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Work experience

Jan 2007Present

Graphic Designer

MSB Media Group
  • Recruited as the sole in-house designer for MSB Media and 4 sister companies after one year of employment with BookPros.
  • Collaborate with CEO and Marketing Director to maintain high quality and competitive standards and to ensure design projects are on time and within budget.
  • Actively set creative direction, vision and develop creative solutions for 60+ projects a year.
  • Autonomously designed company marketing materials (brochures, catalogs, magazine, ads, logos, etc.), book covers, and interiors for multiple books/novels.
Aug 2006Present

Graphic Designer, Freelance

Austin Toros
  • Effectively promote the Austin Toros by coordinating with Game and Business Operations Manager to establish successful marketing solutions.
  • Independently prioritize, plan, organize and control workflow to meet timely deadlines.
  • Conceptualize and design 40+ marketing materials yearly for Austin Toros and occasionally 3 other NBA Developmental Teams.
Sep 2005Jan 2007

Art Director

BookPros (MSB Media Group sister company)
  • Promoted within 6 months, overseeing design process for all client and internal work for BookPros.
  • Managed and trained staff of 2 designers located in Bogotá, Colombia and delegated assignments to multiple outside vendors
  • Informed clients of market trends and led them in the right direction for achieving maximum sales quality; resulting in 7 best-sellers and 25 awards and finalists.
  • Managed 30+ client projects from conception to delivery

Education

2005Present

Communication Design

Texas State University - College of Fine Arts & Communication
  • 2002-2005 Deans List
  • 2005 Council of Scholars
  • Phi Sigma Theta/National Honors Society Member
  • 2004 Creative Summit - Student Show - accepted piece

Recent Book Covers

HORRAY FOR SUCCESS!

Profile

  • Extensive experience in print design, preparation and production.
  • Solid project management experience
  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop; Illustrator; InDesign, Microsoft Applications, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Distiller.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, supportive team player and significant ability to work with all levels of an organization.
  • Unmatchable degree of creativity as well as technical production skills.
  • Highly motivated and always working to achieve a higher standard
  • Unique understanding of market trends and demographics for producing creative communication materials
  • Strong verbal communication skills including the ability to convey ideas and information clearly, concisely and persuasively.
  • Flexibility, good judgment and attention to detail essential
  • Enthusiastic self-motivated problem solver and conceptual thinker.

Skills

Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator; InDesign, Word, PowerPoint, Acrobat, Distiller

Knowledge of HTML, XHTML, CSS, Flash, Dreamweaver

Testimonials

CLIENTS

"I really appreciate your interest in improving the book's whole layout this way. It's very comforting to feel that this complicated project has landed in such dedicated and competent hands."

Kathleen Porter

Movement Educator and author or Ageless Spine, Lasting Health

"Thanks Monica, you've been great. I consider the rocky start I had with two horrible designers, which cost me several lost months to say the least, all worth the price to have arrived at your expert help and sophisticated eye. Bravissima!"

JM Pasquesi

Author of Rome with Kids

"Thanks again Monica…you do a great job juggling the expectations and (forever evolving) ideas of your clients and your designers. I’m confident we will end up with a much better result for the revisions we’re doing."

Margie Warrell

Executive & life coach, speaker, and author of Find Your Courage

"This cover is perfect and exactly what we both wanted to achieve: a strong concept that is consistent with the text and that will grab a buyer's attention. I appreciate your patience and cooperation. Please thank the designer [Monica] as well. She nailed it!"

Rick Niece

President of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas and author of The Side-Yard Superhero

"I am enthused about the revised cover design and want to thank you for the neat way you resolved the problem."

Phil Mundt, PhD

Author of Scientific Search for Religious Truth

"Thanks for your efforts the last couple of weeks. You're a trooper with whom I enjoy working."

Ray Reece

Columnist for The Budapest Sun and Author of Abrigal in Gangland, Fabian's Dream, Crossfire, and The Sun Betrayed: A Report on the Corporate Seizure of U.S. Solar Energy Development

"Everyone is really going nuts in relation to this cover design, tell your people they really hit a home run on this one!"

Larry Straub

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Straub International, adjunct Professor of Business for two Kansas universities, and author of Autumn Corridors

"Thanks again for your work on this project. You're doing great."

Ralph White

Contact for Ideas and Adventures

"Monica, absolutely fabulous! You guys are great at what you do."

Don McGraw

Head of a long-standing Texas-based promotions company and author of Sins of a Nation

"Monica: I enjoyed speaking with you and Amanda last night--I am more excited about the production of this book after hearing your suggestions!"

Bart Borsky

Anesthesiologist and author of Passing Gas and Getting Paid For It

"I appreciate all of you and your team's hard work to make this cover both pleasing to me and to the readers.  That can be a tough match!"

Heather Hayashi

Author of To Save the World and Forgotten Past

"Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I love it love it love it love it love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It's just too fab for words!" (In response to the initial cover concept for her book)

Jo Lynn Crozier

Author of The Rode Trip

CO-WORKERS and VENDORS

"Hi Monica, new proofs here, with much more tasteful use of effects. Thanks."

George Foster

Cover Designer for Chicken Soup for the Soul.

(Comment was made after sending him my suggested changes for emboss and spot UV plates for Accidental Enlightenment)

"Monica, Art of Meaningful Living looks AMAZING. I think Chris and John [the book authors] will be beyond thrilled…seriously, I am super impressed. I want a copy for my very own!"

Breanna Rollings

Buisiness Development, MSB Media

"You are the master of InDesign!"

German Suarez

Managing Director, GDS

"Thanks for the advice on Cockey's art book. That's really helpful!"

Sarah Boulden

Director of Publishing Services, BookPros

"MON. I´m not sure if I did ever tell you this but I want you know how much I really appreciate all that you taught me, I learned so much from your training. I think you are a great designer. I just want you to know how much I appreciate everything you did for me at beginning, well.. I still learn from you a lot so... :-)"

Catalina Gutierrez

Graphic Designer, GDS (sister company of MSB Media Group), Bogota, Colombia

"Monica, you're the best coworker ever. I don't know what I would do without you."

Rebecca Kindschi

Client Services Coordinator, BookPros

INTERNS

"Monica, I just wanted to thank you for being such an outstanding mentor to me during my time at BookPros. I have learned so much from you and I can say without a doubt that I could have never landed a job in design without all of the things you taught me about the creative suite. You made my time at BookPros not only worthwhile but fun and challenging as well. I wish you the best and I'll try to keep in touch!"

Katie Harris

BookPros Intern

now: Marketing Assistant at Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects

"Monica, thanks for all your guidance through all the projects, all of your advice - everything! I couldn't have had a better mentor."

Weston Carls

BookPros Intern

now: Art Director at Austin Fit Magazine

"Thanks Monica!  You've been a great mentor!!"

James Jenson

BookPros Intern and student at Texas State University