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My extensive background in content editing, graphic design, writing, marketing and branding gives me unique insight into all aspects of communications and multimedia.

As a content editor and graphic designer, I've successfully juggled multiple tasks, worked closely with a variety of clients, and turned around ideas and concepts quickly under deadline pressure, always with a professional and supportive attitude and an eye toward detail.

As a leader and entrepreneur, I've launched three small businesses -- including Nashville Pro Wrestling, founded in 2011. I know what it takes to market a business, utilize advertising and social media, manage live events and find solutions to tough situations.

I have extensive experience with a multiple publishing and design applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, InDesign, HTML and Microsoft products, all of which I use to create clean and effective content for print and online projects.



CAREER BACKGROUND


Founder, presentation director and media coordinator
Nashville Pro Wrestling LLC, Nashville, Tenn.
July 2011 to present

Responsibilities include overall presentation and media relations for the company, along with all website design and editing, social media and oversight of event operations, including talent booking, sponsor relations and venue planning. Our companyís debut event was in February 2013 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Senior graphic designer and content editor
Gannett Design Studio, Nashville, Tenn.
October 2007 to October 2017
Responsibilities included news and sports page design, content editing and headline writing for the studioís largest daily newspapers, primarily The Tennessean, Knoxville News-Sentinel, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Jackson (Miss.) Clarion Ledger and Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat, in addition to other special projects and publications. My job required me to collaborate with remote clients, adjust suddenly based on real-time feedback and complete projects on a tight deadline.

Founder, graphic designer and content editor
SemoSportsWeb.com, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
September 2006 to May 2012

Responsibilities (handled remotely) included all design of the site, content editing, daily updates, advertising sales, and oversight of a network of more than 20 freelance reporters, bloggers and photographers for a website focused on sports in Southeast Missouri. Duties also included social media projects involving multiple platforms.

Graphic designer and content editor
The Tampa Tribune newspaper, Tampa, Fla.
October 2005 to October 2007

Responsibilities included design and content editing of the newspaperís front page, including a design overhaul of the weekday edition that led to increased readership and sales.

Copy desk supervisor
The Herald newspaper, Bradenton, Fla.
January 2003 to October 2005

Responsibilities included editing and design of the daily newspaper, along with supervision of an 11-member editing and design staff.

Sports editor
Southeast Missourian newspaper, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
January 2002 to December 2003

Responsibilities included editing and daily design of the newspaper, along with frequent reporting, column writing, and supervision of a five-person staff.

Editor of design and graphics
Southeast Missourian newspaper, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
September 2000 to January 2002

Responsibilities included overall presentation of the newspaper and website.

Designer and copy editor
Sun-Sentinel newspaper, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
November 1999 to September 2000

Responsibilities included design and editing of the daily newspaper's sports section.

Sports designer and copy editor
News-Journal newspaper, Pensacola, Fla.
January 1997 to November 1999

Responsibilities included design and editing of the daily newspaper's sports section.

Sports reporter and designer
Southeast Missourian newspaper, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
August 1995 to December 1996

Responsibilities included reporting, design and content editing of the daily newspaper.

Founder and editor
Midwest Motorsports News newspaper, Sikeston, Mo. April 1991 to January 1994

Responsibilities included design, editing and overall management of the weekly newspaper, advertising sales, and supervision of a network of freelance reporters and photographers.