With over 10 years as founder and managing partner in multiple marketing and development firms, I have developed a thorough working knowledge with candid insight into the constantly-changing technical landscape of digital and social mediums. Most recently, As the Brand Manager for Scentsy, Inc - a Fortune 1000 Company, I was responsible for the management of all Scentsy Family brands; the flagship 600-million-dollar brand - Scentsy Fragrance, Velata - fondue products and experience, and Grace Adele - a line of fashion handbags, jewelry and style accessories. I was tasked with the development of brand charters, maintain brand solidarity throughout all campaigns and marketing efforts, and the development of all brand’s campaigns and marketing strategies. I have developed successful programs for enterprise customers including Dell, HP, Kroger-Fred Meyer, Interscope Records, and The American Heart Association. My passion is guiding a brand and its development through to a successful solution for both the company and its consumer-base. This may include creating a brand from scratch, course-correction from an early stage, or adjustment of a powerful, existing brand to refresh its presence, ensuring that all technical considerations are made; to provide oversight and avoid costly mistakes. Having a thorough blend of design, development, and strategic skills and experience, I am able to direct a concept from inception to completion. Specialties: Brand Development and Management, Corporate Identity Development, Social Media Marketing, Traditional and Web Design/Development, Solution Architecture Additional skills: • Traditional and Internet Marketing Strategies, Branding, SEO • Video Production, Motion Graphics, Animation, Illustration • Web Design and Development, User Experience Design and Strategies • Social Media Development: Facebook Application Development, Social Audience Analysis, Social Brand Development Strategies, Social Media Compliance and Usage Guidelines for Enterprise

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Work History

  • Founder

    • SamSwenson.co
    • Jan 2011 - Present (3 years 9 months)

    I am passionate about brand development and the associated fields of marketing and creative production.
    I approach programs and initiatives with a unique set of skills and appreciation for the power of a well-developed brand.

  • Brand Manager

    • Scentsy
    • May 2012 - Apr 2013 (11 months)

    As the Brand Manager for Scentsy, Inc - a Fortune 1000 Company, I was
    responsible for the management of all Scentsy Family brands; the flagship 600-million-dollar brand - Scentsy Fragrance, Velata - fondue products and experience, and Grace Adele - a line of fashion handbags, jewelry and style accessories. I was tasked with the development of brand charters,
    maintain brand solidarity throughout all campaigns and marketing efforts, and the development of all brand’s campaigns and marketing strategies.

  • Founder

    • Networking Star
    • Jun 2009 - Dec 2011 (2 years 6 months)

    At Networking Star, we believe an entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages any enterprise with considerable initiative and risk. Entrepreneurs on Networking Star will come from a wide array of enterprises such as business, politics, charities and even non-profit organizations. Networking Star will match up ambitious and energetic protégés with successful mentors that have followed their dreams, tasted success, and now want to share their knowledge and experience to empower others.

  • Owner

    • Boyle Network
    • Jul 2009 - Nov 2011 (2 years 4 months)

    In addition to being co-owner, I performed the roles of solution architect, lead designer, programmer and social media specialist.

    As solution architect, I provided the 'technical close' on prospective projects. And, from there, executed the strategies to fulfill the clients project requests. This included expounding upon the base concepts brought to us by clients, defining the technical procedure of accomplishing each project, and establishing the overall strategy, design and vision the project would take.

    Centralizing each client program on user-experience helped to ensure that the client's vision met with actual, real-world success. Fusing conceptual strategies, best-practices, and cutting edge design and development, each project was a labor of love and was met with great success for the recipients.

  • Founder | CTO

    • Tricycle Brand Development
    • Jan 2008 - Jan 2008

    Co-founder and CTO of Tricycle Consulting. We believe that marketing is simple; not that the processes are simple necessarily ... but that being empowered to engage your audience and take advantage of the tools/skills necessary to maximize the benefits of that experience can be not only simple changes to make, but rewarding and fun as well!

  • Owner | CTO

    • BlueLine Marketing
    • Oct 2006 - Dec 2007 (1 year 2 months)

    In addition to being a managing partner, I performed as the solution architect and graphic designer over web and interactive media. Additionally, I produced the majority of the interactive programs and content for our clients.

  • Owner / Design-Interactive

    • Flat Planet, LLC
    • Apr 2005 - Oct 2006 (1 year 6 months)

    Flat Planet was a web development company founded by myself and Ben Whitaker. We developed mid to high-end web services (websites, rich Internet applications etc) for our clients across the nation. Flat Planet emphasized pushing the envelope of user experience. Often, that compelled us to develop using cutting edge or cloe to cutting edge technologies. Rather than forcing our clients to accept the latest/greatest, we helped them to find ways to use new technologies to their advantage with a strict eye on increasing efficiency with regard to their online presence.
    Flat Planet was acquired by BlueLine Grassroots Marketing in October of 2006.
    I am now an equal partner/owner of BlueLine and head of the interactive department; I design Flash, do actionscript (learning by the seat of my pants at the moment) and manage the user-experience development of the content we produce for our clients.

Education

  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh

    • BA Game Art Design and Development
    • 2003 - 2006
  • University of Phoenix

    • BS Business Marketing
    • 2001 - 2004
  • Colorado Institute of Art

    • BA Computer Animation
    • 1998 - 2000

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Awards

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