581 Blackstock Road
Auburn, Georgia 30011
For over 2 decades (24 years to be exact), I have been blessed enough to work in the career field I absolutely love. I began as a production artist and have honed my talent and skills to the position I am in now - Creative/Art Director. I have also enjoyed adding to the success of the companies and individuals I have been honored to work with. Their success is my success. I have mentored and trained many excellent Graphic Designers over my career, and I look forward to working with many more down the road as well.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Conception, design and layout from start to finish of:
Magazines - Catalogs - Small and Large Brochures - Corporate Identity Packages - Logos - Websites - Marketing Campaigns - POP and POS - Packaging - Power Point Presentations - Large Format Graphics (Billboards/posters/pop-up banners, etc.) - Annual Reports - Direct Mail Advertising - Flash Animation and site build - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising - Video and Broadcast Graphics.
This is just a condensed list... in my 20+ years of experience, I have seen and done it all
I really love typography and layout, logo design and PhotoShop photo manipulation. I have experience in managing, mentoring and training small to large groups of Jr., Mid-Level, Sr. Graphic Designers, and Art Directors. In addition to design, I am familiar with both html and Flash coding, as well as the basics of .ASP, .NET and Java scripting. I am also a traditional artist using mediums such as pencil, pen and ink, and various paints as well. I am also equally proficient on both the Mac and PC platforms.
CODEREADY SOLUTIONS INC.: AUG. 2008 to PRESENT
POSITION: CREATIVE DIRECTOR
I lead a team of 10-12 graphic designers, copywriters, SEO and social media experts to build the core brands of Codeready Solutions: BetterTrades, Seize The Day Inc., and Payback Time. I managed the day to day schedules, departmental budgets and oversaw and art-directed all of the creative for all the online and printed marketing efforts. I art-directed the set-up of tradeshows and corporate events, created truck wraps, created 3D graphics for video, art-directed both photo and video shoots.
ACUITY BRANDS INC.: AUG. 2007 to AUG. 2008
POSITION: SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Designed marketing materials for Acuity Brands Lighting individual brands including: catalogs, brochures, static and dynamic flash-driven website design (design and html/flash build as well), tradeshow displays, large
format posters and banners, print and digital billbords, logo design, corporate identity design, poster design, 3D modeling and 3D animation. I trained and led a small team of designers (6-7).
WALTON MEDIA SERVICES: OCT. 2003 to AUG. 2007
POSITION: ART DIRECTOR
Met with clients and managed a small group of graphic designers (4-5) to create marketing strategies and designs for both print and online digital communications. Art direction of brochures, media kits, marketing and post cards, magazines, catalogs, logo design/redesign, Photoshop color correction/touch-ups, POP, POS, web site design, html construction and maintenance, flash animated graphics, marketing materials for WMS, truck
graphics, and preflighting/preparing/repairing customer files for print. Art directed photo shoots for various products/services. Digital and traditional photography for clients.
VERNON LIBRARY SUPPLIES: AUG. 2002 to OCT. 2003
POSITION: ART DIRECTOR
Creation of the Vernon Library Supplies Catalog (300+ pages) – including layout and design, scanning/color-correcting/silhouetting all images. Art directed photo shoots as needed for products (both in still-life and
in-use). Redesign of the corporate logo/ identity and redesign and layout of www.VernLib.com (on-line catalog/ecommerce site) and daily maintenance. Promotional materials including brochures, media kits, e-mail blasts, posters and more.
LICKWID DESIGNS: MAR. 2001 to PRESENT
POSITION: OWNER/FREELANCE DESIGN
Design from concept to completion of brochures, pocket folders, web sites and web graphics, media kits, postcards, posters, magazines and catalogs, custom logos and logo redesign, BC, LH and corporate identity packages, POP and POS materials, packaging design, ads for magazine magazine and newspaper, e-mail blasts, web banners and web animations. Art direction of photo shoots, and digital photography as needed. Traditional and computer illustration.
NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.: JUNE 1990 to Aug. 2002
POSITION: ART DIRECTOR (Last position held - I started as a Production Artist in 1990)
Art Direction and high-end design work, personal/promotional materials, redesigns of brand logos, design of all magazines printed by NCI and art direction and development of all new products. I trained graphic designers and production artists as well in the company standards, design templates, programs and gave Art Direction as well.
The magazines I was responsible for the Art Direction of included:
• The Real Estate Book • Mature Living Choices • Golfer Magazine • The Apartment Blue Book • Unique Homes • New Home Finder • The Apartment Finder • The Luxury Real Estate Book • Corporate Choices
I created all collateral material, promotions, and marketing materials for the above brands. I was in charge of design and layout of company brochures, creation of specialty magazines and catalogs, as well as design and art direction of all new magazines and related material. I also designed truck graphics (18-Wheelers and smaller), graphics for industry trade shows, t-shirts, promotional posters and items, show agendas, newspaper and magazine ads, signage, and all graphical elements for corporate annual meetings for all branded publications.
WINDER BARROW HIGH SCHOOL – 1984 - 1987
4 Yrs Graphic Design/3 Yrs Mechanical Drawing - Received Diploma June 1987 – Awarded Art Scholarship to Gainesville College
GAINESVILLE COLLEGE – 1987 - 1990
Major: Graphic Design and Commercial Art
Received Associates Degree in Art 1990 (2 years study specifically in Computer Graphic Design)
AWARDS AND HONORS:
• ART SCHOLARSHIP to Gainesville College – 1987
• EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD: Network Communications – 1996, 1997 and 1998
• PIAG PRINTING AWARDS (Awards for Design) 2004
- UGA Poster - Best of Category
- Boy Scout Brochure - Best of Category
- Blankenship & Assoc. - Award of Excellence
- Base Mfg. Brochure - Best of Show
• PIAG PRINTING AWARDS (Awards for Design) 2005
- Boy Scout Annual Report - Best of Category
- Bronner Bros. Brochure - Best of Category
• PIAG PRINTING AWARDS (Awards for Design) 2006
- UGA Football Note Cards/Envelopes - Best of Category
- UGA Softball Poster - Best of Category
- Mark Richt Football Camp poster - Awd. of Excellence
- CBF Klesis – Best of Category
- GWA Bulldog magazine - Awd. of Excellence
• EBC - 2005 Men’s Conference - Best of Category (This also won “PIA” Best of Category)
• EMPLOYEE EXCELLENCE AWARD: CodeReady Solutions – 2009 and 2010
• I am expertly skilled in the following programs (17+ years of day-to-day use - both Mac and PC ):
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Professional, Dreamweaver and Quark Express
• I have 7+ years experience in the following programs: Adobe Flash, Director, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel,
Publisher, Powerpoint, HTML, Java, and CSS.
• I am certified in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. In addition to layout and Design for Print, Electronic Design
for both Web and Multi-Media, I am also a freehand artist (pencil, ink, paint, etc.) and a computer illustrator, both
electronic and freehand.
• I have always prided myself on a job well done, and I firmly believe in getting the job done right the first time. I am a
very detail oriented person. I work very well with others or by myself. I am a very dedicated person and strive for
perfection in all that I do. I have the ability to multi-task very well. I am a very quick study and learn new jobs quickly
and easily. I am a very personable person, and make friends very easily. I always maintain a positive attitude, and I am
willing to be trained or train if need be. Overtime is never a problem especially when it comes to meeting a deadline.
Not making a deadline - now that’s something that will never be a problem with me and my departments!
A complete list of both personal and professional references are available upon request.