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Sponsorship Representative

Sponsorship Representative


(Starting Salary $35,000 to $40,000 base, plus commission)
  

The nationally recognized award-winning Memphis in May International Festival is seeking applicants for the position of Sponsorship Representative.  We are looking for an outgoing and energetic individual who is a detail-oriented team player, to solicit, sell and manage local and national sponsors. This position requires a person with a professional image, highly developed written and oral communication skills and a minimum of two years of outside sales or marketing experience.  College degree required.  This is a full-time year round position with commission and bonus compensation in addition to base salary and a generous benefits package.   

Qualified candidates should submit cover letter, resume and salary history no later than Monday, February 15, 2016 to mim@memphisinmay.org with the subject line Sponsorship Representative. 

Memphis in May encourages minority participation and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Friday, January 29, 2016
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Director of Programming

Director of Programming

The Memphis in May International Festival is seeking a new Director of Programming to direct our arts, international culture, education and select entertainment programs and events. Areas of responsibility include direct management of artistic exhibits and displays, international cultural performers and participants, educational outreach programs, dignitary events as well as a variety of festival program activities. 
The position requires a bachelor's degree and five years of progressive work experience with knowledge and understanding of artistic, cultural, educational, entertainment and event programming and management.

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and public speaking experience.   

Professional public image and appearance.   

Demonstrated experience and success in producing public events.   

Excellent interpersonal relations and personnel management skills, including the ability to gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion. 

Experience in working with individuals and organizations from diverse cultural backgrounds.   

The ability to travel internationally for a one-week period twice annually.   

Detailed oriented and able to handle a fast paced multi-task work environment.   

Background and experience in negotiating contract terms.   

The ability and flexibility to work long hours, as required, during event operations and pre-event activities. 

 The ability to remain calm when working in high pressure, time sensitive situations. 

A highly organized individual with strong office skills and experienced in developing and managing procedural processes.   

Submit cover letter, resume, salary history and salary expectations no later than January 11, 2016 to mim@memphisinmay.org.   Only qualified candidates that meet the experience requirements outlined above should apply. Memphis in May is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 0 comments
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Memphis in May Announces New Event

Memphis in May Announces New Event

Great American River Run - Memorial Day Weekend 2016

 

December 7, 2015. Memphis, TN: Memphis in May International Festival just got a little more exciting for athletes of every caliber – from elite runners to weekend joggers/walkers – with the announcement of the Great American River Run. The 2016 event, a half marathon and 5K run, is the first of two events that will become part of the festival’s Memorial Day Weekend line-up closing out the month-long civic celebration. The race is expected to be a fast favorite of local and regional runners, with a course showcasing the Mississippi River, live entertainment along the run route and culminating with post-race music, food, and beverages on the river bluff.    

The race will be held May 28, 2016 and the course will take participants along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and through downtown Memphis. Both races are designed for all levels – from elite athletes to the beginning runner or family participant.    

“Our city sits on America’s greatest river and we want to celebrate this tremendous local asset with a healthy lifestyle event for local participants and running enthusiasts from across the country.” says James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival. “We also want to honor our veterans and celebrate all they do, and have done, for our country, which is the true purpose of the Memorial Day Weekend holiday.”     

The Memorial Day Weekend event will pay tribute to our past and present servicemen and women by supporting Wounded Warrior Project, and providing an opportunity for runners to raise funds supporting the mission of this important veterans service organization. A portion of registration fees for the Great American River Run will also be contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project.   

“The Board has long wanted to include a participatory event to our festival lineup and we are excited about the addition of the Great American River Run.” says Doug Browne, 2016 Board Chairman of Memphis in May International Festival. “We have long-term plans for the Great American River Run to grow it into one of the nation’s top half marathons, as well as a great way to end our favorite month.”    

Race Course Map: www.memphisinmay.org/run-maps
Registration: www.memphisinmay.org/great-american-river-run 
Hashtag: #MIMGARR     

2016 Memphis in May International Festival Dates 
Beale Street Music Festival: April 29 – May 1, 2016 
International Week salute to Canada: May 2–9, 2016 
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 12–14, 2016 
Great American River Run: May 28, 2016 

Memphis in May International Festival plans a second event for the Memorial Day Weekend festival finale in addition to the Great American River Run, and will be announcing the next new event in the festival program menu in January 2016.  

About Memphis in May 
Memphis in May International Festival is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs contribute more than $70 million in economic impact to the community, foster civic pride, promote awareness of Memphis heritage, and build international relationships and understanding through education.   

