Member/Brand Ambassador/Visual Brand Master
Aug 2012 - Present (9 years 1 month)
The HUDSON Business Lounge is 11,000 square feet of the way business will be done in the future. A total networking experience and work destination located in Downtown Milwaukee's Third Ward, it's the place for you to break free from the isolation of your current work environment. If you're working out of your home or a coffee shop it's not common that you mingle and meet inspiring professionals who help move your vision, passion and business forward. The flexible spaces allow you hold important meetings in quality conference rooms. It's easy to get focused to get your work done.
My voice is one of vision and brand direction.
Board of Directors
Whitnall Youth Football and Cheer
2011 - Present (10 years)
Meeting monthly to run this program for about 250 kids from grades 3rd to 8th. Involved with interviewing and governing coaches as part of Coaching Committee. Director and designer of the WYFC Spirit Wear program and also the Scrimmage Director in charge of one of the largest youth football scrimmages is SE Wisconsin where we host 25+ teams in an all-day scrimmage every August.
2003 - Present (18 years)
A Milwaukee-based partnership of independent creative/marketing professionals and small companies.
We are Midwest-based with creative and marketing services professionals positioned across the country. We believe that a partnership of this nature provides a great opportunity to enhance cooperation between various organizations and bring together unique skills for projects. Octodea was formed in mid-2003. Our aim is to pool resources when necessary so that teams of independents can collaborate to compete with larger companies on projects that require a diverse range of talents...When the many different arms of marketing come together, the results are exceptional.
Hausch Design Agency
Jan 2001 - Present (20 years 8 months)
Continuous perception manipulation...
The Cholive Company LLC
Aug 2007 - 2009 (2 years 1 month)
I developed the concept for the Cholive® in 2005. We began production and formed the company in August 2007. Josh Gentine joined as partner and became president soon after. The following description is from our National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show intro May, 2008.
The Cholive Company LLC is thrilled to introduce the Cholive, a mini olive-shaped chocolate truffle designed for martinis, cream-based cocktails, wine, coffee, or simply to be eaten on its own. The dark chocolate (55% cocoa) shell envelopes a Vermont whole cream ganache - a guiltless indulgence at 35 calories. Consumers are thrilled when they find this olive-shaped truffle in their drink while bars and restaurants sell more drinks simply because customers want another Cholive. ...the Cholive is able to enhance a drink without breaking margins. .... customers kept asking bartenders for more Cholives, we now offer on-premise accounts the opportunity to retail our magnetic tins;...and make money on our garnish!
President / Alumni Association Member
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD)
2001 - 2007 (6 years)
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is an accredited college providing Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in the fields of Communication Design, Drawing, Illustration, Industrial Design, Integrated Fine Arts Studio, Interior Architecture + Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Time-Based Media. We prepare students with interest and ability in the visual arts for passage into professional careers. We’re not a trade school. We’re a college that launches professional artists and designers on their personal journeys toward artistic growth and successful, creative lives. We were founded as MIAD in 1974, but formed from the Layton School of Art & Design, which began instruction in 1920. There are, on average, about 600 full-time MIAD students and about 200 staff/faculty. The student/faculty ratio is 16:1. All faculty are working artists, designers, writers and researchers; there are also instructors who are working professionals.
1995 - 2001 (6 years)
Southeastern Wisconsin's leading "Resource for people with disabilities".
Founder, Partner, Creative Director
1986 - 2001 (15 years)
What don't you do as a founder of a business, partner and CD? Here's something I recall. I remember working on a presentation with another firm for a TV and Radio Station I believe. Finalizing it, I worked for 2 days straight, taking only a nap for twenty minutes at about 6:00 a.m. before my partner came in for the day. We were on Brady street, I sent everyone home, said I was under control and kept going. I slept on some pillows on the balcony and I'm pretty sure I got a parking ticket for over night parking on the street. It was Friday afternoon when I finished. I stopped for a beer and then slept for pretty much of Saturday. I don't think I would trade in any experience in my career, it's all good and I am blessed.
Board Member/ President
1988 - 1996 (8 years)
A not-for-profit organization that made the arts accessible to everyone in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Apr 1986 - Oct 1994 (8 years 6 months)
Hired gunner, I mean drummer for the "obscure rock band" Couch Flambeau. Couch Flambeau is an American punk rock band, formed in 1981 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The band is known for the biting wit of their lyrics.
I joined in '86 and we played places like Shank Hall, Summerfest, the Rave, and Odd Rock Cafe in Milwaukee, OKAYZ Coral in Madison, The Cubby Bear and many other Chicago venues and most famously CBGB's (twice) and live on the radio at WNYU studios in New York City.
In an excerpt from an article from OnMilwaukee.com called "Couch Flambeau retrospective: better late than never!" by Jason Keil, he states:
""The Day the Music Died," the group's third release, was recognized by writer Byron Coley in Spin Magazine as one of the top 80 albums of the 1980s.
Others began to take notice of the band's work as well, including famed producer Steve Albini (with whom Tiller played with in the short-lived band Army), Trouser Press co-founder and critic Ira Robbins, and Conflict Magazine publisher Gerard Cosloy. However, it was with 1989's "Ghostride" that many Couch Flambeau fans claim to be the group's finest work.
"(The music) became longer and more complicated," says Socol.
"It's kind of a detriment that we've become more proficient at playing," Tiller quips."
Other: Steve Albini, the famed punk rock musician and recording engineer, said the group played "good funny music".
We performed with a wide range of acts including Snakefinger, Big Black, The Violent Femmes, Die Kreuzen, 10,000 Maniacs, White Zombie and Soul Asylum to name a few.
Milwaukee Advertising Club
1990 - 1992 (2 years)
I think these were the right years. Hey if anyone out there still remembers this, let me know.
1983 - 1986 (3 years)
I began as an intern in '83 and then was hired upon graduation in My '84. I was involved Strategic Services, Project Management, Graphic Design, Product Design, Package Design. Worked with clients from the Water Treatment Industry including Bruner and Rayne. Worked with other clients like Harley Davidson and Kelley.
Intern / Flunky / Designer
1982 - 1984 (2 years)
Was originally being hired to design a piece of neon for their garment catalog in 1983. I ended up interning and being hired part-time as designer and illustrator. Was principle designer of the firm's entire product catalog then that won a National Art Direction Award in '84. Also designed and Illustrated T-shirts for clients like Harley-Davidson, Wisconsin State Fair and SummerFest.