Beth Mihalek

Beth Mihalek

Skills

Skills

Software

Adobe Creative Suite Microsoft Office Mac Platform  

Automotive Ad Design Samples

Retail Ad Design Samples

Illustration

Event Ad Design Samples

Work History

Work History
2003 - Present

Graphic Designer/Principal

Wildfire Design LLC

Skillfully design and manage production of a variety of print and promotional pieces including print ads, T-shirt design, direct mail, logos, corporate identity packages, and event brochures. Eagerly support unfamiliar projects to gain knowledge in all aspects of design.

  • Continually provide creative design for Cleveland’s premier event management company, Hermes Sports & Events who manage upwards of 140 road races and the Cleveland Corporate Challenge which is a 14 event corporate athletic competition.
  • Effectively maintains ongoing client relationships and develop new business by word of mouth.
2004 - 2013

Graphic Designer

The Plain Dealer

Collaborated with a design team of six and a sales force of 50+ to create print and online advertising for the daily Plain Dealer, Sun Newspapers and Cleveland.com.

  • Designed print ads and presentations for major automotive accounts including Brunswick Auto Mart, Ganley, Marshall Ford, Serpentini, and Hallen Kia resulting in annual revenue of $21M.
  • Consulted with Entertainment Account Manager to effectively produce Special Section pieces for the Cleveland Indians and Rotary Club of Cleveland generating $50K in annual revenue.
  • Created eye-catching print design for diverse client list ranging from conservative to graphic which landed new revenue, maintained current revenue and also upsold accounts for additional revenue.
  • Designed ad specs for Thistledown print campaign increasing spending from $28K to $120K.
  • Worked with minimal or no supervision, solved production and equipment issues ensuring press deadlines were met and early morning presentation packages were completed.
2001 - 2002

Creative Director

SBN, Smart Business Network

Managed a team of six to effectively produce five monthly business publication magazines.

  • Delegated workflow, scheduled deadlines and ordered supplies. Managed quality control of all creative materials. Oversaw press runs/checks.
  • Organized and participated in departmental meetings with editors, photographers, and sales and network office managers.
  • Winner Graphic Design:USA 2001 for publication cover design: SBN Magazine, Cleveland market:“The Art of the Start-Up”.
1996 - 2001

Editorial Designer

SBN, Smart Business Network

Consulted with in-house and outer market photographers and editors to produce layouts, covers, and special section design for nine monthly business publication magazines.

  • Received The Press Club of Cleveland Special Recognition 2001 for cover story layout: SBN Magazine, Cleveland market:“State of HR”
  • Earned The Press Club of Cleveland Second Place Winner 1999 for publication cover design: SBN Magazine, Columbus market, “Death of a Business”
1995 - 1996

Sr. Art Director/Art Director

SBN, Smart Business Network

Delegated workflow within Art Department. Quality control of all creative materials. Oversaw press runs/checks. Designed print ads for nine monthly business publications, in-house creative for sales and marketing team, and company events.

1993 - 1995

Graphic Artist/Film Stripper

Art American (Art American Printing Plates)
1992 - 1993

Paste-up Artist/Typesetter

Sun Newspapers

Education

Education
1989 - 1991

Associates Degree

Art Institue of Pittsburgh