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PROFILE/RESUME
Joe Sestito  
Senior Graphic Designer
 
Since I began my career, I have successfully developed distinctive graphic design.  My work focuses on concept-driven and inspiring communication, delivering relevant and enduring solutions.  The driving force behind my designs is a love for visual communication.  I approach each project with this in mind...a good design comes from a good idea.  Keeping the overall message short and simple makes it memorable.  

Some of the designs and concepts shown within this profile were created while working out of my own design studio.  I am grateful to my past employers, Prime Resources and particularly Silverstone, Adkins & Breit, for sharing with me their opportunities, their decades of knowledge and their successes.  For a complete list of credits for any piece shown, please contact me.
Resume
SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Extensive experience as a senior level art director and designer working on multiple marketing initiatives including web design, promotional and collateral materials, advertising and corporate logos. Leverage strategic vision, business acumen, and artistic talent to deliver high-impact marketing, print-design and e-commerce projects addressing the needs of Fortune 500 clients.

Solid success directing and implementing broad range of revenue-generating design projects, from conception to launch. Readily translate business requirements into effective advertising campaigns. Partner cross-functionality to build consensus and ensure projects meet all milestones, deadlines, and budget requirements. Intuitively adapt to new technology and innovative processes while ensuring compliance with corporate standards. Strong advocate for positive change, performance excellence and continuous quality improvement.

AREAS OF EMPHASIS

	• Cutting-edge Graphic Design
        • High level of Creativity
        • Excellent Project Management
        • Cost Control / Budget Administration
        • Outstanding Relationship Management
	• Targeted E-mail Campaigns
	• E-mail Blasts / Newsletters / Brochures / Flyers       
        • Press Releases and Media Kits                        
        
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
ART DIRECTOR / SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER, 9/2007 to 4/2019
PRIME RESOURCES – Bridgeport, Connecticut

Efficiently lead and administer creative design projects in support of ongoing marketing, merchandising and e-commerce programs for national promotional products manufacturer specializing in custom imprinting and product design.

Create design themes and graphics focused on major annual catalogs, E-mail blasts, banner ads, electronic flyers, and web pages for corporate website, and graphics for tradeshow booths, all promoting new and existing products and services offered to buyers and distributors nationwide. Coordinate with Department Director on selection of papers, inks, and various outside sources / purchases essential to project completion. Review all production materials on key projects and provide signature authority; manage operational, strategic, financial, bid review, staffing and administrative functions. Ensure compliance with and implement corporate standards.

Selected Achievements:
• Provided creative vision and concept design in establishing a corporate brand “look” for advertising, E-mail blasts, flyers, while meeting strict turnaround schedule. Effective in turning around company’s sliding profits in 2008 by 30% after major layoffs.
• Significantly expanded online presence by leveraging talent for creative and contemporary design 	effecting sales growth in key global markets.

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER, 6/2000 to 7/2007
SILVERSTONE ADKINS & BREIT – Stratford, Connecticut

Lead Senior Designer on multiple marketing initiatives including web design, promotional and collateral materials, advertising and corporate logos, addressing the needs of Fortune 500 clients.

Designed newsletters, logos, promotional literature, and creative portions of web content covering inter/intranet applications. Functioned as a solutions provider to clients, linking creative concepts to customer objectives. Established client-focused partnerships, sharing ownership and accountability for achievement of clients' expectations. Worked in collaboration with major clients to provide web design, logos and promotional materials. Linked graphic design to consumer demographics to maximize product appeal. Tracked and monitored projects from concept to fruition, using a results-driven philosophy to retain 100% client loyalty.

Selected Achievements:
• Designed a new intranet website for Kraft Foods entitled "Kraft Intranet Café", where
employees go for information on all company activities. Savvy navigation design contributes to the site’s success and communicates Kraft’s core purpose by featuring employees’ everyday life activities.
• Designed a new intranet website for Philip Morris to support diversity awareness. The new look-and-feel of the site presents Philip Morris as an experienced and established leader in the field of employee diversity and equal treatment toward all employees.
• Designed and produced an ongoing newsletter entitled “The Source” for employees of Nestlé Waters North America highlighting the people responsible for the company’s regional and industry-wide growth.

OWNER / MANAGER, 6/1990 to 7/2000
JOE SESTITO GRAPHIC DESIGN – Bethel / Wilton, Connecticut

Assessed market position and trends, devised advertising strategy, and presented to senior management. Contributed to creation of engaging and dynamic corporate materials for internal and external projects. Presented creative design strategy to various groups and fostered consensus across all stakeholders.

Fully responsible for selection of papers, inks, and various outside sources / purchases essential to project completion. Review all production materials on key projects and provide signature authority; manage bid reviews. Direct key operational functions including sales, project management, client relations, graphic design, budget management, and scheduling. Established relationships with major accounts including A.C. Nielsen, Dun & Bradstreet, Duracell, IBM, ITT, MBI, and Perkin Elmer.

Selected Achievements:
• Successfully created a suite of collateral materials for a division of a major corporation, while working across entire product line. Credited with delivering robust, focused design concepts promoting numerous launches of new products.
• Developed and produced a multi-million dollar integral sales support campaign for a major software provider, launching database management software for financial marketplace, human resources, national organizations. Solidified company’s standing as leader in field.
• Developed and implemented multi-media graphics to maximize product awareness in core target audiences. Resulting design identity was maintained across entire product line, and applied to website and all sales literature worldwide.
• Used detailed analysis of clients' products, target markets and revenue growth objectives.
• Built business from start-up to a major Fortune 500 provider.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY
Environments: Mac OS X
Tools: Microsoft Office; QuarkXPress; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, Acrobat

AWARDS
Award of Excellence: Connecticut Art Director’s Club
Certificate of Excellence: Strathmore Paper Company
Advertising Club of Westchester
Curtis Paper Company
Joe Sestito
Seeking
Part-time, Off-site, Freelance/contract
Experience
Senior
Skills
Design, Art Direction
Industry
Print, Marcomm
POST DATE: 09.09.2019
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Bethel, CT
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