Christopher Nierhaus

 

ADDRESS:    1700 Torry St. Oakland, MI 48009

PHONE:         586.651.6236

EMAIL:          chris.nierhaus@gmail.com

WEBSITE:     www.chrisnierhaus.com

Profile

Creative Director with a highly technical background and proven business experience in both start-up ventures and large long-standing corporations.  Career-minded professional, who is detail-oriented and welcomes challenges, works well with internal staff and external clients. Over 20 years of creative, technical, and project management experience.

Objective

Professional, creative problem-solver seeks to improve the identity, products, workflow, enthusiasm, and overall visibility and value of the company while continually gaining knowledge, contacts, and new experiences.

Experience

CREATIVE DIRECTOR     •      STRIVE CREATIVE., FERNDALE MI     •     AUGUST 2013 – APRIL 2016

Director of the graphic design and web design departments, contributing to the creation of tv commercials, websites, and print collateral, packaging and apps for medium to large clients including the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers and several large hospitals.

 

CREATIVE DIRECTOR     •      BODYPARTCHART LLC. / FATHEAD LLC., DETROIT MI     •     APRIL 2008 – AUGUST 2013

Creative Director creating product design, brand direction and project management for BodyPartChart.com, a subsidiary of Fathead LLC., that produces custom illustrated, printed and die-cut wall graphics for the medical industry. This position involves medical illustration, managing other designers, workflow, interacting with clients, designing print ads and HTML email campaigns. Also entails working on special projects, including website design for pro sports athletes and iPhone/iPad UX/UI development.

 

CREATIVE DIRECTOR     •     GREENESTUFF, INC., CLINTON TWP., MI     •     AUGUST 2002 – APRIL 2008

Creative Director for the national television series ‘My Bedbugs’, which has received 13 Emmy Awards and 9 Telly Awards. Created the presentations and pitch packages that helped capture $7 million in funding for the company. Created full-scale physical models of the main characters for NATPE Conferences and investment purposes. Engineered and fabricated the animatronics and the foam outer structure for the character heads worn by the actors. Designed the main set furniture and several secondary sets. Created the MyBedbugs.com and Greenestuff.com websites. Redesigned the logos and created style guides to regulate color consistency of the characters and the brands. Responsibilities include managing the graphics department personnel, budget, and vendor pricing negotiations, multimedia design and programming, corporate investment presentations, motion graphics and animation for television productions, character and set designs, product packaging designs, point-of-purchase and trade show display design, and virtual prototype mock-ups.

Notable accomplishments: Recipient of two Telly Awards for animation and special effects and one Emmy Award for Art Director.

 

GENERAL MOTORS ENGINEERING, APPLICATION / WEB SUPPORT, (ADD-STAFF, INC.,) WARREN, MI     •     APRIL 1996 – AUGUST 2002

Application Support, Web and Vis Products: Assigned to General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan. Provided Corporate presentations, user assistance and mentoring, created and conduct instructional workshops, designed web-based information solutions and graphical interfaces, performed UAT testing of new software releases, designed and implement workflow processes. Provided solutions for design and engineering programs; Unigraphics, iMAN, Vis Products and online solutions.

Engineering/Design/Styling: Responsible for complete air induction system designs, fuel and exhaust systems. Concept Stylist responsible for innovating new vehicle styles and mechanical liaison to Engineering, before transitioning into the Engineering group.

Notable accomplishments: Developed GM truck group’s air induction design guideline book and website.   and online Digital Installation process that digitally managed CAD design drawings for all of GM North American Operations. Created the process to implement labels from the label art group directly into Unigraphics CAD system for virtual mock-up.

 

MECHANICAL DESIGNER     •     APX INTERNATIONAL, MADISON HEIGHTS, MI      •     OCTOBER 1994 –  APRIL 1996

Responsible for Body-in-White welding and GD&T advanced studies. Created product assembly document illustrations and prototype build concept studies.

 

DETAILER AND COORDINATOR     •     MEGATECH, WARREN, MI     •     FEBRUARY 1994 –  APRIL 1994

GD&T designer and detailer for Midsize Car Division. Responsible for coordinating information data translation to and from CGS systems.

 

Education:

GENERAL MOTORS UNIVERSITY (KETTERING UNIVERSITY ONSITE)    •     PONTIAC, MI     •     1996-2002

Engineering/Design, Unigraphics, iMAN, Teamcenter Visualization – 8 Certificates

Project Management, Management Skills – 12 Certificates

 

OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE     •     AUBURN HILLS, MI     •     1997

Catia V5.0 surface design- Certificate

MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE     •     WARREN, MI     •     1996

Unigraphics V. 10 – Certificate

Cardboard Modeling – Certificate

 

BATAVIA SCHOOL OF DESIGN     •     TROY, MI     •     1995

Unigraphics V. 10 – Certificate

 

COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES     •     DETROIT, MI     •     1989

Industrial Design / Graphic Design

 

EISENHOWER HIGH SCHOOL     •     WASHINGTON, MI     •     GRADUATED 1988

College prep courses, Medical and Commercial Art Focus– Diploma

 

 

Skills:

OPERATING SYSTEM PROFICIENCY

Mac OSX, Windows

SOFTWARE PROFICIENCY

Unigraphics, VisMockup, Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project, Publisher, Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, After Effects InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Sketch

PROGRAMMING / SCRIPTING PROFICIENCY

HTML, CSS

 

Referrals:

ENVONT NANOTECHNOLOGIES

William Fitts, CEO/President  586.615.1964

 

GENERAL MOTORS ENGINEERING

Scott Szparagowski, Supervisor, Engineering Application Support  734.652.3310

 

KENNETH J. DALTO AND ASSOCIATES

Ken Dalto, CEO, 248.855.4090

Many additional referrals may be furnished upon request.