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CAREER SYNOPSIS / See also https:/www.linkedin.com/in/joeswaty

I am an innovative Advanced Technology/Business Development/Marketing/Public Relations Consultant and Senior Development Executive with a 30+ year career. By exceeding goals using advanced Marketing Communications strategies, data analytics, competitive intelligence and award-winning creativity, I have served in senior management positions for technology development consulting, public relations, growth hacking, marketing, advertising, publishing, fund-raising, international sales development, executive search/recruitment, television industry leadership… with a focus on Marketing Communications throughout all facets of corporate, academic, governmental and non-profit organizations. Currently, I am Senior Consultant to Martin-Wilbourn Partners (MWPartners.com) and their locations throughout the globe, while also serving as the President, CVO and Founder of “THE VUETURE,” an advanced, future-focused communications, publishing and marketing consulting firm.

Prior to my current role, I served as Principal Consultant and Director of Enterprise and Strategic Accounts Development for DSoft Technology, Engineering & Analysis, Inc. in a dual role while operating my consulting firm for a major technology client.  Prior to then, I was Chief of Marketing and Technology Transfer for the ISSAC Corporation, an Advanced Data Analytics and Systems Engineering consulting firm building on its success for the U.S. Department of Defense in Missile Defense Systems Data Analytics and Systems of Systems Engineering. See website at ISSACCORP.COM

My future-focused career includes previously serving as Director of Operations for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Emerging Analytics Center ™ (EAC).  This data analytics/data visualization center features “first of their kind in the world” data visualization systems, including the first reconfigurable virtual CAVE™ immersion technology using a massive DLP HD screen array (EmergiFLEX™).  See http://ualr.edu/emerginganalytics/  I also currently serve on the Executive Committee of The Higher Education Campus Alliance for Advanced Visualization (THE CAAV™).

Prior to my UALR EAC executive role, I provided  innovative technology development as Assistant Dean through October 15, 2012 for the nationally-ranked engineering and computer science program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS EAS), while also incorporating program support for activities linked to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Engineering and Information Technology (UALR EIT).  Also served as a consultant on a special projects for selected clients — including Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) Agency, UCCS and UALR from Nov. 2010 to Sept. 2011.

Formerly the Director of Development / Development Services for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, having completed a senior management role as an academic Assistant Dean and economic developer for Arkansas through the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT).

Major advertising agency past roles as Account Services Director; Proven international marketing experience; National accreditation as a professional Public Relations Counselor; Future-focused career emphasis on emerging technologies in information technology.Previously served in Arkansas’ top public relations and organizational communications role — Executive Vice President of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce with Project Manager role to create what is regarded as the nation’s most high-tech Chamber building — after serving as television Station Manager for the first FOX Network affiliate in Arkansas, KLRT FOX 16.

Currently / President & Chief Visionary Officer for THE VUETURE™ / The View from the Future for Innovation Today™ / Independent development consulting firm, focused on innovative technology development for leading research institutions. 

SPECIAL NOTE RELATED TO ON-LINE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS  BELOW:  Documentation below highlights Senior Development Officer role linked to fund-raising development accomplishments. Additional background information available highlighting accomplishments in marketing, public relations, business management, business development, multi-media production, “imagineering”… and the broadest possible scope of proven skillsets in diverse fields related to advanced communications and advanced technology applications.

CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

Prior to forming “THE VUETURE” development consulting firm in late 2010 for UCCS and UALR client initiatives (and then becoming UCCS EAS Project Director), served as Director of Development/Development Services in support of the U.S. Air Force Academy for the Association of Graduates/USAFA Endowment for two years — November 2008 – November 2010.

Prior to November 2008, completed over six years as a University of Arkansas Foundation and UALR Development Officer — helping secure the largest philanthropic endowment and major gift in UALR’s history ($6 million) while also serving as Assistant Dean for UALR’s engineering college (EIT) to coordinate all the college’s fund-raising activities, external affairs, sponsored corporate research, capital grant funding proposals —  all leading up to the recent dedication of UALR’s new $35+ million EIT engineering.

Prior to joining UALR, served nine years as Executive Vice President of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce with the broad roles of Program Director for all of the Chamber’s volunteer-based activities and Senior Project Manager to create, through innovative fund-raising and donor recognition, the Chamber’s $10 million high-tech facility.

