Greetings from Folly Beach, South Carolina ... here I am in my favorite habitat. I guess what they say about those born under the sign of water holds certain truths. What I live for ... dawn patrol on my long-board with a glassy swell and pods of dolphin playing in the surf. Were I independently wealthy, you'd need look no further to find me, but since I can't afford that beach house just yet...

My background is varied and spans some 25 years. Beginning as a paste-up artist for International Voyager Publication in Miami Beach, FL, I worked my way up the food chain to eventually claim the Senior Art Director role. Leaving IVP after seven years, I accepted a Directorship with First Marketing Corporation. Managing a staff of 35 was a challenge compared to the half-dozen designers at IVP, not to mention that my new role included supervising several art librarians and a proofreading staff.

After more than five years and a promotion to Vice President, I felt the need to leave my cushy, yet bureaucratically impaired, position. A new direction in software — interactivity — had become my passion. In 1995, with two partners, we formed Gateway Interactive Design, and just knew we'd set the world on fire. Unfortunately for us, the World Wide Web and interactive CD-ROM were still being viewed as potential fads.

After a year of educating our prospective audience, but clients taking a "wait-to-see" attitude, we disbanded, and I jumped back into the corporate world. This time as Senior Art Director for the National Council on Compensation Insurance ... yep, NCCI ... and it was every bit as exciting as it sounds. After two years, I was ready for change, so like everyone else in the 1990s, I moved to Atlanta, GA.

It was a great decision. I'm celebrating my ninth anniversary with my current employer, and a close-knit talented team of pros. And the work ... projects range wildly from print to online to CD-ROM to video to you-name-it. It's the best of both worlds — creative challenge, good friends with which to work, and a nearby sea shore ...

 

 
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