~ Innovative and energetic professional eager to contribute extensive talents toward efficiently directing a dynamic creative art department in achieving goals and objectives. ~
Proven planning, goal setting, organizational, scheduling, forecasting, and budgeting skills.
Excel in graphic and print development, with a constant eye on ensuring relevance, consistency, and brand integrity.
Adept at training, motivating, coaching, developing, and managing top-performing employees.
Conscientious and resourceful with exemplary time management and prioritization skills.
Highly respected for outstanding abilities in meeting stringent deadlines.
Effectively drive collaborative and cohesive efforts among creative team members and designers.
Remain abreast of competitive trends and consistently steer alignment with defined strategies.
Create visually-compelling designs which measurably strengthen corporate and brand identity.
Thrive on challenges, perform well under pressure, and facilitate strict adherence to superior quality parameters.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, WI, graduated Cum Laude
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office Suite
Tiara Designs LLC, 2003 to Present
Founder / Art Director
Founded and operate greeting card company serving 1,000+ retail stores including Anthropolgie (Urban Outfitters, Inc.), Paper Source, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Fred Segal; concurrently license products to Target, Groupe Editor, and Sunrise Greetings of Hallmark.
Led company to earn nominations for nine prestigious Louie Awards, and received six awards and recognition as runner-up for Card of the Year, (industry s top design honor).
Spearhead staffing, art direction, product design and development, manufacturing, marketing, and management of 50+ independent sales representatives.
Steadily grew sales from $57K to $164K in three years.
Oversaw sales strategy and booth design for National Stationery trade show.
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Professional Experience continued
Chase / Bank One, 2000 to 2003
Demonstrated polished leadership and communication skills in effectively delivering policies, procedures and technology staff training programs.
Leveraged significant technical acumen to develop course curriculum, determine instructional design, create teaching materials and aids, and facilitate training nationwide during company-wide computer conversions.
Exhibited excellent public speaking/presentation skills in a classroom training environment.
Mattel Inc., 1994 to 2000
Consumer Relations Supervisor
Continually advanced through a series of promotions based on outstanding performance, dedication, work ethic and results.
Relied upon to oversee consumer relations and satisfaction for Mattel brands in North America, directly managing 35 representatives and indirectly supervising 210 employees.
Strategically partnered with Pleasant Company, Barbie Collectibles and Mattel Media call centers to ensure seamless customer relations efforts.
Exercised strong versatility to train and develop employees, maintain budgets, and resolve consumer complaints.
Launched consumer relations divisions for Mattel, Arco, and Tyco following relocation to Fisher Price facility.
Additional experience includes employment at Eau Claire Academy in Eau Claire, WI, assisting, guiding and supporting adolescents in life skills development.
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