Karl Dahlquist

Burbank, CA 91505



Work Experience


1995 - Present

Vista Group

Director of Operations

Los Angeles, CA


Currently acting as Full Charge Bookkeeper in accounting department, including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, ADP Payroll and workmen’s compensation for 8 employees, General Ledger, Invoicing, Quickbooks Premier, banking, working with CPA on year-ends.  


Supervised eight employees in the Operations Department of a leading

automotive product placement agency;


Created and produced multimedia presentations for on behalf of company for Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Nissan, General Motors, and California Table Grapes.


Managed corporate facilities of thirty-five thousand square feet spread over an eighty-eight acre site, including installation of all telecommunications, security, computer, office and other industrial equipment.



1991 – 1995

Vista Group

Trademark Licensing


Created and implemented trademark licensing program for GMC Division of General Motors Corporation;


Drafted, revised and finalized trademark licensing agreements with over forty licensing partners covering thousands of different products;


Worked with licensed companies on researching, designing and creating new

consumer products and marketing campaigns based on past and current design styles and logos;


Identified and pursued potential trademark infringers;


Prepared and submitted press releases on new licensed products to internal GMC dealer newspaper and to trade and consumer publications;



Vista Group

Motorsports Manager


Traveled to and provided on-site facilitation, marketing and public relations support for General Motors Motorsports at over twenty annual National Hot Rod Association, IndyCar and NASCAR automotive racing events;


Prepared, edited and mailed weekly post-event press reports covering General Motors involvement at each race;


Initiated "Sunday Night" fax reports to key Divisional managers for discussion of sponsored events at Monday morning staff meetings;


Prepared and sent detailed post-event reports detailing GMC Division involvement to General Motors;


Prepared and submitted monthly articles to GMC internal newspaper;


Maintained an in-office presence to facilitate pre-event planning of GMC

Division Motorsports promotions at venues and participating dealerships across the United States;


Prepared and sent highly detailed monthly budget update at client`s request.



1987 - 1990

Contemporary Services Corporation

Branch Manager

Seattle, WA


Supervised peer security groups of up to 350 workers at spectator events ranging from heavy-metal rock concerts to intercollegiate athletic contests throughout the State of Washington;


Represented company at pre-event meetings with city, county, and state public safety officials to determine crowd control needs for events with attendances ranging from 100 to 250,000 spectators;


Maintained workmen`s compensation, state unemployment and ADP payroll records for over 1200 part-time workers;


Worked in conjunction with University of Washington Athletic Department and University of Washington Police Department to create, plan and implement new search procedures at University of Washington football games;


Researched, prepared and wrote detailed and successful company bids for company business with the City of Seattle, City of Tacoma, King County, Kitsap County and the State of Washington.


Toured with the Rolling Stones.





1985 - 1999

Bachelor of Arts

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

Major - English with Creative Writing emphasis



University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Computer Science and Real Estate Finance Classes




Notre Dame High School

Sherman Oaks, CA

College Preparatory




Extensive knowledge and daily use of Windows,

Office 1995-2013 Word, Excel, Powerpoint,

Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, Timeslips



Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor 2012, 2013

Quickbooks Online 2013

Quickbooks  Enterprise v11

Quickbooks Point-of-Sale v10