Martin Gibson : Recommendation

Southern Maine Community College

May 24, 2006

To Whom It May Concern,

I worked with Martin Gibson while I was Director of Campus Life at Southern Maine Community College. It is a pleasure to be able to write a letter of recommendation for him; he is a true professional, knowledgeable in his field and works extremely well with all constituents.

He assisted and consulted in hiring and scheduling musical performers for our concert series. It was not only a pleasure to work with him but a learning experience as well. I should note that it quickly became very clear to me that this man was more than capable to do the job! He more than assisted me; his competence afforded our new campus life department to present an exceptional two years of programming.

Martin is not only a gfited and talented musician, but he is an educator by nature and is very people oriented which makes him a perfect fit for working in a college environment. He helped us to design a quality concert series that was diverse, entertaining and very successful. His talents, experience, good business sense and his diverse knowledge and connections in the performing arts sector make him a very valuable asset. His creativity is a powerful tool that brought much success to our programming.

He connected very well with our students. He met several times with the student activities committee to discuss their desire for music and other forms of entertainment. His approach and manner allowed the students to freely engage in conversation and share their thoughts and ideas. In observing him interact with students, it was very apparent that he is truly sincere in helping the students to deliver a quality program that they would enjoy; and at the same time he was able to encourage them to try something new to broaden their scope in order to provide diverse entertainment to meet the diversity of our student population.

Our budget was limited but in his infinite creativity and financial savvy he worked well within our budget - he looked for ways to incorporate 2 or more events at one time and sought local talent at a more reasonable price instead of talent from an entertainment agency.

Martin is very dedicated, innovative and knowledgeable about offering quality programming. He has good insight into what will work and what won't. It was also reassuring to know that if Martin booked an act he would follow through with them - making certain that they returned their contracts, that they would arrive on time and he was present on the day/evening of the performance to meet the entertainers when they arrived.

As a colleague he is definitely a person I would want on my team because he is a team player; he contributes more than 100%. Needless to say, Martin Gibson made my job much easier and our student activities program was successful because of his knowledge, dependability, insight, creativity and innate ability to work with a diverse population of people. He helped to enhance student life on campus. I highly recommend him to you and can assure you that he is a professional of the highest caliber.

Most Sincerely,

Debra A Dumond, M. Ed.

Assistant Dean of Students

York Community College