I am seeking a challenging, creative position/contract, utilizing my artistic, technical and project management skills as well as my experience.
Leisha Hailey - GO Magazine
Lorenzo de' Medici (Firenze, Italia)
2010-Present Assistant Teacher of Restoration
Responsibilities include but are not limited to teaching Fresco, Painting and Wood restoration and techniques to University level students. Classes range from introduction to upper-level courses and include hands on procedures, from to start to finish of various projects dating predominantly from 16-18th century objects.
GO Magazine (NYC, NY)
2007-Present Art Director (off-site)
Redesign of the magazine (February 08) to enhance readership and offer a fresh exciting look. Created templates, style sheets, monthly ad map. Provide creative direction to staff/freelancers, as well as work closely with outside freelance illustrators and photographers on a per project basis. Work directly on advertising designs, collateral pieces, direct mail. Also responsible for color correcting photos, purchasing stock art/photo shoots, and handling production on monthly magazine.
Maintain great client relations with advertisers, able to understand and execute their needs, and have caught all production problems prior to print, resulting in zero loss of revenue.
Consultant to the publisher regarding distribution, production and marketing ideas. Please visit www.gomag.com to view the magazine.
Professional Jeweler Magazine: Bond Communications (Philadelphia, PA)
2002-2007 - Director of Production (Advertising & Editorial)
Ability to set priorities, manage multiple projects, and had a keen aesthetic sense to lift publication to a new demonstrated level of excellence.
Contributed in retention of market share, developed many cost cutting measures and saved the company in excess of $300,000 within the first year. Also responsible for the supervision and weekly maintenance of the companyï¿½s servers and Mac and PC work stations.
Responsible for producing monthly issues of Professional Jeweler Magazine, plus quarterly issues of the Holiday, Show Guide and Sales Training Masters. Responsibilities included but not limited to: trafficking all schedules relating to editorial/advertising/art/ printing and billing, creating a map for monthly magazine, maintenance of all yearly production schedules from pagination through press dates, generating reports for our printers/accountants (billing, ad counts, contracts), ad/edit postal ratios. Create all files/pages (including ads, artwork and editorial flow), proofread, pre-flight, and make press ready files for print (includes color correction/photo retouching/silhouettes/ shadows/masking etc.) Liaison between publisher, staff, advertisers & external suppliers/vendors.
Handled all estimating for monthly printing, marketing projects, and quarterly issues, and ensured jobs were printed accurately, completed and shipped in a timely manner. Hired and trained freelancers.
IP Peres & Associates of New York, Inc. (NJ Office)
2004-present - Freelance Art Director
Conceptualizing advertising campaigns, marketing materials, expanding on concept and design set by the creative director for a wide variety of print and digital media products, collateral and show promotions.
Also responsible for the production on ï¿½special marketing projectsï¿½ for companies, in the jewelry industry.
Cinwin Advertising (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
1999-2001 - Prepress Manager/Graphic Designer
RLS (Hackensack, NJ)
1997-1999 - Graphic Designer
ï¿½ A work ethic founded on "whatever it takes attitude" and diligent persistence to ensure all projects
are completely fulfilled to the utmost.
ï¿½ Strong, organizational skills with excellent employee and client relations.
ï¿½ Cost-conscious and experienced at the bidding process for all facets of print production.
ï¿½ Thrive on working in a challenging environment.
ï¿½ Highly organized with attention to detail.
ï¿½ Strong sense of responsibility and self-motivation.
ï¿½ Ability to handle multiple assignments in highly pressured situations and consistently meet tight deadlines for schedules.
ï¿½ Detail-oriented and analytical; able to accurately identify, assess and solve problems.
ï¿½ Solid leadership and motivational abilities with capacity to foster optimum team productivity, efficiency and quality of service performed.
ï¿½ Demonstrated planning skills with the ability to coordinate scheduling to ensure proficient production operations.
ï¿½ Able to create successful team environments by clearly defining objectives, measurable results and providing professional development training.
ï¿½ Excellent communicator possessing strong presentation, negotiation and closing abilities
Proficiency in both Mac & PC platforms.
Quark 4/5/6 ï¿½ Illustrator ï¿½ Photoshop ï¿½ Distiller ï¿½ Acrobat ï¿½ FileMaker Pro ï¿½ InDesign ï¿½ MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) ï¿½ Familiar with Flash, Dreamweaver, Image Ready
ï¿½ Graphic Designer - Deep knowledge of 4/Color Production Processes ï¿½ Digital Retouching
ï¿½ Color Balancing & Correcting ï¿½ Hand Illustrative Abilities, & Writing Skills ï¿½ Photo-shoot Supervision
ï¿½ On-Press Print Supervision ï¿½ Understanding of Server Networking Management & Maintenance
Art Institute of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA 19102)
Degree in Visual Communications. ï¿½ Presidents/Deans List, Academic Achievement Awards & Best of Quarter GPA 3.8.
Philadelphia Art Institute/ Penn Aca Fine Arts