Professional Experience (continued)

Senior Art Director

Harrison, Leifer & Dimarco | Rockville Center, NY | 2000-2004

Art Directed corporate identity and design projects that spanned the horizon of business-to-business and consumer client needs including new brand development, capabilities brochures, annual reports, and website development for this multimillion-dollar branding, marketing, and advertising agency.

•    Assisted Creative Directors in spearheading creative direction with new and existing businesses, leading staff and clients alike to go above and beyond. Kept projects focused on estimated dollars and time using the existing talent pool, delegating and overseeing projects accordingly.

•    Chaired department head status meetings to overview and follow up on projects and help Account Representatives estimate jobs.

•    Provided hands-on creative project design and production to help staff artists keep projects focused on art direction and on target to meet deadlines.

•    Gained respect of all three partners, the senior creative director, and clients alike ensuring all projects were approached with efficiency, speed, and quality control. Collaborated with sales representative to work directly with clients.

Clients included: Changing World Technologies, Eon Labs, Ideal Science, and Riverhead Building Supply, among others.

Senior Art Director

Linx Communications | Smithtown, NY | 1997-2000

Art directed the branding of all new product lines, design concepts, and corporate ID projects that included packaging, product line sheets, websites, and tradeshow booths for this mid-size marketing firm / ad agency with a business-to-business and consumer client base.

•    Optimized Art Department by developing a streamlined production schedule to more closely meet client needs, resulting in fewer internal edits.

•    Worked closely with in-house and external partners in marketing direction and meeting objectives.

•    Co-developed company’s Multimedia Division, “Linx Entertainment” that increased client base and expanded agency breadth and reach into multimedia.

•    Slashed production time, decreased client turnaround, virtually eliminated downtime, and built stronger relations between sales and production teams by researching, recommending, and configuring an NT Server that networked the entire company and optimized file integrity, security, and retrieval.

•    Achieved cost savings by bringing marker comps, illustration, and storyboarding in-house, resulting also in client revision flexibility.

Clients included: Hirsh International, Coinmach Fodera Foods, Nutrapharm, Tajima America Corporation, and Pulse Embroidery Software, among others.

Creative Director

Chandler Stillwell Advertising | Islandia, NY | 1993-1997

Starting as freelance Art Director, promoted to full-time Creative Director co-managing daily creative operations of this boutique agency with a successful full-service, growing advertising agency with a diverse client base.

•    Developed new business with strategic marketing campaigns creating innovative presentations, ad campaigns, and a high-impact self-promo, art directing photoshoots; and producing digital layouts, catalogs, websites, video promotions, video-cable spots, and trade shows.

•    Grew client base by delivering fresh concepts, sourcing new talent to help develop those concepts, and creating an environment that offered excitement and challenge.

•    Followed up with sales representatives to discuss client needs to access production and company costs. Turned out accurate job estimates to reduce company costs throughout project development and production.

•    Updated Art Department with faster Macs and a more efficient network. Trained and built talented creative teams on a per-project basis.

•    Successfully delegated design and production through effective time management, communication, and by keeping abreast of all client needs.

•    Handled all digital and client file management on all projects.

•    Grew client base 40% through innovative design and cost-effective advertising that attracted new business.

•    Increased productivity with the art department, typesetters, and outside vendors by creating and implementing new production scheduling procedures.

Clients included: Motorola, Honeywell, Apex, Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Labaids, The Meadow Club, and The Bridal Shoppe, among others.

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