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Freelance Graphic Artist
July 2006 - Present

In addition to my professional experience listed below, I also offer freelance design services for print & digital publications, logo & brand development, map creation, website design, vehicle wraps, menus, and other related projects. Some of my freelance clients include Pirate Water Taxi, Tampa Downtown Partnership, Academy Prep Center of Tampa, Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care, The Franciscan Center of Tampa, Hillsborough CountyTampa Jewish Community Center and Airheads USA.

For examples of my design work, see my portfolio here. If you would like to contact me regarding a project you need design help with, please contact me here.

 

Senior Graphic Artist & Digital Strategist
City of Tampa
February 2016 – Present
Tampa, Florida

  • Lead graphic artist responsible for the briefing and supervision of the design team
  • Develop new brand strategies to provide consistency within individual departments and initiatives while maintaining cohesion with the City's branding standards through print and digital media
  • Manage all aspects of social media for the City, including campaign conceptualization, content creation, scheduling, account monitoring, and active interaction with users
  • Increased Twitter followers by 45,000 within the first year of managing the account
  • Collaborate with other departments and team members to ensure consistency and draft proper messaging that supports the city’s goals through print, video, web, and social media outlets
  • Design brochures, flyers, maps, annual reports, booklets, logos, social media graphics, and other digital and printed materials

 

Graphic Artist II
City of Tampa
August 2009 – February 2016
Tampa, Florida

  • Collaborated with department leads to produce artwork that maintained brand identity and met deadline requirements
  • Designed brochures, flyers, maps, annual reports, booklets, logos, and numerous other digital and printed materials
  • Responsible for the creation of engaging and informative social media graphics
  • Developed and implemented new brand strategies that included graphical elements, colors, and fonts to provide consistency within individual departments and initiatives while maintaining cohesion across the City.
  • Completely redesigned the City’s website to be more aesthetically pleasing
  • Successfully managed and coordinated projects from concept through completion

 

Graphic Designer
Agent Direct News
August 2007 – August 2009
Tampa, Florida

  • Laid out three real estate publications monthly for 14 different markets
  • Designed flyers, direct mailers, and additional marketing products for distribution via print, web, and email
  • Created multiple ad campaigns that complimented the company’s brand identity
  • Produced media kits, rate cards, sales materials, and marketing collateral

 

Graphic Designer
Willy Walt, Inc.
March 2007 – August 2007
St. Petersburg, Florida

  • Designed postcards, brochures, direct mail, and other promotional pieces
  • Modified customer’s artwork to match print guidelines and mail regulations
  • Managed each stage of customer’s project to completion

 

Promotions Manager
WSEE Television and Lily Broadcasting
December 2005 – February 2007
Erie, Pennsylvania

  • Managed the department’s daily operation and larger projects that spanned multiple stations and departments within the company
  • Developed and designed booklets, brochures, posters, and other print materials
  • Designed web graphics and full website layouts for multiple station websites while maintaining distinct brand identity
  • Produced television and radio commercials promoting newscasts, station events, contests, and special reports
  • Organized promotional events including casting calls, premiere parties, and movie screenings
  • Worked with fellow station managers to conceptualize new and innovative ideas

 

Videographer and Editor
Creative Productions
July 2003 – February 2007
Erie, Pennsylvania

  • Filmed weddings, plays, political events, commercials, and sporting events
  • Creatively edited videos using non-linear editing systems
  • Produced a half-hour televised church program each week

 

Director and News Photographer/Editor
WSEE Television
July 2003 – June 2005
Erie, Pennsylvania

  • Directed live newscasts which entailed creating graphics, rolling video, cueing talent, adjusting camera shots, and operating the audio board for each newscast
  • Created new full screen and over-the-shoulder graphics daily
  • Shot video on a digital DV camera and performed non-linear video editing

Education

Allegheny College
Meadville, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Communications
Minor, Computer Science
1999 – 2003


Professional Notes

Tampa Bay Social Network

  • Founded a networking group of Tampa Bay-based social media & marketing professionals that has grown to over 125 members

Public Speaking and Presentations

  • FPRA Tampa Bay Panelist in May 2018

  • Tampa Downtown Partnership Lunchtime Talk Host in May 2018

  • Junior League of Tampa Crisis Communications Panelist in October 2017

  • Social Media Social Giants Panelist in October 2016

  • Mayor’s Neighborhood University Biannual Presenter since 2016

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