I am a true “Hoosier”, born and raised by good people in Indianapolis, and have lived here my entire life. I’m a Ball State University graduate, class of ’94, and have been in the creative fold ever since. I have a tendency to work from my heart. Some people say I'm a real go-getter. What they overlook is that I am a complete control freak when it comes to my projects. It works for me though, and I think it works for my clients. I usually have to be told to stop working.
I’m a happily married father of two amazing girls, I like to work, and I like to relax. I love to experiment in the kitchen and am rarely without a Mountain Dew or my iPhone close by. My car is hands-down the cleanest car at the office (I work from home, so it's the only car, but it is clean). I used to be really good at hacky-sack in college. I always prefer a t-shirt and jeans. I get paid to be creative, and I do whatever it takes to make sure I make the most of this opportunity. I work hard, and have fun doing it, most of the time.
After over 20 years in the design game, my unique ability is making the most out of what I've got to work with. People always tell me I get to work on the best projects, but I say I make every project I get the best it can be. My creative releases are playing video games & running my girls to practice, training, lessons or a volleyball or softball tournament somewhere, which could be anywhere… another full-time job, but one I couldn't live without. When I was a kid I really wanted to be an inventor, I guess creativity has always been a part of me.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Photoshop  Illustrator  InDesign  Acrobat  Dreamweaver  Adobe XD
From the early days of PageMaker and QuarkXPress, I have years of experience using the latest creative software including Adobe Creative Cloud.
Microsoft Office
Word (Pages)  PowerPoint (Keynote)  Excel (Numbers)
From flyer templates in Word, to presentation templates in PowerPoint, there isn’t much I haven’t created with the Office suite. The majority of my experience has been in a Mac environment, I am comfortable working on PCs.
WordPress  DIVI Final Cut Pro  HTML5 / CSS  Flash / ActionScript  JavaScript
Deep understanding of the capabilities of the latest web languages & tools. The web is a great resource for keeping up on the latest trends in the professional arts & design field (as well as others).
Branding  Photo Editing  Typography  Illustration  Color Theory
A small sample of the many specialties I have been able to (try to) master over the last 20+ years as a designer. I believe every new creative opportunity is an opportunity to explore new ideas.
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UX Designer (Contract Position)  May 2018 – March 2021
FindLaw / Thomson Reuters - Elgin, MN (remote)
Collaborated with Content Writer and Digital Marketing Specialist to develop client specific strategies. Constructed brand elements by creating client logo and color palette, selected stock photography, color correcting client supplied imagery, and sourcing and/or creating illustrations. Accountable for designing responsive mobile web applications including interface mock-ups, wire-frames, flowcharts, prototypes, and style guides. Create sites that follow current UX best practices and web standards. Review sites after development by outside vendors to ensure designs were executed as specified. Presentation of final concepts to clients and other stakeholders. Maintained a minimum of 15 open projects with quick turnarounds and demanding timelines.
Senior Art Director November 1998 – November 2017
Hodes / Symphony Talent - New York, NY (remote)
Managed and mentored a diverse group of designers, copywriters, freelancers and production manager across 5 offices. Responsible for: hiring, yearly reviews, motivating and creative problem solving, distributing work flow, critiques, organizing and directing photo and video shoots. Managed and met aggressive project deadlines, handled changing priorities, all while adhering to brand strategy, accuracy and time lines.
Provide strategic and conceptual leadership as well as unique creative solutions to advertising initiatives. Worked cohesively with account team to strategize profitable recommendations and services to clients across a variety of both print and digital media. Determine creative vision for projects, ensuring jobs meet the clients needs visually, structurally, adhered to brand standards and overall strategy. Present, articulate and
sell concepts to clients and relate projects to overall business plans and goals.
Developed multiple EMA and CEA award winning creative campaigns, across various forms of media, including two “Best of Category” honors. Won several major account pitches such as: Motorola, Eli Lilly, Thomson Multimedia, Conseco, UnitedHealth Group, AstraZeneca, Community Health Network, Carolinas Healthcare System, and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.
Production Manager / Art Director  January 1998 – October 1998
Ashley & Associates - Indianapolis, IN
Responsibilities for the agency  included integrating schedules between account executives, designers, copywriters and clients to ensure all deadlines are met. Directly responsible for writing specifications for printer estimates, developing client quotes, approving blue-lines, and attended all press checks. Concepting and designing select projects, including web development, and preparing electronic files for vendors. Coordinating all outside vendor schedules and purchases for special events and negotiating vendor quotes. Responsible for final approval of all finished materials
before being released to the client.
Designer October 1995 – December 1997
Macmillan Publishing - Indianapolis, In
Accountable for comping, designing and the maintenance of covers and interiors for Que and New Riders titles. Scheduling of meetings with the Marketing Department and Managing Editors to improve product knowledge and ensure the proper look and feel of the Cover and Interior of all books. Weekly presentation and discussion of creative concepts to both Marketing and Editorial Departments.
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