Vinson Valega

PROFILE:

 

  • Creative entrepreneurial skills as founder of two small businesses and a non-profit corporation

  • Proven leadership expertise as Project Manager in music and visual arts sectors

  • Extensive expertise as Media Producer in website design and video production & editing

  • Accomplished grant writer and copy editor

  • Professional career as jazz drummer, composer, and educator

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

2012-present

Founder and Owner, Mill City Profiles

 

  • Design Squarespace websites for top-tier arts professionals, academics, non-profits, and small businesses.

  • Consult with clients to copy-edit website content, including image and video placement. 

  • Utilize extensive knowledge of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques and custom coding.

  • Produce and edit videos for visual artists, musicians, non-profits, and seniors (legacy videos), creating profiles through creative storytelling.

  • Extensive knowledge of Final Cut X.

  • Created and manage website: MillCityProfiles.com.

 

2000-present

Project Manager, Louden Studio

 

  • Submit RFQs (Request for Qualifications) for public art proposals by visual artist, Sharon Louden.

  • Produce all aspects leading up to installation of public art projects, including budgeting, preparation, materials research & acquisition, hiring & managing all labor. 

  • Install temporary and permanent large scale sculptures in museums and public buildings, utilizing budgets between $50,000 - $450,000.

  • Consult on and write grants multiple times per year, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

  • Process and manage all images relating to work that appears online and in print.

  • Co-produced two extensive conversational book tours featuring Louden publications, totaling 162 stops across the United States and abroad (2013-18).

  • Created and manage two websites: SharonLouden.com & LiveSustain.org.

 

2000-present

Lead Director, Glowtown

 

  • Manage educational workshops for children that teach sustainability by utilizing recycled material and trash objects to build fantastical towns that glow in the dark.

  • Consult on all aspects of collaborations with museums, arts centers, libraries, and local schools across the country, including budgeting, writing grants, logistical support, materials acquisition, etc.

  • Produced and volunteered time and services for ten workshops in one week in Greensburg, KS, helping the community recover from the devastation of an F5 tornado. 

  • Achieved school-wide involvement with over 200 students between 3rd and 12th grade in Greensburg, KS, exhibiting the final 150 square-foot “Glowtown” at the Kansas State Fair.

  • Designed and manage website: Glowtown.org.

 

1996-present

Founder and Owner, Just Jazz

 

  • Provide live jazz ensembles for corporate events, private parties, weddings, and fundraising benefits throughout the New York Metropolitan area and across the United States.

  • Consult on all aspects of event with client, including scheduling, sound systems, repertoire, instrumentation, and size of band, ranging from solo guitar to vocal quartet to big band, etc.

  • Created and manage website: JustJazzMusic.com.

 

1995-present

Freelance Jazz Musician, Drummer, Composer & Educator

 

  • Perform, tour, and record as sideman and leader (jazz clubs, festivals, new recordings, etc).

  • Recorded four CDs as leader which are distributed through Consilience Productions on all downloading and streaming services (Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, etc).

  • Received approximately 20 reviews of recordings in top jazz publications.

  • Teach students of all ages and experience levels, including as staff member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Palo Alto, CA.

 

2003-2016

Founder and Executive Director, Consilience Productions, Inc.

 

  • Converted jazz record label into a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to increasing civic engagement through live jazz and activism.

  • Produced “Consilience Awareness Concert Series” that combined live jazz performances with presentations by other non-profits, such as Solar One, Coalition for the Homeless, Sustainable Flatbush, The $10 Club, Common Cause, Citizen Action, etc.

  • Achieved marked increase in volunteer participation to support programming around environmental, good governance, poverty alleviation, and other social issues.

  • Authored four concurrent blogs from 2003-2016 resulting in over 1,000 entries devoted to current issues in the following topics: Music, Democracy, Earth, & Money.

  • Produced and distributed four CD recordings as a leader (jazz drummer/composer) and co-produced another for a women-led Latin-jazz group.

  • Organized multiple tours of the Vinson Valega Group across America and abroad, including jazz festivals and clubs.

  • Designed and manage website: CSLProductions.org.

 

 

1998-2009

Commodities Floor Trader: Senior Market Maker

 

  • Traded Cotton Options and Futures in open outcry bid-offer strategies at proprietary trading firm on New York Board of Trade (NYBOT) & International Commodity Exchange (ICE).

  • Implemented daily risk analysis plans based on macroeconomic developments and daily movement of futures to arbitrage volatility levels between dozens of monthly options series.

  • Leveraged vast knowledge of statistical modeling, technical analysis of historical resistance & support levels, and preternatural trading instincts to drive profitability during regular floor trading hours and after-hours electronic trading.

  • Initiated & cultivated profitable relationships with major international brokerage houses.

  • Exploited deep knowledge of regulatory environments impacting futures & options markets. 

  • Trained assistants to become floor traders.

  • Ranked as one of top traders by volume and profit.

 

1987-1992
Currency & Commodities Floor Trader: Market Maker

 

  • Traded Oil Options and Futures in open outcry bid-offer strategies at proprietary trading firm on New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).

  • Traded Currency Options and Futures in open outcry bid-offer strategies for Cooper Neff proprietary firm on Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX).

  • Assisted senior traders in support role which included data collection, coordinating delivery of trading sheets, computing risk analysis reports, and executing trading instructions.

 

 

EDUCATION:

 

1992-1995

Jazz Performance Professional Diploma 

Mannes College at The New School

 

1983-1987

Bachelor of Arts, Economics

University of Pennsylvania

 

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

 

2006-2016 Grammy Academy, BMI, Chamber Music America

 

 

OTHER INTERESTS:

 

Meteorology, Birding, Biographies & The Washington Capitals (NHL Hockey)

 

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