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Kellee Kruse  
Brand Manager
I have over twenty years of graphic design experience.  I enjoy all aspects of the trade, but especially love the initial creative process that gets the ideas generated.  For nine years, I was part of a small communications team for a large non-profit organization working on everything from print and web design to video and social media. Currently, I serve as brand manager / associate director of college relations and marketing for the second largest community college in Kansas.
OBJECTIVE: To utilize my design skills to effectively communicate ideas, products, and services to the customer's target audience, on budget and on time.

Brand Manager / Associate Director of College Relations and Marketing
Butler Community College - El Dorado, KS  |  February 2018
I lead a team of creatives to serve all the marketing and college relations needs of the college. I ensure every project is meeting Butler’s identity standards. I also plan marketing and communication plans and project manage each step. My responsibiities include social media, web and print design, digital advertising, as well as email blasts and video to get our message out to as many channels as possible.

Creative Director
Hodge Acquisitions - Wichita, KS - October 2016 to February 2018
I served as production artist, graphic designer, web designer, media buyer, and copy writer for all the businesses that Hodge Acquisitions has interest in or owned. There's a great variety in the type of businesses, all with their own audiences and budgets. I very much enjoyed the challenge of constantly switching gears!

Senior Graphic and Web Designer/Art Director
Catholic Diocese of Wichita - Wichita, KS - September 2007 to October 2016
For nine years I was part of a communications team where I have took on much more than just web and print design responsibilities. I planned marketing and communications campaigns that took a multi-layer approach, including but not limited to email blasts, social media, video, and direct mail. I directed complete project life cycles, from initial conception and needs determination through design development to finished product. I directed photo shoots and was responsible for a huge array of projects, from brochures and direct mail pieces to tshirts and billboards. I also served as the art director for the diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Advance (the second largest newspaper in Kansas). 
• Responsible for reducing the print budget by nearly 30% in the last five years I was there, even though print volume continuously rose. 
• Increased in-house use of communications team from 30% to 100%, increasing our branding consistency. 
• Responsible for complete redesign of website, including needs determination, art direction and platform. 
• Project managed, designed, and helped test and implement first-ever mobile app for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

Creative Designer
Universal Products - Goddard, KS - January 2006 to September 2007
My main objective was to design and develop new and different pressure-sensitive vinyl decals for a number of Universal's marine customers. I am often involved in design workshops with our clients' in-house designers or marketing personnel. After designs were developed and resolved, I would assist in creation of filmwork for screen printing. I also worked in conjunction with the promotions department in developing new concepts for trade show booths, catalogs, t-shirt designs, mailers and various other promotional materials.

Graphic and Production Artist
Sharpline Converting - Wichita, KS - October 1998 to December 2005
I designed graphics for a number of Sharpline's RV, marine and automotive customers. I was more responsible for the production of filmwork for screen printing. I was heavily involved in a number of Sharpline's in-house projects, including packaging, annual calendar and catalog, and brochures. I was part of a three person team that completely recreated the entire Sharpline website. I was also accountable for the maintenence of all job files for the art department. 
COMPUTER LITERACY: Proficient in Adobe CS (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro), Wordpress, Joomla, Fireworks, After Effects, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel; Limited Experience with AutoCAD.

B.F.A. in Graphic Design
Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS
May 1998
Kellee Kruse
Full-time, Permanent position
Design, Art Direction
Print, Web/Multimedia
POST DATE: 11.26.2018
Wichita, KS
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