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Photographer & Graphic Designer
Jack of ‘many’ trades and all-around creative-type who tends to ’slightly’ embellish things. I am a Texas (Dallas) based photographer specializing in weddings and engagements in addition to some occasional (on the side) design work and blogging. I take my work seriously. I have limitless passion for what I do. I am always open to new opportunities. Please give me a shout, I'd love to hear from you!
Vann Piazza | 2010 Professional Experience ========================================== Independent Freelancer [Dallas, TX | May 2003 – Present] Photographer and Graphic Designer • Entrepreneurship: Created a personally branded business from scratch based on self-learned skills including principles of photography, graphic design, visual media direction and networking. Successfully turned business to be profitable within 1 year with no help from outside subsidization. • Advertising and Marketing: Constructed web sites, logos, business cards and visual media for each client based on specific needs and company visions. One such campaign included a complete brand image overhaul including a new logo, website and all new photography which ultimately led to widespread local social scene and media recognition within the Houston fashion sector. • Client Relations: Established strong personal relationships with clients by producing effective marketing campaigns and re-branding strategies to boost each individual’s local and online market presence. Panalpina, Inc. [Dallas, TX | March 2009 – May 2010] Project Manager • Process engineering and system efficiencies development: Reviewed and scrutinized internal process flow for key accounts to correct issues, improve data integrity and cut costs by saving time. Example: Presented key findings regarding current data entry processes for a single key account that reduced process time by 6 hours through EDI stream adjustments, proper utilization of system capabilities and better understanding of customer needs. • Key account management: Developed and maintained client relationships by seeking out specific needs before ultimately working together with managers, third party vendors and the customers to secure continuing business. • Systems and reporting visual enhancement: Assisted with user interface design enhancement within MS Excel, PowerPoint and other systems. • International Trade: Experienced handling operations and customer service from origin to destination for ocean import cargo for ~30 accounts. Gulf Winds International [Houston, TX | May 2006 – March 2009] Marketing, Media and Systems Admin Specialist • Special projects and presentations: Conceptualized, designed and printed client-specific booklets for several fortune 500 companies which aided in successfully closing new business. • Advertising graphics: Produced custom brochures, informational pamphlets, billboard designs and E-mail banners to increase brand awareness. • Systems administration: Salesforce.com setup, internal integration, development, staff training and assistance for eight users which aided in company-wide visualization of sales team strategies, lead-generation, marketing campaign effectiveness and sales team accomplishments. • Database management: Developed and captured all internal metrics for sales leads, existing and new accounts, closed sales and provided comprehensive data integrity monitoring and maintenance. • Domestic Trade: Experienced handling operations, sales and customer service for domestic supply chain management needs including warehousing and inventory services, port/rail to door transportation services and 3rd party logistics. South Point Nissan [Austin, TX | December 2005 – May 2006] Sales & Leasing Consultant • Client Relations: Developed and maintained several client relationships by seeking out each individual’s specific needs before ultimately working together with fellow consultants, managers and 3rd party vendors to close sales. • Certification and Knowledge: Passed full product line certification exam with 100% score Technical & Creative Proficiency ========================================== Skills: • Marketing and Branding • Advertisement Design • Problem Solving • Idea Generation • SEO Optimization • Web Design • Professional Photography • Logo and Identity Design • Online Trend Research • Photo Retouching • Page Layout Applications: • Adobe Photoshop CS5 • Adobe Illustrator CS5 • Adobe InDesign CS5 • Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 • Adobe Bridge CS5 • Adobe Lightroom 2.5 • Adobe Acrobat 9 • Microsoft Word 2007 • Microsoft Excel 2007 • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 • Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 • Google Chrome • Mozilla Firefox • Microsoft Internet Explorer • Various Social Networking Platforms Education ========================================== Texas State University | San Marcos, TX • Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Portfolio ========================================== • hire.vannpiazza.com
Southwest Texas University (San Marcos)