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Resume for Manya Hughes

Manya Hughes

95 Summer St.

Acton, MA  01720




Professional Summary

International Marketing Executive with extensive experience working with multilevel personnel to strategize and implement unified message to global sales and channels.  Accomplished in website structure and development, social media, content research and creation, extensive vendor management for PR, web design, branding evolutions and internal and external event management.



Managed relationships with analysts and PR agencies


Researched and developed content in support of global sales


Oversaw adherence to brand standards on all collateral, sites and product materials


Strategized and managed sales training events and product demos


Developed ancillary support materials i.e., customer testimonials, case studies, videos


Managed the participation and support for internal and external customer events



Lucent Technologies – Senior Marketing Manager

Worked on the integration of two productlines from separate divisions into the SoftSwitch product.  Compiled research from the engineering and development groups and strategic alliances from senior management to produce unified messaging and branding for global sales force.  Produced all the internal and external messaging including; website development, product sheets, case studies, video and audio products, support for internal training and tradeshow demonstrations.


Digital Equipment Corporation- Marketing Manager     

Developed strategy and directed the implementation of a multi-phased support program for the Prioris Server.  Worked with global marketing and sales groups to produce a cohesive brand and product support initiative that included intra and internet content, newsletters, industry analysts, public relations, sales tools, sales training and tradeshow participation.  Was awarded “Best in Class” by industry analysts for each new product release.


Lotus Development Corporation- Marketing Specialist

Collaborated with internal and external vendors to produce support materials for internal clients.  Working on very tight deadlines, successfully oversaw the production and approval of content, negotiated with external vendors, produced and monitored production schedule, branding and messaging.  Was always on time and on budget.




Professional Skills


Major strengths include highly skilled interpersonal expertise, negotiating contracts with vendors ranging from public relations, program presenters and design services to installation and dismantle contractors.  Working with and supervising staff to accomplish goals for tight deadlines.  Providing creative solutions for resolving conflicts affecting the timely delivery of materials, personnel or collateral materials. 


Planned and Monitored the reporting of a global marketing initiative  excess of $1 million, for a software switching program For Lucent Technologies, to support the international sales force.  This included the research, development and distribution of collateral materials, videos and white papers.  The planning of all related  sales training activities and tradeshows including venue selection, branding, publicity, vendor negotiations, internal and external events, and supervision of support staff to accomplish these activities in a timely and cost efficient manner.


Strategized and Implemented internet marketing plan for The Gold Rush Inc.  Through social media, web content and social media upgrades, produced 30% increase in overall gross business.  Oversaw additional name recognition campaign through online and hard copy coverage of the business with area newspapers and periodicals.


Researched Competitors analyzed and published the results, supervised the development of competitive comparisons with industry analysts to provide accurate information for field sales.


Drove the Cohesiveness of the international marketing groups for Digital Equipment Corporation oversaw the development of area specific white papers, collateral and support materials taking into account local vernacular, customs and traditions so as to produce materials that were free of inadvertent negative connotations.





Velvet Opus Independent Consulting -  Owner, Acton, MA, 2010-present

Lucent Technologies – Sr. Marketing Manager,  Marlboro, MA, 1999-2002

Digital Equipment Corporation –  Marketing Manager, Marlboro, MA, 1996-1999

Lotus Development Corporation – Marketing Specialist, Cambridge, MA, 1994-1996




Bachelor of Fine Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

Fast Fixes for Busy Days from EFX Fitness Revolution

Monday, 02 December 2013




Fast Fixes For Busy Days

If you’re trying to succeed on a fat loss diet plan, one thing that you must be preparing and planning for is those days where you just can’t seem to make time.  The thought of cooking a meal in itself is almost too much too handle as you’re stressed out trying to fit in everything that you need to be doing.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. By taking into account a few fast fixes, you can easily maintain your diet even on the busiest of days.

Let’s look at some quick suggestions to get you going.

Canned Tuna With Frozen Vegetables

The very first meal on the go is simply to open up a can of tuna, add some salsa, and then add in whatever frozen vegetables you happen to have on hand. It’s a good idea to keep some frozen vegetables in the freezer as these can literally be ready in seconds and will make sure you get the nutrition that you need.

Place this all in the microwave for a couple minutes or in the oven if you prefer.

Oatmeal And Protein Powder

Next, if it’s your breakfast meal that you’re in a rush for, go in for some oatmeal and protein powder. Simply prepare the oatmeal according to package directions which should only take 2-3 minutes and then stir in your favorite flavor of protein powder.

Top with some berries and nuts for healthy fats and you’ll be all set to get your day started.


Finally you might also want to consider creating your own soup. This can be done quickly and easily by simply heating up some low sodium chicken broth, adding some frozen shrimp and then tossing in some fresh or frozen vegetables along with some minute brown rice for carbohydrates.

Soup is especially filling and a fantastic way to boost your nutrient intake as well, so you’ll definitely want to make sure that you’re taking this one into consideration.

