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«November 17,2015 To Whom in May Concern: It is my privilege to recommend Angela Durko, Ph.D. as an Academic Professional Track, Member Only, of our ...»

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AlEXASA&M

~GRILIFE

RESEARCHI EXTENSION

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

AND LIFE SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM SCIENCES

November 17,2015

To Whom in May Concern:

It is my privilege to recommend Angela Durko, Ph.D. as an Academic Professional Track, Member Only, of our Graduate faculty. Angela was the lead graduate student in my Tourism Marketing lab prior to graduating in May of 2014} and was an outstanding mentor to her cohort of graduate students. She has also shown an excellent propensity for conducting and reporting academic research, as witnessed by publication in our field's top journals. In the past two years, she has had six peer reviewed articles accepted for publication and has actively been obtaining data. She currently has six different data sets she will be able to share with graduate students to write from. Angela is also an outstanding teacher, having been awarded two major teaching awards by Texas A&M University in the past two years. Her ability to teach will be a great benefit to assisting on a graduate committee.

She currently has a special appointment, to serve on Justin Taillon's committee, but we would like her to be able to serve on other graduate committees as well. Angela has much experience and expertise in areas that many of our graduate students have/desire (Le., marketing, advertising effectiveness and event management), while we lack other faculty in these areas. Additionally, her extensive knowledge of research designs, and statistics (particularly structural equation modeling) will be beneficial to committees she will be on.

For these reasons, we hope that Dr. Durko will be allowed to serve as a "Member Only of our JI graduate faculty. Should you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to ask.

cs- \- Respectfully, ~ \)(-7 cYl'-vlc James F. Petrick, Ph.D. - Professor jpetrick@tamu.edu (979) 845-8806 600 John Kimbrough Blvd 2261 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-2261 Tel. 979.845.5411 Fax. 979.845.0446 www.rpts.tamu.edu Angela M. Durko, PhD Dept. of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences│ College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office 409 R│Texas A&M University│600 John Kimbrough Blvd│2261 TAMU│

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Education Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA Ph.D. Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences- May 2014 Advisor: Dr. James Petrick Dissertation: Examining the Potential Benefits of Leisure Travel Taken With and Without One’s Significant Other and Children

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University Involvement Summer ‘15 Marketing Consultant Veteran’s Affairs Special Event Planning Aug ‘14- Current Academic Advisor: Recreation, Park and Tourism Club Social and philanthropic service organization for RPTS students Jan ‘13-Current Leaders in Texas Travel Industry Speaker Series Responsible for planning and coordination of 6 Travel Industry Legends guest lectures focused on educating students on career opportunities in the industry

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May ‘13-Current Academic Advisor: Infinite Aggies Student Organization Student led service and social organization established in 2013 Aug ’10-Current Pat Tillman University Scholar Representative for veteran services and events throughout campus

-6Professional Experience Mar ‘10~Current Public Information Coordinator USDA Rural Development, State Office, Texas Responsible for planning from 5 to 20 events per month to showcase Rural Development’s commitment to rural communities throughout Texas. Event planning included coordination and planning in conjunction with all

USDA RD offices, representatives of Congress and Senate, and funded recipients. Event responsibilities include:

venue selection, activity planning, guest invites, logistical operations, media coordination and promotion, and after action reporting. Events range from funding announcements, ground breakings, ribbon cuttings, site visits, media interviews, new home tours, recipient appreciate days, and holiday events.

Tasked with preparation and dissemination of all news releases and feature articles to state-wide media outlets as well as designing and distributing a yearly Annual Report and promo items. Media outreach includes: written, spoken, audio visual, electronic, and other methods of transmitting information. Responsible for briefing media agents on the Agency's programs and activities and their impact on various public and private activities.

Mar ‘09~Sep ‘09 Risk Reduction Coordinator General Dynamics, Ansbach, Germany Planned and executed 20 unit risk inventory surveys at Army Company level. Collected data on 14 high risk factors from 3 Army Garrisons including Active and Warrior Transition Units. Reviewed and analyzed risk reduction data for accuracy and identification of immediate and long term risk issues in military community.

Complied data results to develop written briefings, power point lectures and marketing material presented before health promotion councils and military commanders. Resulted in the development of several task groups to address major risk reduction issues. Groups met to develop community events to educate public on risk items and offer solutions or alternatives to risk items. Resulted in a noted decrease in soldier suicide numbers, family abuse cases and lower alcohol and drug related incidents on military bases within area of responsibility.





Briefed Brigade, Battalion and Company commanders on risk reduction program benefits and responsibilities.

Teamed with Army Substance Abuse counselors to provide informative resources to enhance soldier morale and lifestyles. Effectiveness evaluated by current participation levels and increased base involvement as the program continues.

Sep ‘07~Dec ‘08 Co-Director USO Iraq, Balad, Iraq Conducted a complete feasibility study for USO in the interest of creating the first USO in Iraq. Findings resulted in the first USO in Iraq, which opened February 2008, to support and lift morale of deployed troops.

Established working relationships with base commands and locals to build a new business in Iraq.

Coordinated efforts with local nationals on facility management and importing goods for center use. Surveyed target audience of soldiers to find interests and needs during deployment in relevance to keeping in touch with loved ones at home. Reviewed findings and developed programs based on needs, such as phone and computer centers within USO which were free to use for all soldiers while deployed.

