Board of Directors, Co-Treasurer
Kansas City, MO
Jul 2016 - Present (5 years 10 months)
Invited to serve on the board of this highly visible organization that advocates for the local design community and works directly with various professional organizations to facilitate events featuring guest speakers, workshops, and other design-related activities.
IDSA - Kansas City Chapter
Jan 2016 - Present (6 years 4 months)
Asked to assume leadership of the Kansas City chapter of IDSA and to increase overall participation and enthusiasm for the organization. Through the efforts of our leadership team, we have put on a variety of regular and special events and have made significant progress in rebuilding the chapter and generating the momentum to make IDSA-KC one of the strongest chapters in the country.
Creative / Account Manager
Kansas City, MO
May 2016 - Mar 2019 (2 years 10 months)
Responsible for interfacing directly with the clients at the top account to develop a wide range of display programs covering multiple seasonal initiatives as well as special promotions. Duties include serving as a primary contact for all client needs as well as collaborating with the rest of the account team to develop and deliver on all current projects and to strategize with the senior management team on future programs and offerings
Graphic Design Manager / Senior Concept Designer
Vanguard Packaging & Displays
Mar 2014 - May 2016 (2 years 2 months)
Led and managed a small team of designers in the creation of original display concepts, original artwork, and custom graphics. I led the collaboration by our team to develop the various processes and standards that we would use to ensure all output would be consistent and accurate. In this role I also mentored young designers as they worked to grow into concept designers. I did this on a team level by using regular creative excersizes aimed at inspiring them and also on an individual level by teaching and guiding them through the concepting process.
Dual Skill Designer
Jul 2012 - Mar 2014 (1 year 8 months)
Joined the design team of the corporate office to add my permanent display background to the existing temporary and semi-perm offering. Regular communication with other teams such as structural design, engineering and project management allowed for effective development of various programs.Also led and collaborated design efforts on several programs across multiple design offices.
Jan 2006 - Jul 2012 (6 years 6 months)
Various freelance design projects for several POP display companies. My involvement has been from initial sketches and ideation all the way through to final renderings and presentation materials.
Account Manager / Designer / Project Manager
Des Moines, IA
Oct 2007 - Feb 2011 (3 years 4 months)
Responsible for the maintenance and growth of several key house accounts by designing and managing new display and fixture programs. Over the course of time, I transitioned into a role that focused on account management with the responsibility of further developing existing accounts and cultivating new ones.
DSI Marketing Inc
Apr 2006 - Sep 2006 (5 months)
Collaborated with sales reps and clients to design and develop effective display and signage programs.
Nov 2004 - Apr 2006 (1 year 5 months)
Helped lead the efforts of the design team in working more efficiently with engineering and manufacturing. Also helped spearhead the effort to add 3D computer design capabilities to the design team to compliment the 2D platforms already in place.
Account Manager / Project Coordinator
Des Moines, IA
Sep 2003 - Nov 2004 (1 year 2 months)
Responsible for the research, design, pricing, basic engineering, ordering and scheduling of materials, and final invoicing of various projects. This required me to work with a variety of clients, suppliers, and manufacturers to deliver the best possible solution while still working within the given budget.
Designer / Design Intern
Apr 1998 - Sep 2003 (5 years 5 months)
Designed of new custom displays and signs, making models and prototypes, working closely with engineers to ready designs for production.