ABOUT ME

I am an Art Director and Photographer with over 15 years of experience in increasing brand engagement while leading teams to produce their best work. Excels in dynamic, collaborative, demanding environments while remaining focused and attentive to business objectives and aggressive timelines. Specializes in premium retail verticals with an emphasis on digital eccomerce.

Skills

Inspiring Leadership
Brand Identity/Development Product Marketing
Editorial and Commercial Focus
Visual Communication
Responsive Design
Mobile Apps, UX and UI
Art Direction/Creative Strategy
Social Shopping Concepts
Seasonal Campaigns
Photography Art Direction
Packaging & Print design


AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2005-2012 Sand Dollar Awards
Collier Building Industry Association
Received 10 awards for Design

2005-2007 Pinnacle Awards
Lee Building Industry Association

Received 8 awards for Design

2009 ADDY Awards
Southwest Florida AdFed
Received a Gold ADDY


EXPERIENCE

Gap Inc. / Old Navy

Associate Art Director
San Francisco, CA / Aug. 2017 - Present

Shutterfly Inc. / Tiny Prints

Managing Art Director
Santa Clara, CA / Feb. 2016 - May 2017
Managed the design of Site, CRM, SEO, Social and other creative deliverables with a talented team of 6 designers and production artists. Collaborated with PMO to manage all workflows and projects with a weekly traffic meeting. Concept and art direct monthly photo shoots. Worked with leadership/executive team to get buy-in on all concepts.

Senior Designer
Santa Clara, CA / Mar. 2015 - Feb. 2016
Lead design initiatives for marketing campaigns enhancing the Tiny Prints digital experience. Established conceptual and stylistic execution for projects and campaigns. Collaborated with creative director, art directors, stylists and photographers. Provided photo direction and art direct junior designer.

Gap Inc. / Piperlime

Graphic Designer
San Francisco, CA / Sept. 2013 - Mar. 2015
Create innovative designs across all verticals, including: Responsive Email, Site, In-Store, Windows, Environmental and Social Photography. Contribute to forward-thinking ideas and execution of connected devices, new technologies and environmental design.

Gap Inc. / Banana Republic

Senior Digital Production Artist
San Francisco, CA / Dec. 2012 - Sept. 2013
Managed and executed global in-house development and production of marketing materials for the following disciplines: Social, Digital, Print, DOOH and OOH Advertising, In-Store, Windows, Packaging, DM, PR and Events.

Apple Inc.

Lead Genius
Palo Alto, CA / Aug. 2011 - Dec. 2012
Managed a complex metric driven Genius Team of 45 employees at Apple Retail. Led training and development, and managed an effective repair strategy for one of the most famous Apple Retail Stores in the world.

Store Manager
Naples, FL / Apr. 2007 - Aug. 2011
As second-in-command I led a team of 110 and utilized my people skills and business acumen to create a retail environment that inspires both employees and customers. I put my enthusiasm for technology, projects, and ideas to work, monitoring customer experiences while leading employee development and driving sales.

VexPro

Freelance Graphic Designer
Naples, FL / Mar. 2010 - Sept. 2013
Created all Site, Social and Environmental designs. Strategized with President on all projects. Work with Production on managing timelines and specs for vendors and manufacturer overseas in China. 

Wilson Creative Group Inc.

Freelance Art Director
Naples, FL / May 2007 - Sept. 2012
Designed award-winning collateral. Collaborated with Creative Director on all projects. Co-directed photo shoots on-site. Worked with Production on managing timelines and specs for vendors. 

AdvertisingWorks Inc.

Art Director
Naples, FL / Oct. 2005 - Aug. 2007
Directed and assisted others with design projects and tasks. Work with Creative Director on brainstorming campaign ideas. During that time, I was awarded 16 Building Industry Awards and a Gold Addy in Florida for my achievements in Creativity and Design.

Designer/Production Assistant
Naples, FL / Apr. 2004 - Oct. 2005
Scheduled, produced and delivered all creative work. Supervised the trafficking of work, kept a weekly production log and ensured approval by Account Services and client.

University Promotions

Lead Designer
Allendale, MI / Sept. 2001 - May 2004
Designed print pieces for GVSU Organizations and Faculty. Communicated directly with clients and printing companies. Assigned projects to all other designers and determined scheduling for the lifespan of each project.


EDUCATION

Grand Valley State University
Nationally Accredited School of Art & Design
B.S. in Art & Design