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Ellie Thodal

Ellie Thodal

Sales Coordinator

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Savannah, GA

I graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Public Relations and minors in Journalism and Dance. I am an enthusiastic, creative and hardworking individual, willing to jump into any project. With a passion for communication and connection, my dream job includes working in a great team with other ambitious people.

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The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Sales Coordinator

In my current position as Sales Coordinator at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, I have become familiar with the low country
and how the culture differs from that of The West. Also, I have been able to experience the sales side of event management. From taking a
lead, qualifying the lead and assigning it to the correct sales manager, I am able to see how the managers decide which business to take. In
addition, I have great experience with contracts as I process each contract that comes through to ensure its precision.

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Big Sky Resort

Owner Communications Manager

Communicate directly with condominium and home owners to serve as a liaison between owner, guest, and Big Sky Resort.
Coordinate all in-house Home Owners Association meetings and serve as secretary to the board. Includes setting meeting time and place, coordinating food and set up, taking minutes and releasing minutes to owners.
Plan and execute the annual Owner’s Appreciation Week including a tent at a local event and cocktail party.
Continuously monitor and update each Home Owner’ Association website, Big Sky Resort’s Property Management website and Google page.
Assist owners in caring for their condominiums and homes when they are away, including monitoring maintenance requests, reservation requests and interior design requests.

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Gonzaga University

Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations; Journalism; Dance

I left for college as a Business Marketing major. During orientation I took a look at my schedule for the first time and had a slight panic attack- it was all math. I met with my adviser and within 10 minutes of talking to her, I had switched to Public Relations. She made me realize that while both professions had the same outcome, I was much more interested in the personal side than the analytical side.
That decision shaped my college years and my career goals. I want to be around people all the time and really make people care about something.

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Big Sky Resort

Front Desk Manager

Manage front desk staff including assisting in goal setting for each employee, reviewing progress, and assisting in situations with guests or employees out of the control of the staff.
Create exceptional experiences for all guests of the resort by offering outstanding customer service and turning any negative situation into a positive one and learning from it.
Communicate tasks to all areas of the resort using email, phone and radio and follow through each task to ensure they are accomplished in a timely manner to create the best possible experience for our guests.

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The Yellowstone Club

Events Assistant

Here, I really started to hone my event production skills. In addition to making each event member-ready for our high end private resort, I was a key player in the coordination of each event from setting up initial
planning meetings to reporting the outcome and financials when an event is done. I worked closely with the food & beverage teams to ensure all catering needs of the group are met. Similarly, I worked with outside vendors on a regular basis to ensure a smooth running event. This job appealed to my detail-oriented nature and my love of an ever-changing job description.

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Gonzaga University Student Publications

Marketing and Promotions Assistant

Prepared an audience-specific marketing plan for each student produced journal and the yearbook.
Maximized campus involvement by informing students of each journal’s vision and deadlines using various marketing techniques such as organizing information sessions and updating weekly student newsletters.
Communicated with each journal’s editor in order to accomplish their individualized goals for the journal.
Initiated, maintained, and increased social media sites for each journal utilizing campus events.

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Gonzaga Athletics

Marketing and Promotions Intern

Designed, organized, and executed marketing activities at Gonzaga University athletic events (schedule national anthem singer, assist Color Guard, facilitate in game promotions for crowd of 6,000, etc).
Informed campus of all upcoming athletic events and promotions via internet database and campus advertisements.
Assisted in the development of strategies to improve atmosphere, enhance the fan experience, and increase attendance at Gonzaga Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball, and Baseball events.

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