I am interested in learning new skills in the fields of advertising, communications, public relations, and marketing as well as emerging technologies that support those fields. I have a firm understanding of the concepts associated with effective communication giving me the ability to communicate in a number of different environments. Multi-tasking, high pressure and working with tight timelines is something I am accustomed to. I am a quick learner and adapt well to any changes I am presented with. Leadership, management, project management, growth and mentorship are all things I would like to bring to any and all positions in which I serve.
I have extensive experience in the fields of communication and consumer relations. I have obtained a degree from the University of Michigan in English and Communications, allowing me to communicate on various levels, both written and verbal. I have worked in a variety of atmospheres and enjoy the interaction that working with others presents. Managerial, client and account relations, digital advertising, project management, marketing, public relations, graphic design, implementation of new or existing programs and inter-departmental communications highlight just a few of my skills.
Oct 2012 - Present
As Studio Manager of Mackevision's North American offices, I serve as the supervisor to all production departments within the studios, including 3D, Compositing, Retouching, QA and the Producers both in our Michigan, California and New Jersey studios. Overall studio production timeline, resource management and assignment, costing/estimating and pipeline workflow are on my daily tasks within this role.I also continue to produce CGI projects when my areas of expertise are matched with the type of incoming projects.This allows me to stay abreast of the latest project management and account techniques while interacting with internal and external clients.I have also contributed to the ISO compliance and certification process we are currently undergoing as I have extensive experience in process development, rollout and adherence.
• Act as the first point of contact for all artists • Control of overall studio workflow • Responsible to know the full pipeline of work at any given time, including communication in and out • Responsible for identifying areas of improvement within teams • Responsible for documentation of everything production-related • Recruiting, training, and mentoring new producers • Supervision of all producers • Budget recommendations and responsibility for production studio • Create and/or use appropriate matrix for performance measurements in the production studio • Monitor existing processes, design & implement new ones (as needed)
Jun 2008 - Oct 2012
US CGI Studio Manager
At Burrows, I serve as the US Studio Manager and Lead Project Producer on our US and global/European work.I lead a team of producers and CG artists as well as daily collaboration with our home office located in the UK.As the studio located a significant distance from our headquarters in the UK, I work with minimal day-to-day supervision and work to prioritize all US work, tasks, staff and interaction.Not only do I serve as the Studio Manager, responsible for pipeline forecasting, job costing, business development, trans-Atlantic process development, staff-management, hiring and training, I am also the Lead Project Producer.
As the Lead Project Producer, I am responsible for delivery of high-end CG assets for one of the three major US automakers for use primarily on the Web.Producing these high-profile assets requires me to be involved in not only the concepting and storyboarding, but also the execution of client review meetings, product adherence, internal reviews, budget monitoring and timing modifications, project management as well as account duties.I have worked on domestic as well as global projects and enjoy the diversity involved with each project I get to work on.I have also executed stills, print and brochure jobs as well as CAD-based project for use by downstream vendors.
Reels of work completed at Burrows can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/amumbarger
Mar 2007 - Jun 2008
During my employment at Organic, Inc. I had been performing job functions as an Engagement Manager within the Program Management Office.Engagement Managers typically have both client/account interaction as well as program management responsibilities. I had a wide range of responsibilities ranging from project management of several large projects to application support.Most of my day was spent managing sizeable projects directed at internal clients.I managed, executed and reported on the Process Owner Program, a program set up to define knowledge gaps and develop business tools to improve day-to-day work flow.This program spanned multiple departments, even spanning cross-office operations.I worked to establish and maintain the positive production and adoption of this program through regular group and managerial meetings as well as statistical reporting and projection.
I also worked on client accounts, managing and delivering changes to multimedia advertising campaigns.In working on the client side, I have had interactions with creative, engineering, QA and client representatives.Business development is something I have also worked on at Organic, assisting in preparation of pitches and materials.
Application administration and development was another function of my role at Organic.I helped found, establish, support and run an admin support team for an internal application we used to manage projects.I was the office lead for this application, serving as primary admin and support for 200 + individuals locally.I also worked to develop, author, publish and administer pages on our internal Wiki.There are a number of smaller tasks I completed on a daily basis as identified through work within my department.
Aug 2005 - Dec 2006
Marketing and Graphic Design Coordinator
At Reliance Software Systems I served as the Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator.My responsibilities were numerous and diverse, including creating/designing marketing copy using Adobe CS2 and MS Office, plotting and documenting formal policies and procedures utilizing MS Visio and Word, scheduling and set-up of promotional venues, creating and maintaining several in house and client newsletters, maintaining the general company calendar, updating the company Web site, entry and maintenance into an in-house database program, ACT!, corporate meeting and event planning, scheduling some corporate travel, event planning and set-up, attending promotional events/shows, facilitating meeting requests and any other tasks that may need to be completed on any given day.I was tasked with setting up many of the formalities now in place within the Sales & Marketing department in terms of documentation of corporate practices, policies within not only the Sales & Marketing but also Human Resources, communicating with various staff members to determine the most expedient and efficient ways of completing team tasks and collaborating often with the Technical Writing team. The majority of my time was spent on the visual design of company marketing items such as media kits, sales presentations, conference booth design, business cards, brochures, office signs, folders, insert sheets, press releases and letterhead to name a few.I also worked on the complete redesign of the company Web site, designing everything from the bare bones wireframes and site maps to the creative elements that were used in the site.I reported directly to the VP of Sales and Marketing and often collaborated daily on tasks relating to our department.
Nov 2004 - Apr 2005
My work experience at infoLAB was diverse in that I served as the Administrative Assistant to a five person sales team and also the Production Coordinator to multiple clients on multiple marketing fronts.Some of my duties included creating and updating pre and post-production spreadsheets and forms, implementing and documenting organizational systems of thinking and effective ways of completing tasks, creating visually stimulating e-mail campaigns to be launched from a marketing standpoint, creating custom direct mail pieces for clients, maintaining several customer service e-mail accounts as well as my own, communication with clients via phone and e-mail, completing tasks for members in my sales team from sending a FedEx package, to creating an enrollment form from scratch.I do what ever is demanded of me that day and prioritize work that five other individuals give me as well as my own.
Jan 2002 - Nov 2004
Manager/Director of Member Services
For the first six months of my employment with Great Expectations I was a marketing consultant. My daily tasks included cold calling and warm calling of prospective members. In May I switched departments to obtain a position with Member Services where I advised members in personal affairs, answered phones, data entry, did videos and orientation of incoming members, and any other task that may present itself that day.I was then promoted to Assistant Manager of Member Services in December of 2003 and recently to Manager of member services in March of 2004.I was responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and assisting a five-person member focused team. I also created a new sub-department within Member Services called the Profile Assistance Program of which I was the director. This department assisted members in writing a coherent and accurate profile representative of themselves. I also drafted and drew up proposals for new display templates for promotional shows and was the events coordinator for Great Expectations.This consisted of researching promotional shows in Michigan, staffing the shows we participated in, setting up visually stimulating displays, and providing the company with quality leads as a result.