professional experience


A multidisciplinary designer possessing a passion for all things designed. I am a seasoned professional who can bring an abundance of keen insight and experience to an innovative organization.

 

I've had a very satisfying and successful corporate and freelance career as a graphic designer, art director, creative director, graphics department manager and college instructor. 

 

I'm open to transferring my design skills and leadership experiences to other business sectors.


Professional Creative Experience

  • Accomplished, savvy graphic designer with superior attention to detail
  • Consistent ability to develop concepts through to powerful solutions
  • Excellent persuasive communications skills for making confident and detailed presentations
  • Highly analytical, strategic and developmental competency, with strong research abilities and organizational skills
  • Adaptive and flexible to new situations, enthusiastic to learn new skills and assimilate and retain new information
  • Significant experience with establishing branding and guidelines throughout all mediums and touchpoints

Management & Leadership Skills

  • Supervised and motivated a creative department of five designers and oversaw all graphics for all projects
  • Responsible for department administration and interviewing for creative hires; all of my hires stayed with company 10+ years
  • Experience making key decisions, organizing projects and delegating responsibilities as creative director
  • Led a brand ambassador team of over 70 global coworkers and organized employee brand embracement and adoption of the Thomson Reuters brand
  • Instructed and prepared a class of 28 college-level students for real-world agency experience; volunteered for student portfolio reviews and critiques
  • Received exceptional teacher evaluation scores after a year of introductory web design, with no previous teaching experience; asked to return
  • Always looking for ways to improve processes and efficiencies


industry experience

2019-2020

Access Marketing Company  |  Centennial, CO

Senior Visual Designer; videography; marketing design

 

2002-2019

Thomson Reuters/Truven Health Analytics/
IBM Watson
 
  |  Greenwood Village, CO

Design team manager, lead designer, Int'l Brand Ambassador

 

2002-2002

Westwood College of Technology  |  Denver, CO

Web Design Instructor; Portfolio Review Board

 

2000-2002

Mindlight Interactive   |  Wheat Ridge, CO

Creative Director, UX designer

 

1993-2000

Publication Design Inc.  |  Wheat Ridge, CO

Creative Director and manager

 

1991-1993

Heinrich Marketing  |  Lakewood, CO

Graphic design, marketing design, illustrator

 

1990-1991

Ligature Design  |  Denver, CO

Graphic design, logo design, illustrator

 

1988-1990

Crown Craft, Inc.  |  Des Moines, IA

Graphic design, typesetter

 

1986-1988

Ad agency internships

   

important competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate, build, and maintain strong working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Strong leadership and project management skills (goal-setting, organization, and implementation)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills
  • Strong technical writing and grammatical skills; ability to simplify complex topics and write concisely in an active voice
  • Strong presentation and teaching skills to large groups or one-to-one


Software Intelligence

2020 ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD > PHOTOSHOP + ILLUSTRATOR + INDESIGN + PREMIERE + AFTER EFFECTS + MICROSOFT OFFICE SUITE + VIDEO SHOOTING/POST-PRODUCTION, AUDIO AND LIGHTING EQUIPMENT


Education

1984-1988

Bachelor of Arts, Drake University, Des Moines, IA   Media Graphics, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, emphasis in design & film


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