As a commercial artist no project is beneath me or beyond me - it's all a challenge to provide a creative solution. With 10+ years of experience as both a designer and art director, I'm able to provide visually dynamic design through great detail along with effective design management. I am a self-motivated, detail-oriented pro who enjoys working independently or as part of a team where the main goal is to help client's reach their marketing and advertising goals.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS I acted as art director, lead designer, and project manager for the design and development of packaging displays for glove manufacturer. Effectively designed and created displays and hang tags, for various styles of gloves, to be sold in “Big Box” stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. I worked closely with the manufacturer, marketing, and buyer from concept thru production. At BlueWater Agency I was a part of a team, sub-contracted by the Anteon Corp. for 6 years. As an integral part of the publication design team, I was responsible for numerous defense publications including the U.S. Navy’s: “Vision, Presence, Power,” the U.S. Marine Corps: “Concepts + Programs” and the OSD “Defense Installations Strategic Plan.” I provided project management, art direction and design services in coordination with Anteon Corporation, military liaisons, and GPO. Led creative team in the development of the National Museum | United States Army logo and branding guidelines. Awarded work after competing against 4 other regional design firms. Logo designs were presented to the public on the National Mall and throughout the Capital. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2006 - 2010 Galley Creative Group, Ellicott City, MD Sr. Designer / Art Director Lead Designer and Art Director of a small boutique branding agency specializing in integrated campaigns for B2B and B2C type companies. Work closely with the principal in determining the artistic direction and strategic plan in order to meet client specifications. Oversee a design team consisting of both print and web designers. Provide project and account management, art direction as well as conceptualization, of all print, web, and social media campaigns. Responsible for bidding and estimating jobs and corresponded with vendors and printers by providing job direction, job quotes and attending press inspections. 2000 - 2006 BlueWater Agency, Annapolis, MD Sr. Designer / Art Director As an integral part of creative group I was responsible for the conceptualization, design and development of various print and web projects in both the private and public sector. I managed a 3 person team of designers , as well as occasional freelancers .Worked closely with principal and account reps in order to develop and reach marketing goals set forth to meet client specifications. Responsible for bidding and estimating jobs and corresponded with vendors and printers by providing job direction, job quotes and attending press inspections. 1998 - 2000 Corporate Communication Solutions, Charlotte, NC Graphic Designer Successfully conceptualized, developed and created various 1C-4C marketing materials for national and regional Fortune 500 companies, including magazines, newsletters and brochures. I worked closely with clients and account reps to modify designs and layouts to meet client specifications in order to consistently meet deadlines in a fast-paced production environment. Assisted and collaborated with in-house printing and pre-press departments to ensure a quality product. 1997 - 1998 Oneida Indian Nation at Turning Stone Casino Resort Department of Nation Communications/ Editorial Services, Verona, NY Graphics Assistant I effectively managed the conceptualization and layout of 4C/2C, 12-page bi-weekly publication, along with the selection of photos. EDUCATION State University of New York, College at Buffalo; Buffalo, NY Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design SKILLS • Proficient on Mac OSX and Windows XP platforms • Proficient knowledge of: Adobe CS3 (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat) Quark X-Press Freehand Microsoft Office Corel VideoStudio X2 • Constant Contact • Digital photography and manipulation • Freehand drawing and illustration AWARDS ARC Awards International Competition Honoring Outstanding Achievement in Annual Reports - Silver Award: Non Profit / Foundation AR Hope for Morrope, 2009 CHINFO Merit Award - Publication for a Specific Audience: Undersea Warfare Magazine First Place: 2005, Second Place: 2003 & 2004 Communicator Awards - Print Media Awards of Excellence, Awards of Distinction, and Honorable Mention 2002, 2005, & 2007 IABC / Silver Inkwell Award, Award of Merit: Branding Guidelines: National Museum | United States Army, 2006 StoraEnso “What Teams Can Do” Merit Award: Whitmore Printing, 2003
State University of New York, College at Buffalo