Over 20 years of graphic design, production, and leadership experience for non-profit, corporate and government clients in a continually expanding portfolio of depth and responsibility. I have been responsible for creative direction, composition, and layout of graphics and multimedia projects.
Experience and Employment History
GS 11 – Graphic Designer/Multimedia SME
Responsible for art/creative direction, composition, and layout of graphics and multimedia projects. I serve as the command’s principal advisor on graphics, executive PowerPoints and multimedia working directly for the Commanding Officer and the Deputy Commanding Officer.  Taking rudimentary drawings and ideas and creating professional graphic presentations is my specialty. Presenting data in a graphical format for executive level PowerPoints and presentations. I am responsible for recommendations on all matters regarding prioritization, budgeting, and purchasing of new graphics and multimedia production equipment.  I direct and create brochures, booklets, posters, and other advertising materials using traditional design techniques and desktop publishing software (Adobe Creative Suite (CS)). I perform project management and coordination functions to meet deadlines of different projects assigned to the department. I also establish and define objectives, priorities, work plans, short- and long-range schedules, and assignments to carry out the work of the department effectively.
Graphic Designer/Media SME – (Subject Matter Expert)

I have supported the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group for 6 years performing the same duties under three different contractors as follows:

 

Obsidian Solutions Group; Nov.2017 to Present; 40 hours per week

 

Katmai Government Services; June 2015 to Nov. 2017; 40 hours per week

 

A-T Solutions Inc.; April 2013 to June 2015; 40 hours per week

 

Clearance level: TOP SECRET

 

I am working remotely for the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG), 11th Street Building 1982, Twentynine Palms, CA 92278

 

I am responsible for art/creative direction, composition, and layout of graphics and multimedia projects. I serve as the command’s principal advisor on graphics and multimedia working directly for the Commanding Officer and the Deputy Commanding Officer.  I am responsible for recommendations on all matters regarding prioritization, budgeting, and purchasing of new graphics and multimedia production equipment.  I direct and create brochures, booklets, posters, and other advertising materials using traditional design techniques and desktop publishing software. I perform project management and coordination functions to meet deadlines of different projects assigned to the department. I also establish and define objectives, priorities, work plans, short- and long-range schedules, and assignments to carry out the work of the department effectively. I review and amend work. I develop milestones for each project. Examples include creation of animated courses, illustrations, sketches and drawings & video.

 

As MCTOG’s subject matter expert, I help customers develop their ideas and use a collaborative design approach to create professional graphic products of all kinds that deliver clear messages. I continuously design and update a full color 30-page overview presentation for the Marine Corps senior ground combat general officer. I have formatted and programmed the integration of PowerPoint slides into video format for an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations and Planning instructional course. In the last three years I produced over 1,500 original graphics for Marine Corps doctrinal publications. I create customized MS PowerPoint and Word templates for MCTOG and train personnel on their use in curriculum development and education delivery.

Sr. Graphic Designer/Production Lead

General Dynamics NASSCO, 2798 E. Harbor Dr. San Diego CA 92113; (5 years 8 months) 40 hours per week

My primary role at NASSCO was to create, design and maintain the competitive edge of our executive level presentations and over all look of the company’s marketing collateral. The technical responsibility of my job was the design, formatting and publishing of proposals and graphics for both government and commercial proposals. The final deliverables of the proposals were printed and incorporated into binders for final delivery. For all proposals I converted Microsoft word files into Portable Document Format (PDF) and produced color hard copies and CD versions for delivery. All proposal files were maintained by me in a proposal resource library for future reference. I created ads and informational marketing collateral; developed and produced promotional banners and logos. I produced technical illustrations for corporate presentations and/or publications. I directly consulted with the president of the company to identify graphic and audio-visual needs, keeping budgetary constraints in mind, and assured deadlines for projects were met. I received quotes from outside vendors and approved quotes for continuation of work with vendors on projects. I communicated with the printers to ensure quality of the printing production process (selection of ink colors, paper and print quality). About 4 times a year I worked with a contracted audio-visual team for the company’s Operations Review Offsite and Ship Launches. I created and designed various presentations that were presented at the events. Some of the presentations were power point slide shows, videos and standalone posters. I worked with Vice Presidents and Directors at NASSCO to format produce and show all presentations.

