LJ Bates III

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Summary

A successful, visionary, values-focused and detail oriented, professional business leader with hands-on and management experience in both nonprofit and for-profit industries, with specific talents and expertise in:

  • Fund Development and Business Development
  • Staff and Volunteer Training and Development
  • Strategic Planning and Operations Management
  • Public Relations and Organizational Branding
  • Membership and Community Development
  • Vision clarity, Mission delivery and Evaluation

Professional Experience

President, LJB3 Consulting, LLC
Owner, 2004-Present
Roles held: Vice President, Executive Director, Operations Director, Director of Organizational Advancement, Board Development Liaison, Development Consultant

COO / CFODodecki Software Ltd.
Co-founder, 2012-Present
Work closely with startup team on business development, customer service, sales, marketing, operations, financials, compliance

Executive Director, Kalani Honua
Employee, 2012-2015
Oversee entire multi-million dollar operation of sprawling retreat in Puna, Hawaii, implement SOPs, create new revenue streams for organization (e.g. The Market at Kalani, a co-op grocery store much needed in community)

Executive Director, Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH) Hawaii Island
Employee, 2011-2013

Estate Manager, Vulcan, Inc.
Employee, 2008-2010
Managed several properties and all personal services for family and guests

Vice President of Development/Executive Director, Island of Hawaii YMCA
Employee, 2007-2008
Managed YMCA Branch and all Association Fund Development activities 

Operations Director, New York Health & Racquet Club
Employee/Consultant, 2005-2007
Managed two facilities; creating the two highest producing centers

Executive Director, The Caring Community
Employee, 2002-2004
Managed operation of multi-site Senior Services throughout lower Manhattan

Executive Director, The Catalpa YMCA of Greater New York
Employee, 1998-2002
Established new Branch in underserved community creating largest youth-serving network in Queens 

Center Director, The Catalpa YMCA of Greater New York
Senior Director, Long Island City YMCA
Employee/Consultant, 1996-1998
Managed all operations for two multi-site YMCAs, broke ground on LIC Branch and laid groundwork for new Catalpa YMCA framework

Senior Director, Brooklyn Central YMCA of Greater New York
Corporate Youth Development Specialist
Employee/Consultant, 1993-1996
Managed storefront YMCA and created largest multi-site YMCA (17 sites) in all of NYC  

Corporate Youth Development Director, YMCA of Greater New York
Employee, 1990-1993
Designed, implemented and evaluated all Teen Programs throughout 19 branches in all 5 boroughs; laying foundation for service to over 250,000 teens 

Achievements

  • NONPROFIT

    Increased services to teens from 3,500 to more than 250,000 in less than 10 years

    Rescued branches from closure while creating financially independent centers, all within a two-year period

    Secured next five years of funding for NYC’s largest and oldest senior-service agency serving lower Manhattan after 9/11

    Delivered local, and nationwide curricula and training designs to thousands of Youth Service Professionals

    Raised just under $24M via annual/face-to-face, corporate, foundation, government, and capital campaigns

    Set new membership records via creative marketing channels

    Rescued closure of two branches via fund development and asset management

    PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

    Evolved my leadership from one estate to include 14-home main estate, and then all estates within U.S., all for one of the wealthiest families on the planet

    Enhanced all off-grid systems for 120-acre campus within Hawaii’s largest educational retreat center and eco-village, establishing a sustainable living example for the Hawaii Islands

    Successfully lobbied legislation for sustainable living and revised building codes resulting in a significant impact on Island homeless statistics and new licensing procedures in Hawaii’s Planning, Building and Health Departments

    Progressively decreased operating expenses by $9M within two years

    RESTAURANT

    Beat revenue targets for the area’s largest store from within one of the smallest,attracting the attention of the Fortune 500 company CEO who came to visit

Decreased COGS via vendor relationships and re-negotiations

Increased agricultural growth and internal contributions to kitchen operations, resulting in significant decrease in COGS

HOSPITALITY

    • ‣  Increased revenue by $2M+ within 3 years
    • ‣  Increased services to individuals by 4,000 annually
    • ‣  Increased spa revenue by redesigning marketing materials, training designs, servicedelivery and sales team coaching
    • ‣  Increased room nights revenue through a redesign of inventory controls and revitalizedsales techniquesSTARTUP
    • ‣  Created job skills program nonprofit from concept to implementation within six months, serving thousands of economically disadvantaged young people
    • ‣  Created complimentary job placement nonprofit from concept to implementation, serving thousands
    • ‣  Designed financial parameters which moved a concept to become a financially viable startup. resulting in investments, users, clients, and sales
    • ‣  Created largest free tutorial program in the State of Massachusetts
      ‣ Created nationwide tutorial program from concept to implementation

    Significantly decreased expenses via inventory, kitchen and front of house systems, and proceduresIncreased revenue via pricing and marketing design

