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PROFILE/RESUME
Neil Sanders  
Creative Dir/Design/Brand/UX
Design leadership, brand identity, and user experience professional. Creative problem-solver and mentor with a strong design background. Devoted advocate for the value of solid design strategy, seamless user experience, and consistent brand execution across all channels and customer touchpoints.

Specialties: User Experience, Design Innovation, Typography, Iconography, Creative Direction and Mentoring, Identity Design, Brand Specifications and Standards, Online Brand Application, Video Storytelling, Proof of Concept, Prototyping
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Wheels, Inc. –  Des Plaines, IL
Sr. Manager, User Experience / Design – 2016-present
> Building a UX practice to help Wheels provide exceptional user experience design across digital channels; promoting design excellence for the organization.
> Incorporating user feedback and testing as an integral part of Wheels software development. 
> Defining a central point of truth for the enterprise design system.

Sanders Brand Design Innovation, LLC –  Chicago, IL
Owner/Principal – 2010-present
> Independent Brand Identity Design and Consulting Professional, providing custom-tailored brand design solutions for corporate and startup clients.
> Specialties include: Identity Design, Brand Specifications and Standards, Online Brand Application, Typography, Creative Direction and Mentoring

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. –  Westchester, IL
Creative Director, UX – 2011-2016
> User Experience Design Team Leader for IAA; managed 6 UI/UX designers and a virtual team of freelance media editors. 
> Accountable for UI design and user experience for all applications developed, including iOS, mobile web, android, and desktop user interfaces; for IAA buyers, providers, and internal users.
> Lead teams during concepting sessions and user flow planning; provided creative direction and mentoring for team throughout the development process.
> Directed and facilitated user research and prototype testing initiatives for the enterprise.
> Drove innovation and new product development through design in an agile/scrum environment. 
> Regularly demonstrated team project deliverables to C-suite stakeholders via live, interactive presentations or through brief video demos.

HSBC North America –  Mettawa, IL
AVP – Manager, Brand Marketing Design – 2004-2010
> Achieved coherent and consistent brand presentation through strategic brand design direction, consulting and approvals of marketing and communications creative across HSBC in North America.
> Developed and maintained HSBC – North America brand standards documentation in 
collaboration with HSBC Group brand governance team; measured standards compliance via annual brand audit and provided findings and recommendations to senior management.
> Promoted best practices and collaboration within the corporate-wide internal design function via on-site visits and webinars with in-house design and marcomm teams across the US and Canada; and through content development on team intranet site.

Household Technology Services – Chicago, IL 
Consultant / Senior User Interface Designer – 1999-2004
> Enhanced user experience through consistent branding approach for web site interfaces and page components; developed on-brand web marketing design solutions.
> Collaborated closely with development, project management and business team leads on complex web site and intranet projects.

Household International - Prospect Heights, IL
Senior Designer - 1998-1999
> Increased sales and client satisfaction through development of best-in-class graphic design solutions for top-tier merchant's branded credit card design, POP, direct mail and collateral.
> Developed color management strategy and high-speed network for creative team.

Dex Media (Formerly RHD / Ameritech) - Chicago, IL
Senior Designer / Field Artist - 1995-1998
> Elevated design team project quality and output through effective leadership of team of four direct-reports in a fast paced directory advertising sales office.
> Increased customer satisfaction and sales through direct interaction and design for outside clients, advertising agencies and big ticket accounts.
> Guided team career development and growth, mentored new team members and delivered team performance reviews; conducted candidate interviews.
> Consistently provided highly effective and successful advertising design solutions
> Managed project workflow and reviewed team deliverables.
> Conducted regular team production meetings.
> Maintained software and hardware in a networked Macintosh environment.

EDUCATION
Columbia College - Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts - Multimedia / Animation

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, IL
Cinema & Photography

SKILLS
> Adobe Creative Suite
> Microsoft Office Suite
> Axure RP
> HTML / CSS / Javascript / Wordpress
> Apple Final Cut Pro / Keynote
> Camtasia Studio
> Proven typographic, photographic, and design skills.
> Strong verbal and written communications skills, with close attention to details.
> Pencil sketch, illustration, and rapid prototyping

OTHER
> Member Design Management Institute
> References and work samples available
Neil Sanders
Seeking
Full-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Experience
Executive
Skills
Creative Direction, Design
Industry
Marcomm, Web/Multimedia
POST DATE: 04.20.2017
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