Tara Connor

Freelance Brochure Designer, Magazine Designer, & More

Location:Savage, Minnesota, United States
4 Skills
Creative, visionary with accomplished experience working with a wide range of customers and
print design. Exceptional collaborative and interpersonal skills; dynamic team player with welldeveloped written and verbal communication abilities. Highly skilled in client relations; talented at building and maintaining “win-win” partnerships; accustomed to performing in deadline-driven environments with an emphasis on working within budget requirements.

Creative experience in the following:
• Brochures & Newsletters • Setting up & Art Directing Photo Shoots • Email Blasts
• Logos & Stationery • Video Photomontages • Catalogs & Post Cards • CD/DVD Cover Design
• Packaging • Retouching

Palmer Printing, Waite Park, Minnesota, 2002-Present
Art Director – Design
Successfully manage and coordinate graphic design projects from concept through completion.
Collaborate with clients to create vision, conceive designs, and consistently meet deadlines and
requirements. Coordinate freelance designers and vendors to meet all project requirements. Create highly persuasive sales and marketing presentations for the sales staff and Palmer Printing.

Key Achievements:
• Established trusting relationships with designers, vendors and key clients.
• Successfully complete client projects under extremely tight print deadlines.
• Developed promotional pieces that resulted in new customers.

SAKS Incorporated, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 2000-2001
Special Events Coordinator
Coordinated with fellow marketing team members to develop in-store contests, sales & special
promotions. Coordinated with Advertising Department, Buyers, Assistant Buyers, Regional
Directors of Stores and Store Management to ensure all events run smoothly. Awarded prizes to
customers. Worked with non-profit organizations to raise money for their causes through in-store
donation related sales. Submited press releases to newspapers, radio & television stations to
promote upcoming sales or events. Developed a plan to utilize event money budgeted bi-yearly for 40 stores.

Key Achievements:
• Prepared and executed large-scale mailings to solicit donations.
• Planned and executed corporate events such as grand openings and fashion shows.
• Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.

SAKS Incorporated, St. Cloud. Minnesota, 1999-2000
Point of Sale Signing Coordinator
Managed sign department. Created & shipped signing to 40 stores. Worked with Marketing & Visual Departments, Buyers, Assistant Buyers & Events Coordinator to ensure the correct signing is produced for each ad, special event & catalog. Worked with printers to produce color signage. Designed artwork for special promotions.

Key Achievements:
• Successfully worked with 40 stores to meet their individual signing needs.
• Developed artwork for special promotions from concept to design.
• Maintained equipment and made sure the sign department ran smoothly.