ADDRESS: 1700 Torry St. Oakland, MI 48009
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.
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.
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.
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
OPERATING SYSTEM PROFICIENCY
Mac OSX, Windows
Unigraphics, VisMockup, Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project, Publisher, Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, After Effects InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Sketch
PROGRAMMING / SCRIPTING PROFICIENCY
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
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