Graphic Designer Franklin, TN
I'm an award-winning, tremendously versatile graphic designer with 20 years of experience and a lifelong passion for hands-on designing. I’m highly organized and have been consistently praised for my exceptional work ethic. I intensely dedicate myself to deliver first-class results. I’m continuously seeking ways to improve processes to achieve maximum efficiency—in all aspects of my life. #problemsolver
Designing professionally for 20 years has given me the opportunity to work on a thrilling variety of projects. From digital to small-format to large format to ENORMOUS format, I’ve had the privilege of designing for world-famous Caesars Entertainment-owned casino resorts, professional NFL and NHL athletic teams, celebrity entertainers, top-ranked universities, and globally recognized non-profit organizations.
I’ve lived quite a few places over the years—but I’m a Southern girl at heart! I live in Franklin, TN with my husband and our sweet little girl. I love the beach, photography, live music, baseball, DIY projects, hard rock, fuzzy socks, my daughter’s laugh, thunderstorms, witty banter, the word "chupacabra" and cooking—signature dish: jambalaya!
I’m now actively seeking new graphic design opportunities closer to home in the Franklin area. Please feel free to reach out to me if you think I could be a valuable addition to your design team! I prefer full-time positions, but will also consider alternative proposals. Thanks!
Big Visual Group
04/2019 – Present • Nashville, TN
Collaborate with Sales to produce a variety of print-ready graphics to be fabricated in-house. Clients included Nashville Predators, Tennessee Titans, Country Music Association, Susan G Komen, Vanderbilt and many more. Projects varied from small format, large format, ENORMOUS format, vehicle wraps, dimensional and environmental graphics. Responsibilities included conceptual design, photo retouching, creating templates and preparing client-supplied artwork for production.
Contract Graphic Designer
Ramsey Solutions, A Dave Ramsey Company
04/2018 – 04/2019 • Brentwood, TN
Associate Director of Production Design
10/2015 – 11/2017 • Nashville, TN
Executed fast-paced design of high-impact, large-scale experiential graphics at one of the country’s leading branding and design firms for professional and collegiate athletic/academic facilities around the country.
Collaborated with project managers, technical team, story, design and fabrication team to facilitate design deliverables. Juggled multiple deadlines while ensuring the highest quality product was produced.
Led a team of in-house and overseas production designers: delegated work, assisted with layouts, design software techniques, image retouching, quality control and pre-press; developed a new comprehensive onboarding process which enabled new team members to hit the ground running.
My favorite, most challenging project was leading production design for the new Dallas Cowboys Headquarters and Practice Facility in Frisco, TX!
Senior Graphic Designer
2/2006 – 10/2014 • Las Vegas, NV
Created award-winning designs for 40+ Caesars Entertainment-owned iconic casino resorts, world-class entertainment, world-famous chefs’ restaurants, luxurious spas, retail outlets, customer loyalty programs, corporate campaigns and high-end events.
Executed fast-paced design for a variety of printed materials and digital elements, following strict guidelines for over 20 different brands. Examples include presentations, logos, menus, hospitality/restaurant/retail/campaign/corporate collateral, direct mail/invitations, print and digital ads, banners, billboards, building/vehicle wraps, package design and other various printed materials.
Managed a team of graphic designers: assisted with designs/layouts within brand guidelines, best building practices, software techniques, image retouching, quality control and prepress; conducted regular coaching and annual reviews.
Senior Graphic Designer
07/2002 – 01/2006 • Gulfport, MS
Executed fast-paced design of a variety of printed materials for seven Mid-South Region Caesars Entertainment-owned properties. Retouched images and pre-pressed elements to ensure the highest quality product.
Corresponded with print vendors, selected materials, determined special printing techniques (die cuts, varnishes, foils, embossing), gathered specs, pre-pressed and transmitted files, reviewed eProofs and samples.
Organized and art directed photo shoots, hired photographers and models, created shot lists.
Won six ADDY awards for graphic design, two PIAS awards for design, plus two ADDY awards for art directing photo shoots.
Treasure Bay Casino Resort
01/2000 – 07/2002 • Biloxi, MS
Executed design of all printed materials; examples include hospitality/restaurant/retail/campaign/corporate collateral, logos, direct mail/invitations, print and digital ads, menus, banners, billboards and other various printed materials.
Printed, cut, laminated and distributed all large format posters and duratrans for the casino.
Corresponded with print vendors via fax/phone/email, wrote specs, negotiated quotes, submitted production-ready files, reviewed proofs, ensuring the best quality, price and turnaround time possible.
Won ADDY award for graphic design.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
BA in Art with Graphic Design Emphasis
1997 – 1999 • Little Rock, AR
Studied Graphic Design. Awarded assistantship by the art department to work as Mac computer lab tech for three semesters, troubleshooting computer problems, updating software as needed, assisting students with software techniques. Additionally, worked as customer service representative/data entry for an MRO drug test reporting agency while attending school.
Arkansas State University
1991 – 1997 • Jonesboro, AR
Studied Graphic Design, Photography, Math and Computer Information Systems. Won school-wide photo competition as a member of the ASU Photographic Society. Additionally, worked as grocery store cashier while attending school.
Art Direction Team Lead Graphic Design Production Design Brand Management Asset Management Project Management Photo Manipulation/Color Correcting Quality Control Pre-press Technical Troubleshooting Customer Service
Mac OS InDesign Photoshop Illustrator Camera Raw Acrobat Professional Bridge QuarkXPress Word Excel