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My Objective

To secure a graphic design position in a high growth company or institution with considerable advancement opportunities. Ideally, in a capacity with an emphasis on the creative and production processes. Also, this position should utilize my skills and experience effectively in developing and learning from other creatives.

My Awards

  • 2005: IABC/Charlotte Gold Crown Award
  • 2004: Pro Ad Award - Silver: Corporate Identity
  • 2002: Pro Ad Award - Bronze: Corporate Identity
  • 1998: Federation Advertising Circulation Marketing Excellence Awards - News Paper in Education/Literacy
  • 1997: Federation Advertising Circulation Marketing Excellence Awards - Community Service/Public Relations/Special Events

Work experience

Nov 2007Present

Creative Director

SGW Consulting, LLC

As Creative Director for SGW Consulting I oversee the implementation, design and development of graphic and interactive design concepts for SGW and its clients.

May 2006Mar 2007

Graphic Designer


Design and layout calendars, corporate identity, pocket folders, brochures, kiosk labels; preflight jobs for print. Website design from conception to launch as well as maintenance

Aug 2004May 2006

Graphic/Web Designer

Chesapeake Graphics

Design and layout calendars, corporate identity, pocket folders, brochures, kiosk labels; preflight jobs for production. Total design, implementation and maintenance of client web sites.

Oct 2001Mar 2004

Chief Graphics Officer

SLD Unlimted Marketing/PR

Responsibilities include conception to production of marketing materials; from logos, stationery design to advertising, posters, brochures, pocket folders, direct mail postcards, including pre-press file preparation, as well as archiving post-production digital files. Also prepared specifications for vendor quotes.

Jul 2000Oct 2001

Graphic Designer/Director of Art & Production

Business Partner Advertising/Cabarrus Business Magazine

Design and layout of advertisements and publication graphics for each magazine issue, including file preparation for vendors. Also designed website, from concept to launch, and maintained website.

Dec 1997Jul 2000

Graphic Designer, Marketing

Dudley Products, Inc

Duties include design and layout of publications: The Dudley Times, Salon Currents, The Guideline; product brochures, posters, seminar flyer templates, calendars; also point-of-purchase displays, including the total redesign and implementation of product packaging design; photo retouching and color correction of model photos; as well as Mac trouble shooting.

My Portfolio


New Horizons Training Center
Aug 1988Jun 1993

Bachelor of Arts


Corel Draw
Adobe ImageReady CS3
Quark Xpress 6.0
Adobe Dreamweaver CS3
Adobe Flash CS3
Adobe Acrobat Professional
Adobe PhotoShop CS3
Adobe Illustrator CS3
Adobe InDesign CS3


Ritchie Elkins

Ritchie is Founder/President of the ElkinsGroup.  With an uncompromising determination and direction, ElkinsGroup Inc. was established in 1996. Through many years of growth our establishment has constructed a reputation of service and excellence. ElkinsGroup Inc. has revealed this merit as they have provided many specialized creative services to industries in the area such as healthcare, banking, and tourism. Our advertising abilities are broad as they specialize in powerful, target-oriented, pieces from annual reports to brochures, direct mail, and catalogs. In addition, we offer expertise in digital video, photography, billboards, signs displays, and web design/development.

Donald Thompson

Donald is currently the President of I-Cubed a Raleigh, a NC based technology firm.  In this role he provides the strategic framework for delivering a portfolio of enterprise software and service solutions to a global customer base. Donald's professional experience includes management posts in the following sectors: retail, restaurant, technology sales, software development and consumer product distribution. 

Additionally, Donald serves as Chairman of MRG LLC Advisory Board, and is the Founder/Managing Partner for SGW Consulting. Donald combines leadership, a drive for results, and exceptional interpersonal skills to build profitable teams. As the son of a football coach, a team first mentality is weaved into the fabric of all the projects that he undertakes.

Donald attended ECU on an athletic scholarship, studied finance and met is his wife of 15 years before leaving school to start his first company at age 19.