Resume

Education

Bowling Green State University
Bachelor of Science in Technology
Major: Visual Communication Technology

Sinclair Community College
Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communications
Major: Visual Communications

Bowling Green State University
Master of Education in Career & Technology Education
Specialization: Training and Development

Master Project:  The Design, Development, and Evaluation of an Instructional Module on Sketching
For Preliminary Project Design

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Industry Experience

Art Director | Black Tent (formerly Stimulus Worldwide)
Cincinnati, Ohio | 2008 ­‑ present
As art director I am responsible for providing design direction as well as the oversight of art production on all branding, print, interactive, web, and video projects for our global client roster. I work closely with the creative director, working through project objectives, concepting, and directing a group of designers on various projects. In addition to these duties I manage client brand guidelines, freelance designers, production schedules, and relationships with vendors.

As an art director I have developed relationships with local, regional, and national printing and trade show vendors. I work closely with several area photographers, directing a number of photo shoots for various clients and work with local, regional, and national post-production houses, videographers, and directors of photography on video/commercial shoots.

My track record as art director includes over 15 design awards from various industry creative competitions for print collateral, video, and web and e-mail campaigns. A brief client list includes: United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Proctor & Gamble, FirstGroup America, Inc., PNC Equipment Financing, Teradata, Teradata PARTNERS User Group, ROTEX, and Jewel-Craft, Inc.

Senior Designer, Contracted Freelancer | Stimulus Worldwide
Cincinnati, Ohio | 2006 ­‑ 2008
As a senior designer, I worked closely with a team of account executives and clients on various types of design projects from concept through completion. Projects included logo design, development of branding guidelines, print collateral, web and e-mail campaigns, as well as trade show booths and signage.

Graphic Designer | WenMar Design Labs
Toledo / Dayton, Ohio | 2001 ­‑ 2008
Freelancing provided me experience running a small business and managing client relations. I utilized my design skills to sketch and concept for clients, bring design ideas into production stages on the computer, and learned the importance of working closely with photography and printing vendors to achieve the best results.

I worked directly with clients, or with their marketing departments, to fulfill their design needs for identity design, marketing collateral, signage, direct mail campaigns, and package design. A brief client list included: Enhanced Publications, Grand Financial, Inc., Buckeye & Ohio Media, Hartzell Propeller, Industrial Tube Corporation, DEM Technology, Ohio Relay for Life/American Cancer Association, Stimulus Worldwide, and The DAISY Foundation.

Graphic Designer | Hardy Communications & Marketing
Toledo, Ohio | 2000 ­‑ 2001
As graphic designer and production artist, I worked closely with the owner of the firm and clients on a variety of different types of projects, including: marketing collateral, political campaign collateral, as well as identity and package design. Clients included commercial real estate developers, metal brokers, and technology/IT solutions providers.

Graphic Specialist | Adroit Systems, Inc.
Dayton, Ohio | 1999 – 2000
As an intern with this defense contractor, I was responsible for facilitating team members with their graphic related needs for various projects. I was responsible for printed collateral for specific projects, multi-media presentations, and assisted in the layout and formatting of technical reports and job proposals. Due to the sensitive nature of the material handled by this employer, and the projects I worked on, I had to obtain my DOD secret security clearance.

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Teaching Experience

Adjunct Design Instructor | Sinclair Community College
Dayton, Ohio | 2005 – present
As an adjunct instructor, I have taught a number of different courses for the Sinclair Design Department. I am responsible for presenting students with a pre-determined curriculum designed to meet the high standards of the Sinclair Design Department as well as the NASAD. Managing the classroom, course work, moderating design critiques, providing fair evaluation, and being available to the students are all critical elements of an educator’s job and translate well into industry.

Courses instructed include: Computer Basics, 2D Design Basics, 3D Design Basics, and Typography.

Adjunct Design Instructor | Owens Community College
Toledo, Ohio | 2004
As an adjunct instructor at Owens, I was responsible for instructing two technical commercial art (CRT) courses, that both relied heavily on my software and production skills. Instructed courses: Introduction to Macintosh and Vector Graphic Design (Introduction to Illustrator).

Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Technology, VCT | Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio | 2003 – 2004
As a teaching assistant (TA) during my graduate studies I was responsible for co-instructing an introductory visual communication technology (VCT) course under Dr. Gene Poor. I managed 35 students per lab, demonstrated computer software, evaluated lab assignments, and held office hours to be available for students.

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Capabilities

  • Managing designers in an agency setting, and establishing trust as well as responsibilities
  • Experience creating, working with, and managing art branding guidelines, and managing a project according to a creative brief
  • Ability to effectively design and direct art for various media (print, web, video, and interactive)
  • Excellent knowledge of art production and printing methods
  • Developing and managing relationships and establishing partnerships with industry vendors including photographers, post-production houses, printers, and others
  • Providing art direction for photography and video