What I’ve Done

Over 10 years experience in graphic design and the publishing industry with emphasis on real estate, retail, food and beverage and automotive.

Professional Experience:

Freelance Graphic Designer, Studio Via

1996 – Current. Clients include: The Arizona Republic, Republic Media Volunteers, State Farm Insurance, Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Meridian Bank, DBL Distributing, NXG Technologies, Filiberto’s Mexican Restaurant, Flora Apothecary, Tina and Coco Photography, William Lyon Homes, The Shoe Mill.

Multimedia Design Supervisor, Advertising

Gannett/Republic Media/The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. Phoenix, Arizona. January 2009 – May 2013. Develop and manage graphic design team of 20 graphic designers. Manage workflow issues, implement more efficient processes and maintain customer satisfaction both internal and external. Train employees on new software and create learning and reference tools. Manage personnel issues and create a positive work environment. Work with other managers across departments to implement new process and create workflow efficiency. Lead team of designers

Creative Director, Client Solutions Group

Gannett/Republic Media/The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. Phoenix, Arizona. October 2007 – January 2009. Conceptualize, design and produce ad campaigns for current, acquisition and new customers and clients. From print media to web banners and everything in between. Strategize with team members and managers for product recommendations, design and execute the entire campaign from start to finish and present the final product to customer. Research and develop current customers as well as new customers. Manage multiple projects and deadlines on a daily basis. Utilize research to design custom campaigns for audience demographics.

Artist Supervisor, Advertising

Gannett/Republic Media/The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. Phoenix, Arizona. November 2006 – October 2007. Develop and manage graphic design team of 13 designers/production artists. Manage workflow issues, implement more efficient processes and maintain customer satisfaction both internal and external. Train employees on new software and create learning and reference tools. Manage personnel issues and create a positive work environment.

Creative Graphic Designer, Business Development

Gannett/Republic Media/The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com.Phoenix, Arizona. January 2004 – November 2006. From concept to print I do it all. Create, design, and prepare magazine advertisements for a plethora of magazines that my division publishes including: Arrowhead Life, Camelback, 85255, Chandler Life, House & Home Solutions, How-To Guide, The Greater Phoenix Relocation Guide, AZ Society, Arizona Woman, Who’s Who in Business, and the Experts Book. On any given day I could work on designing a special section to producing magazine advertisements and marketing materials, as well as producing spec ads. Utilize internet for advertiser client research and art acquisition. Implement production process for sales team to follow and work closely with ad coordinator to maintain our consistent work flow. Work in team environment; plan and organize work flow to meet team goals and project deadlines. Additional responsibilities include: scanning artwork, photography, processing images through digital imaging, preflighting and checking camera ready art for presses, copywriting, client interaction, proofreading, working with advertising representatives and managers to create effective marketing tools, and participating in client presentations and meetings.

Production Artist, Advertising

Gannett/Republic Media/The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. Mesa, Arizona. October 2001 – January 2004. Create, design, and prepare black & white and color advertisements for direct mail, daily newspaper, inserts, specs, Republic Real Estate Magazine, 85255 Magazine, and azcentral.com. Utilize internet for advertiser client research and art acquisition. Work in team environment; plan and organize work flow to meet team goals and project deadlines. Additional responsibilities include: scanning artwork, processing images through digital imaging, client interaction, proofreading, working with advertising representatives to create effective marketing tools, and participating in client presentations and meetings.

Graphic Design Intern, Advertising

The Tampa Tribune. Tampa, Florida, August 2000 – December 2000. Create, design, and prepare black & white and color advertisements for direct mail, daily newspaper, inserts, specs, Utilize internet for advertiser client research and art acquisition. Work in team environment; plan and organize work flow to meet team goals and project deadlines. Additional responsibilities include: scanning artwork, processing images through digital imaging, client interaction, proofreading, working with advertising representatives to create effective marketing tools, and participating in client presentations and meetings.

Assistant Manager/Visual Merchandiser

Pier 1 Imports, Clearwater, Florida, May 1997 – July 2000. Visual merchandising, identity branding through customer service, cash register operation, IBM computer reports and managerial paperwork, asset protection and assisting store manager.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Communication. Collins College, Tempe, Arizona
Associate of Science Degree in Computer Graphics. International Academy of Design & Technology, Tampa, Florida

Honors & Activities:

– Collaboration Recognition Award, William Lyon Homes Creative
– Sales Recognition Award, Terri’s Consign & Design
– APEX Award, Most Valuable Player Award, The Arizona Republic
– STAR Award for Excellence, The Arizona Republic
International Academy of Design & Technology, 1st Place Corporate Identity
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