What value do I add? Who are you really hiring?
A branding virtuoso - with a blazing passion for creating winning brands. My passion is much deeper than merely logos, typefaces and brand colors though. I have a love affair with truly inventing elite-level brands that utilize psychology, positioning, timing, targeting and perception in a beautiful harmony of creative forces.
A mad scientist product designer - with the ability to transform half-baked ideas into tangible, marketable products and services. I love diving deep and attacking the difficult problems that can only be solved with the most intense cerebral investigation capable by a human brain. Companies who would benefit from seeing their ideas come to life, before they invest significant time & resources into developing them, will find my skills invaluable.
A 'Lean Startup' captain - with enough 'experience reps' to enthusiastically and successfully lead teams the lean way. Rapid prototyping is more than 3D printers and creating 'quick mockups' of an app idea - it's more than A/B testing and 'starting small'... It's a much more universal tool that can be used to prototype marketing strategies, sales methods, experimental revenue models, customer service solutions, managerial tactics and everything in between.
MARKETING + STRATEGY
An audacious marketing wizard - who has extensive experience conceiving, designing, crafting and implementing forward-thinking and modern marketing strategies. From collaborating with Chinese MFGs to create 40ft banners and designing extravagant 20ft inflatable event decorations to marketing Kickstarter projects and operating data-driven social media ad campaigns that yield unthinkable conversions - I've got an ocean of first-hand experiences that will pour jet-fuel on your company's marketing efforts.
A web design jedi master - with savvy design strategies, user experience (UX) expertism, Usain Bolt like speed, and a knack for making jaws drop.
APP UI + UX DESIGN
A trend-setting mobile designer - with a bold, modern and minimal approach that's everything you've been looking for, and more.
VIDEO PRODUCTION + STORYTELLING
A fierce content creator - with a passion for telling storys, shaping perceptions and communicating things in hyper-engaging formats.
Get to know me
At 8 I opened up a 'golf ball stand' on a nearby golf course - selling lost balls back to golfers at 100% profit margin. I averaged $2,000-$3,000 in profit each summer for the next several years thereafter. It got so popular that one of the homeowners in the neighborhood reported me to the police, claiming that I'm a criminal because I don't pay taxes on those sales... I didn't find out about it until years later, so I guess the police didn't agree. :)
I've hired and managed over 100 freelance contractors - with my first hire when I was 15 years old (via rentacoder). I've learned SOO much from these experiences including (1) how to develop and write an effective project requirement document (2) how to effectively communicate with a remotely located team (3) how to delegate to maximize efficiency when time is not on your side (4) how to resolve conflicts and mediate when issues arise (5) when to negotiate and when to scratch (6) overcoming unexpected obstacles, feature creep and hidden costs - to successfully complete a project without going broke, and (7) how to absolutely dominate by motivating, energizing and leading a diverse team of international talent!
If I could have dinner with any 5 people dead or alive, I'd pick: Nikola Tesla, Frank Sinatra, Wernher Von Braun, Leonardo da Vinci & Walt Disney.
I've lived in 6 different cities throughout my adult life: Kansas City, KS - Dallas, TX - Denver, CO - Madrid, Spain - London, England - Venice, Italy
Random hobbies I've had over the years include: concert piano, orchestral music writing, stand up comedy, comedy writing, fencing, competitive curling, and competitive jet ski racing.
A few of my favorite things
Major 1: Bachelor of Science - Business Management (Dec. 2012)
Major 2: Bachelor of Science - Marketing (Dec. 2012)
Idea Jab Inc. // Kansas City KS/MO
President // 2016 - Present
What started as a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign quickly evolved into a revolutionary entrepreneurship event company. Our student Game Storms are an electrifying new take on traditional ideation events that immerse students in an ultra-fun, non-stop gamified learning experience... [read more]
Our incredible journey has supercharged my knowledge of all things 'startup' and elevated my design expertise.
Months ago I made the tough decision to hand this business off to my partner as I attack some other adventures - which is why I'm applying for jobs.
There's a famous startup saying that goes something like "Look around the room, if you don't see a product designer, YOU are the product designer. And if you don't see a COO, YOU are the COO. And if you don't see an accountant, software developer, graphic designer, sales staff, customer service rep, or any other... YOU are all those people."
I've never heard a statement that's more true than that one, and I'm ready to apply my vast universe of knowledge and experience to your company.
Various // Remote
Contract Designer // 2013 - 2016
These were some fantastic years! I spent most of my days working on miscellaneous freelance design projects, and most of my evenings working on whatever business idea I had at the time. Some work examples from those years are below.
Ria Finance // Europe
Marketing // 2012 - 2012
This was one of my only 'real jobs'. I was an entry level marketer at a finance company in Europe. I did a little bit of everything, but my biggest takeaway was the exposure to new cultures, people, places and things - which all greatly expanded my perspective.
Software, apps, tools, resources and services I'm great with