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Education

Siena Heights University – Adrian, MI

Bachelor of Art in Art with a focus in Graphic Design, 2015

Summa Cum Laude

Jackson Community College – Jackson, MI

Associate of Applied Science in Multimedia Web Design, 2011

High Honors

DINFOS (Defense Information School) – Fort Meade, MD

Certificate in Broadcast Journalism, October 2003 (Military equivalent to a 2-year degree)

Certificate in Print Journalism, June 2003 (Military equivalent to a 2-year degree)

Professional Experience

Graphic Designer for Insignia Graphics, Inc. in Adrian, MI

  • Graphic design for a large variety of products, including everything from logo design, business cards and T-shirt design to car wraps and roadside signage
  • Customer Service
  • Screen Printing
  • Working with vinyl

Marketing Internship for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern MI

  • Planning and preparation for the annual Honors Night event (approx. 250 people)
  • Developing contacts
  • Negotiating with vendors
  • Designing Save the Date cards, Financial Reports, and other promotional materials
  • Arranging for Goodwill presentations and a Goodwill donation drive at Siena Heights University

Graphic Design Internship for the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Postcard Designs
  • Updating the Website and Calendars
  • Correspondence with FUNdraiser silent auction donors, both before and after the event
  • Zentangled workshop leader for the annual Women's Expo 2014 in Adrian, MI

Freelance Graphic Design

On the Point Promotions

    • Vector old logos and design new ones for printing on all manner of promotional materials
    • Responsible for creation/submission of print-quality imagery for print on promotional products
    • Author professional correspondence to customers and vendors
    • Keep an organized library of clients and their completed/ongoing artwork
    • Rapidly learn and master CorelDraw

    Gear Up Adrian

    • Focus on T-Shirt design, with an tendency toward one-color designs in vector format
    • Frequent short deadlines

    Thomson-Shore

    • Book cover designs for their clients, as well as editing and layout services

    Wynwidyn Press, LLC

    • Book cover designs for their clients, as well as editing, template and layout services

    Individuals

    • Book cover and logo designs, branding

    Graphic Designer / Product Manager for www.DiscountPartySupplies.com

    • Process all potential products into saleable condition on the website
    • Compile imagery from various vendors into an organized library
    • Edit all imagery to company standards
    • Create unique SKUs, SEO content, and meta tags for each of thousands of products and category pages
    • Create promotional banners and emailers
    • Responsible for entire imagery library, including product imagery, company logos, banners, business cards, etc.
    • Ensure quality imagery from the vendors, or quality photography in-house if the vendor is unable to provide
    • Responsible for creating and submitting print-quality products to vendors for company business cards, stickers and fliers
    • Steadily moved up in the company, starting as a writer, then adding basic skills in Photoshop to the benefit of the website.  Completed a full-time, 4.0 degree in web design within 2 years, while working 30 – 40 hours per week.  Steadily applied new skills to an increasingly graphic design oriented position.
    • Compiled a 51-page Product Manager SOP (Standard of Operational Procedure) and personally trained a new product manager.

    Graphic Designer / Layout Artist in the U.S. Navy

    • Responsible for layout (using InDesign), on-site printing and distribution of a complete magazine every other day.
    • Produced photojournalism assignments on a near daily basis, working as the editor with a team of journalists, photographers, lithographers and draftsmen.
    • Stood as print shop tech in a fully-stocked office to design, cut, bind, wrap, fold, etc. everything from business cards and manuals to welcome aboard booklets and public affairs pamphlets about the ship.
     Clock by Cara Maib, Charcoal Illustration

    Clock by Cara Maib, Charcoal Illustration

    Skills Summary

    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • InDesign
    • CorelDraw
    • Illustration
    • Microsoft Office
    • Industrial Printers, Both Color and B&W
    • Industrial Cutters, Hole Punch, Folders, and Binding Machines
    • Basic HTML
    • PC & Mac
    • Final Cut
    • Avid
    • Print Journalism
    • AP Style Editing

    Soft Skills Summary

    • Excellent communication skills
    • Flexible in deadline-driven environments
    • Critical thinker
    • Problem solver
    • Team player with unbreakable positive attitude
    • Passion for design and top quality output

    Employment History

    EGS Call Center - Jackson, MI

    Call Center Agent for DTE Energy, January 2016 to Current; Promoted to Call Center Supervisor after only 8.5 months on the floor, going from zero knowledge about the client to having the ability to intercede on behalf of other agents.

