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Highly creative and multitalented creative director with extensive experience in branding, marketing communication and web/print design. Exceptional collaborative and interpersonal skills; dynamic team leader with well-developed verbal communication abilities. Highly skilled in client and vendor relations; talented at building and maintaining win-win partnerships. Passionate and inventive creator of innovative marketing concepts through branding campaigns. 

Work experience

Sep 2008Present

MacSpecialist

As a MacSpecialist and 18 year Macintosh user, I passionately engage customers to showcase our technology and help them discover our products. I quickly earn trust by recommending relevent solutions that fulfill my customers needs.  Moreover, I make sure that every customer receives individualized attention which allows owners of our products to get more out of their computing and entertainment experiences. Quickly noticed by managers, geniuses, trainers and peers, I was almost immediately awarded the "Rising Star" award and was voted "NetPromoter" by customers for two straight months. These accolades allowed me the opportunity to teach One-to-One training classes, lead customer presentations and otherwise represent the company's retail presence as a trusted professional.

Apr 2007Nov 2008

Creative Director

Advisor Products Inc.

Successfully managed and coordinated graphic design projects from concept through completion. Worked closely with independent financial advisors to create a vision, conceive designs, and consistently provide quality work, meeting deadlines and other client expectations. Effectively built, motivated, and directed a team of designers, as well as coordinated freelance designers, consultants and vendors for all client requirements, as well as all internal marketing projects. Created highly persuasive sales & marketing materials resulting in an 40% increase in incoming leads and a 20% increase in revenue.  Managed all internal and external corporate identity projects including the redesign of the corporate website, ensuring retention of consistent and cohesive branding.

Jan 2005Mar 2007

Owner / Creative Director

I Did It Creative Inc.

Currently serving clients as an ad agency/design studio where I create everything from marketing campaigns to brand identity design, logo design to website design and development, interactive media to email marketing. I consider I Did It Creative more than a graphic design studio, as I pay special attention to branding and development, and counsel clients on an ongoing basis regarding ways to grow their brand through changing times and trends. Responsible, reasonable, and flexible, clients are happy to say "I Did It".

Jan 2005Mar 2007

Creative Director

Topdot Mortgage

As Creative Director: Responsible for company name change, conceptual vision, overall branding and marketing of all corporate communications including internal & external media. Ensured that the design vision was maintained and final markups were brand compliant, leading efforts which resulted in in $3 billion worth of mortgage originations. Successfully managed and directed an in-house art department while building and maintaining high design standards.

As Webmaster/Graphic Designer: Responsible for overall design, development and maintenance of the corporate website, intranet portal (iLoan2) and third party account executive portal.

Website: http://www.topdot.com

Jan 2004Dec 2004

Owner / Creative Director / Account Manager

Adams & Cross Internet Solutions

Startup web development/graphic design company specializing in ecommerce solutions for small retail type businesses. Responsible for business development, account management, marketing and full life-cycle of all projects, including proposal writing, project analysis, budgeting, scheduling, information architecture and quality assurance.

May 1993Nov 2004

Partner - Senior Graphic Designer - Account Manager

Irwin Levine & Associates Inc.

Provided design and marketing services to companies such as, Fujifilm, Nestle’s, Gillette, Wal-Mart, Colgate-Palmolive, Ray-O-Vac, New York Islanders, Johnson & Johnson and Sundown Vitamin, presiding over accounts which totaled more than $2.5 million per year. I was responsible for development and implementation of strategic marketing plans establishing objectives, assessing client needs, conducting research, exploring concepts, launching campaigns & new product introductions, handling media communications, brand integration & evaluating results. Responsible for ensuring all client needs were met while maintaining successful performance and profitability for all accounts. 

Education

Sep 1994May 1995

Certificate

Mercy College CMA
Sep 1989May 1993

Bachelor of Arts

References

Barry Weinstein

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, I had the opportunity to work with Neal on a daily basis during his time at Advisor Products. Neal is a team player who is able to create designs which are always clean and refreshing. He is very good with clients able to work through the many details of a project. Neal also has a very good understanding of consumer sales and determining new opportunities and how to go after them. He is a professional and would be an asset to add to your team.

Tom Curley

Neal is a total marketing/creative resource. Not only does he possess the talent and experience in a wide array of internet technologies, his depth of knowledge and creative mind gives us a clear advantage

David Goldberg

Neal's constantly creative. He has directed me and my company on numerous projects over the years, including local, regional, and national projects. Whatever the task, Neal remains professional, enthusiastic, and most importantly, willing to hear what we have to say.

Michael Conforti

I worked with Neal for well over a year, and found his creativity, design skill, work ethic and friendly demeanor to be great assets to the team, to our partners and to our clients. Neal has strong branding, marketing, design, client relations, management experience and technical capabilities that are well suited to lead a creative team in a progressive environment. The fact that he is also a genuinely good guy makes it very easy to state my confidence that he would be a valuable addition to any relevant role, project or position.

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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Adobe Illustrator CS4 Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 Adobe Golive 9 Microsoft Visual Developer - Designer QuarkXpress 8 Adobe InDesign CS4 Adobe Acrobat Professional  Other: HTML DHTML XHTML  CSS AJAX JavaScript FTP Microsoft Office Professional Classic ASP - Working Knowledge ASP.NET - Working Knowledge PHP - Working Knowledge Flash - Working Knowledge Intuit Quickbase OS:  OSX, Windows XP