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At the center of everything amazing is an idea and someone who can make it a reality.
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I studied art because I tend to think in pictures. I became a designer because I’m fascinated by communication. I became a creative director because I enjoy breathing life to ideas and watching them take shape. I understand the intricacies of creating, maintaining and protecting a brand. I also know that the only constant in communication is change and I don’t just want to manage that change, I want to drive it.
An award winning creative director, designer and consultant with a passion for contemporary art and design. A visual communications specialist with a unique hybrid of real-world experience, creative vision, and technical knowledge, as well as wide ranging expertise in cross-media development and complex project management for high-profile clientèle. Specialties include brand strategy, interactive development and print media design in upmarket retail, travel and hospitality spaces as well as affinity publication design, user experience development and e-commerce implementation.
Creative Director + Designer + Brand Magician – 2015 – Present
Independent Consultant (self employed) – Scottsdale, AZ
After years of working for agencies and corporations, I took my show on the road and began working full-time as a consulting creative director and graphic designer. It helped that I had built a solid reputation for making killer creative and already had nice a base of brands that enjoyed working with me, so I made the jump and haven’t looked back. One year later I’ve done everything from print campaigns and website development, designing mobile apps and loyalty programs to ground up branding projects. While many of my clients are based right here in Arizona, I work around the globe supporting brands from Las Vegas to New York City and Dubai to Melbourne with high-end marketing and creative and services. Key clients include SFX Preferred Resorts, Troon Golf, The Palms, Playboy, The Ritz-Carlton, PETsMART, McLaren, Maybelline, and Hispanicize, just to name a few.
Executive Director, Marketing Creative Services – 2005 – 2014
International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. – Scottsdale, AZ
Built a large, dynamic, marketing creative services team with a focus on high-quality and high-production with maximum speed-to-market. Managed in-house and external creative staff both domestically and abroad in addition to overseeing creative for the international public relations firm and corporate social responsibility programs. Responsible for 75+ branded e-commerce websites and large scale, monthly email marketing campaigns with seven figure distributions. Oversaw strategic creative direction and global presence across web, mobile, digital television and social media platforms. Drove high-volume, high-end custom print jobs from start to finish. Produced multiple branded consumer publications and membership materials as well as packaging development and environmental design. Developed motion graphics, video presentations and dynamic interactive digital marketing projects.
Directed creative for key accounts that included American Express, Carnival, Caesars Palace, Delta, RCI, SeaMiles, Sears, ShopNBC, Starwood, USAA, Royal Caribbean, Virgin and many more. Recipient of numerous company accolades including Manager of the Year, Director of the Year, Whatever it Takes and Team Excellence departmental award, recognizing my team for an exceptional year of award winning work including multiple ARDY Gold Medals and coveted ARDA Circle of Excellence (ACE) awards.
Art Director – 2003 – 2005
International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. – Scottsdale, AZ
Worked on top level creative execution, creative strategy, brand development, concepting, and visual design for a wide variety of clients. Hands on conceptual and stylistic direction for house brands and external clients on print and online marketing initiatives. Develop concepts against a marketing brief, create prototypes, contribute to project design and development, provide start to finish job QA and take point with the design team along the way. Advised on departmental resource needs and hiring decisions. Developed team members by identifying and providing the needed training, coaching and mentoring. Recipient of numerous company awards including New Manager of the Year, Commitment to Excellence, President’s Circle Award and President’s Special Recognition. Other honors included multiple ARDY Gold and Silver Medals, ARDA Circle of Excellence (ACE) awards, AIGA Prisma Awards, AMA Spectrum Awards.
Art Director – 2001 – 2003
Fender Musical Instruments – Scottsdale, AZ
Art directed, designed and developed print, interactive and retail projects for FMIC’s numerous brand holdings including Fender, Squier, Jackson, Guild, Charvel, and Gretsch. Worked to onboard new brand acquisitions by reviewing, identifying and sorting all incoming marcom assets. Responsible for direct communication with overseas vendors on complex packaging projects and graphic applications to manufactured goods. Ensured brand compliance across all projects by crosschecking other team members work. Key duties across all brands included website and email design, product catalogs, print ads, packaging, clothing and swag design, extensive photo editing, and more. Key work was recognized with multiple NAMM awards, American Advertising Awards and even an Adobe Website of the Day and customer showcase feature. I also learned to play ‘Smoke on the Water’ (Poorly).
Art Director, Specialty Publications – 1999 – 2001
The Arizona Republic – Phoenix, AZ
Hired gun contracted with the Arizona Republic’s Integrated Media Unit charged with designing numerous custom publications, advertorial features, display ads and advertising inserts for numerous clients and partners within the Gannett network.
Senior Graphic Designer – 1997 – 1999
Robert Half International – Seattle, WA
Contract senior graphic designer responsible for independently initiating and managing print, interactive, and environmental solutions. Key clients served include PACCAR, Windermere Real Estate, Coldwell Banker, The Seattle Times, Sub-Pop Records and The Pike Place Market.
Visual Communication Design, University of Washington – Seattle, WA
Fine Art & Traditional Media Illustration, School of Visual Concepts – Seattle, WA
I’ve never been one to chase awards, but have managed to receive a few here and there. Some of these include AIGA Prisma Awards, AAB Innovation Awards, American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Awards, American Marketing Association Awards, Cenveo Cutting Edge Design Honors, Quebecor Global Innovator Award, Adobe Site-of-the-Day Awards, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Awards.
I’m a big believer in giving back to the community that’s been so great to me, so I routinely donate my services to organizations and causes that I believe in such as Best Buddies Arizona, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Heart Ball, Homeward Bound, The Starbright Foundation, Arizona Foundation for Women, and The Men’s Anti-violence Network.