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Professional Profile
Seasoned creative, innovative and multi-talented Graphic Design Manager/Visual Artist with 20 years experience in the creative industry.
Action-oriented creative designer with strong leadership and operational management professional with extensive expertise leading the supportive scope in Image Manipulation, Printing, Branding, Photography, Project Management, Graphic and Web Design as well as Design Management. Over outstanding customer service qualifications and verifiable experience overseeing print shop and distribution warehouse.  Consistently within project budget and agreed time-frame with a rapid turnaround. Able to complete complex designs with precise attention to detail. Hard working, willing to learn and a self-starter.

Highly collaborative operations manager inspiring superior performance by developing, coaching and mentoring employees/volunteers.  Self-starter handling multiple projects simultaneously while meeting and exceeding goals. Perceptive listener and articulate communicator with ability to realize positive outcomes. Excellent trouble-shooting skills fully capable of coordinating resources and products, to achieve desired outcomes and client satisfaction. Revenue building and engaging graphics.

Relevant Experience
Supervision
•    Trained and managed teams of staff members and volunteers in the areas of Graphic Design, Printing, Photography and Web Development.
•    Managed production of training materials, product packaging, books, and print projects.
Design
•    Managed and approved art from the design team.
•    Designed and monitored multiple websites.
•    Performed client assessments and identified design needs, and initiated projects based on those needs.
•    Produced creative product packaging, advertisements, logos and other various design materials.
•    Created animations and storyboards for software design.
•    Clients include 3M, Ford, GM, Steelcase, Non-Profits and Life Coaches.
Business Development
•    Initiated a department proposal and established a new department which resulted in saving thousands of dollars annually.
•    Identified areas of profit loss and reduced production costs by 50%.
•    Reviewed portfolios and assisted in interviewing new hires.
•    Integrated company wide computer platform change and operated as network manager and trainer.

Areas of Expertise

•    Attractive Revenue Generating Designs
•    Corporate and personal branding
•    Training & Developing Personnel
•    Team Building and Leadership
•    Web Design
•    Problem Resolutions
•    Website Copy Page Layouts
•    Policies, Programs and Procedures
•    Animation
•    Project Management
•    Attractive Revenue Generating Designs
•    Quality and Process Improvement
•    Photo Manipulation & Pro Photography (DLSR)
•    Fine Arts: Drawing, Illustration and Painting

Software: Proficient in Adobe CS, Acrobat Professional, Microsoft Office, Apple iWorks, Mac/PC platforms. Working knowledge of Video and Audio editing.

Professional History
Contract Designer, 8/2011 to Present
Self-Employed – Orlando, Florida
Responsible for client branding, logos, packaging designs, CD covers, print ads, post-cards and website design; simultaneously managing multiple long- and short-term projects. Event/wedding photography, vacation photography, fine arts (oil and painting), murals, web design, illustration and design.

Visual Design Director, 9/2005 to 7/2011
Life Changers – Lansing, Michigan
Directed in-house and volunteer teams for 4 departments simultaneously: Printing & Distribution, Photography, Design & Marketing and Web Development. Provided direction and training for each team. Creating company branding, logos, packaging designs, print ads, post-cards and website design. Managed multiple long- and short-term projects. Managed art direction, quality checked, edited and approved all printed material. Designed and maintained multiple websites. Created social media campaigns and wrote press releases. Managed print shop, warehouse production and inventory. Fulfilled internal orders for 10 departments and maintained supplies and inventory for the entire organization. Created department policy and procedure manuals. Secured budget-friendly contracts while working with vendors to secure quotes through order completion. Maintained network administration for Mac & PC computers. Assisted with event planning, décor and supply management.

Director of Printing and Distribution / Assistant Marketing Director, 3/1998 to 9/2005
Life Changers – Lansing, Michigan
Directed scheduling, managed distribution for production of all print-related materials including products. Performed lead role in the design and production of print, brand identity, packaging, multimedia, web design and web application. Managed the Printing department fifteen team members: Ran printing presses and various large print shop equipment including copiers. Fulfilled internal orders for 10 departments and maintained supplies and inventory for the entire organization. Organized postal mailings from design to printing press to post-office. Managed scheduling for print shop, warehouse production and inventory. Created department policy and procedure manuals. Ran copiers, office and print equipment. Secured contracts and worked with vendors. Created department policy and procedure manuals. Maintained and fully stocked the distribution warehouse with products for retail, online and travel sales. Assisted in managing the marketing team and overseeing print production and web development. (From part-time in 1998 to full-time in 2000)

Web Designer, 9/1997 to 11/1999
Strategic Interactive – Provant – East Lansing, Michigan
Designed and developed HTML and Flash web sites. Managed client presentations and reviews. Clients included GM, Ford, and various others. Developed company look book for client review. Assisted with portfolio reviews for new hire interviews.

Graphic Designer, 8/1996 to 8/1997
Mahler & Associates – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Designed branding and marketing materials and print products for clients including 3M, Ford, Visteon and more. Designed logos, catalogs, posters, magazine and various print ads.

Junior Designer & Animator, 8/1993 to 8/1996
Optimum Resources – Hilton Head, South Carolina
Sketched and animated characters, created backgrounds and environments. Created concepts and theme ideas. Designed software GUI for children’s education software and worked closely with programmers.

Education
Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah, Georgia
Bachelor of Arts Studies Graphic Design

1993 Lansing Community College – Lansing, Michigan
Associate’s of Applied Arts Computer Graphic Art