CORE COMPETENCIES

Exceptional knowledge of development techniques through years of proven, goal-oriented service in academic, public, and private sector senior management roles — recognized for creativity in strategic/aggressive development projects, fund cultivation, an extensive portfolio in development and management, a “data mining/research” focus, and presentation techniques yielding major results.

Exceptional communications/technical skills with professional accreditation as a Public Relations Counselor (the APR initials after my name) through the Public Relations Society of America; top academic honors in communications-based degree fields with continuing education in Information Technology and the latest data/research methodologies; proficiency in Microsoft Office Products and  knowledge of “Ascend” donor tracking software

Exceptional interpersonal skills honed through years in executive leadership and team-driven roles for UALR and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce — building major volunteer participation and funding support for extensive development campaigns, including such nationally-recognized projects as the Clinton Presidential Library

Exceptional donor relations abilities used to coordinate eight external Corporate Advisory Councils of 240+ volunteer members for the UALR EIT engineering college — and the management of over 30 volunteer-based Chamber member committees and affiliate organizations with seasoned networking skills tied to planning initiatives and action-based, performance accountability

Exceptional, timely and well-versed knowledge of the current issues facing public universities and the challenges of private funding initiatives during the current economic cycle — all meshed with a real passion for academia and the highest possible ethical standards

Exceptional personnel management skills learned through the “real world” experience of recruiting and managing staff members in professional academic, corporate, and non-profit environments

Exceptional project management and time management skills with a reputation for balancing major independent productivity goals with team-driven deliverables, even while handling rapidly changing priorities, “politically-charged” situations, and a robust contact management system

EXTENSIVE DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

CAREER CHRONOLOGY:

April 2015 – Currently

President and CVO / The Vueture™

May 2016 – December 31, 2016

Principal Consultant, Director of Enterprise and Strategic Accounts Development / DSoft Technology, Engineering & Analysis, Inc.

July 2014 – March 2015

Chief of Marketing and Technology Development / ISSAC Corp


October 2012 – June 2014

Director of Operations / University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center™


November 2010 – September 2012

UCCS EAS /   Assistant Dean – March 2012 – September 2012

UCCS EAS / Project Director – November 2011 – February 2012

THE VUETURE™ / President/CVO since November 2010010

November, 2008 – November 2010 UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATES and USAFA ENDOWMENT

Director of Development / Director of Development Services

Directed the AOG’s full-service development operation encompassing major gifts, annual giving, class gifts, planned giving, matching gifts, construction/memorial project management, and a pro-active stewardship program — exceeding the AOG’s aggressive multi-million fundraising goal during the national economic downturn; streamlined the AOG Development Department operations with refocused development staff supervision; transitioning organization to incorporate the USAFA Endowment beginning in January, 2010.

September, 2001 – June, 2008 University of Arkansas at Little Rock – Little Rock, AR

Assistant Dean / External Affairs

Role:

Senior Development Officer recruited to serve as Project Manager for the fundraising and project management of a new engineering building  for UALR and assigned to the University’s Engineering and Information Technology(EIT) college as Assistant Dean to oversee all external affairs and coordinate volunteer support for EIT’s sponsored research  and scholarship funds in the academic fields of Applied Science, Computer Science, Construction Management, Engineering Technology, Information Science, IT, and Systems Engineering

Results:

Successfully orchestrated complex, multi-tiered fundraising campaign and project details for $35+ million EIT engineering and information science building on the UALR campus. Role included the full scope of project management — fund-raising/ public relations aspects and direct coordination of the project’s architect and general contractor throughout the scientifically-detailed “design/build” process meshed with strategic funding goals linked to donor recognition elements

Built impressive volunteer support for the college at the national, state, and local level through the development of eight different UALR EIT Advisory Councils — comprised  of over 240 corporate  and governmental representatives.  These eight councils adopted specific scholarship and capital fund-raising goals with EIT’s Construction Management Council pledging over a half a million dollars in support for the building project alone

Moved the college forward to garner over $33.5 million to date in external research funding through innovative governmental and corporate research alliances (while also serving as Associate Director of the UALR/Acxiom Laboratory for Applied Research, linking advanced data mining research by the Acxiom Corporation to UALR’s EIT – home of the world’s first Masters degree and Ph.D. in Information Quality in partnership with MIT — with major external donor funding support secured from Acxiom Corporation)