So there you have some quick and simple meals that you should consider utilizing on your busiest of days. Whatever you do, just don’t turn to fast food or convenience food. With just a slight amount of preparation, you can easily eat well and stick to your diet. 


The Ultimate Time Pressed Workout Solution

So you have the busiest of busy days ahead of you and know that there will be no time to get the gym as you usually do.

So, does this mean you should forgo your workout entirely? Or is it possible to salvage it with a few techniques? Fortunately, if you keep a few things in mind, you can get an effective workout in in just ten minutes or less.

Let’s look at what you should know.

Choose Thee Compound Exercises

First, choose three compound exercises to perform – one lower body movement and two upper body movements, a primary chest movement and a primary back movement. Between these three exercises, you will be able to effectively target every single muscle group in the body, thus cutting back on the total volume of exercises that must be completed within your protocol.

Perform Two Sets With Full Effort

Next, you’ll perform two full sets of this exercise, making sure that you are giving 110% effort. This not only means lifting as much weight as you can, but using the highest rep range possible as well.

These two combined is what will bring you to a very high intensity level that will create the training stimulus even though you are only in the gym (or your living room) for 10 minutes.

Keep Your Rest Short

Finally, the last thing to know is that you’ll want to keep the rest periods short. First, since you clearly don’t want to doddle during the workout or that will increase the length, this helps you get in and out quickly.

Then in addition to that, keeping the rest periods shorter will help you create a good metabolic effect in the body, which will then send your metabolism soaring for hours after the session is completed.

If you want to work on burning up more body fat, this is a great way to get the job done. This single workout could mean the difference of a few hundred calories burned over and beyond what you normally would had you skipped that workout that day.

A very short, but highly intense workout is a great way to kickstart a slow metabolism and allow you to burn fat far faster than ever before.

So don’t skip over that workout. Almost anyone can carve out 10 minutes from their day so use these techniques and get it in. 


"Success is only meaningful and

enjoyable if it feels like your own."

Michelle Obama 


Spicy Bean Salsa 

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup Italian-style salad dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Recipe makes 4 cups

  1. In a medium bowl, combine black-eyed peas, black beans, corn, onion, green bell pepper, jalapeno peppers and tomatoes. Season with Italian-style salad dressing and garlic salt; mix well. Cover, and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors.
  • Calories155 kcal8%
  • Carbohydrates20.4 g7%
  • Cholesterol0 mg0%
  • Fat6.4 g10%
  • Fiber4.4 g18%
  • Protein5 g10%
  • Sodium949 mg38%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


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Michael Bistany

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Mike has a great knowledge of body mechanics, muscle function and is capable of determining the individual abilities of his clients. Kettlebells are a tremendous exercise and I am enjoying the results. Mike's positive attitude is a great asset to his willingness to work with his clients at their own level and to push them to their maximum potential. He instills confidence and encourages you to want to work further and apply yourself more diligently. Mike is alway watching technique and form during kettlebells, which is another asset to Mike being an A+ instructor.

Mike is a great trainer. There are all sorts of challenges with kettlebells.  I find his strong point is his comprehensive knowledge of the musculature anatomy of the body.  He combines that with his expertise in kettlebells and it's a terrific synthesis of a complete body work out.  He is sure to WATCH and INSTRUCT you as you perform correct form. 

I also see Mike as being attentive and willing to be flexible in his program.  He will also be considerate of any discomforts or soreness you may be experiencing.  He is understanding and considerate and he knows JUST what you are capable of.   And he pushes when he should.  That is what will make you appreciate Mike as a kettlebell expert! 

I've been with Michael Bistany only a short time and already am seeing results.  As I have had back issues for years I need to be confident in the leader of my fitness instruction and Michael has won that confidence in me.  He has adapted my exercises to meet my needs and selects workouts to target areas most important for me to strengthen first.  I look forward to an ongoing program.  Thanks, Michael!






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Networking Success Story - Walter Miska - Craft Beer Cellar of Westford

As small business owners we all know the importance of stepping away from the daily requirements of operating our business  to work on sustaining and growing our customer base.  We also know just how impossible this feels at times. Organized networking organizations have been the best manner that I have found to motivate myself to schedule time for this most important activity.  Prior to opening Craft Beer Cellar about a month ago, I was the owner of a very successful embroidery and printing business.  Networking in several business, commerce and charitable organizations was a significant part of the marketing program that allowed us to start, grow and sell our profitable business.  We belonged to these groups for the entire eight years of ownership, and truly believe that our success was due in large part to in person networking and the resulting word of mouth marketing. The cost effectiveness of this marketing approach is without question the best deal in advertising. 


That said, joining a networking organization in itself is not enough. It does take some effort on the part of the business representative to attend group events and when possible, give back to others in the group.  It is just as important to select the right networking group for your organization, a group that you are comfortable in, and one with the right leaders and members to be of mutual benefit.


One month into my new venture, and I am confident that joining the Friends of Kevin is one decision that will be essential to the success of Craft Beer Cellar.  I am excited to be a member of this group, and look forward to making new friends.  



