Creative Thinker • Strategic Partner • Seasoned Designer

As an experienced design professional, my background is rich in graphic design, art direction and visual communications. Through my experience, I’ve developed advanced skills in project management, leading teams, verbal and visual communications, relationship building and cross-functional teamwork. My work is fueled by passion, enthusiasm and making things come to life with visual storytelling. 

EXPERIENCE

associate creative director 
Cars.com, Team IDEA - Chicago, Illinois // August 2015 – may 2017

Creative lead
Cars.com, Team IDEA - Chicago, Illinois //
March 2013 – August 2015

Leader, enthusiast and a nerd for process.
Nearly eight years in the automotive space has been an adventure. I learned the ins and outs of the industry as well as grown my career building an internal creative services team from the ground floor. I served as a project manager, creative lead, art director and creative strategist, helping to transform the department from a production shop to a full service agency that outputs high-quality work. Additionally, I worked to improve workflow by introducing several process management solutions, including Workfront and WebDAM.

Our work ranged from various projects including advertisements, sales collateral, email, banner advertisements, event signage, invitations, microsites, brochures, infographics, identity packages, logos and more. We used visual storytelling through the translation of complex business information, metrics and data into compelling visuals. Always acting as brand champions, upholding standards in all design deliverables and communicating timelines and status with project stakeholders.

We participated and facilitated brainstorming sessions for our clients. Developed and maintained relationships with various vendors. And always had a keen eye for typography and layout hierarchy, as well as acute attention to detail.

As a manager, I worked to empower my team. Coaching, mentoring and learning on the job are very important to me as a leader. Inspiration can come from anywhere when the environment is open to any and all ideas.

 

senior Designer & Project Manager
Cars.com, Team IDEA - Chicago, Illinois // September 2009 – February 2013

Not really a car gal, but here I am
No day is ever the same at Cars.com. Some days you developed sales materials to support the national and direct sales teams and some days you were on site at a hotel measuring pillars and figuring out how to transform a space into a major brand takeover that would inspire a staff and recharge them for the year. Other days you were on a press check or designing banner ads for National campaigns. But all days, there was a strong focus on project management to calm the chaos of everyday life. 

 

COMMUNITY & CREATIVE
FLOCKTHERE - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS // JANUARY 2009 – MARCH 2010

Basically we *almost* beat Uber to the punch.
FlockThere was a 2009 startup. We worked towards arranging exclusive arrangements with venue and transportation partners allowing us to offer the lowest-priced packages to the city's hottest spots. "Don't walk there! Flock there!" 

I managed the community (twitter, Facebook, blog, events, newsletters) and the creative side of things (website, collateral). It was a great dive into entrepreneurship with a good friend, but life got in the way and we weren't ready to take the full time leap. Learned tons along the way. 

 

Senior Designer
Sittercity.com - Chicago, Illinois // June 2006 – August 2009

Sixth employee at a Chicago start-up before start-ups were a "thing."
Developed front-end web skills, email campaign strategies and countless print ads. This was a place where you wore many hats and you wore them well. From illustrating iconography and developing annual press kits to creating the company's first National billboard campaign, as the only designer on the team you had to be up to the challenge to continuously evolve the brand. Partnering with PETCO to launch into the pet sitting market was especially fulfilling, specifically the stock photography search for the perfect dachshund pup. 

 

Graphic Designer
KGA, Garrett Associates - Chicago, Illinois // July 2004 – June 2006

Food packaging and photo shoots and late nights, oh my! 
Fresh out of college, in a West Loop loft, this small shop was a great introduction to the real (design) world. I learned the ins and outs of nutrition labels, violators and package design - and worked closely (and in awe) with food stylists and photographers alike. Procured the art of prop shopping, mastered the skills to build a strong identity system and absorbed more than you could ever want to know about production work. I have fond memories of the West Loop before Google and the SoHo House moved in, not that I have anything against that perfect Cowshed Spa. 


EDUCATION

University of Dayton // Dayton, Ohio
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Communication Design