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Matthew Douzart

Matthew Douzart

Founder

Emboldin Strategic Design

Metairie, LA 70002

Founder at Emboldin Strategic Design

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Emboldin Strategic Design

Founder

Emboldin Strategic Design is a national consulting agency with a passion for creating practical strategies and usable design. We help businesses discover an easier (and cheaper) ways to tell their story.

Each business is unique. We take care to understand and respect these unique qualities, and deliver custom tailored solutions and strategies designed to move you past challenges.

• We hand craft websites people use. (including you)
• We believe effective websites DO NOT have to be expensive.
• We provide brand identity and digital design services.
• We create strategic marketing plans.
• We define and manage projects.
• We simplify complexity.

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YogaInternational.com

Director of Business Strategy and Retention

I work with executive leadership to discover and sculpt the vision, goals, and objectives for Yoga International—a leading online publishing and wellness event nonprofit headquartered in Northeast Pennsylvania. The process is simple:

+ Evaluate past KPI's
+ Interview necessary stakeholders and vendors to discover key areas of focus
+ Formulate an execution strategy
+ Test and refine strategy—relentless simplification
+ Facilitate department / vender onboarding

The above process ensures that the organization is able to clearly understand the reasons for taking action, and also to identify potential problems and course correct in advance.

The majority of the work is done off-site, and the focus is typically on future facing projects, with the exception of membership retention, business development, and creative design support.

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Himalayan Institute / YogaInternational.com

Executive Director

Established and led an executive team to design a more traditional organizational structure for the Himalayan Institute, a diverse non-profit primarily offering yoga, meditation, and natural wellness education. Other lines of business include book and magazine publishing, natural health product manufacturing, and humanitarian projects in Africa, India, and Mexico.

Installed tiers of supervision which allowed for greater ownership and accountability at every level. This 18-month project resulted in revenue increases of over 50% and a greater level of ownership and accountability which substantially reduced costs. Designed and oversaw the complete restructuring of the two unique identities,facilitated a graceful exit from unprofitable legacy products, and directed resources to lines of business with the greatest potential.

The restructuring project led to the realization that the education initiatives of the organization would thrive better under a different identity (Yoga International) with a flatter operational structure allowing for more agile workflows, and greater productivity. Acting on this unforeseen opportunity paid massive dividends in user engagement, membership revenues, and B2B partnerships.

Envisioned and closely oversaw the UX, IA, design, and development of four eCommerce / eLearning websites in the past four years utilizing five different platforms (static HTML, Wordpress, Drupal, Shopify, and Expression Engine). Effectively translated business requirements and vision of the organization into a strategic plan that was seamlessly executed by design and development teams.

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Himalayan Institute Cameroon

Managing Director

Served as founding Managing Director for the organization's premier project on the African continent. Worked through all logistics of registering the organization in Cameroon, site selection, staffing (foreign and domestic), procuring supplies (including several container shipments from the US and China), renovations of a 10,000 sqft facility that serves as administrative and residential facilities for foreign staff. Established several of the vocational training programs that exist today, recruited and trained the current Managing Director into the position.

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Oreck Corporation

Regional Manager

Oversaw the successful day-to-day operation of 21 retail stores and two regional service centers. Worked with district managers, and operations manager, and store managers to exceed sales projections every year, and aggressively cut costs to maximize profitability.

Growth Trajectory:

August 2002 – June 2006, Regional Manager, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth

August 2001 - August 2002, District Manager, Houston, TX

May 2000 - August 2001, Store Manager, Mandeville, LA

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Blockbuster

Senior Store Manager

Responsible for daily operations of the company's ninth highest volume store. Increased revenues, decreased shrink, and payroll costs. Also responsible for mentoring new store managers and district managers in training.

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University of New Orleans

Business Administration and Management, General