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professional experience

Career Highlights

Over the past 23 years, I've worked at small creative agencies, in-house creative departments in large and mid-sized corporations, and even owned my own design firm. Below is a sampling of my experience.

art director at cygnet
2014 – Current

Art Director

Cygnet Midwest – A B2B and B2C boutique marketing and advertising firm.

Art directing, managing design (print, web, UI/UX) and front-end development, leading design and developer teams, managing workflows, and mentoring in agile environments for web and app development. Liaise with client teams daily to ensure success and satisfaction.

  • Improved client satisfaction by 40% and heightened communication by deploying a customized projects portal.
  • Increased sales leads by 35% with our company website redesign, maximizing SEO, responsive functionality, and speed.
  • Identified and developed client web hosting revenue stream, overseeing dozens of client sites, DNS settings, databases, and web application installations.
  • Boosted team performance by 25% by deploying a project management solution.
2012 – 2014

Art Director

Stevens & Tate – A B2C and B2B mid-sized marketing and advertising firm.

  • Created product identity for new line of consumer appliances.
  • Managed vendors and off-site freelance team through time-sensitive project life cycles and budgets, aligning with account executives, copywriters, and web developers.
  • Recoded website with HTML5.
  • Developed UX flow for new web app.
art director at stevens and tate
Lead Web Designer at Sun-Times media
2011 – 2012

Lead Web Designer

Chicago Sun-Times Media

The success of my UI/UX and website redesign work resulted in a lead web designer promotion.

  • Managed web department’s UI design, front-end coding, project workflow and Jira system.
  • Redesigned, redeveloped, and/or debugged sites for Monster co-branded pages, Homes/Real Estate, and
2010 – 2011

Lead Marketing Creative

Chicago Sun-Times Media

Project managed creative workflow for marketing department and graphic design team, providing creative direction for graphic design, copywriting, and web design.

  • Launched Sun-Times Media’s daily deal product, WantsaDeal with logo, marketing, ad campaigns, website design, email blasts, etc
  • Optimized UI/UX for online classified ads wizard, enabling customers to more easily purchase print and online classified ads.
  • Maximized department efficiency by 35% by reorganizing workflow protocols, which also reduced errors by 30%.
  • Performed identity refresh for with integrated campaign of print and web redesigns.
Lead Marketing Creative at Sun-Times media
what I can do

My skills

In the past 23 years, I’ve picked up an extensive skillset.

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Creating unique concepts is one of the cornerstones of good marketing and advertising. I not only excel at this, but also brainstorming with co-workers to make our concepts shine.

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From corporate to unconventional design, my design aesthetic has been called chameleon-like. I can design for any medium and any audience. I'm experienced with print, web, digital, trade shows, packaging, and motion.

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Web Development

While building and launching over 200 websites, I've mastered HTML and CSS, as well as worked in many other front-end languages. I also have experience with many content management systems and back-end systems.

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Management & Direction

Managing designers and projects is second nature to me, as I've done it for almost 15 years. I am also well-versed with art direction, providing valuable guidance on designs and campaigns.

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Digital Marketing

Planning, creating, and managing digital marketing campaigns across multiple social platforms and other channels is one of my many fortes. Using all the tools available – automation, drip campaigns, PPC, emails, and many others – allows for a robust data-set to grow. Analyzing this data and then tweaking the campaign, ensures success.

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Print Production

I am proficient with taking a design and preparing it to go to print. I have developed special print production processes for clients to get their intricate pieces printed successfully for the best price.