Director of Product Development
Jan 2012 - Present (9 years 5 months)
Launched company into new business category of decorative shelving generating over $3 million
dollars worth of business with Target and Michaels in 2012.
Travelled to India, and China to secure new vendor sources and attend customer conferences.
Managed all PD for frame and shelving category for both inline and promotional business with Target.
Hired and managed junior product designer, and freelance graphic designers.
Travelled to Target HQ to sell products for all frame and shelving line review meetings.
Streamlined productivity of product development cycle by proposing and acquiring SolidWorks
software program and attending additional training courses.
Managed semi-annual shelving market data/SWOT analysis.
Product Development/Marketing Manager
Harbortown Industries, Inc.
Dec 2008 - Jan 2012 (3 years 1 month)
Developed and managed PD, and Packaging of photo frames for both inline and seasonal promotional business for Target, CVS, Walgreens, BBB, Ross, and Deals.
Generated over $11 million dollars in 2011 with promotional product for Target.
Hosted Michaels PD team while in Asia, touring various factories.
Attended Las Vegas Market Show yearly and provided trend reports.
Provided art direction for Graphics team.
Senior Product Designer
Jul 2007 - Nov 2008 (1 year 4 months)
Senior Product Designer - July 2007 - November 2009
Developed designs of clocks, photo albums, seasonal product, gifts and frames.
Performed quality control checks during production in overseas factories.
Presented product and trend reports to customers during product line reviews.
Providing the sales team with the necessary expertise to enable them to sell the product.
Home Products International
Oct 2008 - Oct 2008
Developed original textile designs based on emerging home decor trends and colors for various retail strategies within laundry care and storage categories.
Oct 2005 - Jun 2007 (1 year 8 months)
Worked both independently and with product managers to create new product designs.
Communicated with and provided technical drawings for manufacturers.
Created renderings for sales presentations
Over 50 SKUS placed into mass retail stores including Michaels, BBB, and Kmart.
Attended trade shows with clients, created and presented trend reports and product lines.
Columbia College Chicago
Jul 2005 - Aug 2005 (1 month)
Developed lesson plans and taught summer course on Product Design for high school students
Conducted product design workshop on sketching, model making, and presentation skills
Organized gallery show for student’s final projects
Herbst Lazaar Bell
Jun 2004 - Aug 2004 (2 months)
Product packaging designed for Unilever was chosen unanimously as best packaging by three separate focus groups.
Conducted consumer field research and interviews at consumer homes and collected detailed feedback on product
Created virtual 3-D Models, product renderings and prototypes using electric tools in model shop
Jun 2003 - Jan 2004 (7 months)
Collaborated with domestic glass blowers to create technique samples of glassware for vendors
Designed tradeshow booth featured on HGTV For 2003 International Housewares Show.
Created sketches and renderings for customer pre