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Brian Rentas

Average rate
$40/hour
  • Joined April 2015

Event Planner, Branding Expert, Music Promoter & Band Manager. Experience in non-profit management, social media & content production

  • New York, NY, United States
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Brian Rentas
New York, NY, United States

Worked with

Availability

Not seeking work

Available

  • Available during business hours, evenings, and weekends

Commitment

  • Can work 28hrs per week
  • Can commit to 3-6 months

Services

Categories

Content Community Strategy Copywriting

Reviews and references

References

Drew Bastian

Brian has managed our band "Manic Pixi" for over a year now. We have never been more put together since Brian joined the team. His organizational tactics are only matched by his care for the people involved in the work and uncanny ability to see sides of projects we would have sorely missed without him. An eye for detail, a personal touch, and an energetic, inspired approach to the tasks at hand. That's Brian Rentas.

Experience

Summary

A college newspaper nerd turned event planner, band manager, and director of operations for a small non-profit. Previous experience includes community management for The Michael Schimmel Center for The Arts and Pace University's Enrollment Services dept.

Work history

Freelance Event Planner and Digital Media Consultant
Design web pages, newsletters, event assets, and a variety of other properties. Coordinated volunteers, solicited & secured event sponsors, and updated social media pages.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Coordinator, Events and Conferences
Managed registration for 20+ hosted events, headed logistic support for several trainings and implemented new technologies to boost attendee engagement throughout major conferences.
Freelance Event Planner
Hosted one of the most successful Annual Public Service Auction to date. Volunteer coordination, social media management, establishing new brand protocols, coordinated video assets.
The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Marketing Assistant
Created blog posts and managed the Facebook and Twitter presence of the small performing arts theatre in Lower Manhattan. Initiated a community outreach program that enticed local university professors to attend events with their classes.
The Village Voice
Digital Marketing and Events Intern
Oversaw all contest and promotions-related social media posts for the alt weekly newspaper, while performing research on all artists participating in the 2012 4Knots Music Festival in order to promote the free event.
TUN.com
Publicity & Social Media Marketing Intern
Managed the start-up's growing Facebook and Twitter presence, Launched a college newspaper publicity campaign that focused on promoting brand awareness in new markets. Coordinated two promotional events during CMJ Music Marathon 2011.
Pace University
Web and Social Media Student Assistant, Enrollment Management
Managed the university's social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and the Accepted Students blog, which included a weekly blog post surrounding perks of the University's NYC campus. Assisted with maintenance of the university's Drupal-based website.
The Pace Press
Deputy Managing Editor, Web & Social Media Manager and Arts Editor
Over the four years I attended Pace, I was promoted to three separate positions on the weekly newspaper -- gaining experience in copy editing, story pitching, community management, website maintenance, layout design and a variety of other skills.

Portfolio

Personal Blog Writing Portfolio

A couple examples of blog posts and long-form essays I've written

Skills

Skills

Event Planning blogger outreach strategic planning personal narratives community building content creation

Tools

Trello Indesign evernote Hootsuite Photoshop Google Analytics Greater Giving

Interests

Industries I love

Education Entertainment Events Media Music Social Enterprise Travel

What I read

When I need to advance my knowledge: Copyblogger, Buffer's blog, and Social Media Examiner.
When I need inspiration: Unstuck, Tiny Buddha, GOOD and Apartment Therapy
When I need to get lost in something: Jonathan Franzen or Chuck Klosterman

Side projects

Currently the Director of Operations for Punk Out, a nonprofit focused on the visibility of the LGBTQ community in the alternative music scene, and manager of the pop-punk band Manic Pixi. Otherwise, I'm traveling between concerts with a book in my hand!

Ideal team

I thrive in a team setting that encourages and supports taking calculated risks and trying out new, unfamiliar ideas. I admire clients that allow me to have fun with my work (within reason!) while being forthcoming with what they expect.