Meet Maresa

I'm Maresa Thompson

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May – 2020

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This is when I made the second version of this website live. The third version arrived in May 12, 2021

A few months after the Coronavirus COVID19 pandemic and quarantine.

This website represents the second and more actualized version of a dream. A dream to create my own world. To work with the most amazing partners, clients, and friends. To help small businesses and enjoy the work and the people.

This rebirth is a direct result of the Coronavirus closures. My other dream (as the new VP of a hospitality consulting firm) imploded along with all hospitality businesses in March 2020.

So here is version 2.0 of ConstellationCreative.Com.  Launched. On this day the 20th of May in the year 2020.

I look forward to working with new clients and helping more small businesses achieve growth goals.

Warm Regards,
Maresa

 

Past Experience

Scroll to explore a constellation of my career. To see a more linear version with details visit my LinkedIn Profile.

See my pro-bono work for the labors of love and organizations I’ve supported by volunteering.

Today - 2017

Principal Owner
Constellation Creative

Business Type: Website Design & Marketing 

Industry: Marketing & Advertising

Functions: See Services

2020

Vice President of Marketing & Business Development
Dragonfly Strategists

Business Type: Hospitality Consulting Firm

Industry: Hospitality & Hotels

Functions: Marketing, Websites, Audits, Evaluations, Content, Social Media (Continue to serve as Executive Marketing Consultant)

2020 - 2017

Outreach Supervisor / Creative Director
New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation

Business Type: Non-profit

Industry: Education & Finance

Functions: Website Design & Development, SEO, SEM, Marketing, Advertising, Graphic Design, Public Relations (Continue to contract for marketing SEM services)

2017 - 2011

Senior Communications & Creative Director (aka Corporate Cowgirl)
Heritage Hotels & Resorts

Business Type: Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs, Spas

Industry: Hospitality & Tourism

Functions: Strategic Integrated Marketing Plans and Campaigns, Experience Design, Digital & Interactive Marketing, Creative, Branding & Advertising
, Public Relations, Community Relations (Continue to contract for Nativo Lodge Artist Rooms curation and coordination)

2016 - 2010

District 12 Governor, NM Board of Directors President + More
American Advertising Federation

Business Type: Non-profit Industry Organization

Industry: Advertising

Functions: Volunteer leadership for the local New Mexico club and the District 12. Board development, event coordination and promotion

2011 - 1997

Business Type: Non-profit Destination Marketing Organization

Industry: Tourism

Functions: Developed, designed, managed, and produced collateral, interactive advertising, websites, video, and e-mail marketing.

Awards

Here are some of the awards I’ve won in my past life, working for incredible organizations with amazing teams and vendors.

HSMAI Adrian Awards

Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International produces the largest and most prestigious hospitality competition recognizes outstanding advertising and public relations campaigns.

• 2016 Silver Adrian Award – Public Relations Innovation – Nativo Lodge Artist Rooms
• 2009 Best in Show Adrian Award – Web Marketing – Holiday Video “Life of a Brown Paper Bag”
• 2009 Platinum and Gold Adrian Awards – Holiday Video “Life of a Brown Paper Bag”
• 2009 Bronze Adrian Award – Summer Affordability Campaign
• 2007 Gold Adrian Award – Albuquerque Website www.itsatrip.org

40 Under Forty

Issued by Albuquerque Business First

Honored to be among the 40 of the most outstanding young professionals in New Mexico selected out of the most competitive applicant pool to date of over 400 applications in May 2013.

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NMHA Top HAT Awards

New Mexico Hospitality Association won for “Most Innovative Promotion” two years in a row. 

2016 – Won for Nativo Lodge Artist Rooms which has a 37% higher ADR than other rooms and resulted in $1.3 Million News Ad value in media stories

2015 – Won for Eldorado Hotel & Spa Lobby Lounge Naming Contest promotion which generated 670+ entries and 10,300+ website votes over a 9 week timeframe and resulted in 250+ people attending the open house and name reveal.

Many More Awards

To see how obsessed I used to be with awards see LinkedIn.

Now I am more focused on the proven ROI I can provide to clients. 

nice things people have said about me

(In Writing)

(Some with exclamation points!)

