Carolyn Hannan

Carolyn Hannan

Natural foods and small business marketing professional.

Louisville, Kentucky Area
Marketing and Advertising

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Carolyn Hannan's Overview

  • Owner & Chief Consultant at Bourbon & Beans
  • Owner & Chef Instructor at The Wholesome Chef
  • Green & Healthy Schools Coordinator at University of Kentucky
  • Marketing Manager at Lucia's World Friendly Boutique
  • Founder at Green Edge Collaborative
  • Events and Marketing Coordinator at Red Horse Cafe
  • Founder & Director at Green Edge NYC
  • Associate Director of Special Events at Center for the Urban Environment
  • Private Chef at Blue Note Foods
  • Executive Assistant at The Cloud Institute
  • Line Cook at Candle Cafe
  • Barista at The Sentient Bean
  • Sales Associate at Aveda
  • Barista at Kojays
  • Food Service at Our Daily Bread
  • Sales at Worthwhile
  • Sales Associate at Nine West Group
  • Sales Associate at Gap Inc.
  • Hostess at Ramsi's Cafe on the World

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Carolyn Hannan's Summary

My career is the culmination of years working in restaurants, retail (corporate and local), non-profits and small independently owned businesses. While I enjoy working as part of a team, I am a natural leader as well. I have founded and operated a health-based cooking school and a successful marketing consulting business. Due to my varied experience in the work force, one asset I bring to the table is problem solving skills and the ability to understand situations from many perspectives.

My professional goals are focused on utilizing my skills and experience in a positive work environment that contributes to a healthier and happier way of life.

Specialties: Social enterprise (for- and non-profit hybrid) business model; marketing; design (print and web); event planning; media relations; health supportive, plant-based cooking.

Carolyn Hannan's Experience

Marketing And Events Manager

Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods

Retail industry

October 2013Present (7 months) louisville, kentucky area

I oversee the marketing efforts of a family-owned and operated 5 store natural food markets chain. My duties range from website and app management to social media to ad campaign design to event planning, scheduling and promotion.

Owner & Chief Consultant

Bourbon & Beans

June 2009December 2013 (4 years 7 months) lexington, kentucky

Bourbon & Beans is a sassy and savvy marketing collaborative with headquarters in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky; however, we are awesome enough to work with clients thousands of miles away (South America, Chicago, Maryland, etc). We specialize in small businesses with a "green" or social mission and work primarily with entrepreneurs and small businesses. We find that this niche has an incredible amount of passion and we help business owners strategize about and promote their craft.

Our areas of expertise and passion are print and web design, press and media relations, social media and overall marketing strategy.

Owner & Chef Instructor

The Wholesome Chef

January 2011April 2013 (2 years 4 months) lexington, kentucky

I received formal culinary training in 2005 from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City and now specialize in vegan and vegetarian cuisine as a food educator.

After culinary school, I worked as a cook at New York’s renowned vegan restaurant, Candle Cafe, and then as a personal chef to Manhattan and Brooklyn clients. I also completed a Bachelor of Science from The New School and have begun work on my Master's in Business Administration.

Now back in my home state of Kentucky, my full-time job is Owner & Chief Consultant at Bourbon & Beans. However, The Wholesome Chef is my outlet in which to share my passion for fresh, simple and delicious foods. It is my goal to help you with the "how"; you know you need to eat better, but believe myths that it's expensive and time consuming. That's where I come in...guiding you in learning about and trying new foods in a fun, comfortable environment.

I offer a few public classes each month and present regularly for business wellness programs. Please call or email me to book a date for the following: Knife Skills; Vegan & Vegetarian Basics; Fish; Juicing & Smoothies; Kitchen Farmacy; Macrobiotic Diet; and Ayurvedic Cooking.

Green & Healthy Schools Coordinator

University of Kentucky

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2009May 2010 (9 months) lexington, kentucky

All Kentucky schools, private and public, preschool through university level, and schools yet to be built, are eligible to participate. Homeschool associations are also welcome. An Awards Ceremony for progress in the KGHS program is held every year in May so that schools can be recognized for their hard work in becoming certified Green & Healthy.

Marketing Manager

Lucia's World Friendly Boutique

September 2009May 2010 (9 months) lexington, kentucky

In my work at Lucia's, I have lead the team to higher levels of organizational structure while maintaining the independent character of this 2 year-old locally owned fair trade retail business. This has included designing and building a website, creating and electronic inventory system, creating and maintaining advertising budget and media relations, managing student design intern, event planning and promotion, etc.


