Summary

I am a 20 year graphic design veteran specializing in advertising, branding, marketing, and social media. During my career as a graphic designer in advertising, brand conversions, and re-imaging I have collaborated with clients such as BP, Lowes Home Improvement, Caldwell Banker, Domino’s, Denny’s, Eastern Carolina University, Edward Jones, Kangaroo, Westin Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and more. I have also been honored to receive two awards from the South Carolina Press Association for creativity in advertising design.

Interest

Advertising, branding, consulting, e-marketing, entrepreneurship, learning, market / business planning, marketing, motorcycles, personal branding, reading, social networking, sport karate, teaching, technology, web and graphic design.

Objective

It is my desire to obtain a Social Media Marketing position utilizing my marketing research, e-marketing, and customer relationship management skills while adapting marketing strategies using critical thinking, ethics, and cross-cultural understanding.

Skills

Skills

Graphic Desisgner

Advertising, Branding, Graphic Design, Marketing, Brand Conversion, Re-imaging, Custom Art, Adobe CS3, CorelDraw Graphics Suite X4, MS Office 2007 and MS Office 2010.

Social Media Marketing

Niche branding, marketing research, e-marketing, and customer relationship management skills; Adapt branding and marketing strategies using critical thinking, ethics, and cross-cultural understanding; Manage expected growth in competition creatively; Develop effective marketing plans including pricing, product placement, and promotion; Demonstrate change-agent skills using critical and creative thinking.  

Work History

Work History
Dec 1998 - Present

Owner

C4 Creations

Advertising, Branding, Graphic Design, Marketing, Networking and Social Media services.

Aug 2001 - Present

Education Facilitator

Lukeion Academy

Plan and instruct each subject area using wide variety of teaching aids, motivational and implementation strategies to engage students in active learning.

Incorporate learning modality principles into classroom and individual instruction. Develop and conduct inter-grade activities.

Implement technological approaches to subject material. Research educational resources on the Internet. Assist with information retrieval.

Designed and conducted student workshops for training in word processing and spreadsheet software.

Dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge.

Jul 2009 - Mar 2010

Graphic Designer

Custom Business Associates

Duties include setting type and artwork using Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PageMaker, and Corel for advertising, marketing, and printing purposes; creating and manipulating artwork and text using Adobe Illustrator and Corel for screen printing and transfers; creating and manipulating artwork and text using Adobe Illustrator, Corel, and Roland VersaWorks for cut and print vinyl signs; making printing plates and maintaining the ABDick DPM 2340 plate maker; operating the Roland VersaCamm VP-540; as well as applying vinyl to acrylics, banners, and metals for advertising.

Apr 2007 - Jun 2008

Pet Care Lead

PetSmart

Reported directly to the Pet Care Manager and focused primarily on the health and safety of the pets in our care by dispensing their water, food, and medicine; Assisted in coordinating daily activities within the department and with training associates; Assisted customers in finding solutions related to fish, birds, reptiles, and small furry pets.

Jan 2006 - Mar 2007

Office Assistant 2

WV Department of Health and Human Resources

Posted payroll, attendance, materials use and equipment rental; Wrote various interdepartmental documents and reports; Calculated benefits; Maintained, processed, sorted and filed documents; Answered telephone, screened calls, took messages and complaints; Received, sorted and distributed incoming and outgoing mail; Operated office equipment.

Jan 2005 - May 2005

Graphic Designer

Southeastern SignWorks

Duties included manipulating type and artwork for production using Composer and Corel; Operated a Gerber Edge printer, the Roland Camm-1 Pro CX-500 plotter, and the Roland VersaCamm SP-540V printer/plotter; Applied laminate to print vinyl, and applied vinyl to acrylics, banners, and metals for the purpose of advertising, brand conversion, re-imaging, marketing, custom signs, and canopy construction.

Jan 2004 - Jan 2005

Graphic Designer

Sawyers Sign Service Inc.

Duties included manipulating type and artwork for production using Colorchoice, Corel, and Flexi-Sign; programmed and operated the CNC router using Enroute and MX32; Created neon layouts using Sign Wizard; Operated the Mimaki CG12 plotter and the Roland ColorCamm CJ500 printer/plotter; Applied laminate to print vinyl, and applied vinyl to acrylics, banners, and metals for the purpose of advertising, brand conversion, re-imaging, marketing, custom signs, and canopy construction.

Aug 2000 - Feb 2002

Graphic Designer

Allen Industries Inc.

Duties included manipulating type and artwork using Corel, Inspire, and PhotoPaint; programmed the CNC router using Enroute and MX32; Created neon layouts using Neon Wizard and Sign Wizard; Operated the Allen Datagraph, Ioline Studio, and Mimaki CG12 vinyl/pen plotters; Applied vinyl to acrylics, banners, and metals for the purpose of advertising, brand conversion, re-imaging, marketing, custom signs, and canopy construction.

May 1995 - May 1998

Graphic Designer

Graphic Systems International

Duties included setting type and artwork using Canvas, CasMate, Corel, and Illustrator; Prepress camera operations; Screen printing; Operated the Ioline vinyl plotter; Supervised operation of the Xenetech engraver; Applyed vinyl to acrylics, banners, and metals for the purpose of advertising, brand conversion, re-imaging, marketing, custom signs, high-rise signs & canopy construction.

May 1994 - May 1995

Advertising Designer

The Summerville Journal Scene

Duties included setting display ads using Corel, PhotoPaint, and PageMaker; as well as typesetting, layout/pagination, and pasteup.

Jun 1993 - May 1994

Advertising Designer

The Post and Courier

Duties included setting display ads using AdSpeed and typesetting.

Education

Education
Sep 2011 - Present

Master of Science

Southern New Hampshire University

With a Marketing Masters degree from Southern New Hampshire Univeristy, I am learning how to manage brands, build customer loyalty and engage multiple audiences; discovering how to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan that blends old and new media; and improving my own marketability by building on my bachelor's business degree.

The marketing masters degree is preparing me to pursue y career goals by taking marketing courses including:

  • Brand Management
  • Corporate Communications
  • Advertising
  • Marketing Research
  • Product Development
  • Sales Management
2006 - 2009

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Colorado Technical University

The Human Resource Management degree program concentration is designed to help students develop insight into management structures and processes and to help build interpersonal and professional skills in communication, human resources and systems management.

1990 - 1992

Associate of Science

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

The associate of science degree in Digital Design and Print Communications is designed to provide quality technical education to prepare technicians for the rapidly changing graphic arts and digital design industries. The student receives training in all of the basic skills required of the these industries, and upon completion of the two-year program, is qualified to enter the industry in a junior supervisory capacity directly responsible to the plant manager or supervisor.

Certifications

Certifications
Feb 2007 - Present

Basics of Accounting and Finance

Colorado Technical University
Jun 2007 - Present

Business Fundamentals

Colorado Technical University
Jun 2007 - Present

Project Planning

Colorado Technical University
Oct 2007 - Present

Business in the Global Environment

Colorado Technical University
Mar 2008 - Present

Human Resource Development

Colorado Technical University
Dec 2008 - Present

Management Essentials

Colorado Technical University
Dec 2008 - Present

Organizational Systems Improvement

Colorado Technical University
Feb 2009 - Present

Human Resource Management

Colorado Technical University