ART DIRECTOR /
SR GRAPHIC DESIGNER /
JUNIOR DESIGN MANAGER
Incredibly versatile and adaptive art director with a passion for fine details through clean design; creating sharp, professional, and unique final products that immediately attracts attention, drives response, and supports business growth. Immensely skilled in developing high-impact marketing assets, unique brand identities, and compelling digital campaigns—with a track record of managing multiple projects at once with competing deadlines always hitting project milestones. Celebrated for having a hands-on approach in directing artists, collaborating with clients, and bringing creative concepts to life. I encourage and support personal and professional growth.
EDUCATION
FORMAL EDUCATION
2015–2017 Western Governors University  |  Master of Business Administration
— expected graduation date October 2017
2004–2008 Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg  |  Bachelor of Fine Art, Club President, Student Ambassador, President & Dean List's, AIGA Student Chapter Committee Member
1999–2003 Easy Leyden High School  |  Club President, Peer Mediator, Student Aide, President's List
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
2014 Chicago Innovation Awards  |  Most Innovative Design - click to see
2013 AIGA Seattle  |  Co-Chair of Membership
2013 Association of Talent Development  |  Best Exhibit in Show - click to see
2013 Association of Talent Development  |  Best New Trade Booth - click to see
2011 GDUSA Honorable Mention  |  Look Closer Poster, Published Photography - click to see
2011 RedEye Chicago  |  Published Photography
AIGA  |  Professional Member since 2008
PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS
INFORMAL EDUCATION
ART DIRECTOR | FIERCE, INC.
SEATTLE | JULY 2012–AUGUST 2015
I successfully pitched, developed, and implemented company-wide systems from the ground-up that supported a brand new creative department, including; a project management system, a project request and tiering system, asset change forms, and a budget conscious digital asset management process. I helped save around $300 on business cards per employee by renegotiating terms with vendors. I helped save over $10,000 on assessing previous photography usage and strategically implementing a new model for greatest future economic benefit. I helped save over $30,000 on the annual trade booth experience by understanding industry rates, fees, processes, and materials. I met 100% of all project deadlines and milestones due to my productive tenacity and organizational aptitude. I designed, developed, created, and managed all internal and external facing materials as a creative team of one between four departments. I sourced and maintained vendor and freelance relationships, co-managed tight budgets, and developed internal partnerships for creative advocacy. I gained experience with instructional design, working side-by-side with various department heads to develop in-classroom and online facilitated learning experiences.
ART DIRECTOR & BRAND CONSULTANT | SELF-EMPLOYED
TACOMA-SEATTLE | FEBRUARY 2011–PRESENT
I am active in the local creative community and volunteer at sponsored events, continually building a network of professionals utilizing a collective knowledge-base to provide professional design and brand consultative solutions. I provide brand, marketing, design, and technical education for small businesses and non-profits. 
SR GRAPHIC DESIGNER & JR ART DIRECTOR | MH DEZIGN, LLC. 
CHICAGO | MAY 2008–FEBRUARY 2011
I managed several client relationships with multiple projects of various mediums. I always exceeded client expectations with unique and innovative package designs and branded marketing materials. I directly communicated project details, stage of life, presented concepts, collected feedback, and delegated work to my team to provide our clients the best of our combined efforts. I drafted and collaborated on over 75 creative briefs, scope of works, and proposals. I directed various designers simultaneously across multiple projects.
WEB DESIGNER & PRINT DESIGNER | CG & CG, LLC.
CHICAGO | JULY 2006–MAY 2008
I created and monitored several cohesive marketing campaigns through multiple delivery channels including RSS, QR codes, email click rates, and primitive social media. I created brand identities and designed collateral assets for small businesses and non-profit clients. I developed over 1,000 icons for company's custom content management system and hand coded over 100 custom e-blasts using HTML and CSS.
WEB DESIGNER INTERN | TURTOL, LLC. 
CHICAGO | JANUARY 2004–MAY 2006
During my first year at undergraduate school, I was hired an intern to help design and develop landing pages and e-blasts for the company's external advertising. 
PERSONAL SUCCESS
A COLLECTION OF TECHNICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & TEAM LEADERSHIP
Customer Service Oriented / Customer Obsessed / Corporate & Personal Branding / Client Interviews / Stakeholder Interviews / Corporate Communications / Digital Asset Management / Font & Color Management / Account Management / Content Management / Photo Shoot Oversight / Personal Ownership / Accountable / Instinctual / Insistent on High Standards / Frugal & Resourceful / Results-Oriented / Budget Management / Digital File Management / Project Management / Process Creation / Cross-Functional Communications / Presentations / Production Oversight / Freelance Hire Management / Seeks Diverse Perspectives / Connected with Details
CREATIVE & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Graphic Designer / Art Director / Conceptual Direction / Empathetic / Compassionate / Intuitive / Deep Diver / Big Picture Thinker / Inventor & Simplifier / Authentic / Transparent / Aware / Altruistic / Emotionally Intelligent / Servant Leader / INTJ / Always Learning / Always Curious / Trustworthy / Strong with a Backbone / Envelope Pusher
MARKETING & ADVERTISING MEDIUMS
Promotional Conceptualization / Adobe Creative Suite Expert / Email Campaign Design & Development / User Experience Design / User Interface Design / Social Media Campaign Designer & Development / Direct Mailers / Publication & Newspaper Ads / Retail Marketing / Direct Response Campaigns / A&B Testing / Copywriting / B2B & B2C / Photography / Brand Identity / Point-of-Purchase Displays / Trade Exhibit Design / Brochures / Newsletters / Posters / Signs / Sales Collateral / Marketing Collateral / Books / Catalogs / Annual Reports / Logo Design / Icon Design / Layouts & Compositions / Wireframes & Mock-ups / Photo Retouching / Photo Manipulation / Illustration
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