Jan 2016 - Present (5 years 6 months)
Industrial Design consultant specializing in footwear.
Senior Product Design Manager
Nov 2009 - Dec 2015 (6 years 1 month)
Lead Product Design for both Danner & LaCrosse footwear brands.
•Create innovative & functional product solutions for Work, Outdoor, Military/ Law Enforcement, Hunt, & Lifestyle categories.
•Collaborate with Product Line Management & Development teams to evaluate & build contemporary product that builds on brand traditions & exceeds performance needs.
•Establish aesthetic direction & lead new technology creation based on Market Research
•Design 5 leading product families per season while directing team of 5 freelancers to design remaining 15-20 projects.
•Organize design calendar, streamline design deliverables, & implement technologies.
•Problem solving with Danner US factory & travel to multiple Asia Factories from Beijing to Ho Chi Minh City to develop footwear concepts.
•Design with wide range of construction techniques & materials: stitch down, welted, San Crispino, injected PU, premium leather, vulcanized rubber, neoprene, waterproof membranes, cast & stamped metal hardware, injected plastics.
Freelance Design Consultant
2008 - 2009 (1 year)
Generated nuanced concepts for Portland-based clients.
•Broadened experience & market knowledge by designing footwear ranging from
athletic outdoor to women’s casual to kid’s.
Men’s & Women’s Training, Outdoor, SMU, & Cleated Footwear Designer
2003 - 2008 (5 years)
Created performance footwear for an industry leader.
•Managed footwear design projects through the creative process from concept to manufacture.
•Worked closely with Design Team, Line Management & Development through market research, sketching, rendering, & presentation of concepts, tech packs with upper & tooling details, & development travel to China.
Advanced Concepts & Performance Footwear Designer
North Andover, MA
2002 - 2003 (1 year)
Created innovative concepts to relaunch performance footwear for an original athletic footwear brand.
•Collaborated with Line Management & Development teams through market research,
creation & presentation of concepts, tech packs, & development travel to China.
Adventure & Walking Footwear Designer
2000 - 2002 (2 years)
Created footwear focused on technical features, quality, & fit.
•Collaborated with Line Management & Development teams through market research, creation & presentation of concepts, tech packs, & development travel to Taiwan.
Sep 1999 - Dec 1999 (3 months)
Interned at a premier manufacturer of bicycle components.
•Created concept sketches & built prototype models.