Caren Jansen Van Vuuren

Caren Jansen Van Vuuren

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EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATES

Associates Degree: Interior Design, specialized-commercial properties, N3 Architectural Drafting

Completed Courses: Space planning and design, CAD Intergraph Microstation 2D, Project Management, Public Speaking, Dynamic Communication

Eskom Megawatt Park: 3 year work study - Psychology in the office environment

Graphic Design Course: Miami Ad School

Extensive research with online marketing

Objective

I just returned from the USA after spending 18 years there in the print and graphic industries. Online marketing and my graphic design experience was born in the US

Coming home to my homeland, I am privileged to bring my knowledge and experience home

I also do consulting services for online marketing, and plan some workshops for 2010

Looking forward to hear from you!

Summary

A LITTLE ABOUT ME:

Resided in the United States for 18 years, just returned to South Africa

Computer savvy in both PC and MAC platforms, broad knowledge of operating wide range printing and scanning equipment

Experienced in the graphic design and digital printing industry since 1992

Shine as an individual, tends to inspire people and always maintain a sense of humor

Excellent communication skills between international cultures with customers or co-workers

Promote teamwork with innovative ideas, strong motivational skills and manage with an open door policy

Work History

Work History
Feb 2009 - Present

Owner

BuzzBee Marketing

ABOUT ME:

Craftivisimis the practice of engaged creativity regarding political or social causes. By using creative energy to help make the world a better place, craftivists help bring about positive change. Craftivist create work that stands out in a chamber of voices through creative media and collateral (brochures, flyers, websites, etc)

2005 - 2010

Office Manager & Marketing Specialist

Grubb & Ellis|BRE Commercial Real Estate

Work with Regional Managers in different territories to develop and implement marketing materials and promotions and maintain brand identity

Evaluate and coordinate the design, production and distribution of brochures, flyers, direct mail, e-blasts for the marketing of properties

Coordination and implementation of special promotional events in support of the marketing of properties

Excellent inter personal skills, including strong written and verbal communication

Ability to handle multiple assignments of conflicting priorities with effective resolution

Tact full and problem solving when communicating with clients

Ability to work well in a team environment and is a patient teacher to junior or new co-workers

1993 - 2000

Owner

International Color Concepts

Self starter business entrepreneur, building business from zero to $1.5M annual income, 60% profit

Developed good organizational, multi-tasking and problem solving skills

Established International client base in the modeling and fashion industries

Graphic design services, marketing, staff training and managing

Media marketing for business on South Beach with hosting events in shop

The business became a key operation gaining recognition and expertise in the modeling/photography  industry

Attended high profile celebrity events, establishing credibility and confidentiality

1992 - 1993

Interior Designer

Terranova Design Associates

Conducted interior design and remodeling projects specializing in the cruise ship industry

Drafting of specifications for custom built furniture pieces, complete specification books

For design standards

Co-ordinate with contractors on very tight deadlines with short period of ship docking to complete projects

Manual drafting and updating of ship plans especially on the older ships, new plans were not available (metrics)

1989 - 1992

Facilities Space Planner & Interior Design

Esom Megawatt Park

To ensure customer stays the top priority with everyone on the team

Building strong customer relations, 100% satisfaction guaranteed

Gained strategies in problem solving, decision making skills to short-circuit conflict to have a positive outcome

Develop operational team work by boosting team moral by expressing my opinions without intimidating staff

Successful completed many projects from creating new office spaces and re-locating white collar workers

Implementing extreme to subtle changes in the office environment with as little distraction as possible

Acted as advisor to top executive management to facilitate new projects and stay on budget, planned budgets on existing needs and future expansion of departments

Skills

Skills

Retail Business Owner

  RETAIL BUSINESS OWNER - SOUTH BEACH - MIAMI - USA Self starter business entrepreneur, building business from zero to $1.5M annual income, 60% profit Developed good organizational, multi-tasking and problem solving skills Established International client base in the modeling and fashion industries Attended high profile celebrity events, establishing credibility and confidentiality  

Graphic Design & Online Marketing

  MAC & PC platforms Adobe Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Professional Microsoft Office Suite   Currently using online website software designing websites