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Experienced creative professional seeking freelance opportunities within product and/or graphic media design. Creative strategist with strong background in import product development, graphic design, and packaging concepts. Innovative problem solver that welcomes challenges and mastering new skills. Strong team builder with great people management skills. Cross functional team player that is comfortable in networking with support teams to bring the best solution as the end result.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Bentonville, AR. September 1999-Current Industrial Design Manager Footwear/Accessories August 2006-Current •Researched, design and development for import children’s (1yr-18yrs) footwear category. •Research and won direct boys and girls graphic canvas program while introducing print repeat development to footwear and accessories. Resulting 2.7 million unit program in all stores nation wide. •Expanded direct program beach totes and coordinating hats f rom one 12’ section to two set replenishing 12’ wall in addition to two new end caps of under glass tote and printed mesh totes. •Collaborate with Product development, sourcing, and suppliers for backpack development. Follow through by traveling to direct import factories to complete the development process. • Replaced a domestic supplied acr ylic watch program with import development. Design all aspects of the program. Retain price point netting a higher yield of return on investment. Textile CAD Manager Male Active/Seasonal Apparel February 2003-August 2006 • Responsible for research, design, and development of +1.5 billion dollar annual category. •Left the position with an 80% sell-thru for the fiscal year. Established a strong +41% increase of sales with a maintained margin upwards of 44%. •Contributed with establishing a 20% penetration of direct merchandise of house brands. Associate Creative Manager Sporting Goods March 2002-Feburary 2003 •Redesigned Renegade logo and packaging concepts for relaunch of Wal-Mart opening price point brand. •Active participant in implementing consistent quality standards, brand profile, and identity strategies under private label brands. •Developed and maintained integral relationships with category buyers and direct factory merchants. •Researched trend market with category buyers and product team members. •Established effective interaction between merchandisers and product team members by scheduling cross-team product reviews then applied revisions based on feedback of these meetings. CAD Manager Home/Seasonal August 2001-March 2002 •Assisted senior design manager with projects and presentations for product teams. •Exclusive product design and development for seasonal/home, and hardline brands. •Designed new solar storage and ambient light display for garden statuary. •Added new program of Mother’s Day giftables on a direct import level. EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Fayetteville,AR. January 1998-May 2002 •BACHELOR OF FINE ART, GRAPHIC DESIGN DESIGN AND GENERAL COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE •PROFICIENT IN BOTH MACINTOSH AND WINDOWS PLATFORMS Design and Media • Adobe creative Suite 3 ( Illustrator 13; Photoshop 10; InDesign 5; Flash CS3;Dreamweaver CS3; Quark Xpress 6.1;Macromedia freehand MX; Corel Painter 7 Industrial/CAD •Rhinoceros 3.0; Autodesk Maya 7.5 PLE; Poser 5.0; Strata 3D CX 5.5 Business Communications •Microsoft Office 2004 (Word; Powerpoint; Excel) •QUICK ADAPTATION OF NEW SOFTWARE TRAVEL Trend research market trips: Miami, FL- sunglasses and beach accessories; Minneapolis, MN-Trend research and competitive shopping; Salt Lake City, UT- Outdoor Retailers Show. Factory/Development trips: Hong Kong; Dongguan; Shenzhen, China- Sample overview and correction of errors of backpack development.
University of Arkansas