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A highly motivated and versatile Designer with over twenty years of experience in product development. Specializing in creative management, product marketing and brand vision, business strategies, overseas sourcing and direct retail sales. My holistic approach to product design has been supported through a very hands-on methodology and a strong aptitude for mechanical design and the fabrication process. I seek out opportunities to collaborate on projects with like-minded visionaries who are committed to developing excitement around their brand, products, or spaces.
Employment: Laporta Design Group, Matawan, NJ Independent Designer working in multiple categories of consumer and medical products. Supporting clients in all aspects of product development involving industrial design, branding, packaging, exhibits, mechanical design, ETL certifications and overseas sourcing. GeoGlobal Partners, West Palm Beach, FL- Director of Product Development- Responsible for the development, management and product portfolio of BBQ grills. Managed a team of Industrial Designers, Graphic Designers and Engineers in China for the design of product, packaging and production. Direct involvement selling products to retail merchant buyers and supporting relationships with a design centric methodology HS Design Inc., Gladstone, NJ- Associate Designer- Was a senior member of this design consulting group. responsibilities included staff management, client liaison, program management and business related initiatives Lucent Technologies, Whippany, NJ- Senior Designer – Managed the design of handheld products, optical and data networking equipment, and corporate exhibits, responsibilities included overseeing junior designers, business developments and project coordination’s. Silverton Marine Inc., Millville, NJ- Junior Designer- design and engineering of 28’ to 46’ motor yachts, tasks included the design of decks, interiors, helm layouts and mechanical arrangements Numerous years as a freelancer in a variety of different industries has supported my methodology of being a well rounded designer. Coppia Glass Studio, Matawan, NJ- owner/artist Education: The University of the Arts; Philadelphia, PA- Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Lucent Technologies’ Learning and Performance Center; Certificate training in the areas of Project Management and Technology Management Continued studies in hot and fused glass at UrbanGlass, NYC and UofA, Philadelphia- 2001 thru 2004 Guest lecture at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Industrial Design Department on the topics of “Professional Practice for freelance Industrial Design”, “Design Processes” and “Resume and Portfolio Preparation” - Feb.1999, Oct.1999, March 2000, April 2001, Oct.2002
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