General info


An accomplished creative, art director, designer, storyteller and video editor with over 20 years of experience, I partner with clients to analyze issues, generate ideas and inspire creative solutions. Good design is about good thinking. It’s also about good business, and I want to know and understand everything I can about them, their business and what they are trying to accomplish. I ask questions, gather information, define and clarify objectives, then develop creative and memorable solutions.

I have managed all aspects of creative development for various clients and projects, and I still marvel at developing concepts that transform ideas into powerful results, elevate credibility and build business. I have done this for several organizations including HSBC Finance, F+W Media, Scientific Games, the Kentucky Lottery, the Dover Corporation and more.

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  • Senior Art Director
    Cincinnati, OH
    Aug 2006 - Present
    DeanHouston, Inc.

    DeanHouston is a B2B marketing and design agency, providing a diverse line of traditional and digital integrated marketing services.

    • Manage the execution, refinement and production of online marketing content, including: videos, white papers, success stories, social media updates and web banners.

    • Lead and manage the ideation, execution and production of integrated marketing communications, including: brand identity, print collateral, print advertising, iPad multimedia, executive/sales presentations, annual reports and trade show videos and graphics.

    • Ensure profitability of projects by adhering to established budgets and timelines.

    • Attend client briefings. Provide input for the creative approach. Prepare prototypes and designs for client presentation as necessary.

    • Coordinate with outside photographers/videographers to ensure quality of images and b-roll. Prepare final art for press. Coordinate with outside vendors to ensure quality of product. Attend press checks as necessary.

    • Project Management (2006 – 2010): Co-managed accounts for Scientific Games Corporation, Sportech and the Kentucky Lottery.

    • Coordinate company events and corporate retreats for the three DeanHouston offices (Cincinnati, Chicago and Los Angeles).

  • Art Director
    Cincinnati, OH
    Jun 2004 - Mar 2006
    F+W Media

    F+W Media is a publisher of special interest magazines and books, and offers conferences and competitions in a broad variety of consumer enthusiast categories.

    • Interviewed, hired and managed the promotions team design staff.

    • Managed the creative development, execution and production of integrated promotional material for the HOW Design Conference, including: identity, print advertising, conference brochures, posters, T-shirts, signage and various other conference collateral.

    • Managed the ideation, execution and production of F+W marketing materials, including: print advertising, direct mail, magazine premiums, media kits, web banners and various other collateral.

  • Senior Graphic Designer
    Portland, OR
    Oct 1999 - Dec 2003

    HSBC Finance Corporation is a financial services company, and the sixth-largest issuer of MasterCard and Visa credit cards in the United States. HSBC Finance Corporation was formed from the legal entity that had been known as Household International.

    • Managed the execution and production of marketing communications, including: collateral, identity, direct mail, print advertising and original graphics for credit card plastics.

    • Collaborated with product managers and the marketing team to develop MasterCard branding, promotional strategies and direct mail tests.

    • Prepared final art for press. Worked with outside vendors to ensure quality of printing. Attended press checks accordingly.

  • Graphic Designer
    Portland, OR
    Feb 1998 - Oct 1999
    Productivity Press

    Productivity is a publishing company specializing in books, videos, multimedia, and trade shows for the manufacturing industry.

    • Managed the creative development, execution and production of book covers, catalogs, collateral, software packaging and trade show materials.

    • Collaborated with copywriters and campaign managers to develop product catalogs and direct mail strategies.

    • Coordinated with outside photographers to ensure quality of images.

    • Prepared final art for press. Coordinated with outside vendors to ensure quality of printing. Attended press checks accordingly.

  • Graphic Designer
    Cincinnati, OH
    Oct 1992 - Oct 1993
    Wolf Blumberg Krody

    In 1992 WBK was an agency specializing in advertising, sales-promotion, package design and public relations.

    • Managed the execution, refinement and production of identity, print advertising, collateral and direct mail.

    •  Collaborated with copywriters, art directors and account managers to develop design and marketing solutions.


Design Applications

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat), Final Cut Pro X, Apple Keynote and Microsoft Office.