Walter Miska, Head Beer Geek


Craft Beer Cellar of Westford

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Why #hashtags by Nathalie Hirte Willowfield Web Solutions

Why #Hashtag?

What is it and what does it do?

If you’ve been on social media, you’ve been exposed to hashtags.  When you read some posts, it’s almost impossible to figure out what people are saying because of all those #.  So why are people using these pound symbols?  What exactly is a hashtag anyway?

A hashtag is a word or phrase that become a tag when the pound symbol (#) precedes it. Social media users can search hashtags, like keywords, and find relevant messages and content.  But how can you use hashtags to help your business?  Here are three best practices that can be used across any social media site:

Use Relevant Hashtags.

If you post a picture of a product, make sure to include a relevant hashtag.  For example, if you are a realtor and post a picture of a new property on the market:  #newlisting, #nameoftown, etc are great hashtags.  Stay away from hashtags that don’t really speak to the message you’re trying to convey.  So what if the house is blue, there’s no need to use the hashtag #blue in your post.

Construct Hashtags Properly.

While it’s ok to create a hashtag phrase with more than one word, #trynottobeobnoxious. Try to construct hashtags that are one or two words only.  Not to mention, #please #do #not #hashtag #every #word #like #this.  Nobody is going to interact with you on social media if you hashtag “filler” words that aren’t descriptive.  You want the hashtags to emphasize your message.

Limit your Hashtags.

Don’t be a “hashtag offender”.  Don’t be one of those who add 10+ hashtags to every post on their social media channel.  Pick one or two hashtags that are relevant to what you are sharing.  Are you posting about a business to business networking event?   Adding hashtags like #networking or #b2b are appropriate, but there’s no need to add #makingnewfriends, #Manchester, #ilovemyjob or anything else.

If you’re still unsure about hashtags, get some practice before using them yourself.  Visit Facebook and click on a hashtag from a post in your New Feed.  Don’t see one? Use the search bar at the top of your Home page, type in #networking, and review what you see in the search results.  There are conversations happening on social media sites every day that you and your business should be a part of.  Hashtags enhance your content and have the power to open conversations with potential customers.  Isn’t #socialmedia great!

Nathalie Hirte

Willowfield Web Solutions

November Gratitude and Goodies from Amy Spencer




November 2013




Autumn is my favorite season and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!  We are going to continue to map out a practice on our mats that will help us to create spaciousness in our hearts and in our lives.  Cultivate an "attitude of gratitude" and give yourself permission to slow down and savor all of the little moments and joys of this season.  This is a great time to think about how small acts of kindness towards others and even towards ourselves can make a world of difference.  Be kind to yourself!  Carve out some time in your schedule to find stillness and connection.


We have been working on our Chakras and will continue with our Third Chakra tomorrow evening.  We will also be weaving into our practice, the theme of Diwali and the energy of the Solar Eclipse we had on Sunday!  I have handouts and would be happy to help catch you up if you have missed any classes, so please do not hesitate to sign-up and attend the next four weeks!  Please bring your payment and completed paperwork with you to class.


Thank you to everyone for your "flexibility" and for your enthusiasm!  This newsletter is FULL of great links.  Please take a moment to explore and enjoy and please take a moment to share this email so that we can continue to grow and practice in our beautiful space.

Gift Certificates


 Once again, Gift Certificates, in any denomination will be available for the holidays!  You can purchase them from me or from A Simply Wholesome Life in Windham, NH.

They make great stocking stuffers or beautifully wrapped presents!  A single class, an eight-week session, or private sessions are delicious things to give and receive.


Pangea Organics


I began representing Pangea Organics in February of this year.  Those of you that know me, know that I would never attach my name or reputation to something that did not meet or exceed my extremely high standards.  I encourage you to try their products.  Not only are they great for your skin, they are great for the planet!  We have some amazing specials this month ad you could take care of a huge portion of your holiday shopping from the comfort of your own home!  There are great items for teachers, stocking stuffers and hostess gifts!  Gift Certificates can also be purchased.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Email me at or call me at 603-425-8195.

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Two great ways of sharing your love of Yoga and being rewarded for it!  Please help us grow our Yoga Community!


 *Refer two new students that each sign up for a  session and receive 10% off your next session!


 *Want to sign-up for Yoga and take advantage of the package rate but committing to a full session is difficult because life is busy?  Share your session with a friend!  Find another student to split the session with!  


"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own."





Things I am Excited About!


  Music = Sue Pentland from New England Yoga visited us last fall to play her beautiful, healing Crystal Singing Bowls during one of our classes.  She has just released a CD!  You can expect to be hearing it a lot in class! Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Bath


Healthy Snacks = Dales Raw Foods = My Affilate Link


The Gratitude Experiment =  The Power of Expansive Vision


Mystic Mamma =

The theme for November 2013 is Discipline~


November 13th, 2013 =


 World Kindness Day



Quote of the Week

  "Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present - love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure - the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth." -Sarah Ban Breathnach


I am so grateful for all of you and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey of Yoga!





Amy M. Spencer ERYT



The Searles School and Chapel!

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