Michael F. Wacht 6135 Shenandoah Way • Orlando, FL 32807 • 407â€312â€3481 • www.MikeWachtPhoto .com Photography • Multimedia Communications Management • Media Relations • Training & Facilitation Qualifications • Creative Leader • • Award-winning photographer Communications and public relations expertise • • Expert writer and editor Excellent multimedia presentation skills • • Experienced process facilitator and problem solver Skilled researcher • • Bilingual (English/Spanish) Experienced project manager • Skills and Experience Photographer Worked as a reporter/photographer for two newspapers. Traveled to Angola, Africa to document the state of the United Methodist Church after 40 years of war. Official project photographer for SunRail commuter rail project. Experience as a concert, wedding and event photographer. Media Relations/Crisis Communications Organized and executed statewide media tours supporting outreach for Florida’s 511 traveler information system, appearing in nearly every media market in Florida and providing Spanish interviews in Orlando and Miami. Managed crisis communication response for the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church in several instances of clergy misconduct. Extensive experience writing and disseminating news releases. Familiar with Cision (Bacon’s) media databases. External Communications Managed public involvement for Central Florida’s SunRail commuter rail project, including community and employee presentations, and construction outreach. Managed bilingual marketing and educational outreach for Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System, helping build the highest perâ€capita call volume in the country. Scripted and directed educational videos. Internal Communications Led the successful effort to move the Florida United Methodist Review from a printed newspaper to an online and eâ€mail news service, increasing active readers by more than 60 percent. Integrated a video component into the Florida Conference the UMC’s communication strategy. Produced the first interactive Web cast. Led the effort to implement a new distributor-communication network for Tupperware, resulting in increased distributor satisfaction with corporate office. Training and Education Developed and taught classroom and online curricula courses in professional communication, Microsoft Office and business math. Developed and led media spokesperson , AP Style and Florida’s Plain Language Initiative training. Peer and inâ€service trainer for lifeguards at Walt Disney World. Technical Communications Authored and presented a technical paper at the 2011 ITS World Congress on a web-based solution to specialâ€event traffic incidents. Served on the National 511 Coalition Distracted Driving Task Force developing recommendations and guidelines to help 511 deployers position themselves properly and encourage safe driving habits for 511 users. Professional Experience Wacht Media LLC (2011–present) SunRail Public Involvement Specialist, Project Photographer Photographer (1997–present) Photojournalism, and documentary, wedding, nature and concert photography Globalâ€5 Communications (2006–2011) Director of Innovate Solutions/Project Manager, Account Executive Galiano Career Academy (2006) Classroom Instructor, Tutor Walt Disney World Resort, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park (2005â€2006) Deep Water Lifeguard, Inâ€service Trainer Educational Consultant (2005–2006) Florida Conference United Methodist Church (1998–2005) Director of Communications, Communications Coordinator/Assistant Editor Tupperware (1988–1995) Sales Promotion and Marketing Project Manager, Regional Administrator Other experience • Orange County Supervisor of Elections office: Precinct Clerk (2004 – present) • Volunteer bilingual disaster response caseworker • Onâ€theâ€air personality at AM and FM radio stations • Fullâ€time and freeâ€lance writer and photographer for newspapers covering city and county government • Volunteer hospital chaplain Community and Professional Associations American Mensa (2011–present) Help Portrait, a national photography-based charity organization Event/behind-the-scenes photographer (2009–present) Media relations (2009–2010) Orange County Watch, a citizens’ committee for responsible county government Chairman, Media Committee (2009) Society of St. Andrew, a national hunger relief organization Board of Directors (2001–2005) Chairman, Marketing Committee (2003–2005) United Methodist Association of Communicators Standing Rules Committee (2002–2005) Professional Certification Committee (2004â€2005) Education Washington and Lee University, 1983 – 1987 B.A. in Journalism, with supporting studies in Political Science and English Literature Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 1995 Work toward Master of Divinity degree, 4.0 GPA Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University, 2010 Work toward Master of Project Management degree, 4.0 GPA New York Institute of Photography, 2013 ProfessionalPhotographer Course

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