Who am I?

Personal Details

  • Name: Gabriel Fantauzzi
  • Nationality: Citizen of the United States of America
  • Based: Greater New York Area
  • Email: gfantauzzi22@gmail.com

 

Professional Profile

I am a creative and energetic professional offering 25 years of experience working in fast-paced environments where solid organizational skills are required to manage staff, customers, contractors, budgets, schedules and all financial aspects of projects.

I have achieved professional success as a self-starter with extensive client service experience and strong communication skills. Articulate, confident and personable, with a creative resourcefulness and the ability to problem solve under pressure makes me a professional that customers and partners can depend on.

Having managed projects globally has given me a wide range of experience, knowledge and the versatility to function with confidence that the level of excellence expected can be met.

Personal Snapshot

A native New Yorker with a passion for art and design, after graduating H.S., I began a custom painting business. What started out as an invite to help a friend to paint a mural in a customer’s home, grew into a small business with 16 + employees, providing custom painting and faux finishes throughout the Tristate area for a decade and a half.

In 2000, I was involved in a vehicular accident. As a result, I was left temporarily wheelchair-bound. Not knowing at the time to what extent I would recover and having a family to support, I attended college for the first time. The results are that I earned an education that would allow me to transition successfully to a new professional career.

My growth and strength come from carrying the same attitude and approach in my career as I do in my life. I recovered from an accident that I was given a 90% chance of not recovering from. My approach, whether in life or in my career, when I come across a seemingly insurmountable obstacle is to welcome the challenge with an emphatic, “bring it on!”


Professional Background

work Experience

2018 - Present

Maintain A Chain Corp.

Director of Project Management

 

Create functionally specific strategies, objectives, develop budgets and oversee all project management procedures from open to close.

• Set project execution goals, oversee personnel and coordinate resources.
• Develop and direct the strategic planning of projects.
• Set and track P & L, production targets and monitor the financials of projects.
• Compose terms and negotiate contracts.

2016 - 2018

Ngozy LLC.

Owner / Partner
Operations Manager

 

Development, design, production and management of;

• Online ecommerce art & products.
• Contractual art commissions & artist procurement.
• Promotional “Art for Sale” events.
• Contractual art production partnerships.

2010 - 2017

Starwood
Hotels & resorts

Event Production Manager
Senior project manager
Special projects manager

 

Manage and oversee all design and production phases from conceptualization through execution for a wide range of high-profile events.

• Prioritize and manage deliverables across multiple large-scale projects and teams.
• Meet with project lead Senior Creative Directors to develop and deliver solutions for seamless event management, from creating schedules to troubleshooting scope and budget changes to ensuring impeccable execution.
• Manage all phases of project development and implementation, ensuring all event deliverables are on brand, on time and within budget.
• Work with and mentor brand project managers to develop and oversee project plans, timetable and milestones for all event deliverables.
• Collaborate with senior brand stakeholders, venue managers and outside agencies, to negotiate production contracts.

2007 - 2010

STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS

Interior Design manager
Senior Designer

 

Select Design Works Include:

• 15 in-property themed installations seasonally over three years at more than 60 W Hotel properties globally. (2007- 2010)
• W Hotels Worldwide VIP Lounge at Bryant Park NY for three seasons. (2007-2010)
• W Hotels Worldwide Fall Fashion Week Travel Glam-themed VIP Lounge at Bryant Park, NY. (2007)
• Environmental experience for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair / Aloft Hotels and LG Haussy event at the Milk Studios NY. (2010)
• W Vieques private guest arrivals area paint scheme. (2010)
• Award-winning W Hotels artwork and parade float for the NYC Pride Parade. (2008, 2009)
• Content and formats for a wide range of style guides for interiors, botanicals and styling. (2007-2010)

1987 - 2003

Fantauzzi Professional Taping and Painting
For Walls

owner & operator

 

Owner & Operator

• Founded and managed a company dedicated to artistic furniture & wall finish designs, faux finishes, decorative murals, interior paint layout & design.
• Directed all day-to-day business functions, hiring, transactions, personnel management, and payroll administration.

Core Competency Examples

Multiple-project time management and organization:
• Set milestone schedule and multiple discipline flying formations for two design teams for the 2013 Le Meridian and W Hotels Worldwide General Manager's Summit Events that went live 30 days apart in Istanbul, Turkey and Texas, USA.
• In 2012 negotiated, managed and coordinated the spatial builds and load ins of 4 events simultaneously during a 4-month period: W’s VIP Lounge @ Fashion Week NY, Specialty Select Brands Summit at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel, SPG Wrigley Suite at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center & the International Hotel Investment Forum Starwood space at the Kaminzimmer Hotel in Berlin.

A self-motivated, solution-oriented mindset:
• On the spot problem solving for installation time management crises’ at the 2011 Spring Fashion Week event install.
• Negotiated an equitable solution between the Union’s scheduling and our needs for time by editing the install scope on site.
• Found an installer in NY on a Saturday morning that could take over the install and refinish with 2 hours until show time.

