Principal of Commission Arts
Graphic Design industry
2005 – Present
Art direction and design of project proposals, branding, marketing collateral, and promotional materials for various clients across numerous industries.
Creative Director at KitchenWorks and HomeWorks
2005 – 2008
Established in-house advertising department from the ground up for a two-hundred employee home improvement company with a joint advertising spend of approximately seven million dollars annually.
Hired and managed team of full-time and part-time staff, plus worked with numerous off-site contractors. Involved in media buying and contract negotiations, campaign performance analysis, quarterly planning of marketing initiatives, brand building, product photography direction, and the development of creative briefs and marketing presentations to sales teams. Guided creative team and strategized with marketing and sales directors on advertising and marketing plans as well as coordinated production and promotion schedules.
Art Director at P&H Creative Group
2000 – 2005
Management of agency accounts from art direction and design to production and printing. Agency’s second-in-command. Concept and design
of internet and print advertising, direct-mail, web design, tradeshow displays, b2b and b2c brochures, and identity design in the insurance, foodservice, home-improvement and other industries.
Principal at Carmen Gage Design and Illustration
1993 – 2000
Identity design, music packaging and press kits, illustration, promotional item design, and posters for various clients in broad range of industries.
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Art Director at Gospel Light
1997 – 1999
Served as Art Director and Designer for in-house creative department. Developed trade and consumer advertising for the promotion of books, curricula, and videos targeting the adult and youth Christian markets.
Production Artist at United States Sales Corporation
Events Services industry
1996 – 1997
Prepared and created both camera-ready art and electronic mechanicals for a wide variety of direct-mail components including brochures, BREs, sweepstakes packages, game pieces, and inserts. Handled corrections at blueline stage, marked-up printer specifications, worked with four-color and spot conversions, and made graphic and photographic touch-ups.
Graphic Design Intern at Azusa Pacific University
Educational Institution ; Higher Education industry
1993 – 1996
Developed catalogs, flyers, direct mailers, logos, and promotional graphics for university’s communications department as department’s first design intern. Reported to Art Director and Communications Director.
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