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Professional Resume

Highly self-motivated design professional offering a 20-year track record demonstrating strong results-oriented design. An effective communicator who can easily interface with clients, design and technical teams and professionals on all levels.

Professional Experience:

Henzel Design , San Diego, CA. Providing art direction and graphic and web design services to a variety of nationwide clients.

Freelance Art Director (11/06-present).

Extensive experience in print and web design. Develop branding and corporate identities, web sites, ads, catalogs, fliers and other collateral for clients in retail, wholesale and service industries.

Imagination Design Studios, Ltd., San Diego, CA. The creative division of the world's largest costume manufacturer. The studio specializes in development of licensed high-end collectibles, masks, props and costumes, as well as designing dynamic proprietary lines.

Art Director (4/99 - 11/06).

Establish creative direction with Creative Director(s) by developing, creating and mocking up graphic solutions which meet creative needs. Oversee art department activities including delegating workload and project direction to the design team.

Encourage staff of 2-5 team members to be highly creative, organized and efficient while meeting established specifications and deadlines.

Solely responsible for the graphic direction of the West Coast studio of Rubie's Costume Co., Inc.
Developed packaging and collateral for some of the industry's most visible and profitable costume lines.

Disguise, Inc., San Diego, CA.  A division of the second largest costume and mask manufacturer, specializing in costume and accessory markets worldwide, licensing products from Disney, Saban and other global companies.

Senior Graphic Designer (10/97 - 4/99).
Graphic Designer (11/95 - 10/97).

Designed and produced catalogs, packaging, logos, custom prints and all other artwork and layout from concept to film creatively and on time.  Hired to bring more creative work in house.  Successfully brought 100% of new logo design and packaging creation in house.

Developed, designed and continually updated company web site.

Successfully art directed and assisted in the coordination of product and fashion photo shoots, including model selection and photographer and stylist bookings.

As project manager, gave clear creative direction on design, set standards, trained and provided troubleshooting as needed.  Result: helping the team meet all deadlines.

Developed and maintained excellent rapport with all licenses around the world while meeting design requirements and exceeding customer expectations.

TransWestern Publishing.  One of the nation’s largest independent Yellow Page publishers with a nationwide distribution of over 6,000,000.

Marketing Graphic Designer, San Diego, CA (1/94 - 10/95).
Graphic Designer, Dallas, TX (10/90 - 12/93).

Developed, designed and produced printed sales aids and other marketing/communication materials for corporate headquarters and eight district sales offices based on project objectives, needs, timing and budget.  Result:  increased productivity of sales reps, increasing district sales as much as 15%.

Coordinated sales, production and marketing activities in development and launch of new advertising options and new directory introduction.

Successfully met with management to identify and develop advertising/marketing strategies.

Prepared files for output, selected printers, attended press checks and tracked effectiveness of printed pieces.

University Spirit, Stillwater, OK.  An entrepreneurial design house and print shop.

Art and Production Director (5/89 - 5/90).
Art Director (9/88 - 5/89).
Graphic Designer (7/86 - 5/88).

Oversaw art department activities including meeting clients, determining their needs and delegating work to artists within deadlines and client specifications.

Managed 12 full and part-time employees - hired, terminated, scheduled, trained and motivated.

Coordinated printing activities between art and production departments; including budgeting, inventory, ordering, meeting production and client deadlines, specifications and budgets.

Trained artists all artists on computer and software applications.

Designed and produced award winning graphic sportswear designs.

Software:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Adobe Fireworks, Final Cut Pro, Quark XPress, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Word among others.

Education:

Oregon State University
Oklahoma State University
Bachelor of Arts in Advertising
Bachelor of Science in Economics

 
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