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A native of California, Arvis has resided in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of her life, with exception of 1992 to 2003 in Seattle, Washington.

For over ten years Arvis worked in the audio/visual industry for meeting and convention services in technical, management and consulting positions. In 2000, Arvis used her computer and office administration skills to create a home-based business supporting clients through email and the internet: a Virtual Assistant. Then, in 2006, it was a trip to Africa that changed her perception of travel and environmental conservation.

She traveled with 40 women to East Africa to participate in the Grassroots Women’s Conference in Kenya, coordinated with Global Partners for Development. Two weeks in Kenya and Tanzania still resonates deep in Arvis’ spirit. Seeing the vast, open beauty in Africa ignited a new awareness in Arvis to respect and support our planet. She hopes to travel throughout the world as much as possible, but with a commitment to travel responsibly, contributing to and supporting each destination she visits. As an advocate for ecotourism Arvis volunteers with her community’s environmental organizations to contribute to local efforts of eco-awareness and conservation.

Arvis Northrop writes articles and stories promoting eco travel to the Napa Valley Wine Country, California and the U.S. Her purpose is to raise awareness for people to enjoy what their own local environments have to offer; also highlighting destinations, activities and information so that eco travelers can find and match their values of responsible travel with their travel and leisure excursions.

PROFESSIONAL RESUME:

Arvis Northrop has 20 years combined experience in meeting and convention services, corporate sales and small business marketing. An innovative independent writer with a keen eye and ear, Arvis produces lively and inspiring content for direct mail pieces, website content, email campaigns and newsletters.

Since 2010 Arvis has been employed full-time in the wine industry in Napa Valley.  Working in the hospitality and direct to consumer sector for wineries allows her to apply her passion for customer service, logistics, creative marketing and events.  It also allows plenty of exposure to the environmental beauty and elegant wines of the Napa Valley.

SUMMARY OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Freelance writer with an advocacy for eco-travel and Fair Trade. Contributing writer to the Napa Valley Marketplace Magazine and Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine.

As sole proprietor, in 2001 developed On Time>Online, a home-based Internet business to provide computer and office administrative support to small businesses and sole-proprietors. Clients include healthcare professionals, meeting planners, accountants and non-profits. Consulted clients on increasing their web/Internet presence and email campaign programs.

Ongoing volunteer marketing partner for The Butterfly Project, creating printed and Internet marketing materials to promote scholarship projects for orphans in Uganda, East Africa. Produced a slide and music PowerPoint presentation to showcase East Africa and The Butterfly Project.

Completed volunteer docent training for the di Rosa Preserve to lead guided tours in art history and exhibits. From 2004-2006 managed groups of up to 25 people at a time through the galleries and grounds. Assisted volunteer teams to produce the newsletter. Served in the administrative office to book tours and handle visitor inquiries.

Served as Exhibition Coordinator on the board for the Seattle Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Coordinated and managed the 2002 North West Color III regional art exhibit at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in 2002.

Created successful client relationships and built productive customer bases as an account executive for computer and audiovisual retail and rental companies, combining 10 years of experience.

Photo & Sound Audio/Visual: Planned, coordinated and managed audio-visual logistics for conferences and events at the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley CA and the Marriott Hotel, San Francisco. As a result, this company became the leading in-house audio/visual hotel management company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Led the administrative support production of the Retirement Plan Services of Kibble & Prentice, Inc., Seattle, WA for over 5 years.

CLIENT COMPANY LIST

Napa Valley/Contra Costa Marketplace Magazines

Body Balance Healthy Living, Napa, CA

Soares Financial, Napa, CA

Vivien Maier & Associates, Seattle, WA

Kibble & Prentice Holding Company, Seattle, WA

Photo & Sound Audio Visual, Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Management of Business Information Systems

Creative Writing Major, San Francisco State University

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