Here are some quotes from LinkedIn and recommendation letters from people willing to go on the record about our Creator / Owner, Maresa Thompson. 

“Maresa’s professional demeanor, strategic mindset and high level organization and communication skills are matched by a fun, friendly and creative personality. I have always enjoyed working with and for Maresa because she always has her eye on the ball and elevates those around her.”

Jennifer Hobson Hinsley

Public Relations Consultant, JLH Media

Maresa is one of those rare people who can be vastly creative and handle complexity at the same time. As long as I’ve known Maresa, she has championed New Mexican creativity and has worked with brands to bring more awareness to the artists, cultures and places that make this an enchanted land. She brings energy, thoughtfulness and dedication to any project fortunate enough to collaborate with her.”

Dave Ortega

Creative Director, McKee Wallwork & Company

“I have had the pleasure of working with Maresa for over a year (with Heritage Hotels). During this time, Maresa has done an amazing job with her creative talent which has elevated the quality of the company’s “look and feel”. She is someone who always follows through and is an absolute pleasure to work with. I am lucky to have Maresa as part of my team!” 

Kathleen Cullen, CRME

Senior Vice President, PHG Consulting

“Maresa is truly a marketing genius. She is creative, detailed, passionate, and has an eye for artistic expression that is truly impressive. She is also a lot of fun to have on a dynamic team. Maresa is also very willing to speak her mind and fight for what she believes is right. She is loyal, energetic, and delivers excellence. I am so thankful she is part of my team!” 

Caryl Helsel

Founder/CEO, Dragonfly Strategists

“Maresa is a wonderful fusion of traditional marketing skills blended with savvy in the new technologies and advertising vehicles for the modern marketing director. She combines enthusiasm with extraordinary talent to achieve amazing results and produce award-winning art and content. She is a genuine mover and shaker who has a unique ability to provide a comfortable space for fellow creatives to excel.”

Jeff Caven

Photographer, Resorthotelphotographer.com

“Maresa’s enthusiasm and talent have contributed greatly to the innovative and successful marketing of Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. She takes pride in the day-to-day tasks; she has a tenacious attitude about all projects assigned to her. Her professionalism and integrity earn her the respect of all those who have the opportunity to work with or for her.”

Jim Long

Founder/CEO, Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

“Maresa is my PR firm’s Heritage Hotels/Hotel Chaco client. We also worked with Maresa for many years when we handled the public relations for the State of New Mexico. She is a masterful media relations professional. We always know journalists are in terrific hands with Maresa and she leaves no stone unturned to help them get their stories while delivering great results for Heritage. She is also one of the hardest working, goal-oriented executives I have encountered in my career.”

Lori Tucker

Owner, Tucker & Associates PR

“I have had the pleasure to work with Maresa in both an indirect and direct capacity. She is extraordinarily talented, high energy, enthusiastic, team-oriented, and self-motivated. We are lucky to have her on our marketing team at Heritage Hotels & Resorts.”

Pam Jung

Former VP, Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Competencies 

I love learning new things. I also love lists. So here are some lists of applications I use and new things I am learning… this list is outdated instantly because I’m already learning new things. 

Web + Email

AddEvent
Constant Contact
Divi
Drupal
Eventbrite
GoDaddy
HTML
Hubspot
MailChimp
Proprietary Systems
Squarespace
Wix
WordPress
Zapier
Zoho
Zoom

Google + Social Media

Google Ads
Google Analytics
Google Maps
Google My Business
Google Search Console
Google Tag Manager
Facebook
Instagram
LinkedIn
Pinterest
TripAdvisor
Twitter
Yelp
YouTube

Design & Editing

Adobe Creative Suite:
Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Acrobat
Premiere Pro
Lightroom
Adobe Spark Post

Microsoft Office:
Word
Powerpoint
Excel

With Profound Gratitude

Mentors & Idols

I’m so grateful to have the experience of working with some amazing people, incredible organizations, and knowledgable vendors. I wouldn’t be able to offer services to businesses without having had learned some hard and painful lessons over the years. A huge thank you to everyone who has shaped my career and touched my life.