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EDAWN hires Linda Student as member relations associate



studentweb_-_color-150x150-4290064-2192420The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada has announced Linda Student has joined the organization as its new member relations associate. Student replaces Meghan Wagonseller, who has accepted a position as business development coordinator at EDAWN.

In her position, Student will recruit new members, identify potential member upgrades and implement an aggressive sales plan to meet membership revenue goals for the organization. Additionally, Student will assist the vice president of member relations and administration to create member opportunities, expand relationships with existing members and manage EDAWN’s member tracking software to ensure member retention.

Student brings more than 20 years of management, sales and event planning experience to EDAWN. Key to her new membership role is her prior experience as member relations director for East-West Partners, Somersett Club at Town Center, where she managed more than 2,000 individual clients and local events, implemented new member retention and growth initiatives and increased Somersett member club participation by 45 percent.

Student also worked as an executive assistant to the Property Management Division of The Ribeiro Companies, where she maintained the company website and database, assisted in company marketing projects and conducted audits on utility accounts.

“Linda’s successful membership relations combined with her strong sales background will prove extremely valuable as EDAWN develops new member opportunities and value propositions for supporters of economic development,” said Rae McElroy, vice president of member relations and administration. “Her strong customer service and marketing mindset, understanding of member needs and a precise attention to detail fit EDAWN’s mission to serve both incoming and expanding companies, as well as community stakeholders.”

Student graduated from Heald Business College in Hayward, Calif., with a degree in career secretarial, business management. She is active in the Reno-Tahoe community volunteering as a team leader at the Reno ProNet Outreach program, served as team leader and established the first Washoe County Emergency Response Team in the northwest community, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Reno Irish Dance Company and volunteers for Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue Program.

EDAWN is a private, non-profit corporation founded by community leaders in 1982. EDAWN works to recruit and expand quality companies that have a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater Reno-Tahoe. Reno was named the No. 1 Place for Doing Business in America 2005 by Inc. magazine. For more information, visit www.edawn.org.

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