Visual Imaging/Commercial Art, Newaygo County Area Vocational Center
B.S. Visual Communications, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
Freelance Graphic Artist
Grand Rapids, MI (2000- Present)
Working with clients to provide creative solutions to various needs. I am extremely fast, efficient, detail oriented and experienced with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Quark. My
expertise includes website design, logo and branding, print design, business cards and marketing solutions. I'm accustomed to handling multiple tasks under tight deadlines while
keeping attention to detail and delivering creative solutions.
Encore Market Realty Advisors
Grand Rapids, MI (Dec 07- June 09)
I am responsible for all the graphic design and marketing for Encore – both the development group and realty advisors. My work includes property collateral design, public relations, web
site development, advertising, electronic media, print production, as well as any miscellaneous day to day design/marketing needs of the advisors and company. Since being brought on
board I have re-designed and re-branded the company and implemented essential design standards. Other primary responsibilities include budgeting, maintaining vendor relationships
and advertising deadlines/schedules.
Grubb & Ellis|Paramount Commerce
Graphic Design/Marketing Coordinator
Grand Rapids, MI (Sept 05- Dec 07)
I was responsible for the design and development of any original creative design projects that come into the marketing department, I also assist in property package creation and company
marketing development. Before the merger of Commerce Realty and Grubb & Ellis Paramount, I ran the marketing department for Commerce Realty including creating all the corporate
product, image ads, marketing packages and proposals, managing the marketing schedule for over 200 different properties, and all property advertisements for 4 different monthly
publications as well as handling communication with our advertising and printer representatives and other outside vendors. I created our new company branding along with the company
brochure as well as designing and maintaining our website. I also created, planned and implemented the routing and publication process for internal marketing coordination for the
Metropolitan Title/ Christian P. Ortwein (Realtor)
Marketing Assistant and Graphic Artist
Grand Rapids, MI (March 03- Aug 05)
I worked one on one with one of the top in sales Realtor for Coldwell Banker Schmidt in West Michigan. My main responsibilities were designing all forms of marketing and advertising
material for his developments, projects, and listings, as well as maintaining his various web sites. I also handled day-to-day communication with clients and prospective clients, I
processed listings, as well as managed showing schedules and ran open houses.
North States Aviation Sales, Inc
Office Manager & Graphics
Grand Rapids, MI (May 00- Sept 02)
Responsibilities included designing and producing Aircraft Brochures, Company Brochures and Advertisements, as well as maintaining our company website. I also was responsible for
creating and maintaining all corporate forms and documents. Daily activities included creating and producing sales, company, and promotional brochures and pamphlets, updating our
company website, planning marketing strategies and ideas, as well as fielding sales calls, largely managing all aspects of the sales office.
Amway Creative Services Division
Ada, MI (May 99- May 00)
Responsibilities involved organizing and coordinating large multiple product catalogs. This involved synchronizing many divisions- Production, Designers, Photographers, Copywriters,
Developers, and Buyers to produce comprehensive catalogs. Daily activities would include organizing meetings, tracking catalog development, organizing photography, editing layouts,
and proofing copy and pages. Overall responsibility was scheduling and keeping track of everything, starting at catalog conception all the way to press while running on a strict deadline.
PC & MAC Skilled- Adobe Creative Suite- Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, Freehand, QuarkXPress, Pagemaker, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Fireworks,
Director, Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point, Word, Access, Works, etc; 35mm Photography & Darkroom Experience.
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