I am a classically trained art director and designer having attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. But my artistic side goes deeper than the Art Center experience because I also come from a family of working artists, so the “creative thing” is in my DNA.
My parents met at J. Walter Thompson in Detroit. My Mom went on to write 27 cookbooks and appeared on Phil Donahue’s show twice before she retired. Both my aunts are working fine artists who’ve taught, shown and have been collected nationally for decades. One uncle is a highly respected sculptor and another opened a Southern California animation studio where he created Elsie the Cow for the Borden Dairy Company before his studio was acquired by Hanna-Barbera. So growing up, I got brushes, paint and canvas every Christmas and birthday. I won my first art competition in 3rd grade. My first architectural competition as a sophomore in high school and my first college art scholarship as a senior. I won my first Belding Bowl shortly after leaving college and joining Dailey & Associates on the $65 million Honda Motorcycle account. Over the years the awards I’ve won have covered all types of clients in all types of advertising categories winning for Art Direction, Copywriting and Design.
25+ years experience as senior creative lead with extensive expertise in traditional and digital advertising – delivering award-winning concepts for local, regional and national brands. Industry recognized for leading the development of multi-level campaigns in destination retail, travel & tourism, gaming, food & beverage, builders & developers, financial and automotive marketing.
Extensive experience managing small, medium, and large teams of diverse personalities and talents in deadline driven environments, establishing employee career development programs, leading cross-functional team collaboration, and developing production and supervising offshore back-end developers.
FREELANCE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
CALIFORNIA // 2000 – 2003, 2008 – 2011, 2017 – Present
CREATIVE DIRECTOR for JSA
Fresno, CA // 2013 – 2015
CREATIVE DIRECTOR for Catalyst
Fresno, CA // 2011 – 2013 & 2015 -2017
MANAGING PARTNER/EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR for Bozell
Scottsdale, AZ // 2006 – 2008
VP/EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR for E.B. LANE
Phoenix, AZ // 2003 – 2006
PARTNER IN CHARGE/EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR for Bozell Worldwide
Silicon Valley, CA // 1997 – 2000
SrVP/EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR for Sacks/Fuller
Los Angeles, CA // 1995 – 1997
VP/EXECUTIVE ART DIRECTOR for Evans, Hardy + Young
Santa Barbara, CA // 1992 – 1995
VP/ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR for Bozell Worldwide
Los Angeles, CA // 1991 – 1992
SrVP/EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR for Hakuhodo Advertising
Los Angeles, CA // 1988 – 1991