Resume

EXPERIENCE
Director of Creative Services, R&D - Coyle Reproductions, Inc.
Nov 2016 – Present, Brea, CA
Responsible for building the full creative R&D department as well as leading creative branding, design and production for all marketing tools that are used to drive effective lead generation and sales conversion — ultimately sharing in accountability to grow occupancy rates and company revenue. Working intimately with the SVP and VP, Marketing as well as the VP, Sales and the field sales and marketing leadership team, while instructing the design team on client and internal projects. 

Concepting, designing and developing from start to finish - full retail environments, POP/POS displays, branding development, packaging and visual marketing solutions as needed for various clients across all retail fields and brands.
Creative Director - Refraction Group
Mar 2012 – Nov 2016, Foothill Ranch, CA
Refraction Group is a design boutique owned by Image Options a Large Format Print & Fabrication facility. We are in charge of all the branding, marketing & environmental design for Image Options, it's clients and it's companies.
Retail Design, Packaging Design, Environmental Design, Large Format Graphics, Fleet Graphics, POP/POS Displays, Photography, Fabrication & Imaging for various clients including Asics, Spectrum Brands, Oakley, Vans, Disney, Callaway Golf, Sunny Delight, and many more.
My role has included building the boutique from the ground up, managing and training staff, keeping up to date on all things design in Retail, Events, Tradeshow, Corporate Interior design, substrates, manufacturing and technology solutions.
We concept and see projects through from start to finish including pitches, sales calls, project management, submission of files to production, pre-press checks to packaging for delivery.

Creative Director - Vertis Communications
Apr 2007 – Mar 2012, Irvine, CA
Started in April 2007 as a Senior Graphic Artist in the Creative Group in Vertis' only Large Format Facility, Creating Packaging, POP Display, Retail Window Display, Direct Mail Programs and Complete Company Re-Branding. I quickly moved up to Creative Director and spent time in Portland working on Nike Jordan 23 store window campaigns. I have also worked on, Adidas, Nike, LG, Frederick's of Hollywood, Oakley, Guess, Jim Beam and more.

Art Director, 04/08 ~ 04/09
Concept, Design and Oversee the creation and production of all packaging, POP displays, Consumer and B2B Advertising, Direct Mail & pURL campaigns, Trade show displays, in store retail signage, Concept, Write, and Design training manuals for Design 101, Illustrator, and Large Format, Art Direct Various Photo Shoots from food to product to models, on and off location

Snr. Designer/Jr. Director, 04/07 ~ 04/08
Design and oversee the production of all packaging, POP displays, consumer and B2B advertising, trade show displays, in store signage and more for 5 different lines of home safety products, company newsletter, catalog and website
Designer/Director - MAG Manufacturing
Apr 2006 – Nov 2008, Irvine, CA
Design and oversee the production of all packaging, POP displays, consumer and B2B advertising, trade show displays, in store signage and more for 5 different lines of home safety products, company newsletter, catalog and website

I became an independent contractor for MAG Mfg., in April 2007 to work at Vertis full time.
Newspaper Ad Production Supervisor -  Tribune/Los Angeles Times
Nov 2004 – Apr 2006Managed and trained a staff of 25 production artists with a workload of 200+ nightly volume, nightly deadlines and 24 hour turnarounds for all LA Times Newspaper Ads.
San Fernando, CA, USA
AdOut - Designer/Team Leader/Manager
Jul 2000 – Nov 2004
Department Manager, 4/02 ~ 11/04
- Re-organized several departments while performing the regular managerial duties

Ad Production Deadline Team Leader and Assistant Manager, 12/01 ~ 4/02
- Trained employees on production procedures and conducted design trainings
- Promoted to Department Manager

Template Designer and Ad Production Artist, 7/00 ~ 12/01
- Designed for a newspaper ad template website and production for various newspapers
- Promoted to Ad Production Deadline Team Leader and Assistant Manager

EDUCATION

Apr 2004 – Mar 2007
Bachelors of Science, Graphic Design - Art Institute Of CA, Orange County
Honors Student, Student Mentor, Teachers Assistant in application/software classes, Tutor, Photography

GPA: 3.7/4.0 Honors List

Course Expertise: Pre-print production courses, all application courses, photography

Apr 1996 – Apr 1998
Associates Degree in General Studies - Charles County Community College
Charles County Community College, Charles County, MD
Background in Fine Arts/Photography and a Certificate in Accounting

GPA: 3.0/4.0

Course Expertise: Art Courses, Accounting Courses
AWARDS
2014
Iron Merchant 2014
Iron Merchant Team Leader
IRDC - IRON MERCHANT 2014 WINNERS
Another IRDC winner: Team Orange led by Theresa Borowski, creative director, Refraction Group (Foothill Ranch, Calif.), took home the coveted Iron Merchant challenge victory sash for their daring suspended mannequin display. This year’s competition tasked six teams to transform a mannequin using glam holiday-inspired props and a wig (the secret ingredient), plus a glittery crescent moon and the requirement to incorporate a musical element. Designers glued, cut and sketched – a few even bickered – till their creations came to life.

SKILLS

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Art Direction, Branding And Identity, Creative Direction, Creative Problem Solving, Creative Strategy, Direct Mail, Direct Marketing, Display Design, Graphic Design, Marketing Collateral, Package Design, Photo Editing, Photo Manipulation, Point Of Purchase, Point Of Sale


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