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Work History

Artisan Crew Engineering Inc.

Feb 2001Present

Vice President / Co-Founder



  • Continually executed high level market sector research in order to develop marketing & website development plans for American and Japanese corporate clients, 
  • Executed the planning, design, and optimization of highly successful websites, social media properties, brands and campaigns,
  • Designed the creatives (graphics, image macros, photography, set direction, art direction, print materials, & written contents) in high pressure environment that demanded advanced multilingual capabilities, a cool head, and the ability to maintain a sense of humor under extreme situations. 


  • Created and developed original brands (internal and client properties such as Massager Machines & More, Artisan Socks, Cushzilla, Takino Shirts)
  • Executed the branding via front end design (HTML / C.S.S. / Graphic Design / Art Direction) and online social media properties for both major clients in industries from travel to heavy machinery, and all internal properties
  • Saw brand life-cycles through from the concept stage, to marketing strategies, to social media properties, to logos, to advertising opportunities to budgeting and responsibility for R.O.I.s



Office supply manufacturing, Digital x-ray machinery, Dewatering equipment manufacturer, Motorcycle parts manufacturer,  Men's shirts & accessory manufacturer, Pet wigs, Health & relaxation goods manufacturer & importer


International travel, Post doctorate grants and resources, International use portable wifi / mifi device rental, Japanese heavy machinery manufacturer's rep., Local real estate, Fly fishing fly sales


  • Researched, sourced and negotiated costs for and / or implemented and maintained I.T. solutions for both clients and internally, including but not limited to S.S.L. certificates, I.I.S. based web-servers, web-server and mail-sever management (Exchange, Imail, other), dedicated hosting oversight / key contact person, bar code scanning software and devices, third-party spam filters, V.P.N. implementation, Hard and Software Firewall issues, Internet connections and I.S.P.s, trade show presentation hardware and software, and antivirus solutions. 
  • Windows server maintenance, D.N.S. record management and monitoring, domain name management, connectivity issue monitoring 
  • Lead troubleshooting efforts in both English and Japanese environments, for both own business and client businesses, found acceptable solutions when service providers technical support couldn't. 


  • OFFICE: Located, negotiated with, and was responsible for all legal aspects of leasing business properties and warehouses. 
  • HR: Managed corporate compliance documents, worker's comp audits, payroll (A.D.P.) and H.R. issues including but not limited creating job application listings, interviewing, reviewing resumes and qualifications and conducted hiring for over 30 positions, entirely responsible for payroll, E.D.D. issues, and cross cultural communications between staff and management. 
  • LEGAL: Drew up, reviewed and modified legal documents including, but not limited to website and software contracts, contracts (for our products), Non-Disclosure Agreements between Artisan Crew and potential clients or hires, legal document review of vendor contracts and terms, lease agreement review and negotiations. 

Artisan Socks

Nov 2009Present


Owner / Developer / Buyer / Art Director / Social Media Marketing for

  • Built, launched, and maintain the front end of a fun-filled website with a loyal user base, strong brand love, and a successful online presence specializing in socks and leg wear.
  • Created strategy, concept, and original site for minimal investment and almost no advertising budget using successful social media marketing strategy. Designed, developed, and secured love for the brand.
  • Performed all aspects of operations including establishing company vision, locating brands, building relationships at trade shows and through other sources, developing brand strategy, writing website content / marketing material, designing / developing website, executing marketing strategy, and administering finances.

Selected Achievements: 

  • Established and currently growing 100,000+-member fan-base on Facebook; maintain continuous interaction using social media brand managers and directly. (
  • Viral success with Facebook posts, original content posts with 77,000 + likes, hundreds to thousands of shares. 
  • Championed record sales with minimal ad budgets thanks to viral creativity

Cushzilla Pet Wigs



  • Came up with fabulous Cushzilla pet wig idea, sourced products, designed logo and photographed cat and dog models, designed website and content
  • Social Media campaign creation: (
  • Worked on attaining viral recognition that gathered international attention, a write up in a book, a spot on The Chew, and internet virality with almost zero ad spend.
  • Donates wigs and costumes to rescues to get their wards extra attention and to get word out about their cause.


Massager Machines & More Dot Com

May 2003Dec 2015


Developed website front end, site S.E.O. strategy and implementation, and online marketing plan for B2B client in 2003 that desired to move into B2C. Assumed full operation of website in 2007, including the setup of a warehouse, logistics, and purchasing as well as establishing relations and negotiating with multicultural suppliers / manufacturers.

Selected Achievements: 

  • $1.5M in sales with fewer than two dedicated full-time employees.
  • Achieved and maintained Top 5 SEO rankings for powerfully competitive keywords such as "Massager" that were competed for by,, and other national giants for over seven years with minimal ad budget.
  • Recruited and trained in-house staff, contributing to 100% increase in sales within three months.
  • Created highly successful customer service policies and routines, resulting in zero BBB complaints, remarkably few chargebacks, and no legal action from customers.


Waseda University 早稲田大学

B.A., Political Science

Matriculated into then graduated from the prestigious Waseda University's renowned Political Science and Economics department - the first Western student ever to do so; course work done in Japan, in Japanese.


Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services

Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1 (日本語能力試験1級)

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify the Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers. The JLPT has four levels, with Level 1 the most difficult.

California State University - Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton)

Certificate in Computer Forensics

Off-line training course in Computer Forensics taught by computer forensics trained law enforcement agents. The CSUF Computer Forensics certificate is awarded after  hands-on experience using EnCase, the industry standard in computer forensic investigation technology, and Forensic Toolkit (FTK), a suite of technologies used to perform forensic examinations of computer systems as well as learning how to image different devices.


Human Languages

JAPANESE: Full professional proficiency, 15+ years in a multilingual business environment

Design & Creatives

Over 10 years using the Adobe Suite of products, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat + more to create extremely effective designs both web, print, and large format banner (tradeshow)

Markup Languages / Frameworks 

HTML, CSS, Bootstrap 

Productivity / Creative Software

Adobe: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat,  Lightroom

Microsoft: I.I.S., Visual Studio Express,  Microsoft Office Suite, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Access,

Other: Various D.N.S. tools, Google Docs, Contents Management Software Systems (Both out of the box and custom)

Online Marketing Software

Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Google Webmaster tools, Google Merchant,,, various keyword analyzing software, various link checking software, various website validation tools, sitemap building tools

Web Portfolio

Web Portfolio

Social Media Portfolio

Design Portfolio

Community Involvement 

  • 2016 - (Current) Co-founding local Neighborhood Watch program with the intention of helping protect our community while being extremely sensitive of the very multicultural neighborhood in which we live. Liaised with police, management companies, H.O.A. members, and neighbors, created printed information in several languages, and used both on and off-line methods to effectively reach different neighbors.
  • 2015 - (Current) Founder and lead, and online moderator of local Community moderation: Community group, 200+ strong membership focusing on local area information and activity. Position requires sensitive online communications, moderation, and de-escalation of heated discussions about local issues.
  • 2012 - (Current) Use internal property / brand to help local animal rescue groups better gain publicity for their causes using whimsical items and social media properties.
  • 2004 – 2010 (6 years) Online community moderator (News Aggregator Social Media Site) Incredibly challenging position that involved front end and back end social media management of extremely large online community using proprietary software with the end goals of protecting both the site and the users from harm. Fun fact; Drew Curtis, owner of, and friend, ran for Governor of Kentucky in 2015