Oct 2011 - Present (9 years 6 months)
Design and manufacturing of award-winning limited edition collectible art toys
utilizing traditional- and digital-sculpting techniques. Digital sculptures output to high-resolution 3D printers, prepared and polished to be used as patterns for RTV molds, combining cutting-edge development processes with traditional manufacturing. Rotocasts are produced in vintage rotational molding machines that have been altered and upgraded to accommodate modern materials. Other processes include thermoforming and pressure casting.
Design and Manufacturing Consulting and Education
Jun 2003 - Present (17 years 10 months)
Advisory throughout the design process, from concept through manufacturing.
Including, but not limited to: market analysis, ideation exercises, scope
defining/clarifying, concept sketching, 3D modeling, model making,
prototyping, sourcing, manufacturing, and review of systems and process.
Management consulting for creative teams, sourcing and setup of new creative facilities and MakerSpaces; liason for clients and large network of domestic and foreign manufacturing facilities.
The Imagine Corp.
Jan 2013 - Jul 2014 (1 year 6 months)
Joined the company as a creative partner to expand business and develop new
products using the existing 20,000 ft2 blow- and injection-molding facility.
Engineered a proprietary in-mold embossing process that instantly enabled
unlimited, fully-customizable product offerings.
Developed, sourced, and implemented in-house silkscreen production.
Modernized and streamlined production processes for efficiency and safety.
Daily management of manufacturing facility and its employees, including
operations, accounting, payroll, healthcare, sales and inventory.
V.P. Chief Creative officer
JW Pet Company
Jun 2003 - Jan 2013 (9 years 7 months)
Joined the company as the first staff designer, then hired and managed an inhouse design staff of seven, as well as multiple external agencies and consultants.
Researched, sourced and assembled the $250,000 creative development studio including traditional shop and state-of-the-art digital technologies.
First designed product was incredibly successful, and is continually rated
among the top-selling products in the industry.
Subsequently designed and developed hundreds of products and manufacturing systems and tools, resulting in 85 patents.
As member of senior management board, integrated new product development process with sales and marketing team, helping grow the company from less than 10 employees to a a significant industry influence and ultimately its acquisition by PetMate.
Direct engagement with domestic and foreign vendors, manufacturers, material suppliers, chemists, and hardware/software providers. Spent over one month a year in China managing and fostering factory relationships.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Jan 2008 - Dec 2009 (1 year 11 months)
Technology in the design process
Worked with students to help them understand the multiple processes needed to take a product from concept to production.
traditional model making and rapid prototyping methods
material properties and sourcing
manufacturing methods from wood working to injection molding.