I am a hands-on, innovative manager, with proven success in leading creative production and supporting client-guided marketing supply chains. My technical skills have been a key component within brand adherence and high volume production teams. I develop original and data-driven flow-paths to support RFPs, corrective actions, process improvements and QBR update meetings. My skills have a direct impact on EBITDA performance, as I provide effective analysis and then manage the execution within SOW, SLA and budgetary guidelines. My skills can help your organization deliver client projects on brand and on time.

Specialties

  • Pre-Press, direct mail, packaging, retail, large-format, project management, and technical sales
  • Management, team building, client on-boarding, and vendor evaluations
  • Six Sigma – green belt certification, lean business process management
  • Cross-functional collaboration and off shoring solutions
  • Workflows, distribution, fulfillment, inventory management

 

Experience:


Pictura Graphics, Inc.                                                                                               Digital Manager

November 2015 – March 2017 / Golden Valley, MN

Managed a team of 6 direct reports of production professionals supporting the Trade show, Out of Home, and Retail market

  • Member of the senior management team and steering committee
  • Redefined current workflows, naming conventions, and server configurations for new file server
  • Created new process and procedures for preventive maintenance of all production equipment
  • Beginning cross-training training of production art team to handle the peaks in production
  • Implemented a new archive, near-line, back up, and disaster recovery solution for all data. Eliminating DVD disks
  • Executed new color management protocols across 4 different departments. Reduced speed to press on color critical jobs by over 50% and maintained color accuracy for repeat jobs over several months without internal rework.

Brands Supported: Under Amour, Best Buy, Target, Aveda, Adidas, Bauer, Reebok, Andersen Windows

Southern Graphic Systems, Inc.                                                       Production Art Manager

December 2012 – May 2015 (Layoff) / Brooklyn Park, MN

Managed a team of 45 direct reports of pre-press packaging production professionals: department leads, brand managers, production artists, 3D specialists, copy editors, and QC technicians.

  • Developed optimized workflows for six Sigma Lean business systems
  • Created and implemented effective business standards for multiple client workflows
  • Structured core production teams with cross-training training to handle peaks in production
  • Investigated QC deficiencies. Created and executed corrective action plans
  • Analyzed and reported production efficiencies, labor utilization, and volume comparisons
  • Technical sales support, R&D, training, and production expertise

Brands Supported: Target, Nestlé, Best Buy, 3M, SUPERVALU, MOM Brands, Big Heart Pet, Kemps, Toro, Bongards, Bernatello’s

 

Express Image, Inc.                                                                                    Production Manager

January 2012 – September 2012 / Little Canada, MN

Managed a team of 40 direct reports of print professionals: department managers, pre-press production artists, manufacturing team, digital pressmen, screen printers, kitting / fulfillment operators, and shipping coordinators.

  • Restructured the production process of the facility to better align labor, waste, and technology to assure the success of growth within the new digital print department while maintaining the existing screen-printing department.
  • Supervised the installation and setup of a new large format press (Inca S40)
  • Optimized the JIT inventory and common cut layout process
  • Created a structured management staff to bring operational efficiencies to the facility
  • Technical sales support, R&D, training, and production expertise

Brands Supported: Best Buy, Toro, Holiday Companies

 

RR Donnelley & Sons                                                                               Production Specialist

April 2010 – January 2012 / Chanhassen, MN

Optimized several workflow processes in the facility to better align labor utilization, technology, and vendor sign-offs to meet the financial needs of the company while maintaining quality and client SLA contracts.

  • Developed optimized workflows for team based support
  • Key member in RFP for contract renewals, on-boarding, profit analysis, and forecasting models
  • Developed standards for client reviews, surveys, SLA reporting, and scorecards
  • Analyzed production efficiencies, billing metrics, labor utilization and volume comparisons
  • Key member of a team to load level production work to remote facilities and off shore locations

Brands Supported: Best Buy, John Deer, Bluestem Brands

 

Vertis Communications                                                                            Operations Manager

January 2008 – April 2010 / North Haven, CT

Managed a team of 60 direct reports of pre-press professionals: large format manager, production leads, color operators, production operators, photographers, proofers, and digital cybrarian.

  • Was directly responsible for daily production operations of one of the main pre-press production facilities and several client service locations. P&L, facility budgets, vendor relations, technology, and vendor contracts.
  • Restructured the business process to better align labor utilization, waste, and technology to meet the financial needs of the company while maintaining quality and client SLA contracts
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified
    • Labor utilization and equipment calibration of the North Haven large format division
    • Reduced direct labor costs of the Ralph Lauren – Polo account by 30%

Brands Supported: Pepsi Co., Subway, Ralph Lauren, Franklin Mint, and Tag Heuer

 

Vertis Communications                                  Operations Manager – Client Service Facility

June 2007 – January 2008 / Portland, ME

Temporary Assignment: Managed the closure of the near site pre-press location for the LL Bean account. The assignment was to assure a smooth transition for our client while maintaining high standards, deadlines, and accurate billing for the work in progress to the end of the contract.

  • Managed a team of 14 direct reports: production manager, project managers, production operators, photographers, scanner operators, color operators, and billing administrators
  • Facilitated the transition all digital assets, proofs, and property back to the client’s senior management team
  • Brought in training and support for the employees that were being displaced
  • Six Sigma certification – Champion
  • Created action plans to transition out: power, data, and equipment

Brands Supported: LL Bean

 

Vertis Communications                                                                             Operations Manager

August 1998 – June 2007 / Minneapolis, MN

Managed a team of 30 direct reports of pre-press professionals: studio manager, project managers, production operators, photographers, scanner operators, color operators, and billing administrators.

  • Was directly responsible for all daily operations of one of the main pre-press production facilities and several client service locations. P&L, facility budgets, vendor relations, technology, and vendor contracts.
  • Member of the international leadership team positioned to handle issues in; national operations, data asset management, national technical services, national disaster recovery
  • Created and maintained workflows, archiving and backup solutions for 3 locations
  • Relocated client service location into the primary facility and consolidated 3 locations into one while maintaining no down time in production and remote locations
  • Restructured the workflow to utilize OPI data with a sequel database and XML
  • Converted the photo studio from film to digital and trained photographers to use profiles correctly

Brands Supported: Target, Best Buy, 3M, SUPERVALU, Toro, Anderson Windows, Famous Dave’s, E*TRADE, Lincoln Financial, Marvin Windows, Olson, Periscope, Campbell Mithun, Carmichael Lynch, Fallon Worldwide, Colle + McVoy, Martin Williams, Fame, Peterson Milla Hooks, Yamamoto, BBDO

 

Education:


 

Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Minneapolis, MN

Bachelors of Fine Art: Advertising Design

Internships – Campbell Mithun, Carmichael Lynch, and BBDO

 

Certificates and Volunteering:


 

Green Belt – Six Sigma, Lean Business certification

Theory of Constraints certification – Science of Business, LLC.

Member of the Program Advisory Committee – Dunwoody College of Technology