Executive Summary
An Art Director who naturally shines when working on a team implementing systems, bridging differences, and responding to needs by digging deep to understand a business’s unique needs. A senior designer specializing in brand management with 10+ years of experience in website UX/UI design and 20+ years of experience in print design who prioritizes messaging that empathizes with the audience and increases adoption. A strategist who keeps an eye on the “big picture” and is an expert in growing a brand over the long term no matter the industry – manufacturing, business consulting, healthcare, insurance, government, cybersecurity, K-12, higher education, and more. A team player who knows collaboration and iteration lay the foundation for a successful project from inception to completion.
Key Qualifications
The ability to listen, empathize, and leverage analytical, technical, and creative skills to do whatever it takes to deliver the best ROI.
Skills & Abilities
Creative/Art Direction
•Participate in client discovery meetings and facilitate brainstorming sessions
•Direct concept development, copywriting, and design work for print and web
•Vet and assign freelance resources
•Promote collaboration and teamwork
•Maintain quality of creative product and ensure it is delivered on time and within budget
•Research current trends and technology
Implement Design Thinking and Agile Workflow
•Creative concept and design production with targeted messaging
•Develop branding with a coordinated look and feel across several media types
•Direct photography, illustration, and video vendors
•Storyboard, write, film, and edit videos for web and social media
•Write project specs and work with vendors to produce a quality end product
Systematic sitemap and wireframe development
•Responsive prototypes designed with mobile considerations and best practices
•Integrated useability and accessibility best practices
•Expertly optimized asset export and management
•Experienced in WordPress, Craft, October, and Shopify content management systems
•Basic HTML and CSS knowledge
•Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, XD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Acrobat
•Microsoft Office: Word, Powerpoint, Excel
•Presentation: Prezi, Loom, WriteMaps
•Productivity: Miro, Slack, Trello, Filecamp, Airtable
•Interpersonal Communications: Crucial Conversations, What the Heck is EOS?, Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, Start With Why

Employment History
Hauschild Design, Kalamazoo, MI — Owner/Art Director: 2012 - Present
•Maximize marketing budgets by defining needs, iterating concepts, prototyping solutions, and testing results to create effective communication strategies for both B-to-B and B-to-C clients
•Expertly craft marketing tools that enhance business objectives clearly and creatively such as identity, websites, collateral, direct mail, interior and exterior signage, presentations, forms, and more
•Seamlessly coordinates with photographers, programmers, copywriters, social media managers, and printers to craft a superior product
•Researches and vets vendors, manages production, and provides expertise that saves time and money.
LKF Marketing, Kalamazoo, MI  —  Creative Director: 2016 - 2023     
•Collaborated with more than 30 clients, nine account executives and managers, and seven creative teammates using Design Thinking and Agile Methodology that exceeded expectations
•Developed and refined agency-wide work-flow and processes, served on the leadership team to plan and advise firm growth
•Art directed and concepted high-quality design work for both B-to-B and B-to-C clients including branding, print and digital advertising, websites, videos, apps, tradeshows, and more
LKF Marketing, Kalamazoo, MI  —  Associate Creative Director: 2007 - 2012 
•Collaborated with three account executives and fellow creative teammates to align client objectives with strategic planning under a cohesive brand system
•Art-directed and concepted high-quality design work that exceeded expectations for both B-to-B and B-to-C clients including branding, print and digital advertising, websites, videos, presentations, tradeshows, and more
•Led production meetings to coordinate workflow with both internal staff and external vendors, and formalized the design and print production processes
LKF Marketing, Kalamazoo, MI  —  Senior Graphic Designer/Graphic Designer: 1993 - 2007

•Ideated concepts and design with a focus on effective messaging for various media, including; identity, websites, collateral, direct mail, interior and exterior signage, packaging, outdoor, trade shows, presentations, video, and more
•Art-directed photography, illustration, writers, and print vendors to bring a concept to life
•Expert in photo manipulation, asset management, and file prep for pre-press production
•Served as liaison between contracted network administrator for in-house information systems management, workstation/software upgrades, and general troubleshooting for PC and MAC
Associated Design Services, Portage, MI — Production Artist/Graphic Artist: 1991 - 1993
•Assisted Art Directors with concept and design from pencil roughs through final art on mechanical keylines
•Developed a system for producing electronic art files as well as an asset management protocol
•Initiated, designed, and maintained a file backup system
•Managed art department supply inventory control

•Central Michigan University, MI — Bachelor of Arts: Graphic Design/Industrial Engineering
•Kalamazoo Valley Community College, MI — Business Management Coursework

Community Service
•Children’s Nature Playscape, Kalamazoo, MI — Communications Committee: 2021-present
•Kalamazoo Kiwanis Club, Kalamazoo, MI — Served on various committees, Board of Directors, and as President winning a distinguished president award: 1998-present
•Constance Brown Hearing Center, Kalamazoo, MI — Fund Raising Committee: 2011-2017
•Kalamazoo in Bloom, Kalamazoo, MI — Board of Directors and volunteer gardener: 2004-2005
•MSUE Master Gardener Program, Kalamazoo, MI — Volunteer: 2002-2003

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