I am a successful senior-level creative director, with the key ability for setting and achieving goals in all areas of creative management and business development. I have exceptional visual and verbal communication skills and easily establish genuine rapport with all levels of management and clients. Above all, I am energetic, enthusiastic, and have been highly successful in managing creative teams and key account relationships through trust and personal integrity.
PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY My experience includes a number of key areas including: CREATIVE MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: • Proven leadership in hiring, training, supervising, and mentoring design professionals. • Formulate strategic direction, company mission, and metrics driven objectives. • Development of creative processes and creative production improvements to achieve design efficiency. • Establish, maintain, and oversee creative production time lines. • Forge and maintain internal relationships and strategic partnerships. • Fiscal responsibility for department budgets in excess of $400k/year. • Manage vendor relationships, including offshore design vendors. CREATIVE DIRECTION & DESIGN: • Conceive and implement full-cycle client projects including: web design, environmental design, print design, advertising design, brand & identity design, and creative marketing initiatives. • Acquire media assets, photo shoots, and digital photography. Technical Management and Implementation: • Negotiate objectives and establish strategies between technical and creative teams. • Integrate creative and technical objectives for design systems and large-scale, multi-site releases. • Develop, test and maintain design and creative aspects of corporate and client web sites. MARKETING/SALES: • Conduct formal presentations and client negotiations. • Set goals and objectives for the marketing, sales, and public relations initiatives. • Develop proposals and objectives on large-scale client projects. • Experience in client contract negotiations. • Interpret and translate client expectations into products and services that meet targeted market needs. CHRONOLOGICAL EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Creative Director Advanstar Communications, Duluth, Minnesota January 2004 – Present Graphics Manager Advanstar Communications, Duluth, Minnesota August 1999 – January 2004 Marketing Director/Graphic Designer Pfeifer Hamilton Publishing, Duluth, Minnesota May 1997 – August 1999 Publications Coordinator Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin October 1993 – March 1996 Freelance Designer Washburn, Wisconsin January 1990 – October 1993 Graphic Designer Curtis Show Print, Continental, Ohio February 1987 – May 1996 Captain Army National Guard March 1981 – November 1990 EDUCATION Columbus College of Art and Design Columbus, Ohio US Army Engineer School Fort Belvoir, Virginia US ARMY Infantry School Fort Benning, Georgia Ohio Military Academy Rickenbacker Air Force Base, Ohio