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Jennifer Strezo  
Graphic Designer
 
Jennifer Strezo is the owner of Red Seal Design, and an award-winning graphic designer with more than 20 years of experience. She currently specializes in print, digital and web design with personality for small businesses and organizations, but spent many years creating visual communications for the corporate and consumer worlds. Prior to starting Red Seal Design, she spent nine years with agencies creating branding campaigns for business-to-business clients, and six years in a marketing department creating advertising and promotions for consumer clients. Jennifer and her partners help small businesses and organizations build signature brands by creating consistent visual and written communications that portray a unique and professional image. They provide agency-level work to their clients in Chicago, and across the country, for a fraction of the cost. Jennifer feels a deep sense of responsibility for every project, large or small, doing what it takes to meet deadlines and stay on budget. She takes time to really get to know her clients and is known for her clean design style, keen eye for details and hands-on approach.

Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Graphic Design. She also studied Italian design and art history in Florence, Italy through Studio Art Centers International.

Originally from the Detroit area, Jennifer now lives in West Suburban Chicago.
Resume
Professional Experience

November 2009 to Present
Red Seal Design - Chicago; Owner and Graphic Designer
A small design studio creating print, digital and web design with personality.
* Design and produce brand identities and marketing collateral for consumer and B2B clients in a wide variety of industries, with a focus on brand consistency.
* Help clients increase visibility, professionalism and profitability through creation of signature brands based on the personality of each company. 
* Customize signature brands based on each client’s needs. 
* Manage sub-contractors on a per project basis to complete clients’ initiatives. 
Sample Clients: Angela Garbot Photography, CBI Fulfillment, Dutton & Casey LLC,  Hogan Construction Management, Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources, Rockett Interactive, The Renaissance Companies, Sage Health Strategy, Six Corners Association, Walker Supply Chain Management

November 2007 to November 2009
Maddock Douglas - Elmhurst; Senior Designer / Art Director 
A mid-size innovation agency that invents new products, services and business models, brings them to life and helps clients bring them to market.
* Delivered fresh visual ideas for four brands while working within existing corporate brand standards. 
* Developed an award-winning, 20-page magazine with an internal writer and freelance photographer that was well received by the client, their dealers and their customers. 
* Worked with team to create quarterly campaigns that exceeded sales goals, including direct mail, print and web advertising and dealership point-of-purchase materials. 
* Created customized marketing solutions for individual dealerships based on their goals.
Client: Case New Holland (CNH)

April 2003 to November 2007 
Outside Magazine - Chicago; Marketing Art Director
An independent, national active lifestyle magazine based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
* Designed and produced programs, including advertising, print and web marketing materials, and event and contest promotions for the magazine's advertising clients in 
a wide array of styles based on brand identities.
* Developed all internal collateral as the sole designer in the marketing department. 
* Originated a signature brochure and presentation for use by the sales team. 
* Created large-scale trade show graphics for two annual active outdoor industry shows. 
* Managed a year-round design internship program, acting as a mentor to students and recent graduates.
Sample Clients: Adidas, BP, Buick, Canon, Discovery Channel, Dodge, ECCO Shoes, Garmin, Jack Daniels, Johnnie Walker, New Balance, Nissan, The North Face, Outside Magazine, Rolex, Subaru, Timberland, Travelocity

March 1997 to April 2003
Elrick Business Communications - Chicago; Art Director
A full-service, business-to-business integrated marketing communications firm, 
offering interactive solutions for the corporate marketer.
* Wore all the creative hats as the only designer in the firm. 
* Created and executed an identity system from the ground up.
* Composed a variety of publications for industrial clients. 
* Directed in-studio product photography and on-site model photography shoots. 
Clients: BP, GE Capital Rail and Auto Financial Services, John Crane Seals, Siemens Building Technologies, UOP

Education

University of Michigan; Ann Arbor
1994  BFA in Graphic Design
Studio Art Centers International; 
Florence, Italy 
1994  Italian Design and Art History

Certification

FBE – Certified Female Business Enterprise with the State of Illinois

Awards

Ad design featured in US Ad Review
Business Marketing Association (BMA)
* Silver Tower Award: On-line Newsletter
* Silver Tower Award: Internal Employee Newsletter 
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
* Four Silver Quill Awards: Publications and Posters
* Ten Spectra Awards: Marketing/Branding Communications
* Two Spectra Awards: Publications
Transportation Marketing & Communications Association (TMCA)
* Tranny Award

Recommendations

Maddock Douglas; Senior Designer / Art Director 

I've had the pleasure of hiring and working with Jennifer at two separate companies, Maddock Douglas and Outside Magazine. Dedicated, focused, talented - there are multiple adjectives that describe Jennifer. In addition to her ability to create compelling work is the one attribute that can't be taught - an undying sense of responsibility. In the 5 years I've worked with Jennifer she has never let me down. I'm quite sure my experience will be repeated by anyone smart enough to hire her in to their company and I highly recommend and endorse her.
- Matt McKee, VP of Innovation / Account Director

I've had the pleasure of working with Jennifer at Maddock Douglas and cannot think of a finer person to work with when you're in the trenches. Jennifer is a breath of fresh air and her attention to detail is impressive - exactly the kind of attention you want to have on your team whenever detail is scrutinized by the client and legal departments. She will be an incredible asset to any creative department.
- Wes Douglas, Partner

Jennifer is a detail-orientated designer and a pleasure to work with. Her ability to maintain continuity within a brand is exceptional. A valued asset in any organization.
- Phil Inglis, Production Director

Jennifer is a talented creative with a keen eye for detail and flair for design. A diligent worker, she always met deadlines and was a pleasure to work with on a wide array of projects. In particular, Jennifer and I collaborated on producing three 20-page magazines for one of our agency's clients. The words were my responsibility, the design, Jennifer's. And the result was an award-winning magazine that pleased both our superiors and the client. With her experience, ability and work ethic, Jennifer would be an asset to any creative department's team.
- Dave Wischnowsky, Writer

Outside Magazine; Marketing Art Director

Jennifer Strezo is someone you want around. Not only is she an unbelievably hard worker, talented and intuitive, she is also the calm in any storm. With an unwavering work ethic, an eye for great design and endless creative energy, Jennifer is always an integral part of her company's success. But it is probably her demeanor that is most remarkable; in the face of unforgiving deadlines, variable timelines and projects with evolving scope, Jennifer maintains her composure, remains pleasant and productive, and gets the job done. She is a valuable asset to any team and I would welcome the chance to work with Jennifer again at any time.
- Janeen Sullivan, Marketing Services Director 

Jennifer is a hard working, organized, and very talented designer. When she worked at Outside Magazine she was a true 'soup to nuts' one-person department and was responsible for everything from brainstorming a project, design, setting specs, working with vendors and production. Projects were completed within budget and on-time. I recommend Jennifer without hesitation.
- Anne Mollo-Christensen, VP, Business Development
Jennifer Strezo
Seeking
Part-time, Off-site, Freelance/contract
Experience
Senior
Skills
Design, Art Direction
Industry
Web/Multimedia, Print
SAMPLE WORK
POST DATE: 04.12.2019
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