    Insignia Graphics, Inc. - Adrian, MI

    Graphic Designer, November 2015 to December 2015

    Freelance Graphic Designer - Based out of Brooklyn, MI

    Clients Include:

    • Thomson-Shore, June 2015 to Present (Design for Book Covers)
    • Wynwidyn Press, LLC, June 2012 to Present (Design for Book Covers and Miscellaneous Promotional Items, Bookmarks etc.)
    • Gear Up Adrian, June 2015 to November 2015 (Design for Apparel)
    • On The Point Promotions, August 2013 to November 2015 (Design for Promotional Materials)
    • Select Individuals, May 2016 to Present (Design for Logos, Book Covers and Branding)

    Taco Bell - Jackson, MI

    Service Champion, June 2015 to November 2015

    Goodwill Industries of Southeastern MI - Adrian, MI

    Marketing and Graphic Design Intern, January 2015 to April 2015

    DiscountPartySupplies.com – Jackson, MI

    Graphic Designer/Product Manager, March 2009 to January 2015

    Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce – Adrian, MI

    Graphic Designer/Marketing Intern, January 2014 to April 2014

    On The Point Promotions – Jackson, MI

    Graphic Design/Marketing Intern, February 2012 to August 2013

    Claire's Accessories – Jackson, MI

    Assistant Manager, January 2009 to March 2009

    Mobile On The Run – Pinckney, MI

    Cashier and Interim Manager, May 2008 to December 2008

    U.S. Navy – Naval Station Rota, Spain and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

    Graphic Designer/Editor/Layout Artist/Journalist/Photographer/Printer, January 2003 to December 2007

    Exhibitions

    Chiaroscuro - Senior Exhibition: Siena Heights University, Studio Angelico, Gallery 10, April 14-19, 2015

    Small College Invitational Art Exhibition: Spring Arbor University, Ganton Art Gallery, Feb. 8 - Mar. 6, 2015

    Collaboration 15 - Student Group Exhibition: Siena Heights University, Gallery 10, Fall 2014

    Data Bands - Student Group Exhibition: Siena Heights University, Studio Angelico Side Lawn, Fall 2013

    Cardboard Sculptures - Student Group Exhibition: Siena Heights University, Gallery 10, Fall 2013

    Patchwork Painting - Student Group Exhibition: Siena Heights University, Gallery 10, Fall 2013

    Planes in Space - Student Group Exhibition: Siena Heights University, Gallery 10, Fall 2013

    Tin Foil Room - Student Group Exhibition: Siena Heights University, Gallery 10, Fall 2013

    Wooden Sculptures - Student Group Exhibition: Siena Heights University, Gallery 10, Fall 2013

    Art Fairs

    Artalicious, displayed three texture drawings, a powdered charcoal drawing, and a graphic design print at the Siena Heights University tent, September 2015

    Artalicious, displayed Self Portrait, Illustrator, at the Siena Heights University tent, September 2014

    Awards

    Fra Angelico Purchase Award, awarded by Art Department Chair Robert Conlon of Siena Heights University, April 24, 2015

    CHINFO (Chief of Naval Information) Merit Award, 1st place for News Article, 2007

    CHINFO Merit Award, 2nd place for Feature Article, 2007

    CHINFO Merit Award, 1st place for News Article, 2006

    CHINFO Merit Award, 3rd place for Newsletter Publication, The Great Communicator, 2006

    Letter of Commendation, awarded by the commanding officer of U.S. Naval Station Rota, Spain, in recognition of superior performance of duty as Editor, Writer, Photographer and Layout Artist for The Rota Coastline newspaper, 2005

    CHINFO Merit Award, 3rd place for Tabloid Format Newspaper, The Rota Coastline, 2005

    Organizations

    Phi Theta Kappa: Alpha Rho Lambda Chapter

    Publications

    Eclipse Magazine, Siena Heights University annual publication, Fall 2015, two (2) accepted entries: "Clock" charcoal drawing and "Leaves" charcoal drawing.

    The Wedding of Amalia Harazian & Glenn Evich, Aug. 9, 2014. Self published, 2014. Video.

    Maib, Cara. Noah Baker Photography. Pinckney, MI: Wynwidyn Press, 2012. Print.

    The Writing.Com Anthology 2012. Pinckney, MI: Wynwidyn Press, 2012. Print.

    • Retrieve When Necessary, Editor's Pick for Poetry

    Jackson Citizen Patriot, Newspaper, Jackson, MI

    www.Navy.mil

    "United States Ship Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Maiden Deployment: Volume 2, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom"

    The Great Communicator

    • Articles and photography, layout & design published weekly or 3-times-weekly from January 2006 through December 2007

    The Navy Compass

    • "Two Ronald Reagan Sailors Help Stop Hatchet Attack in San Diego Suburb" - 2006

    The Rota Coastline

    • Articles and photography, layout & design published weekly from December 2003 through December 2005

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