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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.
  • Actively set creative direction, vision and develope creative solutions for 60+ projects a year.
  • Created and developed marketing pieces that aided in the company numbers doubling within one year.
  • Awarded employee of the month for successfully excedding expectations as the companies first in-house designer.
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 and resulting in 7 best-sellers and 25 awards and finalists.

  • Managed 30+ client projects from conception to delivery.

Education

Seeking Certification

National Association of Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives

Communication Design

Texas State University
  • 2002-2005 Deans List
  • 2005 Council of Scholars
  • Phi Sigma Theta/National Honors Society Member

Letters of Recommendation

Objective

To build a career in Pharmaceutical Sales; utilizing extensive experience in marketing, sales, client relations, and presentation.

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Additional Experience

Dallas Night Club, Austin, Texas:Bartender/Entertainment                                                                                             08/02–11/05

  • Exceeded sales goals and consistently qualified for bonus in a very competitive environment for 3 years.
  • Established customer loyalty and built strong lasting relationships that still exist to this day.
  • Leader in entertainment sales, setting the standard for other staff members

Midnight Rodeo, Austin, Texas:PR/Waitress                                                                                                                  1/01–08/02

  • Tripled numbers within 4 months by promoting, organizing, and setting up weekly events.
  • Advanced to head waitress after 2 months by maintaining high sales and providing excellent costumer service.
  • Trained and supervised staff of 10.

Bealls Department Store, Bastrop, Texas:Sales Associate                                                                                                            1/00–01/01

  • Top ranked for sales and opening company credit cards.
  • Supervised staff of 6 absence of store management.
  • Awarded Employee of the Quarter first quarter of employment.

Commendations

CLIENTS

"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

"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

"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

"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

 "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

"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

"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

CO-WORKERS and VENDORS

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

Rebecca Kindschi

Client Services Coordinator, 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 the beginning, well.. I still learn from you a lot so... :-)"

Catalina Gutierrez

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

"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)

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

Sarah Boulden

Director of Publishing Services, 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

Profile

Enthusiastic self-motivated problem solver with proven ability to drive revenue growth and increase market penetration through effective planning, presentation, relationship building, and training. Excellent communication skills with sound ability to create and build new and existing relationships. Outgoing team player, flexible, detail oriented, with an aptitude for learning new skills.