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Product Manager & Product Designer
Success lies not only in understanding the needs of your client, but also in understanding the manufacturing processes and having creative solutions that both preserve the original design intent and make the most effective use of production resources.
- C3 DESIGN LLC
- Wimberley, TX
- Feb 2010 - Present (3 years 10 months)
Client links: www.rqhome.com www.questech.com www.challengerlighting.com
Product design and engineering services. Current clients include RQ Home, Questech and Challenger Lighting. For RQ Home and Questech, I provide SolidWorks, AutoCAD and design support. For Challenger Lighting, I engineer and provide AutoCAD drawings for custom lighting projects, typically for hotels such as Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott.
Custom Project Manager/Lighting Designer
- WIMBERLEY GLASSWORKS
- San Marcos, TX
- Oct 2009 - Present (4 years 2 months)
Managed custom projects from initial client contact through production, review and installation.
Engineered and created all CAD production drawings for submission to vendors. Created RFQs to vendors and created quotes for clients.
Engineered custom art glass installations per architect/designer's specification as well as designed unique installations for those who wanted our design input.
Created SolidWorks 3-D modeling and renderings.
Initiated company wide reorganization from a small business to a medium business.
Created process flow charts and identified position responsibilities.
Fabricated custom jigs, fixtures and process for cold working glass.
- FIRST LIGHT TECHNOLOGIES Inc.
- Poultney, VT
- Jun 2012 - Jun 2013 (1 year)
A leading manufacturer of low pressure and H.I.D. Ultraviolet lamps.
Worked with the factory to develop more effective and efficient production processes. Troubleshooting and maintenance of complex production equipment. Identified areas in need of improvement, developed and implemented systems and machines to meet those needs. Used AutoCAD for drawings, maintained and updated CAD library.
- HUBBARDTON FORGE
- Castleton, VT
- Dec 2004 - Jul 2009 (4 years 7 months)
The country's oldest contemporary commercial forge producing high-end wrought iron lighting and accessories.
Developed yearly product line of contemporary lighting fixtures and home accessories.
Lead the lifecycle of assigned product development with a strong emphasis on 3D modeling and prototype refinement. Used SolidWorks & AutoCAD for design and Excel for data management.
Correlated design goals with production ability and processes such as forging, welding, casting, spinning, turning, machining, glass blowing and slumping to create unique parts.
Designed for cost efficient manufacturing and ease of assembly while maintaining original design integrity and intent.
Performed 1st article inspection and had sign-off responsibilities. Used calipers, gauges and scales to evaluate quality. Created quality reports for each article inspected, contacted vendors if parts were out of specification to explain variances and arrange for correct replacements.
Personally built prototypes and worked hand in hand with manufacturing during the entire life cycle of the product.
Director of Design and Engineering
- CHALLENGER LIGHTING
- Elgin, IL
- Feb 1999 - Dec 2004 (5 years 10 months)
Contract lighting manufacturer servicing the Hospitality industry.
Managed all new product development and design staff. In addition to original designs, worked with designers and clients to understand their design intent and expectations, then engineered products to meet their needs. Used AutoCAD to design parts and assemblies for production that were fabrication and assembly friendly Sourced new items and worked with vendors to create custom pieces, parts. IIDA / HD Design Competition: Lighting 1st Place: 2000, 2001 & 2002.
- D&J INDUSTRIES
- Tukwila, WA
- Jun 1998 - Feb 1999 (8 months)
Very large offshore lighting vendor for the country*s largest residential lighting companies.
Managed Quoizel's product line. New product coordination between Quoizel, designers and D&J's offshore factories from design concept to final production. Created weekly Excel reports to track status of up to 150 SKUs in progress. Traveled to, Heng Lin, China, to do product reviews and inspections. Aided in new product design and modelmaking.
- Kent, WA
- Jul 1996 - Dec 1998 (2 years 5 months)
Product design and engineering services to clients in the Home Accessories market. Clients included: Waterford Wedgwood, The Pampered Chef, Harris Potteries and RBS China.
Created Hydrocal master models for tooling.
Product Designer / Modelmaker
- THE STIFFEL LAMP COMPANY
- Chicago, IL
- May 1993 - Jul 1996 (3 years 2 months)
Manufacturer of heirloom quality brass lamps, employed during the pre-Salton era.
New product design and engineering, produced hand drafted concept and assembly drawings; built, evaluated and rebuilt prototypes.
Worked with the factory in every step of production to insure new product quality and integrity were maintained.
Sculpted Hydrocal master models used for hard tooling. Carved draft per specific mold type, RTV, 2, 3 or 4-piece hinged iron molds.
Gained an understanding of manufacturing from the factory’s perspective.
- BFA Sculpture
- 1989 - 1992
Cornell University May 1992 College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Ithaca, NY Bachelor of Fine Arts -Sculpture, Architecture minor Cornell in Rome. Studied Architecture and Art in Rome and nearby environs, Sept.-Dec. 1991. HONORS AND AWARDS Golden Key National Honor Society, 1990-1992 Weiffenbach Merit Scholarship, 1989-1990 Phi Theta Kappa Honors Fraternity, 1988-1989 All American Scholar Award, 1988 Academic All American Collegiate Award, 1987
IIDA / HD2002 Design Competition: Lighting 1st Place
IIDA / HD2001 Design Competition: Lighting 1st Place
IIDA / HD2000 Design Competition: Lighting 1st Place