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SKILLS + QUALIFICATIONS


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

• Graphic design and layout for print and digital products with Adobe products including Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop

• Editorial content creation and editing, including newspaper and magazine content, blogs, media releases and marketing collateral

• Branding and publicity through grassroots and paid platforms, including social media

• Website design and maintenance with HTML, CSS and WordPress

• Action and still photography, along with photo editing and toning

• Live event planning and management, including talent coordination, venue booking and staff training and supervision



CAREER BACKGROUND


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

• Supervise event planning, talent and venue booking and overall operations
• Coordinate overall presentation, including all event signage, print material, advertising, marketing and social media campaigns
• Supervise sponsor relationships, customer care and ticket sales
• Oversee and manage 30-40 paid staff and freelance personnel

Business writer and editor
Kraft CPAs PLLC, Nashville, Tenn.
May 2018 to present

• Create and edit marketing content for social media, newsletters and inter-office communications
• Edit and design monthly email newsletter and bi-annual print newsletter
• Create and edit proposals to generate new clients and revenue streams

Senior graphic designer and content editor
Gannett Design Studio, Nashville, Tenn.
October 2007 to October 2017
• Designed sports and news pages for 15 daily newspaper in the Gannett media chain, primarily The Tennessean, Knoxville News-Sentinel, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Jackson (Miss.) Clarion Ledger and Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat
• Wrote headlines, edited content and trimmed copy, including local and syndicated items
• Collaborated remotely with newspaper clients from through the Southeast
• Made sudden adjustments based on real-time feedback and completed projects on a tight deadline

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

• Designed and edited all content for a website that covered sports across a 70-county region
• Managed frequent live updates of sports news, blogs and photos from a team of more than 20 paid staff and freelancer contributors
• Oversaw social media marketing and grassroots campaigns that resulted in thousands of page views weekly
• Coordinated all branding, including logos, advertising and media outreach

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

Responsibilities included design and content editing of the newspaper’s 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.