Green Edge Collaborative

July 2006January 2010 (3 years 7 months)

Using entrepreneurial skills, created a grassroots social network from the ground up that connects people with businesses, organizations and resources that impact sustainable practices; brought together a community of New York City residents through frequent events such as potlucks, speeches, film festivals and restaurant tours as well as an online network; successfully built and managed a staff of six that includes event coordinators, a graphic designer and a publicist; created strategic partnerships with businesses and organizations to achieve the group’s mission; present at lectures and panel discussions throughout New York City.
It is in this role as Founder that I actively participate in the steering committee and development advisory board to support the growth of a strong grassroots organization that has potential to become a nation-wide non-profit supporting the community for a sustainable future.

Events and Marketing Coordinator

Red Horse Cafe

September 2007June 2009 (1 year 10 months) brooklyn, new york

Established a new position composing and overseeing marketing strategies such as daily happy hour, monthly featured artists and opening celebrations and weekly live music performances; promoted all events with local media, weekly newsletters to mailing list and social networking sites such as Facebook; styled and maintained unique website; significantly increased sales and client loyalty with successful events and marketing initiatives.

Founder & Director

Green Edge NYC

July 2006May 2009 (2 years 11 months) new york, new york

Founded in October 2006, Green Edge Collaborative is a social network for New York City residents to tap into to learn about simple ways in which they can implement sustainability into their daily life. Creating an organizational structure from scratch, this involved designing original events, developing a comprehensive online network as well as creating and managing a staff of 7 volunteers.
A large part of developing a successful organization involved working with the Art Director to create and maintain strong branding in our marketing.

Associate Director of Special Events

Center for the Urban Environment

September 2008November 2008 (3 months) brooklyn, new york

At the Center for the Urban Environment, I was invited to design a space rental program for a LEED certified building located in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. I successfully worked with all Center staff to develop a procedures manual and worked with a designer to create a comprehensive marketing program.

Private Chef

Blue Note Foods

August 2004September 2006 (2 years 2 months) new york, new york

Created a business structure to provide a plant-based meal delivery service highlighting local, organic and seasonal foods; produced in-home cooking classes focusing on vegan and vegetarian recipes.

Executive Assistant

The Cloud Institute

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Wireless industry

20052006 (1 year) new york, new york

Managed all communication and scheduling for the president and founder, Jaimie P. Cloud; provided project assistance for all staff; designed and produced content for monthly newsletter; provided regular updates to website and managed technical support for internal network; supervised bookkeeping in collaboration with accountant.

Line Cook

Candle Cafe

June 2005August 2005 (3 months) new york, new york


The Sentient Bean

June 2004January 2005 (8 months) savannah, georgia

Sales Associate


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; EL; Cosmetics industry

August 2003May 2004 (10 months) louisville, kentucky



August 2002December 2002 (5 months) blowing rock, north carolina

Food Service

Our Daily Bread

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Food & Beverages industry

August 2001June 2002 (11 months) boone, north carolina



June 2000October 2000 (5 months) charleston, south carolina

Sales Associate

Nine West Group

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; JNY; Apparel & Fashion industry

August 1998June 1999 (11 months) louisville, kentucky

Sales Associate

Gap Inc.

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; GPS; Retail industry

August 1996May 1997 (10 months) louisville, kentucky


Ramsi's Cafe on the World

June 1994August 1994 (3 months) louisville, kentucky

Carolyn Hannan's Publications

  • GreenGuide: Sustainable Living in the Bluegrass

    • Lexington, KY
    • October 2013

    The GreenGuide's mission is to provide Kentucky residents and visitors with a comprehensive guide to sustainable life in the area as well as entertaining and informative articles and tips.

Carolyn Hannan's Skills & Expertise

  1. Event Planning
  2. Non-profits
  3. Marketing
  4. Web Design
  5. HTML
  6. Social Media
  7. Marketing Strategy
  8. Nonprofits
  9. Newsletters
  10. Editing
  11. Social Media Marketing
  12. Social Networking
  13. Public Speaking
  14. Small Business
  15. Facebook
  16. Strategic Planning
  17. Event Management
  18. Entrepreneurship
  19. Research
  20. Management
  21. Project Management
  22. Advertising
  23. Team Leadership
  24. Leadership
  25. Budgets
  26. Media Relations
  27. Strategic Partnerships

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Carolyn Hannan's Education

Midway College

MBA, Masters of Business Administration


New School University

BS Liberal Arts, Social Enterprise


Designed a unique degree fitted with my targeted career goals to understand and utilize the best of both the for- and non-profit business world.

Natural Gourmet Institute

CTP 119, Health Suportive Cooking


Successfully completed a comprehensive program meeting the following goals:
* To provide students with the information and culinary skills necessary to succeed in the rapidly expanding field of food and health.
* To supply students with the knowledge and understanding necessary to make dietary choices that support individual health needs for themselves and their clients.
* To empower students to maximize their creative potential by giving them the tools to develop fulfilling careers in the health-supportive culinary arts.

Appalachian State University



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