Skills

Skills

BUSINESS SKILLS

Great business people aren't always made, they're born! I've developed innate abilities gained from a family full of entrepreneurial spirit. These abilities include written and verbal communication, developing practices that increase productivity, team-oriented project development and leadership, organization, research, budgeting, and sales. _ I've often been referred to by past employers and colleagues as a "self-starter", "go-getter", "problem solver", "negotiator", and "team player". I'm known as the positive person that unites and motivates people to work peacefully as a team to accomplish common goals. I always welcome constructive criticism, encourage openness of ideas, and learn from every failure and success.  

DESIGN SKILLS

My best strength is supporting the client’s vision by merging the following to produce creative design solutions: customer service skills, international experiences, and studies of Anthropology and Interior Design.     _ Specialties and Experience involve the following: environmentally responsible material specification, color consultations, artwork and furnishings selection, conceptual studies, programming, space planning, and construction documents.

COMPUTER SKILLS

AutoCAD 2007, Photoshop CS2, Google SketchUp 7, Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe Reader 8

Work History

Work History
Jan 2008 - Present

Interior Design Consultant

Freelance

• Translated the needs and visions of six clients into desirable, functional environments.• Involves budgeting, contract negotiations, space planning, ADA and IRC compliance.• Specification of paint, flooring, lighting, furniture, textiles, artwork, plumbing, and cabinetry selection.• Specializations involve color consults, improving accessiblity and functionality, and sustainable products.

Jan 1996 - Present

Real Estate Investor

Personal Venture

• Research statistical data and target prime personal investment opportunities.• Hands-on completion of major renovation projects on five houses for fast and profitable resale.

• Current venture involves researching the acquisition of foreclosure properties in Florida.

Aug 2008 - Dec 2008

Volunteer Interior Design Consultant

Uplift Austin

• Responsibilities involved identifying sick building conditions, material specification, and teaching students about environmentally responsible design.

Mar 2008 - Jun 2008

Interior Design Intern

DRS Architects

• Selection of design-driven and sustainable building materials, furnishings, finishes, and lighting exceeded the expectations of multiple university clients.• By coordinating with the Hospitality Designer and client, our vision of an upbeat design and free-flowing layout for Amante Restaurant came to life. • By creating a vendor contact database, the lines of communication between designers and reps opened, thus increasing productivity and new product inquiries. • Responsibilities included constructing presentation boards, contacting reps for samples and pricing, and maintaining organization of the resource library.

Feb 2004 - Apr 2005

Customer Service/Internet Support Specialist

• Strengthened customer service skills by constructively answering questions and creatively solving problems when communicating directly with customers over the phone and through email.• Ensured customer satisfaction by troubleshooting website problems and researching account activity. • Introduced practices to increase productivity and income for customer service department.

Feb 1998 - Aug 1999

Veterinary Technician

Collierville Pet Hospital

• Acquired a broad range of complex skill sets quickly and efficiently. • Maintained accurate medical records. • Improved doctor and client communications by assessing needs and promptly addressing concerns.

Apr 1997 - Jan 1998

Visual Merchandiser

Store of Knowledge

• Tasks included merchandising, designing displays, and customer service. • Improved overall design flow and appearance of the store to appeal to customers.

Education

Education
2006 - 2008

B.S.

Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  • CIDA/FIDER Accredited Program
  • Graduated with Honors - Dean's Award
  • Study Abroad - Strasbourg, France
  • Art Institute Student of the Quarter Award
  • IIDA Student Chapter Board Member - Secretary
  • National Technical Honor Society - Member
  • Solar Decathlon - Interiors Assistant to Carnegie Mellon University team
  • Junior League of Pittsburgh - Designer Show House Tour Guide
2000 - 2002

A.S.

University of North Florida
1991 - 1995

Germantown High School

Community Service Experience

Voter Registrar, State Licensed Foster Parent, Pet Rescue and Adoptions, Zookeeper, Church Volunteer - Childcare, Choir, Charitable Service Operations

Leisure time often involves...

Visiting art museums, digital photography, visiting zoos & parks, creative writing, cultural studies, cooking, fitness training, and tennis.

Where do I see myself working soon?

I’m currently in search of employment in Jacksonville or St. Augustine, FL and will soon be relocating there.

I would excel as a knowledgeable Salesperson at a furniture showroom or art gallery, or anywhere with an inspiring environment where I can interact with a variety of people.

I can also envision myself as a Sales Rep for a building materials or furnishings manufacturer where I can apply my material specification experience and Interior Design degree.

I’d also be a smashing success as a Real Estate Property Manager because I’m capable of organizing and managing a high volume while maintaining a high level of customer service and I have experience in Real Estate Investment.

I'd love to work as an Interior Designer for an architectural or interior design firm, as my degree and experience have prepared me for this position. I can guarantee that each design project will be met with individual attention rather than a generic response. My biggest strength is that I infuse deep conceptual meaning into projects by incorporating unique identifiers such as cultural identity, company brand, classic furniture, and engaging artwork.

I would be valuable to your company in any of these work environments. I work wonderfully on a team and with clients by contributing positive energy, excellent communication skills, integrity, and accountability. I have the ideal balance of creative, business, and technical skills that will serve my future employer well.

To show you that I approach matters unconventionally, I will come and work for you on a temporary volunteer basis for a week so that you can test my ability to contribute to the progress of your company’s vision and goals. What can I do for you? Contact me today!