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Summary

  • Highly accomplished professional, designer who possesses skills for project management, brand management, print production, multimedia, presentation graphics.
  • Solid track record for taking ideas from concept to creative, profitable, and productive solutions.
  • Organizational, marketing, and management skills that apply easily to a number of multi-task management assignments.
  • Able to design and build graphics/multi-media and presentation strategies under tight deadlines.
  • Adept at setting expectations and achieving high standards of quality - on time and within budget.
  • Positive attitude leader offering innovative design concepts across diverse mediums.
  • Liaise with outside print vendors for quotes, final proofs and vendor bidding.
  • Proficient in a wide range of design software.

Marketing/Promotions • Production Management • PowerPoint Presentations

Staff Development • Design Software •  Print Production • Pre-Press

Print Scheduling • Project Management • Promotional Communications • Photography Multi-Media PowerPoint • Graphics/Design • Brand Management

Interest

  • hold an active position on the board of my condo association.
  • member of Linkedin.com
  • member of CreativeCOW.net
  • member of Designerstalk.com
  • member of Print Production Professionals
  • Volunteer photography for Honor Flight Chicago, Walter Payton Fundraiser, Chicago Wolves "Kids Christmas" program

Skill Set

Extensive skill set which can be transferred to any number of careers.

Management:

  • Broad life experience = broad perspective
  • Expertise translating business challenges into design solutions
  • Research and analysis to drive design to comprehensive whole
  • Follow through to ensure quality
  • Liaise with vendors and clients to ensure on-track, on-time and on-budget

Team Leadership and communication:

  • Team player who partners well with business unit leaders and outside clients
  • Demonstrates integrity and accountability in everything I handle
  • Build and motivate diverse teams to drive change and achieve results
  • Understanding of how to set and achieve goals and communicate this to others

Personal Assets:

  • Reliable and responsible
  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Flexibility for change
  • Detail oriented
  • Self motivator, self-starter
  • High energy level
  • Strong work ethic

References

Lee Hill

“Susan is an extremely creative person and an innovative team motivator who constantly trains, assists and mentors her team. She is one of the best Photoshop specialists I have ever worked with and constantly strives to better herself and her team. She is a team leader who quickly solves design challenges including "on-time" delivery, within budget.” February 25, 2009

Lee Hill , Director, Creative Services , Combined Insurance managed Susan at Combined Insurance

Sandra Hueneman

“Susan has always demonstrated an outstanding personal commitment, and is extremely creative and highly motivated and a great asset. Susan was also a great resource to the F.A.M.E. program at Combined through her creative artwork, imagination, all of which continue to be results oriented. Susan, is the Best Art/Production Manager with whom I have had the opportunity to work.” May 3, 2009

Falecia Woods

“It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to recommend Susan Kelly. I have known Susan for three years at Combined Insurance as a motion graphic artist under her direction. Sue is a highly qualified creative director in production management, marketing and imaginative design concepts. Ms. Kelly’s native intelligence for marketing, organizational and management skills are the best I’ve seen. She is both a creative team player and a dynamic leader who has my respect and the respect of others through her veracity and unwavering desire to bring out the best in her team. I can confidently recommend Ms. Kelly for any executive level marketing team leadership position.” February 26, 2009

Falecia Woods , 3D Animator/Graphic Designer , Combined Insurance - reported to Susan 

Jerry Jacobs

“I had the good fortune to have worked for Susan and her team as a service provider on a number of interactive/disk based media projects over the last few years. She demonstrated a clear and organized mind as well as a straight-forward manner that made it easy for us to do business together. She not only knows how to speak her own mind, but also how to listen carefully and analyze information. On-going, I found her to be knowledgeable, talented and experienced in her areas of expertise. That is why I would welcome the opportunity to work with her again. Susan is a true professional and would be a big plus to anyone who works with her.” March 4, 2009

Jerry Jacobs , Media Consultant Sales , Sound Video Impressions was with another company when working with Susan at Combined Insurance

Print Projects

Video Projects

PowerPoint

Work experience

20022009

Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer

  • Provide direction and leadership to a team of five creative artists.
  • Manage all print production scheduling.
  • Approve design of publications, banners, motion graphics, and high-end PowerPoint presentations for executives.
  • Formulate training videos and provide the motion graphics for the finished product. 
  • Promote innovative sales training utilizing interactive multi-media PowerPoint presentations thus attracting a more sophisticated sales agents and a higher graduation rate.
  • Liaise with outside print vendors for quotes and final proofs.
  • Direct the design of printed incentive programs to motivate sales force to sell more policies through award incentives thus resulting in increased productivity and recognition for the highest sales producers.
  • Responsible for all photography at all the National Sales Meetings. 
  • Co-produce graphics and video for on-screen presentations at National Meetings which recognized top sales producers.
  • Collaboratively designed an art department manual which outlined job functions and cataloged images, logos, core values and expectations, polices and procedures.
  • Work with web designers on content and graphics. 
20002002

Art Production Supervisor

Skills

Dreamweaver
Excel
Flash, ImageReady
Quark
Illustrator
PowerPoint
InDesign
ProAnimator
AfterEffects
Photoshop

Education

Courses toward a Master's degree

University of Toronto

Honors B.A.

University of Toronto

Branding

Personal Photography

Sales Meeting Photography

Honor Flight Chicago