May 2004 - Present (17 years 8 months)
Owner and Principal Designer at Kio Kreations, LLC a boutique design firm.
Services provided include designing events, graphic design, floral design, decor design and event production.
Duties include managing a team of 10 freelance staff including hiring, scheduling, education, leadership and payroll. Other responsibilities: Orchestrate and oversee events. Design custom illustration and create graphic design projects for clients. Create balloon displays. Design floral arrangements, create recipes for designs, generate and place floral orders, work with wholesale flower and supply companies to acquire product, and create quotes and contracts. Perform accounting and bookkeeping duties, manage physical studio. Design Marketing and perform brand management. Create marketing pieces, advertising material and other promotional materials both printed and online for social channels, maintain blog and managing websites and social media sites. Design and update 3 websites. Create logos, product layouts, trend and inspiration boards and storyboard sketches.
Strategize and implement best marketing plans to grow businesses. Correspond with clients and vendors daily via phone, email, online video or in person. Responsible for generating new business leads, holding wedding and event consultations, creating sample designs for clients, attending industry shows, events and open houses, and creating unique displays and booths for shows. Organize and host events for children and adults, teach classes, teach private art lessons. Handle onsite and offsite event production including delivering, setting up, orchestrating, and striking events.
Jan 2005 - Nov 2008 (3 years 10 months)
Design products, create dielines, create packaging, create mockups, work with overseas manufacturers to create products, oversee product photography, work under tight deadlines, manage freelance designers, work with product managers and sales to create new product lines, present product lines to customers, etc.