I believe that my interests define me more as a person than my professional experiences. I am passionate about illustration. I spend much of my time using my drawing skills to graph out processes or to brainstorm ideas. I'm interested in pairing these skills with business, which is an interesting notion in itself. I enjoy playing music and I play a few instruments; guitar, drums, and piano. I enjoy blogging about business, I keep up on the latest in the arts, and I'm a huge advocate for social media. For recreation, you can catch me out on the disc golf course taking in the scenery and relaxing.
My objective is to apply my diverse background, my ability to think creatively, and my passion for marketing in order to hold a position that is both challenging and rewarding in internet marketing. I have focused many of my core classes and electives towards understanding both consumer psychology and the internet marketing environment. I would like to implement consumer-centric marketing strategies that are both effective and innovative.
-Developed retouching process around new technology in Adobe CS3 that reduced average retouch time per image by 10 minutes and increased end quality.
-Received two “Core Process Improvement Awards” for innovative thinking and customer service. -Designed a method to shoot a background at multiple angles to super impose plant images on a background. This made it obsolete to rent photography studio space, purchase dozens of varieties of tropical plants for a photo shoot, but most importantly, it saved the project by making it possible to meet customer deadlines.
-Attended 2008 Monster Diversity Leadership Program. I was 1 out of 3,000 of the 35,000 accepted that applied.
I have worked in the printing industry the past 6 years where I held various roles within John Henry/Multi-Packaging Solutions. These positions included serving as a pre-press technician, where I retouched photography and consulted horticulturist on imaging requirements, and generated proofs for customers. I started my career in the company as a folder/glue machine operator, when I quickly progressed through the hierarchy. At the peak of my presence at John Henry, I served voluntarily as the co-chairperson for the safety audit team. My responsibilities included the management of a team of 15 auditors, the design of newsletters, new safety logo, and marketing materials to attract team members. Outside of the company, I enjoyed freelance graphic design, photography, and social media marketing consulting. I currently volunteer my time restoring photos that were damaged in natural disasters for a non-profit called Operation Photo Rescue. This has allowed me to improve my imaging and retouching skills and help those in need at the same time.
I am a business administration major at Franklin University, where I have made the President's list consistently every semester. I am recently admitted student to the University of Michigan's MBA program. During my course of study, I have conducted extensive market research using credible primary and secondary sources. Furthermore, I have used analytic tools such as IBM SPSS to analyze the data in order to formulate applicable and successful solutions to address every day marketing issues. I have also studied advertising, consumer behavior, and internet marketing to understand purchasing and browsing behavior of the internet consumer body.
Admitted for Fall 2010 semester.
Expected graduation in Spring 2012.
2009 - Present
Bachelor of Science
Apr 2010 - Present
OCW - No degree granted
I am completing the free OpenCourseWare courses that MIT provides in order to broaden my knowledge and skills. MIT OpenCourseWare is a publication of the course materials that support the dynamic classroom interactions of an MIT education; it is not a degree-granting or credit-bearing initiative. I am currently self-studying the graduate level behavioral economics and finance course.
2006 - 2009
Associate of Science
2006 - 2006
Certificate of Completion
Feb 2010 - Present
(Volunteer) Photo Restoration
-Restore photos for people who lost them in disasters like hurricane Katrina. -Manage photo library to download and upload damaged and restored photos. -Spend 8 to 10 hours retouching a week. -Develop retouching skills to restore varying photo condition.
Feb 2010 - Jun 2010
(Volunteer) Marketing and Graphic Design
- Design post-modern backgrounds for user interfaces.
- Conduct market research to understand market potential and customer requirements.
- Analyze various channels of promotion and distribution.
Jan 2009 - Apr 2009
Co-Chairperson Internal Safety Audit Team
-Manage and provide guidance to 15 safety auditors.-Identify safety hazards, determine the root cause, and formulate solutions. -Collect and analyze metrics from safety non-conformance to identify core improvement areas. -Prepare monthly reports to present to executive management. -Design company-wide safety newsletters, signage, and promotions to attract new audit team members.
Sep 2004 - Apr 2009
-Repair broken leaves, pedals, and color on horticultural photography using Photoshop. -Consult horticulturalists on the quality and color of customer submitted and internal photography. -Streamline workflows and automate processes for gained efficiencies. -Generate PDF and digital proofs for customer and horticulturist review. -Link images to the storage database so they can be added to correct products. -Image NyloPrint, flexographic, and sheet-fed plates for SLI 4 color presses and 6 color printing presses.
Apr 2009 - Apr 2009
-Design direct mail for pro-audio and musical instrument equipment.
-Manage product photography and description information in database.
Sep 2003 - Sep 2004
-Set up folder/gluer machine to fold different die shapes of printed flats. -Perform daily and weekly maintenance while maintaining appropriate logs. -Pack finished cartons into boxes with appropriate labeling and packaging. -Maintain quality product while producing up to 60,000 finished units per hour.