Name : Brian Devost
Industry Type : Related Professions
City & State : Suffolk, VA
Job Title Executive Director
Relocation Preferences :
Objective : To secure a position that will take full advantage of my skills and experience in management.
Resume :  
BRIAN J. DEVOST

3909-204 Breezeport Way Suffolk, VA 23435 757.373.1602 bjdevost[at]gmail.com


LEADERSHIP PROFILE

Results-oriented leader with impeccable skills and experience in recreation management. Success has been built on superior interpersonal skills, keen analytical insight, budget accountability, a talent for resolving problems quickly and accurately and a passion for great customer service. Regarded as a dedicated professional who will work tirelessly to enrich the quality of community life by providing a variety of leisure programs and services for everyone to enjoy.

SKILLS & CERTIFICATIONS

Budgeting/Finances
Marketing/PR
Fundraising/Grants Facility Operations
Customer Service Trainer
Website Design
Executive Training Institute
Risk Prevention Management
CPR/AED/1st Aid/ACLS
EDUCATION

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY AT CARBONDALE Carbondale, IL
M.S.Ed. Parks and Recreation Management (1985)
Thesis: Type A/B Behavior Patterns and Competitive/Non-Competitive Leisure Lifestyles

Graduate Teaching Assistantships:
Department of Recreation: Taught courses in Statistics and Natural Resource Management
Office of Intramural Sports: Supervised Clubs, Sport Leagues, Officials and Special Events
Office of Student Housing: Organized activities for the Graduate Student Housing Complex

Extracurricular Activities: Served on the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY AT LOYOLA Montreal, QC
B.A. Recreation and Leisure Studies (1983)

Extracurricular Activities: University Newspaper Staff Writer
Intercollegiate Athletics Varsity Football Team

CANADORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE North Bay, ON
Associates Degree Recreation Leadership (1980)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

RICHLAND COUNTY RECREATION COMMISSION Richland County, SC (2009-10)
Executive Director

Led the planning and operating efforts for an award winning (National Gold Metal for Excellence) parks and recreation agency with (41) facilities including a competitive golf course and technology center. Fiscally responsible for a $12.4M operating budget and a $50M tax bond. Supervised 145 FT & 250 PT employees with five Division Heads and a 501(c)(3) Foundation Executive Director as direct reports.


Notable accomplishments:

Re-aligned staff responsibilities to focus on customer service and provide a servant/leader approach to management.
Completed a strategic long range plan and launched a business model that promoted fiscal accountability and service.
Accelerated a $50 million general obligation bond to build new park facilities by leveraging new Federal tax credits.
Conducted a comprehensive program and facility fee analysis to help recover cost and encourage greater participation.
Coordinated a salary study and implementing a new pay scale to upgrade staff compensation and merit pay increases.
BRIAN J. DEVOST
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PRINCE WILLIAM HEALTH SYSTEM (L&T) Manassas, VA (2006-07)
Director, Wellness and Fitness Center Services

Coordinated a wide variety of community wellness programs (diabetes education, nutrition counseling, CPR trainings, health fairs, corporate health assessments and flu immunizations) along with physical fitness services to improve overall health for Seniors with chronic health issues.


Notable accomplishments:

Eliminated the budget deficit by implementing financial benchmarks, revamping policies and introducing best practices.
Secured Foundation funding to implement a Comprehensive Health Improvement Program within the school district.
Created and sustained a positive work environment to attract, retain and motivate high caliber employees and volunteers.
Implemented a successful marketing and PR campaign that increased patient referrals and attracted/retained members.

YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (1990-05)
Executive Director

Responsible for facility operations, recreation program management, budget/finances and supervision. Transferred community goals into a strategic plan that developed business partnerships and encouraged people of all ages to get involved on a deeper level.


Notable accomplishments:

Managed a multi-million dollar budget within a 105,000 square foot facility along with two community extension sites.
Addressed growing community needs by designing, implementing and monitoring a well conceived strategic business plan.
Increased the budget surplus by 13% during a recession representing the largest income increase among all branches.
Engineered a culture of satisfaction by designing and implementing a 30-60-90 day metric to improve member retention.
Recruited community leaders to ensure the Association was fully engage in: Governing policies, Undertaking fund
development and Representing the membership in the most efficient/effective way possible.

GETTYSBURG COLLEGE Gettysburg, PA (1985-90)
Director of Intramurals, Recreation and Fitness

Responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of a new and comprehensive intramural, recreation and fitness program to improved the quality of life for the students, faculty and staff on campus.


Notable accomplishments:

Achieved a 55% participation rating within the first year and 73% following the fourth year of operations.
Taught specialized classes (Triathlon Training & Introduction to Wellness) for the Department of Exercise Science.
Strengthened accountability and enhanced the value proposition by building on achievements and rewarding participants
based on a commitment to excellence.


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

VA Health Leadership Institute Fellow
School Health Advisory Board Co-Chair
Special Olympics Volunteer
Harbor Point Community Church Member
Big Brother Association Volunteer
United Way Disaster Relief Volunteer
Shaping Healthy Kids Hospital Foundation
YMCA of the USA Cabinet Member
Health Advisory Council for Seniors Chair
Go Red for Women (AHA) Volunteer
Police Athletic League President
National Recreation & Parks Assoc. Member



3909-204 Breezeport Way Suffolk, VA 23435 757.373.1602 bjdevost[at]gmail.com
BRIAN J. DEVOST
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PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS

Bring in the New Year with Basics of Good Nutrition Community Connections, January, 07
Metabolism and Your Diet The Healthy Eater Community Connections, May, 07
Way Too Sedentary Punditry Op-Ed Article Virginia Pilot Newspaper, June, 09
Western Tidewater Free Clinic a Good Model Suffolk News Herald, June, 09
Healthcare Debate Shouldnt Ignore Chronic Conditions Suffolk News Herald, July, 09
Providing Great Customer Service (Lecture Series) Proprietary Presentation / BJD 05
Distinguished Community Service Award American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Outstanding Volunteer Service Award Big Brothers Family Services/Baron of Hirsch Institute






REFERENCES




Mr. Todd Weiss, Commissioner
316 Fallen Oak Drive
Columbia, SC 29229
803.699.2251 (h) 803.238.1469 (c)
gweiss[at]sc.rr.com
Affiliation: Former Supervisor


Mrs. Sandy Thompson, Supervisor
9000 Tudor Lane
Manassas, VA 20110
smtbalance[at]yahoo.com
703.257.8867 (h) 703.795.6024 (c)
Affiliation: School Health Advisory Board









Mr. Robert Brucker, Executive Director
27 Cooper Lane
Oxford, PA 19390
610.932.8552 (h)
bbrucker[at]verizon.net
Affiliation: Former Supervisor


Mrs. E. Janet Heuer, RCRC Retired
6429 Bishop Street
Columbia, SC 29203
jeheuer[at]live.com
803.787.0740 (h)
Affiliation: Former Employee















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