ABOUT

I am an award-winning Art Director with a penchant for guiding designs and designers to success. My design philosophy and process is a combination of my industrial design background and my love for illustration. This dichotomy of form and function keeps me creating designs that measurably perform and please.

I am a servant-leader who knows it's important to separate fact from opinion, and to realize I am there to make sure that design solutions do what they are supposed to do, whether or not they are exactly what I would have created personally.
SPECIALTIES: 
Doing more with less, financial industry, user interface, humor, children, churches, non-profits
WORK EXPERIENCE
DST Systems
Lead Interactive Developer / Art Director
2011 - Present  |  Kansas City, Missouri, United States
My position is part of an integral group of creative marketing specialists within the USIRKS division of DST Systems. We serve creative direction and marketing needs from branding to web development as well as the strategic thinking necessary for success in these pursuits.
U.S. Central
Art Director
2005 - 2010  |  Lenexa, Kansas, United States
Created unique marketing campaigns for U.S. Central’s multiple financial products through creative team leadership and individual work (various items including emailers, websites, print advertising and marketing resource kits)

Coordinated themes and created artwork and collateral materials for 5-10 financial conferences each year through creative team leadership and individual work (websites, email, notebooks, CD packaging, PowerPoint, posters)

Supported and developed internal corporate creative efforts, including intranet maintenance, HR employee events, and management presentation tools
The Kansas City Star
Graphic Designer
2004 - 2005  |  Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Created custom newspaper sections for internal and external clients (Includes photography direction, client meetings, layout, prepress and original art creation)

Designed a wide array of promotional materials for The Kansas City Star, including billboards, internet advertising, fliers, mailers and radio/TV scripts and storyboards


First Family Church
Art Director
2002 - 2003  |  Overland Park, Kansas, United States
Produced twice-weekly church support materials, including television broadcast graphics, bulletins, worksheets, CD packaging and promotional fliers using in-house equipment and external vendors
Produced various marketing and advertising media for church promotion, including local publication advertising, posters, and direct mail 
Developed church retail product artwork, packaging and distribution channels
Developed and maintained church internet presence

Trozzolo Creative Group
Sr. Production Artist
1998 - 2002  |  Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Created brochures, newsletters, corporate identities and various other advertising media
Designed, implemented and managed various websites and internet products
Managed, maintained and purchased company technology

EDUCATION
The University Of Kansas
BFA Industrial Design
The Industrial Design program is a interdisciplinary course of study leading to the BFA degree. Practice is directed toward the creation and development of concepts, design, and specifications which optimize the value, function, convenience, safety, utility, and appearance of manufactured products and systems for the mutual benefit of both users and manufacturers of those products.

The variety of products and systems that fall within the potential scope of an industrial designer’s work is extremely broad. Examples range from household appliances to aircraft interiors and from furniture and lighting to major electronics equipment, transportation vehicles, and a myriad of other product areas.

Course work focuses on conceptual development, form-making and critical thinking. Project work involves concurrent thinking and making through sketching, model-making and prototyping. Students tackle design questions and problems that are inspired by the evolution of human behavior, cultural contexts, environment and social issues.
AWARDS
IABC  |  Silver Quill (Southern Region)
IABC  |  Bronze Quill (Kansas City) 
Graphic Design USA  |  Certificate of Excellence


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