Beth Mihalek

Beth Mihalek




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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

  • 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


1989 - 1991

Associates Degree

Art Institue of Pittsburgh