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RESUME

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

I have over 14 years of branding and design experience, including 2+ years of managing a department of designers. I enjoy working through challenging projects and I find joy in developing successful solutions to marketing problems. I currently manage several different brands and make sure their marketing maintains a consistent and effective brand across different media, including print, digital and signage.

SKILLS

Concept, design and deliver creative and marketing strategies 
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Business acumen
Analytical and situations-driven decision making
Strong leadership skills with a focus on teamwork
Organized and able to prioritize projects
Able to multi-task and manage multiple projects
Able to meet tight deadlines while maintaining quality within budget
Able to design across multiple media with multiple programs and platforms (MAC & PC) 

Able to maintain brand standards and guidelines
Award-winning design in print, digital and environmental projects

 

EXPERIENCE

Design Director

January 2016 – Present

Art Director 
August 2006 – January 2016

Benson Integrated Marketing Solutions, Alpharetta, GA
- Manage monthly billing budgets
- Increase client satisfaction  
- Empower design team to take ownership of projects
- Lead team of designers
- Provide support and design and program product templates for online storefront
- Provide design direction, and creative for environmental design projects, permanent and temporary
- Art direct client custom design projects resulting in over $150,000 in company revenues
- Created a business plan to advance the department to a stronger entity of the business
- Create a team of strong designers, who are passionate and love what they do
- Concept and design complete marketing collateral rebrands for over a dozen clients increasing annual revenue
- Concept and design promotional and marketing materials including: Print, digital, signage, event marketing, branding
- Maintain brand consistency for local and national clients and increase brand awareness
- Consult with clients on a project-by-project basis increasing project accuracy and streamline end results
- Design quality products in high pressure situations and tight deadlines to complete projects within budget
- Develop full branding strategies and maintain their integrity
- Design and develop marketing campaigns and programs

 

Freelance Art Director

May 2004 – Present, Woodstock, GA

- Design and manage projects for various clients to meet client budgets and timelines

- Manage accounts for over 12 freelance clients to maintain superior client relationships

- Client List: JRM Management, North Georgia State Fair, TheAdFish Group, Fun-Fare, Parallax Digital, 3i

Pro Bono Freelance Clients:

- Coalition for Healthy School Food (NYC): Digital, Print, Event Marketing

- GO campaign (Los Angeles): Various Design Projects, Event Marketing

- Lion Habitat Ranch (Las Vegas): Design signage and marketing materials

 

Mopdog Advertising + Design

Designer, January 2005 – August 2006, Kennesaw, GA

That’s My Baby

Graphic Designer, August 2004 – August 2006, Kennesaw, GA

 

 

EDUCATION

Master of Science, Marketing

Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, December 2013, Atlanta, GA

Certificate of Specialization in Brand and Customer Management

Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, December 2013, Atlanta, GA

                                                           

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Advertising Design

Atlanta College of Art, May 2004, Atlanta, GA

 

 

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

Leadership Training

Kelly Talamo Coaching, Professional Training & Coaching, January – December 2015, Alpharetta, GA

 

Milton Glaser Summer Workshop

School of Visual Arts, August 2010, New York, NY

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Dual Platform, MAC and PC

Adobe Creative Suite CC 2015: PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Professional

Microsoft Office 365 : Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel

Email Marketing : Constant Contact, etc

FTP Applications, DropBox, Font Management Software, Heidelberg Prinect Cockpit, HP SmartStream

Social Media: Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram

SEO / SEM optimization

AWARDS

Over 20 awards for design since 2008, including Guest of Honor at The New Coalition for Healthy School Food Fall Benefit 2009 and recognition in participation as Graphic Designer on the GRAMMY® Award-nominated recording, Healthy Food for Thought: Good Enough to Eat (various artists) in the category Best Spoken Word Album for Children, 53rd GRAMMY® Award Year 2010.