Resume

Career Profile:

Dedicated and accomplished strategic leader with a track record of achieving efficiency and productivity along with a demonstrated background in handling complex operations within a variety of settings. Possess high-level communication and analytical skills with a commitment to broad organizational goals. Offers solid leadership abilities with experience in overseeing creative projects, managing cross-functional teams, writing and editing for creative collateral, creating marketing, social media and advertising content, and implementing innovative processes while remaining deadline focused and budget conscious.

Proficient in:

MAC/PC, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Cumulus, Dreaweaver, Ektron CMS, HTML/CSS, Flash, Pro Tools, ProAnimator, and Filemaker Pro

 

KEY COMPETENCIES

Operations Management • Creative Design/Content Creation • Customer Service • Website Design/Development • Budget Management • Advertising/Marketing • Video & Photography Production • Creative Process Design/Implementation • Creative Project Management • Social Media Marketing • Event Coordination/Management • Staff Management/Training

 

Professional Experience

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), Chicago, Illinois

AVP, Creative Content Development, July 2007-April 2018

• Direct day to day administrative and operational functions within a fast-paced environment with a focus on increasing productivity and efficiency levels
• Design innovative awareness campaigns centered on increasing community member participation, support marketing/donor engagement, and oversee large-scale creative projects
• Supervise a team of eight creative team members which requires providing individualized coaching and feedback in addition to maintaining a $1.2 million departmental budget
• Develop, produce and create multimedia and video content for multi-million dollar campaigns, and design standardized workflow processes
• Coordinate weekly creative team meetings, Producer for several video content projects, and consistently monitor marketing message within social media, email, and community events


Workdog Productions, Chicago, Illinois & Calabasas, California

Owner, July 2003 – July 2007

? Owned and operated a creative services company which provided local businesses with videos, print advertisements, website design and programming.
? Created graphic design projects, comprehensive marketing materials, and project management functions which required managing time and budget constraints
? Gained significant experience with several technical tools which included Dreamweaver, BBEdit, Fetch, Photoshop, Illustrator, Javascript, HTML5, CSS, Perl, PHP, and MySQL


Walt Disney Company, Burbank, California

DVD Menu Designer, February 2006 – June 2006

Assistant Supervisor of Compositing, September 1995 – July 2003

? Managed a team of five 2D compositors handling various creative tasks within the organization which included reviewing animated images for quality, correcting technical/artistic issues, and preparing comps for digital film print
? Obtained credits in several major films which included The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000 Imax, Atlantis, Emperor’s New Groove, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Destino, and Beauty and the Beast (IMAX reissue)


Howard Anderson Company, North Hollywood, California

Compositor / Digital ArtistMay 2004 – July 2004

? Digitally composited feature film scenes which included rotoscoping, wire removal, special effects and matte painting.
? Projects include: Team America, White Chicks, and Little Black Book.


The Animation Guild, North Hollywood, CA,

Photoshop instructor, August 2002 – July 2003
• Taught employees of the Walt Disney Company after hours Photoshop class in a continuing education 8-week course meeting a total of 3 hours once a week.


Education

Masters of Nonprofit Management, September 2013
Spertus Institute, Chicago, IL
Bachelors of Arts Visual Communications and Multimedia, September 2011
Associate of Arts Visual Communications, October 2009
University of Phoenix
LACC/Pierce College/Los Angeles, California, 2000

Certificates

Certificate in Recording Engineering,  June 2005, Los Angeles Recording School
Maya modeling certificate, Shake compositing certificate, 2002, Studio Arts Ltd.
Web site design, development & administration certificates, 2001, Learning Tree University
Music supervision for film, Shake compositing, 1999-2000, UCLA Extension

Affiliations

Producer for CAN-TV, Chicago, Illinois, 2006 – present
Academy of Television, Arts, and Sciences, 1995 – present
ASCAP, 1988 – present
The Animation Guild, Photoshop instructor, North Hollywood, CA, August 2002 – July 2003

Awards

Publicity Club of Chicago Golden Trumpet Award – Together for Good signature brochure & Silver Trumpet – Responsive Annual Report Microsite (2017)
Publicity Club of Chicago Golden Trumpet Award – Major campaign video (2015-2017)
Telly Award – Bronze – Non-broadcast fundraising video (2012, 2013, 2016)
PRSA Chicago Skyline Award – Holocaust Community Services video (2012)
PRSA Chicago Skyline Award – Direct mail/Direct response campaign (2011)

Volunteer / Hobbies

Singer/songwriter, musician with four independently produced CDs
Certified Plant-based chef
Collector of vinyl records