Assisted with the planning and execution of a variety of high profile shows for 50,000+ military soldiers and civilians in Iraq. Responsible for on ground logistics, scheduling and marketing of shows, along with security monitoring and volunteer coordination. Responsible for events which included visits by: Iraq Commanding

-7General David Petraeus, Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General James Cartwright, and performers including; Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Robin Williams, Carlos Mencia, Lance Armstrong, Wilmer Valderrama, Lewis Black, Brent Michaels, college basketball coaches, WWF participants and K2 fighters.

Recognized need for small children to connect and “see” parents during deployment. Worked to bring United Through Reading program to Iraq. Marketed program by writing and submitting spots to local base newspaper, TV channel and commander briefings. Scheduled video times, coordinated volunteer work schedules to monitor the program, oversaw planning and management of resources and reported program success in monthly headquarter reports. Due to program’s overwhelming success, sponsorship of program was sought from many outside sources.

Created and carried out a variety of monthly morale activities for soldiers. Designed and developed largest remote control race track for soldier use in Iraq. Coordinated race events and sought donations from stateside companies to offer as prizes. Worked with public affairs officers to market events and races and broadcast activities on a base TV channel. Managed new employee and volunteer training as well as recruitment of volunteers. Created volunteer force of 200 within 3 months.

Aug ‘05~Aug ‘06 Instructor Hall School of Journalism, Troy University, Troy, Alabama Designed current Advertising curriculum used by the University. Evaluated current teaching program and assessed student need to determine course offerings by semester and course curriculum. Tasks involved surveying current faculty, staff, students and alumni to determine current standing of advertising program. Led to the development of new program curriculum and new teaching strategy to involve a more hands-on approach to advertising and more presentations by students to prepare them for careers in the field.

Utilized a variety of teaching resources which included: PowerPoint lectures, video and audio teaching resources, Blackboard and Elearning, Hot Potatoes academic software, Dreamweaver website development, and all MS applications.

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May ‘03~May ‘05 Marketing Director USO Pacific, Okinawa, Japan Directed special events and promotions which developed interest and secured funding for USO Pacific and military communities. The biggest annual fundraiser directed was the Pacific-wide Bazaars which netted $700,000 for FY2004 for military unit events and morale activities. Planning involved logistical coordination for hosting 50+ vendors from Pacific countries, securing locations for the event, coordinating with base officials to grant local national base support, and working with base transportation offices to configure working traffic patterns for vendors, vendor delivery semi-trailers and customer parking. In-house planning consisted of marketing through radio programs, advertising through base and local national newspapers and television advertisements. Accounting duties consisted of monitoring 25 volunteers handling cashier stations and daily cash

-8and credit balances. After action duties included totaling cashier spreadsheets, payouts to vendors and presentations of monetary donations to military organizations.

Sought sponsorship from local and international businesses and secured and maintained an annual local sponsorship budget which exceeded $500,000. Event sponsorship secured from international businesses was used for family day gatherings, entertainment performances by Top 10 artists and donations to deployed military units. Evaluated each event and presented after action reports and return on investment facts along with suggestions to each vendor. Increased sponsorship dollars from one specific local vendor by 300% for FY2004.

Responsible for the development, planning, implementation and monitoring of events and marketing activities for USOs throughout Asia, Korea and the Middle East. Marketing tasks included a continual increase of USO awareness achieved by creating promotional and educational media tools carried out through local media outlets, publications, press releases, outreach programs and briefings. Positive working relationships with local media representatives and military PAO were established and maintained to provide outlets for press releases pertaining to recent USO events, donations or promotions and submission of releases to local and world-wide media outlets. Yearly promotion of the USO during CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) season involved daily radio program appearances on local AFN stations, newspaper advertisements, public appearances and giveaways throughout base. Other public relations tasks included: monthly commander’s call meeting appearances which updated units on USO offerings, monthly USO executive board meetings with local national members, and completion of after-action reports to USO headquarters on all USO events and promotions.

Responsible for procuring and distributing over $400,000 worth of in-kind donations to deployed units as well as military families and community members throughout the Pacific region. Constant contact with deployed commanders led to a needs-based assessment of units to determine what supplies the military was lacking and what the USO could provide. Supervised and trained 20 employees in the Pacific theater. Weekly briefings with all employees generated positive working environments and allowed for a working macro management system with my employees.

Major Events Planned and Promoted Experienced in planning and producing events from conceptual phase to completion for up to 50,000 attendees, ranging from small to mid-sized Congressional, corporate and foundation events to large rock concerts in foreign countries. Previous experience with event logistics, venue search, supply management, resource allocations, project management, budgeting, invitation design and distribution, media coordination, hospitality responsibilities, and after action reporting for events ranging from government funding announcements in rural communities to celebrity performances in Iraq. Able to successfully multitask and work under pressure to meet deadlines as part of a team or team leader.

2012-2015 Event: Texas Travel Legends Speaker Series Department Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Texas A&M University Assisted with coordination, scheduling and management of VIP speakers to Texas A&M Event: Monthly Congressional Funding Announcements (approx. 5 to 20 per month)

-9United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Texas Responsible for all phases of planning, execution and follow up of announcements for Rural Development funded projects throughout Texas. Coordinate monthly with Congressional offices throughout Texas for planning purposes.

Event: Hispanic Women Farmer Rancher Claims Process (HWFR) United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Texas Assisted in coordinating 20 meetings throughout Texas for USDA reps to disseminate material and information regarding the HWFR claims process in conjunction with legal proceedings Event: Pat Tillman Shadow Run Pat Tillman Memorial Foundation Responsible for all phases of planning and execution of the Pat Tillman Memorial Run Austin, Texas.

Event: Feds Feed Families United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Texas Assisted with planning, marketing, collection and delivery of 2,500 pounds of donated food..



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