Transformation Executive

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Stephen P Brown "The Maestro" Transformation Executive
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With extensive global experience in the performing arts as well as project management, Stephen is a professional organizer and PMP® dedicated to connecting communities with each other in a variety of settings. For the past five years, he has been the General Director of a professional arts management not-for-profit organization, producing as many as 159 events in one year (both in-person and online) that have transformed the cultural landscape and helped countless individuals achieve far more than they thought possible. Now, he is exploring new avenues to utilize his experience and thirst for adventure to benefit fresh sectors of society.

Stephen sees big picture needs and figures out innovative ways to solve root cause problems. His ideas and solutions have been adopted by arts management firms, local & regional governments, charities, corporations, and private organizations. As a servant leader, he continually improves his skills by investing in project & change management, software, financial, leadership, legal, productivity, and Six Sigma education, which reflects his drive for excellence and quality.

Roles

  • Artistic Director
  • Brand Strategist
  • Business Operations Director
  • Career Coach
  • Care Worker
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Contract Writer
  • Data & Reporting Analyst
  • Educator
  • Executive Director
  • Leadership & Management Mentor
  • Marketing Director
  • Music Director
  • Process Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Quality Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Website Developer
  • Workshop Facilitator

Experience

In Education, transformed a failing department into one of the four strengths of the college according to national government inspection body OFSTED, including building team from 2.5 FTE to 17 staff and interns. Hosted and presented whole-school fund-raising events and showcases. Created CRM and tracking databases from scratch (UK, OH)

In Government, participated in focus and award panels, engaged in grant processes at the local, county, state and national levels, project management for ERP and OCM transformations, including software implementation, and delivered annual recreational service contracts for local and county governments. (UK, NJ, FL)

In Logistics, improved delivery transportation tracking & regulatory reporting processes (UK), practiced distribution warehouse operations (UK), and loading & unloading carriers (NJ).

In Healthcare, converted triplicate handwritten paper shuffling to online processes through development, implementation, migration and training at all levels, saving local branch (NJ) almost $400k, and subsequently adopted nationwide (15 locations, saving $5.7m operating costs). Project managed NCQA & URAC accreditation in four state branches (FL, PA, VA, WY). Used SQL to report HEDIS data. Created company-wide user-friendly reporting dashboards for national executive team (CT).

In Performing Arts, built a single program with two major events a year into a community organization with five programs and 159 online and in-person events in one year (FL), and transformed office operations for both efficiency and effectiveness (NJ). Created and implemented online, print and email marketing strategies. Event production for charities (UK, NJ). Built and maintained WordPress websites and membership platforms. Since age 16, conducted established and ad-hoc teams of professional and amateur orchestras, bands, choirs, chamber ensembles, and stage musicals.

In Small Business, implemented, trained and maintained CRM and POS software, HCM processes, telephone systems, retail processes, created and implemented online, print and email marketing campaigns (NJ). Built and maintained WordPress websites. Led and operated event production company (UK). Hosted and facilitated group strategy and vision workshops (FL). Setup financial accountability and Quickbooks Online processes, and writing & negotiating contracts.

Software: Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, Airtable, Asana, Filemaker, G-Suite, HTML, Jira, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Personify, PowerDirector, Quickbooks Online, Salesforce, Sibelius, Smartsheets, Tableau, Thinkific, Trello, Visio, WordPress, Zoho

Services

  • Accreditation
  • Contract & regulation compliance
  • Digital Transformation
  • Documentation Management
  • Event Production
  • Goal Setting
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Process Development
  • Project Management
  • Quality measurement and reporting
  • Strategy (Business, Marketing, Productivity)
  • Training
  • Vision & Mission Clarity
  • Workshop Facilitation

Insights

  • Achieve! 2018
  • AlphaSights Consultant, 2022
  • Certified Associate Project Management (CAPM®), 2006-2016
  • Certified Six Sigma Champion, 2022
  • Ethics: An Epic Quest, 2020
  • Focused Leader, 2019
  • Full Focus Business Accelerator, 2019
  • PADI Certified Open Water Scuba Diver (Malawi), 2000
  • Project Management Professional (PMP®), 2022-
  • Qualified Teacher Status UK (QTS), 1997
  • Sing! 2018, 2019
  • Triathlete, 2019
  • Link to SPB’s articles

Formal Education

  • Cleveland State University, OH – Master’s Program (Musicology), Certificate (Financial Accounting)
  • Mannes College of Music, NY – Pre-College
  • Rutgers State University, NJ – Certificate (Project Management)
  • Trinity College of Music, London – LTCL (Performance), GTCL (Conducting)
  • Trinity College & University, Spain – B.A. Hons (Business Management), MMus (Conducting)

Select Clients

Arts (Performing)

  • Ashford Choral Society
  • Ballet Rambert Education
  • Barn Theater
  • Bloomsbury Opera
  • BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Brno State Opera (Czech Republic)
  • Clearwater Chorus
  • Dunedin Concert Band
  • Ealing Choral Society
  • Encounter!
  • Halle Orchestra
  • Jubilee Symphony Orchestra
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Medway Chamber Orchestra
  • Spotlites Theater
  • Verb Ballet

Education

  • Concert University
  • Sekundarschule Am Schillerpark (Germany)
  • Hilden Grange Preparatory School
  • Kent Music School
  • King’s School, Rochester
  • Maplesden Noakes School
  • Medway Community College
  • Patel Conservatory
  • Royal Dorton House School for the Blind
  • Sittingbourne Community College
  • University of Kent
  • University of South Florida

Business

  • Capelli Haircutters
  • Chipata Hills Hotel (Zambia)
  • Elysium Salon & Spas
  • Everything Chicken
  • Falcon Distribution
  • Magellan Health Services
  • Marks & Spencer
  • United Parcel Service

Government

  • City of Dunedin
  • Gravesham Council
  • Kent County Council
  • Medway Council
  • Montville Township, NJ
  • State of Florida
  • Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce

Not-For-Profit

  • Cleveland Center for Arts and Innovation
  • Cobham Church
  • Creative Pinellas
  • David A. Straz Performing Arts Center
  • Dunedin Music Society
  • E3 Partners (Romania)
  • Harborside Church
  • Jacksonville Chapel
  • Live Oaks Bible Church
  • Luton Church
  • Music For All Seasons
  • New Jersey Youth Symphony
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown

Awards

  • Global Music Awards: Bronze medal for original programming, 2021
  • Creative Loafing: Best of the Bay Classical Musician, 2020
  • Global Music Awards: Bronze medal for an original score, 2014
  • Reverbnation: #2 USA National ranking in Classical Music, 2013
  • Global Music Awards: Award of Excellence for an original score, 2012
  • Global Music Awards: Award of Merit in composition, 2012
  • Alan J Kirby Choral Conducting Prize, 1991
  • Ricordi Conducting Prize, 1991
2022 Vision Summit: review of progress since previous strategy workshop