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PROFILE/RESUME
Michele Hutchins  
Creative Director / Art Director
 
Experienced leader who focuses on delivering creative strategy and solutions that resonate with client audiences. A seasoned professional specializing in company branding, event graphics, print collateral and UI web design, with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small privately held businesses. Leads team projects from concept to completion by coordinating clients' goals and objectives, budgets and technical production requirements. Easy to work with and used to working with high visibility clients such as CEOs, EVPs, senior managers, and direct reports. Establishes and maintains a team approach that supports creativity, problem solving and quality. An organized and talented communicator with advanced experience in editorial layout, typographic, illustrative, website, and photographic capabilities.
Resume
CREATIVE MANAGEMENT & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
• An intimate understanding of design, copy and web best practices/guidelines
• Experience with a variety of software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
• Excellent leadership skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Fiscal responsibility for department budgets in excess of $500k+/year
• Comfort interacting with clients, CEOs, EVPs, CMOs, senior managers, direct reports, project managers, account executives, print vendors and photographers

CREATIVE DIRECTION & DESIGN
• Experienced leading team, developing creative guidelines and directing creative work, including print collateral, event graphics, tradeshow graphics, websites, email campaigns, video, and facility branding
• A strong understanding of brand development and multichannel marketing concepts; conducting research
• Special emphasis on conceptual design and communication goals, high attention to detail 
• Selects and secures media assets, photo shoots, digital photography, or video
• Negotiate objectives and establish strategies between stakeholders and creative teams
• Reviews project production factors by studying budget, background information, objectives, presentation approaches, styles, and techniques.
• Editing final results for presentation to client

MARKETING/SALES
• Conduct formal presentations and client negotiations
• Research and analyze current market trends and marketing strategies for the purpose of establishing unique designs and marketing visibility for each client
• Develop proposals and objectives on large-scale client projects
• Experienced with client contract negotiations
• Interpret and translate client expectations into products and services that meet targeted market needs

NOTABLE CLIENTS
Republic Services, CBRE, W.L. Gore, Specialty Health Products, Inc., McMillan Group International, Perini Corporation, Tutor Perini, Schuff Steel Corporation, Arizona Hospice, Extreme Integration, PetSmart, Inc., DePuy Orthopedics (a Johnson & Johnson Company), Lincoln Financial Group, Lincoln Financial Corporation, Dana Corporation, Hubbel Raco, IPT Honda, and HeadPenn Racquet Sports

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Republic Services, Scottsdale, Arizona
Marcom / Sr. Graphic Designer
2014-2018

CBRE, Phoenix, Arizona
Marcom / Graphic Design Consultant (Contract)
2014

W.L. Gore & Associates, Phoenix, Arizona
Brand Development / Marcom (Contract)
2011–2014

Hutchins Design, Phoenix, Arizona
Creative Services Manager / Principal
2011-2014

Papagalos Strategic Communications, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Art Director
2007–2011
 
PetSmart, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Art Director/Creative Services Manager (Contract)
2005–2007

M&M Design, Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Phoenix, Arizona
Creative Services Manager / Principal
2000-2007

COMPUTER EXPERIENCE
Mac OS, Windows, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Acrobat Professional, Microsoft Office, Video, Dreamweaver, WordPress, Muse, Keynote, PowerPoint, HTML, CSS

EDUCATION
BFA – Visual Communications, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

Continuing Education:
University of Phoenix, Online University, Arizona
Academy of Art University San Francisco, California
Project Management Institute, PMP Certification

AWARDS RECOGNITION
• Brand Champion, Republic Services, 2017
• National Presentation Booklet Award, “Best Design”, Schuff Steel, 2008
• Gold Excellence Award for package design and printing, “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done”, client Head Penn Racquet Sports, 2006 
• Lincoln Lore Magazine – Contributor to publication named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the top 50 magazines in the United States, client Lincoln Museum, 2005
• Create Magazine – Featured graphic artist, 2005 
• Addy Award – Highest print and design award given for outstanding design style and layout for “Smart Mailer,” client Johnson & Johnson, a DePuy Orthopedics project, 2004
Michele Hutchins
Seeking
Full-time, Part-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Experience
Senior
Skills
Creative Direction, Art Direction
Industry
Marcomm, Web/Multimedia
SAMPLE WORK
POST DATE: 01.03.2018
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Phoenix, AZ
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