Let me introduce myself...

I have been creating and drawing since I could pick up a crayon. One of my favorite stories my mother tells is when I was about 3 years old, I leashed our family dog, Buddy, to the dining room table where I was painting with watercolors. My Grandmother had stepped out of the room for a minute while I did this only to return to the dining room hearing me say “Be still Buddy. I paint your piture!”

I started HLH Graphic Design back in 2006 when the economy started to take a turn for the worse. At the time, I worked in the building products industry which was taking a major hit from the housing crisis. Fast forward to 2014, when I left the building product design world, moved to a new city, and decided to really give this freelance business full time commitment. I even went back to school for Web Design and Digital Marketing to expand upon my graphic design skills.

HLH Graphic Design altered it’s direction to be able to provide not only print design services but web and marketing services as well. After all, they are all connected and it’s easier for a business to get all these services in one place. The alternative can lead to issues with your business not having a unified brand image across all platforms of communication causing inconsistencies.

I would love the opportunity to hear what your issues and goals are and help you find a way to reach your business goals. Contact me today!

  • Expert in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

  • Ability to design websites using HTLM/CSS Coding and/or WordPress

  • Certified in Hootsuite for managing Social Media posts and analytics
  • Vast knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Tenacious problem solving skills with emphasis on creative solutions

  • High level of conceptual thinking and visualization skills

  • Hoofers Sailing Club, 2017 to present
    Marketing Chair, Board of Captains

    Work with Hoofers Sailing Club Board of Captains, Wisconsin Hoofers Council, and University of Wisconsin Union to manage the Sailing Club’s marketing channels including social media.

    Create and implement the Sailing Club’s Marketing Plan including setting goals and promoting the club to students and general public.

  • Geneva Film Festival, Geneva, IL 2012 to present
    Art Director

    Volunteer time and Graphic Design skills to create the “face,” of the each year’s festival with fun and creative unique themes.

    Annually conceptualize and design original illustrations and graphics for all promotional marketing campaign collateral for both print and digital use

    Create a marketing and promotional presence which has resulted in a 200% increase in attendance to the festival and a 100% Sponsorship participation increase since 2011

    Work closely with the Executive Director, committee leaders, printers and vendors to ensure all print and digital artwork deadlines are met

  • HLH Graphic Design, 2006 to present
    Creative Director/Owner

    Freelance graphic design company working with select clients creating print, web design, and digital marketing collateral

    Work with clients to help them obtain not only their printing based graphic design needs but also exceed their digital, social media, and website design needs

  • Masonite International Corporation, West Chicago, IL 2004 to 2014
    Senior Graphic Artist, Product Designer

    Provided graphic design support into all phases of new product development processes as well as design creation for ink jet printing and laser etching production

    Head Product Designer and Graphic Artist of Masonite’s patented process of ink jet printing on doors, designing and developing wood grain patterns, licensed designs, and custom designs

    Technology and product developer in Masonite’s laser etching department creating custom designs and woodgrain textures on various substraits for staining and registered printing.

    Worked collaboratively with industrial design, product development, product management, engineering, R&D, tool design, customers and other team members to meet new product objectives

  • Diploma, Digital Marketing, Madison Area Technical College, December 2016

  • Certificate, Web Design, Madison Area Technical College, May 2016

  • BFA, Graphic Design, Mississippi State University,  December 2003

  • Consumers Digest Best Buy Award, 2011

    Entry Door Systems, Fiberglass Premium Selection — AvantGuard™ Belleville Series

  • Design Patent Inventor, 2010

    Inventor of six granted United States design patents for Asian Ornamental Door Facing designs.

  • Utility Patent Inventor, 2009

    Inventor of Utility Patents in ten countries for surface finishing process combining etching by laser and ink jet printing.

  • Utility Patent Inventor, 2009

    Inventor of Utility Patent for multi–element laser etched patterning of deck and floor components.