Mar 2012 - Present (9 years 9 months)
• Generate new concepts
• Create, review, edit and approve CAD drawings
• Ensure that manufacturability is incorporated into product designs
• Collaborate with Golden Lighting’s designers
• Research design trends, new materials and technologies to develop
• Communicate design requirements to factories
• Review prototypes to make sure the samples meet design goals
• Work with suppliers to ensure designs incorporates low cost, high quality manufacturing techniques
• Provide consistent compliance with UL, CUL, CSA standards
• Promote brand awareness through interactions with customers and sales reps
• Collaborate with sales, supply chain, warehouse and customer service to address any design concerns
• Manage and foster the Company’s relationship with overseas vendors
• Provide support for quality and engineering issues related to the Company’s existing product line
• Assists with market analysis of product pricing to ensure that Golden’s cost is competitive
• Confirm new products for order and photography
• Assist with product training and setup of new/existing fixtures in our Dallas showroom
• Travel to factories and industry tradeshows, domestic and international travel
Cue & Case Sales Inc.
St. Augustine, FL
Mar 2008 - Mar 2012 (4 years)
Managerial – I manage all creative projects from conception to finalization in the areas of graphic and product development. On a daily basis, I communicate with outside print shops, ad agencies and multi-media firms. I report directly to the company president.
• Graphic Design – In addition to managing projects, I design monthly national print ads, specials and brochures. I also create supporting web banners and e-mail ad campaigns (monthly) using Adobe Creative Suite and Subscriber Mail.
• Product Development – I design and develop cue sticks, lighting fixtures, furniture and accessories for the billiard industry. This entails communicating designs through sketches/image renderings, 2D drafting and 3D models daily with our manufacturing company in China.
• Most Notable Accomplishment – Designed a new line of metal inlay and exotic wood cue sticks utilizing new patent pending technologies. Results - created unique looking cues with a traditional appeal that launched the new Lucasi Hybrid Fusion (retail $349.99-$1349.99) line at the BCA Billiard show in June 2008. Today, the Lucasi Hybrid Fusion cue line continues to lead the industry in cutting edge design (and technology) and is used by many professional billiards players, including two time world champion Thorsten “The Hitman” Hohmann.
Hunter Lighting Group
Jun 2006 - Nov 2007 (1 year 5 months)
• Designed indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures for the Hunter catalog line and retail companies, i.e. Sams Club, Lowes, Home Decorators Collection, Menards, etc. Products included chandeliers, pendants, lanterns, lamps, and bathroom vanities (300+ SKU annually). Also, I designed indoor and outdoor decorative water fountains.
• Communicated product design specifications through sketches/image renderings, 3D modeling, and daily communication with multiple manufacturers in China.
• Assisted in the installation and presentation of new product introductions at tradeshows.
• Designed licensed products within corporate guidelines (Mattel and Ernest Hemingway).
Anchor Hocking Glass
Jul 2005 - May 2006 (10 months)
• Designed new glass products for major retail companies, i.e. Wal-Mart, Target, Pampered Chef, etc. Products included beverageware, dinnerware, bakeware, containers and home décor.
• Interacted closely with marketing, sales, engineering and outside rapid prototyping resources.
• Created production-level 2D CAD drawings and 3D models using Pro-E. Created photo realistic images for client presentations using Form• Z.
• Traveled to Home showcase tradeshows for presentation of new products.
• Designed a U.S. Patent pending concept for a Novel/ Ornamental Removable Lid Jar (United States Patent #D575155 filed 5/17/2007).
Columbus College of Art and Design
Aug 2001 - Dec 2003 (2 years 4 months)
•Taught Introduction and Advanced Computer Modeling (Form •Z). The course introduced students to the basic techniques and procedures of three dimensional computer modeling related to industrial and interior design.
Graphic Design / 3D Modeler
Sep 1999 - Aug 2002 (2 years 11 months)
• Designed and produced the company’s publications, including: annual newsletters (in• Form•Z), calendars, brochures, joint study program reports, packaging, web sites, and monthly ads for various magazines.
• Interacted closely with marketing, programmers, printing resources and publishing companies.
• Created 3D computer models using beta versions of Form•Z to promote the software application.
• Developed tutorials for Form•Z manuals and student edition books on how to use the new program tools to create 3D models.