Volunteer Experience

  • Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation, Kailua Kona, HI
    Board Member, 2010-2013
    Internal and External Committee Involvement
  • Rotary Club of Kona, Rotary International, Kailua Kona, HI
    Volunteer, 2007-2009
    Youth Service Committee Focus
  • Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Kailua Kona, HI
    Member, 2007-2008
    Non-Profit / Youth Service Committee Focus
  • Job-Works, Inc., New York, New York
    Volunteer, 2003-2004
    Pro-Bono establishment of Job-readiness Nonprofit for young people
  • 104th Precinct Community Council, Queens, NYC
    Volunteer, 1998-2002
    Created largest National Night Out Against Crime Event in all of NYC
  • New York YMCA Program School, Northeast USA Region
    Director, 1999-2000
    Directed curriculum, leadership & training of Northeast YMCA professionals
  • Glendale-Maspeth Kiwanis Club, Queens, NYC
    Volunteer, 1998-2002
    Youth Service Committee Focus
  • Community Board #5, Queens, NYC
    Volunteer/Chairman, 1996-2002
    Established Youth Service Committee and grew membership to 35 service members
  • YMCA of Greater New York Teen Leadership & Governance
    Founder, 1991-2002
    Designed, implemented and evaluated Youth Leadership and Teen Governance throughout all 19 YMCAs’ Board of Managers and the Corporate Board of Directors
  • YMCA of Greater New York Youth Development Committee
    Chairman, 1991-1998
    Directed the training and supervision of Youth & Teen Directors throughout NYC
  • YAPP – Young Adult Prevention Program, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, NYC
    Volunteer, 1991-1996
    Designed, implemented and evaluated a new curriculum to train young people as HIV/AIDS Educators to other youth people throughout NYC
  • Springfield College Campus YMCA, Springfield, MA
    Founder, 1988-1992
    Established the largest free tutorial program in Western Massachusetts on the Campus of Springfield College through a student-run YMCA operation

Education

Baruch College; Zicklin School of Business, NYC
Executive Master of Business Administration

Springfield College, Springfield, MA
BS, Human Services Administration / Non-Profit Management, Cum Laude

Continuing Education

  • American Management Association
  • New York Society of Association Executives
  • YMCA of the USA Career Development Graduate
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • YMCA of Greater New York AcademY
  • YMCA of the USA Executive Development Graduate

Related Honors & Associations

  • Member, Rotary Club of Kona
  • Member, Association of Professional Directors (Rookie of the Year – 1991)
  • Founder / President, Springfield College Campus Y
  • Chair, Y of East Bay Program Action Teams
  • Chair, Y of Greater NY Youth Devel Committee
  • Founder, Y of Greater NY Teen Council
  • Member, Glendale Kiwanis / Maspeth Kiwanis Clubs
  • Director, Y of the USA Program School
  • Y of the USA Program Excellence Award

Key Skills

Operation / Strategic Planning

  • Long and Short Range Planning
  • Results / Performance Tracking
  • Organizational Alignment / Realignment

Plant / Facility Management

  • Manage facilities (120 acres) multi-property estates
  • Retreat Centers, Fitness & Aquatic Centers, YMCAs
  • Security planning, delivery and management
  • Supervision of engineers & external contractors

Technology Design & Delivery

  • Long and Short Range Planning
  • Results / Performance Tracking
  • User-Friendly platform

Staff Training / Development

  • YMCA of the USA Faculty Member
  • Fundraising/ Program Impact/ Community Development
  • Strategic Planning / Programming on Purpose
  • Author, Implement, Evaluate Various Methods

PR / Organizational Branding

  • Marketing Systems, Structure, Strategy
  • Market Research / Targeted Marketing
  • Organizational Values Design, Delivery
  • Donor Communications / Brochures / Newsletters

Mission / Program Development

  • Mission Delivery Systems, Structure, Strategy
  • Youth / Teen Services / Child Care / Leadership
  • Design, Implement, Evaluate Mission Statement

Fund / Business Development

  • Government, Corporate, Foundation Grants
  • Annual Support Campaigns / Capital Campaigns
  • Face to Face / Major Donor Campaigns
  • Increase Operations through Investment Capital

Staff / Volunteer Development

  • Board Development Systems, Structure, Strategy
  • Org. / Mgmt. Structure & Performance Appraisal
  • Annual Development Planning & Implementation
  • Recognition, Motivation and Engagement

Membership Development

  • Marketing: Systems, Structure, Strategy
  • Communications: Educate, Enlighten, Engage
  • Retention: Systems, Structure, Strategy
  • Promotions: Renew, Retain, Reward

Community Development

  • Community Research and Planning
  • Community Board, School Board, CBO’s
  • Collaborations / Partnerships / Service Clubs / Chamber of Commerce
  • Satellite Operations and Development

Excellent references available upon request.

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