Art Director / Graphic Design
Direct the publication of a monthly, state-wide direct mailing campaigns including design, copy writing and proofing, advertisements, creating sales support pieces and managing deadlines. Oversee hiring and training of art department staff. Write and proof advertising pieces, in-house promotional pieces, help wanted ads, how-to program manuals and reference guides for sales reps. Responsible for the development and implementation of a an in-house job tracking program in coordination with
Promotions Exchange based in California. Manage and update the website monthly for consumers and potential clients.
••••• - ••••• Casino Enterprise Management Magazine (Casino Services Publishing)
••••• North University Dr., Suite ••••• Fargo, ND •••••
Production Manager / Graphic Design
Direct the publication of a monthly magazine including design, copy proofing, advertisements, press preparation and managing deadlines. Oversee all production projects from concept to final product. Interact with the editorial and events departments to create and streamline workflow systems. Establish departmental budgets for conferences, trade shows, banquets and other events. Create collateral pieces within this budget for each of theses events, including trade show booths, brochures, awards, direct mailing, e-blasts, advertisements, signs and supplements to the magazine. Collaborate with clients on editorial and graphic content for custom published pieces. Hire photographers and oversee photoshoots. Research, compare and interact with outside vendors to meet budget, deadline and quality guidelines. Supervise entire production department, assign duties, monitor scheduling, and provide art direction where needed. Maintain and direct web site updates. Other responsibilities include software purchases, developing and maintaining archival systems, interviewing potential employees, and implementing techniques to strengthen company brand recognition, company loyalty and employee morale.
••••• - ••••• Knight Printing
••••• South •••••th St. Fargo, ND •••••
Desktop Supervisor / Customer Service Representative
Analyze workflow and improve where possible. Create job tickets and track projects throughout entire printing process to meet budget and deadlines. Interact with clients on a face-to-face basis and over the phone. Answer questions and solve problems relating to their print projects. Resolve technical problems involving client files. Suggest design options to make printing more cost effective or more efficient. Cover for salesperson(s) when they are on vacation or out of the office. Create job estimates. Provide a friendly voice and understanding when problems arise. Supervise entire desktop department, assign duties, monitor scheduling, and provide art direction where needed.
••••• - ••••• Flint Communications
••••• •••••th St. N., Suite ••••• Fargo, ND •••••
Graphic / Interactive Designer
Create layout and design ad campaigns for various forms of print formats. Edit/write copy and headlines for advertising packages/projects. Develop solutions for clients advertising budget, image and market. Involved in client consultation. Direct casting and photographer in photo-shoots. Instruct or talk with agency personnel or suppliers on details of job and job schedules. Request bids and estimates from suppliers. Prepare purchase orders. Supervise the printing of a job including
checking bluelines, press checks and color matching. Ensure that proofs, at all stages, are approved by account executive and client. Develop and design tradeshow concepts including initial direct-mail pieces, unique displays, banners and promotional gift items. Work with various vendors within each of these areas to provide clients with an eye-catching, user-friendly and memorable tradeshow package. Also develop look and functionality of interface design and navigation. Apply approved design to all aspects of interactive project. Design and create animated .gif files. Construction and programming of navigation and design interface. Place copy. Add text links and linking pages. Upgrade and maintain existing websites.
On demand Aardvark Graphix Owner / Designer
Create hand-drawn logos, cartoon characters and text for various organizations T-shirts, ads, brochures, catalogs, flyers, and other promotional items. Design websites, animated gifs, and interactive-media graphics.
Additional Work History
••••• Express Press Fargo, ND
••••• University of Sioux Falls Medical College
Sioux Falls, SD
••••• Valley Printing Fargo, ND
Graphic Designer / Estimator
Programs: InDesign (CS4) QuarkXPress Dreamweaver
Photoshop (CS4) Illustrator (CS4)
Microsoft Word Excel Power Point
Acrobat Distiller / Reader
••••• B.A.: Graphic Communications, Minor: Art Moorhead State University Moorhead, MN
Oct. •••••May •••••
Small Engine Repair Online classes Stratford University
Oct. ••••• - Jan. •••••
Interactive Design full-time night classes (post-graduate college credit) Minnesota State University - Moorhead
Designing with Dreamweaver Rockhurst University Continuing Education
Nov. ••••• The Flash Attack Workshop Rockhurst University Continuing Education