Ability to adapt to tight deadlines and last-minute revisions:
• Produced the W Sound Suite Pop Up space at the St. Regis New York in 14 days. Set up included manned full recording studio set up, free standing space defining flats with environmental large format graphics, full event timing coordinated f & b service, lounge style sitting and service.

Communication and customer management skills:
• Submitted and discussed an accepted edit for the 2015 Westin Summit scope & schedule to the Westin Global Brand leader.
• Created a production strategy to accommodate a company leadership change and a reorganization of available resources.
• Avoided creating multiple visual identities.
• Reprioritized the execution cadence and executable scope to accommodate the deliverables list and delivery date.

Contract negotiation:
• Negotiated the 2012 IHIF project to an exact on-budget execution closing a 45k budget gap.
• Negotiate a 15k savings from the SPG tunnel and DOF wall for the Starwood Experience Space Headquarters project.
• Using the strength and influence of a long working relationship with contractor, contracted them to execute the Holiday installation tree at 44 W Hotels properties that 9 other equally qualified vendors could not execute on budget.

Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office Suite, Monday, and other Project Management Sofware:
• Modified and repurposed all the graphic electronic files from the IHIF sister event for the 2013 Starwood’s International Travel and Business event space.
• Authored and implemented a complete project managementdatabase for Maintain A Chain Corp.

Spoken & Written Spanish Language Fluency

Education

SUNY Purchase University

BACHELORS IN FINE ARTS

Purchase College has been recognized by The Princeton Review in its Best 380 Colleges, 2016 Edition.
The U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges ranked Purchase as one of the "Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges,” and a Tier 1 National Liberal Arts College, while Kiplinger's Personal Finance names Purchase College as a Best Value College for 2016.
Graduates of Purchase College rank among the most famous, the most successful, and the most satisfied. Purchase University graduates are also among the most sought after by businesses, social organizations, and cultural institutions throughout the country.

Westchester
Community College

Visual Arts Associates Degree

Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains.
In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community college.
Westchester Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

select works

Portfolio

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    VARICK STREET
    STARWOOD DESIGN CENTER

    New York, NY - USA

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    '09 FALL FASHION WEEK W HOTELS VIP LOUNGE

    New York, NY - usa

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    ST. REGIS & LUXURY COLLECTION GM SUMMIT

    Doha - uae

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    STARlab
    Starwood DESIGN CENTER

    new york, ny - usa

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    STARPOINT
    STARWOOD HEADQUARTERS

    stamford, CT - usa

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    '11 IHIF STARWOOD SUITE

    berlin - germany

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    W HOTELS
    HOLIDAY INITIATIVE

    Global

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    W VIEQUES GUEST AIRPLANE PAINT DESIGN

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    '08 FALL FASHION WEEK W HOTELS VIP LOUNGE

    New york, ny - usa

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    W hotels
    boat design

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    w hotels
    10 YEARS OF WINNOVATIONS
    T-SHIRT SET designs

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    '11 SPRING FASHION WEEK EXHIBITION SPACE

    New york, ny - usa

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    '09 W HOTELS HOLIDAY
    PILLOW SET design

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    '10 NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE W HOTELS bell closing

    new york, ny - usa

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    W HOTELS "CHANDELIER-ESQUE" GRAPHIC design

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    '08 SPRING FASHION WEEK W HOTELS VIP LOUNGE

    new york, ny - usa

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    NEW YORK CITY PRIDE PARADE BANNER designs

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    '10 SPRING FASHION WEEK W HOTELS VIP LOUNGE

    new york, ny - usa

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    SCOTTSDALE W SALES CENTER ENTRANCE GRAPHIC design

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    W HONOLULU MODEL ROOM
    GRAPHIC designs

    Honolulu - hawaii

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    MISC W GRAPHIC designs

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    '12 STARWOOD ITB
    exhibition BOOTH

    berlin - germany

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    W HOTELS NAD
    OWNERS CONFERENCE

    chicago, Il - usa

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    LE MERIDIEN GM SUMMIT

    istanbul - turkey

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    W HOTELS GM SUMMIT

    austin, texas - usa

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    STARWOOD
    OWNERS COUNCIL MEETING

    scottsdale, az - usa

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    WESTIN GM SUMMIT

    hilton head, nc - usa

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    WESTIN GM SUMMIT

    boston, mass - usa

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    '09 FALL FASHION WEEK W HOTELS VIP LOUNGE

    paris - france

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    '10 FALL FASHION WEEK EXHIBITION SPACE

    new york, ny - usa

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    '12 FALL FASHION WEEK EXHIBITION SPACE

    new york, ny - usa

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    LE MERIDIEN
    A PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNEY

    philadelphia, pa - usa

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    '12 IHIF STARWOOD SUITE

    berlin - germany

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    '13 DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE
    W HOTELS

    paris - france

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    '14 STARWOOD NAD SALES OPERATIONS MEETING

    San diego, ca - usa

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    '15 IHIF STARWOOD SUITE

    berlin - germany

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    SHERATON SITUATION ROOM

    new york, ny - usa

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    W HOTELS POP UP SOUND SUITE

    new york, ny - usa

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    STARWOOD NORTH AMERICA TRADESHOW BOOTH

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