Graphic Designer/Creative Lead

Father Joe’s Villages, 3350 E. Street, San Diego, CA 92101; (3 years) 40 hours per week

I conceptualized, directed art, designed and created materials such as flyers, advertisements, brochures, signage, exhibits and displays.  I assisted in art directing a $400 million capital campaign. I researched and purchased new technology for the communications department. During my tenure with Father Joe’s Village, I interviewed, hired and supervised two Production Artists.  I assigned duties to them including archiving projects, designing layouts for mailers and collateral pieces, and other graphics related assignments. I conducted quality control of all marketing materials produced by our production artist before they were presented. I designed and produced camera-ready art, and/or photographs.  I designed and produced 20-page full color quarterly company newspaper. In preparation of quarterly newspapers, I visited different campuses associated with Father Joe’s Villages and took photographs of current activities for inclusion in the newspaper. Over 20,000 newspapers were printed quarterly for mailings. I created electronically designed page layouts and imported word processing files into the page layouts, as appropriate; developed and produced web-based graphics.  I produced technical illustrations for presentations and/or publication. I directly consulted with president of the company to identify graphic needs, keeping budgetary constraints in mind, and assured deadlines for projects were met.  I served as a liaison between customers and printers or publishers. Received quotes from different vendors and decided which vendor would work on the projects. I coordinated the printing production process to ensure quality and that printing and other reproduction specifications (selection of ink, paper and print quality) were in accordance to our needs.  I inspected proofs for accuracy. I coordinated a graphics/photographic library and maintained digital records.  I provided visual communication support for the organization.

Senior Customer Consultant

FedEx Kinko’s, 344 E H St, Suite 1404-7, Chula Vista, CA 91910; (1 year) 40 hours per week

I was responsible for identifying, developing and growing FedEx Kinko’s prospective and existing commercial customer base. I self-managed and was a self-starter.  I maintained and regularly updated customer data base, posting sales activities and follow-ups. I consulted with customers to improve all their marketing collateral and brand identity. I was responsible for customers projects from initial interview all the way to point of delivery.

I networked with partners of large account holders in order to create new customer relations for FedEx Kinko’s. I was responsible for 25% of my branches sales. I achieved sales goals above and beyond what was recommended. I conducted business with a positive, energetic and passionate attitude to ensure all customers were satisfied with our products and services.

Graphic Artist

MCWE, San Diego, CA; (6 months) 40 hours per week

I designed advertisements, greeting cards, direct mail pieces and signage.  I designed and prepared informational brochures, company communiqués, and layouts for magazines. I consulted with program managers to coordinate their marketing requirements. I successfully produced products under very tight deadlines.

Graphic Designer

Baker Media Advertising, San Diego, CA; (6 months) 40 hours per week

I designed advertisements for local automotive dealerships. I created advertisements for the San Diego Gulls Hockey Team.  All these advertisements were designed using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress.

Along with printed advertisements, these ads were converted into PDF files to be posted on the internet.  I met with the general managers of the various Baker Automotive dealerships, to coordinate their marketing requirements.  Based on their requirements, I designed creative newspaper advertisements for their target audience.  I worked directly with various local newspapers (to include the S.D. Union Tribune), providing them print-ready files.

Multimedia Designer

Northrop Grumman, Bldg. 196, Ft. Leavenworth, KS 66048; (2 years 11 months) 40 hours per week

Clearance level: SECRET.

Using Microsoft Word and Excel, I converted documents into Adobe PDF files.  I converted and condensed Wav; using Director software program, also converted audio clips into Shock wave files.   I converted Microsoft Power Point slides into HTML jpgs. I categorized all Government orders by specific Battlefield Operation Systems. I programmed a web ready page for training reference.  I created and designed all user-friendly interfaces with Macromedia Fireworks.  I created animated gif files for introduction section of CD-ROMs.  I designed all packaging of CD-ROMs (CD-ROM jewel cases and covers).  I designed and programmed interactive multimedia CD-ROMs.  The United States Army uses these CD-ROMs for training purposes.  In support of training objectives, I videotaped digital footage of military exercises and transfer to CD-ROMs.   These exercises took place internationally, requiring me to adapt to diverse situations in order to complete the mission.  I was responsible for the set up and tear down of 100% mobile audiovisual equipment.  Due to the September 11th terrorist attacks, I was selected to work for a force protection team designed to assess security and emergency response programs and support training exercises at various Army installations throughout the U.S.  I was responsible for compressing and programming video clips with Macromedia Director 8.  Operated sixteen bay burners to record all CD-ROMs.  I burned twenty-two copies of each CD-ROM to be distributed to the receiving brigade (client) within 3 weeks of exercise completion.  I prepared a deliverable letter for each Army unit that received copies of the product.  I performed all tasks with minimal supervision, and under very tight deadlines.