesville including the Downtown Festival and Art Show and Hoggetown Medieval Faire.
• Responsible for processing revenues, assembling sponsorship and media packages, assigning vendor booth locations, and processing applications.
• Served as liaison to 50 artists during the Downtown Festival and 25 vendors during the Medieval Faire
• Acquired skills in crisis management, crowd control, and human resources

Catering Staff

Celebrations Catering

Public Company; 51-200 employees; Events Services industry

May 2012May 2013 (1 year 1 month) Gainesville, Florida

• Created a safe and enjoyable dining experience for clients and guests
• Coordinated with venue staff to determine specifications for event proceedings
• Assembled and deconstruct the event decor pre and post event

Workforce Supervisor

Stephen C. O'Connell Center

January 2012February 2013 (1 year 2 months) Gainesville, FL

• Manage crews of up to 40 student staff members for sporting and special events on usher and changeover crews
• Promote and train new supervisors
• Ensure that guest service, safety, and ADA standards are met
• Facilitate the planning, communication, and marketing for the annual Craft Festival
• Interview new O'Connell Center Student Assistant applicants
• Served as video production lead for Gator Growl 2012

Training:
• CPR Certification

Student Assistant

Stephen C. O'Connell Center

July 2011January 2012 (7 months) Gainesville, Florida

Participated in usher, changeover, security and technical crews in a fast-paced, multipurpose complex.

Training:
• Tech 101 Informational Class
• Small PA Class
• Bomb Sweep Class

Merchandise Cast Member

Walt Disney World

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; DIS; Entertainment industry

September 2010January 2011 (5 months) Orlando, Florida

• Delivered exceptional service to a diverse guest population
• Worked at seven indoor and outdoor locations through out Epcot
• Responsible for maintaining an accurate and secure cash drawer at cash wrap and outdoor cash belt locations
• Accountable for providing immediate good or service recovery
• Multi-tasked between greeting, cash wrap, sales support, photographer and photo editor positions

Sarah Minnick's Education

University of Florida

Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Specializing in Recreation and Event Management

20092013

Activities and Societies: Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals UF Chapter Treasurer, College Program Alumni Association President, Business Undergraduate Mentorship Program Mentee

Sarah Minnick's Honors and Awards

  • Academic Honors and Awards

    Recipient of the Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship, First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Scholarship, and Milling Foundation Scholarship


  • Employment Honors and Awards

    Stephen C. O'Connell Center Employee of the Month: January 2012
    Stephen C. O'Connell Center Supervisor of the Month: January 2013
    Stephen C. O'Connell Center Distinguished Service Award

Sarah Minnick's Organizations

  • International Association of Venue Managers

    Student Member
    • March 2012 to Present

    • Served as an Intern at the 2012 Venue Management School in Oglebay, WV. Student Volunteer at the 2012 VenueConnect in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and 2013 VenueConnect in New Orleans, LA.

  • Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals

    Treasurer
    • September 2012 to May 2013

    • Completed necessary paperwork and provided documentation to receive funding and support from University of Florida Student Government
    • Responsible for budget and income and expenditure transactions
    • Served as HF&TP representative at club and organization fairs at UF and the college of Health and Human Performance

  • College Program Alumni Association

    President
    • January 2011 to Present

    • Coordinated communication between all members of the College Program Alumni Association at the University of Florida
    • Scheduled club meetings and gatherings and planned discussion points

Sarah Minnick's Skills & Expertise

  1. Social Media
  2. Microsoft Office
  3. Social Media Marketing
  4. Event Management
  5. Team Leadership
  6. Time Management
  7. Event Planning
  8. Events Coordination
  9. Special Events Coordination

Sarah Minnick's Certifications

  • CPR, AED and First Aid Certified

    • American Heart Association
    • September 2011 to July 2015

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