Memphis in May International is the official Festival of the City of Memphis, and the recipient of 184 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association. Memphis in May International Festival was recently named the Top Festival in the Southern United States in a nationwide readers’ poll by USA Today 10 Best.  For additional information about the Memphis in May International Festival, please visit the official Memphis in May web site at www.memphisinmay.org.    ###

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 0 comments
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Annual Championship Barbecue Judging Seminar - Registration Closing Soon


November 3, 2015 (Memphis, TN): Memphis in May International Festival will host their annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Judging Seminar on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee. 

This seminar provides the only opportunity for barbecue enthusiasts to receive training and become qualified to judge at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which will be held on May 12–14, 2016 in Tom Lee Park, in Memphis, TN. 

“Memphis is recognized as the barbecue capitol of the world and our World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is celebrated as the true world championship among global barbecue competitors. This seminar, offered one-time annually, affords individuals the opportunity to qualify to judge at the legendary Memphis in May event in 2016” said Jim Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May. 

Topics to be covered at the barbecue judging seminar include: Memphis in May judging process and rules; the official meat categories; the scoring process; and blind, on-site, and final judging. Participants will sample barbecue from a competition barbecue team during simulated judging exercises. 

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is ranked as America’s #1 most prestigious BBQ competition by USA Today 10Best. Each year over 250 competition teams from across the country and around the world travel to Memphis, TN to compete for the title of World Champion Barbecue Cooking Team. 

The Championship Barbecue Judging Seminar is limited to the first 100 registrants, first come first served. All instruction materials and lunch is provided. Participants are encouraged to register now, as the seminar sells out each year. Registration is $85.00 per person and applications are available at memphisinmay.org, registration closes Monday, November 9, 2015. 

2016 Memphis in May International Festival Dates 

Beale Street Music Festival: April 29 – May 1, 2016
International Week:  May 2–9, 2016
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 12–14, 2016   

About Memphis in May Memphis in May International Festival is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs contributes more than $70 million in economic impact to the community, fosters civic pride, promotes awareness of Memphis heritage, and builds international relationships and understanding through education.     

Memphis in May International is the official Festival of the City of Memphis, and the recipient of 184 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association. 

Memphis in May International Festival was recently named the Top Festival in the Southern United States in a nationwide readers’ poll by USA Today 10 Best.   

For additional information about the Memphis in May International Festival, please visit the official Memphis in May web site at www.memphisinmay.org. 

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Posted by Natalia Yarger at Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | 0 comments
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Memphis in May Collects 16 Pinnacle Awards at 2015 Intl. Festival & Events Association Conference

Memphis in May International Festival collected 16 Pinnacle Awards at the International Festival & Events Association’s 60th Annual Convention & Expo in Tucson, Arizona, on September 21, 2015.

The professional competition collects entries from the world’s leading festivals and events in 68 award categories. Memphis in May winning categories include “Best Educational Program,” “Best Event Website,” “Best Overall Sponsorship Program,” and “Best Volunteer Program,” among many others.

In total, Memphis in May received seven Gold Pinnacle Awards, two Silver Pinnacle Awards and seven Bronze Pinnacle Awards. Also among the 2015 award winners were Rotterdam Festivals, Kentucky Derby Festival, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Vivid Sydney, Indy 500 Festival, Philadelphia Flower Show, Boryeong Mud Festival, Fiesta San Antonio, Bumbershoot and Cherry Creek Art Show.

“The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.

“…this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”

“We are pleased to be recognized for outstanding achievement among our national and global peers in important areas of event programming, marketing and creativity. These awards are very meaningful as they are a testament to the hard work and dedication our staff and volunteers put into the festival each year,” said Memphis in May President & CEO James L. Holt.
Listed below are each of the 16 2015 Pinnacle awards won by Memphis in May:

Gold
•  Memphis in May International Festival: Best Educational Program
•  Memphis in May International Festival: Best Event Website
•  Memphis in May International Festival: Best Overall Sponsorship Program
•  Memphis in May International Festival: Best Volunteer Program
•  International Week: Best Miscellaneous Clothing
•  World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest: Best Event within an Existing Festival (Big Hog Run)
•  World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest: Best Festival/Event Mobile Application

Silver
•  International Week: Best Company Image Pieces
•  International Week: Best Promotional Poster

Bronze
•  Beale Street Music Festival: Best Festival/Event Mobile Application
•  Beale Street Music Festival: Best Miscellaneous Clothing
•  Beale Street Music Festival: Best Social Media Site
•  International Week: Best Event Invitation (Poland Under the Stars)
•  World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest: Most Creative/Effective News Stunt (Big Hog Run)
•  World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest: Best Sponsor Gift
•  World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest: Best Hat

2016 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Beale Street Music Festival: April 29 – May 1, 2016
International Week: May 2–9, 2016
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 12–14, 2016

Posted by John Stevenson at Friday, October 9, 2015 | 0 comments
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