Served simultaneously (at the request of the business community) in the senior management role of Chief Information Officer for the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce during the 10-month pre-opening and post-opening phases of the $200+ million Clinton Presidential Library complex in Little Rock – while also performing  Assistant Dean duties for UALR (and leveraging business community relationships to increase UALR’s major donor roster with funding support for EIT building project)

December, 1992 – September, 2001 Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

Executive Vice President

Role:

Senior level management position coordinating staff support for over 30 different Chamber committees, subcommittees and partnership organizations — including the Chamber’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, KBC (Knowledge Based Companies of Arkansas), Fifty For The Future, and the Chamber’s New Technology & Communications Committee.

Results:

Directed an initial, volunteer-based $6+ million, eight-year capital campaign (timed with the Clinton Presidency) to rejuvenate the Little Rock region’s economic development marketing efforts — followed by the creative management of a second $10+ million volunteer fund drive and building project management role climaxing in the opening of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce building (which is the only chamber in the nation creatively conceived in a partnership approach, meshing a chamber of commerce’s corporate economic development mission with a major telecommunications firm — AT&T – to provide a premier business organization with a high-tech building featuring the latest in video telecommunications, computer technology, and maximized Internet/web based applications for enhanced economic development).

December, 1991 – November, 1992            IQ INTERNATIONAL, INC. Little Rock, AR

Vice President of International Distribution

Role:

Corporation’s top communications, sales, and marketing executive charged with expanding foreign and domestic sales for innovative, micro-computer-based electronics device.

Results:

Proven performance included sales records reached in 35 countries worldwide and honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as 1992’s “Exporter of the Year.”  Relatively short-tenured position (approximately 12 months) ended with recruitment by senior business community to return to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce based on Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton’s election to be President of the United States.

May, 1983 – November, 1991 KLRT-TV / FOX 16    Little Rock, AR

Television Station Manager

Role:

Senior supervisory role for Arkansas’ first independent television station, responsible for quickly building the station’s revenues and ratings

Results:

Signed the station “on the air” and rapidly built viewership ratings and advertising sales revenue through innovation in co-promotion – leading to a flagship status with the origination of the FOX Television Network and, subsequently, the multi-million dollar sale of the station to the Clear Channel Television station group  / SPECIAL NOTE: While Station Manager, I was recruited to serve on the FOX Network’s original “A-Team” as one of the top ten television marketing professionals from throughout the nation.

Also during my television career, I took a10-month sabbatical from the television station in 1989 to serve as Director of Communications and Member Services for the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce to create Little Rock’s first fully-funded and fully-executed marketing/communications campaign.  The project included a total revamping of the Chamber’s economic development and membership marketing program — and the addition of computer technology to aid in cost-efficiency and performance, resulting in record membership sales and external revenue.

May, 1979 – April, 1983                 Woods Brothers Agency   Little Rock, AR

Account Services Director

Role:

Senior supervisory role charged with coordination of all account service, public relations, and creative production aspects to serve over 300 clients

Results:

The rapid success of the agency during these formative years resulted in it becoming one of today’s largest and top billing advertising agencies in the mid-south — Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.

EDUCATION

Magna cum laude Honor Graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock – Bachelors of Arts degree / Major in Journalism with a Minor in Speech Communication

Completed the equivalent of a Minor in Information Technology in 2001-2002 through UALR’s Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) “IT Certificate” program — two college semesters of intense instruction in applied computer applications

Accredited as a Public Relations Counselor (APR designation) by the Public Relations Society of America, a professional designation recognizing ethical service in the field and meeting rigorous testing requirements in various advanced communication skills

PAST HONORS / OTHER

Former President of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America / Colorado Springs / Past-President of the Public Relations Society of America / Arkansas Chapter

THE CAAV / Campus Alliance for Advanced Visualization / Founding Board Member / Former Member

American Society for Engineering Education / Former Member

CASE Professional Member / Former Member Council for Advancement and Support of Education

“Arkansas Communicator of the Year” for the International Association of Business Communicators

“Arkansas Broadcaster of the Year Award” from the UALR Radio/T.V./Film Department

Recipient of two “International Gold Medallions” — Global awards for television marketing and numerous local, regional, and national awards for excellence in advertising and public relations

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