For over twenty years I have been involved in all aspects of design and management. I am accustomed to a fast-paced environment where deadlines are a priority and handling multiple jobs is a norm. I have worked for both large and small companies and managed design departments of all sizes. I specialize in Exhibit Design but I am well versed in a wide range of other design disciplines.I have designed everything from toys to large architecture.
Pierre Michael Richard
3617 SUNSET RIDGE POWDER SPRINGS GA.300127
TEL. (770)-795-8755 CELL (678) 525-6647
Born in Bombay India and lived for eighteen years throughout Europe, Asia, South and Central America while father was serving as an Ambassador in the Diplomatic Service. Both grandfathers where French and Spanish Engineers who where contracted by the United States to assist in the design of the Panama Canal. I Speak Spanish fluently and understand most derivatives of Latin. My entire scholastic education was in private English speaking schools. Married twenty years with three children.
Columbus College Of Art And Design – Columbus Ohio. Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design and a minor in Ad-vertising and Marketing. Graduation May 1988 Recipient of International Student Grant from 1984-1988
First industrial design student to participate in Co-op program. Worked for Stockwell Design Associates.
Daytona Beach Community College – Daytona Beach, Florida. General Studies: 1983-1984
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach, Florida. Aeronautical Engineering with a minor in
Airframe and Power Plant 1982.
Balboa High school d.o.d.d.s- Balboa Canal Zone, Panama Rep of Panama graduated 1982
Exhibit Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design and Point of Purchase, Model Building, Multi Media, Advertising. Computer Applications Both Apple X and Windows XP literate. Form-Z 6.5, Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS, Cinema-4D 10.5, After Effects 5,Final Cut, Apple Motion 2, DVD Pro, Quark Express 4.1, Office 2003, Vue Pro, AutoCAD 2004, 3DS Max8,Vray.
Senior Designer, Access TCA, Duluth, Ga. Feb 2004 - oct 2009
Efficient in managing multiple projects simultaneously while utilizing excellent organizational/critical thinking skills and good judgement; consistently able to provide high-level, systematic standards of performance. Applied strong interpersonal and communication capabilities in working with a wide range of clients at all levels to gain valuable insight, avoid potential problems, and facilitate the timely completion of projects. Established quick rapport with man-agement and coworkers. Well-organized, with a track record that demonstrates self-motivation, creativity, and initiative to achieve both personal and corporate goals. Excellent oral skills: presentations that excite and inform. Training skills include developing and delivering training curriculum. Used personal recourses to complete all animations and cut presentation’s production time. Principal designer on division’s key accounts. Won award for best integrated marketing strategy for Wachovia.
Design Director, Exhibit Dynamics, Grand Prairie, TX. Oct 2003 - Feb 2004
Elected from a one-year nationwide search of multiple contenders to head and restructure the design department. Was able to maintain focus and drive while separated form family for a five-month period. Advised the CEO and CFO
on a company wide range of strategic department changes. Developed new policies and procedures, job descriptions, and pay scales. Responsible for traveling and accessing other office’s design personnel, equipment and applications. Company claimed Chapter 11 after unforeseen financial circumstance.
Design Director, Sparks Exhibits, Austell, Ga. Oct 2001 - Sept 2003
Hired to re-establish prior high standard in the design department. Dedicated extensive time and energy to improving communications with personnel, accepting full responsibility for scheduling, performance reviews, employee motivation, and boosting moral. Increased department efficiency by managing multiple projects simultaneously including coordinating, analyzing and developing a communication strategy to ensure that the divisions design goals where tracked and met projection deadlines. Challenged in last few months to drive employee morals in the face of management reorganization from one partner to five. Collaborated with executive management to support restructuring. Maintained open communications with management teams on potential suggestions to enhance/improve new company culture. Instrumental in maintaining key clients during restructuring by continuing to give a high standard of design and fostering client confidence. Partnered closely with the Rental Division and provided valuable support in growing it in to the largest Octanorm rental program in Atlanta. Was recipient of best in show awarded to Indus for Custom Island Display.
Design Director, Showtime ent. Lithia Springs, Ga. July 1998 - Sept 2001
Recruited to a high profile position to pioneer a fully functional design department. Previously demonstrated success in managing individuals as well as teams, was a key influence in attracting employees and accounts. Furthered corporate identity and sales with effective presentations, established rapport based on well developed listening skills and the ability to match client desires with cost effective designs. Recruited qualified personnel, introduced internal training programs, designed core processes, enhanced technologies, and created a sophisticated and responsive design team. Was instrumental in the development of the Point of Purchase and International divisions by producing all designs which later became major profit centers. In charge of all design for remote offices with unprecedented success. Show time was bought and absorbed by Sparks Exhibits
Design Director, Sparks Exhibits, Austell, Ga. Oct 1994 - June 1998
Was hired and relocated to Atlanta to develop and manage a new design department. Led development and execution of design strategies and new business initiatives that drove rapid growth from the ground floor. Developed strategic relationships with various department heads and suppliers, which significantly facilitated communication and problem resolution capabilities within the division. Effectively promoted company visibility by displaying a contagious passion for excellence, a talent for resourcefulness and motivational leadership. Recognized for the ability to merge dissimilar people into cohesive teams with common focus. Was able to motivate team by use of an empowering, participatory management style that encourages accountability, teamwork and the continuous improvement of desired results. Played a key role in establishing the use of computer modeling, rendering and animations as part of presentations. Was designer on most key accounts including Heidelberg deemed largest worldwide exhibit to date. Spearheaded all E3 clients when the show was in Atlanta. Based on results was later asked to become the National Design Director but declined to establish a similar department for Showtime.
Senior Designer, Fritkin-Jones, Chicago, Il. Jan 1991 - Oct 1994
One of two designers responsible for nine A.E.. Provided full support by employing outstanding time management
and resource allocation skills to coordinate multiple tasks while maintaining strong quality focus. Extensively engaged in the development and construction of illuminated exhibit models. Gathered and analyzed data to substantiate the introduction of Cad stations in the design and detail departments. Facilitated the move by using personal finances to purchase the equipment, applications and learning material. Later honored and recognized as the driving force in the restructuring of the design process. Promoted to digital design lesson. Developed strong coworker relationships that still remain today.
Designer, Matrex Exhibits, Chicago, Il. Jan 1990 - Jan 1991
Joined at early stages of the company to assist senior designers. Was fast tracked to design for high profile
accounts by request from clients and account executives. Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and effectively in fast-paced environment. Worked independently with minimal supervision and maintained strong focus on performance and company goals. Established and developed a model shop employing creative techniques to cut construction time and costs while producing better results. Responsible for ongoing research to remain competitive with innovative, aesthetic and cost efficient designs and materials. Assumed additional responsibility by keeping extensively involved in all aspects of the business. Designed four of the five core accounts that has lead to the company’s success today.
Designer, Star Displays, Chicago, Il. May 1988 - Jan 1990
Hired as junior designer based on college portfolio and proficiency in hand rendering and model building. Quickly progressed to producing designs for major clients while honing presentation skills. Repeatedly created designs that outsold veteran designers. Also produced detail and setup drawings. Assisted the graphics department with all aspects of vinyl graphics. Was retained as two of five designers after cutbacks. Developed unique rendering style using multiple art media which gave the presentations a signature look.